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2016 LES University Faculty

 Ross J. Christie

Ross J. Christie is a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Prior to working as an examiner for the past six years, Ross practiced law for over a decade as a patent attorney.  While practicing, he developed and implemented IP protection strategies and secured IP rights on behalf of his clients across over sixty technology areas in both U.S. and foreign jurisdictions.  Most recently, he earned an MBA with a concentration in strategy from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.  His concentration project involved developing and implementing a strategy for a proposed technology and innovation park in the Northern Virginia area.  This is Ross’ first time teaching at LES University.

 Pamela Cox

For more than 20 years, Pamela Cox has concentrated on intellectual property transactions and the strategic use of IP assets for clients ranging from multinational corporations to non-profit institutions. A patent attorney who has managed IP portfolios in-house, clients find her talented at unraveling complex deal structures and devising creative agreement solutions as a seamless member of their team. Intellectual Asset Management named Ms. Cox “one of the country’s leading licensing authorities. Her advice is clear, thorough, insightful and easy to understand." Ms. Cox is chair of life sciences committee for LESI, an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, on AUTM’s professional development committee and secretary and board of governors for CLP.

 Pat Gattari

Pat Gattari's practice focuses on patent prosecution and technology licensing, with emphasis in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and medical devices. His 20-plus years of practice has emphasized patent portfolio management and the licensing, acquisition, and sale of intellectual property. Over the course of his practice, he has developed expertise in the structuring and negotiation of IP transactions. He is a trusted advisor on IP-related issues associated with mergers, acquisitions, and other capital events.

Prior to joining MBHB, Mr. Gattari was patent counsel at Dade Behring, Inc. (now Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics), where his work emphasized patent prosecution and technology-related transactions. Early in his career, he worked for Abbott Laboratories in a variety of positions focusing on the development and production of pharmaceuticals and diagnostic products. This experience allows him to offer a practical, results-based approach that clients appreciate.

 Joseph Marinelli


Joseph F. Marinelli is a partner at Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, a national intellectual property law boutique headquartered in Chicago. He is an IP litigator with more than 15 years of courtroom experience handling complex patent, trade secrets, and trademark cases in a variety of industries including consumer electronics, medical devices, and financial products and services. Joe has handled appeals to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and to the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and has unique experience in successfully representing clients in post-grant proceedings in the USPTO. In addition, Joe assists clients with IP portfolio management and transactions, including structuring and negotiating IP licenses, joint ventures, and technology agreements.  He regularly gives guidance on patent infringement avoidance, often providing validity opinions. Joe advises clients across a broad spectrum of technologies and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

Joseph T. Miotke
Joe Miotke
is a patent litigator and licensed patent attorney with intellectual property experience in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters. As described in the IAM Patent 1000,  “Joseph Miotke is the gold standard. His understanding of the subject matter is faultless. He is proactive and gives practical advice. Most importantly, he is sensitive to the resources and purse strings of the company. He is very popular. One client confides: ‘Joe is the best counsel we have ever worked with. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the market, and advocates strategic management and monetisation – something many firms have not yet grasped.’”

Prior to joining DeWitt, Joe founded Wisconsin’s first law firm, and among the first in the United States, focused upon Intellectual Property monetization as well as offering a full array of IP services.  His uniquely diverse background, combining patent litigation, patent prosecution, intellectual property transactions, and intellectual property monetization, enables him to advise clients with a complete perspective of the IP landscape. 

He has been part of patent litigation teams securing verdicts and settlements in excess of $150 million.  He is also one of the only attorneys in Wisconsin, and among the few in the United States, who has negotiated IP monetization transactions.  Likewise he has substantial experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications across a wide array of technologies and negotiating complex intellectual property transactions with many of the world’s largest technology innovators.  Joe is a frequent author and speaker to international audiences regarding IP monetization, patent litigation and other IP related topics. He is recognized as a Wisconsin 'IP Star' by Managing Intellectual Property and included as a member of Intellectual Asset Management’s “Patent 1000,” which is a guide to the world’s leading patent attorneys. 

Joe is currently President of the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association and part of the leadership for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marquette University Law School and earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Marquette University.


