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Merck & Co. Executive Pamela Demain Elected President of Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014  
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Society Appoints 2014-2015 Officers and Trustees at Annual Meeting in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, October 8, 2014 –Pamela Demain, Executive Director for Business Development and Licensing at Merck & Co. Inc., has been elected President of the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc., during the Society's 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting here this week.

As President, Ms. Demain will focus intensively on executing "LES 2020," a recently-launched, 5-year strategic initiative aimed at enhancing the Society's position as a primary thought leader for business development, intellectual property, public policy and the premier source for best practices, content, education programs and innovation business solutions. Read more about LES 2020.

"LES is THE association for business development, IP and other innovation professionals across industries, and as our profession changes, LES will adapt to continue to provide valuable leadership, education and networking opportunities for all of our members," said Ms. Demain.

In her role with Merck, Ms. Demain is responsible for negotiating transactions with companies, universities and institutions worldwide, as well as leading relationship development for licensing. In the years leading up to her presidency, Ms. Demain has served LES tirelessly in numerous leadership roles. As Regional Vice President, USA (2010-2011) she was responsible for developing the LES Policy Manual and as Vice President for Communications (2008-2010), she oversaw a major branding initiative, the launch of LES Insights and the creation of the Society's first Editorial Board. As Trustee for Partnering (2006-2007), she spearheaded the Power Networking initiative and in 2013 she received the prestigious Frank Barnes Mentor Award. She is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and has been an active LES speaker and attendee at seasonal, annual and New Jersey Chapter meetings for many years.

Immediate Past-President, Russell Levine is a partner with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he focuses his trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution practice on patent infringement matters and disputes involving technology transfer and patent license agreements. In addition to his most recent role as Immediate Past President, Mr. Levine is also an International Delegate to, and Chair of, the Long-Range Planning Committee for LES International (LESI).

Prior to his term as President, he served LES as a member of the Board of Trustees, as Co-Chair of both the Litigation and Laws & Government Action Committees, as a member of the 2005 Annual Meeting Committee, Program Co-Chair for the 2009 Spring Meeting and as Meeting Chair for the 2011 Spring Meeting.  Mr. Levine has been an instructor for several LES educational courses and his "Top 10" workshops at LES Annual Meetings are consistently standing-room-only.

President-Elect, Jeffrey Whittle is an Intellectual Property and Technology attorney with the international law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, where he is a partner, shareholder, and the International Head of the Technology and Intellectual Property Section. He is listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Intellectual Property; the Legal 500 Patent Prosecution: Litigation and Design Patents/Technology: Transactions; the IAM Licensing 250: The World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers; and the IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners. Mr. Whittle has served LES as Vice President and as Trustee for Education and Trustee for Sponsorship for the LES (USA & Canada) Board of Trustees. In addition, he has served as an International Delegate to LESI, where he has also been a Co-Chair of the Education Committee (2012-2014). Closer to home, Mr. Whittle is a past president and past board member of the Houston Chapter, and is a CLP who speaks and writes frequently, both nationally and internationally, on licensing/technology topics.

Public Policy/Regional Vice President, USA, Brian O'Shaughnessy is a registered U.S. patent attorney and Managing Shareholder of the Washington, D.C. office of the IP law firm, RatnerPrestia. He counsels innovation-oriented organizations in deriving value from IP through portfolio management, licensing, enforcement, risk avoidance, and special administrative proceedings before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. In his role as LES Regional Vice President, USA, Mr. O'Shaughnessy is responsible for LES public policy statements and public outreach, and particularly with the U.S. Congress on legislative developments and with the Administration on IP policy initiatives. He has authored and upgraded various modules of the LES Professional Development Series, "Intellectual Asset Management," for which he has served as a faculty member for over ten years. He has also edited the complete Professional   Development Series and supervised implementation of those offerings. He frequently speaks and writes on developments in the law and practice of licensing and IP protection.

