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Chair

Mr. Bill Elkington Senior Director, Intellectual Property Management Rockwell Collins, Inc.

Members

Evelyn Chen, Senior Counsel, Ericsson
Phil Hartstein, President and CEO, Finjan Holdings, Inc.
James Malackowski, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Tomo, LLC
Amy Marasco, General Manager, Standards Strategy, Microsoft
Heather Mewes, Principal Counsel, Apple
Judge Paul Michel 
Morgan Reed, President, ACT I The App Association
David Rikkers, Senior IP Counsel, Raytheon Company
Jim Sobieraj, Shareholder, Brinks Gilson Lione


Bill Elkington

Bill Elkington

At Rockwell Collins, Bill Elkington has provided leadership in multiple dimensions of IP management for the past 12 years including:

  • The application of IP protection, valuation, business relationship, and transaction strategy to business strategy;
  • Enterprise policy, procedure, training, tools, and change management strategies to protect IP and to enhance value extraction in business relationships; and
  • The development and application of metrics and standards to the areas of IP protection and IP transactions.

Rockwell Collins is an aviation and high-integrity solutions company that supplies its commercial products and services to military customers world-wide.

Mr. Elkington has served on the LES (USA & Canada) Board of Trustees as the Public Policy/Regional VP, USA and is Co-chair of the LES Standards initiative, whose purpose is to develop standards for the field of IP management.

He also is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association, Intellectual Property Committee, where he works on education and policy issues with colleagues from other aerospace companies, specifically regarding software and data rights in Department of Defense contracting.

Mr. Elkington is regarded as a thought leader in the field of IP management, having written many articles for IAM Magazine and having been the subject of several round-table interview articles written by others for IAM.   He is also a member of the IAM Strategy 300, an elite global group of IP strategists.

Prior to joining Rockwell Collins, Mr. Elkington was co-founder and VP of Program Management at MeshNetworks, a wireless startup company established to commercialize ITT's novel communications technology.  MeshNetworks was sold to Motorola in 2004.  Prior to joining MeshNetworks, he held positions in IP management, technology marketing, strategic and operations planning, and program management in ITT's Aerospace/Communications Division (A/CD) and General Electric R&D organizations.

 


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).


James E. Malackowski

James E. Malackowski

James E. Malackowski is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Tomo, LLC, the Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm providing industry leading financial products and services related to intellectual property including financial expert testimony, valuation, strategy consulting, patent analytics, investment management and transaction brokerage. Ocean Tomo assists clients – corporations, law firms, governments and institutional investors
– in realizing Intellectual Capital Equity® value broadly defined.  Subsidiaries of Ocean Tomo include Ocean Tomo Investments Group, LLC, a registered broker dealer, and Ocean Tomo International (HK), Ltd. a joint venture of Sinofaith IP Group and Ocean Tomo. 

Mr. Malackowski is a founding and continuous member of the IP Hall of Fame Academy.  He has been recognized annually since 2007 by leading industry publications as one of the 'World's Leading IP Strategists'.  Significantly, Mr. Malackowski is listed among "50 Under 45" by IP Law & Business™; included in the National Law Journal's inaugural list of 50 Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers; and, named as one of "The Most Influential People in IP" by Managing Intellectual Property™.  Mr. Malackowski was named as1 of 50 individuals, companies and institutions that framed the first 50 issues of IAM Magazine as well as 1 of 60 leading global Economics Expert Witnesses by the same publication in 2014. In 2011 Mr. Malackowski was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of less than twenty members of the Network of Global Agenda Councils to focus on questions of IP policy.

In 2013 he was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame by the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Business Administration.

On more than fifty occasions, Mr. Malackowski has served as an expert in U.S. Federal Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, State Court, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on questions relating to intellectual property economics including the subject of valuation, reasonable royalty, lost profits, price erosion, commercial success, corrective advertising, creditor allocations, Hatch Waxman Act market exclusivity, business significance of licensing terms including RAND obligations, and equities of a potential injunction.  Mr. Malackowski's experience extends to matters of general business valuation and commercial disputes, both domestic and foreign.  Mr. Malackowski has publicly addressed policy issues affecting international trade and has provided expert opinions concerning antidumping and countervailing duties imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce as well as testimony before the International Trade Commission.

Mr. Malackowski has substantial experience as a Board Director for leading technology corporations and research organizations as well as companies with critical brand management issues.  He is Past President of The Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. as well as its largest chapter, LES USA & Canada, Inc.  Today, Mr. Malackowski focuses his non-for-profit efforts with organizations leveraging science and innovation for the benefit of children, including those located in lesser developed countries. He is a Director of the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute and has served since 2002 as a Trustee or Director of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc., an organization providing summer enrichment programs for more than 200,000 students annually.

Mr. Malackowski is a frequent speaker on emerging technology markets and related financial measures. He has addressed mass media audiences including Bloomberg Morning Call, Bloomberg Evening Market Pulse, Bloomberg Final Word, CNBC Closing Bell, CNBC On the Money, CNBC Street Signs, CNBC World Wide Exchange, CBS News Radio and Fox Business National Television as well as other recognized news-based internet video channels. Mr. Malackowski is a judge on behalf of the Illinois Technology Association's CityLIGHTS™ Innovation Awards program, 1st Source Faculty Commercialization Awards and has also appeared as a judge on PBS's Everyday Edisons.

As an inventor, Mr. Malackowski has more than twenty issued U.S. patents.  He is a frequent instructor for graduate studies on IP management and markets and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame majoring in accountancy and philosophy.  Mr. Malackowski is Certified in Financial Forensics, a Certified Licensing Professional and a Registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

 


Paul Michele

Paul Michel

Judge Paul R. Michel served on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for more than 22 years, the last 5 as Chief Judge, before retiring in May, 2010. He has presented to virtually very IP organization in the US. Since retiring from the court, he has provided consulting services to lawyers, including mediation, arbitration, case evaluation, mock trial, moot court, editing briefs and advising on strategy. He can be reached at prmichel@mindspring.com.


David Rikkers

David Rikkers

David J. Rikkers is senior intellectual property counsel of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Headquartered in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, IDS has 31 locations around the world. Its broad portfolio of weapons, sensors and integration systems supports its customer base across multiple mission areas, including air and missile defense systems; missile defense radars; early warning radars; naval ship operating systems; C5I™ products and services; and other advanced technologies. IDS provides affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.

Rikkers has served in a variety of roles involving technology and the law in both government and in the private sector. Before joining Raytheon in 2008, Rikkers was in private practice at Foley & Lardner LLP. As a registered patent attorney, he advised clients on all aspects of intellectual property, including patent portfolio creation and management, litigation, trademarks and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to private practice and while attending law school, he served at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1998 and the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of the General Counsel for Acquisition in 1997.

Rikkers began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. He was the Chief Engineer on Foreign Military Sales programs at the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB from 1992 to 1996. His responsibilities included the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Radar System Improvement Program for the United Kingdom and electronics programs for Colombia and Israel.

Rikkers serves as a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section Intellectual Property Committee and previously served as the Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association. He authored the chapter entitled Working with Government in the book Intellectual Property Operations and Implementation in the 21st Century Corporation and has served as the Executive Notes Editor of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal.

Rikkers received his Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School and his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Massachusetts and United States Patent and Trademark Office bars and is admitted to practice before various federal courts.

 


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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