Leonora Hoicka started in private practice in Toronto, specializing in intellectual property law, and joined IBM Canada Ltd. In 1993. With IBM, she has performed several global roles, including managing IBM’s worldwide software patent portfolio, managing intellectual property teams negotiating IP issues in customer contracts throughout the Americas, and managing IBM’s patent and trademark portfolios in Canada, Mexico and Latin America.
As an Associate General Counsel with IBM Corporation in Armonk, New York, she now fills the role of IBM’s Chief Trademark Counsel and lead IP Counsel for IBM’s Watson Business Unit developing cognitive technologies and solutions.
Leonora has a BIS from the University of Waterloo and her law degree (LL.B cum laude) from the University of Ottawa. She is admitted to the bars of Ontario and New York, and is a registered Canadian patent and trademark agent. She served as president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada during 2008-2009, and is also a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the International Trademark Association.