Speaker Biographies

Jason Albert
Marc A. Alexander
Richard A. Baker
Robert Colao
Kathleen A. Denis
William C. Elkington
Lou Faber
Robert B. Goldman
Peter Holden
Michael J. Lasinski
Daniel McGavock
Don Merino
Lesley Millar
Tanya K. Moore
Charles D. Murray
Ada C. Nielsen
Marshall C. Phelps, Jr.
Charlotte Rutherford
Marc Schwartz
Larry Senour
Ashley Stevens
Mervyn Turner

Jason Albert
Jason Albert is Associate General Counsel for IP Policy and Strategy in Microsoft Corporation's Intellectual Property and Licensing Group.  In his current role, Jason leads the company's engagement on IP policy, helps formulate and execute the company's IP-related strategic initiatives, and drives strategic planning.  He has spoken at a number of conferences, including the World Intellectual Property Organization's Latin American and Caribbean Regional Seminar on Intellectual Property and Software in the 21st Century.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Jason was Senior Counsel for Data Privacy at Chevron Corporation and, before that, Assistant General Counsel – Data Privacy at Honeywell International Inc.  In both roles, he was responsible for the companies' compliance with data privacy laws worldwide.  Before moving in-house, Jason was an associate with the international law firm of Covington & Burling, where he practiced in the firm's Brussels, London, and Washington offices.  At Covington, Jason's practice focused on electronic commerce, data privacy, network security, and intellectual property.

Jason received his A.B. summa cum laude in geological and geophysical sciences from Princeton University.  He also graduated with a certificate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and was elected to membership in both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.  Jason received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and clerked for Senior Judge Richard L. Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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Marc A. Alexander
Marc A. Alexander serves as Director – Technology Licensing Group in Intel Capital  with Global responsibility for  packaging, and licensing of Intel's technical innovations to external parties.  Marc's expertise is in technology development, business operation and strategy, contract negotiations and "creative" collaborations including investments and joint development.     During his tenure at Intel, Marc has also held the following positions: Director –  Digital Home Group; Director of International Programs Office for the Corporate Technology Group (Labs) focusing on global strategic research engagements with key multinational companies, governments and academic institutions; Director/General Manager - Enterprise Security Operation (an Intel new business startup), Director – Intel Architecture Labs.  

Prior to his tenure at Intel, Marc focused on developing new technology and services businesses in which he held executive-level positions:  President and CEO of  CCComplete, Inc, a privately held Internet-Telephony Business Service Provider based in Portland, Oregon; President of Streamlined Solutions Inc., a wholly owned software and service subsidiary of Rentrak Corporation; and Vice President of ABC Technologies an Activity Based Costing software and service company.  Mr. Alexander began his business career at IBM where he held various sales, executive staff and management positions in the National Accounts and Marketing Divisions and in IBM's Consulting Services Group (now IBM Global Services). 

Marc has served on the Board of Directors of CCComplete, Inc.; Advisory Board of Compass Capital Ventures, and has advised other private technology firms in the Pacific Northwest.  Marc actively participates in community charities; as Trustee for the Oregon College of Art and Craft (2007-2010) and Rosemary Anderson High school in Portland Oregon (2008 – present), and the Advisory Board of The Licensing Executives Society/IP100 (2011).  Marc is an avid sportsman, 7-Time Triathlete, Indoor Cycle/Spin Instructor, Cycle Oregon Finisher.  Marc is a  single father of two children – Hope and Evan.

Mr. Alexander is an honors graduate in business management with disciplines in Finance and Marketing from Tulane University, New Orleans.

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Richard A. Baker
Richard A. Baker, Jr. joined the LES (USA & Canada) a decade ago, and is one of the first Certified Licensing ProfessionalsTM. Mr. Baker played a key role in the success of the initial IP100 Executive Forum, serving as the Outreach Chair. From 2005-2007, Rich served as the Co-Chair of the Licensing Office Structure and Management Committee. Rich Baker's wife and son are frequent assistants in the Registration Booth for LES  meetings. 

