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LES 2016 Spring PanAm Meeting Speakers

Theme: Energize Your Licensing: Solutions Across The Americas

Vasiliki Anest

Vasiliki Anest, Ph.D., is Senior Director of Corporate Collaborations and Strategic Alliances at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, bringing over 15 years of experience in academic-industrial relations, corporate sponsored research, global alliance and innovation management. In her role, Anest leads a team that actively engages USC faculty and the private sector in forming corporate research collaborations to increase the pace of innovation and technology commercialization efforts.
Prior to joining USC Stevens, Anest held positions at Life Technologies Corporation as the Associate Director, Global Market Development, Cancer & Epigenetics and more recently, Associate Director, Global External Research & Development, Strategic Alliances where she forged numerous strategic relationships with university, government and industry partners. She has significant experience leading global coordination, execution and management of new and ongoing strategic alliances to accelerate growth efforts and to drive strategic partnerships.
Anest earned her Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Anest was a Cancer Research and Training Award Fellow at the National Institutes of Health and a postdoctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University in New York City. She is an active member of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership, the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES).

Weston Anson

Weston Anson is Chairman of CONSOR®, an intellectual asset consulting firm specializing in trademark, patent and copyright monetization, valuations, and expert testimony. The firm is headquartered in La Jolla, California, and has offices in New York and London. He served for ten years as an officer and board member of the Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association and is a lifetime member of the Board of Advisors. He served 15 years as an active member of the International Licensing Executives Society board of delegates.
A seasoned consumer goods marketer, after receiving his MBA (honors) from Harvard University, he served a stint with the management consulting firm of Booz-Allen & Hamilton. Subsequently, he was the youngest Vice President and corporate officer at Playboy Enterprises, Inc., where he launched many of their licensing programs. Mr. Anson was also Senior Vice President of Hang Ten International, which grew to nearly 100 licensees in 30 countries under his direction. For the last 25 years, Mr. Anson has also led the way in developing and establishing accepted methods to value brands, technologies and other IP. He is an expert in building and licensing brands, as well as developing and managing licensing programs for all IP.
Not only is he a branding and licensing expert, Mr. Anson is also an acknowledged pioneer in developing the methodologies that enable accurate valuation of IP on a worldwide basis. His multiple books on the subject have been published in the U.S. as well as in Europe and China. He was chairman of the Global Valuation Standards Committee for the LESI, which established IP Valuation standards in cross border IP transactions. These standards were adopted in 2011 at the Global Technology Forum, which included World IP bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Trade Organization and the Association of University Technology Managers.

Greg Austin

Greg Austin is a Vice President & Partner and, brings more than 22 years of experience to ThoughtWorks. With a unique technology first approach to tackling business problems, Greg works in partnership with the global consulting team that includes thousands of employees and dynamic business operations spread across 12 countries and 34 offices. As a natural contrarian with an entrepreneurial spirit, Greg has assisted clients bridge the gap from concepts of Lean Technology and Rapid Innovation to actionable business outcomes.
Since joining ThoughtWorks in 2012, Greg has worked to advance practices in Technology Transformation and Innovative Travel. Early in his career he joined IBM and subsequently went on to hold executive and leadership roles at BMC Software, Siemens and Evolve Software.

Richard Baker

Richard Baker is a senior Intellectual Property licensing executive with over 15 years’ experience negotiating deals and settling patent disputes within a corporate environment. He has extensive knowledge of the corporate dynamics of licensing negotiations and is an accomplished public speaker with the ability to clearly articulate facts and opinions. Mr Baker is a Certified Licensing Professional and currently serves as trustee of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) USA and Canada. Mr Baker is a named inventor on 20 US patents.
Mr Baker currently works as the president of New England Intellectual Property (NEIP), a Massachusetts-based IP firm specializing in patent brokerage, licensing, patent prosecution (including inter partes reviews), consulting and expert witness services. He also serves as President of Twin Harbor Labs, an invention factory that converts ideas into the seeds for startups. He is working with Founders Wanted as their Vice President of Acquisitions.
Mr Baker’s graduate studies include intellectual property at Franklin Pierce Law Centre and computer science at Harvard University. He holds a BSc in computer science and English (dual major) from the University of New Hampshire, where he also minored in electrical engineering.
Mr Baker is an accomplished public speaker and holds the title of distinguished toastmaster from Toastmasters International. He is the Chairman of the West Newbury (MA) Board of Assessors and has served as a member on the Pentucket Regional School Committee. Mr Baker was the nominee from a major political party for the US House of Representatives in 2008 and is currently a candidate running for the Massachusetts Governor’s Council.

Justin Barnes

Justin Barnes is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on high-stakes patent litigation. Justin has represented some of the world’s best-known companies at every stage of litigation. He has served as trial counsel at over half a dozen trials, has authored numerous briefs as well as argued before the Federal Circuit, and has also been counsel for multiple briefs to the Supreme Court, both in certiorari petitions and in amicus briefing. Justin has experience spanning a wide range of technologies, including MPEG audio and video compression standards (both encoding and decoding), digital and analog circuitry, digital signal processing, e-commerce, enterprise software, and other complex technologies.
Justin also has extensive case experience on damages topics, including multiple successful Daubert motions and multiple successful JMOL motions overturning substantial jury verdicts. He has also spoken at numerous conferences and CLEs regarding changes in patent damages.
Justin has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2015 and 2016, and also named as a Top Attorney in Intellectual Property Litigation by the San Diego Daily Transcript for 2015.

Anna Benefiel
Anna Benefiel is a Licensing Business Development Specialist with the Office for Technology Development at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty includes many distinguished members, including six who have been awarded Nobel Prizes since 1985. The faculty of more than 2,700 is responsible for ground-breaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research quickly to new clinical treatments. UT Southwestern physicians provide medical care in 40 specialties to about 92,000 hospitalized patients and oversee approximately 2.1 million outpatient visits a year.

Across seven years working in technology commercialization at UT Southwestern, Anna has negotiated over 100 agreements, primarily around technologies in the life sciences space. Prior to joining UT Southwestern, Anna worked at an Indiana-based biotechnology start-up company, ran a nonprofit program in Dallas connected to the U.S. Department of State, handled proposal writing for a government contracting firm in the Washington, D.C. area, and worked in New York management consulting industry. An MIT and Johns Hopkins University alumnus, Anna’s career in technology transfer finally allows her to use her love of science, business, and law all in one job.


Georgianna Braden

Georgianna Witt Braden was appointed as an Administrative Patent Judge to preside over trial proceedings under the America Invents Act and to decide appeals arising from adverse decisions of Examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Judge Braden earned a Juris Doctorate from The University of Houston Law Center, a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Louis University.
Judge Braden spent ten years in private practice at Howrey, LLP, which later merged with Winston & Strawn, LLP, where she litigated intellectual property cases and prosecuted patent applications.

Kurt Brasch

Kurt Brasch leads strategic initiatives for Google’s transaction teams in addition to heading up multiple patent license negotiations. He was named one of the Top 10 IP Personalities by IAM for developing and leading Google's Patent Purchase Promotion and Patent Starter Program. Mr. Brasch was also Google’s lead negotiator on the Cisco cross-license that was signed in early 2014. He came to Google in 2012 after the Google acquisition of his former employer, Motorola Mobility (MMI). At MMI, he was director of outbound patent licensing for the connected home division and also led the intellectual asset management team of 15 technical patent experts. Mr. Brasch also drove major initiatives, including the company’s position on patent reform (ie, the America Invents Act) and the overall strategy for the IP business.
Before joining Motorola’s mobile device business (later MMI) in 2008, Mr Brasch created and led a start-up consulting business focused on training technical managers. Before that endeavor, he was with Motorola’s government business for 18 years, nine of which were spent in product management. He was responsible for the $800 million per year subscriber radio portfolio and a team of 15 people from 2001 to 2005. In addition, he held various roles in international logistics,
sales support and finance.
Mr Brasch holds a BS in finance from Arizona State University and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.

Kevin Burgess

Kevin Burgess is a principal in McKool Smith’s Austin office. He focuses on commercial litigation involving complex technical matters, particularly patent infringement disputes. Prior to joining McKool Smith, Mr. Burgess was an Associate at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. He also served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable William C. Bryson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Burgess is recognized as a leading U.S. patent litigator by many of the country’s major legal rankings and directories, including Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and Best Lawyers. A recent edition of Chambers USA notes that he "has excelled in defense and plaintiff infringement actions, frequently involving very complex technical applications.”
Mr. Burgess is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The Fellowship is invitation only and comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and reputation.

