George is V.P. of Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property at Decibel Therapeutics, a hearing focused biotechnology company in Boston where he heads up the legal function including intellectual property strategy, contracting and compliance.
In his I.P. practice, George has developed extensive patent portfolios for clients in the small molecule, protein therapeutic, gene therapy and antibody spaces. He has litigated cases regarding copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents. In addition, George has negotiated numerous patent licenses, Collaboration Agreements and Strategic Alliances in the biopharmaceutical space. George also has significant experience in compliance and regulatory matters including the support of biopharmaceutical and medical devices clinical trials.
In addition to his tenures at major New York and Boston law firms prior to joining Decibel Therapeutics, George has served as Chief IP Counsel for a publicly traded genomics company and was most recently Division Counsel in the Business Legal Group of a major U.S. pharmaceutical company where he supervised a team of attorneys and paralegals in support of non-clinical contracting for global R&D organization, including biologics, small molecules and devices.
George is a published author in the areas of IP due diligence and licensing, and an active Angel investor.
Member of the global Intellectual Property team at Dassault Systèmes focusing on building and protecting patent portfolio, technology licensing, patent litigation, open-source code, software development, and asset acquisition for the Americas based brands. Counsel worldwide R&D teams across multiple brands and technology fields on all IP matters. Train and educate DS employees regarding IP protection matters.
I am a seasoned litigator with transactional expertise and a business background. I manage bet-the-company litigations, coordinating all case strategies and overseeing all facets of litigation from risk assessment, counsel selection, budgeting and e-Discovery, to managing experts, briefings, depositions, hearings, trial and appeal. I work closely with all levels of management, including CEOs and boards of directors. I have managed all or parts of more than 25 patent litigations – all resolved in my clients’ favor. Winning verdicts were awarded on dispositive motion, at trial, and on appeal. Technologies litigated include computer software, hardware, and electronics, as well as networks, robotics, power supplies, medical and mechanical devices, control systems and cell phones. Additional areas of expertise: contracts and licensing, Open Source Software compliance, product and marketing compliance, patent claims drafting, post-grant reviews (reexaminations, IPR, CBM), creating patent acquisition and enforcement programs, trade dress, trade secrets, copyrights, unfair competition, F/RAND licensing, standard setting compliance, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, mergers and acquisitions IP due diligence, and government affairs for patent reform legislation.
Philip is a Director and Senior IP Counsel at Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation located in Ridgefield, Connecticut. In his 15 years as IP counsel for Boehringer, Phil has drafted and prosecuted patent applications and strategically managed patent portfolios in a number of therapeutic areas; conducted patentability and freedom to operate assessments; supported NDA filings with regulatory exclusivity requests and patent information; performed IP due diligence reviews in connection with in-licensing of early to late stage products; negotiated IP provisions in various types of agreements; assisted in developing best practices for IP protection and for the negotiation of IP provisions in agreements; and has counseled on US export compliance issues and the development of related internal policies and procedures. Prior to joining Boehringer, Phil was an associate attorney at the Sughrue, Mion law firm in Washington, D.C., and prior to his tenure at Sughrue, Phil was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Phil has a Bachelor of Science in organic chemistry from the University of Maryland, and a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law and is a regular speaker on various IP, patent and export compliance topics.
Christopher is IP Counsel at Waters Corporation, where he heads up portfolio management, prosecution, licensing and strategic alignment of the portfolio to the business. Christopher previously worked at Nutter Clennen and Fish as an Associate and technical specialist.
Ms. Henderson is a registered U.S. patent attorney with over 20 years of legal, management and R&D experience with life science companies.
Prior to joining Sigilon, Ms. Henderson was the first in-house IP counsel at Minerva Neurosciences. Previously, Ms. Henderson served as a Legal Director for 11 years at Schering Pough/Merck, where her responsibilities included building and managing the patent portfolio for several pre-clinical and clinical biologics programs as well as five marketed products. Ms. Henderson’s first in-house legal role was at Genaissance Pharmaceuticals, where she established the IP function and managed a team of patent professionals. Before going in-house, Ms. Henderson began her legal career as an associate attorney at two IP boutique law firms.
