Leading businesses to provide a look behind the IP portfolio management curtain

In a first-of-its-kind event, lawyers from three Fortune 500 companies will provide the public with a behind-the-scenes look at how they manage their companies’ intellectual property portfolios.

“Managing IP Assets at the Speed of Business”

8 am – 5 pm Friday, Oct. 4
William Mitchell College of Law
Rooms 123 and 125



Intellectual Property attorneys with 3M, Cargill, and IBM will participate in a workshop at William Mitchell College of Law, “Managing IP Assets at the Speed of Business,” aimed at answering tough questions about the relatively new field of portfolio management.

The workshop is from 8 am to 5 pm, open to the public, and sponsored by Grant Thornton and the Intellectual Property Institute at William Mitchell.

“No one in America is looking at how to manage portfolios in a public setting, Companies are keeping their methods proprietary; they don’t share,” said Professor Ken Port, director of Mitchell’s IP Institute. “This is the opportunity for companies large and small to get a look behind the scenes to find out how giants in the field are doing it.”

The daylong event will be broken into a morning session focused on basic principles of IP portfolio management and an afternoon session focused on best practices in the field.

Cost for attending is $500 per individual ($67 per CLE credit hour). Breakfast and lunch will be served, and application will be made for CLE credit.

Panelist include:

  • Susan Prohofsky Krelitz ’90, adjunct IP professor, William Mitchell, U.S. counsel & director of business development,  IPfolio
  • Robert Fichter, Dennemeyer & Associates
  • Renee Marino, Cupitor Consulting, LLC
  • Harry Gwinnell, Greenblum & Bernstein, former chief IP counsel, Cargill Corporation
  • Gilbert Voortmans, 3M
  • Steven Roth, IBM Corporation
  • James Baker ’03, adjunct IP professor, William Mitchell, senior intellectual property counsel, 3M