Jennifer A. Camacho (Quality Subcommittee Chair)
Ms. Camacho is the Chief Legal Officer for Torque Therapeutics, an 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 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 serving on the National Institute of Justice research team on fire forensics. 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 14 states. Mr. Goodson is an independent inventor, holds twelve patents and has twenty more pending. Mr. Goodson is serving his second term as a PPAC member.
Marylee Jenkins (Chair)
Ms. Jenkins is a partner in the New York office of Arent Fox LLP and served as head of the New York office’s Intellectual Property Group for over twelve years. Marylee counsels Fortune 500 companies, international businesses and emerging technologies regarding intellectual property disputes and strategies, portfolio enforcement and management and technology development and protection. Her clients represent a variety of industries including computer hardware, software, Internet and various computer-related technologies; electrical and electromechanical devices and systems; the information and financial sectors; biotechnology; consumer products; fashion design; health care; medical devices; and real estate and construction. Ms. Jenkins is a past Chairperson of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law and a past President of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. She is currently a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which evaluates the qualifications of candidates for nomination by the President of the United States to the federal bench and is Co-Chairperson of New York Law School’s Innovation Center for Law and Technology Advisory Board. Ms. Jenkins received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science; a bachelor's degree in physics from Centre College of Kentucky; and a law degree from New York Law School. Ms. Jenkins is serving her second term as a PPAC member.
Bernard J. Knight, Jr. (Special Projects Subcommittee Chair)
Mr. Knight is a consultant, expert witness and founder of BK Consulting: Expert Witness: Patents, providing consulting services on USPTO rules and regulations, post-grant proceedings, and OED disciplinary matters. He also is a career coach and counselor, and is a licensed professional mental health counselor in Washington, D.C. Mr. Knight was a partner and senior counsel practicing complex patent litigation at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP from 2013 to 2017. Prior to joining McDermott, Mr. Knight served as General Counsel for the USPTO from 2010 to 2013. As General Counsel of the USPTO, he led the development and legal review of the regulations implementing the new inter partes review, post-grant review, business method review and derivation proceedings, as well as the regulations changing the United States to a first-inventor-to-file system. Mr. Knight previously served as Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Treasury at the height of the financial crisis. From 2001 to 2006, he was Deputy General Counsel for the USPTO. Mr. Knight began his government career in 1991 at the Department of Justice, Tax Division, where he served for 10 years. 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 second term as a PPAC member.
Jeffrey M. Sears (After Final Practice/Pendency 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)
Julie Mar-Spinola is Finjan Holdings, Inc.’s Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Vice President of Legal Operations. Ms. Mar-Spinola oversees the Company’s revenue-based and legal operations, including the Company’s IP and cyber technology innovations, enforcement programs, best practices, public policy initiatives, and mentorships. Ms. Mar-Spinola is also a member of the Board of Directors for product subsidiary, Finjan Mobile, Inc.
Ms. Mar-Spinola has dedicated nearly 30 years of her career in intellectual property law, with emphasis on patents, technology, and policy. She has successfully represented high technology companies of all sizes and business models, including individual inventors, with significant knowledge and experience in all things patents, including litigation, M&A’s, IP portfolio development, acquisition, divestitures, and licensing, as well as preservation and monetization of proprietary technologies and patents. Ms. Mar-Spinola has served as General Counsel or VP of Legal for several Silicon Valley companies, including Kleiner Perkins-backed thin-film solar start-up, Alta Devices, Inc.
Ms. Mar-Spinola is a co-founder of ChIPs Network, Inc. (ChIPs), a global 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to advancing women at the confluence of law, technology, and regulatory policy. Now Board Chair Emeritus, she served as ChIPs’ Chair from 2005 to 2016 and is currently the President of Diversity and Inclusion. Since 2011, Ms. Mar-Spinola serves as a court-appointed Mediator specializing in complex patent disputes, for the US District Court for the Northern District of California. In 2014, she joined the High Tech Advisory Board at her Alma Mater, Santa Clara University School of Law. In 2015, Ms. Mar-Spinola was appointed by the then Secretary of Commerce to serve on the prestigious Patent Public Advisory Committees (PPAC), which reviews the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) operations and advises the USPTO Director on these matters. Most recently, Ms. Mar-Spinola was named A Women of Influence 2016 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and the 2017 Recipient of Santa Clara University School of Law’s Special Achievement Award. She is a member of the California State Bar and a licensed Patent Attorney. Ms. Mar-Spinola is serving her first term as a PPAC member.
Peter G. Thurlow (International 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 U.S. 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 (Vice Chair)
Mr. Walker 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 second term as a PPAC member.
- Pamela R. Schwartz
- Catherine Faint
- Vernon Ako Towler