October 17, 2023 | Cox and Watson to Speak at Licensing Executives Society 2023 Annual Meeting

October 17, 2023
Chicago, IL

Pam Cox and Julie Watson will each speak on panels during the Licensing Executives Society’s 2023 Annual Meeting, October 15–18, 2023, in Chicago, IL themed Winds of Change: Dealmaking Trends in the Evolving Innovative Economy.

Panel discussion on trends in the industry on Tuesday, October 17 at 10:45am: “Dealmaking Trends”

  • Pamela Cox, Partner, Chair of IP Transactions, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
  • Heather Walsh, Executive Director, Head of New Business Opportunities, Astella Pharma Inc.
  • Nancy Sullivan, CEO and Managing Director, Illinois Ventures, LLC
  • Saumil S. Mehta, General Counsel, Clearcover, Inc.
  • Michelle Booden, Ph.D., Director, Pacific BD&L, Merck Research Laboratories

Join this esteemed panel who will share what they are seeing related to deal volume, what is driving value, sticking points caused by data and technology in deals, legal/regulatory landscape changes, and the growing emphasis on trade secrets.

Panel discussion of skills needed for success in licensing profession on Tuesday, October 17 at 1:15pm: “From One-Man Band to Orchestra Conductor: The Evolving Role of the Licensing Professional in the Innovation Economy”

  • Julie Watson, Special Counsel, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
  • Sian Goodwin, Executive Director BD&L & Alliance Management, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals
  • Sean McCooe, Managing Partner, McCooe & Associates
  • Marie Kerbeshian, Executive Director & Assistant Vice President, University of Iowa Research Foundation

This panel will share views from business, university, and legal sectors as well as insights from talent recruiter in licensing industry.

Join us at the2023 LES Annual Conference.

Learn more about Marshall Gerstein’s speakers:

A long-time active supporter of advancing the licensing profession and governance, Pam Cox is Past Corporate Secretary and six-year Member of the Board of the Licensing Executive Society International (LESI), Co-Founder and Chair of the Women in Licensing Alliance (WILA), Founder of LESI Life Science Advisory Board, and former Vice-Chair of External Relations Committee, Chair of LESI Life Science Committee, International Delegate for LES USA-Canada and Chair of the LES USA/Canada Chicago Chapter. Pam is the former President of the Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc., and multi-term former Member of the Board. Pam is heading into her 10th year as an adjunct professor in Intellectual Property Licensing at Northwestern School of Law. Pam is also Chair of the firm’s IP Transaction Practice, the Women’s Committee, and a member of the Marketing Committee. As a patent attorney who has worked in-house, Pam’s IP transactions practice focuses on  unraveling complex deal structures and devising creative agreement solutions as well as protection, and dispute resolution for clients ranging from multinational corporations to non-profit institutions.

Julie Watson is an experienced attorney specializing in intellectual property transactions, particularly in the dynamic realm of technology startups and university technology transfer. With over 35 years of experience structuring intricate intellectual property deals, Julie has earned a reputation for her acute understanding of client needs and her ability to provide strategic solutions. She has been lauded as one of the "World's Leading Patent Practitioners" by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine. Julie's knowledge and practice focus includes negotiating licensing transactions for biopharma and university clients, managing university out-licensing portfolios, and advising on intellectual property policies and compliance. As a member of the Board for the Certified Licensing Professional™ (CLP), faculty for the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)’s Essential Course and adjunct professor in Intellectual Property Licensing at Northwestern School of Law, she is dedicated to continuously advancing the profession.

Offsite Notice

By clicking “Proceed” below, you will be opening a new browser window and leaving our website.