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Jim Bratton
Director, International
Jim BrattonJim is the Assistant Vice President for Economic Development and the Executive Director of the Commercialization and Venture Center at The University of Oklahoma.  He teaches Entrepreneurship in the Price College of Business and manages two technology investment funds for OU.  Jim is also the Chairman of the Oklahoma Venture Forum. 
Prior to joining the University, Jim spent over 15 years as a Venture Capitalist investing in start-ups and university spin-outs.  He has led new company formations, follow-ons, strategic partnerships and exits as well as secondary investments in partnership funds.  Most recently, Jim led an Atlanta-based IP search firm, IP2Biz, to a successful turnaround by implementing a new business strategy, company reorganization and financial recapitalization.

Jim began his career with BFGoodrich Aerospace managing operational and customer support resources for commercial airlines in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  He is an Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster, recipient of the Charles L. Sommers Triple Crown Award and an avid fly fisherman.  He earned his MBA from Duke University and holds a BA in French and Economics from Sewanee: The University of the South.

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William Elkington
President and Chair
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.

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Gary Fedorochko
Senior Vice President Meetings, Education & Strategic Alliances
Gary FedorochkoGary has served on the LES Board of Directors as Senior Vice President Meetings, Education and Strategic Alliances since 2016. Previously, he was the Trustee for Education: Webinars and has served as the Trustee for Sponsorship. Gary also served as President of the LES Foundation from 2014-2016 and Secretary from 2013-2014. Additionally, he was the Co-Chair of the 2012 Annual Meeting and one of the leaders responsible for the strong programming planned for the 2012 Annual Meeting. An active member of the High Tech Sector (HTS) for over ten years, Gary has served as Chair of the HTS Standards Committee, a facilitator at roundtable sessions and a frequent member of Annual Meeting planning committees.

Gary 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 post-issuance proceedings including preparation of IPRs. Also, Gary advises clients on IP issues including portfolio management, due diligence, validity and right-to-use opinions and licensing matters. In recent years, Gary has spoken on topics related to the America Invents Act (AIA).

Gary earned a B.S. in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

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Gillian Fenton
Director Communications & Publications
Gillian FentonGillian M. Fenton is a seasoned senior executive with 30 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, including more than 23 years of experience as an IP strategist and biopharmaceuticals patent and transactions attorney.  Gillian joined GSK Vaccines in April 2016 and is presently Senior Counsel, Vaccines Legal Operations – Innovation, Business Development and Strategic Alliances.  Her responsibilities include managing GSK Vaccines' portfolio of R&D contracts with the U.S. Government, as well as leading in-bound and out-bound product and platform technology transactions for GSK's new U.S. Vaccines R&D Center in Rockville, MD.  Prior to joining GSK, in September 2015, Gillian launched Fenton IP Solutions LLC, a specialty legal consulting firm delivering sophisticated, business-centric strategies for intellectual property and licensing matters to life sciences clients.  In May 2015, Gillian was awarded a Corporate IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine. From 2006-2015, Gillian served as Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE: EBS), a global specialty biopharmaceutical firm. While at EBS, Gillian founded and built the IP department, a high functioning team of 8 patent professionals responsible for IP governance and compliance, as well as all aspects of IP strategy (asset management, freedom-to-operate risk mitigation, and value extraction).  Gillian also oversaw all IP due diligence and other IP activities in support of EBS's M&A, and she also negotiated significant partnering, collaborative development, and asset disposition deals.  In 2006, Gillian led all IP activities in support of EBS's initial public offering .  From 1998-2003, Gillian was an Associate General Counsel for IP at Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB), where she led all IP activities in support of BIIB's launch of its second biologic product, AMEVIVE® (alefacept).  While at BIIB, Gillian also was the in-house team leader of a successful U.S. patent interference proceeding, which established BIIB's freedom to commercialize a humanized monoclonal antibody therapeutic agent for autoimmune disease and transplant indications.  Gillian also has more than 11 years of experience in private practice at multiple leading Boston-based law firms.  In her pre-law career, from 1985-1990, Gillian conducted research and immunoassay development at The Genetics Institute Inc., one of the founding companies of the U.S. biotechnology industry.  Gillian has been a member of the Licensing Executives Society for more than 20 years and currently serves as Chair of the Editorial Board of LES Insights, the society's weekly newsletter.  She earned a B.Sc. in Biochemistry at Trinity College, Hartford CT (1984) and a J.D. cum laude from the Suffolk University Law School, Boston MA (1992).

