Patent Public Advisory Committee Members Biographical Information

Jennifer A. Camacho (Quality Subcommittee Chair)

Ms. Camacho is the Chief Legal Officer for Torque Therapeutics, an early-stage cancer immunotherapeutics company. She is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs and intellectual property. Before joining Torque Therapeutics, she was the Chief Legal Counsel for Gen9, Inc. from 2014 until its acquisition by Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc. in January 2017. Previously, Ms. Camacho was a partner in the international law firms of Proskauer Rose, LLP and Greenberg Traurig, LLP where she represented multiple clients in the life sciences industry, including biotechnology and synthetic biology companies, pharmaceutical and medtech companies, investment banks, venture capital firms, and other industry stakeholders. Ms. Camacho has been recognized for her work in the fields of intellectual property and life sciences law and has multiple awards and honors, including the Tech Luminary and Innovation All-Star Award from Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech. She received her bachelor’s degree in Cell and Structural Biology from the University of Illinois, and her law degree from Boston College Law School. Ms. Camacho is currently serving her first term as a PPAC member.

Mark E. Goodson (IT Subcommittee Chair)

Mr. Goodson is the founder and principal engineer of Goodson Engineering in Denton, Texas, where he leads a team of professional engineers with specialties in electrical, mechanical, fire protection, and forensic engineering. Mr. Goodson is a consultant for public sector agencies, as well as commercial and industrial concerns. He is experienced in electrical death and injury analysis, CO death analysis, and mechanical and electrical fire causation. He has authored more than 40 professional articles. He was the first engineer to serve on the State of Texas Electrical Board. Mr. Goodson served as a Court Special Master from 1989-1991. He was recently named editor of the new journal JFire. He is the engineer serving on the Texas Fire Marshal’s Science Advisory Workgroup, where fire-related criminal convictions are being reviewed for accuracy of scientific evidence. In 2014, Mr. Goodson was appointed to the US Dept. of Commerce NIST panel on forensic sciences (NIST –OSAC). In 2015, UL named him as the electrical engineer that serves on their new fire investigation panel. He has testified in excess of 450 instances as an expert witness. Mr. Goodson holds a BSEE from Texas A&M, and attended UT Southwestern where he studied forensic medicine. He is a licensed engineer in 15 states. Mr. Goodson is an independent inventor, holds nine patents and has twenty more pending. Mr. Goodson is currently serving his first term as a PPAC member.

Marylee Jenkins (Committee Chair and International Subcommittee Chair)

Ms. Jenkins is a partner at Arent Fox, LLP, and heads the New York Office’s Intellectual Property Group.  Her work focuses on intellectual property matters involving information technology and the Internet.  Additionally, she counsels international companies on intellectual property disputes and strategies, portfolio enforcement and management, e-commerce, and software development and protection.  Among her many professional activities, Ms. Jenkins is a past Chairperson of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law, is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is a past president of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, was the Association’s treasurer, and is a member of its Board of Directors.  This will be Ms. Jenkins’ second full term as a PPAC Member, and she will serve as PPAC Chair.

Bernard J. Knight, Jr. (Patent Management and Organizational Structure Subcommittee Chair)

Mr. Knight is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery.  His practice focuses on complex patent litigation, including, patent, trademark and copyright issues.  He has advised on intellectual property cases before the United States Supreme Court and provided oversight on patent and trademark cases before numerous Federal courts.  Mr. Knight served as General Counsel at the USPTO from 2010 to 2013.  Additionally, he served as Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Treasury leading the Treasury legal team during the Administration’s financial markets crisis response efforts, and as Deputy General Counsel at the USPTO from 2001 to 2006.  Mr. Knight has also been granted recognition by the USPTO to appear as counsel in inter partes proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  As a result of his accomplishments, Mr. Knight was recently named an “Intellectual Property Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. Mr. Knight is serving his first term as a PPAC member.

