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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
Danny Awdeh leads Finnegan’s trademark and copyright practice and is consistently recognised by his peers and in-house counsel as being among the top attorneys for contentious and non-contentious trademark work. He represents clients in high-stakes litigation in forums throughout the country and manages numerous high-profile global trademark portfolios. As noted by the WTR 1000, Mr Awdeh is sought after as an “exceptional advocate who gives candid, practical advice backed by an impressive understanding of the legal complexities”. He has a proven track record of success across trademark disciplines, including high-stakes litigation, billion-dollar transactions, global brand launches and strategic counselling. Mr Awdeh has been recognised as one of the top attorneys in Washington DC with “a gift for tactical thinking” and is “a truly talented lawyer and the go-to guy for high-profile trademark and trade dress litigation”. He supports his clients around the globe and has a valuable presence in China.
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Claudio Castanheira
General Manager, Brazil, ClarkeModet
While completing his PhD, Claudio Castanheira undertook several projects that enabled him to become familiar with the processes and requirements for patentability in Europe, even patenting one of his own inventions. He has extensive professional experience in the field of strategic and operational consulting in renowned companies. Previously, Dr Castanheira spent seven years at McKinsey, where he served as Head of Practice in the oil and gas area and led the implementation of the climate change speciality. Before taking over as General Manager of ClarkeModet in Brazil, he oversaw strategic consulting and was Director of Transformation as the company moved to a shared services model at a global level.
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Marcos da Silva Couto
Chief-Attorney, INPI
Marcos da Silva Couto is Attorney General of the National Institute of Industrial Property. He graduated from Estácio de Sá University with a specialisation in economic law and appropriate methods of conflict resolution. Previously, he was Attorney Chief of the National Institute of Social Security (INSS) tax area, Attorney Chief of the INSS, Attorney Chief of the Courts, Federal Regional Attorney of the 2nd Region and Attorney Chief of the Botanical Garden Research Institute.
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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 5 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 has more than 12 years in IP and her 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.
Gloria Montaron Estrada is General Counsel and Chief IP Officer at Bioceres Group. She is also a member of the board of directors of Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp, a subsidiary company of Bioceres SA (listed in the NY Stock Exchange as BIOX).

Before joining Bioceres, Ms Estrada worked at Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal in Buenos Aires, Argentina as member of the IP department and as associate of the corporate and M&A department.

Ms Estrada graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires with a law degree in 1994 and later completed a master’s in IP at the University of Palermo. She has taught at different universities and has written many articles. Ms Estrada is a member of the Bar Association of the City of Buenos Aires.
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Humberto Ferraz
Associate Professor, University of São Paulo
Humberto Gomes Ferraz is a Pharmacist (1990) from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, with a master’s (1993) and a PhD (1997) in pharmaceuticals and medicines from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of São Paulo (FCF/USP) and a postdoc (2003) from the University of Coimbra (2007). Dr Ferraz is an Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacy at the FCF/USP, where he works in the pharmaceutical field, and a Visiting Researcher at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. He is also a Collaborator Professor at the University of Trujillo, Peru. Dr Ferraz has significant experience working on projects with pharmaceutical companies. He founded and is responsible for the FCF/USP’s Department of Pharmacy Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Development and Innovation programme. Dr Ferraz has published more than 70 articles.
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Richard Galindo Sanchez
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Avianca
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Maria Isabel Giacchetti de Moraes
Head, Latin America Patent Strategies & Litigation, Sanofi
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Thomas Hannickel
Legal Specialist, BRF
Thomas Hannickel is a business lawyer who focuses on IP, contracts, digital law, privacy and protection of personal data, self-regulation, advertising, entertainment law and commercial promotions. He is In-House Counsel at BRF SA.
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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 600 attorneys at more than 170 offices in more than 70 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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Roberto Ribeiro
Former Senior Legal Director, Patents, Sanofi & Managing Director, IP & Plus
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Newton Vieira Junior
Brand Protection Director, Americas, Nike
Newton Vieira Junior is the Nike Americas Brand Protection Director. He has a law degree from the Universidade do Vale do Itajai and certifications in civil litigation and tax law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo. Mr Vieira graduated from law school in 1998 and while attending school he was a Bailiff of the Court of Camboriu in Santa Catarina, Brazil. After graduating, he joined the IP law firm Garé & Ortiz do Amaral in Sao Paulo, where he later became Partner. While working at this law firm, he oversaw brand protection for several major companies. In 2012 he began his career at Nike as Brand Protection Manager for Brazil and quickly took over as the Latin America Brand Protection Director. For the past two years Mr Vieira has been Director of Brand Protection for both North America and Latin America.
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