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Ned Barlas
Vice President, International
Ned BarlasIn addition to being the Vice President - International, Ned Barlas is currently an International Delegate to LESI. Ned has held numerous leadership positions in LES and LESI, including a co-chair of the LES 2012 Winter Meeting, past chair of the LES Software Committee, past chair of the LESI Communications Committee, past vice chair of the LESI Patent and Technology Committee, and past educational chair of the Philadelphia local chapter.

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.

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Bill Elkington
Chairman and President-Elect
Bill ElkingtonAt Rockwell Collins, Bill Elkington provides leadership in all the dimensions of IP management described below, and he has done so for the past 14 years:

  • Application of IP protection, valuation, business relationship, and transaction strategy to business strategy
  • Enterprise business policy, procedure, training, tools, and change management strategies to protect IP and to enhance value extraction in business relationships
  • Development and application of metrics and standards to the areas of IP protection and IP transactions

On the Licensing Executives Society USA & Canada (LES) Board, Mr. Elkington functions as Chair & President Elect. He has led the LES Standards initiative, whose purpose is to develop business process and management framework standards for the field of IP management. He chaired and co-chaired the LES IP100—an invitation only conference—for a number of years.

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 (DoD) contracting. He is a member of the government/industry Section 813 Panel, a panel authorized by Congress (in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016) to study the IP rights laws and regulations in DoD contracting and make recommendations for changes to them.

Mr. Elkington is regarded as a thought leader in the field of IP management, having written many articles for IAM Magazine and having been a participant in several round-table 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 ad hoc networking 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.

Mr. Elkington is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, and his masters and doctoral degrees are from Syracuse University.

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Gary Fedorochko
Senior Vice President Meetings, Education & Strategic Alliances
Gary FedorochkoGary currently serves as the Trustee for Education: Webinars and has served as the Trustee for Sponsorship. He also serves as President of the LES Foundation.  Previously, he was the Co-Chair of the 2012 Annual Meeting and one of the leaders responsible for the strong programming planned for the 2012 Annual Meeting. An active member of the High Tech Sector (HTS) for over ten years, Gary has served as Chair of the HTS Standards Committee, a facilitator at roundtable sessions and a frequent member of Annual Meeting planning committees.

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.

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Gillian Fenton
Director Communications & Publications
Gillian FentonGillian M. Fenton is a seasoned senior executive with 30 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, including more than 23 years of experience as an IP strategist and biopharmaceuticals patent and transactions attorney.  Gillian joined GSK Vaccines in April 2016 and is presently Senior Counsel, Vaccines Legal Operations – Innovation, Business Development and Strategic Alliances.  Her responsibilities include managing GSK Vaccines’ portfolio of R&D contracts with the U.S. Government, as well as leading in-bound and out-bound product and platform technology transactions for GSK’s new U.S. Vaccines R&D Center in Rockville, MD.  Prior to joining GSK, in September 2015, Gillian launched Fenton IP Solutions LLC, a specialty legal consulting firm delivering sophisticated, business-centric strategies for intellectual property and licensing matters to life sciences clients.  In May 2015, Gillian was awarded a Corporate IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine. From 2006-2015, Gillian served as Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE: EBS), a global specialty biopharmaceutical firm. While at EBS, Gillian founded and built the IP department, a high functioning team of 8 patent professionals responsible for IP governance and compliance, as well as all aspects of IP strategy (asset management, freedom-to-operate risk mitigation, and value extraction).  Gillian also oversaw all IP due diligence and other IP activities in support of EBS’s M&A, and she also negotiated significant partnering, collaborative development, and asset disposition deals.  In 2006, Gillian led all IP activities in support of EBS’s initial public offering .  From 1998-2003, Gillian was an Associate General Counsel for IP at Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB), where she led all IP activities in support of BIIB’s launch of its second biologic product, AMEVIVE® (alefacept).  While at BIIB, Gillian also was the in-house team leader of a successful U.S. patent interference proceeding, which established BIIB’s freedom to commercialize a humanized monoclonal antibody therapeutic agent for autoimmune disease and transplant indications.  Gillian also has more than 11 years of experience in private practice at multiple leading Boston-based law firms.  In her pre-law career, from 1985-1990, Gillian conducted research and immunoassay development at The Genetics Institute Inc., one of the founding companies of the U.S. biotechnology industry.  Gillian has been a member of the Licensing Executives Society for more than 20 years and currently serves as Chair of the Editorial Board of LES Insights, the society’s weekly newsletter.  She earned a B.Sc. in Biochemistry at Trinity College, Hartford CT (1984) and a J.D. cum laude from the Suffolk University Law School, Boston MA (1992).

