Managing Legal Teams in 2021: Looking into the Crystal Ball

Recorded On: 09/10/2020

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COVID-19 is permanently changing the way we do business. Join us as the Law Firm Committee presents an international panel of Associate Members who will share insights on how things have changed, how to make the most of remote working, and what the future might look like.

Specifically, the panel will discuss: 

  • Best practices and practical tips to manage your IP practices
  • Short term and long term trends in law firm business operations
  • Working remotely―now and in the future

The session will wrap up with an audience Q&A.

James Buchan (Moderator)

Gowling WLG International Limited (Canada)

James H. Buchan is firm managing partner – clients for Gowling WLG in Canada. In this role, he is responsible for external matters related to the firm's client relationships, as well as the key sectors and regions in which the firm offers its services.

In addition to his expertise in the areas of intellectual property advisory and enforcement work, James is also a past member of the firm's Board of Trustees, as well as a former leader of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Group and a former co-leader of its Trademarks Group.

As a barrister and solicitor, James' expertise in the IP field is broad-based and extensive, covering a wide range of IP-related contentious and non-contentious matters, including patent, trademark and copyright litigation. He has appeared as counsel of record in more than 25 reported decisions of the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada, and has been counsel in over 750 trademark opposition and expungement proceedings before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

Year after year, James is recognized by various legal publications for his in-depth expertise and dedication to client service excellence. These publications include The Best Lawyers in Canada, World Trademark Review and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

He remains active in numerous national and international legal committees and industry groups, including the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), the American Bar Association and the Defence Research Institute.

Kevin Costanza

Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (USA)

Kevin Costanza's practice is focused on mechanical patent prosecution, trademark clearance and registration, and intellectual property licensing. He received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California at Irvine in 1990, concentrating in mechanical engineering and material sciences. Kevin received his J.D. (cum laude) from Seattle University School of Law in 1995.

Meera Chature Sankhari

Jupiter Law Partners (India)

Meera's focus has been on transactional IP for the past 10 years and IP for 18+, which includes prosecution, litigation & advisory. She enjoys IP oriented M&A transactions, software contracts, entertainment sector and IT & ITES related services including opinions and advisory.

Meera started her career with IP prosecution, followed by IP litigation. In the course of past 18 years, she has handled large portfolios of Fortune 500 companies in various industry sectors. Meera has dealt with litigation of IP matters, defamation, unfair competition and disparagement.

Michael Wolnizer

Davies Collison Cave Law (Australia)

Michael practices in all areas of trade mark law including availability and infringement searches, prosecution, opposition and trade mark infringement issues and related copyright, trade practices and associated common law actions. Michael manages the trade mark portfolios of numerous Australian and multi national companies.

Michael has particular expertise in internet related trade mark and copyright issues and he heads up Davies Collison Cave’s domain name practice group. He was a member of the inaugural auDA Domain Name Advisory Panel whose recommendations led to the reform of policy in the .au name space in 2000. He has also been a member of the INTA Internet Committee.

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