Dan H. Lang (Finance Subcommittee Chair)

Mr. Lang is vice president, intellectual property, and deputy general counsel at Cisco Systems located in San Jose, California. He leads a team responsible for Cisco’s intellectual property program, including portfolio development, patent licensing and acquisition, and policy. He has overall responsibility for leading a telecommunications industry portfolio of over 12,000 U.S. patents. Mr. Lang is also registered to practice before the USPTO. Mr. Lang is serving his first term as a PPAC member.

Jeffrey M. Sears (Pendency/RCE Subcommittee Chair)

Mr. Sears is Associate General Counsel and Chief Patent Counsel for Columbia University. His practice encompasses all aspects of patent law, including prosecution, strategic counseling, licensing and post-licensing compliance, litigation, and legislative, regulatory, and policy matters.  Mr. Sears manages the university’s global patent portfolio and works closely with faculty inventors, technology transfer officers, and executive leadership on commercialization activities.  Mr. Sears is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he co-teaches Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs and Managers.  He holds an S.B. in physics from MIT, an M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from SUNY Stony Brook, and a J.D. from NYU. Mr. Sears is serving his first term as a PPAC member.

Julie Mar-Spinola (PTAB Subcommittee Chair)

Ms. Mar-Spinola holds a dual business and legal role as Finjan Holdings, Inc.'s Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Vice President of Legal.  She is responsible for the Company's revenue-based operations, including IP assets, cyber technology innovations, enforcement programs, licensing best practices, public policy initiatives, and mentorships.  In 2016, Ms. Mar-Spinola was appointed to the Board of Directors for subsidiary, Finjan Mobile, Inc.  Ms. Mar-Spinola has dedicated her entire professional career in representing high technology companies of all sizes and business models on all things IP, including IP portfolio development, M&A's, acquisitions, divestitures, enforcement (licensing and litigation), as well as preservation and monetization of proprietary technologies and patents. 

Ms. Mar-Spinola is Chairman Emeritus and co-founder of ChIPs (www.chipsnetwork.org), a non-profit dedicated to advancing women at the confluence of law, technology, and regulatory policy.  She serves as a court appointed mediator specializing in patent and other complex disputes, since 2011, and is a member of the High Tech Advisory Board at Santa Clara University, School of Law, since 2014.  Ms. Mar-Spinola received her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University, School of Law, and her B.A. degree in Chemistry from San Jose State University.  Ms. Mar-Spinola has also been recognized for her contributions in the fields of technology and law, including most recently by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the Recorder.  Ms. Mar-Spinola is serving her first term as a PPAC member.

Peter G. Thurlow (Section 101 Subcommittee Chair)

Mr. Thurlow is a patent attorney and partner at Polsinelli law firm in New York. He has significant experience in all aspects of domestic and international patent prosecution, including Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB),  reissue and reexamination proceedings.  As a patent prosecution attorney, his experience includes drafting, filing, and prosecuting United States patent cooperation treaties and international patent applications.  Mr. Thurlow provides litigation support for patent litigation in the District Courts, the International Trade Commission, and before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Mr. Thurlow is the current Second Vice President for the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA).  Mr. Thurlow has been active in the implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA), representing the NYIPLA's views before the USPTO.  Mr. Thurlow received his bachelor's degree in marine engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy; his master's in business administration from Pace University in New York; and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.  Mr. Thurlow is serving his second term as a PPAC member.

P. Michael Walker (Committee Vice Chair and Legislative Subcommittee Chair)

Mr. Walker recently retired as the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for DuPont.  He began his legal career in a law firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1986, and joined DuPont in 1990.  While at DuPont, he has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the patent organization, including manager for the European patent organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  He was named Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property in 2001, and became Chef Intellectual Property Counsel in 2003.  He is a former board member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and a former president of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel.  As Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Mr. Walker was responsible for all legal issues and policy matters related to DuPont patents and related intellectual property, including patent application preparation and prosecution, client counseling, patent opinions, and intellectual property aspects of transactions.  Mr. Walker is serving his first term as a PPAC member.

Union Representatives

  • Pamela R. Schwartz
  • Catherine Faint
  • Vernon Ako Towler