PHILADELPHIA--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Russell E. Levine, a partner with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, has been elected President of the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. LES has over 4,500 members and more than 30 local chapters throughout the United States and Canada. It is the largest of the 32 National Societies within the Licensing Executive Society International, which has a membership base of over 10,000 licensing executives from over 90 countries. Mr. Levine is the first LES President to deliver a virtual acceptance speech. His remarks were released on the LES website (www.lesusacanada.org) and through its social media networks at 5 p.m. Wednesday, immediately following the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. The Society also appointed its 2013-2014 Board of Officers and Trustees during the meeting this week.
“LES has more relevance in today’s quickly-evolving, IP-centric marketplace than ever before”
As President, Mr. Levine intends to focus on growing membership by leveraging innovative branding and marketing strategies and social media outreach to highlight the tremendous value of LES membership to a broad spectrum of licensing professionals across industries. “LES has more relevance in today’s quickly-evolving, IP-centric marketplace than ever before,” said. Mr. Levine. “LES offers unparalleled value for licensing, business development, technology transfer and other professionals in patent, know-how, software, trademark, copyright, and other areas of licensing in corporations, universities and government. There is no other society or industry organization that provides the depth of educational and networking opportunities for those involved in the business of IP.”
At Kirkland & Ellis, Mr. Levine focuses his trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution practice on patent infringement matters and disputes involving technology transfer and patent license agreements. His practice includes structuring and negotiating both licensing-in and licensing-out transactions.
He has been an LES member since 1992 and active throughout as a volunteer on various committees, in leadership roles, and as a content provider at annual, seasonal and local chapter meetings. In addition to his most recent role as President-Elect, he also is an International Delegate to, and Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee for, LES International (LESI). He has previously served as a LES (USA & Canada) Trustee, as Co-Chair of the Litigation Committee (1994-1998), as Co-Chair of the Laws & Government Action Committee for several years, a member of the 2005 Annual Meeting Committee, Program Co-Chair for the 2009 Spring Meeting, and as Meeting Chair for the 2011 Spring Meeting. His “Top 10” workshops at LES Annual Meetings are consistently standing room only. Mr. Levine has been an instructor for several LES educational courses and he is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP™).
President-Elect, Pamela Demain is Executive Director for Corporate Licensing at Merck & Co., Inc. where she is responsible for negotiating transactions with companies, universities and institutions worldwide. She also heads up relationship development for licensing. Ms. Demain received the LES Frank Barnes Mentor Award last year and has served LES tirelessly as Regional Vice President, USA, and for several years as Vice President for Communications, where she oversaw a major refocusing and tailoring of LES messages and branding, launch of the LES Insights weekly e-newsletter, and the creation of the first LES (USA & Canada) Editorial Board. She has also been responsible for the development of the first LES Policy Manual and was Plenary Chair for the 2011 Annual Meeting. As Trustee for Partnering in 2006-2007, she spearheaded the Power Networking initiative. She has been a member of the Health Care Committee since 2003, involved in planning for the Health Care Sector at LES (USA & Canada) meetings and in Viewpoints, and also has worked on a number of strategic initiatives with the Membership and Sponsorship Teams. She has been an active LES speaker and attendee at seasonal, annual and New Jersey Chapter meetings for many years.
Immediate Past President, Tatiana Moore is General Manager, Business Development & Strategy for Microsoft’s Business Solutions division where she leads a team of business development professionals. In her Intellectual Property (IP) career, Ms. Moore has led and participated in a wide variety of transactions involving all forms of IP, including licensing, collaborations, asset sales, divestitures and joint ventures. Ms. Moore has been a member of the LES (USA & Canada) Board since 2008, serving as President and President-Elect, where she focused heavily on strategic planning and membership. She has also been Vice President of Communications & Marketing (2011), Trustee for Meeting Content (2010), and Trustee for Partnering (2009). She also chaired the 2010 Winter Meeting, has been instrumental in leading the IP100 Executive Forum and served four years as Secretary of the LES Foundation Board.