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Annie Gauthier 
Director Local Chapters East
Annie GauthierAnnie Gauthier serves as the Director, Transactions at Pharmascience Inc., the 10th largest pharmaceutical company in Canada. Annie was called to the Québec Bar in 2002 and began her career at Ogilvy Renault LLP, now Norton Rose LLP, as an Intellectual Property attorney. In this capacity, Annie was frequently involved in the drafting and negotiation of complex transactions in the field of Life Sciences. In 2007, Annie joined Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, her practice focusing on private mergers and acquisitions, both domestically and internationally.

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.

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Robert Held
Regional Vice President, Policy, Standards, International & Strategic Planning
Robert HeldBob has been active in LES (USA & Canada) since 1998 having served in the following roles: Chair of the Aerospace and Transportation Subcommittee of the High Tech Sector (HTS) 2006-2007; Co-Chair and co-author of the HTS Royalty Rate and Deal Terms Surveys for 2011 and 2014; Secretary of the HTS 2011-2012; Vice-Chair of the HTS 2012-2013; Chair of the HTS 2013-2014; Workshop Chair for the 2012 HTS Winter Meeting; Program Chair for the 2012 LES Annual Meeting, Program Chair for the 2013 LES Annual Meeting, and LES Trustee for Content Creation, Capture and Delivery on the LES Board of Trustees 2012-2014. Currently Bob holds the position of Regional Vice President, Policy, Standards, International & Strategic Planning on the LES Board of Directors. In addition, Bob has organized and presented workshops and mini-plenary sessions on a variety of IP topics, and is a frequent LES faculty member.

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.

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Panagiota Koutsogiannis
Regional Vice President, Canada and Local Chapters
Panagiota KoutsogiannisPanagiota (Betty) Koutsogiannis is an active member of LES (USA & Canada) and currently serves as Regional Vice President, Canada. She served as Co-Chair of the Montreal Chapter for several years. Betty was also Arrangements Chair of the Spring Meeting held in Montreal in 2009. Betty has received the CLP designation. She is an attorney and partner with Robic, L.L.P. in Montreal, Canada.

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.

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Rachel Kreppel
Vice President Public Policy and Standards

Rachel KreppelRachel has been a member of LES since 2002. She has been an active member of LES participating on the Public Policy Committee for the last several years.  She currently serves as a Trustee at Large.

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.

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Louise Levien
Director Local Chapters West
Louise LevienLouise 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 Petrophysics, Geologic Modeling, and Visualization, supervised diverse research programs and held several assignments in Planning and Analysis. After working 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. 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.

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Matthew McNeill
Director Education
Matthew McNeill Matthew McNeill is a member of the LES Board of Directors, and serves as the organization's Director of Education. He is also the Chief Innovation Officer, VP of IP, Technology & Strategic Alliances at Rite-Hite Holding Corp. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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).

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Brian O'Shaughnessy
Chairman and President
Brian O'ShaughnessyBrian P. O'Shaughnessy is the elected President and Chair of the Board of LES. He has served on the LES Board of Trustees since 2007, and on the Board’s Executive Committee since 2011. Brian previously served as LES Regional Vice President, USA, where he was responsible for the Society’s public policy work and articulating the Society’s position on legislation, administration policy, and amicus briefs. He also served LES as Trustee for Education. Brian Chaired the LES 2013 Annual Meeting Committee; and has served on the LES IP100 Executive Forum Planning Committee since 2012. He is a longstanding and active contributor to LES Education, and has been an author and instructor for the LES Professional Development Series since 2002, and is a co-creator of the LES CLP Exam Review Course. He has represented LES as a lecturer at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Global Intellectual Property Academy, and at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT), addressing the commercialization of intellectual property. Brian has served LES as an International Delegate to LES International (LESI) since 2005; and as Co-chair of the LESI Education Committee (2014-2015) and Vice-chair of the LESI Life Sciences Committee (2015-2016).

Brian is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP. He is a registered patent attorney with 30 years’ experience in all aspects of intellectual property law. He works with innovation-oriented enterprises in building global IP portfolios, using IP to competitive advantage, and structuring IP-related transactions. He represents clients in contested matters in federal court, the International Trade Commission, and in post-allowance proceedings before the USPTO.

