Rosemarie has spent more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry. She is a member of the PA and NJ bars, the CAFC and the U.S. Supreme Court, holds a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Before joining Novo Nordisk as a Patent Attorney in 2002, she was Associate Patent Counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and a Patent Attorney for DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company. Prior to completing law school, she was a scientist for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. and DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company for more than 13 years focusing on peptide/protein synthesis and characterization. Rosemarie’s areas of practice at Novo Nordisk include patents in the pharmaceutical and biological arts, trade secrets, and transactional regulatory matters. She has also managed complex multijurisdictional ANDA litigation (for 9+ years) and has provided copyright and trademark counsel for Novo Nordisk Inc.
Carlo Cotrone is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Baker Hughes a GE Company in Houston. As lead IP counsel for the Surface, Drilling, Offshore, and Subsea Production Systems business units, he develops and manages the execution of offensive and defensive IP strategies; provides IP and general corporate advice; and negotiates strategic agreements with customers, suppliers, and licensees. Previously, Carlo practiced law at several firms on the East Coast and in the Midwest, most recently as a partner. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School and is admitted in Texas and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Robert is Chief IP Counsel for Intermediates at INVISTA. With leading brands including LYCRA®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, STAINMASTER® and ANTRON®, INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers. The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, air bags and countless other everyday products. A wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries and headquartered in the United States, INVISTA has more than 50 locations around the world. Robert previously served as Senior Patent Counsel at INVISTA.
Prior to joining INVISTA, Robert was an Adjunct Professor at Widener University Law School. He further served as Corporate Counsel at DuPont and Senior Patent Counsel at Bausch & Lomb. Robert earned his J.D from Rutgers University Law School and his B.Ch.E., Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology
Steven Weiner is an expert IP strategist. He serves as Chief Patent Officer and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property at SRI International, a nonprofit, world-leading scientific R&D institution. Steven works closely with SRI’s management, business teams and innovative researchers to help commercialize SRI’s intellectual property in partnership with licensees and clients ranging from new ventures to Fortune Global 500 market leaders. Steven was a partner for over 8 years with Davis Polk, a preeminent global law firm, where he led and grew the firm’s Corporate Intellectual Property practice. Steven advised companies and investors on high-stakes transactional decisions requiring deep insight into IP law, technology, and business strategy. Steven is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude), MIT (S.M., Computer Science & Electrical Engineering) and University of Pennsylvania (B.S.E., Systems Science & Engineering, summa cum laude). Steven co-invented several issued patents in the field of artificial intelligence, and he was named to the inaugural list of the world’s leading IP strategists by IAM 250 – A Guide to the World’s Leading IP Strategists. Steven is admitted to practice law in the State of California and is a registered United States Patent Attorney.
Brian L. Belles has over fifteen years of experience as an intellectual property attorney. Having begun his practice of law at a number of prestigious national and international law firms, Brian founded Belles Katz, LLC in an effort to provide his clients with an attorney-client relationship that is more akin to a business partnership as opposed to a traditional outside counsel arrangement. Brian has also performed multiple in-house secondments for large publicly traded companies where he was responsible for the management of their intellectual property portfolios, including the establishment of budgets and global strategy to ensure alignment between the companies’ intellectual property assets and business goals. Mr. Belles has also given lectures to private companies, government entities, and research organizations interested in improving the value and strategic positioning of their intellectual property holdings, including speaking engagements in China, Korea and Japan.
Brian generally concentrates his practice on the strategic development and monetization of intellectual property portfolios on both the domestic and global stages. In addition to assisting his clients in identifying, harvesting, and building their internally-generated intellectual assets, he also assists his clients with identifying, valuing, and structuring deals relating to external innovation targets and partners. With his professional foundation being built on patent preparation and prosecution, Mr. Belles has personally prepared and prosecuted numerous patents that have been successfully litigated and enforced against competitors and third parties, resulting in either licensing revenue when monetization was desired or injunctions when competitive technical advantages could not be compromised. Brian also represents clients in patent litigation matters, handles freedom-to-operate studies and works closely with companies to identify competitor R&D trends. His practice includes the representation of clients in a wide variety of technologies, including materials science, nuclear, medical devices, semiconductor, electrical, military equipment, nanotechnology, network systems, wireless communications, internet applications, software, control systems, and electronics.
He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the International Trademark Association.
