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Luz Helena Adarve
Partner and Head, IP and Technology Group, Dentons
Luz Helena Adarve is a Partner at Dentons and heads the firm’s IP and technology and privacy practices. She is regularly ranked as a top-tier lawyer in her field by major legal directories. She has extensive experience managing complex IP portfolios for multinational and local companies and has advised clients from multiple jurisdictions on distribution and sponsorship agreements, licences, privacy, consumer protection and information technology.

Clients recognise Ms Adarve’s ability to pinpoint risks and provide detailed and nuanced advice while strategising about sophisticated solutions. She stands out for her practical approach and her ability to build enduring rapports. Ms Adarve is regularly engaged in academic activities – either as a professor at top law schools in Colombia or as an attendee of high-level courses. Her clients span the full range of industry sectors, including food and beverages, information technology, health and consumer products, aviation and clothing and apparel.
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Danny Awdeh
Partner, Finnegan
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Claudio Castanheira
General Manager, Brazil, Clarke, Modet & Co
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Elza Helena Andrade Barbosa Durham
IP Counsel, Ache

Elza Helena Andrade Barbosa Durham is IP Counsel at Ache, where she has assisted with IP protection and risk assessment in the sale of new products for more than 10 years. Her professional activities include the protection of intangible assets, infringement risk analysis, and the development of new tools and strategies to assist Ache’s board members with their strategic decision making.

Ms. Durham’s academic experience is multidisciplinary: she has a bachelor’s in biomedicine; a master’s in biophysics (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro); a doctorate in science (bioinformatics; University of Sao Paulo); and an MBA in Business Management (FGV). She has been registered as an Industrial Property Agent with the National Institute of Industrial Property since 2011.

Ms. Durham is IP and Innovation Director at the Brazilian Association of Fine Chemistry. In 2018 her team was named Best Latin American IP Department and she was named Brazil´s Best Counsel.

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Robert Earle
Vice President, Assertion, IPR & Licensing, Ericsson
Robert Earle is Vice President for Patent Assertion and Enforcement at Ericsson. His group within Ericsson’s IP rights organisation is responsible for driving the company’s global patent assertion and enforcement activities. He is involved in developing Ericsson’s global patent assertion and enforcement strategy – providing detailed technical analysis of Ericsson’s industry-leading portfolio of over 45,000 patents, as well as mapping those patents against the products and services provided by potential licensees.

Mr Earle joined Ericsson in 2014 as Vice President for Assertion and Enforcement. Previously, he was a partner in Fish & Richardson’s Dallas office. He has been first chair in multiple jury trials before federal and state trial courts and he has represented top international companies in patent litigation cases. Before attending law school, Mr Earle served in the US Navy.

Mr Earle holds a JD and a master’s in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
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Gloria Montaron Estrada
Director, Legal & IP, Bioceres S.A.
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Richard Galindo Sanchez
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Avianca
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Thomas Hannickel
Legal Specialist, BRF
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Song K Jung
Global Chair, IP and Technology Group, Dentons
Song K. Jung is Global Chair of Dentons’ IP and Technology Practice, comprising more than 500 attorneys at more than 170 offices in 75 countries. He is also a member of the Dentons Global Board. Under his leadership, Dentons has built one of the leading IP practices in the global industry.
Mr Jung's practice covers all aspects of IP law, including patent prosecution, litigation and licensing. He has counselled clients through numerous IP matters covering a wide range of technologies and industries in the United States and international jurisdictions including the Latin America region.
His experience prosecuting and litigating patents, handling negotiations and mediations to settle IP litigation matters, advising clients on technology transfers, joint ventures and other business transactions, and guiding clients through IP licensing opportunities has enabled him to assist clients across the globe to develop, protect and capitalise on their IP.
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José Mauro Decoussau Machado
Partner, Pinheiro Neto Advogados
José Mauro Decoussau Machado is a Partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados in its IP and technology practice. He has an LLM from Stanford Law School in law science and technology and a master’s in civil procedure from the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo. Mr Machado is Chair of the Competition Committee of the Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property.
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Fabio Morganti
Brand Protection Consultant, Volkswagen do Brasil
Fabio Morganti has undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration. He also has a specialisation in marketing from the Getulio Vargas Foundation and an MBA and PhD in business administration from Mackenzie University.

Dr Morganti has more than 16 years’ experience in management positions in the sales and marketing, IP management and brand protection teams of multinationals in Brazil – including Delphi Automotive, Ford Motor Company and most recently Volkswagen, where he is currently a Brand Protection Consultant. He has also taught marketing-related subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Mackenzie University and Santa Cecília University.

At both Ford and Volkswagen, Dr Morganti was responsible for implementing and managing the companies’ brand protection initiative. His interests include innovation, IP management and brand protection.
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