Olivia Luk Bedi, Partner, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, is a trial lawyer with significant experience in intellectual property litigation, having represented both individuals and corporations in high-stakes cases in federal and state courts. Bedi, who earned a B.S. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000, grows Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s roster of intellectual property attorneys with strong chemical engineering backgrounds. Her trial-oriented practice further builds the capabilities of the firm’s 35-member Intellectual Property group, which includes many Federal Trial Bar-admitted attorneys who try cases all over the country. Prior to beginning her legal practice, she spent five years as a patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the area of semiconductor manufacturing. She has been recognized by Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of the “40 under Forty Top Lawyers in Illinois,” and has been included in Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s Top 250 Women IP Attorneys list.
Olivia is active in the community, serving as Executive Director of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court in Chicago, which she co-founded, as well as serving on leadership committees for the Economic Club of Chicago and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. She co-founded LIPS (Ladies in IP Society) to promote mentoring and networking among female members of the IP bar in Chicago. She also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Founders Council for the American Writers Museum and the Chicago Inventors Organization. Olivia Bedi received her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in 2005.
Marci Walker joined Lawyers for the Creative Arts in 2004. She has advised clients in all areas of art and entertainment, including intellectual property protection for motion pictures, visual arts, music, dance and literary works. Ms. Walker plans LCA’s educational programming and lectures widely on copyright law, including rights acquisition and transfer and overall best practices to manage copyright interests in creative works. She is the former Chair of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Division of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, the Chicago Bar Association’s Media and Entertainment Committee, the Intellectual Property Committee of College Art Association, and the Fiscal Sponsorship Committee of Independent Features Project Midwest (IFP/ Chicago). Ms. Walker is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago where she teaches entertainment law courses. Ms. Walker earned her juris doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois and in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois.
Paul Stephens, Partner, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, has a multifaceted practice focusing primarily on obtaining and protecting client assets through prosecuting patents, counseling, and developing IP strategy. Over the last decade, a good portion of his work has been directed toward building licensable IP portfolios for startups and universities. Paul’s practice in the firm also includes considerable litigation successfully representing clients at the CAFC and in district courts across the country. His role today in litigation is more managerial: counseling clients on cases filed by both competitors and patent trolls and directing liability phases and challenging competing patents in the USPTO through reexamination and IPR proceedings. Paul states that “Every day, I am privileged to work for (and with) some of the smartest people imaginable. Whether working along with a general counsel or an entrepreneur, a professor or a licensing professional, a research scientist or a corporate manager, the challenges we face are complex and engrossing. Needless to say, I enjoy my work.” Paul is an avid tennis player, photographer, proud Detroiter, triple University of Michigan grad (B.S.EE – magna cum laude, M.S.EE, and J.D.), has lived in South Africa and also serves as the chairperson of his firm’s pro bono committee.
Dan McEldowney is an Associate at Ocean Tomo, an Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm, which provides companies with financial services related to intellectual property and intangible assets. Dan provides financial research, modeling, and analysis for valuation engagements pertaining to IP-related transactions, including those involving patents, trademarks, brands, trade secrets, and businesses with an IP focus. He is responsible for organizing analysis into reports and other deliverables to assist clients with M&A, financial reporting, asset-backed lending, monetization of IP, and internal strategy and planning. Industries include, but are not limited to, life sciences, medical device, pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, renewable energy, software, semiconductor, and telecommunications. Dan has a Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Finance and MBA in Financial Analysis and Investment Management from DePaul University Kellstat Graduate School of Management.