2014 IPLS Symposium: Speaker Panel Followed by NJIPLA Meet & Greet

IPLS Proudly Presents the 2014 Symposium: Speaker Panel followed by a Meet & Greet with NJIPLA on Monday, March 31st at the Rutgers Newark Center for Law and Justice (123 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102)

The Symposium consists of a Speaker Panel and a Meet & Greet.

The speaker panel “Exploring Career Options in Intellectual Property: In-House, Law Firm, Academia” will take place from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm in the Wilentz Court Room.  Moderated by Professor Kettle, distinguished members of the IP community, ranging from in-house counsel to private practice and soft IP to patent law will discuss diverse career options in intellectual property and how to best prepare for a career in IP law. Submit your questions to us in advance. Remember, a science background is NOT required for Copyright, Trademark or Patent Litigation. See Below for Speaker Bios.

The Meet & Greet with NJIPLA will follow from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Lower Atrium.  Join the Young Lawyers of NJIPLA for a night of networking with the Rutgers IPLS, alumni and faculty.  Our very own Professor Kettle will be honored for his Stellar Leadership in Intellectual Property Law.  Dinner and drinks will be served.

Business attire is recommended though business casual attire is suitable as well.

Click Here to register for the SPEAKER EVENT
Click Here to register for the MEET & GREET (for law students)

Click Here to register for the MEET & GREET (for alumni and faculty)

Any Questions? Contact IPLS at ipls.rutgers@gmail.com

Symposium Speakers:


Greg Lastowka, Esq.

Professor of Intellectual Property Law Rutgers School of Law–Camden

Education: University of Virginia

Professor Lastowka teaches and researches in the field of intellectual property. He is an expert on technology and law and his opinions have been quoted in publications such as Nature, The Economist, Scientific American, and the New York Times.  He is a co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2004, Professor Lastowka clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton on the Third Circuit and practiced intellectual property and technology litigation at Dechert LLP. While at Dechert, he was pro bono co-counsel for Ken Hamidi in the landmark case of Intel Corp. v. Hamidi.

In Spring of 2009, Professor Lastowka was a Visiting Professor at Columbia School of Law.  In Spring of 2007, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Graz, Austria.  During the 2005-06 academic year, he was a fellow at the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis, where he participated in a working group on the interdisciplinary study of intellectual property.


Josephine A. Paltin, Esq.

Patent Counsel, CommVault Systems, Inc.

Education: Rutgers School of Law-Newark

Josephine Paltin is a registered patent attorney currently working as Patent Counsel at CommVault Systems, Inc. in Oceanport, NJ – a company that makes information management software for enterprise customers.  Previously, Jo worked primarily in patent preparation and prosecution at a boutique IP law firm specializing in high technology. After law school, Josephine served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Stephen Skillman in the NJ Appellate Division. Prior to her law career, Jo was a product development manager and engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories and its successor companies Lucent and Avaya, where she worked on software and hardware development projects. In addition to her law and undergraduate engineering degrees, Jo also holds a Masters’ degree in Computer Science.

Jo is an alumna of Rutgers School of Law School – Newark. During law school, she was Managing Notes Editor on the Rutgers Law Review and she interned with Chief Justice Zazzali at the NJ Supreme Court. Jo is on the Board of Managers of the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA) and currently serves as Treasurer.


Christian LaForgia

Associate at Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik, llp

Education: Rutgers School of Law-Newark

Christian LaForgia graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2002 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.  He has worked for the USPTO for 10 years, with 5 of those years as a Primary Examiner.  In 2008, Christian was recognized by the AIPLA as an Outstanding Examiner.

Christian graduated from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 2012.  While there, he served as Managing Editor for the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal.  Christian has been admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and before the USPTO.  Christian has been an associate with Lerner David since January 2013.


Jonathan D. Reichman

Partner, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

Education: Stanford Law School

Mr. Reichman has almost 30 years’ experience in litigation, licensing and counseling matters in copyright, trademark, unfair competition and right of publicity law, particularly for clients in the entertainment industry.

Mr. Reichman’s practice involves the protection, defense, enforcement, licensing and exploitation of rights vested in fictional characters. Mr. Reichman also represents the estates of well-known authors and artists, and handles the intellectual property aspects of merger, acquisition and financing transactions, including the analysis and evaluation of intellectual property portfolios.

Mr. Reichman is a member of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal and The Licensing Journal and has written articles for a number of IP oriented organizations and publications. Mr. Reichman has taught entertainment licensing as an adjunct professor at New York Law School,and was co-author and contributing editor of the book Right of Publicity 2013, which addresses critical issues in publicity rights around the world.


Jake Feldman

Assistant General Counsel – Trademarks at Johnson & Johnson

Education: Emory University

Jake Feldman is an Assistant General Counsel – Trademarks at Johnson & Johnson.  Jake focuses most of his time counseling on issues relating to the enforcement, clearance, maintenance, and prosecution of the global trademark portfolios for the beauty franchise and the BabyCenter® franchise.  Jake’s counsel also includes issues relating to litigation, domain names, licensing, trade dress, copyright, acquisition and divestiture matters as well as related IP transactions.  With respect to digital and social media matters, Jake has worked on a wide-range of such initiatives for Johnson & Johnson, including helping in the development and implementation of internal Internet and social media policies and practices.  Prior to working at Johnson & Johnson, Jake was responsible for the consumer trademark portfolio at Pfizer, and previously worked as an associate in the Trademark/Copyright Group at the law firm of Morgan Lewis in Washington, D.C.  After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts, Jake received both a Masters of Public Health, with a concentration in Health Policy & Management, and his Juris Doctor from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.



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