Speakers

The Premier Intellectual Property and Licensing Event

Keynote Speakers

Vinton G. Cerf

Vinton G. Cerf Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University. Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, Officer of the Legion d’Honneur and 29 honorary degrees. In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year’s “25 Most Intriguing People.”

Makan Delrahim

Makan DelrahimMakan Delrahim was confirmed on September 27, 2017, as Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division. Mr. Delrahim previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Counsel. Mr. Delrahim’s rich antitrust background covers the full range of industries, issues, and institutions touched upon by the work of the Antitrust Division. He is a former partner in the Los Angeles office of a national law firm. He served in the Antitrust Division from 2003 to 2005 as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, overseeing the Appellate, Foreign Commerce, and Legal Policy sections. During that time, he played an integral role in building the Antitrust Division’s engagement with its international counterparts and was involved in civil and criminal matters. He has served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and as Chairman of the Merger Working Group of the International Competition Network. Mr. Delrahim was also a Commissioner on the Antitrust Modernization Commission from 2004 to 2007. Earlier in his career, Mr. Delrahim served as antitrust counsel, and later as the Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. See Agenda

Shaloo Garg

Shaloo GargShaloo previously worked at Oracle where she led the Global Customer Connect practice of commercializing revenue opportunities for startups into the enterprise client base and partner ecosystem. As a "Champion of Innovation" at UN Women, she is spinning up virtual technology innovation labs with universities to encourage digital literacy in developing countries for young girls who do not have access to education.


Fireside Chat Speakers

Scott R. Boalick

Scott R. BoalickScott leads the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in conducting post-grant trials, including inter partes reviews, and post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, and hearing appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings. Before joining the USPTO, Scott served as a patent attorney with the Department of the Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Laboratory.

Judge Paul Michel

Judge Paul MichelJudge Michel served for more than 22 years on the Federal Circuit, retiring in 2010. He judged several thousand appeals and authored more than 800 opinions, one third concerning intellectual property law. Intellectual Asset Management magazine inducted him into its Hall of Fame, and he was designated one of the 50 most influential leaders in intellectual property law in the world. A frequent speaker at conferences and law schools during his judicial tenure and since his retirement, he has advocated for better patent policy and protection of intellectual property and the vital, unmet resource needs of the courts, the PTO, the International Trade Commission, and other IP-related agencies.

Speakers

Gwilym Attwell

Gwilym AttwellGwilym is a Principal in Fish & Richardson's Delaware office. His practice is focused on patent prosecution, opinion work, due diligence, strategy, post-grant proceedings (IPRs and PGRs), and client counseling in the fields of biotechnology, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.

Jeff Bartholomew

Jeff Bartholomew is a shareholder with the Denver-based law firm of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. 

His areas of practice include advising startup, emerging, and seasoned business clients on matters of IP protection, licensing transactions, formation and structuring, capital raising, and exits (mergers and acquisitions). 

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Bartholomew was a research engineer for a major manufacturing corporation. 

Mr. Bartholomew earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona and J.D. and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Denver. He is the chair of the LES IP Management Standards for Startups Committee.

Seema Basu

Seema BasuAs Market Sector Leader, Seema Basu, PhD, directs the strategy for open innovation and strategic research collaborations. She leads a team responsible for enabling strategic corporate alliances and new initiatives, such as the Innovation Fellows Program for career development and collaboration with industry. The team also manages licensing and partnering of IP portfolios from Regenerative Medicine, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, and MGH Center for Global Health. She represents Partners at numerous national and regional organizations. She has more than a decade of deep experience in industry-academic collaborations and IP & licensing at Partners and Harvard and a successful laboratory career at Parke-Davis and Albany Medical Center. She earned her PhD from the University of Notre Dame.

Oren Ben Dor

Oren Ben DorOren is a Director of Global Tax Planning and M&A at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to joining Microsoft, Oren was a Senior Manager in the EY Silicon Valley office focusing on M&A, and a tax attorney with two large New York City law firms. Oren has earned an L.L.M degree (with Distinction, Dean's List) from the Georgetown University Law Center, and an L.L.B degree from the Tel Aviv University Law School. Mr. Ben Dor has been a member of the NY Bar since 2010 and of the Israel Bar since 2007.

