ChIPs Accelerators with Barnes & Thornburg
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am PT / 12:30 – 1:30 pm ET
  • Join Barnes and Thornburg’s trademark team for a discussion on effectively navigating cases before the TTAB. You will hear from a former TTAB judge on the mistakes to avoid at the TTAB, what creates the most headaches, and differences between proceeding in the TTAB and District Court. The presentation will also include recent trademark decisions that may impact your brand(s).


    • Mistakes to avoid at the TTAB
    • A former TTAB judge’s perspective on what creates the most headaches
    • Understanding the differences between the TTAB and District Court
    • TTAB best practices
    • Recent trademark decisions that may impact your brand(s)


    • Linda Kuczma, Of Counsel at Barnes & Thornburg
    • Michelle Mikol, Partner in Intellectual Property at Barnes & Thornburg
    • Corrine Conway, Intellectual Property Associate at Barnes & Thornburg
    • Deborah Pollack-Milgate, Partner in Intellectual Property at Barnes & Thornburg

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    ABOUT THE SPONSOR | Barnes & Thornburg
    Recognized as a Top 20 Law Firm of BTI Consulting Group’s 2023 Client Service A-Team list, Barnes and Thornburg LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 800 legal professionals throughout 23 offices in Boston, California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Texas, and Washington, D.C. We are among the 100 largest firms in the U.S. and can assist in the areas required to do business in today’s market such as corporate, litigation, intellectual property, real estate, renewable energy, labor and employment, healthcare, government services, environmental, and finance, insolvency, and restructuring.

    Barnes & Thornburg’s Intellectual Property practice is among the largest in the country, with over 150 IP attorneys and professionals. Our team includes more than 90 patent practitioners and more than 35 trademark practitioners. Our practice covers a broad spectrum of services, including strategic IP portfolio services, prosecuting and litigating patents, trademarks and copyrights, enforcement of patents and trademarks and defense of IP enforcement actions.

    ABOUT THE SERIES | ChIPs Accelerators
    The ChIPs Accelerators are live and on-demand sponsored webinars that showcase how a partner law firm addresses a particular hot topic in tech, law and policy.For information on how a ChIPs Accelerator can put your firm in front of ChIPs members worldwide, please contact: Bridget Johnson, Director of Partner & Business Development at


    Linda Kuczma
    Prior to joining the firm, Linda Kuczma served as an administrative trademark judge at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after 30 years in private practice. She has more than 40 years of experience in the worldwide protection of intellectual property rights, including trademarks and trade dress, advertising, unfair competition, patents and copyrights through litigation, registration, licensing, and alternate dispute resolution.

    Michelle Mikol
    Michelle Mikol is chair of the firm’s Advertising and Marketing Practice Group. Michelle concentrates her practice on trademark, copyright, false advertising and unfair competition matters. She manages her clients’ global trademark and copyright portfolios and works with clients to develop filing and enforcement strategies worldwide. In addition, she represents clients’ interests in adversarial proceedings in U.S. courts, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other U.S. and international tribunals.

    Corrine Conway
    Corrine Conway is an intellectual property associate who advocates for and helps protect clients’ assets. Well-versed in legal research and trademark and copyright matters, she can assess and deliberate on a wide array of IP issues facing clients in the ever-expanding intellectual property realm. She helps clients as they bring innovations and products to market and have a need to protect their intellectual property assets.

    Deborah Pollack-Milgate
    Deborah Pollack-Milgate represents businesses of all sizes and individuals in patent, trade secret, trademark and complex commercial litigation, including antitrust and contract litigation. Deborah brings her insight to bear in acting as outside IP counsel for both national and international clients, assisting with virtually all aspects of intellectual property portfolio management. She assists clients with putting systems in place, from the stage of invention to patent protection and enforcement, which will allow them to fully maximize the value of their intellectual property.

Linda Kuczma Linda Kuczma
Michelle Mikol Michelle Mikol
Corrine Conway Corrine Conway
Deborah Pollack-Milgate Deborah Pollack-Milgate