Ms. Henderson holds a B.A. degree in biochemistry from the University of Kansas, an M.S. degree in biochemistry from St. Louis University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut
Co-managing partner Phil Colburn has transformed Cantor Colburn into one of the nation’s leading intellectual property law firms. Phil leads a team of more than 110 attorneys, patent agents, and technical advisors who are committed to helping clients optimize their IP assets through the timely delivery of top quality, cost-effective legal services.
His counsel to Fortune 50 multinationals, as well as smaller companies and universities, is informed both by unique technical insights gained from his years of professional experience as a design engineer and by strategic perspectives derived from more than 20 years’ practice as an IP attorney. Taking a proactive, results-driven approach allows him to help clients define their needs and implement strategies that achieve their objectives. A frequent speaker on IP issues, Phil is an Adjunct Professor of Patent Law at Western New England College School of Law.
Joe is Director, Patent and Technology Counsel at Acacia Communications, Inc., where he takes the lead on all intellectual property (IP) matters. His practice includes overseeing the development and management of Acacia’s patent and trademark portfolios, patent drafting and prosecution, IP licensing, Open Source, supporting IP related litigation matters and contract negotiations, and general IP counseling. Prior to joining Acacia, Joe was Senior Legal Director at Dell Technologies.
Mark Beloborodov is IP Portfolio & Counseling Manager at Royal Philips, N.V., based in Cambridge, MA. In this role, Mark is responsible for the intellectual property strategy, counseling and portfolio management of several business units of Philips in the domain of connected care & health informatics, and leads a global team of in-house patent attorneys. Prior to joining Philips in 2007, Mark was in private practice at two major Boston law firms, drafting and prosecuting patent applications for various technology companies, and then served as Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property at Color Kinetics, a pioneer in LED lighting, through its acquisition by Philips. Mark is a graduate of National Technical University of Ukraine and Boston University School of Law
Jeremy is co-chair of Bond’s intellectual property and patent litigation team. He has an accomplished track record and substantial experience in litigating high-stakes intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters. Over the course of his career, Jeremy has litigated over fifty intellectual property cases in federal courts throughout the country, including venues in Delaware, Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas, and has significant trial and appellate experience. He has represented many well-recognized companies, including Analog Devices, Church & Dwight, Facebook, General Media Communications (owner of PENTHOUSE® brands), ImClone Systems, and Transamerica Life Insurance. A registered patent attorney, Jeremy has extensive experience in securing, protecting, and managing patents and trademarks in the United States and internationally. He assists clients with matters before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, including patent reexaminations. He also works with clients on patentability and product clearance studies, freedom to operate evaluations, trademark and branding clearance, licensing, and corporate transactions involving intellectual property.
Julia is Director, IP Counsel at Hologic, where her practice involves patent and trademark portfolio management, strategic counseling, M&A, and commercial agreements. Prior to joining Hologic, Julia was Senior IP counsel at Philips Lighting, now Signify. Julia began her legal career as an associate attorney at Lando & Anastasi. She graduated from the UNH School of Law and has a BS in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Binghamton.
Maureen is Assistant General Counsel at Bose Corporation, where she is responsible for intellectual property (IP) support of Bose’s Consumer Electronics Division and for managing offensive and defensive IP litigation matters within Bose. As part of this role, Maureen provides general IP counseling, advises her clients on IP strategy, builds and manages her business unit’s domestic and international patent portfolio, and handles IP aspects of technology licensing agreements and other contracts. Prior to her work at Bose, Maureen was an Associate at Fish & Richardson. Maureen graduated from the University of Chicago law school and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Neel Patel is an experienced Patent and Technology Counsel within Aetna’s Intellectual Property & Technology Law group, where he partners with the business on a broad range of IP and technology issues related to patents, software (including open source), trade secrets, M&A, technology alliances, commercial agreements and other technology-related assets. Prior to Aetna, Neel was at Hewlett-Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he served in various roles, such as a Patent Portfolio Manager for Big Data and an IP Sales and Business Strategy Manager. Neel started his legal career as a patent associate at Harness, Dickey & Pierce, a Virginia IP boutique firm. He graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and has a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jason Fiorillo serves as the Vice President for Intellectual Property and Commercial Matters for Analog Devices, Inc., and the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for its global technology subsidiaries, Linear Technology, Analog Devices Global, and Analog Devices International. Jason and his team are responsible for all aspects of Analog Devices’ worldwide intellectual property activities, including patent procurement and strategy, trademark registration and defense, trade secret protection and copyright and mask work registration. In addition, Jason’s team oversees Analog’s worldwide intellectual property litigation and directs the company’s outside counsel responsible for the procurement and enforcement of Analog’s intellectual property rights, along with anti-counterfeiting and semiconductor clone prevention. Jason’s team also manages global negotiation of ADI’s commercial agreements with its customers, suppliers, and other partners.
