Thought Leaders

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We interviewed leaders in media, consumer products, brand, technology, search, technical, Internet strategy, trade organizations and others to weave together predications for what to expect.  We thank our thought leaders for sharing their time, insights and predictions for the future to help the millions of businesses that will be impacted by the next generation of the Internet.


Sarah B. Deutsch
Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Verizon Communications

Sarah Deutsch is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Verizon Communications. Her practice covers a wide range of legal issues in the areas of global intellectual property issues, Internet policy, liability and Internet jurisdiction. She manages Verizon’s intellectual property group and is responsible for copyright, trademarks and patent licensing matters. Sarah has represented Verizon on a host of domestic and international Internet issues ranging from Internet governance, domain name issues and ICANN, to digital copyright issues, cybercrime and international copyright issues.

Sarah was one of five negotiators for the U.S. telecommunications industry who negotiated service provider provisions that resulted in the passage of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. She was also actively involved with Congress in the passage of the Anti-Cybersquatting Act and the process that led to the creation of the UDRP.

Claudio Di Gangi
Manager, External Relations, Internet and the Judiciary, International Trademark Association

Claudio Di Gangi is Manager, External Relations, Internet and the Judiciary, for the International Trademark Association (INTA). He is responsible for working with INTA committees to manage both judicial and Internet-related policy development and advocacy issues for the Association. Mr. Di Gangi was elected as three-term Vice President of the Intellectual Property Constituency of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2008 to 2010. Claudio holds degrees from Towson University (B.S., Political Science) and St. John’s University School of Law (Juris Doctor).

Cynthia L. Gibson
Executive Vice President, Legal, Scripps Networks Interactive

Gibson is an accomplished attorney and has more than 20 years experience as a proven practitioner and leader. She has been recognized among The Best Lawyers in America and was named among the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio, and Top 25 Women Attorneys in Cincinnati.

Gibson is also actively involved in the community. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way Worldwide, leading its taskforce on Women and Worldwide as well as its Council Development Committee. Locally, Gibson serves as Chair of the Women of Tocqueville for the United Way of Greater Knoxville. She also serves as a member of the board of the American Red Cross, Knoxville Area Chapter.

Gibson received a bachelor of arts degree with honors in history from Wake Forest University, and her juris doctorate degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

J. Scott Evans
Head of Global Brand, Domains & Copyright, Yahoo!

J. Scott received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1992 from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at The University of Louisville. J. Scott first served as Corporate Counsel for Fruit of the Loom where he was responsible for managing the international intellectual property portfolios for Fruit of the Loom and its associate companies The B.V.D. Licensing Corporation, Gitano, Pro Player and Salem Sportswear, Inc. In November 1996, J. Scott joined Adams Evans P.A. where he continued to concentrate his practice in the areas of trademark, copyright, unfair competition and Internet law. In November 2007, J. Scott joined the legal team at Yahoo! Inc., where he serves as a Senior Legal Director – Head of Global Brand, Domains & Copyright.

J. Scott served on the five member drafting committee that assisted the staff at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN) with the drafting of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Rules of Procedure for the UDRP. He also served as member of the Implementation Recommendation Team charged with proposing possible solutions for brand protection in new gTLDs. J. Scott is an active member of the International Trademark Association, where he serves as Secretary, is a member of the Board of Directors and he serves on the Executive Committee. J. Scott also currently serves on as a member of the U. S. Legislation Sub-Committee at INTA. Additionally, J. Scott is the immediate Past-President of the Intellectual Property Constituency (“IPC”) the body that participates on behalf of trademark and copyright owners in the ICANN policy process. J. Scott has twice been voted as one of the 50 Most Influential People in IP by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. J. Scott frequently lectures on trademark and Internet policy issues as well as domain name dispute resolution.

Steven W. Miller
Vice President & General Counsel – Intellectual Property, Procter & Gamble

Steven W. Miller is Vice President & General Counsel – Intellectual Property for The Procter & Gamble Company, having joined Procter & Gamble in August, 1984. In this position, he oversees about 150 patent and trademark attorneys worldwide, and advises Procter & Gamble’s senior management on intellectual property issues. Mr. Miller has authored numerous P&G patents and patent applications and has been involved in a number of license agreements, acquisitions, interferences, arbitrations, and litigation, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Miller is currently a member of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, being appointed by Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, in 2009; on the Executive Committee and Vice President for the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel (ACPC); on the Board of Directors and Past President of the Intellectual Property Owners Association Education Foundation (IPOEF); on the Board of Directors and Past President of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO); on the Board of Directors for the National Inventors Hall of Fame; on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform; on the Dean’s National Council for The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; on the Advisory Council for Intellectual Property at the Franklin Pierce Law Center; and is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), American Bar Association – Intellectual Property Committee, and Cincy IP.