Brian is among the “IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists;” and he has been among IAM’s list of the World’s Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers” since 2010. Brian has served on the District of Columbia Bar Steering Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section (2013-2016). He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law; and Rochester Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry (B.S., M.S.). He has served on RIT’s Board of Trustees since 2005, and on the Board’s Executive Committee since 2011. Brian has also served as President and Chair of the Board of RIT’s Alumni Association (2005-2009). 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.

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Gauri Prakash-Canjels
Gauri Prakash-CanjelsGauri Prakash-Canjels, Ph.D. is Director of Consulting with Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors.  Dr. Prakash-Canjels has over 17 years of economic and litigation consulting experience and has testified on lost profits, lost business value, reasonable royalty and Intellectual Property (IP) value in Federal court and before the Federal Trade Commission.  She has conducted litigation consulting for IP infringement damage estimation, surveys, antitrust analysis, business appraisal and IP valuation, breach of contract damage estimation and bankruptcy action matters.  She has considerable experience in IP matters as well as surveys and the analysis of market forces in antitrust, specifically, the economic analysis of markets, product market definitions, entry conditions, and product substitutability in numerous industries.  Dr. Prakash-Canjels has experience in confusion, dilution, secondary meaning, fame, usage, demand and conjoint surveys.

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.

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Paul A. Roberts
Paul Roberts is currently the LES Board VP for Strategic & Long Range Planning and has been consistently active in LES (USA & Canada) since 1996 and a Trustee since 2004, as well as a periodic LESI International Delegate.  Most recently, Paul served as the Board Secretary.  Previously, Paul was VP for Membership for three years, which includes responsibility for maintaining membership levels and increasing the number of new members, as well as overseeing LES' sponsorship activities. Paul has also been VP for Local Chapters during which he led a successful membership drive at the chapter level to increase new member percentage and convert non-member attendees to active members.

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.

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Arthur S. Rose
Art RoseArthur S. Rose is currently serving as Secretary on the Board of Trustees for LES (USA & Canada). Art headed up the LES Foundation Graduate Student Business Plan Competition from 2003 through 2007 and was President of the LES Foundation from 2007 through 2012. Art has been an International Delegate for LES (USA & Canada) since 1998 and is currently Chair of the LES International Endowment Committee. He served on the Board of Trustees for LES (USA & Canada) as a trustee, Western Regional VP and VP for Local Chapters from 1998 to 2006.

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.

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Ida Shum
Senior Vice President, Membership, Communications & Technology
Ida ShumIda has been an active member of LES serving as VP of Communication and Member Engagement.  Previously, she served as a Trustee at Large. She was also the Chair of the Industry- University-Government Interface (IUGI) Sector. In that capacity, Ida planned meeting content for the IUGI Sector at LES (USA & Canada) Meetings. Prior to joining IUGI, she was a contributing member to the Chemistry, Energy, Environment and Materials (CEEM) Sector in planning the Annual Meeting workshops, mini-plenary sessions and networking events.

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.

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Kevin Spivak
Director Membership & Member Engagement

Kevin SpivakKevin R. Spivak is a member of the intellectual property law firm of Vierra Magen Marcus LLP. Mr. Spivak's experience includes managing and securing intellectual property rights in a wide variety of technologies for domestic and global corporations.

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.

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Jeff Whittle
Past-Chairman and President
Jeffrey Whittle currently serves as Chairman and President of LES.  Prior to this position, he service as President-Elect and chaired the Finance and Audit Committee for LES.  Jeff also has been responsible for Education on the Board of Trustees of LES (USA & Canada), an instructor for the Education Committee, and an International Delegate to and Co-Chair of the Education Committee for LES International. Jeff also served as Sponsorship Trustee for LES (USA & Canada) (2011- 2012), Houston Chapter Board Member (2009-1010), and Houston Chapter President (2007-2008). He is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and a frequent speaker and author, nationally and internationally, on various licensing/technology topics.

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.

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Scott Williams
Director Meetings
Scott WilliamsScott Williams has been an LES member since 2001. In his volunteer roles with LES he has served as the 2015 Annual Meeting Co-Chair, the Philadelphia Chapter Chair from 2007-2012, on the 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committee, on the 2012 Winter Meeting Program Committee, as High Tech Sector Membership Chair, and as an Educational Course Instructor. Scott is an accomplished executive in technology-based businesses with more than 20 years’ experience in commercial strategy, business development and licensing. Scott is currently Vice President, Licensing at GE Ventures. He previously served as Director, Licensing at InterDigital, a leading mobile technology R&D company. Prior to joining InterDigital, Scott served as Director with Stout Risius Ross, Inc. (formerly Invotex) where he led the IP and technology transaction services practice area. 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. 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.

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