Prior to joining Analog Devices, Jason worked as a corporate and an intellectual property attorney with Skadden Arps, Simpson Thacher, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, K&L Gates, and Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault.
Jason received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. Jason is admitted to practice in California, Massachusetts, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Todd R. Walters is the Chair of the firm’s Patent Office Litigation practice and Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property section. He is a current Vice Chair of IPO U.S. Post-Grant Patent Office Practice Committee. He is the past Chair of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Trial Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the past Chair of the USPTO Post Grant and Inter Partes Practice Committee of the American Bar Association-Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) section. He has previously served as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, and Executive Management team and Co-leader of the IP Section. He has previously served as Chair of the Interference Committee of the AIPLA. He has also served as Vice-chair of the Interference Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) association for approximately ten years.
Ronald E. Cahill co-chairs Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department and the firm’s IP Litigation practice group, and is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Litigation Departments. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Ron works with clients of all sizes to solve their most challenging intellectual property problems. His advice ranges from designing intellectual property protection that maximizes the protectable value of the client’s investment in research and development to applying that intellectual property in court and in the marketplace to allow clients to realize that value. While much of Ron’s work involves presenting his clients’ case to judges and juries around the country, many clients ask him to apply that experience to strategic planning within their business, and especially with respect to their competitors or potential deal partners.
Denise is Director of IP at Boston Scientific. Previously she held IP Counsel responsibilities at Velcro and Partner at Preti Flaherty.
She's charismatic, dedicated, and occasionally witty intellectual property counsel and first-chair patent and trademark litigator. Experienced with a wide range of patented technologies, including medical devices, software, chemical, plastics, and biochemical materials.
Specialties: Intellectual property portfolio strategy and prosecution management; complex patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation; IP transactions and licensing; and, mergers and acquisitions.
Shaun P. Montana is Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property at OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc., part of OSRAM Americas, a group of OSRAM companies located in North and South America. OSRAM Americas is part of OSRAM GmbH, one of the two largest lighting manufacturers in the world. Shaun’s primary focus has been to help grow and protect OSRAM SYLVANIA’s intellectual property portfolio and its product portfolio as the lighting business continues to transition from conventional to digital technologies. Shaun provides legal advice, with a dollop of humor, to enable business from idea conception through product development to sales and beyond, covering all types of intellectual property-related legal matters, and works particularly with business units in the growth areas of semiconductor-based lighting devices, software-based lighting controls, and lighting electronics. Prior to working at OSRAM SYLVANIA, Shaun practiced at three well-known IP law firms in the Boston area, ranging from very small to mid-sized to very large. Shaun holds in BS in Electrical Engineering (magna cum laude) from Union College, and a JD from Boston University, where he served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Science and Technology Law (2001-02). Shaun is a registered U.S. patent attorney and is a named inventor on three U.S. patents. When not contemplating which is the perfect Monty Python quote to apply to today’s crisis at the office, Shaun enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, learning something new in history, science, and technology, and staying on top of the latest developments in baseball statistical analysis.
Regina counsels clients on their most complex intellectual property issues in both transactional and operational settings. She advises private and public companies on technology transactions, including strategic acquisitions, private equity investments, licensing, and other commercial agreements. She is an experienced legal strategist who has helped clients grow, commercialize, and design around significant IP assets. Amongst her clients, including startups and mature companies, Regina is known for practical and effective advice that is rooted in their business needs.
