IP Summit Speakers for 2017

Friday, February 24th


Keynote Speakers

Judge Jimmie V. Reyna, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

JIMMIE V. REYNA was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama in 2011. Prior to his appointment, Judge Reyna was an international trade attorney and shareholder at Williams Mullen, where he directed the firm’s Trade and Customs Practice Group (1998-2011), led its Latin America Task Force (2006-08), and served on its board of directors (2009-11). He was an associate and partner at the Washington law firm of Stewart and Stewart (1986-98). From 1981 to 1986, Judge Reyna was a solo practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico and, prior to that, an associate at an Albuquerque, New Mexico firm. Judge Reyna was appointed and served on the U.S. roster of dispute settlement panelists for trade disputes under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (1994-2011), and the U.S. Indicative List of Non-Governmental Panelists for the World Trade Organization, Dispute Settlement Mechanism, for disputes both in trade in goods and trade in services (1995- 2011). Judge Reyna is the author of two books, Passport to North American Trade: Rules of Origin and Customs Procedures Under the NAFTA (Shepards 1995), and The GATT Uruguay Round, A Negotiating History: Services, 1986-1992 (Kluwer 1993) and numerous articles on international trade and customs issues. He was the founder and senior co-editor of the Hispanic National Bar Association Journal of Law and Policy. Judge Reyna has worked throughout his career towards the positive development of the U.S. legal profession. He served in various leadership positions in the ABA Section on International Law and the Section on Dispute Settlement. He was a founder and member of the board of directors of the U.S.-Mexico Law Institute. He has provided nearly two decades of leadership in the Hispanic National Bar Association, including serving as its National President (2006-07). Judge Reyna has received numerous awards, including the Ohtli Award (the highest honor bestowed by the Mexican government on non-Mexican citizens), and has been recognized as among the nation’s 100 most influential Latino leaders by the Hispanic Business Magazine (2011), the Latino Leaders Magazine (2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016), and the Washington Business Journal (2010). Judge Reyna is active in several educational projects involving U.S. patent law. In 2015, the first intellectual property Inn of Court in Minnesota was founded, and it was named the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.




U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R- Utah)

Senator Orrin G. Hatch represents Utah in the United States Senate. He is the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force. He is also the former Chairman and the longest-serving member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the former Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Senator Hatch has long been a leader on technology and intellectual property issues. Most recently, he authored the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which President Obama signed into law last spring. This critically important legislation provides a federal private right of action against individuals and companies that misappropriate trade secrets. Senator Hatch is also well known as the author of the Hatch-Waxman Act, which made possible the modern generic drug market. As the most senior member of the majority party in the Senate, Senator Hatch serves as the Senate President Pro Tempore.




Robert L. Stoll, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Washington, D.C.)

Robert L. Stoll is a partner on the Patent team at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Group.  In October of 2013, he was appointed by Chief Judge Rader to a three-year term on the CAFC Advisory Council and was reappointed for another three-year term in 2016 by Chief Judge Sharon Prost.  As the former USPTO Commissioner for Patents, he was instrumental in the passage of landmark patent legislation, the America Invents Act, and lauded for his efforts to reduce patent pendency and improve patent quality.  He has spent his career improving the intellectual property system and educating the public, applicants, corporations and foreign governments on the criticality of intellectual property to economic growth and job creation.  The 2012 recipient of Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s lifetime achievement in intellectual property award, he has a deep understanding of domestic and foreign intellectual property law.  He was instrumental in the development and analysis of legislation concerning all areas of intellectual property and was one of the country’s leaders in establishing the U.S. government’s positions on international issues related to intellectual property.  He earned his J.D. in 1985 from the Catholic University of America and his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1979 from the University of Maryland.



James Pooley, Senior Counsel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Silicon Valley, CA)

James Pooley represents clients in preventing and resolving trade secret and patent disputes. The Senate Judiciary Committee relied on his expert testimony and advice during consideration of the recently-enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act. In 2014, Mr. Pooley completed a five-year term as Deputy Director General at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, where he was responsible for management of the international patent system. Before his service at WIPO, Mr. Pooley was a successful trial lawyer in Silicon Valley for over 35 years. He has also taught trade secret law at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served as President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and as Chairman of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Mr. Pooley is an author or co-author of several major works in the IP field, including his treatise Trade Secrets (Law Journal Press) and the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide (Federal Judicial Center). His recent business book is Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage (Verus Press 2015). In 2016 Mr. Pooley was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame for his contributions to IP law and practice.