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Annie Gauthier 
Director Local Chapters East
Annie GauthierAnnie Gauthier serves as the Director, Transactions at Pharmascience Inc., the 10th largest pharmaceutical company in Canada. Annie was called to the Québec Bar in 2002 and began her career at Ogilvy Renault LLP, now Norton Rose LLP, as an Intellectual Property attorney. In this capacity, Annie was frequently involved in the drafting and negotiation of complex transactions in the field of Life Sciences. In 2007, Annie joined Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, her practice focusing on private mergers and acquisitions, both domestically and internationally.

Since 2011, Annie has served as the chair of the Montréal chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada). Under her leadership, the Chapter has been awarded various recognitions, including  the Membership – Small Chapter Award and the Excellence in Leadership Award.  She also served as Trustee on the Board of the LES Foundation in 2015.

Academically, she has been involved for several years as part of a licensing course on Trademark and Patent, jointly organized by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and McGill University.

Her desire to help her peers thrive, coupled with a strong desire to contribute to her community as an independent professional woman led Annie to found Dress for Success Montréal, whose mission is to provide women from all walks of life with the tools they need to succeed. 

In her spare time, Annie is an avid runner and has a particular affinity for the Granby half marathon held each year in September. She hopes one day to complete the race in under 1 hr, 50 minutes, but until then, she trains by running after her two small children, who are her first priority.

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Robert Held
President-Elect and Chair-Elect
Robert HeldBob 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.

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Rachel Kreppel
Vice President Public Policy and Standards

Rachel KreppelRachel has been a member of LES since 2002. She has been an active member of LES participating on the Public Policy Committee for the last several years.  She currently serves as a Trustee at Large.

Rachel is Senior Assistant General Counsel for Purdue Pharma L.P. in Stamford, Connecticut. She manages patent litigation, primarily Hatch-Waxman cases, and settlements of patent litigation. She also is involved with IP licensing. After law school, Rachel went directly in house to Purdue. At the beginning of her career, her work was focused on licensing agreements to support Purdue's discovery research and other research groups, including licensing agreements with universities.

In 1999, Rachel received her B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Management (concentrating on Entrepreneurship) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She attended Chicago-Kent College of Law in its Honors Scholars program and received a J.D. with a certificate in Intellectual Property in 2002. She is admitted to practice in the states of Connecticut and New York and the USPTO.

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Louise Levien
Director Local Chapters West
Louise LevienLouise Levien, Ph.D., CLP Louise has recently retired from a career that included a diverse series of assignments at Exxon and ExxonMobil in Upstream Research. During her career she has performed research in Petrophysics, Geologic Modeling, and Visualization, supervised diverse research programs and held several assignments in Planning and Analysis. After working with IP from the scientific side of ExxonMobil for many years, Louise joined the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company's Commercial, Intellectual Property and Licensing group in 2007. She was responsible for IP processes, the intellectual property aspects of agreements, and licensing transactions impacting ExxonMobil's upstream business. She holds a ScB degree in Geological Sciences from Brown University and MS and PhD degrees in Geochemistry from Stony Brook University. She is a Certified Licensing Professional and co-inventor on two patents.

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Matthew McNeill
Director Education
Matthew McNeill Matthew McNeill is Chief Innovation Officer, VP of IP, Technology & Strategic Alliances at RiteHite.  Matthew has overall responsibility for Innovation and Intellectual Property, including the licensing function, which has historically concentrated on in-licensing. He is also concentrated on business development through seeking and acquiring technology for the company. This can range from strategic supply agreements, to joint development, to IP licensing, to joint ventures to IP or corporate acquisition. He has also led business development efforts in emerging technology space in which "ultra-patentes" (beyond patent) strategies had to be employed to secure sustainable competitive advantage.

Matthew has an undergraduate degree in Physics (Texas A&M) and a law degree (Boston College).

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Annemarie Meike
Director Membership & Member Engagement
Annemarie MeikeAnnemarie Meike is a Business Development Executive having responsibility for commercialization of technologies and management of intellectual property portfolios for energy, environment, sensors, wireless technologies and nanomaterials at LLNL since 2000. Named by Intellectual Assets Magazine as one of the World's Leading IP Strategists, she negotiates business partnerships, and coaches and facilitates successful start-up companies, several of which have received prestigious R&D 100 awards. She also has engaged in business development and technical audits in the former Soviet Union, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. State Department. Annemarie has been recognized for excellence in technology licensing and the development of working partnerships by Santa Clara University, LLNL and the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC). Annemarie joined LLNL in 1989 to design, build and manage a multi-disciplinary scientific program predicting the ultra-long term degradation of materials, which she directed for 10 years. She was co-founder and organizing chair of the International Alloy Conferences, and sits on an Advisory Board of a National Science Foundation International Materials Institute. Annemarie holds a Ph.D. in Geology with an emphasis in Materials from University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Santa Clara University. Annemarie has traveled widely, including research as a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Australian National University and teaching secondary school in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She has owned and directed two start-up companies, one in the U.S. and one in Australia. She is a member of several technical professional societies, and has held key leadership and founding roles in the Licensing Executives Society (LES) USA & Canada and the LES Foundation. She currently is Director of its International Graduate Student Business Plan Competition.

