IP100 Advisory Board

The IP100 Executive Forum

Program development for The IP100 Executive Forum was guided by the Advisory Board, who generously provided input based on first-hand experience of what issues are of concern and relevance to the IP community. Advisory Board members include:

  • Kirk Dailey, Corporate Vice President, IP, Google
  • Kathleen Denis, Associate Vice President, Office of Technology Transfer, The Rockefeller University
  • Beatrix de Russé, Executive Vice President, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Technicolor
  • Sean Flanigan, Assistant Director, TTBE, University of Ottawa & 2013 AUTM President
  • Katherine Ku, CLP, Director, Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University
  • Lesley Millar, Director of the Office of Technology Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Craig Miller, Executive Director, ACG Chicago
  • Raul Montes, ExxonMobil
  • Charles D. (Chip) Murray, DuPont
  • Marc Schwartz, Chief Operating Officer, Bob Mackie Designs
  • Mike Schwenk, Vice President and Director, Technology Deployment and Outreach, Battelle
  • Dr. Kenneth Seddon, Director, Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) Research Centre
  • Lawrence Sloan, Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affliates (SOCMA)

Board Bios

Beatrix de Russé
Béatrix de RusséMrs. Béatrix de Russé is Executive Vice President, Intellectual Property and Licensing at Technicolor (former Thomson) and Member of Executive Committee since February 2004.

She leads a team of more than 200 highly experienced IP professionals located in Europe, US and Asia.

Technicolor’s IP and Licensing Division is in charge of licensing the group’s patents and trademarks, as well as promoting its Technology transfers. It also provides constant support to the other Divisions of the group for all IP matters, making sure that Technicolor’s IP is aligned with its business interests and leveraged as a major asset.

The revenues of her activity amount to more than 400 million Euros per year.

Prior to this and since 1993, she led Patent and Licensing operations at Thomson, allowing the business to grow significantly during that period.

From 1984 to 1992, Mrs. Béatrix de Russé was in charge of international contracts and Intellectual Property at Thomson Components and STMicroelectronics, where she specialized in Intellectual Property matters.

From 1976 to 1983, she worked as an international attorney at the international division of Thales (former Thomson CSF).
Mrs. Béatrix de Russé holds a Master’s degree in law and DESS in International Trade law as well as a Master’s degree in English and a CDCI diploma.

Mrs. Béatrix de Russé was inducted in the IP Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Sean Flanigan
Sean Flanigan obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from Carleton University in Ottawa before studying law at the University of Ottawa and obtaining his Bachelor of Laws, Common Law in 1991.  Shortly after being called to the Bar of Ontario, Mr. Flanigan founded a law firm in Ottawa in which he practiced commercial litigation as well as corporate law.  In 1999 he become Chief Operating Officer of Island Critical Care, a start up medical device company that developed and brought a novel pulse oximeter to markets in Europe, Asia and the United States while at the same time taking the company public on the US markets.  In 2002 he returned to Ottawa as the Assistant Director of TTBE with responsibility for research contracts and shortly thereafter was elevated to his current position at the head of the technology partnerships team at the University of Ottawa.

The University of Ottawa, founded in 1848 is North America’s largest bilingual university where 40,000 full time Students study in their choice of English or French.  uOttawa is one of Canada’s top 10 research universities with annual research expenditures of approximately $275M and is located in Canada’s Capital less than 2km from Canada’s Parliament in a region that features national laboratories, world class research hospitals, colleges and other universities.  A world class destination institution, the University of Ottawa has students and faculty from over 150 countries in 250 undergraduate and over 200 graduate programs.

At the University of Ottawa Mr. Flanigan leads the team responsible for industrial liaison, technology development and transfer, new company creation and fostering student entrepreneurship.    In 2006 he became active in AUTM by volunteering for the Metrics and Surveys Committee as well as the Annual Meeting Planning Committee.  In 2008 Mr. Flanigan became AUTM Vice President for Canada and served two years on the AUTM Board of Trustees.  In 2010 he was part of the team that formed the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) which brought the Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) designation to the profession.  In the fall of 2011 Mr. Flanigan was elected as President-Elect of AUTM and will serve in the Office of the President through 2015.

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Lesley Millar
Lesley MillarLesley Millar has served as the Director of the Office of Technology Management (OTM) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2006; Ms. Millar leads a team of more than 20 professionals responsible for the identification, protection, marketing and licensing of intellectual property arising from the more than $500 million in research conducted on campus.  Ms. Millar is a frequent speaker at technology transfer seminars and professional meetings. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Intellectual Property Marketing Advisor Publication and is a regular contributor to articles and webinars for Technology Transfer Tactics. She is a member of both the Licensing Executive Society and Association of University Technology Managers. A native of Scotland, Ms. Millar has a B.Ed. an M.Ed and an MBA. She is also a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and was recently appointed to the Board of Governors of Certified Licensing Professionals Inc.

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Larry Sloan
Lawrence D. SloanLarry Sloan is currently President and CEO of the Society of Chemical Manufactures and Affiliates, the leading trade association serving small and mid-sized batch, custom and specialty chemical manufacturers.  In this capacity, he focuses SOCMA’s efforts on increasing public confidence in this industry sector, championing the passage of rational laws and regulations, and maximizing business opportunities for all SOCMA member companies.

Prior to joining SOCMA, Larry served as President of the Adhesive and Sealant Council from January 2005 to February 2010.  Larry joined the Council in 2001 as Director Member Services, and was promoted to Senior Director in 2004.  During his tenure, he spearheaded many new projects, including the launch of web-based training and a variety of initiatives designed to help grow the adhesives industry.

Larry began his career as a chemical engineer at Air Products & Chemicals in Allentown, PA and later worked for Nalco Chemical Company in Naperville, IL in marketing, manufacturing and later sales capacities.  Following this, he worked as a manufacturers' representative in his family's business.  Larry entered the nonprofit sector in 2000 as Director Membership for the Consumer Specialty Products Association, a trade association of companies in the chemically formulated products industry, before moving to the ASC the following year.

Larry graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.  Later he returned to J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where he received his Masters of Management and graduated with honors.

In 2006, Larry received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation through the American Society of Association Executives.  He is actively involved in the NAM's Council of Manufacturing Associations, and in 2012 was elected to serve as Council Board Chair.

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