Featured Speakers (listed in order of speaking)


David R. Todd, Workman Nydegger (Salt Lake City, UT)

David R. Todd’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation, and on client counseling matters requiring expertise in intellectual property law, including analyses of patent infringement and validity. He has participated as counsel in over 25 patent appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and in a number of intellectual property actions in federal trial courts and at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Todd served from 1997-1998 as a law clerk to the Honorable Randall R. Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which resolves patent appeals from all U.S. district courts as well as all appeals from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Todd has participated in authoring a number of publications on patent law issues, has lectured on intellectual property issues, and currently serves as an adjunct professor of law at Brigham Young University where he has taught courses in patent law and intellectual property litigation. He has also served as the principal author in amicus briefs filed on behalf of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in cases pending before the United States Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit.



Kirk Ririe, Chief Innovation Office, bioMerieux (Salt Lake City)

Kirk M. Ririe founded Idaho Technology (ITI) in 1990.  Working with Dr. Carl Wittwer and Dr. Randy Rasmussen, ITI developed the LightCycler® instrument to perform fast real-time fluorescent monitoring of PCR for nucleic acid detection.  In 1997, Mr. Ririe, Dr. Wittwer, Dr. Rasmussen brokered a multi-year, multimillion-dollar licensing and collaborative research agreement with Roche.  Innovation flourished under this collaboration. In 2003, ITI was awarded a contract with the U.S. Government to develop products for the Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostics System (JBAIDS) program.  Since then, ITI has been the primary supplier of biothreat detection products to the U.S. military. Mr. Ririe’s latest invention the FilmArray® System and Respiratory Panel, received FDA clearance in 2011 with the ability to test for dozens of different organisms simultaneously in under an hour.  Three additional panels for the FilmArray System have also received FDA clearance. Idaho Technology changed its name to BioFire Diagnostics in 2012.  The FilmArray technology also drew the attention of bioMérieux, which later acquired BioFire on January 16, 2014.  Subsequently, Mr. Ririe served as CEO of the BioFire Defense affiliate until June 2016, when he moved to the role of Chief Innovation Officer for bioMérieux.


Jason Stach, Partner, Finnegan IP (Atlanta, GA)

Jason Stach is the head of Finnegan’s PTAB Trials practice.  He focuses on post-grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and litigation in district courts and at the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has experience in over 80 inter partes review, covered business method review, and post-grant review proceedings. He also represents clients in Federal Circuit appeals stemming from Patent Office decisions and court actions. He currently serves as the Chair of the PTAB Trials Committee in the recently-formed PTAB Bar Association, the Communications Chair in the Atlanta Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, and the hiring partner for Finnegan’s Atlanta office.



Roger Schecter, Professor of Law, George Washington University

Roger Schechter is a Professor of Law at George Washington University, where he has served on the faculty since 1980. He has also been a visiting faculty member at the Law Schools of the University of Virginia and New York University. He teaches and writes in the areas of copyrights, trademarks and torts. He has co-authored a West Hornbook on Intellectual Property Law, along with a number of casebooks and journal articles in both copyright and trademark law. He has served on the Advisory Board of the BNA Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the McCarthy Institute of Intellectual Property Law and Technology at the University Of San Francisco School Of Law. Professor Schechter obtained his undergraduate degree from G.W.U. and his law degree from Harvard and is a member of the New York State Bar. In 2004 he was honored with INTA’S Pattishall Medal for Excellence in the Teaching of Trademark Law.





Michael Lasinski, CEO of 284 Partners, LLC (Detroit, MI)

Michael Lasinski is an internationally recognized expert in intellectual property (“IP”) valuation.  Mr. Lasinski has completed more than five hundred IP valuation projects in the past 22 years. Mr. Lasinski has valued intellectual property in US Federal, State, Tax and Bankruptcy courts. He has testified both in the US and internationally on issues concerning IP damages, tax matters, bankruptcy matters, FRAND issues, breach of contract as well as in other contexts. Mr. Lasinski has been a key member of the negotiation team in licensing, litigation settlement, tax matters and Joint Ventures both domestically and internationally. Mr. Lasinski founded 284 Partners, LLC, an IP consultancy that now services both law firms and corporations on a global scale. Prior to 284 Partners, Mr. Lasinski was a partner in a number of economic consulting firms. Mr. Lasinski holds both an MBA and BSEE from the University of Michigan.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Licensing Professional (a designation developed by the Licensing Executives Society). After holding a number of leadership positions in the Licensing Executives Society, USA & Canada, Mr. Lasinski became its president in 2010. While not a lawyer, Mr. Lasinski became a division chair for the IP Section of the American Bar Association. Finally, Mr. Lasinski was also the founder and Vice Chair of the valuation and taxation committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Society.





