Meredith Addy, co-founder and partner at boutique litigation and intellectual property law firm AddyHart P.C., will be a featured presenter at CON2020, the inaugural annual IPWatchdog Conference, March 15–18, 2020, in Dallas, Tex.
The theme of CON2020 is “Protecting & Enforcing IP in an Unpredictable Marketplace.” Panelists and presenters will address how laws and rules relating to the ownership and enforcement of intellectual property in America have over the past decade evolved in ways that damage IP rights and assure that some corporations have virtual impunity when they infringe the property rights of other, less well-capitalized entities. This in turn makes innovation more risky and more difficult, while encouraging the practice of “efficient infringement.”
Addy will be a panelist on the topic “Keeping & Enforcing Rights in an Age of Amazon.” The panel will address how large companies are routinely using the threat of litigation, infringement lawsuits, and challenges at the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board to wage war against small inventors, effectively stealing products that have been featured at trade shows, on shopping network QVC, on Shark Tank—the popular television show about inventors and investors, or if they cross a certain threshold of contributions using online creative fundraising site Kickstarter.
Addy joins panelist Josh Malone, a Fellow at U.S. Inventor and the inventor of Bunch-O-Balloons, and moderator Renee C. Quinn, COO of IPWatchdog, to discuss strategies to protect products using all available forms of IP protection, as well as tactics for distributing through online marketplaces, like Amazon, and working with online marketplaces if/when IP issues arise.
Meredith Addy is an intellectual property litigator with over 25 years of litigation experience. Addy has handled more than 40 IP cases in the trial courts and argued more than 60 appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Addy co-founded AddyHart P.C. in January of 2019 as a boutique litigation and intellectual property law firm. AddyHart provides a range of IP, entertainment, and corporate law services to entrepreneurial and startup firms, established mid-sized businesses, and companies in the Fortune 1000. The firm’s clients include innovative companies in software and hardware, avionics, pharmaceuticals and biomedical engineering, the automotive sector, and entertainment.
In addition to her extensive experience in the courtroom, Addy has held leadership positions at several AmLaw100 firms, is a recipient of many awards and honors, and has testified before Congress to address issues relating to the Federal Circuit and the state of patent law. Addy is a past member of the Federal Circuit’s Advisory Council and has been a member of the board of directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. She also co-founded the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, which is directed to intellectual property, and served as its first president. Addy has been recognized as one of the most influential women in IP law by Law360.
IPWatchdog CON2020 will be held March 15–18, 2020 at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. More information is at https://www.ipwatchdog.com/annual-meeting-2020/.