UNH Law Announces 6 New Trustees
The University of New Hampshire School of Law welcomes six new members to its board of trustees: Rajiv P. Patel JD/MIP ’95; Robert J. O’Connell, JD ’97/LLM ’09; Jennifer A. Tegfeldt JD ’85; David J. Koris JD ’83; Richard Wilder JD ’84; and Stephen Tober.
According to Board Chair Cathy Green ’77, “This is an extraordinarily accomplished group of new trustees, with the type of national and international experience that will be a great asset to UNH Law. We are excited to welcome this wealth of new talent to our board.”
Patel, of Silicon Valley, is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Fenwick & West LLP. He is regularly called upon to advise on a wide range of patent matters including patent strategies for startup companies, patent audits and restructuring for emerging companies, patent diligence in financing and merger and acquisition cases, and patent litigation and re-examination cross-over strategies for companies embroiled in patent disputes. In patent transaction matters, he is involved with negotiations of patent and intellectual property licenses, and he leads IP due diligence and audit matters in corporate transactions in industries such as clean technology and social media. His clients include Amazon.com, Hewlett-Packard and Twitter.
O’Connell is a vice president, patent counsel for Qualcomm Inc., in San Diego, where he manages a team of patent and trademark attorneys. He and his team are responsible for developing and maintaining large domestic and international patent and trademark portfolios supporting Qualcomm’s licensing, product development, and branding efforts. He supports several engineering divisions and subsidiaries around the world working in various technologies. Before this, O’Connell provided litigation, patent and trademark prosecution support at the Washington, DC, firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, and the Atlanta firm Jones & Askew, LLP.
Tegfeldt has focused her practice in the areas of intellectual property, licensing, transactions and business development, most recently as the director of business initiatives and strategy in the Corporate Development group of Genzyme Corp., Cambridge, MA. Genzyme Corp. was acquired by Sanofi-Aventis in April 2011, Tegfeldt is presently an independent consultant. Before joining Genzyme in 1994, she practiced law with Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper and Scinto in the firm’s Washington, DC, office.
Koris is the general counsel and head of IP reporting to the Executive Committee at Shell International in The Hague, Netherlands. He is responsible for worldwide technology protection for the company. Before that, he was a chief patent counsel and corporate vice president at GE Advanced Materials in Pittsfield, MA, and a vice president and chief patent counsel at Tyco Worldwide Services in Mansfield, MA. He has also served as trademark counsel to Kendall, a Tyco company in Mansfield, MA, the Cabot Corporation in Billerica, MA, and GTE-Precision Materials Division in Danvers, MA.
Wilder is the associate general counsel for global health for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. He addresses legal issues that arise in connection with the development of interventions in the field of global health – including drugs, vaccines and diagnostics. Before that, he spent four years as the associate general counsel for IP policy for Microsoft Corp. In recent years, he has also held positions with Sidley Austin, LLP in Washington, DC, where he was a partner who counseled clients on IP issues and provided transaction and dispute resolution services, and at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was the director of its Global Intellectual Property Issues Division and a senior legal advisor to WIPO’s Industrial Property Division.
Tober, of Tober Law Offices in Portsmouth, NH, has long been active in state and national bar leadership, including service as president of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the NH Trial Lawyers Association; as a member of the ABA Board of Governors; and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He served as chair of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary for 2005-06, and in that role testified on behalf of the ABA before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the nominations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito.
As an affiliate of the University of New Hampshire, UNH School of Law is governed by a board of 30 trustees as well as the presidents and chief financial officers of both institutions. The composition of the board will change each year, shifting from a law school majority to an equal balance of UNH-appointed trustees and law school-appointed trustees by July 1, 2014.