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Strategic Partnering, Licensing and IP Strategies - Co-sponsored by ENET

  • 07 Jan 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Constant Contact, 3rd Floor, The Great Room 1601 Trapelo Rd., Waltham, MA

Strategic Partnering, Licensing and IP Strategies

Strategic Partnering, Licensing and IP Strategies, the first meeting of 2014 for the Boston IEE Consultants Network (CNET), features a panel with extensive experience in the legal and business issues faced by technology companies and their founders including strategies used to protect those rights while expanding the business.  The attorneys on the panel have provided counsel for the wide variety of practical situations which all entrepreneurs face.  Whether it involves the legal issues of protection and licensing of intellectual property or day-to-day issues like increasing sales, the panel will share the benefits of their experience.

This meeting is co-sponsored by the Boston Entrepreneurs' Network (E-NET)


Kuangshin Tai - Wolf Greenfield and Sacks, PC,

Kuangshin Tai assists the firm with patent prosecution in the areas of mechanical arts, clean energy and materials science. As a doctoral candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kuangshin conducted nanomechanical research in bone to produce novel theories for bio-mineralized systems on nanoscale heterogeneity, energy dissipation, and cohesive-frictional behavior. He has served as a research intern for the Materials Processing Center at the Center for Materials Science and Engineering, working on the development of polymer gel sensors and actuators that harnessed optical phase and swelling transition properties in variants of N-isopropylacrylamide.

As a research student, Kuangshin had a broad exposure to engineering and the medical sciences, from developing a DNA vaccine for testing in animal models, to creating a photo-optical device with cross-correlating signals used for measuring speed from photosensors fixed onto a ski. Kuangshin has authored numerous scientific publications appearing in journals such as Nature Materials, Nano Letters, Journal of Biomechanics, and Tissue Engineering.

Tom Durkin - Gesmer Updegrove, LLP,

As Managing Partner of Gesmer Updegrove, Tom applies the skills and experiences that he has gained in representing emerging businesses over the past 25 years. Having management responsibility for our firm, Tom understands the concerns of entrepreneurs when facing difficult decisions for their own businesses. People value and rely on Tom for his practical and business-oriented advice. Tom primarily serves as outside general counsel to emerging and middle-market companies, providing guidance and assistance in all aspects of their organization, operation and financing. He has helped many technology companies with their product development, licensing and distribution arrangements. Through his extensive work with emerging, fast growth companies, Tom has considerable experience with early stage and venture financings, joint ventures, strategic partnerships and M&A transactions.

Tom joined the firm as a junior associate in 1989, and has been here ever since. Tom and his wife, Sue, live on the North Shore with their three sons. He feels time outside the office is best spent outside and, depending on the season, enjoys cycling, fly fishing and skiing.

Dan McCafferty, VP, Sales & Corporate Development, AMD Telemedicine

Dan is currently the VP of Global Sales & Corporate Development at AMD Telemedicine Inc. His responsibilities at AMD include developing strategic partnerships worldwide that include fortune 100 companies such as Cisco Systems & Seimens. He brings a diverse and deep background in business operations to the leadership of AMD.

Dan's twenty five (25) year career has included senior roles in Manufacturing Operations, Marketing, Sales, Business Development and Professional Services at Aspect Communications (formerly Davox Corp.), Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, Telekol (acquired by Nokia) and most recently as the President/CEO of SteelTorch Software.

The common theme throughout Dan's career has been one of driving growth for technology based, telecommunications related companies with high value product propositions. Dan's vision and drive saw Lernout & Hauspie's North American Telecom market sales rise 250% year to year, Telekol to be acquired by Nokia and SteelTorch to acquire a European competitor in a cash accretive transaction.


William R. Byrnes ( ).

Bill's legal practice assists entrepreneurial companies with the legal issues they face with a focus on day-to-day commercial issues involving customers, vendors, and other third party relationships.

Register Online Here. Attendance is free for C-NET members, and registration is not required.


(From the north: Exit 28 off Route 128 / I95 onto Trapelo Rd. Take first right into driveway)

(From the south: Exit 28B off Route 128/I95 onto Trapelo Rd. Cross over highway, take first right after interchange)

Once in the complex, head back toward the highway, turn left, and park in front of the building. Entrance is below the large clock that faces the highway.

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