Roxana Aispuro, Master in Science, Becerril Coca and Becerril
Roxana Aispuro is a Chemical Engineer with a Master´s Degree in Bioprocesses. She studied a Specialty in Strategic Management of Innovation and Industrial Property. She is in charge of the IP Value Extraction and Technology Transfer activities at the Technology Transfer Office of BC&B. (recognized by the Mexican Secretariat of Economy). She has 7 years of experience in intellectual property and technology transfer at BC&B. where she has specialized in IP technical analysis, promotion and technology transfer, strategic knowledge and innovation management, technologies assessment for promotion, technological competitive intelligence and IP Valuation. She is authorized by the Mexican Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare to train people in intellectual property and technology transfer topics. She has been instructor on several courses for private and public institutions focusing on intellectual property protection, IP valuation, knowledge management strategies and IP commercialization.
Antoine Bellemare, Investment Director, Fonds Innovexport
Dr. Bellemare is Investment Director at the venture capital fund Fonds Innovexport. He has more than 20 years of experience in technology development in a wide array of environments (VC, startup, public multinational company, and university TTO). He is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and serves as Secretary on its board, and as Co-chair of its Exam Development and Maintenance committee. He has also been highly involved in LES, where he founded and chaired the Quebec City chapter, served as Chair of the Valuation and Pricing committee and as Faculty for the IP & Licensing Basics course. He has been a speaker on various intellectual property related topics for LES, AUTM, WIPO and Technology Transfer Central, among others. He is Associate Editor (Americas) of IEEE's Industrial Electronics Technology Transfer News (IETTN). He graduated from Université Laval with a Ph.D. in photonics.
Misha Benjamin, Legal Counsel, Element AI
Misha Benjamin completed his Civil and Common Law at the University of Ottawa, and started his career as an articling student and then associate in the corporate and commercial group at BLG.
He then moved to Spiegel Sohmer where he specialized in representing emerging tech companies in their commercial and fundraising efforts. Realizing that he wanted to work closely with the business and development teams long-term, he moved to an-house position at Ubisoft Entertainment, where he dealt with a variety of IP and commercial issues.
Since joining Element AI two years ago, he has had to address all legal aspects of the business of artificial intelligence, including copyright, open-source, patent, data and commercialization issues, as well as developing a global IP strategy. He is one of the authors of the Montreal Data License framework, which aims to standardize licensing rights for data for use in machine learning.
Vincent Bergeron, Partner, ROBIC LLP
Vincent Bergeron is a Partner, Lawyer and Trademark agent with ROBIC in Quebec City and Montreal, Canada, where he specializes in the protection and defense of intellectual property assets related to information technology, particularly in the fields of software, artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, video games, Internet of things, virtual/mixed reality and other emerging technologies.
Author of over 140 publications and conferences, Vincent Bergeron has been invited as a speaker on intellectual property and emerging technologies issues by several organizations around the world.
Recently, he has been awarded the Young Business Personality of the Year Award in Quebec, the Louis-Philippe Philippe Pigeon Award from the Quebec Bar and the Raymond Blais Medal from Laval University.
He is also Chair-Elect of LESI’s YMC Committee, Past-Chair of LES (USA & Canada)’s YMC Committee, and Past-President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, for the Information, Telecommunications and Intellectual Property Section.
Philippe Boivin, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs at Institut national d’optique (INO)
Philippe Boivin has been Vice-President, Corporate Affairs at Institut national d’optique (INO) since December 2009. Responsible for legal affairs, he is also in charge of the protection and management of intellectual property and technology transfer negotiations, and he serves as the company’s Secretary, and Safety and Security Officer.
Before joining INO, Mr. Boivin was a partner with McCarthy Tétrault where he practised for 15 years mainly in the field of intellectual property and technology law, and the acquisition and financing of technological companies. He was also a trademark agent.