Mr. Baker joined 3Com Corporation as Director of Intellectual Property Licensing in January of 2005. Baker is responsible for the licensing program of over 1,400 U.S. patents–one of the most impressive networking technology patent holdings in the world. At 3Com, the Licensing Department received the 2009 Licensing Achievement Award under Rich's leadership. Prior to joining 3Com, Mr. Baker was the Director of IP at Schneider Automation. He developed the company's intellectual property program, including the creation of IP strategies, the organization of a portfolio of patents, and the authoring of a number of patent disclosures.

Mr. Baker's graduate studies include Intellectual Property at Franklin Pierce Law Center and Computer Science at Harvard University. He holds a BS in computer science and English as a dual major at the University of New Hampshire.

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Robert Colao
Bob Colao is Director of Outbound Patent Licensing at Nokia Inc., where he leads the company's global outbound licensing community.  Upon joining Nokia in 2008 as Director of Patent Licensing, Bob formulated and led the business development of new opportunities related to licensing and monetizing the Nokia patent portfolio.  Additionally, he drove the IP aspects of various Nokia M&A activities such as joint ventures and divestitures, including the recent divestiture of Nokia's wireless modem business.  From 2000 to 2008, Bob was with IBM's Corporate Intellectual Property Licensing organization and held the position of Director of International Licensing.  His responsibilities included: the licensing of patents, technology and copyrights; IP related M&A (divestiture) activities and negotiations; patent pool participation (DVD-6C); as well as leading and establishing IBM's patent sales process.  Prior to 2000, Bob held various management positions at IBM which included: hardware and software development; marketing & business development; and strategy & planning.  Bob holds a BS/MS in Electrical Engineering as well as an MBA from Union College.

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Kathleen A. Denis
Kathleen A. Denis, PhD, CLP is the Associate Vice President of Technology Transfer at The Rockefeller University, a premier biomedical research institution located in New York City.  She is a Past President of the Licensing Executives Society USA/Canada (LES), and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association.  She is a Certified Licensing Professional, a Registered Technology Transfer Professional, and the former Chair of the Board of Governors of Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc.

Specializing in the management of intellectual assets in the life sciences, she has worked with academic institutions and industry clients to manage intellectual property portfolios, evaluate new technologies, market and license technologies and start new technology-based businesses. Dr. Denis is active in numerous professional organizations and speaks frequently about early stage technology evaluation, formation of start-up companies, conflict of interest and other issues of academic technology transfer.

Dr. Denis holds a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Human Genetics from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and an undergraduate degree in genetics from Cornell University. 

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William C. Elkington
Bill is Senior Director, Intellectual Property Management, at Rockwell Collins.  He is responsible for protection, value extraction, and rights management strategies concerning Rockwell Collins's strategic intellectual property.  His group works with the company's business units to value IP and to structure both upstream and downstream licenses in the normal course of its business.  He has held this position since 2003.

Prior to joining Rockwell Collins, Bill was co-founder and VP of Program Management at MeshNetworks, a wireless startup company established to commercialize ITT's technology.  MeshNetworks was sold to Motorola in 2004.

Prior to joining MeshNetworks, Bill held positions in IP management, technology marketing, strategic and operations planning, and program management in ITT's Aerospace/Communications Division (A/CD) and GE R&D organizations.

Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, and his advanced degrees are from Syracuse University.

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Lou Faber
Lou Faber is Associate General IP Counsel in Xerox's Office of General Counsel. He will celebrate his 30th anniversary with Xerox later this year, having counseled in a variety of areas during his tenure with the Company.  He and his team of 6 attorneys, a paralegal and support staff provide counsel to the company and support the management of patent litigation, offensive and defensive patent analysis and intellectual property licensing.  In addition to his J.D. (SUNY Buffalo), he holds an M.B.A. (Florida International Univ.) and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Goddard College) .  He has previously been an adjunct instructor in the English Department Faculty at Monroe Community College.  He lives in Rochester, New York. 

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Robert B. Goldman
Robert B. Goldman, Principal at CRA International, assists clients in developing and implementing strategies for managing and realizing value from their intellectual property portfolios.  He has consulted on numerous engagements involving the valuation of intellectual property and intangible assets for licensing and sale transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate spin-outs, corporate restructuring, and other purposes.  Mr. Goldman is experienced in performing IP analytics research to assist clients in making informed IP-related decisions in variety of contexts such as M&A due diligence, transaction target identification and prioritization, and risk assessment.  His litigation experience includes the determination of reasonable royalties and lost profits in patent infringement matters, valuation/damages in technology license disputes, and damages in trade secret misappropriation matters.  Mr. Goldman is active in the Licensing Executives Society (LES) as a frequent speaker and instructor on IP Valuation and IP Intelligence.  Mr. Goldman earned his BS and MA degrees in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Northwestern University-Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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Peter Holden
Peter set-up the IP Investment Group in Coller Capital ( a global Private Equity firm with over $8.5 Billion under management ) in 2006 and has since overseen the acquisition and subsequent monetization of many thousands of patents from leading corporations and research centers in the USA, Europe, Korea and China ( primarily in the Comms/Wireless, Advanced Consumer Electronics, Computing/IT, Med-Tech and Semicon. Fields ). He continues to explore and execute on new investment models and structures for leveraging IP as an financial asset class in private equity. He formerly held senior positions at: Panasonic (Osaka, Japan); IPVALUE Management (Palo Alto, CA); University Patents, Inc..(Westport, CT) and Invisible Hand LLC (New York, NY) – a $50 Million IP venturing fund that he founded and ran.  He holds Post-Doc., Ph.D. & Undergraduate Degrees from the UK & Japan. He also held positions as Senior Fellow at Wharton Business School in Innovation and was awarded the Honda Fellowship at Tokyo University in Technology Transfer. He has also advised the UK(GEP), USA (ATP) & Korean Governments on IP venturing and entrepreneurship and sovereign IP fund formation.

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Michael J. Lasinski
Since 1995, Mr. Lasinski has been actively involved in valuations, mergers and acquisitions, litigation support, negotiation support, strategic due diligence and other financial consulting matters.  Mr. Lasinski has a specialty in high-tech and intellectual property matters.  Mr. Lasinski has performed more than 250 intellectual property valuations and royalty rate determinations over the past 14 years and is a recognized leader in intellectual property valuation.  Mr. Lasinski was recently named one of the World's Leading IP Strategists by IAM 250.  Mr. Lasinski has been the lead negotiator or a key member of the negotiation team in licensing, divestiture or acquisitions on numerous occasions.  In his current position, Mr. Lasinski is a Founder of 284 Partners, LLC.  Prior to forming 284 Partners, Mr. Lasinski was a Managing Director and in charge of the Chicago valuation services business of Capstone Valuation Services, LLC. 

Prior to joining Capstone, Mr. Lasinski was a Managing Director and in charge of Ocean Tomo, LLC's valuation business unit.  Prior to Ocean Tomo, Mr. Lasinski was a Vice President at Charles River Associates.  Charles River Associates acquired InteCap which had acquired IPC Group.  Mr. Lasinski was a Principal at both firms prior to those acquisitions.  Mr. Lasinski was also a staff consultant in the Advanced Development Program of Coopers & Lybrand.  Before attending graduate school, he was a program manager and systems engineer at Ford Motor Company. 

Mr. Lasinski has directed over three hundred engagements involving private equity, intangible assets and intellectual property, divisions of public entities, companies in bankruptcy, allocating acquired assets, financial reporting, tax strategy / controversy and providing advice to boards of directors and investors.  His valuation experience covers a full spectrum of industries from automotive to pharmaceuticals to telecommunications.  He has been involved in several major litigation support projects as an expert witness in Federal, state, tax and arbitration proceedings. 

Mr. Lasinski received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) in 1989 and his Masters in Business Administration (with High Honors) in 1993 both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Mr. Lasinski is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of Illinois.  He is Certified in Financial Forensics and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He is President of the Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada), Inc.  He was the Chair and the Vice Chair of the Valuation and Taxation committees of LES and the Intellectual Property Owners Organization, respectively.

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Daniel McGavock
Dan McGavock is a Vice President and Intellectual Property Practice leader of Charles River Associates (CRA), a business, financial, and economics consulting firm with 21 worldwide locations spanning 9 countries and 3 continents.   During the last 25 years, Dan has specialized in the valuation and strategic management IP and intangible assets.  His experience includes a broad range of industries and contexts for valuing IP rights, including infringement litigation, license and cross-license negotiation, joint venture transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring/bankruptcy, transfer pricing, financial and tax reporting.  Dan has advised clients throughout the intellectual property strategy development and commercialization process including portfolio assessment, opportunity identification, competitive benchmarking, market research, partner screening, financial modeling, transaction negotiation, and license compliance audits.  In addition, he has provided expert testimony on IP damages, licensing and valuation issues on 60 occasions.  Prior to CRA's acquisition of InteCap in 2004, Dan served as InteCap's President and as a member of its Board of Directors.  He is a registered CPA and holds a BS degree in accounting from Indiana University.  Dan is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and has been an active member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) throughout his career, having served as Chairman of the LES Valuation and Taxation and Financial Markets Committees, Vice Chairman of the LES International Audit Committee, and more recently as a member of the LES BioPharmaceutical Royalty Rates & Deal Terms Global Survey Committee.

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Don Merino
Dr. Don Merino is senior vice president of licensing at Intellectual Ventures, where he leads the company's licensing efforts in Asia. Dr. Merino joined Intellectual Ventures in 2004 and ran the acquisitions team. Since 2009, Dr. Merino has focused on licensing intellectual property first starting and running divestiture activities and more recently focusing IV's activities in Asia. Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Dr. Merino was at Intel Corporation as director of strategic business development. Before Intel, Dr. Merino was director of licensing for General Instrument where he participated in the development of the MPEG Licensing Authority (MPEG-LA), an organization founded to license essential patents on a core standard-based technology.  Upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Merino served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Merino received his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984 and his M.E.M.E and Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Lesley Millar
Lesley Millar has served as the Director of the Office of Technology Management (OTM) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2006. As Director, Ms. Millar leads a team of responsible for the management of IP arising out of over $500 million in research conducted on campus. She also works with a wide range stakeholders furthering the office's mission to encourage innovation, enhance research and facilitate economic development. Prior to joining the OTM, she had an extensive career in local government in England.

Ms. Millar is a frequent speaker at technology transfer seminars and professional meetings. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board of IP Marketing Advisor and is a regular contributor to Technology Transfer Tactics. She is a member of both the LES and AUTM. A native of Scotland, Ms. Millar has a B.Ed. an M.Ed and an MBA and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

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Tanya K. Moore
Tanya Kaptsan Moore is a General Manager of Outbound IP Licensing in Microsoft's corporate Intellectual Property & Licensing group. Her responsibilities include formulating outbound technology licensing strategies, identifying and negotiating licensing arrangements in various Microsoft technology areas, including financial valuations, and leading a team of licensing executives. In her IP career, she has led and participated in a wide variety of transactions involving the licensing of patents, know-how, copyrighted materials, and trademarks, as well as asset sales, divestitures and joint ventures. 

Prior to assuming her position with Microsoft, Ms. Moore was a key member of IBM's Intellectual Property & Licensing organization. Ms. Moore joined IBM in 1980 and spent the early part of her career in software development for a number of IBM's operating systems. She has held numerous technical positions, including project and quality management, where she received many awards. During this time, she also served as an adjunct instructor at IBM's Software Quality Institute. She has held a number of technical management positions in applications and systems software product development, transitioning in the mid-nineties to the business side of IBM, initially in the server group OEM sales and later joining the IBM corporate IP group. In late 2003, Ms. Moore left IBM to join the Microsoft IP team.

Tanya Kaptsan Moore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Fordham University, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Polytechnic Institute of New York University.  Ms. Moore is a Board Member and Vice President, Communications, of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and is the Secretary and Board Member of the LES Foundation, Inc.

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Charles D. Murray
Chip Murray leads the Intellectual Assets & Licensing business of DuPont, a position he assumed in April 2002.  The Managing Director of Intellectual Assets & Licensing has profit and loss responsibility for all out-licensing activities within the corporation.  Intellectual Assets & Licensing is chartered with leveraging and extracting maximum value for DuPont technology, intellectual property and knowledge.  Prior to his current position, he held management positions in DuPont's Polyester Enterprise, including most recently, assignments as Global Technology Director and Director of Strategic Planning for Dacron®.  His over 32-year career with DuPont has included assignments at many DuPont locations, and a variety of disciplines including Engineering, Marketing & Sales, Manufacturing and Technical leadership.  While Director of Strategic Planning for Dacron®, Chip negotiated strategic alliances or JV's with Unifi in USA, Akra Group in Mexico, Suzhou in PR China and Sabanci in Europe.  In addition to their role in licensing DuPont technologies, IA&L assists many DuPont businesses to form strategic supply alliances and business relationships with our licensees.  Chip graduated with a BS in Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  Prior to DuPont, Chip worked for Shell Oil as a power systems engineer at the Norco, Louisiana refinery and chemical plant.  Chip currently resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania with his wife Laurie and two children, Alex (20), and Malorie (14).  Chip is an avid golfer who also enjoys tennis, basketball and traveling with his family.

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Ada C. Nielsen
Ada Nielsen is Director, Intellectual Asset Strategy for Exploration and Production Technology in BP America, Inc. with a strong track record in identifying and extracting value from non-commercial inventions as well as developing new products and new businesses.

Before she joined Amoco Chemicals New Business Development in 1997, she founded Capstone International to specialize in opportunity analysis, business development, strategic marketing, technology transfer, market and competitive analysis, and worked in marketing, sales, and finance positions for Fortune 500 companies. This follows a career in managing marketing and sales in the industrial chemicals business and market research / business strategy in the global hazardous waste industry.

Ms. Nielsen is the Immediate Past President of the Licensing Executives Society, USA-Canada. She is a Trustee of the LES Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, and has served as Chair of the Education Committee for LES International following her chairing the Chemicals, Energy and the Environment Sector for two years.  She is also a Certified Licensing Professional.

She is a past president of the Commercial Development and Marketing Association (CDMA, an association organized around commercialization of new products and creation of new businesses in the chemical industry), was chairman of the Chicago Chapter and is formerly chairman of the CDMA Educational Foundation. She has been one of the instructors in the market research course & responsible for the commercial development course.

She was invited to join the newly formed Advisory Board to the Illinois Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability and belongs to the American Chemical Society, Association for Corporate Growth, Association of University Technology Managers,  and Product Development and Marketing Association. She chaired the Valuation and Taxation Committee for IPO (Intellectual Property Owners) from 2004-2006 and participates in several current IPO committees.

She earned an A.B. in chemistry from Wellesley College, an M.B.A. in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, and studied theoretical physical chemistry in graduate programs at Tulane University and Dartmouth College.

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Marshall C. Phelps, Jr.
Mr. Phelps is a consultant and advisor to a number of companies including ArticleOne Partners, Waggener Edstrom and Viral Genetics. He also serves on the University Related Intellectual Property Committee of the National Academy of Science and six boards of directors. He is a recognized expert on the management and monetization of intellectual and intangible assets, entrepreneurship and innovation. He has written and spoken extensively on these subjects at numerous business forums and universities, including Duke Business and Law Schools, The University of California at Berkeley, Cornell Law School, The University of Washington, The University of North Carolina, and Keio and Waseda Universities in Japan. Until recently, he was Executive in Residence at Duke's Fuqua School of Business and served on its Board of Visitors. He is currently Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Cornell Law School. In 2006, he was elected to the initial class of the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame. His book, "Burning the Ships", Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft, was published in 2009.
 
