MATTO seminars

University Patent Enforcement 

When: April 26, 2017  3:30pm-5:00 pm
Where:  Havana Room, 5th Floor, Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, Cambridge, 02142

The seminar panel will discuss how to discover and encourage compliance if licensees are delinquent in asserting against companies that are infringing. The panel will also discuss how to identify and encourage companies that are deliberately or unknowingly practicing university patents to license these patents.


  • Bill Belanger, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Pauline Booth, Managing Director, Disputes & Investigations, Duff & Phelps
  • Vinit Nijhawan, Entrepreneur, VC
  • James Roberts, Associate Director, Partners Healthcare

The seminar is free but you have to register on this link or by clicking on the button below


3:30 – 4:00 PM Refreshments and Networking
4:00 – 5:00 PM Discussion

Speaker Bio:

Bill Belanger

Bill Belanger is a partner in the Boston office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He serves as chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department.

Mr. Belanger concentrates his practice in patent litigation, licensing and client counseling on intellectual property matters. He has extensive patent litigation experience and has successfully litigated patent, trademark and other intellectual property cases in federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Mr. Belanger has litigated cases involving a wide range of technologies, including digital cameras, cellular phones, embedded microprocessors, e-commerce, web server, subsea equipment, telecommunications and networking, computer software, automotive components, laser and ink jet printers, memory devices and fiber optics. He also has negotiated many patent licenses and other agreements involving intellectual property.

In addition to working in private practice, Mr. Belanger served with the U.S. International Trade Commission as attorney advisor to Judge Paul J. Luckern.


Pauline Booth

Pauline Booth is a managing director in the Boston office and part of the Dispute s & Investigations practice. She brings deep expertise in the analysis of damages related to commercial disputes and intellectual property infringement matters, fraud investigations, forensic accounting issues and the assessment of license and contract compliance. She has worked with clients across a wide range of industries and geographic regions, including U.S., Asia and Europe.
Pauline primarily focuses on both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property issues. She has served as a testifying and consulting expert on damages in IP infringement and licensing disputes in various dispute forums, including in International Arbitration. She assists owners of intellectual property to protect and maximize the benefits of licensing. She works with clients to assess the risk of IP and revenue leakage in IP portfolios, performs royalty audits to identify both monetary and non-monetary compliance issues and assists with IP transaction negotiations and strategy.
Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Pauline was a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal Global Forensic & Dispute Services and a director with the Advisory Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Pauline is a frequent instructor at various associations, firms and academic institutes, in the U.S. and Asia, on licensing and contract compliance, intellectual property and fraud investigations. She serves as Treasurer, Director and Executive Committee Member of the New England Legal Foundation, a member of the Finance Committee  and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Association of University Technology Managers and as a member of the Advisory Board of the YMCA Education and Training Branch.
Educated in Scotland, Ms. Booth earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in management. She is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers, the American Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Vinit Nijhawan

Vinit Nijhawan was Managing Director, Office of Technology Development at Boston University. Vinit teaches MBA courses on Entrepreneurship at BU Questrom School of Business, over 300 students have taken his courses. Vinit has over 30 years experience building five startups: as CEO of three, five were acquired. Vinit was Venture Partner at Key Venture Partners and over two years sourced over 200 deals and made one investment that was acquired for $430M. Vinit is an advisor and board member to several technology startups and was a Mass High Tech All-Star in 2005. Vinit has participated in over 240 panel discussions and paper presentations, and is a Board Member of Mass Ventures, an early stage, quasi-public Massachusetts venture capital firm, a co-founder of EdTech Accelerator/Incubator LearnLaunch, President of Massachusetts Association of Technology Transfer Offices and on the Advisory Board of Walker Innovation (OTC QB: PPRO). Vinit is also on the board of the National Academy of Inventors. Vinit earned a B.A.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

James Roberts

Jim directs the Radiology, Neuroscience and Anesthesia teams at Innovation. His focus is to assist and coordinate our Licensing Managers as they guide invention disclosures through patent prosecution to sponsored research and finally to technology licenses or company creation. Jim has direct hospital experience as Director of Medical Physics in Radiology and Radiation Oncology at various medical centers including the Lehigh Valley Health Network. At Philips Medical Systems he managed the design of CT systems and the marketing of digital GI and digital cardiology systems. His first role in the innovation sector was with BTG, the British technology commercialization group where he led their global technology acquisition efforts. Jim has also done extensive IP consulting with medical device companies like Bausch & Lomb. Jim holds a BS from Virginia Tech and an MSc from Georgia Tech.