A dual-qualified U.S. lawyer and Solicitor of England and Wales, Regina also represents clients in European patent oppositions and other post-grant proceedings. She is the author of The EU's Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: A reference guide to the core legislation, regulations and rules of procedure, and speaks and writes regularly about global IP strategies for U.S. companies.
Regina has undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from MIT, and previously worked in the telecommunications and software industries. She has deep experience across a range of technologies, including blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, semiconductor, financial technology (fintech), and medical technologies.
Kevin Angle is counsel in the privacy & cybersecurity group, based in Ropes & Gray’s Boston office. He represents a broad range of companies on privacy and cybersecurity matters, guiding clients through the existing patchwork of U.S. federal and state laws as well as the European Union’s comprehensive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other international privacy and cybersecurity laws. In that context, Kevin advises clients on privacy and cybersecurity matters arising in corporate transactions. He also assists clients in responding to data breach incidents, helping clients in assessing their legal obligations following a breach and in responding to regulatory authorities and others.
Kevin advises clients in instituting comprehensive privacy and cybersecurity compliance programs. Kevin represents U.S.-based clients in understanding their obligations and meeting the requirements of the GDPR as well as the California Consumer Privacy Act. He also regularly assists clients in complying with marketing privacy laws such as the U.S. CAN-SPAM and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
A Certified Information Privacy Professional, Kevin leverages his prior experience in litigation to provide clients with risk-conscious advice. Kevin helps clients to anticipate and address potential areas of legal exposure and to structure breach responses and privacy programs to minimize potential liability.
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.
Charles Sanders is a partner in the Boston office of Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on intellectual property matters with an emphasis on patent litigation. Mr. Sanders represents clients as lead counsel in federal district court, the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and the Federal Circuit. He has obtained multimillion-dollar settlements, ITC exclusion orders, summary judgments, and trial and appellate victories. Mr. Sanders has handled a diverse range of technologies, including those involving aircraft, acoustic equipment, automotive components, bio-therapeutics, computer hardware and software, electromechanical devices, environmental remediation, fluid separation, LEDs, MRI, MOCVD, medical devices, OLEDs, network security, pharmaceuticals, rare earth magnets, semiconductors, smart phones, spectroscopy and communication systems.
Mr. Sanders received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and holds an A.B. in chemistry and physics from Harvard University. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association, Boston Patent Law Association, and the ITC Trial Lawyers Association.
Anne Shea Gaza has been successfully litigating intellectual property and complex commercial cases for almost two decades. With meticulous attention to detail and big-picture strategic vision, Ms. Gaza represents national and international clients in Delaware’s state and federal courts. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a diverse range of industries and technologies.
Ms. Gaza also advises clients on the various e-discovery standards and practices across the courts. She has developed an in-depth understanding of electronic discovery and served on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware’s Ad Hoc Committee on E-Discovery (responsible for drafting the Court’s Default Standard for Discover. Including Discovery of Electronically Stored Information).
In 2014, she was appointed by the Delaware Supreme Court to its Commission on Law & Technology and is a member of the Technology Inn of Court. In addition to serving as an advocate for her clients in the courtroom, Ms. Gaza has extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution, particularly court-directed and private mediation. She also serves as a neutral arbitrator in both intellectual property and complex commercial matters. She serves as an appointed arbitrator through the American Arbitration Association (AAA).
An accomplished author, Ms. Gaza is also a member of the editorial board for the Federal Bar Association’s magazine The Federal Lawyer. She is also a frequent speaker with federal and state court judges and local practitioners on industry-related topics as well as ethics and professionalism. Ms. Gaza is a member of the Board of Bar Examiners for the State of Delaware and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. With an AV-Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, she was selected as a 2014 Women Leaders in the Law and profiled in a special section of Fortune magazine.
While in law school, Ms. Gaza served on the Journal of Law & Commerce. She also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Carol Los Mansmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
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Mr. Levitt’s 30 years of legal experience centers in the corporate sector where he has been at the forefront of intellectual property changes. As Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Dow Corning Corporation, Mr. Levitt led a global team of more than 25 employees to advance and protect Dow Corning’s diverse technologies and markets. Previously, Mr. Levitt served as corporate counsel at DuPont and General Counsel of Solae, LLC, a joint venture by DuPont and Bunge.