Until recently, Mr. Phelps was Corporate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Licensing and Assistant Secretary, Microsoft Corporation. At Microsoft, his duties entailed worldwide management of Microsoft's intellectual property portfolio, patent prosecution, licensing, standards and business development. Microsoft is one of the world's largest intellectual property companies with over 60,000 patents extent or applied for, countless trademarks and extensive copyright holdings.

His career follows:
1969-70. Confidential Clerk, New York State Supreme Court,
1970-71. Attorney, IBM, 
1971-72. Assistant to the President, Chicago Board of Trade,
1972-77. Attorney/ Area Counsel IBM,
1977-80. Principal resident IBM Attorney for antitrust defense, San Francisco,
1980-81. Sloan Fellow, Stanford University Graduate School of Business,
1981-82. Assistant to IBM CEO's Frank Cary and John Opel,
1982-83. Managing Attorney, IBM,
1983-84. Counsel, IBM's Systems Product Division,
1984-87. Vice President IBM Asia Pacific Group,
1987-92. IBM Director, Government Relations,
1992-99. IBM Corporate Vice President. Upon retirement in September 1999, he received IBM's "Career Achievement Award", one of two granted as of that time,
1999-01. Chairman and CEO, Spencer Trask Intellectual Property Co.,
2001-03. Partner, Intellectual Ventures,
2003-09. Corporate Vice President, Microsoft.

Mr. Phelps has a B.A. from Muskingum University, an M.S. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School. 

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Charlotte Rutherford
Ms. Rutherford is currently Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property (IP) at Schlumberger which is a Global 500 company in the oil field service industry with a market cap of $111B operating in over 80 countries. Schlumberger spends approximately $1B annually on research and engineering and has more than 100 IP professionals worldwide.

Previously, Ms. Rutherford served as Vice President Associate General Counsel for Colgate-Palmolive and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of Conoco (now ConocoPhillips).

For each company, she designed/restructured and managed the global IP Department to provide all IP legal services including patent preparation and prosecution, licensing and litigation. She was also a member of the senior management teams.

In private practice, she was the managing partner of the IP Department and has counseled various clients including Honeywell, Shell Oil, Exxon, International Paper, SK Corporation, Boehringer Ingleheim, Baker Hughes, Cooper Industries, Sloan Kettering, and Oxford Gene Technology.

Her expertise includes: managing and marketing large IP portfolios (exceeding 10,000 patents); developing licensing and audit programs; managing global complex IP litigation; performing due diligence and negotiating international transactions such as strategic alliances, asset and technology transfers, divestitures and joint ventures; designing, building, and managing large IP organizations; providing infringement and validity opinions; instituting best practices, quality and cost reduction initiatives; and developing competitive intelligence programs.

Ms. Rutherford received her juris doctor degree from Loyola University, her Executive MBA with a concentration in finance from Rutgers University, and BS and MS in Engineering from Auburn University. She is licensed to practice law in both common law and civil law jurisdictions, including Texas, New York, New Jersey and Louisiana (inactive). Also, she is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Reg. No. 32975.) She is a Six Sigma green belt (based on best management practices for IP.)

Ms. Rutherford is a frequently featured speaker at IP conferences and has authored many publications. Her articles have appeared in The National Law Journal, The Journal of World Intellectual Property, and the Congressional Report (31 August 2000). She has been recognized as an expert concerning willfulness in IP litigation by the U.S. District Court in Oxford Gene Technology Limited v. Mergen Ltd., 345 F.Supp.2d 431, (D.Del. 2004) and has provided expert testimony on other high profile pharmaceutical and medical device cases.

