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2018 LES University South Faculty

Ryan D. Gum
Jonathon Hance
Chris W. Johnson
Irene Kosturakis
Louise Levien, Ph.D., CLP
Karthika Perumal
Shayne Phillips
Paul A. Stewart
D. C. Toedt
Jeffrey S. Whittle
James D. Woods, Ph.D., CLP

>Ryan D. Gum  
Ryan D. Gum

Ryan D. Gum is IP Counsel for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), which is among the world's largest independent exploration and production companies, focused on developing, acquiring and exploring for oil and natural-gas resources.  Anadarko's portfolio includes U.S. onshore assets in the lower 48 states and Alaska and Anadarko is among the largest independent producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and has exploration and production activities internationally, including activities in Algeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, and other countries.  Mr. Gum counsels business segments in the identification, protection and enforcement of brands and innovations worldwide.  He provides company-wide support for intellectual property and technology, including support to the Advanced Analytics & Emerging Technologies (AAET) team, Information Technology Services (ITS), and E&P Services, amongst others.  His duties include management of Anadarko's intellectual property portfolios, as well as drafting, review and negotiation of various agreements and providing counsel on various intellectual property related legal issues and risks, including data security, technology licensing and development. 

Prior to joining Anadarko, Mr. Gum was Managing IP Counsel for National Oilwell Varco (NOV), a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling and production operations, and the provision of oilfield services to the oil and gas industry.  He managed a global trademark portfolio of 3000+ applications/registration in 75+ countries and a global patent portfolio of 2000+ active cases in 40+ countries.  He assisted in intellectual property due diligence activities related to mergers and acquisitions and assisted business units in the integration of newly acquired intellectual property assets into preexisting business structures.  He further assisted and counseled business units on intellectual property value generation and optimization. 

Before joining NOV, Mr. Gum was an associate at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in its intellectual property practice group.  Mr. Gum holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University where he graduated Cum Laude and a J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law where he graduated Order of the Coif.  Mr. Gum is a member of the West Virginia and Texas State Bars, and is a registered patent attorney.  Mr. Gum is a member of HIPLA and The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.

Jonathon Hance
Jonathon Hance

Mr. Hance focuses his practice on energy and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes relating to energy-supply agreements, and particularly, ISDA Master Agreements, in the oil and gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), trading and marketing, renewable, solar, chemical, and petrochemical industries. His litigation practice also includes cases of patent infringement, trademark infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets in the areas of software, open-source code, mobile devices, computer hardware, gTLDs (generic top-level domain names), and network infrastructures. Mr. Hance served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Mr. Hance represents an array of international clients in the energy, oil and gas, technology, software, media, advertising, radio, banking, payment processing, retail, transportation, medical, food and beverage, and aerospace and defense industries
He holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics, B.A. in Viola Performance and a B.A. in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University. He holds a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Chris W. Johnson  
Chris W. Johnson

Chris W. Johnson is a Principal with Economic Analytics Consulting, LLC. Mr. Johnson has over 15 years of experience providing consulting services to a range of public and private companies. Mr. Johnson's core strengths include economic and financial analysis. Much of his work involves predicting economic actions based upon a variety of assumptions and quantifying the impact of such behaviors. This work is often performed in the context of economic analyses, expert witness services in litigation matters or valuation analyses.

Mr. Johnson conducts economic analyses such as economic impact and feasibility studies that focus on understanding and quantifying the impact of a stimulus, or change, on a local economy. Mr. Johnson has also been designated as an expert in Federal and State Courts and has experience in areas such as the analysis of intellectual property damages, lost profits analyses, quantification of contract damages and class action damages. Mr. Johnson has provided valuation services in the context of liaison matters and for management's strategic planning and financial reporting. He has valued intellectual property, businesses, options, warrants, preferred stock and other complex financial instruments.

Mr. Johnson received a B.A. in Economics from Trinity University and a M.S. in Economics from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Valuation Analyst and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Irene Kosturakis  
Irene Kosturakis

Irene Kosturakis is Area Vice President, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at BMC Software, Inc., where she is responsible for protecting the Company's innovation by way of patent, copyright, and trade secret laws.  Irene is also responsible for protecting BMC's brands, securing trademark registrations and domain names and policing its trademarks. She is on the Company's cybersecurity incident response team, which is prepared to help it react to data breach incidents. Irene performs the IP due diligence for the Company's M&A activities and advises its tax group on inter-company agreements.

Irene Kosturakis came to BMC in 2006 with 16 years' experience at Hewlett-Packard Company and Compaq Computer Corporation.