John Carney

John Carney is Director of Commercialization & Licensing for Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC.
John’s career in the automotive business spans 38 years, with background in finance, sales, marketing and program management. He successfully completed four divestitures as a deal director during Delphi’s 2005 -2009 restructuring effort. John joined the Delphi licensing activity in 2009, where he is currently the director of the worldwide licensing and IP monetization efforts.
Delphi is a major producer of vehicle systems and components today with manufacturing, engineering and sales activities in 33 countries and 130 sites worldwide. Delphi’s 2015 revenues were $15 billion.
John holds a BA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University and is a CLP. He is currently the Co-Chair of the A and T committee for the High Tech Sector.

Joe Casino
Joe Casino is a partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Intellectual Property Practice. He has 20 years of experience in patent litigation in approximately 100 cases. He has also advised clients on complex licensing matters, cutting edge patent monetization issues, patent prosecution and strategic counseling with regard to avoiding or proving patent infringement.

Hector Chagoya

Hector is Partner and Patents & Technology Director at IP boutique BC&B. With IP experience since 1997, he holds the CLPTM credential (first in Mexico) and has been recognized consistently as a leading patent practitioner in several international surveys including IP Stars, Patents 1000 and Leaders League among others since 2005. He is currently in charge of the whole patent practice of his firm, as well as of consulting services for leveraging value from IP assets. Hector focuses his practice in leading working teams through patent prosecution, technology intelligence studies, IP assets valuation, IP negotiations, technology evaluation and substantive issues of patent litigation. He is recognized by the National College of Chemical Engineers and Chemists (CONIQQ) as expert in Engineering Economy, and he has published a variety of articles in specialized international magazines and has co-authored chapters in various books related to licensing, trade secrets and pharmaceutical law and practice. He is Past-President of LES Mexico, Past Vicepresident of LES International and Past-President of the Mexican Institute of Chemical Engineers (Mexico City Chapter), among other leadership positions in other professional associations such as the Association of Directors of Applied Research and Technology Development (ADIAT) and AIPPI where he represents the Mexican group in the Pharmaceutial Patents Committee.

Brad Cochrane

Brad Cochrane is a professional communicator and public speaker who consistently delivers compelling narratives for marketing and business. In a world of competing messages and information overload, Brad specializes in helping people; products and businesses find and tell their unique and authentic stories. His personal mission is to champion storytelling and its power to change how people think, feel, and act.
In this entertaining keynote, we’ll learn that despite conventional wisdom, the way to an engineer is not through facts but through a story well-told. We’ll delve into how the brain receives information and why leading with a story is more effective. We’ll explore the heart of story structure and learn the Five Narratives woven within a great story.
Three Quick Facts...
• Brad is a space enthusiast who gets up in the middle of the night to watch rocket launches, astronomical events, and regularly tracks the International Space Station as it flies overhead.
• Brad loves an audience and has appeared as a regular contributor on MSNBC, emceed live events, been a featured speaker at the American Marketing Association and performed at a jazz night club.
• Brad holds an Emmy nomination and is a published writer.

Ted Curtin

LMCA, Chief Marketing Officer & ProdigyWorks, EVP Marketing & Innovation
Ted is a strategic marketing leader with more than 20 years of experience, growing companies, building brands and launching iconic campaigns. His background covers an impressive mix of brand-side, agency and entrepreneurial marketing roles, with extensive experience launching and growing consumer brands across a wide range of industry verticals.
At LMCA, Ted leads the strategy efforts for one of the world’s largest brand extension licensing agencies with a successful 29 year track record of helping the world’s largest brands expand their reach and create new revenue streams. As the only agency dedicated exclusively to brand extension licensing, LMCA’s 400+ licensing agreements deliver more than $6.5 billion per year in licensed product retail sales across the US and in more than 60 foreign countries.
Ted also leads marketing and innovation for LMCA’s subsidiary ProdigyWorks, a creative ideation and innovation lab. ProdigyWorks’ unique approach to accelerating innovation comes from their exclusive global network of High-IQ thinkers, creative geniuses, and a vast array of industry experts. From this robust network, ProdigyWorks combines the perfect mix of diverse thinkers to successfully tackle new product development, process innovation, brand extension identification as well as product naming and positioning initiatives for some of the world’s biggest companies and best-loved brands.
In addition to an MBA from Pace University, Ted is an international speaker and Faculty Member of the Association of Strategic Marketing. He is a noted thought leader on marketing strategy and innovation and has been published more than 50 times in various online marketing publications. Ted is an active member of MENG, LIMA and the Licensing Executives Society (LES) USA and Canada.

Lapi Dixit

Lapi Dixit is Chief of Products for Information Management and Platform Technologies at Landmark Software and Services. His responsibilities include driving strategy and development of the DecisionSpace® Platform – energy industry’s open, standards-based platform used extensively for data management, search, quality and analytics, with structured, unstructured and big data across geosciences, engineering, drilling and production workflows. Lapi and his organization are responsible for driving innovation in big data storage, computation, visualization and analytics in E&P software for the oil and gas industry. His portfolio includes flagship data stores, which have long been industry leaders, and which continue to evolve with latest big data compute and storage technologies. In addition to responsibilities for the core advancement and innovation on the platform, Lapi drives adoption of the platform with key global accounts in the energy industry.
Prior to joining Landmark in 2014, Lapi was Director of products and strategy at Cisco Inc., where he spent 12 years at various divisions including Collaboration, Security, Management, Routing and Switching. At Cisco Lapi led product management, strategy and marketing for a variety of products including Video, TelePresence, Security, Analytics and Network Management, Prior to Cisco, Lapi was with Globalstar in their systems and software group, responsible for building and deploying software for voice communications. Lapi has published research on Quality of Service, traffic engineering, software performance and visualization for machine data. He holds a PhD in Computer Engineering and Statistics from North Carolina State and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Andreia de Andrade Gomes

Head of TozziniFreire's Intellectual Property and Fashion Law practice group, Andreia works on a range of matters relating to information technology, life sciences, Internet, privacy, and entertainment. With industry experience giving her valuable insight into her clients' business issues, she also represents clients on administrative matters in the defense and registration of trademarks, patents, utility models, and industrial designs before the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI). She assists clients on copyright and image-rights issues, and regularly negotiates deals and provides counsel in transactions such as technology transfers and the licensing of patents, trademarks, and software.

Earl Dodd

Earl J. Dodd as a Supercomputing Strategist, leverages the high performance computing (HPC) landscape and applies his specialized genius to find and fulfill the Client’s unexpected needs to create a safer, cleaner world.
Mr. Dodd is passionate about achieving better results with a future-enabled supercomputing strategy for sophisticated industrial and government clients by optimizing architecture, design, technology selection and implementation practices.
With over 32 years of experience in Supercomputing, HPC, and Big Data, and a strong ability to problem solve and formulate strategy, Mr. Dodd helps companies and governments achieve their desired ROI by leveraging evolving computing technologies (e.g., the Internet of Things) and business models (e.g., Cloud Computing). Mr. Dodd's technical focus is on strategy formulation for secure ultra-scale architectures and 3D visual collaboration environments leveraging the cloud computing business model. These strategies help drive the next generation of computationally-steered workflows, applications and decision support environments for true situational awareness and learning environments.

Jennifer Dyer

Jennifer Dyer is the Executive Director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, a university-wide resource in the office of the provost that helps USC innovators make an impact with their ideas through commercialization of their research. In this role, she leads a team of 30 to ensure that USC supports corporate collaborations, intellectual property management, patenting, licensing, startups, mentoring and translational funding.
Dyer has over 20 years of experience and a strong record of success in technology transfer, including serving as Director of Technology Development at The Scripps Research Institute. At TSRI, Dyer contributed to growth in both licensing activity and corporate sponsored research, including the management of major funding relationships with Novartis, Johnson & Johnson and PPG. Her experience at TSRI includes supervising more than 800 licensing negotiations for equity, royalties and other financial terms, formation of 30 start-up companies and more than 300 research funding agreements.
Dyer joins USC from Life Technologies Corporation, where she served as a Sr. Manager of Corporate Development, leading the development of negotiation strategy and negotiating key licensing deals. Prior to Life Technologies, Dyer served as Vice President of Business Development for Wellspring Worldwide where she developed the strategy for the marketing and sales of Wellspring’s Knowledge Management System to corporations and academic institutions, as well as expansion into Asia-Pacific markets.
Dyer is a Certified Licensing Professional and has been an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES) since 1993.