During his career, he gave a number of lectures and published various articles on intellectual property and the law on technology including being a lecturer in intellectual property at Laval University. He was also an officer and director of a number of companies. He currently acts as Chair of the Quebec City Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society and is a member of the committee for the protection of innovations of Laval University.
Mr. Boivin received a Bachelor’s degree from the Law Faculty of Laval University in 1994, and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1995.
Patrick B. Horne, Partner - Intellectual Property, Registered Patent Attorney, Shumaker
Patrick is a United States registered patent attorney with over 15 years of legal experience that helps him communicate effective business solutions for opportunities and mitigating risks. He has an electrical engineering degree with power meter industry experience and particular technical expertise in electronics, computer software and business methods, telecommunications, medical devices, and mechanical arts. In helping clients build their international utility and design patent portfolios in a wide variety of industries, Patrick leverages patent examiner histories and art unit analytics to maximize patent quality and to minimize cost and time-to-issuance.
Patrick has extensive experience in transactional matters, including helping clients negotiate a wide variety of IT agreements, license agreements, purchase agreements, and others.
Patrick’s practice also involves performing legal investigations, including infringement and risk mitigation searches, validity analyses, and freedom-to-operate investigations, as well as counseling clients on trademark selection, protection, policing and opposition. Patrick also conscientiously advises on enforcement of IP and related litigation opportunities.
Erin Caldwell, Associate, Baker Hostetler
Erin Caldwell’s practice encompasses the procurement, protection and commercialization of intellectual property, with a focus on patents. She has prepared and prosecuted applications and has evaluated patents in various technical fields, including software and computing, mechanics, electronics and materials. Additionally, she makes a point to follow developments in emerging technologies, such as blockchain, autonomous vehicles and machine learning, to meet the needs of clients working at the frontier of innovation.
Erin strives to employ particularized strategies informed by the goals of each client. After identifying her clients’ objectives, she will identify the best route to achieving maximum protection and monetization.
- Reviewing contracts pertaining to rights and ownership of intellectual property.
- Responding to and overcoming objections relating to subject matter eligibility (35 USC § 101) in the software patent space.
- Preparing and prosecuting patent applications related to blockchain technology.
Sean Clark, TIVO
Sean Clark is currently a Director of IP Licensing at TiVo, a pioneer in entertainment technology and audience insights. In this role, Sean develops business partnerships involving TiVo’s extensive digital entertainment patent portfolios. TiVo counts among its licensees leading manufacturers of smart video products and solutions including AT&T, Panasonic, Philips, Roku, Samsung, Sony, TCL, and others. Before joining TiVo, Sean held IP Licensing positions at Lattice Semiconductor, Intellectual Ventures, Xperi and Microsoft. He has also been a long-time customer of Innography in a variety of roles and has used it extensively to help develop IP business campaigns.
Stacey Dunn,IP Lawyer, Brion Raffoul
Stacey Dunn is an IP lawyer with Brion Raffoul, where she specializes in procuring and licensing IP assets for domestic and international clients. During her education and subsequent work experience in genetics, Stacey gained expertise in various life science fields, including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, microbiology and immunology.
Stacey’s work is largely focused on patent and industrial design prosecution and advising on patentability and FTO issues for clients in a diverse array of technical fields, including mechanical devices, consumer products, agricultural equipment, health products, and the life sciences. She is also experienced in drafting and negotiating customized IP ownership and licensing agreements, software license and service agreements, NDAs and specific IP provisions in employee or contractor agreements. Stacey is an active member of LES (USA and Canada) and is currently the Chair of its YMC Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Manitoba.
Annie Gauthier, Partner, Lawyer, BCF Avocats d’affaires | Business Law
Annie Gauthier specializes in business law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law, and is one of the most respected lawyers in the field of technology and life sciences, and more specifically in the pharmaceutical industry.
With over 15 years’ experience, Annie has practised with a nationally and internationally renowned law firm and worked on highly complex major transactions in addition to becoming one of the leading licensing experts in Canada.
