Craig Allen Nard
Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law & Director, Center for Law, Technology & the Arts
Courses: Patent Law, Intellectual Property Survey, Intellectual Property Management and Commercialization, and International Intellectual Property (seminar)
Craig Nard is the Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Technology & the Arts at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy in Torino, Italy and serves as Principal Advisor to the Center for Studies and Research in Intellectual Property in Calcutta, India. Mr. Nard is widely published in the area of patent law, with scholarly articles appearing in many of the most prominent law journals. He is also the author of a leading patent law casebook, The Law of Patents, and a co-author of The Law of Intellectual Property; and is currently working on book for Oxford University Press entitled, The Common Law of Patents in the Age of Reform. Prior to entering the legal academy, Mr. Nard clerked for the Honorable Giles S. Rich and Helen W. Nies of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. and, before that, was a patent litigator in Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the Texas bar, and is licensed to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
Professor of Law & Co-Director Center for Law, Technology & the Arts
Courses: Copyright Law and Copyright Law in the Digital Millennium (seminar), Constitutional Law, and Property Law
Raymond Ku is a nationally known expert in the fields of copyright law and Internet Law. Prior to joining our faculty, he was an associate professor and director of the Institute of Law, Science and Technology at Seton Hall University School of Law. Before that he was an associate professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where he established and directed the Center for Law, Technology and Communications. Mr. Ku was also a visiting associate professor at Cornell Law School during the 2002–03 academic year. He is the lead author of the first casebook devoted exclusively to the study of cyberspace law, Cyberspace Law: Cases & Materials (Aspen 2002). He has published articles in numerous law reviews and journals, including the University of Chicago Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and the Stanford and Berkeley Technology Law Journals. Before entering academia, Mr. Ku clerked for Timothy K. Lewis, justice on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Pittsburgh. He also has been an associate with the law firms Levine Pierson Sullivan & Koch L.L.P. and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher L.L.P., both in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ku holds a J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a Leonard Boudin First Amendment Fellow in the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program, and an A.B. with honors in political science from Brown University. He is a member of the New York State Bar, the Washington, D.C. Bar and the Copyright Society of the American Bar Association.
Dale A. Nance
John Homer Kapp Professor of Law
Course: Archeological Relics
An internationally recognized evidence scholar, Mr. Nance also teaches and writes about jurisprudence and legal theory. Before joining our faculty in 2002, Mr. Nance taught law at Chicago-Kent, where he was named a Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar and Associate Dean for Program Development. He has also taught at Northern Illinois University, and University of Colorado, the University of San Diego, and Cornell University. He is a reviser for the next edition of Wigmore on Evidence and is the author of numerous law review articles and the textbook, Law and Justice: Cases and Readings on the American Legal System (1994; 1999). He is a member of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. He received his B.A. in 1974 from Rice, his J.D. in 1977 from Stanford, and his M.A. in 1981 from the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor of English and Law
Courses: ‘Authorship’ in Intellectual Property (seminar) and Contexts of Invention (seminar)
A member of the English department since 1986, Martha Woodmansee joined the law faculty in 2003. She served from 1990 - 2008 as Director of the Society for Critical Exchange, a national organization devoted to collaborative interdisciplinary research in theory. Previously she taught at Columbia, Harvard, Northwestern, and the University of Pittsburgh. Prof. Woodmansee is best known for her path breaking historical work at the intersection of literary, legal, and economic theory. Her extensive publications in this area include The Author, Art, and the Market (1994 Columbia University Press) as well as several books that originated at interdisciplinary conferences she organized at Case Western Reserve University - The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature (1994 Duke University Press), The New Economic Criticism (1999 Routledge), and Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective (2011 University of Chicago Press). Prof. Woodmansee holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. A 2002 Guggenheim fellow and 2004 Fulbright fellow, her present research concerns the role played by book piracy in the emergence of international copyright during the nineteenth century, and the “fair use” rights of creative producers in our own era of globalizing entertainment franchises. She is a founding director, with Cambridge University professor Lionel Bently, of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property.
Mark E. Avsec
Partner and Chair, Intellectual Property Practice Group, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff
Course: Law of the Music Industry
Mark Avsec has served as an Adjunct Law Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law teaching “Law of The Music Industry” since 2003. He is also a partner and Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Avsec earned a living as a studio musician, producer and songwriter, writing over 500 songs and producing or performing on more than 30 sound recordings for, among other artists, Bon Jovi (“She Don’t Know Me”), Donnie Iris (“Ah! Leah!” and “Love Is Like A Rock”), Mason Ruffner (“Gypsy Blood”) and Wild Cherry (“Play That Funky Music, White Boy”). Mr. Avsec is an American Music Award winner and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. He was a member of Wild Cherry and the founding member of Donnie Iris and the Cruisers.