Mihaela Bojin, PhD, CLP

Mihaela BojinMihaela is a Senior Licensing Associate at the University of Iowa Research Foundation. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from Cornell University. She is a Certified Licensing Professional and a registered patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mihaela has extensive experience in Intellectual capital management in a variety of technical areas (such as therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics).

Paul Burns, Esq.

Paul BurnsPaul is a nationally-recognized licensing, patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark mediator and arbitrator in U.S. and international disputes who serves on the panels of the American Arbitration Association, CPR and the International Trademark Association based in Los Angeles with offices in Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego and Phoenix.  Paul is listed in Best Lawyers® for Patent Law, Copyright Law, Patent Litigation and IP Litigation, and teaches Mediation of Intellectual Property Disputes at Pepperdine Law's top-rated Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.  Paul serves as Co-Chair of the Licensing Executives Society of the USA and Canada's ADR Committee, Chair of the AIPLA's ADR Committee and as a LES local chapter chair.  Paul has also designed and taught Biotechnology Licensing & Litigation for over ten years at a top-30 ranked law school.  Paul has been a lawyer for over 25 years and is a partner with the AMLAW 200 law firm Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, where he concentrates his law practice in intellectual property, licensing and litigation.   He is admitted to  practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, as well as before the bars of California, Arizona, Texas, DC, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, the Second Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Court of the United States and numerous U.S. District Courts.

Katherine Carleton

As a corporate counsel, Katherine Carleton collaborates with clients to develop comprehensive intellectual property strategies, including strategies for protecting trade secrets to maximize their value over the lifetime of a technology. Katherine has provided proactive trade secret identification, protection and licensing counseling in a number of technology areas including implantable medical devices.

Melanie Carmosino

Melanie CarmosinoMelanie Carmosino is the Director of Legal Operations in the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. In that position, she is responsible for technology, process and project management support of Intellectual Property Group. She oversees the operations and PMO support teams, as well as coordination of the CPA offshore patent services team. Melanie manages domestic and outside counsel procedures, compliance and metrics, forecasting/budget.

John Carney, MBA, CLP

John CarneyJohn is Managing Director of China IP Exchange, which he founded to continue a successful career providing advanced automotive components and systems to the China market. John works with clients in China to identify and conclude deals for western technology required for Chinese automotive market.

Eric Castlen

Eric CastlenAs Associate Director for Commercialization and Licensing at the University of Kentucky's Office of Technology Commercialization, Eric oversees the licensing process including management and marketing of technology assets, negotiating license terms, drafting related agreements, and monitoring existing agreements. Eric is a registered patent attorney and has been recognized as a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

Evelyn Chen

Evelyn ChenEvelyn Chen is Senior Counsel in Ericsson's IP Rights & Licensing group. In her role, Ms. Chen supports Ericsson's patent licensing policies and practices for its industry-leading portfolio of over 49,000 patents. Before joining Ericsson, Ms. Chen was a patent litigator at Sidley Austin LLP. She also clerked for the Honorable David Folsom in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Ms. Chen earned her B.S.E.E. and J.D. from The Univ. of Texas at Austin.

Mike Cohen, MBA

Mike CohenMike has worked with hundreds of startups and licensed over 100 innovations in areas including biofuels, med devices, nanotech, photovoltaics, robotics, semiconductors, software, smart grid and wireless sensors. Mike cofounded SkyDeck, Berkeley Startup Cluster and QB3 East Bay Innovation Center.

Paul Cole

Paul ColePaul Cole has over forty years of practice as a patent attorney, is registered to practice before the UK and European patent offices, and to conduct proceedings for infringement of IP rights before the UK courts. MA in chemistry, Oxford University, LLM from Nottingham Trent University. Author, Fundamentals of Patent Drafting, CIPA, 2006; Editor, The CIPA Guide to the Patents Acts. Visiting Professor, Bournemouth University; CIPA Council Member; AIPLA foreign member.

Jennifer Dyer

Jennifer DyerExecutive Director, USC Stevens Center for Innovation, University of Southern California

Aaric Eisenstein

Aaric Eisenstein is Vice President of Licensing Strategy. He is responsible for analyzing markets, identifying opportunities, and negotiating transactions. He has published on PTAB fairness and other subjects and has served as a speaker at industry conferences and chairs the Licensing Executives Society Patent Licensing Standards Committee.  He has twice been named to IAM Magazine's World's Leading IP Strategists.