Before joining BCF, Annie was Director, Transactions at Pharmascience, the largest employer in the pharmaceutical industry in Quebec. Working at this generics giant for over two years gave her inside understanding of the industry and an opportunity to conduct transactions on every continent. This experience makes her a top strategic advisor for our clients.
Annie is actively involved with her peers and her community, and was also the President of the Montreal chapter of the Licensing Executives Society for over five years before becoming a member of the board of directors for the North American region of the organization in 2016. In 2014, she co-founded L’étoffe du succès Montréal, an organization dedicated to helping women that is affiliated with Dress for Success Worldwide, where she still serves on the board of directors and as Vice-President.
Ana Gray Richardson-Bachand, Senior Legal Counsel at BUDGE STUDIOS
Ana Gray Richardson-Bachand is Senior Legal Counsel at Budge Studios, a Montreal-based company that has become a world leader in the development and publishing of mobile applications for children. Her practice touches on many aspects of entertainment law, including intellectual property, contracts, brand licensing, privacy protection and advertising. Prior to joining Budge Studios, she worked for the live entertainment company Cavalia after starting her career with the IP Group of the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Ogilvy Renault). She completed her studies in civil law and common law at McGill University and also holds a BA in journalism from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Danielle Grzybowski, Lawyer, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP
Danielle Grzybowski is a lawyer with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP. Danielle’s practice is concentrated in the area of business law with an emphasis on intellectual property law and technology law. Her practice also includes intellectual property transactions, cannabis advertising and marketing, intellectual property protection, trademarks, copyrights, patents, licensing matters and franchise law. Danielle holds a Juris Doctor in Law from University of Ottawa.
Robert (Bob) Held, President & Chairman of the Board Licensing Executives Society USA & Canada (LES) and President of Held Intellectual Property, LLC
Bob currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) as President and Chairman of the Board, and served as Chair of the High Technology Sector (HTS) of LES 2013-2014.
Bob is the President of Held Intellectual Property, LLC, and recently worked for TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) in Annapolis, Maryland as the Vice President, Intellectual Asset Management, responsible for the strategic management and monetization of TCS's IP portfolio. All assets of TCS were acquired in February 2016. Immediately prior to joining TCS, Bob worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronic Systems Sector from 2003-2011 as the Director of the Intellectual Property & Strategic Technology Agreements business unit; and from 1998-2003 he worked at the IP firm British Technology Group (BTG) International.
Bob has been a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) since 2008 and was named to the "IAM Strategy 300 - The World's Leading IP Strategists" in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Caroline Jonnaert, Senior Legal Counsel, Trademark Agent and PhD candidate, Stingray Music
Caroline is a lawyer, trademark agent and PhD candidate at Université de Montréal. Both her professional and academic career revolve around intellectual property and marketing law.
Caroline is much involved in the legal community. She is co-president of the Association des juristes pour l’avancement de la vie artistique (AJAVA) and president of the Information, Telecommunications and Intellectual Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Quebec Division. She has also published several papers and given various conferences on intellectual property and marketing law.
Her PhD project deals with copyright and artificial intelligence, which has notably earned Caroline an excellence scholarship from the University of Montreal. Caroline has also been invited to present her project on various occasions in Montreal, Quebec City, Washington and Paris.
Caroline Jonnaert has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2007 and is currently Senior Legal Counsel at Stingray Group Inc.
Stuart Kozlick, Chief of Healthcare Technology Strategies and Business Development, BCF
With over 15 years of experience in medical technologies, Stuart Kozlick is an accomplished leader, engineer, and business professional who leverages a strong foundation in both clinical research and product development to envision and shape medical innovation opportunities.
Stuart is recognized for his ability to master complex and evolving life sciences and healthcare technology applications, whilst leading and enabling multi-disciplinary teams to develop and integrate complex medical device systems. His expertise spans several clinical areas including electrophysiology, structural heart, cardiovascular, endovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, orthopedics and minimally invasive surgical devices. This includes interactions with clinicians, healthcare institutions, academia, industry developers, and government – all fostered towards the collaborative goal of medical technology realization, development, and commercialization. In compliment to this, Stuart’s extensive clinical operating room time and exposure coupled with expertise in clinical education and simulation has allowed him to explore and devise strategic healthcare workflow models and develop healthcare system strategies.
