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Attorney Laura Winston will Serve as a Panelist at ACI’s 4th Annual Summit for Women Leaders in IP Law

Attorney Laura Winston, chair of the Offit Kurman’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, will serve as a panelist at the American Conference Institute’s 4th Annual Summit for Women Leaders in IP Law. The event will take place on June 25–26, 2024, and will focus on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion to elevate the prominence of women in the IP legal community.

Panel Information:

  • Title: “Combatting Insider Threats: Protecting Your Organization Against the Rise of Insider Threats to IP”
  • Date: June 26, 2024
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: National Union Building, Washington, DC


  • Laura J. Winston, Principal and Chair, Intellectual Property Practice Group, Offit Kurman, P.A.
  • Barbara A. Johnson, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Meredith M. Wilkes, Partner, Jones Day (Moderator)

The panel will discuss the rising risks posed by insider threats to intellectual property (IP). These threats can originate from employees, contractors, or business partners with authorized access to sensitive information. The discussion will cover strategies to protect IP, including:

  • Conducting thorough background checks on employees, contractors, and business partners to identify potential threats.
  • Implementing access controls and monitoring systems to track and prevent unauthorized access to sensitive IP data.
  • Providing comprehensive training on data security protocols and best practices for handling confidential information.
  • Establishing clear policies and procedures for handling and protecting sensitive IP data.
  • Fostering a culture of accountability and awareness among employees regarding insider threats and the importance of IP security.

For more information about the American Conference Institute’s 4th Annual Summit for Women Leaders in IP Law, please click here.