David C. Robinson, Managing Partner at Useable (Salt Lake City, UT)

David C Robinson is currently a Managing Partner at Useable where he is helping to reinvent the traditional Venture Accelerator. Useable works with startups to fund & execute on their ideas. We’re strategists, financial professionals, and coders ourselves. We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out how to make beautiful, functional products that people adopt and use. Robinson is also an active Angel Investor and commercialization specialist that has worked with dozens of startups, Universities and state and federal Governments to align incentives, rewards and policies to create entrepreneurial ecosystems. In the last 30 years, I have been the CEO of 9 companies with 6 successful exits and 3 still in process. Robinson’s portfolio currently includes 41 investments; 65% in Software / Technology and 35% in Medical Device or Health Sciences. Over the last 30 years, Robinson has raised or helped raise more than $150 million for new company ventures and has played a leadership role in several successful ventures in a wide variety of industries including Environment Sciences, Entertainment, Telecommunications, and Medical Devices.





Judge David Nuffer, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Judge David Nuffer was appointed as a United States District Judge in the District of Utah on March 23, 2012 and became Chief Judge on September 1, 2014. From 1995 – 2003, he was a part time United States Magistrate Judge, part time lawyer and was appointed as a full time magistrate judge January 17, 2003. He serves on the Federal Judicial Center Executive Education Advisory Committee and for fifteen years taught at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. After graduating from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University he practiced law 25 years in St. George Utah. While in private practice, he was a managing partner with a law firm that grew from 2 lawyers to 25 and taught law office management at the law school. During his years as a lawyer, he was a member and Chair of the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission and a commissioner and president of the Utah State Bar. He is a frequent lecturer on technology and legal issues; for several years taught an automation orientation course to all new federal magistrate judges two times a year in San Antonio, Texas; and developed national technology related curriculum for magistrate judges.  Judge Nuffer was co-developer of Chambers Online Automation Training, a 40 lesson course in computer skills for judges and chambers staff.  He maintains a web page of court-related technology resources along with a TechNews for Judges blog on the U S Courts intranet. International activities include presentations to judges, lawyers and law students in Brazil and Czech Republic and Rule of Law work in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Sharjah, Egypt, and Ukraine, as well as regularly hosting judge visits from many countries. He taught lawyers from Iran in Antalya and Istanbul, Turkey and participated in a legal education seminar in Izmir Turkey. He taught law professors and law students in Ukraine with the Leavitt Institute and was co-editor of the Leavitt Institute curriculum “Foundations of a Free Society,” a course emphasizing ethics, citizenship and the practice of democracy.


Nancy R. Frandsen, Partner, Baker Hostetler (Philadelphia, PA)

Nancy Frandsen leads BakerHostetler’s national Trademark team. For more than 30 years, Nancy has guided clients not only through the core areas of trademark and copyright counseling and portfolio management, but also through the more complex areas of the practice, including enforcement before the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Nancy’s in-depth knowledge of her clients’ businesses, from individual entrepreneurs to major corporations, enables her to support and advance their unique objectives and goals. This has led Nancy to be ranked for many years by Chambers USA as a “Leading Lawyer” in Intellectual Property Law, where she has been described as “a talented litigator” and “a worthy adversary” (Chambers USA 2012). Nancy is co-author of What the General Practitioner Should Know About Trademarks and Copyrights (6th ed.), published by ALI-ABA. Nancy is the course planner of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s annual IP Institute, a two-day seminar on the hottest topics in IP law, which she has planned and co-chaired since its inception in 2007.





Barry Cohen, Esq, Partner, Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC (Philadelphia, PA)

Mr. Cohen is a Partner at Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC in Philadelphia, PA. He concentrates his practice in intellectual property and business litigation. Since 2011, Chambers & Partners USA has identified Mr. Cohen as a leading Intellectual Property Attorney in Pennsylvania. In 2004, he was selected by American Lawyer Media as one of only 30 attorneys under the age of 40 to be on the fast track in Philadelphia. Since 2009, Mr. Cohen has been selected by Law and Politics as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers. His recognized expertise has been tapped by CNBC, which has called upon him several times to serve as a commentator on current IP legal issues, and he is a frequent author of articles on a variety of legal matters. Mr. Cohen is the past Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee and is the Co-Course Planner of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Annual 2 Day IP Law Institute. He earned his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1993 and his B.A. in Economics and History from Emory University in 1990. In 2001, Mr. Cohen was a Fellow at the Temple University Academy of Advocacy.