Mr. Avsec remains active in the entertainment industry as a writer and a performer. “Angel Love (Come for Me),” a song co-written by Mr. Avsec, was recorded by Carlos Santana and released in February 2010 on Mr. Santana’s new album (Supernatural – Legacy Edition). Mr. Avsec regularly performs as keyboard player with Donnie Iris & The Cruisers and occasionally with The James Gang, featuring Joe Walsh, Jimmy Fox, and Dale Peters. Mr. Avsec has also served on the faculty for the Federal Judicial Center and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology where he has presented on copyright law basics and infringement analysis to federal judges with Professors David Nimmer and Peter Menell at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt School of Law.
Peter A. Carfagna
Executive in Residence, Cleveland State University
Visiting Lecturer, Harvard Law School
Majority Owner, Lake Country Captains, a Minor League Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians
Courses: Negotiation Strategies in Sports Management; Sports and the Law; and Representing the Professional Athlete
Peter A. Carfagna is Chairman/CEO of Magis, LLC, a privately owned sports marketing, management and investment company, including family ownership of the Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians Class A Affiliate. From 1994-2005, He served as Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel of International Management Group (IMG) and was Senior Partner at Jones Day LLP before that. Mr. Carfagna graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College in 1975, having played Varsity Football 1972-1975. Peter was then a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, graduating M.A. with Honours in Jurisprudence/Law in 1977.
Since being appointed by then-Dean Elena Kagan as the Covington Burling Distinguished Visitor in 2006, he has alternated teaching three Sports Law Courses at Harvard Law School, each of which has been published as a casebook: Representing the Professional Athlete (West 2009); Examining The Legal Evolution of America’s 3 ‘Major Leagues’ (2d. Ed. West 2011); and Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements (West 2010). He is Faculty Advisor to Harvard Law School's Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law and its Journal on Sports and Entertainment Law. He is also Faculty Supervisor of Harvard Law School's Sports Law Clinical Program, responsible for 10-12 sports law clinicals each school year with the NFL, MLB, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Mariners, Florida Marlins, and IMG among others. He has served as Distinguished Visiting Practitioner at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and as Executive in Residence at Cleveland Marshall College of Law from 2011 to the present.
Mr. Carfagna serves the Harvard Alumni Association as a Member of the Nominating Committee for the Harvard University Board of Overseers. He is a past elected Director of both the HAA Worldwide Executive Committee and the American Association of Rhodes Scholars. He currently serves on the Great Lakes Regional Selection Committee for the Rhodes Scholarship, as well as on the Board of the Sports Legacy Institute and the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
Joseph D. Dreher
Partner, Fay, Sharpe, Fagan, Minnich & McKee
Courses: Computer Law & Policy
Joseph D. Dreher is a partner with the law firm of Fay, Sharpe, Fagan, Minnich & McKee, LLP. He is a member of the Ohio Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Dreher's practice involves all phases of intellectual property law including procurement, counseling, and litigation. He has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty since 2000. He received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (B.E.E.) cum laude in 1988 from The University of Dayton and his J.D. cum laude in 1991 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Afif M. Ghannoum
Vice President & General Counsel, Oasis Consumer Healthcare LLC
Managing Member, The Ghannoum Law Firm
Course: Biotechnology Law & Policy
An attorney by training, Mr. Ghannoum spent the first years of his career with two of the largest law firms in the country. As an associate, he worked on a broad range of transactions, including a billion dollar acquisition of an amusement park company, the disposition of a multi-national manufacturing division for a Fortune 500 company, and working with hospital systems to address an array of legal matters. After identifying a market need for a new legal services model, and access to grant writing expertise, Mr. Ghannoum left the world of large law firms behind to launch the Ghannoum Law Firm LLC and BioVentis LLC. Within a year, he grew both companies from serving a single individual client, to working with clients ranging from BioEnterprise and Jumpstart companies, to a public company on the West Coast. Mr. Ghannoum has worked with clients on matters across an array of legal and business issues, including negotiating complex licensing deals, dealing with various intellectual property issues, conducting healthcare product market research and drafting SBIR grant applications. As CEO and founder of Ghannoum & Co., he gained significant media exposure for his company. As a result, both he and Ghannoum & Co. have been featured and quoted by various media outlets, including the ABA Journal. Mr. Ghannoum currently serves as Vice President and General Counsel to Oasis Consumer Healthcare, a multi-million dollar consumer goods company that innovates and sells over-the-counter medications nationally through retailers such as Walgreens. As part of the senior management team, he is responsible for operations and legal affairs for the company.