Mr. Miller has been a frequent speaker at events for the Intellectual Property Owners Association, Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, Cincy IP, and other bar associations and groups, on various IP topics including licensing and open innovation. He worked on the patent reform legislation culminating in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the first major patent reform since 1952. He received a J.D. with Honors and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, from The Ohio State University. He is licensed to practice in Ohio; US Patent & Trademark Office; United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Federal Circuits; and the United States Supreme Court.

Russell Pangborn
Associate General Counsel for trademarks, Microsoft Corporation

Russell Pangborn is the Associate General Counsel for trademarks at Microsoft Corporation. He leads a team of experienced trademark professionals in the strategic counseling for Microsoft’s global businesses on all aspects of trademarks including, clearance, counseling, prosecution, maintenance, enforcement, licensing, litigation, and policy.

Mr. Pangborn previously held positions at Microsoft as the group manager for the Copyright & Trade Secret practice and as a senior attorney in the Trademark group. Before Microsoft, Russ was a senior trademark attorney at Intel Corporation where he also handled all aspects of trademarks, including the enforcement of several brands of global reach. Prior to Intel, he worked in private practice with the boutique IP firm of Fulwider Patton Lee & Utecht, LLP in Southern California.

Mr. Pangborn was the Board of Directors for the International Trademark Association (INTA) from 2009-2011 and a member of INTA’s Executive Committee in 2010-2011. He is also on ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency and participated on the Implementation Recommendation Team as one of 18 legal professionals selected to propose trademark protection mechanisms to be implemented in connection with ICANN’s expansion of new generic top level domains. Russ is a frequent speaker at various IP association and CLE events.

Russ has been recognized as a leading IP attorney. In 2007, he was a finalist for the Association of Corporate Counsel’s “IP Attorney of the Year” award, and in 2008 was featured as a top IP attorney in the IP Law & Business magazine’s “Top 50 under 45”. The team he leads has received numerous IP industry awards, including recognition by the World Trademark Review as the 2009 “Internet Team of the Year” and the 2010 and 2011 “Technology & Software Team of the Year.”

Russell received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his JD from UC Hastings College of the Law. He lives in Redmond, Washington, with his wife and three children.

Katherine A. Ruwe
Senior Counsel – Global Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Procter & Gamble

Katherine A. Ruwe is currently Senior Counsel – Global Litigation and Dispute Resolution for The Procter & Gamble Company, having joined Procter & Gamble in January, 2007. Prior to Ms. Ruwe’s position in Global Litigation, she was Senior Counsel in the Brand Equity group at Procter & Gamble advising global retail hair care brands on various intellectual property issues including trademarks and copyright.

Ms. Ruwe is currently a member of Cincy IP, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and is a former member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) serving on several committees including the North American Anti-counterfeiting Committee, the North American Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee, and the Emerging Issues Committee.

Ms. Ruwe received a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. in English, magna cum laude, from The University of Dayton. She is licensed to practice in Ohio; he United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Adam Scoville
Trademark & Brand Protection Counsel, RE/MAX, LLC

Adam is in charge of trademarks, advertising substantiation, and other intellectual property issues at RE/MAX, LLC, which franchises real estate brokerage operations with nearly 90,000 sales associates, in over 6,000 franchised offices, in over 80 countries. Adam oversees brand clearance, trademark prosecution, and infringement investigation and enforcement for RE/MAX in the United States, on-line, and around the world. In addition to his work at RE/MAX, Adam also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (where he is active as Chair of INTA’s Internet Committee), and as the President of the Board of Directors for the Montessori School of Washington Park.

Fabricio Vayra
Trademark attorney, Time Warner Inc.

Fabricio Vayra is the chief trademark attorney for Time Warner Inc. In this role, Fabricio advises on all trademark issues and reviews and takes action in online infringement matters, often acting as the lead and coordinating attorney for matters that touch various Time Warner divisions (HBO, Time Inc., Turner and Warner Bros.). Fabricio also handles various Internet governance related policy issues for the Time Warner companies, liaising with constituency groups and the Time Warner Global Policy group in Washington, DC.

Nick Wood
Managing Director, Com Laude

Nick Wood is the Managing Director of accredited registrar Com Laude, which is dedicated to assisting IP owners to protect their marks in the domain name system. He is also the CEO of Valideus, a consultancy assisting leading corporations to evaluate and if appropriate to apply for a new gTLD.