Gary Fedorochko

Mr. Fedorochko is a shareholder with the law firm of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. 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. Mr. Fedorochko has experience in a vast array of industries and technology areas including computer software, e-commerce and Internet related technology, telecommunications, semiconductors, computer hardware and electromechanical devices.
Mr. Fedorochko has spoken on topics related to the recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA). He also was co-counsel on the amicus curiae brief filed with the Supreme Court on behalf of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC. v. Lee, No. 15-446, related to the appropriate claim interpretation standard to be used in Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He currently serves on the LES Board as the Trustee for Education: Webinars. Also, Mr. Fedorochko is the President of the LES Foundation.

Michael Fithen

Mike Fithen is a retired Federal law enforcement executive with 35 years of experience with the United States Secret Service. He retired as the Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office, where he oversaw the investigative and protective operations of South Florida, South and Central America, Puerto Rico including the Miami Electronic Crime Task Force, the largest Federal electronic crime task force in the country, comprising members from Federal, state and local law enforcement, representatives from the private sector, an academia. During his assignment in Miami, the Miami ECTF was instrumental in investigating and prosecuting the TJX Data Breach, as well as numerous ACH Network intrusions, data breaches, and mortgage fraud investigations resulting in millions of dollars of loss.
Mike began his career with the US Secret Service in Los Angeles, CA. He has held supervisory positions in Secret Service Intelligence Division, the Anchorage, AK office and was the Special Agent in Charge of the Salt Lake City office during the 2002 Winter Olympics, where the Secret Service was tasked with the security of 2002 games. He attended Weber State University in Ogden, UT and received his degree in Police Administration. He served as a Salt Lake City Police Officer for 7 years.
After retiring from the Secret Service in 2011, he held positions as the Chief Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer for a large financial Service organization and most recently as a Security Manager for an oil and gas exploration and production company managing the security portfolio in 5 West African countries.

Michael Fluhler

Michael T. Fluhler is a patent attorney and partner at Fishman Stewart PLLC with extensive experience in licensing as well as intellectual property strategy, prosecution, and monetization. In addition to drafting and negotiating a broad range of license and intellectual property agreements, Michael implements strategies for building and driving intellectual assets toward value in competitive and parallel markets worldwide. He holds various leadership positions in LES including the secretary of the Aerospace and Transportation committee of the High Tech Sector, co-chair of the Michigan Chapter, and lead for the Medical Devices committee of the Life Sciences Sector. Michael is also actively involved with the Licensing and Management of IP Assets committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).

Gary Haag

Gary Haag recently retired from ConocoPhillips Company and now provides consulting services through Gary L Haag Consulting, LLC. Mr. Haag has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, he worked as a research engineer at Amoco Production Company for 9 years focusing on EOR technologies and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 6 years focusing on off-gas clean up at nuclear facilities. He is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and Texas and before the US PTO, a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and Oklahoma, and a Certified Licensing Professional.

Thomas Halsey

Thomas C. Halsey is Chief Computational Scientist at ExxonMobil. Since joining ExxonMobil in 1994, he has worked in a variety of research, management, and staff positions in New Jersey and Texas. Previously, he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1984.

Jonathon Hance

Jonathon Hance is an associate at Bracewell & Giuliani. Mr. Hance focuses his practice on energy and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes relating to energy-supply agreements, and particularly, ISDA Master Agreements, in the oil and gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), trading and marketing, renewable, solar, chemical, and petrochemical industries. His litigation practice also includes cases of patent infringement, trademark infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets in the areas of software, open-source code, mobile devices, computer hardware, gTLDs (generic top-level domain names), and network infrastructures. Mr. Hance served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Mr. Hance represents an array of international clients in the energy, oil and gas, technology, software, media, advertising, radio, banking, payment processing, retail, transportation, medical, food and beverage, and aerospace and defense industries
He holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics, B.A. in Viola Performance and a B.A. in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University. He holds a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Phil Hartstein

Phil Hartstein is President and CEO of Finjan Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNJN), a cybersecurity company celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. He oversees the direction and management of current assets and future investments as well as working with the company’s executive management team to implement the shareholder’s vision as a pubic technology company and advance the company’s position as a global leader in proactive behavior-based cybersecurity. Finjan’s IP assets cover landmark technologies that detect malicious code and protect end users from identity and data theft, spyware, malware, phishing, trojans and other online threats. To date, Finjan has licensed its intellectual property to major technology companies and generating income approaching $200 million through its licensing and enforcement programs. More recently, the company has extended its innovative history in cybersecurity to launch businesses in both mobile security application development and risk advisory services and has seen early returns from its investment in next-generation cybersecurity technologies through Jerusalem Venture Partners (the “JVP” fund).
Mr. Hartstein has worked in a number of technology and intellectual property related roles over the last fifteen years. He started with a boutique IP law firm, worked in-house for a VC funded startup, spent time in IP consulting and IP brokerage firms, and prior to joining Finjan, spent four years with two groups focused on bringing both private and public market capital, expertise and credibility to licensing and enforcing patent rights on behalf of owners.
Mr. Hartstein holds a BS in industrial technology from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. He is active in a number of industry organizations and is regularly invited to speak on patent monetization related topics. He is a named inventor and patent holder with more than two-dozen pending and issued patents across a number of disciplines. He was also recently elected Chairman for the Patent Licensing Standards initiative through the Licensing Executives Society, a program extending Finjan’s commitment to Best Practices in Licensing.

Angela Haun

Special Agent Angela Haun entered on duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in March 1998. Agent Haun has served in the Chicago Division, the Office of Congressional Affairs and the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters, and the Houston Division.
Agent Haun has received numerous awards for her work at the FBI, including the Director’s Award for Outstanding Criminal Investigation. In September 2013, Agent Haun received the award for “InfraGard Coordinator of the Year” from the InfraGard National Members Alliance. In April 2015, Agent Haun received a “Citation for Special Achievement,” signed by FBI Director James Comey, for her dedication and hard work supporting the Houston Members Alliance – one of the most robust InfraGard chapters in the country.

Jesus Hernandez

Jesus J. Hernandez is a Patent Attorney at the Office of Policy and International Affairs within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Hernandez’ primary responsibility is formulating domestic and international policy in continental Latin America (Mexico, Central America, and South America). He is an integral part of the IPR working group of the US-Brazil Commercial Dialogue and was co-lead in discussions between the USPTO and the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) on establishing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program. Mr. Hernandez also assisted in the creation of a PPH region between the US, Canada, and Mexico under the North American Competitiveness Work-plan. Mr. Hernandez has over eight years of experience in patent law. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from George Mason University, as well as his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University. He also studied law in South America as a Fulbright Scholar under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Hernandez is a member of the Virginia bar and the USPTO patent bar.

Virginia Herrara Larios

Virginia is a Chemical Engineer, Project Management Professional and holds an MBA and Diplomas in Finance and Hydrocarbon Economy and Regulation. With more than 15 years of experience within Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), she is currently responsible of the Scientific and Technological Knowledge Management Strategy of the company, a relatively new activity for PEMEX where she is pioneering in such management, including intellectual property as a key element. Her former experience working for the refining and gas and petrochemicals branches of PEMEX includes strategic planning and technology management, strategies for controlling project investment, project evaluation, analyzing and strengthening value chains for ethane and iso-butane, evaluating the performance of the company, the infrastructure required and analyzing Mexico’s natural gas demand, as well as representing PEMEX in committees for designing strategies for natural gas transportation, including gas pipelines project planning. She also has past experience in process engineering, working for ICA-Fluor consortia in projects related to oil recovery by nitrogen well stimulation.

Krista Holt

Krista F. Holt is the President and CEO of GreatBridge Consulting, Inc. She testifies at trial in patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, false advertising, antitrust, and breach of contract cases on analyses of lost profits, price erosion, domestic industry, determination of reasonable royalties, accounting of defendant’s profits, intellectual property valuations, marketing, and patent and trademark surveys. Ms. Holt provides testimony on economic, valuation, marketing, survey and licensing matters in intellectual property disputes before federal and state courts, the Court of Federal Claims and the International Trade Commission, as well as in mediation and arbitration matters.
Ms. Holt draws on her experience in patent litigation, surveys, valuations and licensing negotiations which enhance the quality and credibility of her forensic analyses. She has provided services including expert testimony, surveys, valuation and consulting in over one hundred and seventy-five intellectual property cases.
Ms. Holt holds an MBA from the University of Louisville and a BA from Wake Forest University.

Emily Hostage

Emily Hostage is Director of Corporate Development and Policy Counsel at RPX Corporation. At RPX, Emily conducts and produces quantitative analyses on patent litigation and market data, which are published in RPX’s annual reports, among other uses. She frequently briefs policymakers and IP industry leaders on relevant statistics. Previously, Ms. Hostage was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP and prior to that served as corporate counsel for a late-stage startup solar technology company. Ms. Hostage received her BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, and her JD from Harvard Law School.

