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Mr. Robert F. Held, CLP, President, Held Intellectual Property, LLC


Phil Hartstein, President and CEO, Finjan Holdings, Inc.
David R. Jarczyk, CLP, KtMINE
Amany Kandil, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp
DJ Nag, President, InnovAito, LLC
Jim Sobieraj, Shareholder, Brinks Gilson Lione

Robert Held

Robert F. Held, CLP

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

Bob is the President of Held Intellectual Property, LLC, and recently worked for TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) in Annapolis, Maryland as the Vice President, Intellectual Asset Management, responsible for the strategic management and monetization of TCS's IP portfolio. All assets of TCS were acquired in February 2016. Immediately prior to joining TCS, Bob worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronic Systems Sector from 2003-2011 as the Director of the Intellectual Property & Strategic Technology Agreements business unit; and from 1998-2003 he worked at the IP firm British Technology Group (BTG) International.

Bob has been a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) since 2008 and was named to the "IAM Strategy 300 - The World's Leading IP Strategists" in 2015 and 2016. Bob received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Villanova University and his MBA from Drexel University's LeBow College of Business.

Phil Harstein

Phil Hartstein

Phil Hartstein is president and CEO of Finjan Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNJN), a cybersecurity company with a rich 20-year history. He oversees the direction and management of current assets and future investments and works with Finjan's executive management team to implement the shareholders' vision of a public technology company and advance its position as a global leader in proactive behavior-based cybersecurity technologies. Through its subsidiary, Finjan, Inc., the company holds 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 generated over $250 million in licensing fees through its licensing and enforcement programs. The company has recently expanded its licensing program through several successful cross-licenses through its Finjan Mobile subsidiary and the recent formation of Finjan Blue which incorporates cybersecurity IP assets from IBM. 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.

Mr. Hartstein has worked in several technology and IP-related roles over the past 17 years. He started with a boutique IP law firm, worked in-house for a venture capital-funded start-up, spent time in IP consulting and IP brokerage firms and – before joining Finjan – spent four years with two groups focused on bringing both private and public market capital, expertise and credibility to the licensing and enforcement of patent rights on behalf of owners.

Mr. Hartstein has 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 and policy 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 has been working diligently to establish standards for patent licensing through the Licensing Executives Society, a program extending Finjan's commitment to best practices, and recently acknowledged as an Accredited Standards Developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

David R. 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 recognised that improved visibility to innovation and the subsequent assets innovation generates is critical to power progress and growth. He started a company to find scattered data which, once organised 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.


Amany Kandil

Amany Kandil

Amany Kandil is Associate Director, Discovery Transactions in Business Development and Licensing, Merck & Co., Inc.  She has been at Merck for over 27 years. For the past 14 years, she has been responsible for negotiating discovery transactions with companies, universities and government institutions and entities worldwide, including arrangements for compounds and vaccines & biologics research collaborations, patents, formulations and research platform technologies, initially as Research Contracts Manager in External Scientific Affairs.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Kandil was a Regional Manager in the Worldwide Regulatory Affairs area of Merck providing global strategic support and dossier preparation for Merck's new and in-line vaccines. 

Previous positions at Merck include 5 years in the Quality Control & CMC Regulatory Vaccines Group, Manufacturing Division, where she was responsible for preparing dossiers for FDA and global agencies for vaccines including Merck's first combination vaccine and worldwide launch of COMVAX®, a pediatric HIB and recombinant Hep B vaccine formulation. She also contributed to a white paper regarding assay specifications for a naked DNA vaccine for publication in the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Amany joined Merck in 1988 as part of the Molecular Biology Department in Merck's Research Laboratories and was responsible for cloning the Angiotensin II (AII) receptor in Xenopus laevis, supporting AII blocker compound research and subsequently supporting HIV vaccine R&D.

Amany's pharmaceutical career began in the Natural Products & Pharmacology department at SmithKline & French Laboratories, now Glaxo SmithKline, and subsequently worked in the Molecular Genetics Department.  Ms. Kandil is a graduate of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, holds a B.S. in BioScience & BioTechnology and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

Amany joined LES in 2003 and will join the LES Standards Committee in 2016.  Amany is also a member of AUTM (2004), DIA, and she obtained RAC (Regulatory Affairs Certification) in 1997.