Christopher Carroll is an Intellectual Property partner based in the Firm's Boston office, with a dual practice in London. He concentrates his practice on providing strategic patent advocacy and is licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the UK High Court. He provides advice and develops strategies for clients on patents, trademarks and copyrights.
Christopher's engineering background enables him to focus on the areas of mechanical, electrical, software and communications engineering including wireless protocols, Internet protocols and information security. His clients include software, telecommunications, medical and Internet companies.
Christopher's experience involves drafting and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications and advising on patent portfolios for clients located all over the world. He regularly prepares legal opinions regarding patent validity, infringement and freedom-to-operate, provided due diligence opinions related to intellectual property, and drafted technology-related license agreements. He also has extensive experience handling Opposition and Appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office.
Prior to joining White & Case, Christopher was Counsel at an international law firm. In his earlier career prior to attending law school, Christopher supervised research related to wireless communications network security at Verizon and GTE Laboratories. He also developed Mobile IP cryptographic key distribution procedure used by Verizon Wireless in its 3G data service. His background also encompasses service in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force as a nuclear reactor operator. Christopher is an inventor of eight U.S. patents related to wireless security.
VP Group Intellectual Property with global responsibility and a breadth of experience in several cross functional management positions including Intellectual Property management, New Business Development, Business Process Integration and Improvement, Strategic Portfolio Management, Technology and Product Development, and IT systems implementation in a global organization with 41 locations in 18 countries serving filtration, food packaging, medical, diagnostics, glass fiber reinforcements, decor, technical paper and release liner markets.
Responsibilities include IP matter management including patent, trade secret and trade mark management, collaboration agreements, conflict management, training and global implementation of IP policy.
Ms. Chakravorty is Senior IP Counsel at Signify (formerly Philips Lighting). She strategically develops and manages large domestic and international patent portfolios related to smart connected lighting, intelligent workspaces, Internet of Things, data analytics, and machine learning. She also provides opinions on the patentability of inventions from various R&D initiatives and conducts infringement and validity analysis. Additionally, Ms. Chakravorty leads due diligence investigations of 3rd party IP portfolios in the context of acquisitions and licensing opportunities and handles IP issues arising in the context of collaborative research and joint development efforts.
Gael Diane Tisack is the Deputy General Counsel – IP for Olympus Corporation of the Americas. Prior to her work at Olympus was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation for nearly 13 years and founded the Technology Transfer Office at Wichita State University. She was an Associate Attorney at Brinks, Gilson & Lione after law school. Mrs. Tisack graduated, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and is admitted in Michigan and a registered Patent Attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is a frequent guest lecturer at several universities including Georgetown Law School, the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland and Wichita State University. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and was an engineer and manager at Ford Motor Company for 11 years.
Saket Sankhla is a Senior Business Unit Patent Officer for IT business at Schneider Electric. He leads Schneider Electric’s global IT IP function. His key responsibilities include: portfolio development and strategic IP development, determine new technologies for Schneider Electric, manage IP budget, and negotiating tech transfers with strategic partners within the company and beyond. Saket enjoys presenting IP training to the upper management. Mr. Sankhla travels globally to assist the R&D hubs.
Mr. Sankhla has held numerous global leadership roles in law, business, and technology. Prior to his current position, he has worked with reputed law firms, and corporations such as SAP and Motorola. Before venturing in IP, Saket worked in software programming and electronics. He believes this gives him an added advantage to understand the engineers (lack of engineer’s interest in IP) and project life cycle.
Saket’s passion to share knowledge brings him to present in many IP Summits. He routinely speaks and counsels globally on successfully executing global IP strategies for competitive advantage, effecting exceptional returns on IP investment, and transforming to innovative global legal department operations.
He even finds time to be give lecturers in University of New Hampshire. Mr. Sankhla has a Masters of Intellectual Property from Franklin Pierce Law Center, Masters in Information Technology from IIT-Roorkee, and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from Bharathiar University.