Steve Igo

Steve Igo is Director of the Entrepreneurial Institute and CardioDesign Laboratory, and Executive Director of the Pumps & Pipes Program at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. Steve works with Heart Center physicians and scientists in taking their medical product ideas from design to development to patent application. Steve has helped grow the Pumps & Pipes Program into a global professional association. Steve received his training in Cardiopulmonary and Perfusion Technology at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. He has held research positions at the Texas Heart Institute and Baylor College of Medicine. He was co-founder and President of two Texas life science companies, CardioVascular Research and Development, Inc., and Cormedics Corporation. Steve has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and has 21 issued and pending national and international patents.
David Jarczyk
As president and CEO of ktMINE, David R. Jarczyk plays a critical role in managing the operations and innovations of this intangible asset information firm. Mr Jarczyk recognized that intellectual assets represent up to 80% of corporate value, but that it was impossible to figure out a company’s innovation strategy by reading its filings or listening to management. He knew that only by understanding a company’s innovation strategy could the true value of a company be determined. So he started ktMINE to find scattered data which, once organized and connected, allows the prediction of companies’ strategies.  Before ktMINE, Mr. Jarczyk served in roles of increasing responsibility as a transfer pricing economist at Deloitte & Touche, Arthur Andersen and Ceteris – recognized by the Inc 500|5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. In his former roles Mr. Jarczyk performed transfer pricing services for multinational companies for tangible, services and intangible property transactions. Mr. Jarczyk also has expertise in conducting economic analyses in a variety of industries and in performing intangible property valuations. David is accredited with a Certified Licensing Professional designation and holds an MBA and a BS in economics and finance from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

Scott Jewett

Scott Jewett is co-founder & CEO of Element-Y. Element-Y is an outsourced engineering services company based in Irvine, CA, that generates imaginative engineering solutions for some of the most complex technical challenges through a successful formula that is equal parts business perspective, unique innovation process, and intellectual property (IP) expertise. From developing ballistic-resistant solutions for military buildings to inventing a better burning candle wick, Mr. Jewett’s proprietary innovation process and dynamic team of experts is focused on providing development solutions with immense value that change the way companies do business.
Mr. Jewett is a dynamic and experienced public speaker. His presentation portfolio includes:
- Featured speaker on business strategy with Inc. Magazine
- Presenter at all day seminars on licensing and franchising to CEOs and attorneys
- High impact sales strategy instructor to numerous business development departments
- Main interviewee on a 15 minute Discovery Channel program
- Featured in 47 affiliate TV newscasts
- Keynote presenter with the International Franchise Association and Expositions, Exxon Mobil Annual Innovation Consortium, CIO Association Annual Conference and the Line-X Global Conference
- Technical Panel presenter for the US Department of Defense
Mr. Jewett founded Element-Y to ingeniously invent and successfully implement solutions for a wide range of industries including mechanical devices, advanced materials, consumer products, military solutions and petrochemical engineering. Mr. Jewett is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Masters in Business Administration.
Honors & Awards include:
- Finalist in the 2011 DSEi Technology Challenge – DSEi Expo London
- CEO of a top five Entrepreneur Magazine ‘Fastest Growing Companies’ for several consecutive years
- Outstanding Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions 2010 – Government Security News

Kurt Jones

Kurt Jones is Associate General Counsel and Senior IP Counsel for Celanese International Corporation. He is a seasoned Patent & Trademark Attorney successful at creating, prosecuting, and enforcing intellectual property rights at the patent office, district court, and federal courts of appeal. He combines legal analyses with engineering expertise in the mechanical, chemical, and software arts.

Philip Jones

Philip Jones is the Executive Director and Head of Drug Discovery Institute for Applied Cancer Science (IACS) at MD Anderson Cancer Center. IACS is a fully integrated drug discovery and development unit embedded within MD Anderson, with a mission to bring new therapies to patients. He has more than fifteen years of drug discovery research experience from Merck Research Laboratories at three locations worldwide. During his career, Jones has led several of Merck’s oncology drug discovery programs, overseeing cross-functional project teams that have successfully delivered novel candidates into ongoing clinical trials. These include Tesaro’s PARP inhibitor niraparib currently completing phase 3 studies, smoothened antagonist and histone deacetylase (HDAC) programs, as well as several undisclosed targets. Jones also was involved in the successful development of Raltegravir, the first-in-class HIV integrase inhibitor.
Jones received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Nottingham, UK, and completed his post-doctoral research at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.

Ticora Jones

Dr. Ticora V. Jones is the Division Chief for the Higher Education Solutions Network within USAID's Global Development Lab. She is a "social" scientist, social innovator and expert on creating innovation ecosystems designed to build community, enable action and drive impact. In her current role Dr. Jones manages the Higher Education Solutions Network, a university engagement program that she established in 2012. Beginning in 2009 as a AAAS Diplomacy, Security and Development Fellow, she helped manage the establishment of an Agency-wide agenda for science & technology through policy and programming designed to elevate USAID’s presence in this area. Prior to joining USAID, Dr. Jones served as the 2008-2009 Materials Societies Congressional Fellow for Senator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI) where she worked on energy and environment issues, where she led a key victory for the Senator's legislative efforts on energy efficiency. Before beginning her congressional fellowship, Dr. Jones conducted post-doctoral research focused on creating and characterizing nanoparticle/composite-based functional materials at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Jones earned her BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and her PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Efrat Kasznik

Efrat Kasznik is an intellectual property valuation and strategy expert, with over 20 years of consulting experience, focusing on assisting organizations of all sizes and across industries with the management and commercialization of their IP and technologies. She is the founder and president of Foresight Valuation Group, a Silicon-Valley based IP valuation, strategy, and start-up advisory firm. She is a Lecturer on IP Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), where she has been teaching since 2011. Ms. Kasznik is the Co-Chair of the Internet of Things (IoT) committee of the High Tech Sector (LES USA-Canada), and is the former Chair of the Nanotechnology and the Content, Communications and Cloud (3CX) committees. She has been listed on the IAM 300 list of World Leading IP Strategists for four years in a row, from 2013 to 2016. She is a frequent author and speaker on topics related to IP strategy and valuation. Throughout her career, she has also been a founder and CFO of Silicon Valley startups, and she currently serves on the advisory boards of several startups, accelerators and venture funds in the US, Europe and Israel.

Marc Kaufman

Marc Kaufman is a partner at Reed Smith in Washinton, D.C. Marc specializes in assisting clients in managing and monetizing their intellectual property assets and in defending against patent assertions. Marc is experienced in post grant challenges in the U.S. Patent Office, including inter-partes review proceedings. He has developed structured procedures for defining and executing intellectual property strategies that are aligned with overall business objectives. From procuring and enforcing rights both in the United States and abroad to structuring and negotiating intellectual property transactions, Marc uses his skills and experience to help his clients achieve all of their objectives. Marc possesses a unique ability to understand the needs of his clients and to deliver relevant, timely and practical intellectual property related business and legal advice.
Marc has developed and managed patent portfolios that have been widely licensed by major corporations. Often times, he guides his clients in the sale of patents, that are no longer relevant to core objectives. Marc's practice encompasses work in a wide variety of technical fields including content aggregation and targeting, digital rights management, database technology, document retrieval, search engine technology, data mining, and securities trading exchanges.
Marc has spoken across the country, authored several articles, and been quoted in notable publications such as the New York Times, with respect to a variety of intellectual property issues. Marc has served as a chair of the Law Seminars International Conferences on patent monetization, which are held across the U.S. to provide education and industry insights to business consultants and in-house counsel alike.

Joy Kelly

Joy Kelly is Vice President and Deputy General Manager of the Jacobs Clear Lake Group which provides design, development, and testing of spacecraft and associated systems for human spaceflight and astromaterials curation and basic research at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). Joy has joint responsibility for over 800 personnel and annual revenues of $136M.
From 2004 to 2008, she served as the ESC Group’s Engineering Director and Chief Engineer on the contract, supporting the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station programs.
Joy was previously Technical Fellow in Guidance, Navigation, and Control on the Technical and Engineering Acquisition Support (TEAS) contract at Eglin AFB. In this role, she served as the senior focal point for guidance, navigation, and control issues on major development and mission-critical programs. Her work during this tenure redefined critical bank-to-turn strategies for future missile systems design and development activities.
In addition to her work for Jacobs, Joy also served as the Director of Systems Engineering and Analysis for two start-up companies, Time Domain and Alereon, where she was responsible for executive leadership for all systems engineering and analysis efforts. These corporations developed technologies and products for ultrawideband wireless communications. During this time she led the systems engineering work for the world’s first 480Mb/s UWB physical layer chipset.
Joy began her career in robotics and advanced control system design with Martin Marietta in Denver, CO. Joy has spent the majority of her career in advanced technology pursuits, putting state-of-the art ideas into practice. She has published numerous technical papers/reports. She is an Associate Fellow for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.

