Property Panel Moderator
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.
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.
Partner, Co-chair of Proskauer Rose Patent Litigation
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.
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.