Stephen Jadie Coates, Founder
Steve is the founding partner of Coates IP, an intellectual property boutique where he specializes primarily in trademarks, domain names and copyright law. Prior to his current role, Steve managed the trademark and domain name practices at Amazon and Twitter, among other things. He is active in Internet governance policy, currently as a member of the Intellectual Property Constituency of ICANN and he sits on the advisory board of the NYU Law Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy. Steve is also very active at the International Trademark Association, where he has been a committee member since 2007, and led a domain name subcommittee on new gTLDs.
Maureen Shannon, Trademark Counsel
Contributing over 15 years of experience, Maureen leads global brand protection for Rivian Automotive. Responsibilities at prior in-house roles for several fin-tech companies included designing and implementing strategies for global brand protection, monitoring and enforcement, and executing a multi-company rebrand, as well as building the patent and trade secret programs. Maureen has also launched startups ranging from an e-commerce platform to an Internet service provider. As outside counsel, Maureen managed brand protection initiatives and IP litigation for a variety of clients. In her roles, Maureen received recognition for her contributions and execution, ease of knowledge-sharing, her focus on positive team building, integrity, and her ability to manage the dynamics of a rapidly changing environment with a focus on crafting solutions.