Teresan W. Gilbert
Senior IP Counsel, Lubrizol Corporation
Course: Intellectual Property from a Business and Strategic Planning Perspective
Teresan W. Gilbert’s career as an intellectual property lawyer spans over twenty-five years during which she has gained a broad range of experience. For the past eleven years she has practiced as Senior IP counsel at The Lubrizol Corporation, a Fortune 400 specialty chemicals company. Lubrizol formulates and engineers complex chemicals as additives, ingredients and compounds for a wide range of applications including lubricants and fuels, metalworking fluids, performance coatings, inks, personal care and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products. In her practice, Ms. Gilbert provides legal counsel, advice and opinions to executives and managers for the business and for research and development regarding patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, transactional matters including licensing and acquisitions and divestments, and freedom to operate. Ms. Gilbert also manages and protects the businesses intellectual property assets worldwide. Her international practice includes enforcement and defense of infringement matters and participation in patent and trademark oppositions in Europe and China. She further provides training regarding intellectual property strategy and protection at the European and Asia Pacific locations. Previously, she was a partner at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP in the Intellectual Property Practice group and prior to joining Benesch, she spent fifteen years in the Intellectual Property Division at Sohio/BP America Inc. She earned her Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1983, where she received the American Jurisprudence Award in Commercial Law, and graduated cum laude from Bowling Green State University in 1976 with a Bachelors of Science in microbiology and chemistry.
Instructor, Cleveland Museum of Art
Course: Law and the Visual Arts
Assistant General Counsel-Intellectual Property, Parker-Hannifin Corp.
Course: Patent Prosecution
For the last 17 years Christopher Hunter has been with Parker-Hannifin Corporation, where he is currently Assistant General Counsel - Intellectual Property. Parker is a Fortune 500 company with over $11B in sales, and a leader in the motion and control industry, with operating groups focused on markets in Aerospace, Automation, Fluid Control, Sealing solutions, Hydraulics, Filtration, Climate Control and Instrumentation. Mr. Hunter’s practice deals with developing intellectual property strategy for new product development in Parker's Aerospace and Filtration Groups, including pursuing and managing the world-wide development of a strong and meaningful patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright portfolio. Mr. Hunter is also responsible for the enforcement of Parker's intellectual property rights against infringers for these Groups, and ensuring that Parker does not infringe the patent and other intellectual property rights of others. His practice also deals with developing strong business relations with suppliers, customers and technology developers, including the drafting and negotiation of licensing and development agreements. Before Parker, Mr. Hunter was an associate with Calfee, Halter & Griswold, Cleveland Ohio, in their intellectual property department, primarily focusing on patent prosecution. He is currently an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law, and is past President, Henry T. King, Jr., Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group.
Associate Vice President, Technology Management,
Technology Transfer Office, Case Western Reserve University
Course: IP Management and Commercialization
Joseph Jankowski, Ph.D. is Case Western Reserve University Associate Vice President, Technology Management. He leads the commercialization efforts that stem from the $300+ million of annual research activity taking place at the university and its institutional affiliates. He is dedicated to Case Western Reserve University’s translational activities and holds leadership roles on the Coulter-Case Translation and Innovation Partnership, the Ohio BRCP Targeted Nanoparticles Center and the SOM High Throughput Screening Committee. In addition, Dr. Jankowski represents the university on the Outside Interests Committee, the Ohio Technology Transfer Officers’ Council, and the University Hospitals Case Medical Center Research Committee. He also serves on the boards of several Case Western Reserve University spinoff companies. In 2006, Dr. Jankowski joined the university faculty, teaching intellectual property commercialization and entrepreneurship in the schools of business, engineering, law and medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from SUNY College of Environmental Sciences, an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, and a B.S. in engineering technologies from the University of Dayton.
Jason A. Korosec
Co-founder and CEO, EagleCheck, Inc.