At PMC Aaric works in the following four areas:

  • He leads the company's economic analyses.  These include models for licensing rates and pricing structures as well as evaluating new business opportunities.
  • He works with other members of PMC's Licensing Team and has negotiated several licenses in the US and Asia.
  • Aaric gives voice to PMC's thought leadership positions, including on 101, PTAB fairness, and patent quality. 
  • He has educated Congressional offices on IP issues and participates in conference panels and industry working groups like the LES Licensing Standards initiative.

Mr. Eisenstein received his BA in Political Economy from Williams College and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Bill Elkington

Bill ElkingtonAt Collins Aerospace, Bill Elkington provides leadership in all the dimensions of intellectual Capital (IC) management described below, and he has done so for the past 16 years.

Zhen (Katie) Feng

Zhen (Katie) FengZhen Feng (also known as Katie Feng) is a partner in Hogan Lovells Intellectual Property, Media and Technology (IPMT) Practice Group. She was ranked as the Top 15 IP Lawyer in China IP Lawyers by Asian Legal Business. Her previous awards include IP Star (2018-2019) & Top 250 Women in IP (2018).

Richard Friedman

Richard FriedmanRichard Friedman, a transactional lawyer with DLA Piper, helps emerging technology and life sciences companies navigate their corporate and transactional needs, including venture financings, licenses, commercial agreements, and general corporate matters. Friedman also represents venture investors. He previously led the technology licensing teams at the UT Austin and USC, and has worked extensively with university spinouts. Friedman teaches Technology Transactions at the USC Gould School of Law.

Carolyn Fries

Carolyn FriesCarolyn has over 28 years' experience in product development, manufacturing and commercialization. An engineer and entrepreneur, Mrs. Fries was recognized as a Florida High Tech Face of Technology (2008) and Purdue University Outstanding Mechanical Engineer (2011). Today, she and her team at the Doolittle Institute support the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate in the areas of Technology Transfer, Technology Transition, Innovation & Collaboration and Workforce Development.

Ami D. Gadhia, J.D., LL.M., CLP

Ami D. GadhiaAmi Gadhia is a senior technology transfer and patenting specialist in the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (known as NCATS), which is the newest Center of the NIH.  Ami works in NCATS' Office of Strategic Alliances (OSA).  Ami drafts, negotiates and executes various agreements.  She also manages a patent portfolio, which includes repurposed drugs invented by NCATS Scientists (oftentimes in collaboration with scientists at other organizations).  Ami has published and spoken widely on IP, licensing, and technology transfer.  Perhaps of interest to this audience is that, Ami co-authored a book chapter entitled "New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Drugs" in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology.  She also provides support to NCATS' New Therapeutic Uses (NTU) program, by updating their template agreements, and providing IP advice.

Ami has been elected as one of the Federal Lab Consortium Board Members at Large for a two-year term, which began October 1st.  She served as the NIH Technology Development and Transfer Committee vice chair, and then chair from 2017-2018, respectively.  Prior to NCATS/NIH, Ami worked at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, in private law practice, and at a D.C. think tank focused on IP rights in developing countries.

Ami earned her bachelor of science in chemical engineering and her juris doctorate, both with honors, from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. During her time at Wayne State, she held intern positions in the environmental engineering and IP departments of the Ford Motor Company. After that, she completed a master's in IP law at the George Washington University Law School. Ami is a certified licensing professional, is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Michael Gershberg

Michael GershbergMichael Gershberg leads Fried Frank's International Trade and Investment Practice. He represents clients before CFIUS and advises clients regarding economic sanctions and export control laws and regulations, including the EAR, ITAR, and OFAC sanctions programs.

Amir Ghavi

Amir GhaviAmir R. Ghavi is a corporate partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office and leads the Firm's Technology Transactions Practice. Mr. Ghavi concentrates his practice on intellectual property transactions on behalf of multinational corporations, private equity sponsors, and venture capital firms in a variety of industry sectors, including software, financial technology, high-technology, aerospace, banking and insurance, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and energy and industrial sectors.