Regional Vice President, Canada, Panagiota "Betty" Koutsogiannis, is a Partner with Robic, LLP where her practice is oriented toward business law, mergers and acquisitions, as well as the commercial aspects of intellectual property and corporate law. Her areas of specialization include the preparation and negotiation of M&A transactions, financings, technology transfers, complex licensing arrangements and joint ventures. Ms. Koutsogiannis is a CLP and an active member of LES (USA & Canada) having served as arrangement chair for the 2009 Spring Meeting in Montreal and as Co-Chair of the Montreal Chapter.

Treasurer, Kevin Arst is a Managing Director of 284 Partners, LLC. He has been a consultant focused on financial issues pertaining to intellectual property since 1999. His practice concentrates on the valuation of IP and the determination of economic damages in intellectual property litigation. He is a CLP, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Arst has been an LES member since 2006 and has served as a Co-Chair for the San Francisco Chapter, a Co-Chair of the LES (USA & Canada) Valuation and Taxation Committee, and a founding member of the LES Insights Editorial Board.

Secretary, Paul Roberts is Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel at Inventergy (INVT) where he assists technology leaders in attaining greater value from their IP assets. He has been  continuously active in LES (USA & Canada) since 1996, and since 2004 has served as a Trustee and LESI delegate. Mr. Roberts has recently served two years on the Executive Committee as Board Secretary, three years as VP for Membership/Sponsorship and three years as VP for Local Chapters. He has also served as the Industrial Sector Trustee, as well as Trustee for website matters. Mr. Roberts' other roles include: two years as chair of the High Technology Sector, Meeting Chair for the 2009 Spring Meeting in Montreal and Co-Chair for the 2008 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, as well as numerous other workshop and add-on speaking roles.

In addition, new and continuing Board of Trustee members for 2014-2015 include:

  • VP, International, Arthur Rose, Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
  • VP, Communication & Member Engagement, William Elkington, Senior Director, IP Management, Rockwell Collins, Inc.
  • VP, Education, Robert Held, Vice President, Intellectual Asset Management, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
  • VP, Strategic & Long-Range Planning, Caroline Rockafellow, Lead Counsel for R&D and Licensing, Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc.
  • VP, Local Chapters, Hilton Sue, Partner, Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala, LLP
  • VP, Meeting Programming & Design, Stasia Ogden, Associate General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Baxter Healthcare Corporation
  • Counsel, Thomas Filarski, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP
  • Associate VP, International, Ned Barlas, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
  • Trustee, Membership Engagement, Don Drinkwater, Director of Licensing, major consumer electronics corporation
  • Trustee, Membership, John (Jack) Tupman, VP, Corporate Business Development, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Trustee, Education: Webinars, Gary Fedorochko, Shareholder, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
  • Trustee, Education: On-site, Susan Stoddard, Senior Licensing Manager, Mayo Clinic Ventures
  • Trustee, Meeting Content, Lesley Stolz, Ph.D., Transaction Team, Johnson & Johnson Innovations
  • Trustee at Large, Cheryl Cejka, Director, Technology Development and Outreach, Battelle at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Trustee at Large, Rich Baker, President, New England Intellectual Property Licensing, LLC
  • Trustee at Large, Linda Chao, Senior Associate, Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford  University
  • Trustee at Large, Rachel Kreppel, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Purdue Pharma, L.P.
  • Trustee at Large, Simmone Misra, Director, IP Licensing, Microsoft
  • Trustee at Large, Ida Shum, Senior Manager, Business Development, Samsung

Visit www.lesusacanada.org for more information on LES (USA & Canada), its Board of Trustees, meetings and other activities.

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About the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc.
Established in 1965, the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) is a professional society comprised of over 4,000 members engaged in the transfer, use, development and marketing of intellectual property. The LES membership includes a wide range of professionals, including business executives, lawyers, licensing consultants, engineers, academicians, scientists and government officials. Many large corporations, professional firms, and universities comprise the Society's membership. Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. & Canada), Inc. is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), with a worldwide membership of more than 10,000 members in 32 national societies,  representing over 90 countries. For more information on LES, see www.lesusacanada.org.