Patent Public Advisory Committee Members Biographical Information


Jennifer A. Camacho

Ms. Camacho is the Chief Legal Officer for Gen9, Inc.  She is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs and intellectual property.  Prior to joining Gen9, 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

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 many public sector agencies, as well as commercial and industrial concerns. He is experienced in electrical death and injury analysis, carbon monoxide death analysis, and mechanical fire causation. His work has been published in numerous professional journals. He was the first engineer to serve on the State of Texas Electrical Board. 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, he was appointed to the 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 forensics. He is a licensed engineer in 15 states. Mr. Goodson is an independent inventor, holds nine patents and has several more pending. Mr. Goodson is currently serving his first term as a PPAC member.

Marylee Jenkins, Esq. (Vice Chair)

Ms. Jenkins is a partner and leads the Intellectual Property Group in the New York office of Arent Fox LLP. Her practice focuses on counseling and litigation for computer and Internet matters, including e-commerce; licensing and co-branding; advertising; domain name disputes; portfolio management; patent applications and enforcement; and bankruptcy. She has experience with hardware and software industries; electrical and electromechanical systems; the information and financial sectors; consumer products; medical devices; and various computer-related technologies. Ms. Jenkins is the past chairperson of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Intellectual Property Law, and a former president of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. She currently serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems. 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 her law degree from New York Law School. Ms. Jenkins is serving her first term as a PPAC member.

Esther M. Kepplinger (Chair)

Ms. Kepplinger is currently the chief patent counselor at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. Her responsibilities include serving as the firm's liaison to the USPTO. She served for five years as the deputy commissioner for patent operations at the USPTO. During her tenure at the USPTO, she assisted in the development of policy for the patent examining corps, played an active role in Trilateral meetings and projects, and she led several international negotiations working with other patent offices and the World Intellectual Property Organization to draft agreements, rules, and standards. She has 42 years of experience in intellectual property protection, spending 32 years at the USPTO. She received her bachelor's degree in biology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Kepplinger is currently serving her second term as a PPAC member.

Dan H. Lang

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.

Julie Mar-Spinola

Ms. Mar-Spinola is Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Vice President, Legal Operations, of cybersecurity company Finjan Holdings, Inc., where she holds dual executive business and legal roles for the company, and also is a member of the Board of Directors for the subsidiary, Finjan Mobile, Inc.  She is responsible for Finjan’s research and development of secure mobile products, patent asset management, enforcement programs, public policy, new initiatives, and legal operations.  She is a registered patent attorney, an accomplished litigator, and a C-level patent strategist. 

Ms. Mar-Spinola has dedicated more than 25 years of her career representing high tech companies and individual inventors in the protection and preservation of their intellectual properties assets.  Prior to joining Finjan, she served as the general counsel for three high technology companies, including a thin-film solar startup, and a Fortune 500 semiconductor company.

Ms. Mar-Spinola is a member of the Santa Clara University School of Law’s High Technology Advisory Board.  She is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of ChIPs Network, Inc., and is a certified mediator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.  Ms. Mar-Spinola received her masters of business administration for in-house counsel from the Boston University School of Management, her bachelors of science degree in chemistry from San Jose State University, and her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.  She is currently serving her first term as a PPAC member.

Wayne P. Sobon

Mr. Sobon is a patent attorney and intellectual property business consultant in the San Francisco Bay area.  Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Inventergy, Inc., responsible for Inventergy’s overall legal and IP operations.  Mr. Sobon was previously Vice President and Chief IP Counsel for Rambus Inc., responsible for Rambus’ global intellectual property development program. He worked at several Silicon Valley law firms, most recently Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP (now DLA Piper), where he was a partner specializing in patent prosecution, litigation and general intellectual property counseling. He served as Associate General Counsel, and global Director of Intellectual Property for Accenture from 2000 to 2011.

Mr. Sobon is a frequent speaker and lecturer on intellectual property issues, is a Past President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), member of the board of Invent of the National Inventor Hall of Fame, and a prior member of the board of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).  He recently received the Gold Medal from the Department of Commerce for his work with the USPTO’s implementation of the America Invents Act. Mr. Sobon received his bachelor’s degree in physics and German studies from Stanford University. He received his law degree and master's in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Sobon is currently serving his second term as a PPAC member.

Peter G. Thurlow

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 post-grant reissue, ex parte, and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) including Inter Parte Review (IPR) 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 a member of the board of directors for the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) and second vice president of the 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

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