John Gorman works with a diverse group of clients, from global corporations to nonprofits, facing complex commercial disputes and intellectual property litigation. Representing plaintiffs and defendants, John handles all phases of litigation from inception through trial and post-trial appeals. He advises on commercial cases involving patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright disputes in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Clients turn to John for assistance with matters involving a wide range of subjects.
MATTHEW P. BLISCHAK is currently Executive Counsel – Global Branded IP Litigation at Teva Pharmaceuticals in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Before that, he was Vice-President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property at Sepracor Inc. (now Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. ) in Marlborough‚ Massachusetts from 2007 to 2012, and Senior Counsel for patent litigation at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in Princeton‚ New Jersey from 2000 to 2007. His extensive patent litigation experience‚ gained in both the corporate sector and in private practice‚ encompasses ANDA‚ small molecule‚ and biotech cases at the trial and appellate level. Before entering the corporate sector, he was in private practice for ten years. Mr. Blischak received his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University (B.S. Ch.E. 1984‚ cum laude)‚ his law degree from The American University Washington College of Law (J.D. 1989‚ magna cum laude)‚ and a masters degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University (M.S. 2002).
Dr. Pittaoulis is an Associate Director based in NERA's Philadelphia office. Dr. Pittaoulis specializes in survey research, statistical sampling, and demography. Her survey research experience includes designing questionnaires, supervising data collection, and analyzing data. As part of her survey work, Dr. Pittaoulis works with clients to select--and, if necessary, design--control stimuli to include in the survey. In addition to designing surveys, Dr. Pittaoulis also reviews and evaluates third-party surveys.
Dr. Pittaoulis has extensive experience working on surveys used in intellectual property disputes concerning false advertising and trademark and trade dress infringement. In the area of trademark and trade dress infringement, Dr. Pittaoulis' project experience includes participating in the design of surveys used to establish likelihood of confusion, secondary meaning, and genericness. She has conducted false advertising and trademark surveys using different modes of data collection, including telephone, mall-intercept, and the Internet.
Dr. Pittaoulis' sampling expertise includes designing sampling plans, selecting samples, and calculating sample estimates and confidence intervals. Her demography work has concentrated on producing population estimates used in determining class certification.
Dr. Pittaoulis has worked on survey and sampling projects in a wide variety of industries, including: automobiles, beverages, beauty products, clothing apparel, computers, financial products, insurance, mobile phones, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, snack foods, and video games. In addition, Dr. Pittaoulis has considerable experience with radio and television audience measurement. She has also conducted studies on cost-sharing in the Medicare Part D program.
In addition to her work at NERA, Dr. Pittaoulis has taught statistics at the undergraduate level at Temple University. Her academic work uses survey research and in-depth interviews to examine how young people navigate the transition to adulthood.
Charles (Chad) F. Wieland III focuses his practice on Intellectual Property (IP) matters. He advises clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies, both domestic and international. With over 27 years of experience, he finds cost effective ways to acquire or capture and exploit worldwide IP rights of clients, while avoiding or mitigating the hazards posed by the IP rights of others. Chad has advised clients on how to best capture the value of their innovations, prepared and prosecuted utility and design patent applications on a cost effective basis, prosecuted reissue and re-examination applications, as well as inter partes and covered business method review proceedings. He has experience in exploiting IP rights through licensing, assignment and when necessary, litigation. He helps clients steer clear of interference from the IP rights of others with design-around recommendations, validity, infringement and clearance/freedom-to-operate studies, both formal and informal. He negotiates and drafts software licenses and other technology transfer agreements.
Emma Roubtsov joined Innography in 2010 as a Client Success Manager, focusing on training and implementation of the proprietary software suite. She has conducted innumerable training and collaborative project work sessions with some of the world’s global brands across the US, UK, Europe and India. As a Sales Engineer, Emma continues to work with Innography power users, providing technical solutions via web-‐based product demonstrations. Prior to joining Innography, Emma spent several years as a management consultant working with Fortune 1000 companies assisting and developing their employees. Prior to this she was a National Sales Manager for one of the Inc 500’s fastest growing companies based in Austin, Texas. British by birth, a polyglot by nature. Emma obtained her BA Hons I from the University of Wales in Russian and German and a Linguistics Masters Diploma for the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
Steve Mendelsohn specializes in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for inventions in the electrical, computer, and mechanical arts. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Steve earned a BS in Physics from the University of Michigan, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD also from the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to founding the firm in 1999, Steve was an associate in the Intellectual Property department at the Philadelphia general-practice firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis for six years and, after that, at the IP boutique firm of Weiser & Associates for two years. Before going to law school, Steve worked for six years as a Systems Engineer at GE’s Aerospace Division in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, designing satellites for NASA and the Defense Department.