Irene is a registered patent attorney and is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Irene has an LLM in Intellectual Property from the University of Houston Law Center, a J.D. from South Texas College of Law, a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston, and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Outside of BMC, Irene has been an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law for its International Business Transactions course for the past 13 years. She was the Chair of the State Bar of Texas's (SBOT's) Business Law Section (BLS) for the 2016-17 Bar Year, and is a member of: the Houston Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC); The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court in Houston, Texas; and the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (HIPLA). In addition to her membership in the SBOT's BLS, Irene is a member of the SBOT's Intellectual Property Law Section and the Computer and Technology Law Section. In support of pro bono, she is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a Houston Volunteer Lawyer.

Irene was president of the Houston Chapter of ACC for the 2007‑2008 year. During her presidency, the Houston Chapter received the Chapter of the Year Award from the national ACC. In September 2014, Irene was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Houston Chapter of the ACC.

Louise Levien, Ph.D., CLP  
Louise Levien, Ph.D., CLP

Louise has recently retired from a career that included a diverse series of assignments at Exxon and ExxonMobil in Upstream Research. During her career she has performed research in Astrophysics, Geologic Modeling, and Visualization, supervised diverse research programs and held several assignments in Planning and Analysis, including developing an upstream research management system. A[erworking with IP from the scientific side of ExxonMobil for many years, Louise joined the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company's Commercial, Intellectual Property and Licensing group in 2007. She was responsible for IP processes, the intellectual property aspects of agreements, and licensing transactions impacting ExxonMobil's upstream business. Louise has been an active member of LES, holding positions and speakering at the local, national and international levels. She currently serves on the LES USA & Canada Board of Trustees as one of the two Directors of Local Chapters. She holds a ScB degree in Geological Sciences from Brown University and MS and PhD degrees in Geochemistry from Stony Brook University. She is a Certified Licensing Professional and co-inventor on two patents

>Karthika Perumal  
Karthika Perumal

Karthika's practice involves all aspects of technology law with an emphasis on the protection, licensing, transfer, and acquisition of intellectual property. She advises clients on patent and transactional matters in the energy and healthcare sectors across a wide range of technologies, such as chemicals, oil and gas processing, biotechnology, biomedical devices, and software. She leverages her background and experience to assist clients meet their business objectives at every stage of product development, from early stage funding and product development to licensing and joint ventures arrangements, and other exit transactions. Karthika handles a variety of transactions, including multiparty collaboration, sponsored research, manufacturing, supply, and software development and support agreements.

Prior to joining Bracewell, Karthika served as the associate director for technology development at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). During her tenure at UTMB, she developed commercialization strategies for several technologies, and participated in the structuring and financing of six startup companies for various pharmaceutical, medical device and medical informatics products.

Shayne Phillips  
Shayne Phillips

Shayne Phillips has been working in the intellectual property (IP) arena for over fifteen years, particularly in the areas of IP-related competitive intelligence and technical patent and nonpatent literature searching.  Ms. Phillips began her career at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati, Ohio, working as a Technical Assistant in Corporate New Ventures (a group tasked with evaluating outside technology for the entirety of P&G).  She then moved to the IP-practice group of Dinsmore & Shohl (also in Cincinnati), working as a Technical Consultant, providing both patent application prosecution support and IP litigation assistance. 

In 2000 Ms. Phillips moved to Columbus, Ohio, and began work at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) as an Editorial Analyst in the Mammalian Hormones Document Indexing Group of the Biochemistry Department of CAS' Editorial Division.  In 2002 Ms. Phillips transitioned to the role of Applications Specialist at CAS, specializing in advanced STN training, focusing on protein and gene sequence searching in particular. 

Following her tenure at CAS, Ms. Phillips moved to Halliburton in Houston, Texas, working in their Intellectual Asset Management group as both the head of IP Competitive Intelligence and as a Senior Patent Liaison for the Cementing Product Service Line.  Ms. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Youngstown State University, a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Business Administration from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.  She is also a registered US Patent Agent.

Paul A. Stewart  
Paul A. Stewart

Paul A. Stewart is Managing Director of PASCO Ventures LLC, an independent advisory firm he founded after retiring from Eli Lilly and Company in 2012. He is a distinguished lecturer for the Graduate Program of International Pharmaceutical Engineering Management (IPEM) at Peking University in Beijing, China.

Stewart has over 25 years of executive and leadership experience in domestic and global business development in pharmaceuticals, crop protection (agrichemicals & seeds); medical devices / vascular intervention (cardiology and urology); drug infusion (hospital intravenous pumps, plus vital signs measurement products); corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; and in the $2 billion Elanco Animal Health division of Lilly (animal health & human food safety).

