Andre Frieden manages the global IP group at Wipro, a publicly traded multinational information technology company with over $7.5 billion in annual revenue, including providing strategic guidance in connection with the company’s patent and trademark portfolios, developing and enhancing the company’s global and regional IP licensing programs, and managing outside counsel relationships. Andre advises C-level executives on IP-focused growth and risk management strategies, both globally and regionally.
James’ practice includes patent procurement, opinion, analysis & strategy, litigation, technology licensing, primarily focusing on life sciences, material sciences, medical device, and electronics. As a conduit between China and the rest of the world, James represents international clients to obtain and enforce their intellectual property (IP) rights in the fast-evolving and challenging IP environment in China. In particular, James helps international clients to enhance the value of IP assets, lower IP risks, and increase commercialization opportunities through comprehensive due diligence, counseling, procurement, litigation and cross-border licensing and collaboration.
MATTHEW KELLY serves as Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at CME Group Inc. Mr. Kelly is responsible for developing and managing CME Group's intellectual property programs covering patents, trademark, copyrights, and trade secrets. He also manages strategic licensing, including product license agreements, out licensing of CME Group software and market data, intellectual property acquisitions and partnerships, and manages a variety of intellectual property litigation and enforcement matters. Before joining CME Group in 2001, Mr. Kelly specialized in patent law at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione in Chicago and Morgan & Finnegan in Washington, D.C. and managed the design and development of space-based computers at IBM. Mr. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a J.D. focusing on intellectual property from the George Mason University School of Law. Mr. Kelly is a member of the Illinois Bar and is the licensed to practice before the USPTO.
Ben Frey is Legal Counsel for Whirlpool Corporation. For the last two years, he has managed global patent acquisition, enforcement, and strategy for dockets including refrigeration, air and water treatment, advanced engineering, small appliances, and chemistry and materials. He also advises on software and technology agreements, external partnerships, university research, and audit compliance for Whirlpool's Global Information Systems and Internet of Things divisions. Prior to Whirlpool, Ben worked for Northwestern University's Office of Research, engaging corporate and international entities on collaborative research and IP licensing opportunities; and as an associate in Sidley Austin LLP's IP litigation department. Ben's focus areas include software, telecommunications, manufacturing processes, and consumer products
Ms. Hartzell has significant experience in intellectual property litigation, including cases involving trademark, copyright, trade secret and patent. She also has experience enforcing covenants not-to-compete and confidentiality agreements. She protects her clients’ intellectual property rights and defends those accused of infringement. She works closely with her clients to understand their business needs and aggressively defends her clients’ interests, seeking the most efficient route to resolve litigation in a way that satisfies those needs. In 2014, Ms. Hartzell was named among the Law Bulletin’s "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty To Watch." She was selected for inclusion in the 2011-2015 Illinois Rising Stars® lists and a “2015 Emerging Lawyer” by Emerging Lawyers Magazine, which recognizes top up-and-coming attorneys in Illinois who are under 40 or practicing fewer than 10 years. In 2012, Ms. Hartzell received the Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women's prestigious Alta May Hulett Award. Ms. Hartzell is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only, national trial lawyer honorary society. Ms. Hartzell earned her J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School and her B.S. in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.
Diane is Senior Managing Counsel for J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., responsible for all patent litigation matters. Prior to joining J. C. Penney Corporation, Diane was a shareholder as Winstead PC in Dallas, Texas and a member of its Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. She practiced at Winstead for more than 25 years before leaving private practice to join JCPenney. During her tenure at Winstead, Diane represented clients that were patent owners, defendants accused of infringement by competitors, as well as clients accused of infringement by NPEs.
Atabak Royaee is an Associate Director and Corporate Counsel, IP, at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BIPI) located in Ridgefield, Connecticut. In his role at Boehringer, Atabak manages BIPI’s patent portfolios in various therapeutic areas, drafts and prosecutes patent applications, drafts legal opinions, assist in handling IPR proceedings, performs due diligence reviews, and provides counsel to business on licensing and transactional matters. Prior to joining BI, Atabak was an associate attorney at McDermott Will & Emery and LeClairRyan law firms conducting patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings work; and prior to his tenure at law firms, Atabak was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard School of Public Health and U.S. Department of Agriculture specializing in immunology and infectious disease research. Atabak has B.S. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Georgetown University, and a law degree from the Suffolk University Law School.
In addition to having overall responsibility for Innovation and Intellectual Property, Matthew is also concentrated on business development and seeking and acquiring technology for Rite-Hite Holding. This can range from strategic supply agreements, to joint development, to IP licensing, to joint ventures to IP or corporate acquisition.