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Marc Schwartz
Marc Schwartz is Chief Operating Officer, Bob Mackie Design Group, Ltd. 18 years with company, 5 as General Counsel, 13 as C.O.O. Joint Law Degree and MBA Finance, Hofstra University IP lawyer specializing in trademark, copyright, trade secret and entertainment law.

Bob Mackie Design Group, Ltd. Licenses the Bob Mackie brand. Offices in New York and Los Angeles. Mackie is a renowned Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated costume and fashion designer with a career spanning 40 years. Known for dressing entertainment celebrities including Cher, Carol Burnett, Pink, Beyonce, Tina Turner and Liza Minelli. The licensing business is focused on the following industries:

  • Fashion and Accessories
  • Home Furnishings
  • Toys (collectible Barbie dolls)
  • Artwork
  • Beauty (fragrance)

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Larry Senour
Larry Senour has over 20 years of healthcare experience, including the last 13 years with Merck & Co., spanning various consulting, business development, licensing and corporate development roles. He currently serves as Executive Director, Corporate Development, and is responsible for mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Larry is also responsible for Merck Capital Ventures (MCV), which invests in emerging businesses with technologies in areas related to the discovery, development and commercialization of pharmaceuticals and related healthcare services.

Prior to joining Merck, Larry served as Manager at Deloitte Consulting and Regional Manager with Healthcare Services Group. Larry holds an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and a M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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Ashley Stevens
In 2010, Dr. Stevens became Special Assistant to the VP of Research at Boston University, where he has been tasked with exploring the faculty's interest in launching a university-wide academic program focused on the role of intellectual property and the evolution of models for the translation of ideas and knowledge into economic development.  Previously, he spent 15 years as Director and then Executive Director, Technology Transfer in the Office of Technology Development at Boston University.

He is also Senior Research Associate in the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization in Boston University's School of Management, where he teaches two graduate-level, inter-disciplinary courses on Technology Commercialization.  Before joining Boston University, he was Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School.

Since he joined Boston University, the Office of Technology Development has spun out over 50 companies based on the University's research, a number of which have raised substantial amounts of capital, and the University's licensing income climbed steadily.

Prior to entering the technology transfer profession, Dr. Stevens worked in the biotechnology industry for nearly ten years.  He was a co-founder of Kytogenics, Inc., of which he is still a Director, was co-founder and General Manager of Genmap, Inc., and was Vice President of Business Development for BioTechnica International.  He started his career with The Procter & Gamble Company, where he held a number of positions in sales, marketing, strategic planning and acquisitions and mergers.

Dr. Stevens publishes and lectures frequently on many aspects of technology transfer, including the Bayh-Dole Act, the economic impact of technology transfer and its role in economic development, the contribution of academia to the discovery of new drugs and vaccines, the role of technology transfer in global health and technology valuation.  He was the recipient of the Bayh-Dole Award at Association of University Technology Managers 2007 Annual Meeting and became President of AUTM in March 2010.  He is also active in the Licensing Executives Society and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.

Dr. Stevens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences, a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University.  He is a Certified Licensing Professional and a Registered Technology Transfer Professional.

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Mervyn Turner
Dr. Mervyn Turner joined Merck Research Laboratories in 1985.  Over the last 25 years, he has held many positions of increasing responsibility at Merck.  In August 1999, Dr. Turner was appointed Senior Vice President, Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research in Montreal, Canada.  Dr. Turner returned from his assignment in Montreal in October 2002 to become Senior Vice President, Worldwide Licensing and External Research, responsible for the oversight of all of Merck's licensing activities and the management of academic relations.  In September 2008, Dr. Turner was also appointed to the newly created role of Chief Strategy Officer for Merck & Co. Inc. where he leads the formulation and execution of Merck's long-term strategic plan and the linkage of that strategy to the business plans of Merck's Franchises, Divisions, and Functions.  In November 2009 Dr. Turner turned over the licensing reins and was appointed Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets, Merck Research Laboratories, a position he maintained until January 2011.  Dr. Turner continues in his role as Chief Strategy Officer, while maintaining his position as Senior Vice President for Merck Research Laboratories.

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