Nicki Kennedy

Nicki Kennedy is a patent attorney in the chemical group of the Washington, DC office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. She focuses her practice on developing and managing patent portfolios, prosecution, and post grant proceedings.

Tim Kinn

Tim has over 24 years of experience in the Petroleum Refining and Petrochemical industries; he holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA degree from Rutgers University. He has held a number of engineering, research and business positions within ExxonMobil Chemical before joining ExxonMobil Chemical’s technology licensing organization in 2004. In that role, Tim was responsible for licensing ExxonMobil Chemical’s aromatics technology portfolio in the Middle East and Asia. Tim joined ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in 2008 as an intellectual property and licensing associate and is responsible for assisting the company’s engineering division in development of research agreements and licensing of the company’s technology, both in and out. Tim is the holder of a number of patents, is the recipient of the 2013 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and is a Certified Licensing Professional.

Kevin Klein

Kevin Klein is the Vice President and General Manager of Products and Licensing at VORAGO and is responsible for shaping and driving the company's product and licensing offerings, and leading product marketing, product management and technical marketing.
Prior to VORAGO, Kevin most recently held senior positions at Freescale Semiconductor, driving the financial analysis of the company’s product portfolio, its IP licensing and strategy, and its microcontroller portfolio. While at Freescale Kevin was involved in half a billion dollars in IP transactions. Kevin holds an MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. Physics from Texas A&M University.

William Kline

Bill Kline is recently retired from a 35 year career with ExxonMobil. He earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has held a variety of Upstream technology positions. Bill is a co-founder of Pumps & Pipes, a symposium series that brings together oil & gas, medical, aerospace, and other professionals to explore common interests and opportunities for collaboration. Bill and his wife Karen are the proud parents of five children, whose career directions include teaching, art, music, and ministry, all enabled by Bill’s association with the art of commercializing technology.

Justin Lewis

Justin Lewis is an experienced expert who has testified in both federal and state court. He is a Managing Director in Ocean Tomo’s Expert Services practice and leads the firm’s San Francisco office, Risk Management and License Compliance practices. Mr. Lewis’ over 18 years of consulting experience includes the analysis and quantification of economic damages arising from patent, trademark, trade secrets, copyright infringement & breach of contract in over a hundred matters. He has a solid understanding of the financial issues and theories related to intellectual property and breach of contract litigation from discovery to trial.
In addition to his experience in intellectual property matters, Mr. Lewis performed audits for two years with a big five accounting firm of the financial statements for both private and public companies. He is an experienced forensic accountant, conducting investigations in securities litigation matters including matters involving fortune 500 companies. Mr. Lewis is a regular speaker on financial issues and has taught masters level courses in intellectual property valuation and risk management.
Prior to joining Ocean Tomo, Mr. Lewis worked at StoneTurn and Deloitte & Touche in their respective dispute practices. Mr. Lewis is a Certified Public Accountant in California, Certified Valuation Analyst, Certified in Financial Forensics and holds a BS in Business/Economics with an emphasis in accounting from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jack Lu

Jack Lu, PhD, CFA is the Founding Partner and Chief Economist of IP Market Advisory Partners (IPMAP). An economist and financial analyst with an engineering background and research credentials, Jack specializes in economic study, financial analysis, assets valuation, and strategic advisory for IP transactions & litigation, and for IP-intensive corporate transactions and disputes in financing (VC & PE), M&A, equity investment, and distressed assets investment. Jack's research and consulting services deliver valuation reports, pre-transaction studies, fairness opinions, market & competition analysis, pre-litigation & pre-assertion assessments, settlement & mediation packages, and damage estimates.
Before founding IPMAP in the spring of 2014, Jack served as Senior Economist, Director of Economic Analysis, and the Chief Economist at another economic consulting firm, where he conducted economic damage analysis for IP and other commercial litigation, developed two generations of financial distress forecast models for a major turnaround management firm, and operated the financial distress forecast & advisory practice. Prior to that, he worked briefly at a Montreal-based investment consulting firm as an investment analyst, and interned with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington DC.
Jack is also an active researcher and publisher. His studies in intellectual property, patent markets, financial markets and other economic issues have been published by the Council on Foreign Relations, Cambridge University Press, Business Economics, Licensing Economics Review, and Les Nouvelles, the Journal of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) International. He was an expert speaker at IP forums organized by Duke Law School, LES, London IP Summit, and other entities, and his comments have appeared in CFA Magazine, Licensing Economics Review, and LES Insight. His most recent research can be found at his SSRN author page at http://ssrn.com/author=230071.
After receiving his B.E. in electrical engineering and M.Ph. in technology management, Jack studied economic policy and received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Licensing Executives Society. He has been actively involved in supporting these organizations, including serving on the Executive Committees of 2011 and 2014 LES High Tech Royalty Survey.

Thomas Major

As Vice President and co-founder of TransactionsIP, Tom Major brings extensive experience in the buying and selling of intellectual property, technology transfer licensing, patent assertion and litigation settlement to the company. Mr. Major’s experience includes all aspects of IP management from the university and inventor aspects to small businesses and major industrial corporations. During his career, he completed over 200 transactions.
Prior to forming TransactionsIP, Mr. Major was Vice President at IPOfferings, He also held positions as Managing Director, IP Transactions at TAEUS Corporation and Vice President, Licensing at IPValue Management, Inc. , and VP of Licensing at Honeywell IP Inc., a unit of Allied Signal, Inc. He began his career in the Technology Transfer Department of the University of Utah where he became Director of the office.
Thomas Major holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Southern Utah University, an M.S. in Chemistry from Brigham Young University, and an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University. He is a member of the Licensing Executive Society and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

Leigh Marcus

Dr. Marcus received her medical degree (MD) from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University and Bachelor of Science (BS) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received specialty training as a resident in pediatrics from Yale University. This training was followed by subspecialty fellowship training in pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. She received additional training in Clinical Trials Research in the Duke University-National Institute of Health Program. Following completion of her fellowship, she stayed on at NIH-NCI for a research fellowship where she wrote and conducted clinical trials. Dr. Marcus then took a faculty position as Assistant Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Attending Physician at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center for 3 years before joining FDA in 2014 as a medical officer. Dr. Marcus has been an invited speaker at various venues including FDA, American Association for Clinical Research (AACR), Children’s Oncology Group (COG), Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma (TACL) International Conference, and The Emirates Hematology International Conference. She has board certification/subspecialty certification in pediatrics, and pediatric hematology/oncology.

Matthew McNeill

Matthew McNeill is Chief Innovation Officer, VP of IP, Technology & Strategic Alliances at RiteHite Holding Corp. 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).

K. Nicole Mitchell

Judge Mitchell was born in Victoria, Texas. She graduated with honors from Baylor Law School after receiving both bachelors and masters degrees from Texas A&M University. While at Baylor, Judge Mitchell served as the Senior Executive Editor of the Baylor Law Review, as well as Managing Editor of the Law Review’s Texas Practice Edition.
After law school, Judge Mitchell clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Leonard Davis in the Eastern District of Texas before starting her civil practice at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston. Judge Mitchell’s practice focused primarily on the area of Health Law Litigation, but she also worked on patent cases and is licensed to practice before the USPTO. After her time at Fulbright & Jaworski, Judge Mitchell returned to the Eastern District of Texas to serve as the Chief Staff Attorney to Judge Davis.
Judge Mitchell was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge on August 16, 2013. In her time on the bench, Judge Mitchell has overseen numerous patent and general civil litigation cases. She also mediates cases pending in the Eastern District of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Suzanne Munck

Suzanne Munck is Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property for the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Deputy Director of its Office of Policy Planning. Ms. Munck frequently speaks about policy issues involving standard setting, patent assertion entities, and other issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property. Ms. Munck also has significant experience litigating patent issues that arise during the FTC's enforcement efforts, particularly in the ICT and healthcare sectors. She has received the Commission’s Paul Rand Dixon and Janet D. Steiger awards. Before joining the FTC, Ms. Munck was a patent and antitrust litigator in Los Angeles. She received her BA in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College and her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Senator Robert Nichols

First elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, Robert Nichols represents 19 counties including the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County.
In the Texas Senate, Nichols serves as Chairman for the Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Senate Finance, Natural Resources and Economic Development, and Intergovernmental Relations Committees. He is a member of the Legislative Audit Committee and a former Vice Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Committee.
During his five sessions as a state senator, Nichols authored and passed legislation to protect landowners’ rights, increase educational opportunities in East Texas and reform transportation policies. He has worked to reduce Medicaid fraud, and promote free-market principles. During his time with the Sunset Advisory Committee, he was able to help eliminate six state agencies which saved the tax payers $161.9 million. He has been named a 'Champion for Children' by the Equity Center, a 'Courageous Conservative' by the Texas Conservative Coalition, a 'Friend of County Government' by the Texas Association of Counties and a 'Champion of Free Enterprise' by the Texas Association of Business.
Before running for Senate, Nichols served as transportation commissioner for eight years where he established a reputation for increasing efficiency without compromising quality.
Nichols is a businessman from Jacksonville, Texas. In his hometown he served on city council, was elected mayor, built four successful manufacturing facilities, earned 32 U.S. patents, 128 foreign patents, and created more than 900 jobs for East Texas families.
Working his way through college by selling fireworks and ironing clothes for other students, Nichols earned a bachelor's degree from Lamar University in 1968. He married his high school sweetheart, Donna, and they are the proud parents of three children: Brittney, Joshua, and Collynn'rae. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.

Ada Nielsen

Ada Nielsen created The PeregrineMaven Group to:
• specialize in commercializing inventions,
• improve profitability of established products & services,
• coach teams to develop & execute strategy, &
• devise & implement specific business development strategies.
She has commercialized dozens of inventions & created new ventures in chemicals, materials & energy – as well as in other market areas. She also monetizes non-strategic projects and brokers patents.
She has been successful working for major companies (such as Amoco.BP), measured by commercial success & an improved bottom line. This included scale-up, meeting regulatory requirements, sales force training, & often closing the first deals around a new chemical or polymer.
She is on the Board of Association for Corporate Growth Chicago, She also belongs to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Association of University Technology Managers, AUTM, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Wisconsin IP Law Association.
She earned an A.B. in chemistry from Wellesley College, an M.B.A. in finance & marketing from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, & studied theoretical physical chemistry in graduate programs at Tulane University & Dartmouth College. She is a Certified Licensing Professional.

Brian P. O'Shaughnessy

Brian P. O'Shaughnessy is an attorney at law and head of the Life Sciences Practice Group of the multinational intellectual property law firm, RatnerPrestia PC. He is resident in its Washington, DC office. He is a registered patent attorney with 30 years’ experience in intellectual property law. He works with innovative enterprises in establishing, enforcing, and defending global IP portfolios, and in structuring IP-related transactions and technology licensing agreements. He represents clients in disputed matters in US federal courts, the US International Trade Commission, and in post-grant proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Brian is Chairman-Elect of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc. (LES), a
non-profit, non-partisan, professional society devoted to education and professional
development for business executives and lawyers who are bringing the fruits of innovation to market. Brian has served on the LES Board of Trustees since 2007. Until recently, he was LES Regional Vice President, USA, and was responsible for articulating the Society’s positions on legislation, administration policy, and trends in US IP law. He is an author, editor, and faculty member of the LES professional development programs. Brian also serves on the Steering Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar.
Brian is a graduate of Syracuse University, College of Law, Syracuse, N.Y. (J.D.); and
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y. (B.S., M.S., Chem.). He now serves on
the RIT Board of Trustees as Chair of its Student Life Committee, and as a member of the
Board’s Executive Committee. He is a past president of the RIT Alumni Association.

Frank Perez

Frank Perez is Chairman & CEO of Sfile Technology Corporation, a leading provider of Big Data processing and analytics. Prior to founding Sfile, Frank has had a lifetime career as an entrepreneur, technologist, and angel investor focused on emerging technology and technology-enabled businesses. He began his career in 1983 as a principal partner of a technology and management consulting firm whose clients included Fortune 500 companies. Since 1993, he has developed several technology companies serving as a founder, angel investor, board member, and/or senior management team member. Frank enjoys challenging himself to think about complex problems facing our society, both local and global, and the endless possibilities for solutions. His education in engineering and economics are key contributors to his creative approach to problem-solving.

Karthika Perumal

Karthika Perumal is a managing associate with the Intellectual Property and Technology group of Dentons US LLP, focusing on intellectual property law including patents, copyrights and trademarks, as well as the licensing, transfer, acquisition, and distribution of various technologies. Her experience includes technology areas such as chemistry, biotechnology, biomedical devices, software, and business methods. Karthika also advises clients on commercial transactions, such as multi-party strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, product development and supply, and sponsored research. Prior to joining Dentons, Karthika was an associate at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Houston, and the Associate Director for the Center for Technology Development at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Karthika holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Baylor College of Medicine, and is a Certified Licensing Professional.

Shayne Phillips

Shayne Phillips is Senior IP Manager, Intellectual Asset Management at Halliburton and has been working in the intellectual property (IP) arena for over fifteen years, particularly in the areas of IP-related competitive intelligence and technical patent and nonpatent literature searching. Ms. Phillips began her career at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati, Ohio, working as a Technical Assistant in Corporate New Ventures (a group tasked with evaluating outside technology for the entirety of P&G). She then moved to the IP-practice group of Dinsmore & Shohl (also in Cincinnati), working as a Technical Consultant, providing both patent application prosecution support and IP litigation assistance.
In 2000 Ms. Phillips moved to Columbus, Ohio, and began work at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) as an Editorial Analyst in the Mammalian Hormones Document Indexing Group of the Biochemistry Department of CAS’ Editorial Division. In 2002 Ms. Phillips transitioned to the role of Applications Specialist at CAS, specializing in advanced STN training, focusing on protein and gene sequence searching in particular.
Following her tenure at CAS, Ms. Phillips moved to Halliburton in Houston, Texas, working in their Intellectual Asset Management group as both the head of IP Competitive Intelligence and as a Senior Patent Liaison for the Cementing Product Service Line. Ms. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Youngstown State University, a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Business Administration from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She is also a registered US Patent Agent.

James Pooley

James Pooley provides litigation and management advice in trade secret and patent matters. He is the former Deputy Director General of WIPO and is an author or co-author of several major works in the IP field, including his treatise Trade Secrets (Law Journal Press).

Tom Pruitt

Tom Pruitt retired 2012 from Exxon Mobil Corporation's law department having worked major transactions in over 25 countries and currently provides international IP transactional services via Tom F Pruitt PLLC in joint arrangement for selected clients with Simmons & Simmons, London based international law firm. Tom earned BChE (Ga Tech), MEng (NC State) and JD (Baylor). He is licensed to practice in Texas (active) and before the USPTO as well in Colorado and Oklahoma. Prior to joining Exxon Mobil, Tom was at DuPont Chemical, shareholder in Godwin et al firm Dallas then licensing focused attorney at ARCO (merged with BP). Since 1990, Tom has been a panel member, American Arbitration Association.

N. Darius Sankey

N. Darius Sankey is a general partner at Accelerate-IT Ventures, as well as a seasoned executive in the ventures capital and technology industries. While serving at a general partner at AITV Darius has served as a Managing Director at Ocean Tomo leading their Innovation Management Practice. Darius is currently leading a joint venture initiative between Ocean Tomo and AITV to bring 3D Printing technologies and related software tools to market faster through a leadership role at 3Discovered. Before his work with Accelerate-IT Ventures, Darius served as a Senior Director of Portfolio Management at Intellectual Ventures, a Managing Director at DFJ – Zone Ventures, and has served as a board member for several companies including Siimpel Corporation and Neven Vision (acquired by Google).
He has worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc. and held strategic planning, consulting, and R&D positions at RAND and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Darius holds a Ph.D. in Optical Engineering from the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester and a B.S. in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT. He is also an adjunct professor at Rady School of Business at the University of California, at San Diego (UCSD).

David Schatz

David joined WiTricity in 2008 as the company’s first sales and business development executive. He leads WiTricity’s commercial activity in wireless charging for electrified vehicles, and works closely with WiTricity’s OEM and Tier 1 partners on a global basis. In addition, David is responsible for the WiTricity’s business in the fields of industrial, medical, military and automotive in-vehicle mobile device charging.
Prior to joining WiTricity, David was V.P. of Corporate Development at Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX), the world’s leading supplier of machine vision systems. As V.P. of Corporate Development, he led the acquisition and integration of 12 companies, contributing to the growth of Cognex to over $220M in annual revenues. David is co-author of twenty US patents, and holds a B.S. (1979) in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, and an M.S. (1983) in Management from the Sloan School, MIT.

