Leonora Hoicka has over 30 years intellectual property law experience, in both private and corporate practice. With IBM, she has performed several global roles, managing patent and trademark portfolios and leading IP transactional teams. As Associate General Counsel with IBM Corporation in New York, she is currently 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 from the University of Ottawa. She is admitted to the bars of Ontario and New York, is a registered Canadian patent and trademark agent, and past president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.