Course: e-Payment Systems
Mr. Korosec earned his B.A. at the University of Rochester in 1990, with certificates in Management and International Relations. In 1997, he received a J.D./M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Weatherhead School of Management. At Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Mr. Korosec negotiated contracts and focused on many aspects of credit card processing in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and the U.S. He then worked with Atos Origin, a leading European technology company, to help build its North American practice. In 2001, Mr. Korosec filed for patents on new ways to use credit card style technology to identify an individual in real-time. He used this patent, and others contributed by his co-founders, to create EagleCheck, Ltd. EagleCheck improves airport security by checking government watch lists to validate photo ID's and using sophisticated logic to detect irregular passenger activity
Corporate Counsel, Integra LifeSciences Corporation
Course: Internet Business & Law
Jeffrey Lietzke is a business lawyer with experience handling a variety of merger and acquisition and regulatory and commercial transaction issues for e-business and other clients. He is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio and in that capacity he serves as Deputy General Counsel at Cuyahoga Community College. Mr. Lietzke’s responsibilities include many legal issues arising out of the college’s extensive online learning programs. In addition, he has extensive experience with website design and creation. Mr. Lietzke is on the editorial board of Notre Dame’s Journal of College and University Law and he has published a guidebook to web-based legal resources, The Lawyer’s Internet Pathfinder. A 1995 Cornell Law School graduate with a strong background in computers and an advanced degree in economics, his academic interests include the many ways information technology can improve business, education, and the practice of law.
Karl M. Maersch, Esq.
Associate General Counsel & Vice President, Legal, Eastman Kodak Company
Course: Patent Litigation
Karl M. Maersch has broad experience in patent and commercial litigation, patent valuation, and negotiation. He leads a team of attorneys and technologists responsible for support of Kodak’s strategic intellectual property licensing and litigation activities. Mr. Maersch is also responsible for patent acquisition and divestiture including valuation of patent based investment opportunities. He manages intellectual property and commercial litigation matters as well. Prior to joining Kodak, he was an attorney with Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio. At Jones Day, Mr. Maersch represented companies in patent litigation in U.S. District Courts, at the Federal Circuit, and at the ITC. He was a member of the firm’s eDiscovery Committee and was responsible for firm-wide eDiscovery training. Mr. Maersch has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University (1995) and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He received his JD, magna cum laude, from the John Marshall Law School, with a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (2002). While in law school, he was Editor-in-Chief of the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law.
Daniel J. McMullen
Chair, Information Technology Practice Group, Calfee, Halter & Griswold
Course: Internet Business & Law
Daniel McMullen advises both public and closely-held companies on matters of information technology and intellectual property law. He also handles copyright and trademark applications across all business sectors and represents clients in all forms of intellectual property disputes, including patent, copyright and trademark infringement actions. Mr. McMullen also teaches at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, is board chair of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission and a board member of NEOSA (Northeast Ohio Software Association). He is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan, Ohio and American Bar Associations and a graduate of Leadership Cleveland. Before law school, Dan worked as a systems analyst for General Motors. He was a law clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti, was admitted to the Attorney General’s Honors Program and practiced as a trial attorney with the U.S. Justice Department before joining Jones Day. He later served as Director of the Office of School Monitoring and a Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He joined Calfee in 1994, becoming a partner in 1998. He earned his B.A. (1978), magna cum laude, and his J.D., cum laude (1982) from Harvard. He is admitted to the Bar in Ohio and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
former Senior Vice President, Twentieth Century Fox
Course: Entertainment Law
Tom Moglovkin is an experienced attorney and business executive with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, 15 of them in various divisions of Twentieth Century Fox. As Senior Vice President of Theatrical Business Affairs he was responsible for all business and legal aspects of Fox’s live-‐action and animated theatrical motion picture production including negotiating talent agreements, strategic development, financial analysis and the acquisition and distribution of theatrical motion pictures. Additionally, as Vice President of News Digital Media, he negotiated and drafted strategic alliance, production, talent and website design agreements for NewsCorp’s Internet and new media divisions. Mr. Moglovkin received his JD from USC Law School where he was Notes Editor of the Southern California Law Review, published “Original Digital: No More Free Samples”, a copyright analysis of digital sampling technologies, and was the 1991 recipient of the Norma Zarky Memorial Award for excellence in the field of entertainment law. He later was Adjunct Professor at USC Law School teaching Legal Issues in the Television and Motion Picture Industries. He currently is Of Counsel to Business Affairs, Inc., a Los Angeles firm representing numerous major motion picture production companies, and is President of MoCo, Inc. a diverse Michigan corporation. Mr. Moglovkin is also an accomplished musician with major music instrument manufacturer endorsement agreements.
