Albany Law Presents IP, Technology Law Career Forum

Albany Law Presents IP, Technology Law Career Forum

10/19/2007 | Facebook|Twitter|Email

Date: 10/19/2007

Albany Law School is hosting a career planning program called "Careers in Intellectual Property and Technology Law" on Thursday, November 1, at 4 p.m. in the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom.

This event, co-sponsored by the Albany Law School's Science & Technology Law Center, the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Career Center, will feature a panel of Albany Law alumni who will share advice and tips based on their own professional experiences and successful career progression in IP and technology law.

Panelists will include:

Marc Schechter is Senior Group IP Law Counsel, IBM Americas Sales & Distribution, IBM Canada, IBM Latin America. Before his current assignment, Schechter held various intellectual property law positions throughout IBM. Prior to joining IBM, he worked in the in-house intellectual property law department of Philips Electronics, and the Albany, N.Y., law firm of Heslin, Irwin & Neiman (now Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti). He is past chairman of the Copyright Committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. Schechter received his B.S. in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.B.A. from Pace University and his J.D. from Albany Law School.

Gail Norris is Director for the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Rochester. As director, she provides leadership in developing strategies for the licensing and commercialization of Intellectual Property developed at the University, and fosters corporate collaborations and assists in the establishment of start-up companies that use technology developed at the University. Previously, Norris was a partner at the law firm of Nixon Peabody specializing in corporate law, and later the general counsel for the U.S. operations of Celltech Pharmaceuticals. She received her B.S. in Management from Syracuse University and her J.D. from Albany Law School.

Stephen Treglia has been a prosecutor for over 26 years and is presently Chief of the Technology Crime Unit of the Nassau County (NY) District Attorney's Office (NCDA). The Unit was created in 1997 and handles most of the high technology-related cases investigated and prosecuted by the NCDA. He writes a bi-monthly column on computer crime for the New York Law Journal and is one of the original members of the New York State DA Association's (NYSDAA) Subcommittee on Computers and Technology, which provides legislative recommendations to the Governor's Office and State Legislature. Treglia received his B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his J.D. from Albany Law School.

Heather Hage is the Intellectual Property Manager for the Office of Technology Transfer at the Research Foundation (RF) of the State University of New York. She first joined the RF as an intern in 2004 while she was a student at Albany Law School. Hage has experience in media relations and finance, and was a junior analyst in the Media and Telecommunications Division of BNP Paribas, an investment bank headquartered in Paris, France. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology and government from Hamilton College and her J.D. from Albany Law School. 

Brad Salai is a partner at the law firm of Harter Secrest & Emery and has practiced as a patent, trademark and copyright attorney for more than 30 years. He initially served as a patent attorney for General Electric Company in the Research and Development Laboratory and in the Semiconductor Products Department. He has experience in addressing all phases of intellectual property law for a broad spectrum of industries ranging from ultrashort-pulse laser machinery to electrical manufacturing. Salai received his B.S.E.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his J.D. from Albany Law School.

Irene Lippa is an associate at the law firm of Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts and practices in the field of patent law, particularly in the area of patent prosecution.  She prepares and prosecutes patent application for inventions in technical fields including biomedical engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, medical devices, business methods, mechanical devices and electromechanical devices. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Albany Law School.

Todd Friedman is a partner in the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. Friedman focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and client counseling, representing high-technology clients such as Lucent Technologies, Agere Systems, Infineon Technologies, Samsung, Xerox and Apple Computer. He has litigated and counseled on patent matters related to a broad array of technologies and has worked on a variety of trade secret, trademark, copyright and unfair competition cases. He received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York, Maritime College and his J.D. from Albany Law School.

For more information about this event, please contact Annette Kahler, Director of the Albany Law School Science and Technology Law Center, at 518-445-3355 or