Rahki Gibbons

Rahki GibbonsRahki Gibbons, Director, Licensing Tech Launch, University of Arizona<

Eric Gottschling

Eric GottschlingEric has served in various positions within Delphi Technologies in the past 28 years, with the past 8 years being in the Licensing department. He holds a bachelors degree in materials engineering from the University of Michigan and a masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He is a US patent agent and is currently working to complete the certified licensing professional exam.

James Goulka

James GoulkaJames Goulka, formerly a serial entrepreneur, now heads Arizona Tech Investors (ATI), a 100-member group of angel investors that invests in disruptive startups, mostly Arizona-based. Previously, James led a team marketing IP from NASA labs, and he financed private equity transactions.

Lawrence Hadley

Lawrence HadleyGlaser Weil Partner and Intellectual Property Department Chair Lawrence Hadley represents a wide range of technology-industry clients in patent, copyright, and trade secret matters. Mr. Hadley's extensive experience includes intellectual property cases involving computer hardware and software, integrated circuit and processor design, wireless communications, and medical devices. Mr. Hadley is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy a George Washington Law School.

Elizabeth Halpern, JD, MS

Elizabeth HalpernBeth Halpern helps healthcare clients achieve coverage and reimbursement for innovative technologies. She advises pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, health care providers, and trade associations about Medicare and other payers' policies and develops strategies to improve access to care. Beth helps clients advocate before administrative agencies and Congress, and she advises about Medicare law for clients involved in litigation.

Efrat Kasznik

Efrat KasznikEfrat Kasznik is President of Foresight Valuation Group, a Silicon-Valley based IP valuation and litigation consulting firm. Efrat is a Lecturer at the Stanford Grad. School of Business. She is Chair of the LES USA-Canada High Tech Sector, and has been listed on the IAM 300 every year since 2013.

Nicki Kennedy

Nicki KennedyNicki is a partner in the Denver office of Kilpatrick Townsend. She focuses her practice on post-grant work before the PTAB and manages patent prosecution portfolios in the US and abroad. Ms. Kennedy also has experience developing patent portfolios for clients of various sizes and budgets.

Julia Klaren

Julia Klaren is an Intellectual Property Manager at Collins Aerospace. Julia has spent the last fifteen years at Collins Aerospace in IP focused business areas. The last nine years have been in the IP Management department at Collins Aerospace providing support to the Business Units on IP valuation, IP protection, JV creation and IP Protection and business process for IP focused transactions.

Prior to her experience at Collins Aerospace Julia has worked in Banking, Finance and Publishing in the roles of Corporate Accounting at the Bank of Boston, Business Analysis at Dun and Bradstreet and Portfolio Management at CCH respectively. Julia also worked in Telecommunications in various roles including time working in some startup companies.

Julia holds a B.A. in Accounting from Boston College and an M.B.A. from University of Iowa.

Nate Kurtis

Nate KurtisNate Kurtis, the Director of Strategic Transactions at the Broad Institute, is responsible for business and legal aspects of the Institute's relationships with the life sciences industry and venture investors, developing and supporting innovative scientific and business collaborations, and for licensing the Institute's intellectual property portfolio. Before joining the Broad Institute, Nate was an Associate at Ropes & Gray where he focused on complex commercial transactions and relationships for a wide range of industries, including life sciences, health care, high tech, and consumer products companies. He earned his M.B.A. at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School.

Oliver Laing

Oliver LaingOliver Laing, IP Solicitor, Partner, Potter Clarkson

Michael J. Lasinski

Michael J. LasinskiMr. Lasinski is a recognized expert in the field of Intellectual Property Valuation and Licensing. He has testified on the topic of intellectual property licensing and valuation in Federal, State, Bankruptcy, Tax and International Courts. Mr. Lasinski is a Certified Licensing Professional and Certified Public Accountant. He was the President of LES USA & Canada in 2010.

Ron Laurie

Ron Laurie has worked in Silicon Valley since before it had that name, initially as a systems engineer at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company and later as an intellectual property lawyer and patent strategist. In 2004, he launched Inflexion Point Strategy, the first boutique IP investment bank. With offices in Silicon Valley, Taiwan and Singapore, Inflexion Point advises technology companies and institutional investors around the world in acquiring, divesting and investing in IP-rich companies, businesses units, technologies, and strategic IP assets in the form of patent portfolios, exclusive field-of-use rights and related know-how.