Karen’s practice primarily focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation at the ITC and in district courts across the country. She has led teams in patent infringement lawsuits involving agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, high-performance liquid chromatography, biotechnology products and networking technologies. In late 2012, Chambers USA Women in Law recognized Karen’s work by nominating her for its 2013 Up and Coming Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year Award. Chambers USA has further described Karen as “very proficient and detail-oriented” and “an amazing lawyer.”
Karen also serves as a member of the Sedona Conference’s Patent Litigation Working Group 10 on Patent Litigation Best Practices and has been a faculty member for various corresponding Working Group Meetings. She is also a member of ChIPs, an organization that “supports and promotes the advancement, development, and retention of women in technology and intellectual property.” Karen served as the President of the Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the primary liaison between the district court bench and the Delaware federal bar. In 2013, Karen was recognized for her service to the District of Delaware with the Judge Caleb R. Layton, III Service Award.
Taking on pro bono representations also is a regular part of Karen’s practice, including a civil rights action for discriminatory arrest in which the jury awarded compensatory and punitive damages. After the district court judge overturned the verdict on post-trial motions, Karen successfully argued the appeal to reinstate the jury’s original verdict. She has also successfully represented pro bono clients in family law matters and before the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals.
Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from The Pennsylvania State University and worked at GlaxoSmithKline conducting drug discovery research. Karen prosecuted patent and trademark applications during law school and worked on other intellectual property litigation matters at an intellectual property boutique firm in Philadelphia and at one of Delaware’s largest law firms before founding Shaw Keller LLP in 2011.
Karen serves on the Alumni Council of the Penn State Alumni Association and as an appointed member of the Executive Board where she serves as the Chair of the Strategic Planning and Awards Committees. She is co-chair of the Penn State Eberly College of Science Millennium Society and is also active in FastStart Mentoring (a mentoring program for first year students at Penn State that are either first generation college students or students of a minority background), LionLink Career Mentoring and the Lions Roar Alumni Admissions Committee. Karen is also on the Board of Directors for the Evan David Foundation, a foundation that provides financial assistance to those individuals having difficulty conceiving or maintaining a pregnancy and cannot afford the reproductive medical treatments that may be available to help them in starting their own family.
Michael J. Bonella has extensive experience as a litigator, as well as a patent prosecutor. Michael has argued cases before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. For example, Michael successfully represented Biosig Instruments against Nautilus at the Federal Circuit, where the appellate Court reversed the District Court’s invalidity finding. Michael further developed Biosig’s strategy for the Supreme Court proceedings in which the Supreme Court essentially adopted the indefiniteness standard proposed by Biosig in the landmark case decided last year.
In addition, Michael has been the lead lawyer on a number of district court litigations, representing both plaintiffs and defendants and is well-versed in all aspects of district court litigation. For instance, he was the primary force behind a settlement valued at $45 million for TruePosition. He is also well-versed in post-grant proceedings (e.g., reexamination, opposition, and Inter Parties Review (IPR)) before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Michael is one of the few attorneys who has an LLM in Trial Advocacy and is also a registered patent attorney. In complex litigation, Michael’s strategy is to focus on trial from the onset of litigation and to maintain that focus throughout the case. By focusing on trial from the outset, Michael states that the “entire case can be managed strategically and with specific purposes and goals.”
Michael also has experience managing patent portfolios and counseling clients on intellectual property issues. He emphasizes strategies aimed at protecting the client’s core business with an eye towards client’s competitors. Michael focuses on understanding the client’s business, the client’s products, and the competition the client faces in the market place to develop patent strategies that are tailored to each individual client.
When asked about his formative technological experiences, Michael mentioned the flexibility he showed in the U.S. Naval Submarine program. Although Michael’s undergraduate degree was in mechanical engineering, Michael was certified as a nuclear engineering by the U.S. Navy and received advanced training in electrical engineering from the U.S. Navy. Basically, he notes, this background helps in learning each clients’ technology, whether it is medical device, telecommunications, software, or electrical hardware technology. He has extensive experience in all of these areas.
Leon is IP Counsel at Novo Nordisk. He has extensive experience in IP litigation from a tactical and strategic perspective. Prior to his role at Novo Nordisk, Leon was a Patent Attorney at Foley and Lardner LLP. Previously he served as Patent Examiner at the USPTO. Leon earned his BS in Bioengineering from the University of California - San Diego, his MSE in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from Georgetown University.
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.