Ed Rice is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group. He is a trial and appellate lawyer who, since 1988, has focused primarily on patent cases and other technology disputes. After clerking for a federal trial judge, he joined the Department of Justice where in 1996 he won his first patent trial as the sole attorney for the government. Since then, he has first-chaired and won trials in every patent litigation venue in the country: federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Court of Federal Claims. Ed launched his appellate career in 1992, when he won a difficult en banc Federal Circuit argument in a trade secret case. Over his career, Ed has handled a wide range of patented technologies—from integrated circuits to pharmaceuticals, from internet business methods to anti-missile systems, and just about everything in between. Ed also has successfully represented clients on trademark and copyright matters. For example, he represented several well-known Hollywood figures in a copyright jury trial involving a blockbuster movie.
Sandra Frantzen practices a broad range of intellectual property law focusing on patent, trademark and copyright litigation, and client counseling. Recognized in the Law Bulletin's list of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40," Sandra has extensive litigation and consulting experience in various industries but has particular expertise in the medical device, pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries.
Ms. Frantzen is a trial attorney and litigator who focuses on assisting clients with resolving worldwide intellectual property disputes. Serving as lead trial counsel on behalf of a wide range of clients including both start-up and Fortune 500 companies, Ms. Frantzen's work for clients has ranged from small cases to cases involving damages in the hundreds of millions.Ms. Frantzen participates in all aspects of dispute resolution from pre-litigation consultation to trial and appellate work.Her work includes assessing and reviewing the legal issues surrounding clients’ technologies, formulating litigation and dispute resolution strategy, appearing and arguing in court, preparing for and participating in jury trials and arbitration proceedings, spearheading mediation and settlement sessions, and working with witnesses and experts. Ms. Frantzen has appeared on behalf of clients in federal courts throughout the country and has also managed worldwide litigations alongside OUS counsel. One client from an international biotechnology company stated, “Sandra was absolutely instrumental in the successful defense and resolution of this case that was, quite literally, ‘bet-the-company' litigation. This experience led my company to work with Sandra on multiple other matters, and she has never failed to deliver. Having worked with and against some of the best lawyers our profession has to offer, I can unequivocally say that Sandra is among the elite of the elite. As a client and as a professional colleague, this is one lawyer that I definitely want on my side of the table."
A member of the Patent Bar and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent Office, Ms. Frantzen is well-versed in handling proceedings with the U.S. Patent Office and has been lead counsel in several inter partesreview proceedings. Recently, Ms. Frantzen received four favorable Final Written Decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board after a full trial on the merits.
Ms. Frantzen also regularly advises clients on strategic IP development, acquisition, protection and enforcement with a focus on value. Among other things, she has experience evaluating patents and patent portfolios, drafting and negotiating license and manufacturing agreements, consulting regarding licensing matters, performing due diligence review and analysis of intellectual property rights for corporate acquisitions and mergers, and assisting clients in obtaining patents, copyright, and trademark registrations. Ms. Frantzen has also served as lead IP counsel assisting clients in corporate acquisitions.
Ms. Frantzen graduated from Iowa State University with high distinction with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Science, and received her law degree from The University of Chicago Law School in 1999, where she also graduated with honors.
Laura brings high energy, personal commitment, and a wealth of experience to every project she tackles. Whether representing a high tech company in a patent infringement proceeding before the ITC, protecting a client’s trade secrets in an arbitration proceeding, or helping high school students develop the analytical skills and self-confidence to succeed in college, Laura brings passion and drive to her work.
With over 25 years of litigation and counseling experience, Laura takes a hands-on approach to litigation, while staying focused on the client’s ultimate goals and strategies. She is “held in excellent regard by her peers for antitrust, intellectual property and commercial litigation,” and is recognized as one of the top women intellectual property lawyers in Illinois.
Dan Shulman is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Reynolds Group Holdings, Ltd. and Fram Autoparts, a $13 billion global packaging and automotive parts company comprised of Reynolds Consumer Products, Pactiv, Closure Systems International, Evergreen Packaging, Graham Packaging, Fram and Autolite. Dan is responsible for managing the global patent and trademark portfolio of those combined companies, setting IP strategy, managing all IP litigation and acting as lead counsel in appellate work before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Dan also routinely leads corporate initiatives in which IP drives significant value. Dan was with Pactiv prior to its acquisition by Reynolds Group Holdings in 2010. Prior to joining Pactiv in 2007 as its Chief IP Counsel, Dan was Senior IP Licensing Counsel for Motorola. Prior to that, Dan was an associate at Mayer Brown LLP from 1999-2006. Dan received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1999, and is a graduate of Northwestern University (1996) with degrees in Mathematics, Physics and the Integrated Science Program. Dan has been recognized as one of the Top Forty Lawyers Under 40 in Illinois (2013) by The Law Bulletin, and as a Managing IP In-House IP Star 2015 and 2016. Dan is a frequent speaker on topics of IP law, and has authored numerous articles on various IP topics and Federal Circuit jurisprudence. Dan is the author of two books: Insights Hurt: Bringing Healing Thoughts to Life, and Personal Midrash: Fresh Insights Into the Torah, due out in August.