Thank you to everyone who attended our launch party

The multiplatform programme was launched on the evening of April 24, 2019, with a reception at Boston’s superb Ritz-Carlton Hotel. This two-hour long reception party presented a series of guest speakers, sharing their experiences as women in IP, and contributing their advice on how best to empower women in the sector. The Launch reception took place from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. 


Dale Cendali
Dale Cendali
Kirkland & Ellis
Dale Cendali is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and the head of its copyright, trademark, internet and advertising group. During her 30-year career, she has counselled clients on disputes involving all forms of intellectual property, and has litigated some of the most high-profile cases in the country. Among her litigation experiences, she has argued before the US Supreme Court, procured and defeated multiple injunction requests, and won numerous cases on summary judgment and at trial. Of note, she won the well-publicised “Lexicon” fair use case for her long-time client J.K. Rowling. She also is an adjunct professor at Harvard Law School, where she teaches copyright and trademark litigation.
Deirdre Sanders
Deirdre Sanders
Boston Patent Law Association
Deirdre has 20 years of experience in strategic biotechnology patent prosecution counseling and in intellectual property litigation and enforcement. She is dedicated to guiding clients through the development, management, and protection of intellectual property rights to achieve their business goals.
Katie Coltart
Katie Coltart
Kirkland & Ellis
Since joining Kirkland & Ellis last year, Katie Coltart—alongside two other partners—has successfully built Kirkland’s IP litigation practice, from scratch, in London. She has extensive trial experience and, with a background in biochemistry, Coltart is well-placed to assist clients with complex and technical patent disputes in life sciences. She has expertise in relation to antibodies and other biological product development and screening platforms, as well as immunotherapies, diagnostics, and next-generation sequencing technologies. Her other industry specialities include telecommunications, particularly in relation to standard-essential patents and FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) licensing disputes, media and entertainment, online payment services, retail, and next-generation tobacco products. Coltart’s clients have included American biotech company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, global pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Novartis, and telecommunications brand Research In Motion (now known as BlackBerry). Before joining Kirkland, Coltart worked as a self-employed legal practitioner for three years. Before that, she trained and worked at Allen & Overy.
Sarah Morgan
Sarah Morgan
World IP Review
Editorial Project Lead
Sarah Morgan is senior writer and editorial project lead at World IP Review, and its associated publications. As a journalist with more than five years of experience, she covers all aspects of IP around the world. Sarah has spearheaded the editorial aspects of WIPR’s Influential Women in IP.

Pictures from the launch

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The Venue

Ritz-Carlton, Boston MA, 24th April 2019
Boston, MA may draw first-time visitors with its rich past, but its vibrant present, ignited by passions for art, architecture, food, fashion and sports, is what keeps them coming back. With a location overlooking Boston Common, the country’s oldest public park, The Ritz-Carlton hotel puts guests in the ideal place to experience the city in its truest form.
Reservations and enquiries:
10 Avery Street, 
Boston MA, 
United States
Nearest transport stops:
The nearest light rail and subway stops are Bolyston Street and Chinatown stations, both of which are less than 5 minutes walk to the hotel. 
Nearest airport: 
The nearest airport is Boston Logan International which is approximately 10 minutes drive. Taxi fares vary depending on the airport destination, the number of passengers and the proposed time of travel. Please contact the hotel with your travel details to obtain a quote.
Local Attractions: 
Information on the surrounding area and local attractions can be found here.