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Ned is a lawyer in the Philadelphia office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he focuses on structuring and negotiating complex transactions where Intellectual Property is a driving force. Ned's practice is technology agnostic, and he represents clients in domestic and cross-border deals across a variety of industries, including software, semiconductors, telecommunications, oil and gas production, solar energy, pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology and consumer products. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Ned served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Axeda Systems, Inc. (formerly Ravisent Technologies, Inc.), a publicly held software company. Prior to going in-house, Ned was in private practice as an intellectual property and corporate attorney.
Rockwell Collins is an aviation and high-integrity solutions company that supplies its commercial products and services to military customers world-wide.
He also is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association, Intellectual Property Committee, where he works on education and policy issues with colleagues from other aerospace companies, specifically regarding software and data rights in Department of Defense contracting.
Mr. Elkington is regarded as a thought leader in the field of IP management, having written many articles for IAM Magazine and having been the subject of several round-table interview articles written by others for IAM. He is also a member of the IAM Strategy 300, an elite global group of IP strategists.
Prior to joining Rockwell Collins, Mr. Elkington was co-founder and VP of Program Management at MeshNetworks, a wireless startup company established to commercialize ITT’s novel communications technology. MeshNetworks was sold to Motorola in 2004. Prior to joining MeshNetworks, he held positions in IP management, technology marketing, strategic and operations planning, and program management in ITT’s Aerospace/Communications Division (A/CD) and General Electric R&D organizations.
Gary is a shareholder with the law firm of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd and currently serves as the firm's President. He has practiced intellectual property (IP) law for over two decades. He has a broad base of experience in IP including involvement in all phases of the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the USPTO, participating in patent infringement litigation in U.S. District Courts, and advising clients on IP issues including portfolio management, due diligence, validity and right-to-use opinions and licensing matters. In recent years, Gary has spoken on topics related to the recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA).
Gary earned a B.S. in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
Since 2011, Annie has served as the chair of the Montréal chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada). Under her leadership, the Chapter has been awarded various recognitions, including the Membership – Small Chapter Award and the Excellence in Leadership Award. She also served as Trustee on the Board of the LES Foundation in 2015.
Academically, she has been involved for several years as part of a licensing course on Trademark and Patent, jointly organized by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and McGill University.
Her desire to help her peers thrive, coupled with a strong desire to contribute to her community as an independent professional woman led Annie to found Dress for Success Montréal, whose mission is to provide women from all walks of life with the tools they need to succeed.
In her spare time, Annie is an avid runner and has a particular affinity for the Granby half marathon held each year in September. She hopes one day to complete the race in under 1 hr, 50 minutes, but until then, she trains by running after her two small children, who are her first priority.
Bob is the President of Held Intellectual Property, LLC, and recently worked for TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) in Annapolis, Maryland as the Vice President, Intellectual Asset Management, responsible for the strategic management and monetization of TCS’s IP portfolio. All assets of TCS were acquired in February 2016. Immediately prior to joining TCS, Bob worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronic Systems Sector from 2003-2011 as the Director of the Intellectual Property & Strategic Technology Agreements business unit; and from 1998-2003 he worked at the IP firm British Technology Group (BTG) International.
Bob has been a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) since 2008 and was named to the “IAM Strategy 300 - The World’s Leading IP Strategists” in 2015 and 2016. Bob received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Villanova University and his MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.
Betty obtained a Bachelor in Civil Law (LL.L) and a Bachelor in Common Law (LL.B) from the University of Ottawa in 1995 and 1996, respectively, and was called to the Quebec Bar in 1998. She has oriented her practice towards 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. She has authored and co-authored several articles pertaining to licensing, as well as mergers and acquisitions.Professional memberships include the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) as well as a number of other professional organizations. Betty is Editor-in-Chief of her firm's quarterly newsletter. From 2004 until 2011, Betty was vice-chairperson of the Board of Directors of Auberge Transition, a shelter for women and children victims of violence.
Rachel is Senior Assistant General Counsel for Purdue Pharma L.P. in Stamford, Connecticut. She manages patent litigation, primarily Hatch-Waxman cases, and settlements of patent litigation. She also is involved with IP licensing. After law school, Rachel went directly in house to Purdue. At the beginning of her career, her work was focused on licensing agreements to support Purdue’s discovery research and other research groups, including licensing agreements with universities.
In 1999, Rachel received her B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Management (concentrating on Entrepreneurship) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She attended Chicago-Kent College of Law in its Honors Scholars program and received a J.D. with a certificate in Intellectual Property in 2002. She is admitted to practice in the states of Connecticut and New York and the USPTO.
Brian is a shareholder in the intellectual property law firm of RatnerPrestia, residing in its Washington, D.C., office. He is a registered patent attorney with 30 years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property law. He works with innovation-oriented companies and universities in establishing global IP portfolios, devising strategies for using IP to competitive advantage, and structuring IP-related transactions. He represents clients in contested matters before the federal courts, the International Trade Commission, and in post-allowance proceedings before the USPTO.In 2016, Brian was named to the “IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists;” and he has been named to the “IAM 250: The World’s Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers” (2010-2011); and its successor, the “IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” (2012-2016). Brian has served on the Steering Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar (2013-2016). He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, N.Y.; and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Department of Chemistry, Rochester, N.Y. (B.S., M.S.). He has served on RIT’s Board of Trustees since 2005, and since 2011 has been Chair of the Board’s Student Life Committee and served as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. Brian has served as President of RIT’s Alumni Association (2005-2009); and in 2013 Brian was the recipient of RIT’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in recognition of professional accomplishments as well as service and generosity to the university.
