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Board of Governors

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President & Chair

Jim Deane, University of Oregon

Jim Deane (Ph.D., MBA, CLP) has been identifying, protecting and licensing innovative technologies, and helping build new companies to commercialize them, for over fifteen years across the United States. Currently Jim is Associate Director for Innovation Partnership Services office at the University of Oregon. Prior to returning to the West Coast in 2015, Jim served as Vice President for Technology Transfer at Tekcapital, a for-profit technology scouting and acquisition firm that helps operating companies commercialize innovations from universities and laboratories across the globe. read more

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Chair-Elect / Secretary

Ben Dibling, University of Pennsylvania, Penn Center for Innovation

Benjamin Dibling is the Executive Director of Licensing in the Penn Center for Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania, where he leads the licensing and corporate contracting groups.  Ben’s team of approximately twenty professional staff are responsible for working with Penn faculty, staff and students to evaluate, protect and commercialize Penn inventions and discoveries, and to facilitate engagement with industry and start-up company formation.  Prior to joining Penn in 2016, Ben was Senior Associate Director of Licensing in the Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research at UCLA, where he focused on supporting the commercialization of a wide range of inventions with a focus in life sciences and medicine. Ben started his career in technology transfer in 2004 as a marketing intern at UChicagoTech, the office of technology and intellectual property at the University of Chicago.  Ben managed a varied portfolio during his time at UChicagoTech, and was the Program Manager in Oncology at the time he moved to UCLA in 2011. read more

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Treasurer

Timothy Kinn, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Tim has over 28 years of experience in the Petroleum Refining and Petrochemical industries; he holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA degree from Rutgers University.  He has held a number of engineering, research and business positions within ExxonMobil Chemical before joining ExxonMobil Chemical’s technology licensing organization in 2004. read more

Governors

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Immediate Past President & Chair

Tanya Moore, T.K. Moore & Associates, LLC

Tatiana Moore is an experienced technology business executive with over twenty years of business development and intellectual property licensing experience at IBM and Microsoft. She brings strong leadership and deep transactional expertise combined with an extensive software development background and management skills to the deal making process. Since leaving Microsoft in late 2015, Ms. Moore established T.K. Moore Associates LLC, a business development and intellectual property licensing consulting practice, stepping out in 2017-18 to take on a leadership role at Sonos, Inc. as the company’s Chief Licensing Officer. She serves on the Board of Governors of Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc. and is an Advisory Board Member of TurboPatent, a Voyager Capital portfolio company. read more

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Antoine Bellemare, Research Patent Management

Dr. Bellemare acts as a Chief Innovation Officer on demand through his consulting firm Research Patent Management. He has more than twenty years of experience in technology development in a wide array of environments (venture capital, startup, public multinational company, and academia) that give him a panoramic view on issues relating to technology transfer and licensing. His principal expertise is in the strategic management of intellectual assets, in drafting and negotiating of IP agreements, in IP valuation, and in the financing and management of technology development projects. He holds a bachelor degree in physics engineering and a PhD in electrical engineering from Université Laval for work related to fiber laser technology. He has two patented inventions and several well-cited scientific publications to his credit and he has been reviewer for prestigious scientific publications. read more
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Rachel Cassidy, GE Licensing

Rachel A. Cassidy, PhD, MBA, CLP is VP of Patent Licensing at General Electric Licensing, Licensing & Technology Ventures.  Rachel has over 15 years of licensing and business experience at GE, Becton Dickinson, and Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer.
 
Rachel develops and manages intellectual property assets for value optimization, including handling multi-million dollar transactions. read more
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Morgan Estabrook, APR, Northwestern University

Morgan Estabrook is an accredited public relations professional with more than 15 years of experience directing strategic marketing and communications efforts at major private and public research universities. Prior to her current role as executive director of marketing and communications for Northwestern University Alumni Relations and Development, she supported technology transfer and new ventures at the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago.

Estabrook’s work has been honored by the American Marketing Association, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and McMurry’s Center for Professional Excellence. She holds Master of Mass Communication and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. read more

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Sian Godwin, Cytiva

Sian C Godwin is the Head of Licensing for Cytiva, formerly GE Healthcare Life Sciences. Sian manages a team of licensing professionals who oversee all transactions where intellectual property is a key driver.

Sian has over 15 years of licensing and business development experience. Prior to licensing she held roles in marketing and product management, starting her career as a bench scientist. Sian is a firm believer in driving innovation through collaborative partnerships and alliances. read more

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Fiona Nicolson, Bristows LLP

Fiona joined Bristows as a partner in 2009 and is based in London. (Bristows is a UK headquartered international law firm, which advises IP rich clients). She is an IP transactional lawyer with many years’ experience in working with a large range of clients across a number of sectors including life sciences, IT, software, engineering, consumer products and academia. In addition to advising blue chip companies and public bodies, Fiona advises growing SMEs, assisting them to enter new markets through licensing and other collaborative ventures. read more

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Stasia Ogden, Tmunity Therapeutics, Inc.

Stasia Ogden is the Vice President, Intellectual Property for Tmunity Therapeutics, Inc., a private clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on next-generation T cell immunotherapy.  Prior to joining Tmunity, Stasia served as Vice President, Global Patent Litigation Governance for GlaxoSmithKline.  She has over two decades of intellectual property and business experience at Baxter, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Motorola, Inc., Monsanto Company and Johnson & Johnson.  read more

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Dan Quirk, Microsoft

Dan is a Director within Microsoft’s Enterprise Chief Technology Office, where he collaborates with enterprise-class customers to help them build first-movers advantage, shape their future, and digitally transform their businesses via pre-release access to emerging technologies. Before that, he served as the Director of Intellectual Property for Microsoft's Professional Services division, managing contract negotiations for non-standard and complex intellectual property transactions worldwide. read more

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Jeremy Schieler, AbbVie Inc. 

Jeremy Schieler is a Senior Manager in Technology Licensing and Collaborations at AbbVie Inc. where he is responsible for managing and negotiating IP-related transactions across AbbVie's R&D pipeline. Prior to AbbVie Jeremy worked at The Coca-Cola Company as an IP Strategist in Ingredient Research where he negotiated external research and development agreements and developed IP strategy for The Coca-Cola Company Ingredient Research team. Prior to this, Jeremy spent nearly 10 years in technology commercialization at Community Health Network (Director, Commercialization) and Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation where he most recently served as Director of Technology Commercialization. read more

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Julie Watson, Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP

Julie M. Watson is a patent attorney and member of the transactions practice group at Marshall Gerstein & Borun, LLP, a Chicago-based intellectual property law firm. A licensing professional with deep experience in structuring and negotiating deals to deliver strategic solutions, Julie concentrates her practice on intellectual property transactions with a particular emphasis in technology startups and university technology transfer. Her prior work includes managing nonprofit intellectual property licensing programs including the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the American Medical Association. read more

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Jeffrey Whittle, Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Jeff Whittle provides over two decades of legal experience to clients in the energy and high-tech industries. He advises on strategic and complex technology transactions, licensing, patent protection, portfolio analysis, and other contentious and transactional intellectual property matters including inter partes reexaminations, post-grant reviews, and derivation proceedings, among other disputed cases.
 
Jeff has been recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and The Legal 500 United States, among others, for his outstanding career and contributions to law and intellectual property. read more

 

 

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