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Brian O'Shaughnessy
Immediate Past-President and Past-Chair
Brian O'ShaughnessyBrian P. O'Shaughnessy is the elected President and Chair of the Board of LES. He has served on the LES Board of Directors since 2007; and on the Board's Executive Committee since 2011. Previously, Brian has served as LES Regional Vice President, USA, responsible for the Society's public policy positions; and as Trustee for Education. Brian Chaired the LES 2013 Annual Meeting Committee; and has served on the LES IP100 Executive Forum Planning Committee since 2012. He has been an author and instructor for LES Education since 2002; and a co-creator of the LES CLP Exam Review Course. He has represented LES as a lecturer at the Global Intellectual Property Academy of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); and at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT), addressing the commercialization of intellectual property. Brian has served LES as an International Delegate to LES International (LESI) since 2005; and as Co-chair of the LESI Education Committee (2014-2015) and as Vice-chair of the LESI Life Sciences Committee (2015-2016).

Brian is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP. He is a registered patent attorney with 30 years' experience in all aspects of intellectual property law. He works with innovation-oriented enterprises in building global IP portfolios, using IP to competitive advantage, and structuring IP-related transactions. He represents clients in contested matters in federal court, the International Trade Commission, and in post-allowance proceedings before the USPTO.

Brian has been among the "IAM Strategy 300 – The World's Leading IP Strategists;" and IAM's "World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers." He has served on the Steering Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar (2013-2016). He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law; and Rochester Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry (B.S., M.S.). He has served on RIT's Board of Trustees since 2005; and on the Board's Executive Committee since 2011. Brian has also served as President and Chair of the Board of RIT's Alumni Association (2005-2009). In 2013, Brian was the recipient of RIT's Outstanding Alumnus Award in recognition of professional accomplishments as well as service and generosity to the university.

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Mike PellegrinoMike Pellegrino
Mike Pellegrino is the Founder and President of Pellegrino & Associates, LLC (P&A), a boutique intellectual property (IP) valuation firm. He has significant experience valuing patents and other forms of intellectual property, establishing royalty rates, and evaluating businesses. His company engagements number more than 400 for more than 200 clients, ranging from Fortune 100 companies like IBM, GE, State Farm, Liberty Mutual, American Express, and Lockheed Martin to startups. Judges, attorneys, and government entities such as the IRS and the SEC have widely accepted his work product. Courts at the state and federal level, tax jurisdictions, and arbitration panels have accepted Mike's work for issues including bankruptcy valuations, estate tax valuations, copyright infringement claims, trade secret misappropriation claims, patent infringement claims, breach of contract claims and others. One North Carolina court stated that Mike's work is "clearly in the mainstream of IP valuation methodologies" and that his qualifications were "outstanding."

Mike's experience positions him as a market leader in intangible asset valuation. He is the author of first and second editions of BVR's Guide to Intellectual Property Valuation, selling more than 700 books to a variety of customers including attorneys, tech transfer officers, business valuation firms, competing IP valuation firms, and more. In addition, his finance- and software-related articles appear in internationally and nationally recognized outlets, such as IAM Magazine, CFO Magazine, MSNBC.com, FoxNews.com, and others. Mike has had the pleasure of teaching thousands of people about valuations. Various venues around the globe, including law firms, universities, accounting firms, appraisal firms, valuation firms, state bar associations, and other organizations, frequently request his expertise at speaking engagements regarding intangible asset valuations and the tax effects of embedded application software and intellectual property.

His educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in computer science from Indiana Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in business administration from Ball State University. He also completed additional accounting coursework sufficient to fulfill the academic requirements for an undergraduate accounting degree. In addition, he completed both the 15-hour and 7-hour update USPAP training programs. He remains current with all USPAP training. Further training involves numerous ICLEF and NBI seminars on a variety of issues.

