Melissa Scanlan is a Senior Director at T-Mobile and is responsible for all litigation and disputes, as well as proactive risk management, for company matters that implicate intellectual property, antitrust, or significant commercial disputes. In addition, Ms. Scanlan is responsible for antitrust counseling and advice for the company, including antitrust guidance involved in corporate mergers or acquisitions and in network spectrum auctions and bidding behavior. Prior to joining T-Mobile, Ms. Scanlan was Associate General Counsel for InfoSpace, Inc. In that role, Ms. Scanlan managed complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on public securities class action defense. She also advised on proactive risk management practices through contract negotiations. Prior to that, Ms. Scanlan was an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where she handled antitrust litigation and advocacy before the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Scanlan earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. At Yale, she was a Senior Editor on the Yale Law Journal. She is a member of the Pacific Northwest Planning Committee for ChIPs, an organization dedicated to the advancement, development and retention of women in the IP field.
Tim Croll is Deputy General Counsel, IP at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, which delivers high-performance, high-quality solutions at the heart of today's most advanced embedded systems, from automotive, industrial and networking platforms to highly interactive consumer and mobile devices. As such, Mr. Croll is involved with many aspects of Cypress’s Intellectual Property management, including patent and other IP portfolio development and monetization. During the past quarter century Mr. Croll has worked as Director of Intellectual Property at Spansion, and as an IP attorney at LSI Corp., Agilent Technologies , Hewlett-Packard and in private practice. Prior to law school, Mr. Croll worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley.
Mr. Finrow is a seasoned biotechnology executive with leadership experience managing IP strategy, fundraising and corporate development. Mr. Finrow recently took the helm of Lumen Bioscience, a Seattle-based synthetic biotechnology company. From 2014 to 2017, he led corporate development and legal affairs for Adaptive Biotechnologies, including their $200 million acquisition of Sequenta in 2014 and equity financing transactions yielding over $300 million in proceeds. Mr. Finrow spent his early career an attorney with Venture Law Group and Cooley LLP, an AmLaw Global 100 law firm, where he practiced in the emerging companies group advising venture capital firms and public and private companies in the life sciences and information technology industries. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Elizabeth Thomas is corporate counsel for OFS Fitel, LLC. At OFS, Ms. Thomas is responsible for global legal issues relating to research and development, manufacturing, and security in connection with OFS' fiber optic solutions. Prior to moving to OFS, Ms. Thomas was corporate counsel at Sage, handling matters related to cloud computing, intellectual property, and privacy; and before moving in-house, an associate at several large law firms, where her practice included representing both non-practicing entities and corporations in procuring, litigating, and monetizing intellectual property. As an intellectual property litigator, Ms. Thomas experienced both worlds by handling litigation matters from an offensive and defensive approach depending upon the clients' intellectual property assets and strategic objectives.
Paul Michel was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in March of 1988. On December 25, 2004, he assumed the duties of Chief Judge. After his elevation to Chief Judge, he served as one of 27 judges on the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body of the Judicial Branch. In 2005 he was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to also serve on the Judicial Conference’s seven-judge Executive Committee. On May 31, 2010, Chief Judge Michel stepped down from the bench after serving more than 22 years on the court. In his years on the bench Judge Michel judged thousands of appeals and wrote over 800 opinions, approximately one-third of which were in patent cases. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Michel served in the executive and legislative branches for 22 years. Following graduation from Williams College in 1963 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1966, Michel served as Assistant District Attorney and then Deputy District Attorney for Investigations under Arlen Specter in Philadelphia; as Assistant Special Watergate Prosecutor in 1974-1975; from 1975 to 1976 he was an assistant counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; from 1976-1978, he served as Deputy Chief of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, where he directed the “Koreagate” investigation; in 1978 he was appointed as an Associate Deputy Attorney General; in 1980 he served as Acting Deputy Attorney General; and from 1981 until 1988, he served on Senator Arlen Specter’s staff, including as Counsel and Chief of Staff. Judge Michel has been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in the world in intellectual property by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. In 2008 Chief Judge Michel was awarded the first annual Lifetime Achievement Award by the Richard Linn American Inn of Court; the Sedona Conference Lifetime Achievement Award; the first “Outstanding Achievement in the Area of Intellectual Property Law” award given by the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association; and the annual Judicial Honoree Award by the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. In 2010 he received the U.S. Patent and Trademark Offices’ Federico Award for “outstanding contribution to the Patent and Trademark Systems of the United States of America”; the North American Lifetime Achievement Award by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine; the Distinguished Intellectual Property Professional Award from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation; the career achievement award of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); and was one of five global figures inducted into Intellectual Asset Management magazine’s Intellectual Property Hall of Fame. He has been a Member of Honor of FICPI since 2001. Since retiring from the court, Judge Michel continues to share knowledge gained during his 22 years on the court by speaking out on issues related to the courts and the patent system. He also provides mediation, arbitration, and case evaluation services to private clients. Judge Michel is also serving as an advisor to a number of organizations. In June 2010, Judge Michel was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation and became a Distinguished Scholar in Residence there. He also serves as Special Advisor to the Patent Reform Task Force and the Council of the Section on Intellectual Property of the American Bar Association, and is a member of the AIPLA Committee on Public Appointments. Most recently he was invited to join the Advisory Committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Networked Innovation project and the Advisory Committee of the Manufacturing Initiative of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness.