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Iowa May Event: IP Standards, with lunch and networking

When: Monday, May 14, 2018
10:00 am - 2:15 pm
Where: Rockwell Collins
800 Collins Road NE
Building 154 ISU Training Room
Cedar Rapids, Iowa  52498
United States
Contact: Jim Holcombe

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Join us for this Iowa LES Chapter event to be held in Cedar Rapids, at Rockwell Collins--home to Bill Elkington our current LES President and Chair!

 in the IP Industry
Monday, May 14

We will kick off the event by considering a “scenario” where there has been a critical loss of IP, then together we will brainstorm about what happened and how we could have prevented it. Then after a catered lunch, we will hear from panelists from Industry, Academia, and Law, to learn how they think about the LES “IP Standards” initiative.  There will be plenty of time to network with coworkers, colleagues and peers. Come share your ideas to shape future events, and here’s your chance to join our leadership team. 


Through May 7:

LES Member: $25.00
Non-Member: $45.00
Students: $15.00

After May 7:

LES Member: $30.00
Non-Member: $50.00
Students: $20.00


Rockwell Collins
800 Collins Road NE
Building 154, ISU Training Room
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52498


10:00-10:30 am - Welcome & Introductions
10:30 am -11:30 am - Scenario, "Critical Loss of IP"
11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Lunch & Networking
12:30 - 1:30 pm - "IP Standards" Panel
1:30 - 2:00 pm - Brainstorming future topics/speakers
2:00 - 2:15 pm - Wrap Up

IP Standards Panel:

Jim Holcombe, Rockwell Collins

Robin Corwin, Rockwell Collins
Mihaela Bojin, University of Iowa Research Foundation
Jill Link - McKee, Voorhees and Sease
Anne Pitts - DuPont Pioneer


Jim Holcombe

Rockwell Collins

James C. Holcombe is Offset/Industrial Participation Manager for Rockwell Collins, Inc., in its International & Service Solutions unit.  Much of his work involves Intellectual Property considerations, including valuation, protection, and licensing of technology in support of international business development.  He has been in his current position since October 2003.  Jim has worked at Rockwell Collins since 1995.   During that time, Jim has focused on developing external business relationships, ranging from subcontracts to alliances to acquisitions. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Defense Industry Offset Association (DIOA) since 2008.  Jim has been a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) since 2013 and now serves the LES Iowa Chapter as Treasurer.

Rockwell Collins, with headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, designs, produces, markets and supports communications and aviation electronics for commercial, military, and government customers.  The business employs approximately 30,000 people in 60 countries worldwide.


Robin Corwin
Rockwell Collins

Robin Corwin is an Intellectual Property Manager at Rockwell Collins and is the Vice Chair of the LES (USA & Canada) Standards Committee for IP Protection in the Supply Chain.

Corwin joined Rockwell Collins in 2000 as a result of the acquisition of Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics, located in San Jose, California.  Over her 30 year career at Rockwell Collins, she has held a variety of leadership positions in engineering and program management.  In her current position, she provides support to business leaders in the application of IP protection, valuation, and business strategies aimed at driving profitable growth for Rockwell Collins.  She has additional responsibilities for IP transaction policy, business processes, and associated change management strategies.

She has been a member of LES (USA & Canada) since 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science degree in engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Born in Connecticut, Corwin grew up in the California Bay Area.  She currently resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Mihaela Bojin
University of Iowa
Research Foundation


Mihaela Bojin is a Senior Licensing Associate at the University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF).  Mihaela was the LES Iowa Chapter Chair in 2017, and is the Chair of the LES (USA & Canada) Standards Committee for ISO/TC 279 Innovation Management.

Mihaela joined the UIRF in 2013. She has extensive experience in licensing, business and intellectual property assessment in a variety of technical fields (pharmaceuticals, medical devices, software, etc.) Mihaela was a patent agent at King & Spalding LLP, the New York Intellectual Property Practice Group, where she managed complex patent dockets for U.S. and foreign pharmaceutical, chemical, and cosmetics clients. Mihaela was also an assistant professor on tenure track at the City University of New York, and a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Davis, and at New York University.

Mihaela holds a PhD in Chemistry from Cornell University, and a BS in Chemistry from University of Bucharest, Romania. She is a Certified Licensing Professional™ and a registered patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Jill Link
McKee, Voorhees and Sease

Jill is an equity partner with McKee, Voorhees & Sease law firm in Des Moines, Iowa. Jill joined the Firm as a partner in 2014 and an associate in 2007. Jill holds a doctorate degree in pharmacy with honors and an undergraduate emphasis in chemistry, along with a law degree from Drake University.

Jill's practice includes all areas of intellectual property, with an emphasis on licensing and other transactional matters to implement business-oriented strategies to monetize intellectual property assets. She works closely with clients to develop and implement IP strategies tailored to individualized outcomes while remaining cost-effective. Jill also enjoys working with clients in various aspects of due diligence and valuation of IP assets.

Jill also assists the firm's clients with drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the chemical, life sciences and biotechnology areas. Jill has filed over two hundred patent applications and oversees the patent strategy for the Firm’s largest client, a Fortune 500 company.

 Jill has been a member of LES (USA & Canada) from the beginning of her practice and now serves the Iowa chapter as the Chair Elect.

Anne Pitts
DuPont Pioneer

Anne Pitts is a Licensing Manager at Corteva Agriscience,™ the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont.™

Anne has been with Corteva Agriscience,™ the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ since August of 2015 and had previously practiced in the medical device field at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  Anne currently licenses technology in support of Corteva Agriscience,™ the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont’s Advanced Science and Technology (AST), including outlicensing its CRISPR – Cas9 foundational IP in the agricultural space.

Anne has been a member of LES (USA & Canada) since 2009.  A native of Iowa, Anne has a B.A. from Grinnell College and a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.




The Iowa Chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card. Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.

A $5.00 cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after May 7.Substitutions are accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.

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