Emmanuelle Schuler

Emmanuelle Schuler is the Head of JLABS @TMC, Johnson & Johnson's latest life science incubator. Emmanuelle's focus is on bringing together executives, investors, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, clinicians and inventors to create innovative solutions that impact patients' life and healthcare delivery. She collaborates with J&J Innovation and J&J's corporate venture capital group to attract companies in alignment with their strategic efforts in biopharma, diagnostics, medical devices and consumer healthcare.
Dr. Schuler brings over ten years of experience in intellectual capital management, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. Prior to joining J&J, she led IP-based transactions at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Before that, she was responsible for industry-based strategic collaborations at the University of Houston. She consulted with the European Commission on innovation policy issues. She also worked on science policy projects under the mentorship of Nobel Laureate Dr. Richard E. Smalley at Rice University. Emmanuelle founded an award-winning Science Café in Copenhagen and another in Houston where she led public debates at the intersection of science, art and culture.
Emmanuelle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Université du Québec à Montréal, a Ph.D. in chemistry from McGill University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University.

Ken Seddon

Ken Seddon joined LOT in April of 2015, bringing over 20 years of experience managing all areas of intellectual property. Previously, Ken was with some of the largest patent holders the world including Apple, Micron, Motorola, Intel and most recently as the Vice President of IP at ARM.
Ken drafted over 300 patent applications while at Motorola and Intel, and managed all US patent prosecution at Intel. As Chief IP Counsel of Numonyx which was later acquired by Micron, Ken led strategic IP Licensing for two years before moving to Apple. At Apple, Ken developed the IP strategy for future products and acquired and defended patents from PAE assertions. Ken then went on to be the VP of IP at ARM before being selected by the Board of Directors to be the first CEO of LOT Network.
Ken has a BS in Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in Solid State Device Physics and a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University. Ken is a regular speaker at conferences for professional organizations and has chaired several committees for both IPO and AIPLA.

Pei-Yong Shi

Dr. Pei-Yong Shi received his Ph.D. in virology in 1996 from Georgia State University. After postdoctoral training at Yale University, he joined Bristol-Myers Squibb as a Principal Scientist to develop HIV and HCV therapeutics from 1998 to 2000. He then moved to the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, to study West Nile virus. From 2008 to 2015, he served as Dengue Unit Head and Executive Director to lead drug discovery at Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases. He has published over 190 peer-reviewed articles and served as Editor (ACS Infectious Diseases, Journal of General Virology, and NPJ Vaccine) and Editorial Board member (Journal of Virology, Virology, and Antiviral Research). He is internationally recognized for his scholar and administrative accomplishments at leading research institution, public health sector, and pharmaceutical industry.

Hope Shimabuku

Hope Shimabuku is the Director of the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Ms. Shimabuku is a leader in the Texas region. She served as the Chair-Elect for the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section and is a Barrister Member and Inaugural Member of the Barbara M.G. Lynn IP Inn of Court. She sat on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Texas Law School and served as a facilitator for the DFW Women in Intellectual Property group. She is a past president of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, chaired the Dallas Diversity Task Force, and served on the board of the Dallas Bar Association and as a member of the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas - District 6.
Throughout her career, Ms. Shimabuku has championed diversity efforts, and was honored with the DCEO Champion of Diversity Award by the Association of Corporate Counsel. She has also received numerous professional honors, including being selected as a Dallas Business Journal "Top 40 Under Forty," named Dallas Business Journal's Corporate Counsel Rookie of the Year, and selected as one of DCEO's "500 Most Powerful Business Leaders."

Albert Shung

Albert currently serves as Chief IP Counsel of Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc., representing Total SA’s US Refining and Petrochemicals operations. The US operations include 12 industrial sites, 1,600 employees and generate over $1 billion of annual revenue. Prior to Total, Albert held in-house counsel roles at Chevron and BP. Albert’s current practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, including licensing, technology transactions, freedom to operate, patent portfolio management, and patent preparation and prosecution.
Albert received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997, a Masters of Science in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2002, and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2005, with honors. While in law school, he served as the publications editor for the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal.
While in graduate school, Albert’s research was focused on developing an injectable, biodegradable hydrogel stent on which he authored or co-authored five published articles in peer-reviewed journals. He and his wife of 15 years are the busy parents of four children.

Sourav Sinha

Sourav Sinha is the Founder and CEO of Oncolinx-- an early-stage bio-oncology company developing targeted cancer therapies that avoid many of the adverse side-effects of current treatments. Oncolinx is partnered with more than 14 leading pharmaceutical companies and was named a winner of the 2014 MassChallenge startup accelerator.
Sourav also serves as the Entrepreneur In Residence of Gazelle Futures--a first-of-its-kind venture fund to spin out the best inventions from the NIH, NCI, NASA, and other government funded agencies.
The World Economic Forum named Sourav as a Young Global Shaper. Sourav was also named as a top 50 global entrepreneur under the age of 25 by Inc. Magazine. Sourav has been published in top scientific journals and holds 1 patent. Sourav holds a AB from Dartmouth College in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and an MA in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences.

James Donald Smith

James Donald Smith has had a long career in the law and in intellectual property. He clerked for now retired Chief Judge Paul Michel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and practiced with Arnold White & Durkee and, later, Dewey Ballantine, serving as the office managing partner of Dewey's Texas office. Mr. Smith, a former Assistant Dean of the law school at Emory University in Atlanta, also served as a patent litigator and patent prosecutor, and led in-house intellectual property teams for three multi-national corporations, serving as Lexmark’s Chief IP Counsel, Nokia’s Global Director of Licensing and, as Associate General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of Baxter International. Most recently, Mr. Smith served as the Chief Administrative Patent Judge at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he led the Patent Board and oversaw the Board’s transition from the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board including the creation, issuance, and application of new rules and procedures in accordance with the implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Mr. Smith also directed the sweeping increase in the number of Administrative Patent Judges in coordination with the USPTO, opening satellite offices in Denver, Dallas, Detroit, and Silicon Valley, nearly tripling the number of judges at the Board, better enabling it to process the trial and appeal cases received. Currently, Mr. Smith serves as Chief IP Counsel of Ecolab, which is headquartered in St. Paul Minnesota.

Erich Spangenberg

Erich Spangenberg is the CEO of nXn Partners and the founder of IPNav Group. As “one of the most notorious patent trolls in America”, Mr. Spangenberg has been “reviled in Silicon Valley for bringing lawsuits against technology companies”, but was also labeled as the “bigger bully” you would want to team up with to deal with a patent bully. Most recently, he was hailed by some for his “working to lower drug costs by challenging questionable patents”, while fiercely criticized by the drug companies whose patents have been challenged by his IPR filings. (All quotes are from New York Times).
Mr. Spangenberg founded IPNav, and served as the CEO from 2003 to 2014. After delegating day-to-day management of IPNav to his successor in 2014, he has focused on nXn Partners, a company that provides predictive analysis for governmental and corporate clients.
Prior to founding IPNav, Erich was a partner at the law firm of Jones Day (corporate), Senior Vice President of Investment Banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and President of Smartalk Teleservices and also of Acclaim Ventures Group.
Erich holds a BA from Skidmore College (Periclean Scholar), an MSc from the London School of Economics (Distinguished Graduate), and a JD from Case Western Reserve University (Law Review).

William Cory Spence

William Cory Spence assists individual and business clients to obtain their best possible outcome in contentious legal matters. He has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration, and mediation involving all areas of intellectual property law. A registered patent attorney, Mr. Spence serves clients by providing advocacy and advice in the areas of: patent infringement; trade secret misappropriation; unfair competition (including conspiracy, tortious interference, and related antitrust claims); breach of contract; post-grant patent proceedings (e.g., inter partes review) ; trademark infringement; and copyright infringement.
He has litigated claims in both state and federal courts throughout the United States. Additionally, Mr. Spence has extensive experience with patent monetization strategies and complex, international patent infringement litigation involving multiple parties and jurisdictions, most notably including Japan. He is a published author and frequent speaker on patent monetization and other intellectual property issues, and has been repeatedly recognized as an “Illinois Rising Star” and “Illinois Star,” in the area of intellectual property.
Mr. Spence is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he obtained separate Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biophysics (“Physics in Medicine”). As a student he received the distinction of Notre Dame Scholar and also earned the Monogram Award. Upon graduation from Notre Dame, Mr. Spence received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Medical Service Corps. After completing his military service, he worked for several years in the chemical industry before pursuing his legal education at the University of Houston Law Center.
Prior to forming SpencePC, Mr. Spence spent twelve years practicing law with Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, IL and Tokyo, Japan.