Partner, Baker Hostetler LLP
Course: Trademark and Copyright Litigation
Christina J. Moser has broad experience enforcing intellectual property and related rights for clients ranging from multinational industrial corporations to medical device firms, to artists and organizations in the music and film industries. She also has extensive experience advising on corporate best practices and enforcement strategies, overseeing due diligence investigations and managing trademark prosecutions and oppositions in both the United States and abroad. Ms. Moser is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit and Sixth Circuit; and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Southern District of Texas, and Eastern District of Wisconsin. She is admitted to the Bars of Ohio and California. Ms. Moser holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property from London School of Economics and Political Science (2001), with merit, a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law (1998), magna cum laude, and a B.S. in Interpersonal Communications from Ohio University (1995), Honors Tutorial College, with highest honor.
Sandra M. Ortiz
Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, Twentieth Century Fox
Course: Entertainment Law
Sandra M. Ortiz is currently Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for 20th Century Fox Television, a unit of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. She’s worked on television shows ranging from The Simpsons and Futurama, to New Girl, Touch, The Practice, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The X-Files and others. She has practiced in the entertainment and media field for more than 20 years, beginning in Public Television. Consistently throughout her legal practice, Ms. Ortiz has taught at various southern California law schools in the areas of media law, intellectual property and entertainment, and taught media law and ethics to journalism and media policy students.
Ms. Ortiz took a two-year leave of absence to become the Director of the newly created USC Center for Communications Law and Policy, which was established as a partnership between the USC Law School and the USC Annenberg School for Communication. As part of that program she directed media policy research that was subsequently published, submitted comments before the FCC and led media policy seminars for the Masters students at the Annenberg School. Those efforts culminated in hosting an official FCC public forum on media ownership. Ms. Ortiz holds a B.A. from Stanford University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from U.S.C. She is admitted to practice law in the state of California.
Courses: Trademark Law, Copyright Law, and Cyberlaw
Aaron Perzanowski teaches and has written extensively in the area of intellectual property law. His work has been published in several prominent law journals, including the UCLA Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, and California Law Review. Prior to joining the faculty, Mr. Perzanowski was on the faculty of Wayne State University School of Law and a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame. He was also a Microsoft Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a litigation associate at Fenwick and West in San Francisco, California. In addition, while in law school, Mr. Perzanowski was a Student Attorney at the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic where he wrote or participated in drafting several amici briefs relating to intellectual property cases.
Head of Business Operations and General Counsel, Vuguru, Inc.
Course: Entertainment Law
Prior to joining Vuguru in 2010, David was Executive Vice President, Business Operations/General Counsel, FremantleMedia North America, Inc., where he oversaw business affairs for the hit television programs "American Idol," "America’s Got Talent" and "The Price is Right," and assisted in the formation and operation of Atomic Wedgie, FremantleMedia’s Digital Comedy Studio. David also served as Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and New Business Development, Twentieth Television, the syndication and first-run production division of Twentieth Century Fox. Earlier in his career, David worked as a business & legal affairs executive at FX Networks in New York City, Tribune Entertainment Company in Chicago and Paramount Domestic Television in Hollywood. David received his B.A. in English and History, and J.D., from Case Western Reserve University.
Theodore C. Theofrastous, Esq.
Founder and Principal, ThetaSquared LLC
Course: Intellectual Property Management and Commercialization
Theodore Theofrastous has more than 20 years experience in the field of high technology development, both as a business architect/manager and as a legal professional. In addition to his role as Managing Director and Fund Counsel, he serves as executive management for various Panzica Investments entities (including the Beta Technology Park and Euphonyx, Ltd.). Mr. Theofrastous is also a General Partner of the Beta Opportunity Partners Fund and serves on numerous technology company boards of directors. Earlier, he launched startup companies for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, designed to commercialize products based on CCF intellectual property. Before joining The Clinic, Mr. Theofrastous practiced at the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP, where his practice focused on the nexus of investment capital and technology, counseling clients in matters ranging from start-up formation to domestic and off -shore private equity fund formations.
Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Bridgestone Americas Holdings, Inc.
Course: Intellectual Property from a Business and Strategic Planning Perspective
Jon Wood is currently the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc. the largest subsidiary of the Bridgestone Group, the largest tire company in the world, based in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to the Bridgestone, Firestone tire brands Bridgestone Americas owns the largest U.S. retail network of auto service centers, the largest tire retread brand, Bandag, and is a major producer of building materials, and industrial air springs. Prior to joining Bridgestone Mr. Wood was Senior Counsel at Eastman Chemical Company where he handled transactional matters, such as licensing, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to joining Eastman he was an associate with Workman Nydegger in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Wood received his law degree from the University of Arkansas, his Masters in Organic Chemistry from the University of Alabama and his B.S. in Chemistry from Harding University.