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2018 LES University North Faculty

Jennifer Gottwald
Bob Held
Matthew McNeill
Joe Miotke
Sean Sheridan
Paul A. Stewart
Karen Temple
Scott Weingust
Jeffrey S. Whittle

Jennifer Gottwald  
Jennifer Gottwald

Jennifer Gottwald is a Senior Licensing Manager at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), where she has worked for sixteen years. WARF manages the patenting and licensing of the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW), the WiCell Research Institute, and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Dr. Gottwald is responsible for the licensing of a portfolio of life science research tool and biotechnology intellectual properties, including green technologies. She also leads the WARF Clean Technologies Accelerator group. She is a Certified Licensing Professional and Patent Agent. She received a B.S. in botany and German literature, and a Ph.D. in plant molecular biology, from the UW. She lectures in the M.S. in Biotechnology program at the UW, is a trustee of the WiSys Technology Foundation, co-leads LES Wisconsin, and is a founder and active in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Women Inventors Committee.

Bob Held  
Bob Held

Bob 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, 2014 & 2017; 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, and Program Chair for the 2013 LES Annual Meeting.  Bob has served on the LES Board since 2012 in the following roles:  Trustee for Content Creation, Capture and Delivery, VP of Education, and Regional Vice President, Policy, Standards, International & Strategic Planning.  Bob currently holds the position of President-elect and Chair-elect of 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, 2016, 2017, and 2018.  Bob received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Villanova University and his MBA from Drexel University's LeBow College of Business.
Matthew McNeill  
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).

Joe Miotke  
Joe Miotke

Joe Miotke is a patent litigator and licensed patent attorney with intellectual property experience in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters. Joe is a leader in Wisconsin's legal, intellectual property, and education communities. He was appointed by Governor Scott Walker, and confirmed by the Wisconsin Senate, to serve on the Wisconsin State Public Defender Board, which provides oversight of the State Public Defender's Office. Joe also is the Statewide Leadership Chair For Project Lead The Way – Wisconsin, among the largest k-12 science, technology, engineering, and math ("STEM") programs in the United States.  He also 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. 

Specialties: patent attorney; patent litigator; patent license agreements; patent purchase agreements; software license and development agreements; patent broker; patent monetization; ip monetization.
Sean Sheridan  
Sean Sheridan

Dr. Sheridan is a principal in the Intellectual Property Practice at Charles River Associates. He has over a decade of experience working with various aspects of the intellectual property (IP) value chain including the development, valuation, commercialization, and strategic management of IP. He has provided financial consulting services for a variety of purposes including intellectual property related litigation, transaction due diligence, license negotiations and strategic decision-making. He has also negotiated numerous licenses and other agreements related with companies ranging from Fortune 500 firms to start-ups. Prior to his role as a consultant, Dr. Sheridan was an assistant director at the University of Chicago's technology transfer office.

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.

Karen Temple  
Karen Temple

Karen Temple provides over 15 years of experience in technology commercialization across a range of sectors.  Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Karen worked for companies in technology and business development roles.  Working directly with high growth technology companies, her product development experience and market segmentation strategies have repeatedly resulted in faster client acquisitions times.  In addition to her work consulting technology start-ups, Karen develops corporate business relationships by aligning technology development needs through partnering and IP licensing.  Karen is currently chair education for the Toronto Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) USA and Canada.

Scott Weingust  
Scott Weingust

Scott Weingust is the leader of Stout's Intellectual Property Valuation practice. Mr. Weingust has 20 years of experience providing consulting services to corporations, law firms, universities, and investment firms primarily in the areas of intellectual property valuation, damages, monetization, and management.   He has been recognized as one of the world's leading IP strategists as part of the 2017 IAM Strategy 300.

Mr. Weingust has provided testimony as a damages and valuation expert in intellectual property-related litigation including having offered opinions in Federal District Court. He has testified on a variety of dispute matters including those with claims associated with patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, fraudulent transfer, breach of contract,  and others.

Mr. Weingust has performed due diligence and valued intellectual property and other intangible assets for a variety of purposes including: transactions (licensing, purchase/sale, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions), tax strategy and compliance (transfer pricing, trust & estate issues), corporate strategic decision-making, use of intellectual property to attract capital (debt and equity financing), financial reporting, regulatory compliance (Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute), and bankruptcy, among others. He has been directly involved in intellectual property licensing negotiations and has developed many reusable intellectual property pricing/valuation models for corporate licensing activities and investment decisions.

Mr. Weingust is currently an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago where he teaches a course on intellectual property valuation. He has spoken at conferences or other events for many leading intellectual property, legal, and business organizations including the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), Licensing Executives Society (LES), American Bar Association (ABA), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), and China Appraisal Society, among others.

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.

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