Prior to joining BCF, Stuart was Vice President of Medical Robotics at Kinova Inc. There, he led strategic initiatives in medical technology and affairs, scientific research, and innovation. Additionally, Stuart oversaw all quality and regulatory affairs for the company. Before joining Kinova Inc., Stuart launched several research and product development programs at CAE Healthcare, and spent just over nine years with Medtronic Inc. (previously CryoCath Technologies Inc.), where he led programs in research, product development, systems and clinical engineering. Stuart currently represents the Quebec medical ecosystem as a member of the TransMedTech Institute’s Board of Governors, the CTS Santé’s Board of Directors, and the Industrial Advisory Board of Concordia University’s Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. Most recently, Stuart has been appointed as Professor of Practice at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery.
Cary Levitt, Chief Operating Officer, Dennemeyer Group
Cary A. Levitt is the U.S. Chief Operating Officer for the Dennemeyer Group where he develops and implements strategies to exploit Dennemeyer’s extensive IP services. Mr. Levitt’s 30 years of legal experience centers in the corporate sector where he has been at the forefront of intellectual property changes. As Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Dow Corning Corporation, Mr. Levitt led a global team of more than 25 employees to advance and protect Dow Corning’s diverse technologies and markets. Previously, Mr. Levitt served as corporate counsel at DuPont and General Counsel of Solae, LLC, a joint venture by DuPont and Bunge.
Jason Moscovici, Lawyer and Biochemist, ROBIC LLP
Jason Moscovici is a lawyer and biochemist with ROBIC, LLP. He has a general intellectual property practice, specialising in regulated industries such as food, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, natural health products, advertising, consumer products, as well as the entertainment sector.
Jason Moscovici is also a trusted legal advisor to the emerging cannabis industry and his perspectives on compliance, intellectual property and the commercial hurdles related specifically to cannabis are often solicited by the industry stakeholders in this space.
Jason Moscovici started his career at one of the world’s largest general healthcare product companies. He leads ROBIC`s cannabis group and sits on the life sciences committee of the firm.
François Painchaud, Lawyer, Partner, ROBIC LLP
François Painchaud has been a partner at ROBIC for more than 25 years. He is a member of the firm’s management committee and heads the Business Law group.
He specializes in business law applied to key technology sectors such as Life Sciences and Information Technology and is frequently involved in the drafting and negotiation of complex transactions, joint ventures and in commercial and corporate law, including venture capital and mergers and acquisitions.
He serves on the board of directors or as corporate secretary of various private and public organizations operating in life sciences and other technology driven fields, they include: Search Light Pharma Inc., CQDM – Consotrtium Québécois en développement du médicament, Neomed Institute, Catalis Québec. He also serves on the Board of Charitable organisations such as the Cancer Research Society, Fondation de la Mosaïque and Canadian Louis Pasteur Foundation - Director and general secretary
He is also a member of several business associations including being a board member and President of the Licensing Executives Society International. Academically, he was a lecturer at McGill University for four years for the course entitled Complex Legal Transactions – Trade Secrets Law and Technology Transfers and lecturer in courses on business law at Concordia University’s MBA program. He has also been involved for several years as part of a licensing course on Trademark Law, jointly organized by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and McGill University.
He regularly publishes articles in his fields of specialization.
