“Outside Counsel” panelists at Boots in the Harbor Annual IP Summit announced!
31 Aug 2022

“Outside Counsel” panelists at Boots in the Harbor Annual IP Summit announced!

And, we are delighted to announce the four panelists for the “Outside Counsel” discussion organized within the Boots in the Harbor IP Summit, to be held in Boston, MA, on September 8th.

Under the title “Playing Nice in the Sandbox”, Greg Carlin, Managing Partner at Meunier Carlin & Curfman, Jeff Wolfson, Managing Partner and Chair – Patent Prosecution Practice Group at HaynesBoone, Mark Zimmerman, Founding Partner at Hanley Flight & Zimmerman and Todd Armstrong, Managing Partner at Clark & Elbing, will drive an enriched debate around the topic.
We are looking forward to learning more from this great group of experts!


Greg Carlin | Managing Partner, Meunier Carlin & Curfman

Mr. Carlin has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting hundreds of medical device, mechanical and software patents for university and corporate clients. Mr. Carlin brings deep technical and legal expertise as a biomechanical engineer, medical researcher and in-house corporate counsel to a global medical device company to the service of clients in the medical technology industry. Mr. Carlin frequently advises corporate officers, product managers, boards of directors, business development executives and research engineers on strategic approaches to product clearance, research and development and portfolio management. Mr. Carlin represents clients in both inter partes review and IP litigation. Mr. Carlin also has experience in performing IP due diligence for a range of mergers and acquisitions, excelling at identifying salient deal points and conveying a weighted understanding of the relevant IP issues to business development executives.

He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in biomechanical engineering, and he received his J.D. from The George Washington University. He previously worked as in-house counsel at Edwards Lifesciences.

Jeff Wolfson | Chair of Patent Prosecution, Haynes Boone

Jeffrey Wolfson, chair of the Patent Prosecution Practice Group, helps clients from Fortune 500 enterprises to start-ups manage their intellectual property and related legal risk, both in obtaining and managing portfolios of U.S. and foreign patent and other IP rights, including patent prosecution and IP-related commercial agreements, and in counseling clients regarding their key product and service launches and related design-around opportunities. Jeff has assisted clients across various industries on technologies such as generic pharmaceuticals, drug delivery devices and materials, petroleum automation technology, behavioral and predictive communication routing and analytics, automotive polymers, food products and processing, leisure and sporting goods, and more. Jeff, a registered patent lawyer with a chemical engineering education, provides representation at the USPTO; has obtained numerous U.S. and foreign patents; prepared hundreds of invalidity, non-infringement, patentability, freedom-to-operate, and other product clearance opinions; and has conducted numerous IP diligence evaluations in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and secured financial transactions. In one of Jeff’s pre-law jobs, he caught spot fish to be used as bait at a rate of $0.05 per spot.

Mark Zimmerman | Founding Partner, Hanley Flight & Zimmerman 

As a founding member of Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman, Mark focuses his practice on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution and client counseling with particular emphasis in the electrical and mechanical fields.  His technical areas of expertise include, among other things, wireless devices, networks, semiconductors, remotely-readable meters, industrial equipment, spray nozzles, kitchen fixtures, and firearms.  Additionally, Mark’s experience includes advising Fortune 500 companies, as well as solo inventors, on portfolio management and acquisition negotiations along with directing post-grant proceedings in the USPTO. Also, Mark has rendered numerous non-infringement and invalidity opinions as well as expert testimony.  Prior to law school, Mark was a design engineer at Motorola Cordless Products, specializing in RF and audio circuit design. 

He graduated from DePaul University College of Law – JD, with honors, Order of the Coif; University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) – MSEE; and Marquette University – BSEE, magna cum laude.

Todd Armstrong | Partner, Clark+Elbing 

Todd is a cell biologist and registered patent attorney focused on protecting innovations in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries.

He assists clients with the development and execution of an intellectual property strategy, including patent prosecution work, patentability searching, non-infringement and freedom-to-operate opinions, and due diligence, in the areas of biology, biotechnology, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, orthopedic implants, and medical devices. His clients include multinational pharmaceutical companies, start-up biopharmaceutical companies, academic research institutions, and independent inventors here in the U.S. and around the world.  Todd also oversees the firm’s trademark practice, working primarily with clients in the drug discovery and medical device industries to help protect their brands, products, and domain names using comprehensive trademark strategies in the U.S. and abroad. Todd’s doctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. Judith White at the University of Virginia identified structural features of the Influenza virus hemagglutinin protein required for hemagglutinin-mediated viral/cell membrane fusion. His research employed cellular, molecular, and biophysical techniques. 

Todd’s research has been published in the Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Virology, and Molecular Biology of the Cell.  He received his Ph.D., Cell Biology from the University of Virginia and a B.S., Biology from Davidson College.  Todd is licensed with the USPTO and has a J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University Law School.

Boots in the Harbor IP Summit organized by SHIP Global IP and will be held in Boston, MA on September 8th, 2022. Boots in the Harbor is a marquee event in IP collaboration, trends and strategy, as indicated by the speakers presenting as well as the attendees. This event is attended by In House Counsel only and has a strict no sell policy. For more info on the conference, please send an email to


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