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Paul A. Roberts
Paul Roberts is presently Vice President of Commercialization at GE Ventures in their Licensing & Technology group.  Paul has been on the board of trustees of the Licensing Executives Society (USA-Canada) for over 12 years and is currently their board (general) counsel.  He has also been co-founder in  two start-ups: (1) as chief patent counsel in a patent licensing company which was taken public on the NASDAQ; and (2) as chief IP officer in a privately funded Canadian company which took "green/sustainable" lab-based technology and proved manufacturing in their facility in the Netherlands.  Prior to that, Paul was a VP of Licensing at Rovi (now TiVo), and he's also run "patent operations" at two Fortune 500 companies (Accenture and MCI/WorldCom).  Paul has worked as: (i) outside patent counsel at the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery; (ii) as a USPTO patent examiner in the computer graphics area; and (iii) he is a patented inventor.  More recently, Paul has completed both the Stanford Law Director's college and the National Association of Corporate Directors' fellowship, and he is currently LES' founding-chair for the committee developing standards for board of directors' oversight of intangible asset value creation and risk mitigation. 

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Ida Shum
Senior Vice President, Membership, Communications & Technology
Ida ShumIda has been an active member of LES serving as VP of Communication and Member Engagement.  Previously, she served as a Trustee at Large. She was also the Chair of the Industry- University-Government Interface (IUGI) Sector. In that capacity, Ida planned meeting content for the IUGI Sector at LES (USA & Canada) Meetings. Prior to joining IUGI, she was a contributing member to the Chemistry, Energy, Environment and Materials (CEEM) Sector in planning the Annual Meeting workshops, mini-plenary sessions and networking events.

Ida is the Senior Manager of Business Development for Samsung in San Jose, California, where her primary role is to identify intellectual property assets for the company. Ida's career began as a patent attorney before moving onto licensing and commercialization. For the last ten years, she's worked at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) creating technology partnerships with industry, private entities, nonprofits, and academia.

Ida earned her B.S. in biochemistry from UCLA (1999) and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame (2003). While at Notre Dame Law School, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Legislation. She is admitted to practice before the California State Bar and the USPTO.

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Kevin Spivak

Kevin SpivakKevin R. Spivak currently serves as Director Membership & Member Engagement on the LES Board of Directors and is a member of the intellectual property law firm of Vierra Magen Marcus LLP. Mr. Spivak's experience includes managing and securing intellectual property rights in a wide variety of technologies for domestic and global corporations.

Mr. Spivak represents major corporate clients in counseling, prosecuting and preparing both foreign and domestic patent applications, including filings via the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Mr. Spivak also advises in support of patent litigation and licensing negotiations, including cases before district and federal courts and the International Trade Commission (ITC), and prepares infringement, validity, freedom-to-operate and patentability opinions. He also conducts due diligence studies in all aspects of intellectual property.

The technologies involved in Mr. Spivak's daily practice include networks, telecommunications, mobile devices, VoIP, Internet telephony, power generation, semiconductors, optics, display technology, DVD technology and standards, gaming, automotive, computer hardware and software, and business methods.

Before completing law school, Mr. Spivak was a Patent Examiner in the USPTO, where he examined patent applications in computer-related technologies. Mr. Spivak received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from The George Washington University and a J.D. from The American University, Washington College of Law.

Specialties: Patent prosecution, including drafting and prosecuting applications before the USPTO; Due diligence; Data Mining and Landscaping; Opinions; Portfolio Management, Computer, Internet, Telecommunications and Business Method patents.

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Scott Williams
Director Meetings
Scott WilliamsScott currently serves as Director Meetings on the LES Board of Directors. He has been an LES member since 2001. His volunteer roles with LES include 2015 Annual Meeting Co-Chair, Philadelphia Chapter Chair from 2007-2012, 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committee, 2012 Winter Meeting Program Committee, High Tech Sector Membership Chair, and an Educational Course Instructor.

Scott is an accomplished executive in technology-based businesses with more than 20 years' experience in commercial strategy, business development and licensing. Scott is currently Vice President, Licensing at GE Ventures. He previously served as Director, Licensing at InterDigital, a leading mobile technology R&D company. Prior to joining InterDigital, Scott served as Director with Stout Risius Ross, Inc. where he led the IP and technology transaction services practice area. He also served as Vice President in the Strategic Business Development and Technology Commercialization business units of BTG plc, a British technology development and licensing company. Earlier in his career, Scott served as Director of Sales and Marketing for a start-up manufacturer of industrial computers and plant floor workstations.

Scott has also been recognized as one of the world's preeminent IP strategists in the IAM Strategy 300 published by IAM Media. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and his MBA from Temple University. Scott is also a Certified Licensing Professional and a Certified Valuation Analyst and he is an author and frequent speaker on licensing and IP valuation topics.

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