Matthew McNeill

Matthew McNeill is Chief Innovation Officer, VP of IP, Technology & Strategic Alliances at RiteHite. Matthew has overall responsibility for Innovation and Intellectual Property, including the licensing function, which has historically concentrated on in-licensing. He is also concentrated on business development through seeking and acquiring technology for the company. This can range from strategic supply agreements, to joint development, to IP licensing, to joint ventures to IP or corporate acquisition. He has also led business development efforts in emerging technology space in which “ultra-patentes” (beyond patent) strategies had to be employed to secure sustainable competitive advantage.

Matthew has an undergraduate degree in Physics (Texas A&M) and a law degree (Boston College).

Ada Nielsen

Ada C. Nielsen, CLP, is the Chief Executive Officer of Foodexus, LLC, a company based on a new refrigeration system. Ada Nielsen is a commercialization, sales, marketing, competitive intelligence and intellectual asset strategy expert.
She is known for her proficiency in identifying commercial value in inventions and making money from inventions whether by licensing, monetizing or by developing market demand for new products.

After graduate work in theoretical physical chemistry, she became a dean of students and instructor in chemistry at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. After a move to Chicago, she earned an MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business and began an industrial career in chemicals, polymers, environmental technology and energy. Her specialty is in closing deals.

She recently spent fifteen years at Amoco Chemicals & BP Upstream monetizing non-strategic technology in Chemicals and then creating and implementing an invention management/commercialization system for Exploration & Production.


Brian O'Shaughnessy

Brian P. O'Shaughnessy is a shareholder with the law firm of RatnerPrestia PC, and resident in its Washington, DC office.  He is a registered patent attorney with 30 years’ experience working with innovative enterprises establishing, enforcing, and defending global IP portfolios, and in structuring IP-related transactions and technology licensing agreements.

Brian is Chairman-Elect of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc., having served on the LES Board of Trustees since 2007.  Until recently, he was LES Regional Vice President, USA, responsible for articulating the Society’s positions on legislation, administration policy, and trends in US IP law.  Brian continues to be active in LES public policy, and recently testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship in a hearing entitled: “An Examination of Changes to the U.S. Patent System and Impacts on America’s Small Businesses.”  He is a longstanding author, editor, and faculty member of various LES professional development programs.  Brian also serves on the Steering Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar.

Laura Savitski


Laura Savatski,  Technology Transfer Officer for BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the Blood Research Institute,  has  broad experience in  bringing inventions to market through roles as a scientist, in research administration, biotech start-ups, and her current role in tech transfer. Her early career as a laboratory coordinator in medical research focused on vaccine trials,  molecular virology, stem  cells relating to transplant/oncology, and the design of cellular assays.   Her past roles include VP Sales and Chief Operating Officer for Prodesse,  a molecular infectious disease diagnostic company which she co-founded.     She serves on many working committees for the local Clinical and Translational Sciencees Initiative, coordinates the regional educational and networking activities of local technology transfer offices and is currently Editor and Chair of the Better World Project, a publication which tells the story of successful technology transfer.  



Scott Weingust

Scott Weingust leads the Intellectual Property Valuation Practice at Stout Risius Ross, Inc. (SRR).  He has over 19 years of experience providing consulting services to corporations, law firms, investment firms, universities, and other organizations primarily in the areas of intellectual property ("IP") valuation, disputes, and licensing.  Mr. Weingust has provided testimony as a damages and valuation expert in IP-related litigation including claims associated with patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, constructive fraud, tortious interferences, and unfair competition.  He has valued and/or priced IP and other intangible assets for a variety of purposes including licensing negotiations, purchase/sale transactions, litigation, internal strategic decision-making, use of IP for raising capital, transfer pricing and other tax-related issues, financial reporting, and regulatory compliance, among others.  Mr. Weingust is currently an adjunct faculty member at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago where he teaches a course on IP valuation.

 Jeff Whittle 

Jeff Whittle, is a partner at Hogan Lovells, and 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 long career focused on law and intellectual property.

Jeff is the current president of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) for the USA and Canada (2015-2016) and has served on the LES Board for over five years. He is a frequent 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 Law 360's Advisory Board, and Wake Forest University School of Law's Board of Visitors. Jeff is also a member of the Texas Bar College and is a certified licensing professional. Recently he was awarded and recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the University of Houston Law Center. 


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