Dr. Dipanjan Nag

Dr. Dipanjan "DJ" Nag led The Ohio State University's startup, entrepreneurial ecosystem and licensing initiatives as the Associate Vice President of Technology Transfer. As the head of Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) his team managed 78 active startups which attracted more than $300 M in capital, of which 84% was private capital. The Buckeye Executives Network (BEN) was launched and was able to attract more than 50 credible entrepreneurs. As an expert in transformation management, he attracted talent and created a nationally recognized team to Columbus, OH. The team was ultimately responsible for tripling revenues, taking the overall revenues from $2.6 million in FY' 2016 to $8M in FY' 2018.  The TCO successfully led the efforts for commercialization from nearly $1B in research expenditure, managing 4,000+ patents and 2,000+ technologies, gaining back faculty confidence, evidenced by a 60% growth in invention disclosures that was sustained. Establishing a monetization program and the creation of the largest transaction IP marketplace for a university (techlicenseexpress.com) were the signature disruptive innovations in technology transfer at OSU under his leadership.

Before moving to Columbus, OH, he was an entrepreneur in Princeton, NJ and led a number of startups in the intellectual property strategy, artificial intelligence and medical device space. There he worked as a consultant in patent monetization and intellectual property strategy for Fortune 500 companies, universities and national governments. From 2009-2012 he was the Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, at Rutgers University where he successfully led the overall commercialization efforts, placing Rutgers in top 10 rank for start-ups. DJ was a Vice President at ICAP Ocean Tomo, a subsidiary of ICAP Plc, a $2B+ publicly traded company. Prior to that as a Director at Ocean Tomo, he led patent auctions, IP markets, and was an inventor of the first IP exchange (IPXI). He led technology transfer as the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Operations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, initiating a trajectory of high growth and transformation for UNL, ultimately more than doubling the revenues in 3 years.

He served on the Board of Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) responsible for professional development globally (2012-2014). He is currently on the Licensing Executive Society's (LES) Board for Standards Development Organization. In 2005, he received the prestigious Howard Bremer Scholarship in technology transfer. He is currently a Professor of Practice at Rutgers University, Lecturer at The Ohio State University and Visiting Faculty at Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker and has delivered keynote addresses in USA, Japan, Poland, Brazil, Korea, Turkey and many other countries on topics of technology commercialization, intellectual property and innovation strategy. He holds a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry and instrumentation, a MS in chemistry and computer sciences, a MBA all from UNL, and a Bachelors in pharmaceutical engineering from India

Jim Sobieraj

Jim Sobieraj

Jim Sobieraj believes his success for clients derives from being able to capably manage two apparently contradictory traits. "A successful litigator needs to listen and to lead," he states.

Jim excels at both. To the benefit of his clients he relies on his tenacious competitiveness and his collegiality. "When I'm involved in a patent litigation," he notes, "I'm constantly thinking about how to win—evenings, weekends, while driving—any time. And I don't back down." At the same time, Sobieraj adds, "It's important to develop strong, collegial relationships with clients. In the best relationships, we're fighting hard for them—and winning—but our clients become friends and colleagues."

With more than 35 years of experience in more than 100 IP litigations, Jim has learned how to develop and apply strategies that never lose focus of achieving the client's business objectives.  That means holding himself to a higher standard for service. And his clients agree.

Says one IP counsel at a global product marketing company, "Jim Sobieraj is phenomenal; I feel lucky to work with him. He's highly sought-after and always busy, but he makes time for us no matter what. He's terrific." Notes the IP counsel at a Tier 1 automotive supplier that Sobieraj represented in a jury trial: "Jim and the Brinks' team kicked [opposing counsels'] tail…. The [opposition] was on its heels the entire time… . [I]t was an easy shot to knock them over [at settlement]."

Another client adds, "Jim is a great analyst and he's incredible in motion practice … . He projects so much intellectual integrity that after a while the judges all want to hear from him." Another adds, "Jim deserves particular recognition for his leadership, courtroom presence, and … organizational skills…." Still another applauds his "… extraordinary effort … commitment and passion."

"I wake up every day proud to be trusted by clients to handle some of their toughest legal challenges with respect to IP," says Jim. "As I consider how my work best exemplifies the spirit and work ethic of Brinks, an arbitration case comes to mind. There we not only won a $25 million judgment for our client, but also used the rubric of the case to develop a plan for minimizing future litigation over similar claims,which included changing contracts and procedures for protecting the client's most valuable trade secrets. That to me typifies how Brinks is always looking ahead for our clients."

Jim also served as president of Brinks Gilson & Lione from 2012 through 2017. During his tenure, the firm opened new offices in Florida and China.


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