Kevin Noonan, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

KEVIN  E. NOONAN, Ph.D. is a biotechnology patent lawyer and partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. Dr. Noonan has represented dozens of start-up companies and universities regarding cutting-edge technologies, including patent portfolio development, licensing, private placement investments and initial public offerings. In addition, Dr. Noonan also has represented major U.S. pharmaceutical companies in patent interferences, prosecution, infringement litigation, and in obtaining patent term extension for valuable drug products.  Dr. Noonan is a founding author of the biotechnology patent weblog, PatentDocs (www.patentdocs.us), which has been recognized as the preeminent biotechnology patent blog. Dr. Noonan received a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University and is a cum laude graduate of the John Marshall Law School. He lectures widely on U.S. patent law and biotechnology patent matters. He is also an adjunct professor of law at DePaul School of  Law, IIT-Kent School of law  and John Marshall Law School. Dr. Noonan is admitted to practice in Illinois and Massachusetts and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Additional information is available at www.mbhb.com.



Margaret Polson, Polson Intellectual Property Law Firm (Westminster, CO)

Margaret Polson, founder and principal attorney for Polson Intellectual Property Law, leads the firm in authority and expert knowledge of intellectual property law. Overseeing the preparation and prosecution of utility and design patent applications, trademarks, and copyrights, she also assists clients with licensing and intellectual property strategy and management. In the United States, Ms. Polson has drafted, prosecuted and enforced utility patents for diverse clients and obtained patents in a wide variety of technical areas, from drilling tools to computer controlled rock saws, complex amusement rides, and vegetable-based engine oil. She helps multinational corporations protect their intellectual property worldwide, including IP strategy, patent portfolio management, and enforcement.  Ms. Polson also has obtained hundreds of design patents for her clients on a wide variety of commercial products.  Ms. Polson also specializes in helping startups spend their limited intellectual property budget wisely, having counsel hundreds of startups and individual inventors during her career. Ms. Polson is the immediate past Chair of the Industrial Designs Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and is the chair for the Education and Event planning subcommittee of Industrial Designs committee.




Molly Kocialski, Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO

As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Most recently, Ms. Kocialski was the Senior Patent Counsel for Oracle America, Inc. Prior to Oracle, worked at Qwest Corporation, and was also in private practice in both New York and Colorado focusing on intellectual property litigation for multiple high-tech companies while maintaining an active prosecution docket. She currently serves on the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Ms. Kocialski served as the head of the IP Committee and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and currently serves on the National IP Committee of the Association of the Corporate Counsel. She is also the Chair of the Planning Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado IP Inn of Court. Ms. Kocialski is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and the University of New Mexico.








Stephen G. Kunin, Partner, Oblon (Washington, D.C.)

STEPHEN G. KUNIN is the former Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has more than 45 years of expertise in intellectual property rights protection and 27 years of organizational management and leadership experience. Mr. Kunin, as a Partner, serves as a patent consultant who advises clients on patent prosecution and policy matters. He also serves as an expert witness on patent law, policy, practice and procedure.  He chairs the firm’s Contested Proceedings and General Counsel Committees.  His team of Post-Grant Practice Partners maintains the firm’s Patents Post Grant Legal Blog www.patentspostgrant.com to share insights and commentary on the complex array of existing and proposed post-grant issues, observe trends, practice tips and news relating to patent reexamination, reissue, and USPTO administrative trials.  In February 2011, he was elected by his law partners to the firm’s Management Committee. He now serves on the Management Committee as General Counsel of the law firm.



Michael E. McCabe, Jr., Partner, Funk & Bolton, PA (Baltimore, MD)

Michael E. McCabe, Jr. is a patent attorney with twenty years of IP litigation, counseling, and law firm risk management experience. Mr. McCabe’s practice focuses on advising and defending patent attorneys and agents, trademark attorneys, and IP law firms in matters relating to ethics, professional responsibility, and attorney suspension and disbarment proceedings before the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) of the USPTO.  Mr. McCabe also advises law firms and corporate IP departments on risk management and best practices for avoiding legal malpractice and ethics claims. He is also the creator of IPethics & INsights™, a law blog that covers ethics issues of concern for the IP practitioner. Mr. McCabe is a frequent speaker on topics relating to ethics and malpractice, particularly in the field of patent and trademark law and in matters involving practice before the USPTO. Mr. McCabe is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, and he received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Mr. McCabe presently serves as a guest lecturer on Patent Law at The Johns Hopkins University.