Patent Public Advisory Committee Members Biographical Information

Steven Caltrider

Mr. Caltrider is Vice President and General Patent Counsel for Eli Lilly and Company and holds over 30 years of experience in an industry driven by research and innovation. He has extensive litigation experience in the leading intellectual property (IP) forums (more than 30 countries), including U.S. Federal District Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; courts in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands; as well as the USPTO, EPO, and JPO. Mr. Caltrider is also experienced in managing global teams of attorneys and staff on a wide range of IP matters, from patent procurement to technology acquisitions and data security. His current responsibilities include patent (global litigation and procurement), trade secret, copyright, and trademarks. Mr. Caltrider received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a law degree, summa cum laude, from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Mr. Caltrider is serving his first term as a PPAC member.

Jennifer A. Camacho (Vice Chair)

Ms. Camacho is the Chief Legal Officer for Torque Therapeutics Inc., a 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 Officer 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 serving her second term as a PPAC member.

Bernard Cassidy

Mr. Cassidy recently served as General Counsel at Juno Therapeutics Inc., a startup cancer immunotherapy company, where he advised Juno through the IPO process until its acquisition by Celgene Corporation in March 2018. He is a nationally recognized expert on patent licensing and patent policy, having testified twice on these topics before Congress. Prior to his work at Juno Therapeutics, Mr. Cassidy served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Tessera Technologies Inc. and President of Tessera Intellectual Property Corporation. Mr. Cassidy was also Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Tumbleweed Communications Corp. He worked at the law firms of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and while a law student as a Research Assistant to Professor Arthur R. Miller. Mr. Cassidy is serving his first term as a PPAC member.

Jeremiah Chan

Mr. Chan is Associate General Counsel and Director, Head of Patents at Facebook. Mr. Chan leads a team that is responsible for the strategic development of Facebook's worldwide patent portfolio. He and his team also work on intellectual property transactions, dispute resolution and other risk mitigation initiatives, as well as industry-wide efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in innovation. Prior to joining Facebook, Mr. Chan led an international team at Google that was focused on portfolio strategy, operations and data science; and before Google, served as Head of IP for JDSU, where he managed a department that was responsible for portfolio strategy, litigation, licensing and technology transactions. Mr. Chan started his career in private practice with the law firm of Fish & Neave, where he specialized in litigation, opinion work, and client counseling. He graduated from UC Berkeley with highest honors and received his JD from Cornell Law School. Mr. Chan serves as an advisory board member for the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute and as chairman of the board for the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, a nonprofit organization that combats human trafficking. Mr. Chan is serving his first term as PPAC member.

Tracy-Gene G. Durkin

Ms. Durkin is the practice leader of the Mechanical & Design Practice Group and a member of the Trademark & Brand Protection Practice at the law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. in Washington, D.C. She has extensive experience in design patent law and the enforcement of intellectual property rights. In 2018, Financial Times named her as one of the "Top Ten Legal Innovators in North America,” noting her as “a leading authority on design patents. Ms. Durkin began her career as a patent examiner at the USPTO. Now, with more than thirty years of experience in private practice obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights, she is sought out by leading consumer product companies and by colleagues around the world for her deep understanding of utility and design patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Ms. Durkin has represented companies before Federal District Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  She has served as an expert witness in patent disputes in District Court litigation, and before the International Trade Commission. A leader in the legal community, Ms. Durkin is a past president of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia and of The Women's Bar Association Foundation, two organizations in which she continues active participation. She is currently on the board of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. Ms. Durkin is serving her first term as a PPAC member.

Mark 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, and fire protection 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 Texas Electrical Board. Mr. Goodson served as a Court Special Master in Dallas from 1989-1991. He is the engineer appointed by the State of Texas in 2013 to serve on the Texas Fire Marshal’s Science Advisory Workgroup (SAW), 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. Within the NFPA. Mr. Goodson serves on panels for Fire Investigation Units. He has testified in excess of 500 instances as an expert witness. Mr. Goodson holds a BSEE from Texas A&M, and studied forensic medicine at UT Southwestern. He is a licensed engineer in 14 states. Mr. Goodson is an independent inventor, has been issued 20 patents and has 5 more pending. Mr. Goodson is serving his 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 second term as a PPAC member.

Julie Mar-Spinola (Chair)

Julie Mar-Spinola is Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Vice President of Legal Operations for cybersecurity company Finjan Holdings Inc. 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 Finjan’s subsidiaries, Finjan Mobile Inc. and Finjan Blue Inc. 

Ms. Mar-Spinola has dedicated nearly 30 years of her career to IP 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, mergers and acquisitions, 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 startup Alta Devices Inc.  Ms. Mar-Spinola is a co-founder of ChIPs Network Inc. (, a global 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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. Since 2011, Ms. Mar-Spinola serves as a court-appointed Mediator, specializing in complex patent disputes, for the U.S. 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. Ms. Mar-Spinola was first appointed to serve on the Patent Public Advisory Committees in 2015. Ms. Mar-Spinola was named A Women of Influence 2016 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and was 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. Spinola is serving her second term as a PPAC member.

Jeffrey M. Sears

Mr. Sears serves as 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. He manages the university’s global patent portfolio and works closely with faculty inventors, technology transfer officers, and executive leadership on commercialization activities. Also, Mr. Sears is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he co-teaches Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs and Managers.  He has been recognized for his work in intellectual property law and management and has multiple awards and honors, including having been named to the IAM Strategy 300 by IAM Media and Corporate IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine. Mr. Sears 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. He is admitted to practice law in New York and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Sears is serving his second term as a PPAC member.


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