Stewart has deep expertise in licensing and business development, having completed global and regional transactions in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. There are over a dozen publicly disclosed in-development or marketed human pharmaceuticals, medical devices and animal health products that exist today, and a number of undisclosed products in development, as a result of his work.

Stewart has served on numerous professional, academic, civic and not-for-profit boards, including President & Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Certified Licensing Professionals organization (2010-2014); the Board of Directors of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association (1999-2003); the Advisory Board of DePauw University's Management Fellows Program (2007-2013); Director of the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society (2004-2010); President of the Board of Airport Commissioners for Greensburg-Decatur County (Indiana: 1980-81 and 1983); President of the Indiana Seed Trade Association (1984); Chairman of the IVAC (1993) and Elanco (1999 and 2007) United Way campaigns; and member of the Board of Directors and Trusteeship (executive) Committee of Park Tudor School in Indianapolis (from 1997-2003). Stewart was previously an executive and Secretary of the Board of Directors at Stewart Seeds, Inc. (now owned by Monsanto). Additionally, Stewart served as an elder at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis and served as an Endowment Trustee of the church's Endowment; plus, served there as Lay Director and five times a Spiritual Director of Great Banquet men's retreats.

Stewart is a Certified Licensing Professional, is listed in "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who in the World" and "Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare," and is the author of "A Harvard MBA's Advice to His Sons" (ISBN 1594539952).

Stewart received a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business management from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

D. C. Toedt  
D. C. Toedt

D. C. Toedt (the last name is pronounced "Tate"), a member of the Texas and California bars, is an attorney, arbitrator, and part-time law professor; he currently chairs the Houston chapter of the Licensing ExecutivesSociety (USA and Canada). D.C. was formerly a partner and member of the management committee atArnold, White & Durkee, at the time the second-largest IP litigation boutique in the U.S., with some 150lawyers in six cities. During the dot-com era, D.C. left AW&D to join a publicly-traded software company,BindView Corporation, as vice president and general counsel; as outside counsel, he had helped thefounders to start the company. He served there until the company's successful "exit" when it was acquiredby Symantec Corporation, the world leader in the company's field. Among other publications, D.C. was thelead author of the first edition of a one-volume treatise, The Law and Business of Computer Software. Heis a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in math (high honors) and law (law review); betweencollege and law school he served his ROTC scholarship payback time as a U.S. Navy nuclear engineeringofficer in the Rickover program.

Jeffrey S. Whittle  
Jeffrey S. Whittle

Jeff Whittle is a partner with Hogan Lovells LLP and provides over two decades of legal experience to clients in the energy and high-tech industries. Jeff Whittle provides over two decades of legal experience to clients in the energy and high-tech industries. He advises on strategic and complex technology transactions, licensing, patent protection, portfolio analysis, and other contentious and transactional intellectual property matters including inter partes reexaminations, post-grant reviews, and derivation proceedings, among other disputed cases.

Jeff has been recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and The Legal 500 United States, among others, for his outstanding career and contributions to law and intellectual property.

Jeff is the immediate past-president and chair of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) for the USA and Canada (2015-2016) and has served on the LES Board for over seven years. He is a frequent and highly sought-after speaker and author, nationally and internationally, on various intellectual property/licensing/technology topics.

Jeff keeps up with the always changing intellectual property field through memberships in various legal and professional associations, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, and Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He also has served on M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Technology Review Committee, IP Law360's Advisory Board, and Wake Forest University School of Law's Board of Visitors, as well as on boards of various charitable organizations. Jeff is also a member of the Texas Bar College and is a Certified Licensing Pofessional. Recently he was awarded and recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the University of Houston Law Center.

James D. Woods, Ph.D., CLP  
James D. Woods, Ph.D., CLP

James D. Woods, Ph.D. is a Principal with Economic Analytics Consulting, LLC. Dr. Woods combines his training as a financial economist with over 30 years of business experience to provide efficient, analytical solutions to address his clients' and colleagues' challenges and opportunities.

Dr. Woods focuses his efforts on valuing patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, complex securities and derivatives and on evaluating the economic effects of decisions. Dr. Woods has helped his clients extract value from intellectual property through licensing and sale transactions and has testified at trial concerning his opinions of reasonable royalties and lost profits due to the misappropriation of intellectual property. He has also evaluated the economic impact of major sporting events, conventions and corporate relocation decisions.

Dr. Woods began his career with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and has been a principal with national accounting firms. He has been an invited speaker on the value of intellectual property at several influential national and international programs and regularly provides continuing educational programs to lawyers and corporate executives.

In addition to his work assisting clients, Dr. Woods serves as an adjunct professor of finance for the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston where he teaches financial statement analysis to graduate students. Dr. Woods received a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Banking from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Licensing Professional and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

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