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Christal Sheppard, Director, Elijah J. McCoy USPTO, to Speak at KGs Evolving Landscape of Intellectual Property Strategies: Embracing the 2016 Developments Live Webcast

New York, NY, July 20, 2016 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Christal Sheppard, Director, Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office will speak at The Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “The Evolving Landscape of Intellectual Property Strategies: Embracing the 2016 Developments Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for August 26, 2016 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (ET).

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About Christal Sheppard

Christal Sheppard is the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Midwest Satellite Office located in Detroit, Michigan. She leads the USPTO operations, policy and community outreach efforts throughout the Midwestern United States.

Prior to joining the USPTO, Sheppard was an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska where she co-founded a program of concentrated study in intellectual property law at the Law College.

Sheppard has master’s and doctoral degrees in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor degree from Cornell University Law School. She has more than two decades of science and intellectual property law and policy experience including as practicing attorney at Foley & Lardner and the United States International Trade Commission and through internships with Judge Radar at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Executive Office of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 2005, Sheppard completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education for Senior Managers in Government program, and in 2014, she completed a George Mason University Law and Economics Institute program.

Her successful career in intellectual property law and policy includes her tenure as chief counsel on patents and trademarks for the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary where she was integral in many endeavors including the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the most comprehensive change to this nation's intellectual property laws in more than 60 years.

Event Synopsis:

The fast and constantly changing landscape of Intellectual Property (IP) law poses big challenges to companies in coping with an already complex environment. Such complexity creates numerous hindrances for company executives and investors to manage their intellectual capital assets and ensure strategic IP strategies that are closely aligned with their corporate goals. Strategies that will produce a more sustainable and practical competitive advantage over their competitors are of significant importance to companies and businesses than ever before.

In this two-hour live webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and seasoned professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an overview of the different types of intellectual property strategies and will outline best practices to protect and enforce them. The panel will discuss the most important aspects of maintaining effective IP strategies in adopting to the Evolving Landscape of Intellectual Property Law. Speakers will also suggest cost-effective solutions to protect and manage IP assets that will maximize efficiency and minimize potential risks and pitfalls.

Key Issues:

· IP Strategy and Management Program
· Identifying IP Management Core Dimensions
· The Confluence of AIA and Technological Advancements
· Maximizing Profitability and Minimizing Risks in IP Transactions
· IP Risk Assessment Process
· Recent Trends and Developments

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:
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