He was a member of the IRT (Implementation Recommendation Team) formed by the ICANN Board to recommend rights protection measures in the new gTLD process and Chaired ICANN’s London Consultative Day on the new gTLDs in 2009. He is a Council Member of MARQUES, the European Association of Trademark Owners and sits on committees for other professional associations including INTA. He is an occasional lecturer at the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Centre of Queen Mary University, London and is the co-editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s “Domain Names: Global Practice & Procedure”. He sits on the Editorial Board of Managing Intellectual Property magazine and edited “The Perfect Sunrise” booklet.

Nancy H. Lutz
Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP

Nancy Lutz is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. She protects clients’ trademarks, copyrights, and domain names, including the new GTLDs, on a worldwide basis by developing legal strategies to meet their business needs. Lutz prosecutes and defends contested matters, including Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy actions (UDRPs), before administrative bodies; advises on pre-litigation issues; manages foreign litigation; and drafts agreements relating to the foregoing. She looks forward to continuing to assist clients with their GTLD needs as the landscape evolves.

Lutz has practiced law since 1995 and has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America in trademark and copyright law. She enjoys lecturing on strategic considerations in clearing, registering and enforcing trademarks globally and on other IP related topics. Lutz has been active with the International Trademark Association, most recently serving as Chair of the Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. Outside of the office, Lutz is very involved in charitable activities with an emphasis on providing hospitality to the homeless.

Yasmin R. Tavakoli
Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP

Yasmin Tavakoli is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Ms. Tavakoli earned her LL.M. in International Intellectual Property law from the Magister Lvcentinvs program located at the seat of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) in Alicante, Spain. Her practice focuses on international trademark portfolio management, IP licensing, opposition and cancellation proceedings, and all forms of IP litigation. Her experience with GTLDs and domain name issues includes determining brand protection strategies online, Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings, counseling clients with respect to GTLD registry contracting arrangements, and assisting clients with new GTLD applications.

Jeffrey J. Neuman
Vice President, Business Affairs, Enterprise Services, NeuStar, Inc.

Mr. Neuman has over 10 years of Internet, technology and telecommunication law and policy experience with domain expertise in ecommerce, e–business, service and technology licensing, M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances and reseller arrangements. He is responsible for all legal services and policy for Neustar’s Enterprise Services, including domain name and mobile registries as well its media lines of business. In addition to leading the legal team for these organizations, he is responsible for the oversight of intellectual property law and policy matters, information technology licensing as well as legal issues (including litigation) related to employment and insurance matters for the company. Mr. Neuman is the Vice-Chair of ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization representing the gTLD Registries and is a frequent speaker on issues involving intellectual property, domain names, online dispute resolution and the introduction of new generic top–level domain names. He previously served as Chairman of the gTLD Registries Constituency of ICANN and has participated in numerous task forces and working groups within ICANN’s GNSO. Before joining NeuStar, he served as Information Technology Associate at Greenberg Traurig, LLP/ Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, and as an associate at the law firm of Arter & Hadden, LLP. Mr. Neuman holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

Josh Bourne
Managing Partner, FairWinds Partners

Josh Bourne is Managing Partner and co-founder of FairWinds Partners, a consultancy that works with leading brands to improve the frequency and quality of their interactions with Internet users through the optimization of digital identifiers such as domain names and social media usernames. Josh is also co-founder and -owner of DigitalDNA and Kalorama, both digital asset transactional advisory firms.

Josh serves as President of the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to building awareness about and advocating action to stop illegal and unethical infringement of brands/trademarks online. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, providing perspective on the domain name system, digital marketing and brand protection strategies.

A graduate of the University of Richmond, he received a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a Minor in Leadership Studies. Josh lives with his wife, Blair, and their two sons and daughter in suburban Washington, DC.

Krista Papac
Chief Strategy Officer, ARI Registry Services

Krista Papac brings specialist knowledge of the international domain name industry to her role as Chief Strategy Officer for ARI Registry Services. With extensive business development experience and strategic involvement in internet and technology-related industries, Krista provides unique insight into the upcoming opportunities presented by the advent of ICANN’s new TLD program.

Krista has over 13 years’ experience identifying strategic opportunities and managing growth for a broad range of North American businesses with international focus, from start-ups to Fortune 1000 companies.

Her consistent successes have earned Krista a stellar reputation and industry recognition which, combined with her passion for tactical problem-solving, ideally suits her current role. Krista works closely with all facets of the business to ensure education, policy and industry relations support ARI Registry Services mission to achieve an industry-leading position as a global provider of Domain Name Registry Services.

Krista has been involved with the International Trademark Association (INTA) since 2001, and has been an active ICANN participant, including membership on a number of ICANN policy-making groups since 2001. She is affiliated with a wide range of industry associations and contributes valuable knowledge across many forums and working groups on behalf of ARI Registry Services.

Krista holds a Bachelor of Science, Business and Information Systems from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. She is based in ARI Registry Services USA head office in California but continues to visit Australia regularly, both virtually and in person.