Ron is also the Chairman and CIPO of lnventionShare, a new kind of open innovation fund that transforms breakthrough technologies into globally deployed innovation with high social impact. He is a director at Wi-LAN, Inc., one of the oldest and most successful publicly-traded patent licensing companies.

Ron is on the advisory board of the Hoover Institution's working group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity (IP2) at Stanford and is co-chair of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.

Steve Leibsohn

Steve LiebsohnSteve Leibsohn is the 2nd largest franchisee in the U.S. ofWetzel's Pretzels, a worldwide chain of350+ bakeries famous for hand-rolled, fresh-baked pretzels with premier locations at Disneyland and Disney World.  Steve purchased his first franchise in 1998 and has expanded into malls, stadiums, entertainment districts and Walmarts.  Wetzel's recently opened units in China, Canada and St. Maarten, and domestically in Idaho, Colorado, Texas, Maryland, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida.  

Russell Levine, P.C

Russell LevineRussell E. Levine is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he has spent his entire 30+ year career. He focuses his trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution practice on patent infringement matters and disputes involving, and relating to, technology transfer and patent license agreements

Charlie Lewis

Charlie LewisCharlie Lewis, Senior Vice President, Venture Development, Skysong Innovations, Arizona State University

Ian D. MacKinnon

Ian D. MacKinnonIan D. MacKinnon, Technology Business Development Executive, IBM

Satoshi Matsuo

Satoshi MatsuoSatoshi Matsuo is General Manager, IP Platform Department, IP Division, Hitachi, Ltd.  Hitachi, Ltd. is the holding company of the Hitachi group, which consists of more than 800 subsidiaries worldwide. As head of the IP Platform Department, He is responsible for all licensing deals, IP litigation settlements, IP sales and acquisitions, IP consultation work, and IP lobbying at Hitachi. He is licensed as an attorney at law in New York.

Dana Matzen, Ph.D.

Dana MatzenDana Matzen, Ph.D.,Vice President, Business and Corporate Development, IntelGenx

Barbara McClung

Barbara McClungBarbara McClung is Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Caribou Biosciences, Inc., where she is responsible for all legal functions, including intellectual property strategy and portfolio management, contracts, corporate transactions, litigation, board governance, and employment law. She is a member of the California, Delaware and Pennsylvania bars, as well as being a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Rob McInnes, CLP

Rob McInnesRob is Board Secretary of LES International and a Past President of LES Australia & New Zealand. After partnerships in several well known Australian law firms he is now a solo freelancer engaging in projects he enjoys, for people who he likes. Licensing of patented technology is his main focus.

Adam Mosoff

Adam MosoffAdam Mossoff is Professor of Law at George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School. He has published extensively on patent licensing and its role in a thriving innovation economy. He research has been cited by the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit, and federal agencies, and he has been invited several times to testify before the Senate and the House of Representatives on patent policy. He has served on the Public Policy Committee of LES, and is a member of the IP Rights Policy Committee.

Gary Naumann

Gary NaumannGary Naumann is a business professor at Arizona State Univ. He cofounded and sold specialty toy stores and now teaches entrepreneurship. His prior experience in banking, investment banking, and consulting to small businesses enables him to provide real-life experiences to his students.

Theresa Olson

Theresa OlsonTheresa Olson serves as Assistant General Counsel for Infineon Technologies, one of the world's largest power management semiconductor manufacturers. Prior to joining Infineon, she served as Vice President & Corporate Counsel for Amkor Technology, Inc. Her practice focus is commercial law, USG relations (including CFIUS) and export control. Ms. Olson earned a JD from California Western School of Law and a BS in microbiology from Arizona State University.

David Powsner

David PowsnerDavid Powsner is a 35-year veteran of patent law based in Boston. In his free time, he counsels startups and was a co-founder of a group for software startups at the MIT Enterprise Forum. David is a co-host of a business podcast about learning from failure "https://failure-thePodcast.com"

Sanjay Prasad

Sanjay PrasadSanjay's clients turn to him for his diverse experience gained over 25 years of experience in all phases of IP law, licensing and related business transactions. He works across the spectrum of IP, including advising senior management & boards on IP strategy & risk mitigation, developing effective corporate IP programs, advising on IP rights in corporate transactions, filing for patent & trademark protection, advising on competitive threats, & IP licensing & monetization.

