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.
Erwin Cruz is an executive leader with specific focus on intellectual property strategy and management at W. W. Grainger, Inc. In this global role, Erwin is responsible for leading and managing a subsidiary, an intellectual property holding company through the development of robust intellectual property practices and asset creation that aligns and protects the intellectual capital of the organization’s strategic initiatives ensuring overall alignment to emerging trends and corporate strategies. In this global role, Erwin is responsible for coverage in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe.
Erwin has over 25 years of MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) industry experience and has held a variety of leadership roles at W. W. Grainger, Inc. which includes; sales, customer service, supply chain, information technology, ecommerce, business development, strategy, innovation, research & development, product development, human capital management, and in his current role of intellectual property strategy and management. Erwin earned multiple graduate degrees in business, technology, and law.
Erwin is passionate about the rapid pace of technologies and the emergence of new business models where the intersection of business-technology-law is becoming more profound and critical to an organization’s strategic advantage. Erwin’s professional experience and educational background has given him the opportunity to lead many industry initiatives from conception to commercialization allowing him to align emerging trends into organizational execution effectively.
Ivan Kirchev is an IP Sales and Licensing Business Strategy Manager with Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney with a wide variety of intellectual property experience, including patent development and portfolio management, analysis and monetization of intellectual property, patent sales, IP transactions, licensing and divestiture, software licensing, software open source, tech transfer, and opinion work. He is a member of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Intellectual Property Sales and Licensing group responsible for monetizing HPE’s intellectual property by executing all activities around identifying, analyzing, and closing various IP related deals, software licensing, tech transfers and other business transactions involving HPE IP rights. He was previously Patent Counsel and Portfolio Manager for the Software and Analytics Lab in Hewlett Packard Labs, and before that he was an Intellectual Property attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Mr. Kirchev earned his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his B.S. in Computer Information Systems from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
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
Scott Piering is VP and Chief IP Counsel at Spectrum Brands. Mr. Piering brings over 20 years and a wide range of intellectual property experience - from the identification and acquisition of intellectual property rights to the exploitation and protection of those rights. Before joining Spectrum Brands, Mr. Piering was a Senior Intellectual Property Lawyer at Cargill, Inc., where he led the intellectual property function for several of its divisions. Prior to that, Mr. Piering practiced law with several law firms, where he focused on intellectual property, antitrust and trade regulation, litigation, and legal issues before various administrative agencies. Mr. Piering received his law degree cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
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.
Tim Carroll is viewed by clients and peers as a go-to patent litigator who has successfully litigated the cutting-edge technology issues of the day, including patent cases involving medical devices, green technologies, mobile apps, location-based services, messaging systems, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, and content management platforms. Through his representation of leading and emerging technology companies, Tim has secured trial wins, preliminary injunctions, forced his adversaries to stipulate to noninfringement, won summary judgment awards, earned a substantial attorneys’ fee award and prevailed in claim construction arguments. Tim has also led many joint-defense groups involving some of the largest and most sophisticated companies and law firms in the United States.
Tim recently achieved several victories for companies immersed in patent and licensing disputes.
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.
Kirk Goodwin leads the Whirlpool global patent team as well as the global legal team for Whirlpool's Global Information Technology.
Kirk studied Biomedical Engineering in his undergrad and graduate school at the University of Iowa and remains a devote Hawkeye fan. Kirk received his JD (with honors) from Drake University and is admitted to the USPTO, Iowa, Georgia and Michigan bars.
Kirk lives on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan in idyllic Saint Joseph in southwest Michigan and enjoys spending time with his wife Bonnie and two children, Ella and Justice.
Adam B. Strauss is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Stryker Corporation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies, whose products include implants used in joint replacement, trauma, and spinal surgeries; surgical equipment and surgical navigation systems; endoscopic and communications systems; neurovascular products; patient handling and emergency medical equipment, and other medical devices used in a variety of specialties. Adam and his team manage Stryker’s IP litigation, IP agreements, patent and trademark portfolios; due diligence for business development; and provide a range of other IP services. Before arriving at Stryker in 2007, he was a member of the Dykema law firm in its Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office. There, his practice included IP litigation; patent and trademark prosecution; and IP counseling and opinions. Prior to joining Dykema, Adam served from 1998-2000 as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul D. Borman, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. From 2013-2014, Adam served as the Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Law Section and from 2017-2018 served as Chair of the State Bar’s U.S. Courts Committee. He is currently a master in the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court.
Marcus has established one of the country’s leading practices devoted to drafting and negotiating Enterprise Software related license, implementation and SaaS agreements, as well as litigating failed software implementations in courts and before arbitration panels across the country.
He is one of the foremost attorneys in the country representing government entities, distributors and manufacturers in recovering damages arising out of failed Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software implementations. As a former in-house attorney at some of the largest software companies in the world, Marcus understands software vendor tactics and is able to leverage his ERP industry knowledge to advocate on behalf of his clients. He frequently speaks on emerging technology related issues and is interviewed regularly by the media.
Beyond his work helping clients recover from failed software implementations, Marcus has extensive experience dealing with cybersecurity issues. He advises clients on complying with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDRP) being implemented and enforced by the European Union. Failure to be in compliance can result in hefty fines for U.S. software developers that sell to European customers.