Shayne Phillips, Senior Intellectual Asset Manager, Halliburton
Shayne Phillips has been working in the intellectual property (IP) arena for over fifteen years, particularly in the areas of IP-related competitive intelligence and technical patent and nonpatent literature searching. Ms. Phillips began her career at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati, Ohio, working as a Technical Assistant in Corporate New Ventures (a group tasked with evaluating outside technology for the entirety of P&G). She then moved to the IP-practice group of Dinsmore & Shohl (also in Cincinnati), working as a Technical Consultant, providing both patent application prosecution support and IP litigation assistance. In 2000 Ms. Phillips moved to Columbus, Ohio, and began work at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) as an Editorial Analyst in the Mammalian Hormones Document Indexing Group of the Biochemistry Department of CAS’ Editorial Division. In 2002 she transitioned to the role of Applications Specialist at CAS, specializing in advanced STN training, focusing on protein and gene sequence searching in particular. Following her tenure at CAS, Ms. Phillips moved to Halliburton in Houston, Texas, working in their Intellectual Asset Management group as both the head of IP Competitive Intelligence and as a Senior Patent Liaison for the Cementing and Multichem Product Service Lines. Ms. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Youngstown State University, a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She is also a registered US Patent Agent.
Natalie Raffoul, Managing Partner, BRION RAFFOUL Intellectual Property Law
Natalie Raffoul is a managing partner with recognized expertise in the patenting of business methods and software, and the legal issues surrounding such subject matter. That recognition includes being ranked among the world’s leading patent practitioners by The World Leading Patent Professional’s IAM Patent 1000 publication annually since 2014, and in 2017, shortlisted as one of seven (7) most Highly Recommended patent prosecutors in Canada. She was also appointed to the McGill IPIC Understanding Patents Course as teaching faculty in 2015 and then as Assistant Director in 2016 and Director in 2017 and 2018.
Ms. Raffoul specializes in filing and prosecuting patent and design applications for her Canadian clients worldwide. She provides advice to her clients, in English and in French, on worldwide patent filing strategies and portfolio management that include trade secret considerations. Her technology expertise includes: artificial intelligence, electronics, communications and networking, blockchain, manufacturing, consumer products, fuel cells, security, software and mobile applications.
As a lawyer, Natalie also works with her clients on IP enforcement issues in the pre-litigation context. She has negotiated numerous successful agreements for her clients, that cover IP rights in Canada and globally. She is also experienced in drafting customized IP ownership agreements, software license and service agreements, end-user license agreements (EULAs), Material transfer agreements (MTAs), and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).
Natalie holds a degree in electrical engineering from Western University (London, Canada) and a Juris Doctor in law from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada). She is also a registered patent agent.
Shane Russell, Director, Health Systems Strategies & Government Affairs, Medtronic
Shane Russell is a very passionate and seasoned executive with over 15 years of experience within the healthcare industry. Having joined Medtronic Canada in 2007, he currently serves as their Director of Health Systems Strategies and Government Affairs in Quebec.
In his current role, Shane establishes and manages key executive relationships with various stakeholders throughout the healthcare industry and government, while also leading the execution of Medtronic’s value-based healthcare strategy by identifying how Medtronic’s entire portfolio of technologies, as well as services and solutions, may be applied to improve patient outcomes, decrease healthcare utilization costs, and increase provider care delivery efficiencies. Shane’s passion centers on not simply bringing technologies (as well as services and solutions) to market, but also ensuring their successful implementation and utilization to the benefit of the entire healthcare system, including patients.
Aside from his Medtronic functions, Shane also plays a very active role within MEDEC, the national association representing Canada's innovative medical technology industry. Shane is currently starting a new mandate as president of MEDEC Quebec’s public affairs committee, while also serving on its executive committee. As part of his dual roles with Medtronic and MEDEC, he regularly interacts with government on policy issues affecting the company and industry.
Shane holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and has completed targeted executive programs from Harvard Business School and The Wharton School of Business.
Dr. Kilian Schärli, Partner, Lawyer and Notary Public (Zug), MLL
Kilian Schärli is a Partner, Lawyer and Notary Public (Zug) at the Swiss law firm MLL, where he co-heads the firm's Blockchain Industry Group.Kilian works with domestic and international clients in the technology, industrial and internet sectors. He specializes in the fields of intellectual property, blockchain technology, unfair competition, licensing and distribution. He has particular expertise in commercial and transactional work relating to these fields.
