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Hogan Lovells hosts AIPLA networking events for women of the IP community

businesswomenBEHogan Lovells hosted events for the “Women in IP Law” series of AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Moscow. The events provided women of the Intellectual Property community with an opportunity to exchange experiences of legal and social issues; to make new contacts and maintain already existing ones.

Frankfurt – Lessons from football with Birgit Prinz

In our Frankfurt office, we discussed the question “Mental fitness – what can we learn from football” with the former professional football player Birgit Prinz. Birgit won many World and European Championships with the German Women’s National Football team and held the Women’s World Player of the Year award three times. She studied psychology at the University of Frankfurt during her active years of play and is today a sports psychologist with football club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. During her talk with our Dr. Friederike Schubert and Anne Schmitt, Birgit shared with our guests her experiences in both worlds -professional football and mental coaching.A lively discussion centered on striving for perfectionism, how to deal properly with setbacks and how to manage the expectations of yourself and others. Birgit recommended listening to yourself and  individual needs and emphasized, illustrated by many examples, the importance of good communication – not only to express yourself, but also to communicate within a team.

FrankfurtOf course, Birgit Prinz also answered questions concerning her football career and shared with us that she still enjoys playing football in private, but rarely watches matches on TV. Looking back, the much-noticed end of her career during the World Championship 2011 had come just at the right moment – being a starting point for her second career.

Birgit Prinz fully embraces this career and nowadays supports people in a smart and sensitive way in improving their “mental fitness”. Our guests took away lots of new ideas and practical tips for their own life as the challenges faced in a lawyer’s life are so different from those faced in top-class sport.

Hamburg – You are something very special… with chocolate!

In our Hamburg office, we opted this year for a topic not directly related to Intellectual Property to maximise participants and encourage the exchange across all areas of law and interest.

The discussion trigged by the keynote of graduate psychologist and certified coach Gabriele Bollhöfer was fittingly active and diverse. Under the eye-catching heading “You are something very special!” Gabrielle Bollhöfer provided an insight into the frequently mentioned “Generation Y” – in particular, what exactly “Generation Y” is and how their peers see themselves. In daily life, however, the key question is how to deal with this generation.

HamburgThe highly informative and lively lecture by Gabrielle Bollhöfer was followed by a panel discussion. Participants were Ms. Christina Albert, Business & Personal Coach, Manager HR and Finance, Cosco Logistics (Europe) GmbH, who enriched the discussion as external representative with insights into the practice and our Senior Associate Anna-Katharina Friese as a representative of “Generation Y”. The discussion dealt notably with the question whether the “Generation Y” can be generalized at all. The dedicated contributions from the audience proved that the topic is most relevant, especially in practice.

A final highlight followed: chocolate-tasting with snacks and drinks! The experience included various chocolate specialties and flavours from all around the equator were tasted while exchanging ideas until late in the evening.

Düsseldorf – Diversity & Inclusion… and Trade Secrets

In our Düsseldorf office, the event was opened with a specialist lecture. Our Dr. Anna Glinke reported on the European Trade-Secrets-Directive, providing an outlook for its implementation into German law and explanation of how companies can effectively protect confidential know-how and trade secrets in the future.

Our guest speaker in Düsseldorf was Barbara Thiel, a lawyer who has been working for thyssenkrupp AG since 2008. In January 2014, she took lead of the area Diversity & Inclusion which includes responsibility for the implementation of measures to promote diversity within the global workforce. These measures aim to further promote cultural change initiated by thyssenkrupp CEO Dr. Heinrich Hiesinger. thyssenkrupp set concrete objectives to increase the representation of women at the managerial level by the year 2020.

Barbara Thiel explained the concrete measures taken by thyssenkrupp in order to foster diversity within its workforce and increase the female representation at the managerial level. This led to a lively discussion with our audience on where such measures should start, how they could be implemented and which personal and social expectations play a role in this context.

Moscow – An international & culinary perspective

Our Moscow team organised a special evening of networking, inspiration, and cooking at CulinaryOn – the largest entertaining cooking studio in Europe, in the city centre of Moscow – to celebrate women in IP around the globe, as well as to establish and strengthen relationships within the IP field.

MoscowWe cooked, baked, boiled & caramelized all evening and enjoyed the audience of 30 guests – our beloved clients – from leading Russian and international companies who face IP issues as part of their job. Special guests included clients from McDonalds, Discovery Communications, Google, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Goldman Sachs, Vodafone Group, PepsiCo, Bayer, SAP, and many others.

Our discussion focused on women who make vital and valued contributions across all fields including IP.

The feedback from attendees was extremely positive, especially on the energy and enthusiasm generated by our team by bringing IP leaders together. Here are just a few comments:

“An extremely well designed and well-received event.”

“A fantastic event – a very well organized and successful gathering.”

“It was absolutely wonderful to be able to connect with law professionals and make an evening of it. Thank you!”