Marcus has significant legal and related business experience in the technology industry. Prior to entering private practice, he was senior corporate counsel in charge of intellectual property in the Legal/Contracts Department of SAP America and at SSA Global Technologies (now Infor), where he developed and managed an extensive international trademark and patent portfolio, managed intellectual property litigation, conducted intellectual property due diligence and reviewed advertising material to verify compliance with legal requirements. During law school, Marcus completed an advanced externship at the United States Copyright Office in Washington, D.C.
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.
Clients trust Mark to solve their patent disputes quickly, efficiently, and strategically. He has served as lead counsel on numerous patent infringement litigation matters, and he has successfully represented clients in jury trials, bench trials, and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine writes that Mark is “[a]lways one of the best lawyers in the courtroom, he has an even temperament for litigation and is precise in everything he does,” calling him “quite a force to be reckoned with.” Clients recognize Mark for being “always well-prepared and conscientious” and “tough when the situation requires it.”
Mark has extensive experience with pharmaceutical litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act. He has advised clients on a wide range of drug products and technologies, including new chemical entities, complex formulations, polymorphs, methods of treatment and extended release formulations. Mark is also experienced in FDA practice and strategy related to generic pharmaceutical products, including controlled correspondence, citizen petitions, suitability petitions and labeling carve-outs.
Mark also has experience protecting and defending other technologies, including medical devices, communications networks, cellular telephony, LCD panels, oil drilling equipment, wind turbines, electrical connectors, and mechanical devices. He is a frequent speaker and author on current topics in patent law.
Mark consistently has been named by publications and in lists that honor attorney achievement. Mark is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 and in the IAM Patent 1000 2015 and 2016—The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, and was ranked in the top 100 attorneys in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers list. Mark is an LMG Life Science Star (2015) and is listed in Managing Intellectual Property's - Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners (2015). In 2006 he was named one of Forty Illinois Attorney Under 40 to Watch by Super Lawyers Rising Stars.
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.
Maitreya began his practice at IP boutique and general practice law firms in Chicago and Los Angeles, where his practice included all aspects of intellectual property litigation and patent preparation and prosecution in myriad technologies. He is in-house patent counsel at Fortune Brands Home & Security and works on product clearance, patent prosecution, dispute resolution, diligence in M&A transactions and a variety of general commercial and technology agreements and licenses. Maitreya received his undergraduate degree in General Engineering with honors from The University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and his JD with honors from The George Washington University Law School. Maitreya is a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office and is licensed to practice law in Illinois and California.
Generic pharmaceutical manufacturers know who to turn to when facing complex Hatch-Waxman patent litigation. As co-leader of Schiff Hardin’s Intellectual Property Group, Sailesh K. Patel also co-chairs the firm’s Pharmaceuticals and Biologics Patent Litigation Team and serves on the firm’s executive committee. Sailesh is a seasoned trial attorney. He is passionate about implementing creative and scientifically sound arguments for his clients, which has resulted in legal precedent-setting cases.
Sailesh has served as lead counsel on numerous patent infringement litigation matters. With a background in chemical and biomedical engineering, he is familiar with the language of the pharmaceutical industry. Defense against patent infringement requires subject matter experts; Sailesh is skilled at aligning the best experts to successfully defend his clients’ interests.
Sailesh is effective both in trials and in negotiating favorable settlements for his clients. There are many moving parts in patent litigation, and Sailesh is skilled at coordinating multiple parties, experts, and arguments into coherent and persuasive cases. In cases where there are multiple defendants, he represents his clients in a way that makes them stand out from the rest, leading to more favorable results. He also assists companies in Paragraph IV and Biosimilars design strategies, helping his clients protect their scientific discoveries.
He has significant experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a variety of technologies beyond pharmaceuticals and biologics. Sailesh has represented clients in cases involving wind and solar technology, food processing, automotive components, and software, among other industries.
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.
Jim focuses on intellectual property and technology-related legal issues at Jump Trading, a research-based trading firm that trades stocks, futures, bonds and currencies on over 80 exchanges globally. Jim spearheads Jump’s IP strategy, which involves trade secret, trademark, and patent protections, the licensing of intellectual property and software, as well as associated confidentiality agreements, contracts, and employment agreements. His work further involves advising on corporate investments, joint ventures, and M&A transactions. Prior to joining Jump, Jim was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, focusing on intellectual property and technology litigation and transactional matters.
Ms. Benkers joined Plano Synergy as the company’s General Counsel in May, 2015. Ms. Benkers is a member of the company's Executive Committee and is responsible for overseeing the Plano Synergy companies’ legal affairs including litigation, intellectual property, and corporate matters.
Prior to joining Plano Synergy, Ms. Benkers was a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP where she specialized in the areas of general commercial and intellectual property litigation. At Quarles & Brady, Ms. Benkers handled a wide variety of commercial disputes including patent infringement, trade secret, copyright infringement, trademark, false advertising, breach of contract, fraud, UCC claims, insurance coverage, breach of restrictive covenants, real estate, employment, licensing and various other business disputes. Outside of the litigation context, Ms. Benkers counseled clients on business practices on a number of fronts, including securing and protecting their intellectual property, advertising, regulatory and environmental issues, document retention issues, and other general business advice.
Josie obtained her Juris Doctorate, cum laude from the University of Wisconsin. She also obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree, magna cum laude, in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Psychology.