Adam Sefler, Accuracy
Adam is an Expert Advisor for Accuracy where he focuses on Innovation mandates across industries, especially in the fields of Healthcare & Banking where Technology and Artificial Intelligence are playing a disrupting role. Adam delivers tailored solutions to companies ranging from Start-ups to Multinational corporations, with projects encompassing Strategy, Finance, and Project Management, ensuring clients grow their activities in an integrated and sustainable way.
Prior to joining Accuracy, Adam gathered 12+ years of experience across functions, sectors, and geographies, namely as a Consultant, Finance professional, but also as an Entrepreneur. Adam is also the cofounder of NeuroTechX Services, the consulting branch of NeuroTechX (the biggest International Neurotechnology community).
Adam holds graduate and bachelor degrees in Accounting from HEC Montreal in Canada. He also holds several professional designations in finance, including his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), CPA, CA (Canadian Chartered Accountant), CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst) and PRM (Professional Risk Manager) designations.
Tejas Shah, Associate Director, Pellegrino & Associates
Tejas Shah is an Associate Director at Pellegrino & Associates, LLC. Mr. Shah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Indiana University and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He performs project management; legal, market, and financial analyses; and valuations for M&A, licensing, litigation, tax matters, and strategic initiatives. Mr. Shah also provides litigation consulting services for calculating economic damages in IP litigation matters. During his time at Pellegrino & Associates, Mr. Shah has completed over 150 consulting engagements for organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual inventors in every sector of the economy. Prior to his time at Pellegrino and Associates,, Mr. Shah was an Associate at Brannon Sowers & Cracraft, where he drafted patent applications in a broad range of fields, including chemical compositions, medical devices, and materials science-related inventions. He also assisted in drafting infringement, patentability, and clearance opinions for multinational corporations. Mr. Shah has also represented clients in IP litigation matters in U.S. District Court and trademark oppositions before the USPTO.
Iléana Tismanariu, Lawyer, Reflector Entertainment
A lover of stories and a geek in her spare time, Ileana practices as Reflector Entertainment’s sole in-house lawyer, joining the journey in helping to realize the multiplatform vision of this first of its kind transmedia company. Before joining Reflector, a subsidiary of Groupe Lune Rouge, Ileana worked within Cirque du Soleil’s legal affairs department. A graduate of Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law, her practice focuses on the multiple facets of entertainment law, including its IP and IT aspects. Ileana is also an active member of Montreal’s cultural and artistic community, as board director and advisor of various organizations.
Anne Thériault, General Counsel, Coveo
Anne Theriault is Head of Legal at Coveo, a market leader in AI-powered business solutions. With three certifications in data privacy, issued by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Anne has led two major financing deals of CAD 35 million and US 100 million, respectively, with top venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Anne has been instrumental in leading the AI patent filing for Coveo. Her team of IP and privacy professionals leads the company’s legal affairs, including negotiations with its Fortune 500 customers around the world. Anne’s expertise is highly sought-after; she regularly delivers talks about SaaS agreements and risk management in contracts.
Anne graduated with honors from Université Laval’s Faculty of Law. Upon completing her law degree, she went on to work at a prestigious law firm before getting her MBA. Anne quickly rose to a leadership position at Coveo, being named an MVP after only one year of having joined the company.
Sam Wiley, CPA Global
Sam is part of CPA Global’s IP Solutions team, helping clients align their IP operations with IP strategy. Sam has extensive experience in IP spanning all stages of the IP lifecycle, from prosecution to litigation. Prior to his current role with CPA Global, Sam managed Innography’s strategic customer relationships with many of the top IP-owning companies in the world.
Prior to joining Innography and CPA Global, Sam was a successful IP consultant and expert, with a practice that included licensing, portfolio strategy, and the economic valuation of IP. Sam testified in Federal court on the value of IP. Sam has guest lectured on patent, trademark, and copyright law, and is an active participant in several intellectual property professional organizations.