About the Authors

AuthorElizabeth Rodriguez - Sean Solberg
Elizabeth D. Rodriguez (editor and author, chapter 9) is Senior Counsel for Research and
Intellectual Property for the University of Massachusetts with responsibility for intellec-
tual property, technology licensing, equity transactions, patent litigation management, and
research matters. Rodriguez advises on joint ventures, distribution, clinical trial agree-
ments, and complex commercial and corporate transactions. She supports the regulatory
compliance systems of UMass, including conict of interest, institutional review board,
and export controls. She is the chair of the ABA University Intellectual Property Law
Committee, a member and frequent speaker at the Association of University Technol-
ogy Managers (AUTM), and an instructor in continuing legal education in intellectual
property law at Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining
UMass, Rodriquez was in private practice in Washington, D.C. for ten years where she
served as outside corporate, securities, and licensing counsel to high-technology, IT, and
life sciences companies. Rodriguez earned her JD and a Master’s in Public Policy from
University of Michigan in 1993 and BA degree cum laude from Yale University in 1989.
Sean D. Solberg (editor and author, chapters 1 and 2) is a patent attorney at the Davis
Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa. For more than 13 years, he has counseled clients
ranging from start-ups and venture capital rms to universities and Fortune 500 compa-
nies. Solberg offers expertise in patent prosecution, patentability and freedom to operate
analyses, IP transactions, portfolio management, IP litigation, and IP due diligence, focus-
ing primarily on medical device, biotech, and agricultural technologies. In the area of
technology transfer, Solberg represents a number of major U.S. colleges and universities,
as well as several international universities. He currently serves on the Central Region
Planning Committee of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).
In 2000, Solberg was awarded a JD degree from the University of Iowa College of Law
and received his undergraduate degrees from Iowa State University and Grinnell College,
graduating with honors. Prior to joining Davis Brown, Solberg practiced for 12 years at
the two largest law rms in Minnesota.
Stephanie Adamany (chapter 7) is Associate General Counsel at the Wisconsin Alumni
Research Foundation (WARF) in Madison, Wisconsin. She helps to manage the legal
interests and affairs of WARF and its afliated organizations, drafts and negotiates legal
terms in intellectual property contracts, manages litigation, and provides legal counsel
on a variety of WARF’s business matters. Adamany spent several years in private practice
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