Susan Stoddard

Susan Stoddard, Ph.D., is a senior licensing manager at Mayo Clinic Ventures, in Rochester, Minnesota. Her responsibilities involve the evaluation and out-licensing of intellectual property for employees of Mayo Clinic. She specializes in the fields of biotechnology and diagnostic and pharmaceutical products. Susan recently recognized her 20th year at Mayo, during which time she was also the administrator for Mayo's Office of Strategic Alliances. Before taking the position at Mayo, Susan was a tenured professor of neurosciences and a member of the graduate faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine, as well as has twice- received an award as Outstanding Professor in Basic Science.
Dr. Stoddard received her A.B. from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey. She is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).
Dr. Stoddard is the trustee for on-site education of LES USA and Canada and has been a member of LES for over 10 years. She has been a member of the LES Education Committee since 2011 and presented the IP and Licensing Basics course in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For the last three years she has led the LES Review Course for the CLP Exam. Dr. Stoddard has been an active participant and speaker at LES, and has also given many presentations at professional meetings related to licensing technologies from academic institutions.

Daniel Stringfield

Daniel S. Stringfield is a member of the Trial Bar and is registered as a Patent Attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Stringfield litigates patent infringement cases across the country, representing plaintiffs and defendants ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Stringfield also advises clients regarding IP-related business, technology and legal issues, including risk assessment, new product clearance, patent portfolio assessment and development, licensing, and patent enforcement. His litigation and counseling experience has involved a variety of technologies, including semiconductors, software, mobile apps, user interfaces, consumer electronics, toys, electronic learning aids, sport simulators, medical devices, telecommunications, wireless communications, manufacturing processes, and business methods.
In his appellate practice, Mr. Stringfield has served as Counsel of Record on briefs in patent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In the past year, Mr. Stringfield has twice represented the Licensing Executives Society on amicus curiae briefs in important patent cases. First, Mr. Stringfield prepared and filed on LES’s behalf, an amicus curiae brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Lexmark International, Inc. v. Impression Products, Inc., Nos. 2014-1617, 2014-1619 (Fed. Cir. 2016) (en banc), a case dealing with exhaustion of patent rights. Mr. Stringfield also prepared and filed on LES’s behalf, an amicus curiae brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in the consolidated cases of Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., No. 14-1513, and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc., No. 14-1520, both dealing with statutory enhancement of patent infringement damages.

Alex Tang

Alex Tang is the Licensing and Commercialization Manager for the Gas Technology Institute. Mr. Tang leverages his commercialization and venture capital experiences to accelerate technology driven opportunities. He is currently the Licensing and Commercialization Manager at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a contract research organization for the natural gas industry. At GTI, Mr. Tang works with senior executives to identify technologies to commercialize throughout the entire value chain whether it is through licensing, JVs, or spinouts. Prior to GTI, he co-founded Invention Bridge where it managed a DOE EERE EIR2 Grant at Argonne National Laboratory as well as launched the Clean Energy Trust, a non-profit cleantech accelerator founded by Nick Pritzker and Michael Polsky. He brings venture capital and private equity experience from McNally Capital, MVC Capital, and Open Prairie Ventures. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as well as a MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of The Association of Asian American Investment Managers, serves on the WARF Cleantech Catalyst Advisory Board, and a founding member/Venture Partner of NextGen Angels, Chicago Chapter. He currently mentors entrepreneurs in the Midwest as well as through SURGE Accelerator in Houston, TX.

Erin Ator Thomson

Erin's principal areas of practice are strategic intellectual property counseling, technology transactions (including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret licensing), and intellectual property litigation, primarily in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, research tools, medical devices, consumer products, and software. She has extensive experience assisting clients in evaluating, structuring, and negotiating intellectual property and technology transactions, and conducting due diligence associated with such transactions.
Erin also has experience in all stages of patent litigation, including conducting pre-suit investigations, drafting and arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, preparing for and conducting Markman hearings, and trial. She also conducts due diligence evaluations and has experience prosecuting patents for life sciences-related inventions.
Erin received a J.D. summa cum laude from Baylor Law School and a B.S. in Biology from Pepperdine University. Prior to law school, she spent time as a post-graduate researcher at The University of California – San Francisco. Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins, she served as a judicial clerk for The Honorable Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson of the Supreme Court of Texas. Erin has been selected to Super Lawyers’ Texas Rising Stars list since 2012. She is also a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (in which she serves as the Co-Chair of the IP Licensing Committee), the Licensing Executive Society, the Austin IP Inn of Court, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

D. C. Toedt III

D. C. Toedt III is an attorney and arbitrator who has negotiated scores of license agreements in his career; he teaches advanced contract drafting at the University of Houston Law Center. He was previously vice-president and general counsel of BindView Corporation, a 500-employee software company with operations in six countries (and which as outside counsel he had helped the founders to start) until the company's successful "exit" when it was acquired by Symantec. Before that he was a partner and member of the management committee of Arnold, White & Durkee, a 150-lawyer boutique, IP litigation law firm. Admitted to practice in Texas and California, he is a former co-chair of the State Bar of California Business Law Section's Commercial Transactions Committee and previously served on the governing council of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. He is the author of, among other things, the Common Draft public library of annotated contract templates, at CommonDraft.org.

Rosemarie Truman

Rosemarie has over 23 years of experience in architecting growth/investment strategies and transformations that have served as the platform for more than 150 new products and an unprecedented $25 billion in profits for Fortune 100 clients having spearheaded IBM’s Innovation Strategy Practice and other prestigious strategy organizations. Rosemarie is also a serial entrepreneur; she Founded and is CEO of the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) focused on maximizing the commercial potential of high-impact, “gazelle” Federally funded inventions in order to spur entrepreneurship, bolster the economy, galvanize ecosystems and positively impact the world. At CAI, Rosemarie conceived of and realized a first-of-a-kind, award-winning challenge-accelerator program which has catalyzed the launch of 33 new startups over the last two years. For conceiving this novel model of venture philanthropy, Ms. Truman has received many prestigious awards and recognition from the White House, Health and Human Services, as well as features in Wired, Chicago Tribune, CBS News, Nature, Washington Post and more.
Another organization Rosemarie founded is Gazelle Futures, an early stage venture capital fund that leverages access to a large portfolio of de-risked, capital efficient, late-stage inventions; Rosemarie is the Managing Partner for Gazelle. Combined with CAI’s proven “Startup Challenge Accelerator,” Gazelle rapidly launches new companies and grows jobs by galvanizing and amplifying resources in under-valued, capital efficient regions. Rosemarie is also an Executive Director in the Founder’s Institute in the Washington-DC metro area as well as a board member for a number of startups in a variety of high-tech, life sciences, manufacturing, and professional services industries. Overall, Ms. Truman has led the evaluation of over 75,000 inventions and/or growth opportunities.

Atul Varadhachary

Dr. Atul Varadhachary MD, PHD is Managing Partner at Fannin. Atul is a physician with a PhD in Physiology from Johns Hopkins, and over two decades of experience in life sciences and healthcare. Before Fannin, Atul served as President of U.S. Operations at Reliance Life Sciences, part of the Reliance Group, India’s largest private sector enterprise with over $75 billion in annual revenues. Atul served for nine years as President & COO of Agennix, Inc., a late-stage biotechnology company where he led advancement of Agennix’s lead molecule from preclinical studies into pivotal Phase 3 human studies and helped lead a successful sale of the company. Atul also served as Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. Atul has served on the faculties of Baylor College of Medicine, Rice Graduate School of Management, and the UT School of Public Health and on multiple company and community boards.

Julie Waterbury

Dr. Julie Waterbury obtained her undergraduate degree and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Princeton University. Following postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, she joined Merck's in 2001 in the Project Planning and Management organization. During her tenure at Merck, she has been involved in the development of several vaccine programs and antiviral programs. In 2006 she joined the External Scientific Affairs department of Merck Research Labs as the Strategic Licensing and Acquisitions Lead for Vaccines. She was responsible for vaccine licensing strategy, scouting, establishing partnerships, opportunities evaluation, due diligence, and scientific components of collaboration and licensing deals. Dr. Waterbury contributed to the establishment of multiple research and development collaborations, licensing agreements, and the acquisition of a number of different programs and assets. Dr. Waterbury is currently with the Global Vaccine Strategy and Innovation group within the Merck Vaccine Division leading long term strategy and growth for the Adolescent Vaccine Franchise. Dr. Waterbury is also involved in and leads commercial development of the Ebola Vaccine program.

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.


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