Kent Richardson

Kent RichardsonKent Richardson is a Partner at Richardson Oliver Law Group, where he counsels clients on patent strategy matters. He is also the CEO of Richardson Oliver Insights, where he supports customers in developing data-driven strategies based on patent market data and insights.

Stephanie Sanders

Stephanie SandersStephanie Sanders is currently the Global Patent Operations Chief at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP where she combines her expertise in patent prosecution and her process-oriented mindset to optimize all aspects of the firm's best of class patent prosecution practice, including people, process, and technology. Stephanie is a patent attorney who has handled US and foreign patent prosecution in the EE and CS technology spaces and served as a Patent Examiner in Technology Center 2100.

Kevin Schubert

Kevin SchubertKevin Schubert is a patent litigation attorney at McKool Smith in New York City. For the last ten years, he has been involved with some of the largest patent litigation cases in the country. He formerly was a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Robert Greene Sterne

Robert Greene SterneSterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox is one of the top five largest intellectual property specialty firms in the country and Robert has received several awards and rankings for innovation and professional excellence in intellectual property law. Sterne has been involved in some of the most consequential patent cases that have paved the way for tech-savvy companies to cultivate and commercialize their innovations. Sterne has written some of the leading articles on board of director IP responsibility and the chief intellectual property officer, and, with his colleagues at his firm, authored a book on Patent Office Litigation.

Paul A. Stewart

Paul A. StewartPaul A. Stewart is a Past President & Chair of the Board of Governors of the Certified Licensing Professionals organization. Following a 25-year career at Eli Lilly and Company, he retired from Lilly and formed PASCO Ventures LLC to help a select group of clients with complex global licensing matters. Stewart has done deals on all continents except Antarctica, and has been in 44 countries and in 51 of 52 U.S. states and territories. He resides in the Denver area.

Scott Swanson, PMP

Scott SwansonScott is an experienced executive leader, program manager and entrepreneur. He is currently the Tech Transfer Program Manager at the Doolittle Institute supporting the Air Force Research Lab Munitions Directorate at Eglin AFB, FL. He has a Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization.

Cullen Taylor

Cullen TaylorCullen Taylor is a Partner at the law firm of Hogan Lovells, where he advises life sciences companies on the structuring and negotiation of complex commercial transactions, particularly those relating to intellectual property. He is co-head of the firm's Life Sciences Transactions Team.

Craig Weiss

Craig WeissCraig Weiss, the co-founder & CEO of Retainer Club, has founded 1/2 dozen companies. In 3-1/2 years as president and CEO of NJOY, Craig generated over $150M revenue, raised $200M equity, increased valuation from $10M to $1B, recruited 130 employees across 1/2 dozen countries, manf'd and distributed over 80 million units of product, and distributed in over 130,000 locations worldwide, including Walmart and Walgreens. Previously, Craig was a patent attorney whose work included medical devices.

Sam Wiley

Sam WileySam is a San Francisco, CA based Solutions Architect with CPA Global, helping clients align IP operations with IP strategy. Sam is an expert in IP analytics and technology, and has advised many of the world's top IP owning businesses.

Amy E. Wilson, PhD, JD

Amy E. WilsonDr. Wilson's practice includes patent strategy development and execution for early stage research programs for Astellas, including the Immuno-oncology and Mitochondria primary focus areas and the Rx+ program. She is also responsible for due diligence activities and contract negotiations for licensing and acquisition activities. Dr. Wilson serves on the Board of Directors for Girls, Inc. of Chicago, inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold enough to overcome challenges.

Warren Woessner, JD PhD CLP

Warren WoessnerWarren Woessner is a founding Principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. He has written and spoken extensively on patent law issues and is a Fellow of the AIPLA. His practice focusses on providing solutions to complex patent prosecution problems and expert witness services. Blog: Patents4Life.com.

Bonnie Wolfe

Bonnie WolfeBonnie Wolfe is a Licensing Associate at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, with experience in technology licensing and intellectual property.