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​Peter Hoffman - President, Elevated Advisors LLC

  • Eight years as Vice President, Intellectual Property Management for The Boeing Company
  • Managed the company's patent portfolio; protection of trade secrets; and licensing of all Boeing intellectual property as CEO of the Boeing Intellectual Property Licensing Company
  • Presented testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on federal trade secret protection (CSPAN VIDEO: comments start 28:15 into the video)
  • Director of global research and development strategy for Boeing Research & Technology responsible for developing technology collaboration relationships between Boeing and companies, universities and national laboratories around the world
  • Expanded Boeing's global technology engagement and was instrumental in the establishment of Boeing research centers in Australia, India, China and numerous technology relationships across 32 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas 
  • In partnership with the University of Sheffield, conceptualized and launched the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) in 2001 and served as AMRC Industry Board Chair from 2018 to 2023
  • Led replication of the AMRC collaborative model in the UK, Europe and Asia. 
  • Held leadership positions in international sales and business development
  • Spent 14 years conducting research in the area of advanced materials and structures. Granted four US patents, the latest in 2020
  • Holds a bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering technology and a master's of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee, a master's of manufacturing engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a master's of international business from St. Louis University
  • Serves as a guest lecturer on international business issues at Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz School of Business and was recognized with an Accomplished Alumni award from the University of Tennessee in 2013  
  • Asked to serve as a member of the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property Advisory Board - 2023 and 2024

Brian Klein - Klein Law LLC

  • In-house and private practice IP Attorney for 22 years
  • Directed global patent portfolio for all Boeing technology
  • Led six direct report managers and 80+ person team in developing strategic IP plans for Boeing IP
  • Created executive-level intellectual property strategies tailored for each of Boeing’s new product and technology initiatives
  • Led team supporting IP due diligence efforts for all mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures for Boeing
  • Negotiated long-term terms and conditions agreements for IP ownership, confidentiality, and IP indemnity terms
  • Negotiated IP, data rights, and software rights with US government for defense proposals and contracts
  • Significantly reduced patent portfolio costs during 737 MAX grounding and pandemic air travel disruption
  • Created outside counsel diversity and inclusion initiative that led to hiring and utilization of more diverse lawyers and staff
  • Holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law
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