The Women in IP Committee of the AIPLA is pleased to announce SANGEETA SHAH as a Woman to Watch!

The Women to Watch Series was established by the Women in IP Committee as an avenue to recognize women within the AIPLA community for excellence and accomplishments. Through a peer-nomination process, the Women to Watch Series strives to honor women who have created their own paths, who lead through strong examples, and who are achieving successes as a result of their choices and leadership, but who may not be widely known in the AIPLA community.

We are pleased to introduce Sangeeta Shah, in her own words:

Years working in IP: 23 Years

Years with current organization: 23 years

Current location: Southfield, MI

Current role: Shareholder, Co-Chair Post-Grant Proceedings, Chief Diversify Officer

What I do: I wear many hats at Brooks Kushman. As the Co-Chair of the firm’s Post-Grant Proceedings Group I work with clients on devising and implementing business-centric, litigation strategies that employ post-grant proceedings.  As the Chief Diversity officer for Brooks Kushman, my efforts are focused building and nurturing a firm culture that is focused on inclusion. I also manage patent portfolios for clients in the food and beverage, automotive and life science industries.

Previous roles: Throughout my career at Brooks Kushman, I have managed to maintain a diverse practice. For the first several years of my career, I learned the art of patent prosecution.  Then, after working on my first litigation in 1995, I was hooked and worked almost exclusively on litigation matters for over a decade.  As my daughter grew older, I chose to reduce my litigation practice and shifted my focus to client counseling, patent prosecution and opinion work.  

Years and involvement with AIPLA: On and off for 10 years

Q.  What was the best professional decision you ever made?

A.  Delving into unchartered territory and developing expertise at the onset of the AIA post-grant proceeding roll-out.  I have enjoyed putting to use my litigation, prosecution and client counseling skills in this new practice area with its ever-changing landscape.

Q.  What was the worst professional decision you ever made?

A.  To handle a multi-pronged IP strategy for a start-up that I later learned had a pattern of running up legal bills and avoiding payment

Q.  What would you consider your greatest professional achievement so far?

A.  Staying true to myself and my varied interests which has led me to pursue all facets of IP, take part in firm management and adopt a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives that have improved our firm culture, cohesiveness and ability to hire and retain diverse professionals.

Q.  In your opinion, what could women be doing better to advance their careers?

A.  Women (and men) should seek out mentors all through their careers to help them grow their professional and practice-related skills.  Such mentors serve as champions for new opportunities and advancement and help us become an effective advocate for our clients and ourselves.  And, don’t wait for opportunities to come to you, pave the path that you seek.

Q.  What is the best advice you have received?

A. In your life, if you do not do what you cannot do, it is not a problem. But if you do not do what you can do, your life is a tragedy.

More about Sangeeta:

If they bottled my personality, the label would read:  Passionate, caring and intelligent with a touch of daring

Something I said I’d never do, but did anyway:  Taking on more roles and responsibilities, I can’t seem to resist. . . 

One thing people are surprised to find out about me:  My passion for charitable work which led me to start a non-profit, Retooling Detroit, to help inner city children obtain the basic reading and math skills needed to reach their potential.

Click here to link to Sangeeta’s profile.

 

Stay tuned for our next Woman to Watch!

Regards,

The Women in IP Committee

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The Women in IP Committee of the AIPLA is pleased to announce CYNTHIA GILBERT as a Woman to Watch!

The Women to Watch Series was established by the Women in IP Committee as an avenue to recognize women within the AIPLA community for excellence and accomplishments. Through a peer-nomination process, the Women to Watch Series strives to honor women who have created their own paths, who lead through strong examples, and who are achieving successes as a result of their choices and leadership, but who may not be widely known in the AIPLA community. 

 

We are pleased to introduce Cynthia Gilbert, in her own words:

 

Years working in IP: 11

 Years with current organization: 5.5

 Current location: Cambridge, MA

 Current role: Owner, Patent attorney at Hyperion Law

 What I do: Educate clients on how patents can advance their business objectives, develop and execute patent strategies, and empower clients to better understand and leverage their patent portfolios.

Previous roles: Associate at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP; Associate at Lahive & Cockfield, LLP; Member of Technical Staff, Verizon Labs (formerly GTE Labs).

Years and involvement with AIPLA: 11

 

Q.  What was the best professional decision you ever made?

A.  Deciding to start my own law firm.  It is worth all of the risk and uncertainty and effort I put into the business to have the privilege of serving clients I genuinely believe in.

 

Q.  What was the worst professional decision you ever made?

A.  Getting lost in other people’s expectations for what my career was “supposed” to look like and losing perspective on what was really important to me.  Once I was able to identify the type of work that mattered to me and the kind of environments that would support those priorities, I became a stronger lawyer (and a happier person!).

 

Q.  What would you consider your greatest professional achievement so far?

A.  Accomplishing my goal of building a successful legal career, sustaining my career during particularly tough economic times, and creating a thriving law firm.

 

Q.  In your opinion, what could women be doing better to advance their careers?

A.  I think many of us struggle with “good girl” syndrome – with finding (and listening to) our own voices, and putting other people’s expectations in perspective.  We are not often encouraged to do the intense, soul searching work of honestly identifying what we really want to accomplish in life, and to make the necessary changes so that we are acting in a way that furthers those goals and to do that work over and over again over the course of our lifetimes, so that we stay in sync with our changing circumstances.  But the mentors and role models I know (men and women) who invest in this effort benefit not just by advancing their careers but by becoming better professionals and people.

 

Q.  What is the best advice you have received?

A.  Remember that no one else is going to ask you if you’re happy, if you’re accomplishing your goals, if you’re finding fulfillment in your job.  Make an appointment twice a year with yourself and ask yourself these important questions.

 

More about Cynthia:

 

If they bottled my personality, the label would read: Intelligence, ambition, curiosity, passion.

 

Something I said I’d never do, but did anyway:  Become an entrepreneur.  I always thought running a business was something my clients did – until I started my own law firm and realized I loved being an entrepreneur myself.

 

One thing people are surprised to find out about me:  How passionate I am about both business (especially organizational design / culture) and science (especially astrophysics and neuroscience).

 

Stay tuned for our next Woman to Watch!

Regards,

The Women in IP Committee

Hope to see you at the Women in IP Law B

Hope to see you at the Women in IP Law Breakfast 6:45-8:45am Fri. Oct 23: “Perspectives of Women on the Judiciary” #WomeninIP

Women in IP Law Breakfast 7-9am Fri. Jan

Women in IP Law Breakfast 6:45am-8:45am Fri. Oct 23 at the Annual Meeting for “Perspectives of Women on the Judiciary.” #WomeninIP

Women in IP Law Breakfast 7-9am Fri. Jan

Women in IP Law Breakfast 7-9am Fri. Jan. 30 at the Annual Meeting

“Perspectives of Women on the Judiciary” : In this panel, women will discuss their careers on the judiciary, including challenges they face, as well as their appointments and the backgrounds that led them to their current positions.
Moderator: Denise DeFranco, incoming AIPLA President, Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Panelists:
Judge Kimberly Moore of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Washington, D.C.)
Judge Laurie J. Michelson, E.D., Michigan (Detroit)
Judge Joy Flowers Conti, Chief Judge, W.D. Pennsylvania
Judge Lorelei Ritchie, USPTO, (Los Angeles, CA)
Sponsor: Lee & Hayes

#WomeninIP”