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


Phil Hartstein, President and CEO, Finjan Holdings, Inc.
David Jarczyk
Amani Kandil
DJ Nag, Associate Vice President of Technology Transfer, The Ohio State University
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).

Dr. Dipanjan Nag

Dr. Dipanjan "DJ" Nag recently joined The Ohio State University as the Associate Vice President of Technology Transfer spearheading the technology commercialization initiative for the university. DJ is part of the Corporate Engagement Office, the university arm that facilitates technology commercialization, corporate engagement, and economic development. Previously he was an entrepreneur and successfully launched a number of companies in the intellectual property strategy and medical devices space. From 2009-2012 he was the Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, at Rutgers University where he successfully led the overall commercialization efforts from a $430M research budget, 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+ company. Prior to that as a Director at Ocean Tomo he led private sales and auctions of patents. He led technology transfer as Director of Operations and Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor forTechnology Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He served on the Board of AUTM as the Vice President for Professional Development (2012-2014). In 2005 he received the prestigious Howard Bremer Scholarship in technology transfer. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University and visiting Professor at Shizuoka University. He is a well renowned speaker and has delivered keynote addresses in Japan, Poland, Brazil and many other countries. 

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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