Regional Vice President, USA, Brian O’Shaughnessy is a registered U.S. patent attorney and a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of the IP law firm, RatnerPrestia. He counsels innovation-oriented organizations in deriving value from IP, especially through IP portfolio management, licensing, enforcement, risk avoidance, and special administrative proceedings before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. In his role as LES Regional Vice President, USA, Mr. O’Shaughnessy oversees LES public policy positions and outreach, particularly interacting with Congress on legislative developments and with the Administration on IP Policy initiatives. He has authored and upgraded various modules of the LES Professional Development Series, “Intellectual Asset Management,” for which he has served as a faculty member for over ten years. He has also edited the complete Professional Development Series and supervised implementation of those offerings. He frequently speaks and writes on developments in the law and practice of licensing and IP protection.
Regional Vice President, Canada, Peter Ross is a founding member of Ross Mongeon Covello & Co., a business and IP firm with offices throughout Ontario. The firm services both institutional and corporate clients as well as early-stage initiatives. He has been a member of LES (USA & Canada) since 2002 and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2006. In 2011 he was elected Regional Vice President, Canada with a focus on raising awareness within LES of IP issues impacting the Canadian business environment. From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Ross was the Trustee, Local Chapters for USA-West and Canada and subsequently for USA-East and Canada. He has also been active in the development of the CLP program and was Chair of the Examination Development Committee. He has been a member of the LES Foundation Board since 2008 and is currently the Board’s Secretary. He has also been a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s “Leaders’ Roundtable on Commercialization.”
Secretary, Paul Roberts is Vice President of Licensing at Inventergy where he assists technology leaders in attaining greater value from their IP assets. He has been active in LES (USA & Canada) since 1996 and a Trustee since 2004. In recent years, Mr. Roberts has served three years as both VP for Membership and VP for Local Chapters where he oversaw membership and sponsorship activities. He has also served as the Industrial Sector Trustee, Trustee for website matters and introduced new website functionality. Mr. Roberts has chaired the High Technology Sector, served as a workshop and add-on speaker, Meeting Chair for the 2009 Spring Meeting in Montreal and Co-Chair for the 2008 Annual Meeting in Vancouver.
Treasurer, Kevin Arst is a Managing Director of 284 Partners, LLC. He has been a consultant focused on financial issues pertaining to intellectual property since 1999. His practice concentrates on the valuation of IP and the determination of economic damages in intellectual property litigation. He is a CLP, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Arst has been an LES member since 2006. He has served as a Co-Chair for the San Francisco Chapter, a Co-Chair of the LES (USA & Canada) Valuation and Taxation Committee, and a founding member of the LES Insights Editorial Board.
In addition, new and continuing Board of Trustee members for 2013-2014 include:
- VP, International, Arthur Rose, Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
- VP, Communication & Member Engagement, William Elkington, Senior Director, IP Management, Rockwell Collins, Inc.
- VP, Education, Jeffrey Whittle, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP
- VP, Strategic & Long-Range Planning, Caroline Rockafellow, Corporate Counsel, Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc.
- Trustee, Local Chapters, Hilton Sue, Partner, Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala, LLP
- VP, Meeting Programming & Design, Stasia Ogden, Associate General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
- Trustee, Member Engagement, Don Drinkwater, Director of Licensing for a major consumer electronics corporation
- Trustee, Associate VP, Local Chapters: Panagiota “Betty” Koutsigiannis, Partner, Robic LLP
- Trustee, Corporate Communications, John (Jack) Tupman, VP, Corporate Business Development, Eli Lilly and Company
- Trustee at Large, Cheryl Cejka, Director, Technology Commercialization, Battelle at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Trustee, Content Creation, Capture and Delivery, Robert Held, Senior Director, Intellectual Asset Management, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
- Trustee, E-learning, Rich Baker, President, New England Intellectual Property Licensing, LLC
- Trustee, Onsite Education, Linda Chao, Senior Associate, Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University
- Associate VP, International, Ned Barlas, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
- Trustee at Large, Gary Fedorochko, Shareholder, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
- Trustee at Large, Simmone Misra, Director, IP Licensing, Microsoft
- Trustee at Large, Ida Shum, Senior Manager of Business Development, Samsung
- Trustee at Large, Susan Stoddard, Senior Licensing Manager, Mayo Clinic Ventures
- Counsel, John Paul, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP