WIPR Influential Women in IP 2020
LAWYER, TERRI JANKE AND
Charisma Cubillo has been employed by Terri
Janke and Company, an indigenous-owned and
managed law firm in Australia, since 2018.
As a Larrakia (an Aboriginal Australian people
in Darwin) woman, Cubillo has always been
interested in indigenous-related issues. Her study
of indigenous people in international law as part
of her law degree acted as a catalyst for her interest
in pursuing a career in IP.
At Terri Janke and Company, Cubillo assists
various indigenous clients with their legal
enquiries. She presented “IP Food for Thought:
Intellectual Property and Protecting Indigenous
Bushfoods” at the Merinj Kaatdijin Aboriginal
Food Knowledge Forum in Albany, Western
Australia, in November 2019 and has conducted
workshops for the law firm.
Cubillo is a member of the New South Wales
Aboriginal Law Council and the Torres Strait
Regional Authority, an Australian government
body established to strengthen the economic,
social and cultural development of the peoples of
the Torres Strait area.
PARTNER, CMS CAMERON MCKENNA
NABARRO OLSWANG, UK
As a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro
Olswang, Caitlin Heard specialises in technologyrelated
disputes. She has acted on a number of
ground-breaking cases, including one of the
earliest cases in the UK dealing with infringement
of standard essential patents and fair, reasonable
and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing.
Heard has represented clients in front of the
EU General Court, the English Court of Appeal,
and the UK Intellectual Property Office. She
has particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional
litigation and also advises clients in the life sciences
sector on product launch strategy, regulatory
exclusivity, and the decisions of regulatory bodies.
On design and brand protection, Heard has
acted for a number of household names, including
technology company Nvidia and telecoms
Heard is a member of the firm’s women’s
network and is involved in ChIPs and IP Inclusive.
She makes a conscious effort to appoint female
barristers to her cases.
ASSOCIATE, APPLEYARD LEES, UK
Parminder Lally joined the patent profession
as a trainee in 2011, qualified as a patent
attorney in 2015 and joined the Cambridge, UK,
office of Appleyard Lees in February 2019. She
previously worked as an in-house patent attorney
at Cambridge Mechatronics, a research and
development and IP licensing company, and was
the company’s first in-house IP specialist.
Lally’s clients include startups based in
Cambridge and London, as well as global
companies, and she specialises in computerimplemented
inventions (such as software and
artificial intelligence) or those inventions which
are more mathematical. She has also represented
clients, including Samsung Electronics, before the
European Patent Office.
In addition to tutoring trainees from other firms
for the European Qualifying Examinations, Lally is a
council member of the Chartered Institute of Patent
Attorneys. Lally has been involved with IP Inclusive
since it was formed in 2015, and was co-leader of the
project that led to the creation of Careers in Ideas,
which raises awareness of the IP profession.
Barbara Angela Leitao
ASSOCIATE, DI BLASI & PARENTS
Barbara Leitao joined Di Blasi’s trademark team in
2011 as an intern, before undertaking further study
and working at other law firms. She rejoined the
Brazil-based firm in 2017, focusing her practice on
litigation matters involving the fashion, food and
beverage, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as
complex licensing matters and regulatory affairs.
Leitao is currently on academic leave from the
office after being awarded a full tuition scholarship
to pursue an LLM degree at The George Washington
University in Washington, DC.
She is an active member of the IP Steering
Committee at the DC Bar (where she co-chairs
the international IP subcommittee) and works
as a policy and advocacy intern at the American
Intellectual Property Law Association.
Her clients include brands such as Coca-Cola
and medical equipment company ResMed. Leitao
has written several articles on issues such as the
use of medicinal cannabis, and has participated in
events as a speaker (mostly related to fashion law).