World Intellectual Property Day - Las Vegas


Reach for Gold - April 26 - IP and Sports - World Intellectual Property Day 2019

Join U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) West Coast Regional Director John Cabeca as he kicks off a day-long celebration of  World Intellectual Property Day in Las Vegas. This event will feature local sports teams discussing developments in athlete care and performance, insights from the USPTO on sports-related intellectual property, industry research from UNLV, and a keynote on physical therapy innovations.

Space is limited, so register early.

Registration fees associated with the program are not charged by the USPTO. See the event flyer for more information.


8:00-8:30 a.m. | Check-in, breakfast, and networking

8:30-8:35 a.m. | Welcome: Zach Miles, AVP for Economic Development, UNLV

8:35-9:00 a.m. | World IP Day Overview: John Cabeca, Director of USPTO Silicon Valley; Welcome Video: Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

9:00-9:50 a.m. | Health Panel: Human Performance Innovations and Athlete Care | Duncan French, VP of Performance, UFC; Brett Lashbrook, CEO and Owner, Las Vegas Lights; additional panelist, TBD; Moderator: Gillian Barclay, Health Care Industry Specialist, Governor’s Office of Economic Development

10:00-10:50 a.m. | Industry Panel: Emerging Technologies of Esports | Drew Brunson, Esports Lead, Caesars Entertainment Corporation; Robert Rippee, Director Hospitality Lab, UNLV; Ralph Krauss, Digital Learning Coach, Pinecrest Academy; Moderator: Zach Miles, AVP for Economic Development, UNLV

11:00-11:50 a.m. | Legal Panel: Intellectual Property and Sports | John Wilson, SVP & Chief Counsel, Caesars Entertainment Corporation; Mary LaFrance, Professor Intellectual Property Law, William S. Boyd School of Law; Charley Brown, Partner, Ballard Spahr; Greg Riches, VP of Legal Affairs, MGM Resorts International; Moderator: TBD

12:00-12:40 p.m. | Lunch

12:45-1:35 p.m. | UNLV Research Panel: University Sports Innovations and Associated Research | Dr. Brian Schilling, Professor and Chair, Kinesiology & Nutrition Science; Dr. John Mercer, Professor, Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences; Dr. Nancy Lough, Professor & Graduate Coordinator, Educational Psychology; John Gladchuck, Senior Associate Athletic Director, External Affairs; Amy Bush-Herzer, Head Coach, Women’s Golf Program; Moderator: D.J. Allen, Founder, Xs & Os of Success

1:40-2:10 p.m. | Keynote: Human Performance Innovations in Physical Therapy | Scott Pensivy, Former Owner of FYZICAL

2:15-2:30 p.m. | Q&A and Closing Remarks