Brand Protection: Preventing and Frustrating Counterfeiters

Please note the November CLE will be held at the Backstage Event Center, located at 625 Walnut Street (above Horse & Barrel and across the street from the Aronoff Center).

Join us on November 12, 2019 for a discussion with Tiffany Shepard of Procter & Gamble. Ms. Shepard will discuss P&G’s Brand Protection program, how IP protections translate in the law enforcement world, and how to abate counterfeiting activities.

Brand protection online is now more challenging than ever. In addition to seeking trademark protection for your brand, both large and growing companies need to ensure that protections are in place to prevent counterfeiting by online resellers across the internet.

This CLE will cover the billion-dollar, underground industry of counterfeiting and ways to prevent and frustrate it. 

Register here by Monday, November 11 at noon.

About the speaker:

Ms. Shepard leads the North American Brand Protection program at Procter & Gamble. In this role, she interfaces with law enforcement, sets the litigation goals, and develops the overall enforcement strategy in dismantling third party counterfeiting networks. Prior to serving as Brand Protection counsel, Tiffany worked in P&G’s Brand Legal group, counseling business clients on advertising law, trademark protections and negotiating talent agreements. She joined P&G in 2013 after graduating from Northwestern University School of Law. Tiffany has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Hampton University. Before coming to P&G, Tiffany served as Legal Counsel at IBM.

Judges’ Dinner Featuring Judge Michael R. Barrett of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Please join us October 22nd at the Queen City Club for our annual Judges’ Dinner, featuring Judge Michael R. Barrett of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Judge Barrett needs little introduction within the Greater Cincinnati legal community, with an extensive career both as a practicing attorney and as a judge.  He was born and raised in Cincinnati, and received his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Cincinnati.  Over the years, Judge Barrett has served as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the State of Ohio, as an Assistant Prosecutor and later as the Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (Felony Trial Division) at the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, as an associate and later as a partner at Graydon, Head & Ritchey, and as a shareholder at Barrett & Weber.  On May 25, 2006, he was sworn in as a Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

This year the program will be in the form of a question and answer session, so please submit your questions early to

Don’t miss this great opportunity for IP and non-IP attorneys alike to network and catch up with your colleagues. 

No CLE will be provided.

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
5:00 pm – Reception/Cocktail Hour
6:00 pm – Judge Barrett’s Q&A Session & Dinner
7:30 pm – Announcements and Awards
8:00 pm – Open Discussion

Where: Queen City Club, downtown Cincinnati

Registration: (includes a plated 3-course dinner and open bar with wine/beer/soda)
$75 – Non-CincyIP Members
$50 – CincyIP Members & Academics
$25 – Judicial Clerks & Students
(Judges attend free of charge)

Register here by noon October 11, 2019

2019-2020 Student-Attorney Mentorship Program – Apply by Oct. 18!

We are excited to announce that our annual Student-Attorney Mentorship Program is underway!  We invite all interested law students and IP attorneys in the Greater Cincinnati area to apply by October 18, 2019.

Through the Mentorship Program, we match UC and NKU law students interested in intellectual property law with a local intellectual property attorney.  We encourage each mentor-mentee pair to meet 2-3 times throughout the academic year (e.g., over coffee or lunch), making the Program an easy commitment for all participants while providing the students an invaluable opportunity to ask questions, learn about IP practice, and grow their legal network while still in school.  The Program has been a great success in the past, and we hope you will help us make this year’s program a success as well.

If you are a local IP attorney interested in participating as a mentor, please contact Larry Fathman at and indicate your current area(s) of practice.  If you were a mentor in the past, we would love to have you back!If you are a local law student interested in participating as a mentee, please complete the Student Form below and email it to Alex Czanik at  We will do our best to match all student applicants with an attorney mentor! Please be sure to indicate the area(s) of IP law in which you are most interested so we can match you appropriately.

CincyIP 2019-2020 Mentorship Program – Student Form