Recap: IP Practitioner in Residence Connie Lindman (’89, SmithAmundsen)
On Monday, October 1, the Center for Intellectual Property Research hosted Connie Lindman, partner at SmithAmundsen and 1989 Maurer alumna, as our second IP Practitioner-in-Residence of the semester.
Our student group, ChIPs Maurer, hosted Ms. Lindman for breakfast and a discussion about practicing intellectual property law. Ms. Lindman offered advice to our students about how to best navigate landing their first job after law school, including what to look for in a firm.
At lunch, Ms. Lindman gave a lunch talk discussing diversity in law firms and the steps clients have taken to push law firms to become more diverse. With more “big name” clients, like Cummins and HP, offering strong incentives and for firms to pull from a more diverse legal team, there is hope that the legal profession will lose the distinction of being the ‘least diverse profession in the nation‘, but there is still plenty of work to be done.
As co-chair of SmithAmundsen’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Connie oversees a team providing comprehensive services in the protection, commercialization and defense of intellectual property. While a substantial part of Connie’s practice is devoted to established and emerging clients in the software and cloud services industries, Connie serves clients in diverse industries doing business across the U.S. and the world. Connie has counseled in the areas of technology, marketing, distribution, and employment and consulting contracts for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in the negotiation of software and other technology agreements, dispute resolution and litigation of trademarks, trade secrets, copyright and patent rights, and prosecution of trademark and copyright registrations.