Intellectual Property Panel Moderator
Lita Nelsen
Director, Technology Licensing Office


Lisa manages patenting and technology licensing operations for the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the Whitehead Institute. She specializes in technology transfer in the biomedical field and in university entrepreneurship. She hasmarketed and negotiated over 100 licenses in this field. Recognized expert in university technology transfer. She is also an active lecturer and adviser to many national and international universities and governments in university technology transfer and entrepreneurship. She is a Cambridge MIT Institute Fellow, studying, advising and training in technology transfer in the UK.


Intellectual Property Panel
Sam (Bo) Pasternack
Partner, Choate Intellectual Property Department


Sam (Bo) Pasternack is a member of the Intellectual Property Department. Dr. Pasternack obtains both US and foreign patents over a broad range of technologies and renders opinions relating to patent validity, infringement and freedom to operate. He has performed major patent application work for Boston area universities, research organizations and high technology companies. Dr. Pasternack’s technical expertise includes high temperature superconducting materials, semiconductor technology, drug delivery technology, laser physics, medical technology, vibration suppression systems, automatic control systems, and computer hardware and software. In addition, he solicited the first high temperature superconductivity patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Dr. Pasternack also represents clients in interferences before the United States Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. He is currently involved in a complex, six party interference.

Dr. Pasternack’s technical experience includes: Research Assistant, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University; Senior Engineer, United States Department of Transportation; and Research Associate, Center for Policy Alternatives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Intellectual Property Panel
Steven Bauer
Partner, Co-chair of Proskauer Rose Patent Litigation Group


Steve has over twenty years of experience concentrating exclusively in matters relating to complex patent and other intellectual property litigation, and dispute resolution. Steve has been named as one of the leading attorneys in his field in the 2004-2006 editions of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and in the 2007 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Steve has been lead trial counsel in matters involving surgical and medical devices; genetic and biomolecular science; financial software and business method processes; high-energy plasma systems; VoIP and SONET switching; voice recognition telecommunications and cable technology; nanotechnology; polymer chemistry; high temperature superconductors; and encryption, digital compression and error correction techniques.

Steve obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law. After law school, he was a law clerk to Judge Philip Nichols, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Steve is presently vice-chair of the Litigation Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, has been an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law, where he taught intellectual property trial advocacy, patent law, and computer law courses, and is an active neutral for the American Arbitration Association. Steve has published a number of papers, speaks regularly to leading patent law and industry groups, and is frequently quoted in the national press on intellectual property issues.


Intellectual Property Panel
Ed Gates
Chairman, Wolf Greenfield


Ed Gates serves as Chairman of Wolf Greenfield after leading the firm for five years as Managing Partner. He chairs the firm’s Pharmaceutical Group, co-chairs the IP Transactions Group, and is a member of the Biotechnology, Interference, and Litigation Groups.

Ed has 20+ years of broad intellectual property experience, with a focus on IP counseling, licensing, patent portfolio development, interferences, and the creation of litigation strategies. He assists industry leaders, start-ups, and research institutions in the health care industry and also has extensive experience in the consumer products arena.

Known nationally for his expertise in university policy with respect to IP, Ed is effective on either side of the table in structuring technology deals arising out of academic and hospital research institutions. Among his accomplishments, Ed has built portfolios totaling over $1 billion in funding. He has extensive experience serving as primary negotiator and/or lead counsel in dozens of licensing transactions, including directing a marathon 30-hour bankruptcy auction resulting in a revival of the debtor. Ed has also co-founded three biotechnology companies, two with products in clinical trials.

Ed has been named in Boston Magazine as one of Massachusetts' "Super Lawyers" in the field of intellectual property.