Dr. Gauri Prakash-Canjels’ Ph.D. dissertation provided an econometric test for defining an economic market using time series properties of prices in various geographic and product markets; it has been published under the title “Pace of Market Integration.” She is past Chair of the Valuation and Taxation Committee for the Licensing Executives Society, USA and Canada. She is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Dr. Prakash-Canjels was twice awarded the prestigious Central Advanced Research Scholarship by the Government of India, and received a University Fellowship by Northwestern University. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from Delhi University.Gauri Prakash-Canjels has taught courses at the graduate and under graduate levels. She teaches courses on intellectual asset management, including on the valuation of patents, for the Licensing Executives Society and the Certified Licensing Professionals. Dr. Prakash-Canjels has economic consulting experience with the Standard Chartered Bank and the National Council for Applied Economic Research. She conducted survey based market studies and comparative advantage studies in these positions.
Paul A. Roberts
In another previous role as the Industrial Sector Trustee, Paul regularized sector interaction with the LES (USA & Canada) Board. Other positions and responsibilities included: Trustee for website matters, Chair for the High Technology Sector, Workshop and Add-On speaker, Meeting Chair for the Spring 2009 Meeting in Montreal, and Meeting Co-Chair for the 2008 Annual Meeting in Vancouver.
Paul is the Co-Founder and Chief IP Officer at Impact Engineered Wood, a start-up company that produces “green” building construction materials based on a revolutionary IP-protected and licensed technology. Previously, Paul was Co-Founder and Chief Patent counsel, Vice President of Licensing at Inventergy, an IP investment and licensing company designed to help technology leaders attain greater value from their IP assets. Paul was also Vice President of Patent Law & Commercialization at Rovi Corp, which successfully licenses its patented innovations in the areas of media guide and content delivery. Prior to that, Paul was the Lead Patent Legal Counsel at Accenture, as well as manager of patent acquisition through the merger of MCI with WorldCom and their Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He was also a United States Patent Examiner in the computer graphics area. He has been a member of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsels, as well as other IP professional associations.
Paul holds a BS in electrical engineering from Univ. of Maryland at College Park, and a law degree from Whittier Law School, in addition to an intellectual property certificate from Franklin Pierce Law School.
Arthur S. Rose
Mr. Rose is a partner in the law firm of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear in the Irvine, California office and has been with the firm since 1982. Art specializes in the preparation and negotiation of licensing agreements involving software, patents, trademarks & trade secrets, and the resolution of disputes relating to intellectual property rights. Additionally, Art often takes a lead role in the enforcement of patent, trademark and copyright rights as well as the procurement of patent rights for medical devices and software/ Internet related inventions.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rose was a Patent Examiner at the USPTO working in the Medical Device area. Art obtained his juris doctorate, with honors, from George Washington University Law Center and clerked on the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, D.C. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from UCLA.
Art is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and has repeatedly been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® and The World's Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers, by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine.
Ida is the Senior Manager of Business Development for Samsung in San Jose, California, where her primary role is to identify intellectual property assets for the company. Ida's career began as a patent attorney before moving onto licensing and commercialization. For the last ten years, she's worked at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) creating technology partnerships with industry, private entities, nonprofits, and academia.
Ida earned her B.S. in biochemistry from UCLA (1999) and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame (2003). While at Notre Dame Law School, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Legislation. She is admitted to practice before the California State Bar and the USPTO.
Mr. Spivak represents major corporate clients in counseling, prosecuting and preparing both foreign and domestic patent applications, including filings via the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Mr. Spivak also advises in support of patent litigation and licensing negotiations, including cases before district and federal courts and the International Trade Commission (ITC), and prepares infringement, validity, freedom-to-operate and patentability opinions. He also conducts due diligence studies in all aspects of intellectual property.
The technologies involved in Mr. Spivak's daily practice include networks, telecommunications, mobile devices, VoIP, Internet telephony, power generation, semiconductors, optics, display technology, DVD technology and standards, gaming, automotive, computer hardware and software, and business methods.
Before completing law school, Mr. Spivak was a Patent Examiner in the USPTO, where he examined patent applications in computer-related technologies. Mr. Spivak received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from The George Washington University and a J.D. from The American University, Washington College of Law.Specialties: Patent prosecution, including drafting and prosecuting applications before the USPTO; Due diligence; Data Mining and Landscaping; Opinions; Portfolio Management, Computer, Internet, Telecommunications and Business Method patents.
Jeff practices law as an Intellectual Property and Technology attorney with the international law firm of Hogan Lovells US, LLP, where he is a partner. He is listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Intellectual Property; Legal 500 Patent Prosecution: Litigation and Design Patents/ Technology: Transactions; IAM Licensing 250: The World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers; IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners; Best Lawyers in America; and World Intellectual Property Review Leaders.
Jeff also is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (BEEE) and Wake Forest University (MBA, JD), is a former member of the Board of Visitors for Wake Forest University School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in Texas, New York, Florida, and North Carolina, before the USPTO, and before numerous federal district and appellate courts, including the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.
He also served as Vice President in the Strategic Business Development and Technology Commercialization business units of BTG plc, a British technology development and licensing company. Earlier in his career, Scott served as Director of Sales and Marketing for a start-up manufacturer of industrial computers and plant floor workstations where he was responsible for building a national distribution network and leading the company through a period of dynamic sales growth.
Scott received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and his MBA from Temple University. He is also a Certified Licensing Professional and a Certified Valuation Analyst. Scott is an author and frequent speaker on licensing and IP valuation topics.