Online WIPO Mediation & Arbitration Workshop

Faculty profile

Mr. Ronald E. Dimock, Gowling WLG, Toronto

Ron Dimock is a Senior Partner in the Intellectual Property Group of the Toronto office of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP doing intellectual property litigation and is the Principal at DIMOCK providing mediation, arbitration, and expert witness services.

Mr. Dimock has handled more patent lawsuits, conducted more patent trials, and argued more appeals from patent trials than any other lawyer in Canada.

Mr. Dimock is also a professional engineer, a WIPO Mediator, Arbitrator and Expert, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a Certified Mediator with the International Mediation Institute.

Named “Lawyer of the Year in IP” in the 2021 Edition of “Best Lawyers” in Canada.

Ms. Rachael Kent, WilmerHale, Washington, DC

Rachael Kent is a Partner and Vice-Chair of WilmerHale's International Arbitration Practice Group, resident in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Ms. Kent represents clients in a wide variety of commercial and investment disputes in arbitration proceedings worldwide. Her experience includes ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, ICDR, WIPO, ICSID, UNCITRAL, and others. She has recently represented parties in disputes in the mining, energy, aerospace, pharmaceutical, construction, insurance, defense, telecommunications, technology, and retail sectors, among others. Ms. Kent frequently represents parties in arbitrations involving intellectual property rights, including under intellectual property license agreements.

Ms. Kent has taught International Commercial Arbitration at the Georgetown University Law Center and the Duke University School of Law, and she frequently speaks and writes on topics related to international arbitration. Ms. Kent received her JD from the Duke University School of Law.

Mr. Russell E. Levine, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago

Russell Levine is a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he has spent his entire 34+ year career. He focuses his trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution practice on patent infringement matters and disputes involving and related to technology transfer and patent license agreements. His trial practice includes jury trials, arbitrations and Section 337 proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission. His appellate practice concentrates on appeals in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His technology transfer and licensing practice includes structuring and negotiating both licensing-in and licensing-out transactions.

Mr. Levine has received numerous accolades for his IP practice. The 2020 edition of IAM Patent 1000 included the following: “One of the longest-serving anchors of the firm’s top litigation practice is Russell E. Levine; over the course of his nearly 34-year tenure, he has masterminded many of the set’s greatest high-tech successes. ‘Russell builds strong teams and mentors the associates on them very effectively. He’s a deeply strategic thinker with exceptional commercial awareness - for in-house counsel, the value he brings is easy to show to the business. He is also very amenable to creative alternative fee arrangements.’ Levine also flexes deep licensing and transactional expertise and contributes much on the deal side.”

Mr. Levine is active in bar associations, industry organizations and his community. He is a Past-President of LES (USA and Canada); a past-chair of the By-Laws Committee of the USTA’s Midwest Section; and a past-chair of the President’s Council at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. He is an author and frequent speaker on IP issues. He is co-editor of International Licensing and Technology Transfer: Practice and the Law. His “Top 10 Court Decisions of the Year” workshop at the LES Annual Meeting is consistently standing room only.

Mr. Levine holds a B.S. in Engineering and a B.S. in Economics, both degrees from the University of Michigan, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago. He is on WIPO’s List of Mediators and Arbitrators, and he is registered to practice before the USPTO. He also is a Certified Licensing Professional.

Ms. Harrie Samaras, ADR Office of Harrie Samaras, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Harrie Samaras is a full-time neutral focusing her ADR practice on complex commercial cases including disputes involving intellectual property, technology, and business-related issues. Ms. Samaras has served as a sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, chairperson, and mediator or co-mediator in hundreds of domestic and international cases involving a broad array of contractual arrangements, technologies, and industries. She is based outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but travels to wherever her cases take her.

Ms. Samaras is certified by the International Mediation Institute, and she is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She serves as a neutral for a number of widely known ADR organizations, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Ms. Samaras worked as an attorney for 24 years in the corporate and private sectors, for the U.S. government as a staff attorney and law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and as a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the biomedical arts. She served as in-house counsel for two multi-national companies – a telecommunications company as their Director of Intellectual Property and a pharmaceutical/drug delivery company as their Vice President Intellectual Property, Legal.

Ms. Samaras has held many leadership roles with professional organizations including the College of Commercial Arbitrators – Board of Directors and Executive Committee; ABA Section of Dispute Resolution – Chair, Executive Committee member, and Council member; ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law – Chair of Division VI and Content Advisory Board member; and American Intellectual Property Law Association – Board of Directors and Committee Chair.

Ms. Samaras has written extensively about ADR topics including: as the editor and an author of the ABA published book, ADR Advocacy, Strategies, and Practices for Intellectual Property and Technology Cases (Second Edition); and as the author of a chapter on selecting arbitrators in the book Arbitrating Commercial Disputes in the United States, published by Practicing Law Institute (2018).

Mr. James Smith, Chief IP Counsel, EcoLab, Saint Paul

James Smith serves as Chief IP Counsel of Ecolab USA. In his current position, Mr. Smith oversees the company’s global operations relating to patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and other matters related to protection of Ecolab innovation.

Early in his career, Mr. Smith served as a judicial clerk to now retired Chief Judge Paul Michel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also practiced with Arnold White & Durkee and, later, Dewey Ballantine, serving as the office managing partner of Dewey's Texas office. Mr. Smith, who is also a former Assistant Dean of the law school at Emory University in Atlanta, has experience both as a patent litigator and patent prosecutor, and he has led in-house IP teams for three multi-national corporations, serving as Lexmark’s Chief IP Counsel, Nokia’s Global Director of Licensing, and as Associate General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel of Baxter International.

Most recently, Mr. Smith served as the Chief Administrative Patent Judge at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he led the Patent Board and oversaw its transition from the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, and a juris doctor degree from Duke University. He is also a registered patent attorney.