CENDI Copyright Task Group
Library of Congress/Federal Library and Information Center
General Counsels Forum
In Alphabetical Order
Gary Borda is a Senior Patent Attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. He came to NASA in 1997. He counsels clients on all aspects of intellectual property with an emphasis on the protection, transfer and use of federally owned and funded technology including the development, acquisition, protection, licensing, use, and enforcement of rights to patents, copyrights, technical data, computer software, proprietary information, and trademarks. Mr. Borda began his legal career as a patent attorney with the Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel. Before entering legal practice, he was employed for 11 years as a Naval Architect and Ocean Engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in Bethesda, Maryland, where he managed research and development programs on hull, mechanical and electrical systems of naval vehicles and related propulsion systems.
He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Baltimore in 1990. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1978. He remained at Virginia Tech for two years of post-graduate studies where he worked as a graduate research and teaching assistant. Mr. Borda is admitted to the Bars of Maryland and Washington, D.C., is a Member of the Bars of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. District Court for Maryland and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also member and ex-officer of the Government Intellectual Property Law Association. (return to program)
Kathleen Coleman is a Senior Attorney at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for intellectual property matters. Ms. Coleman has worked for EPA since 1996 and handles a variety of intellectual property law and policy matters, including international and domestic licensing agreements, publishing agreements, contract issues and assignment of rights. Before joining EPA, Ms. Coleman taught intellectual property law at Temple University School of Law. Prior to teaching, Ms. Coleman was in sunny California, where she enjoyed having a solo practice, following her years as an Associate in the law firm of Knobbe, Martens, Olson and Bear. Ms. Coleman earned her B.S. from Virginia Tech, and her J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law in 1990. (return to program)
Flayo Kirk is the Associate General
Counsel for Acquisition & Procurement Law, Defense Information Systems
Agency (DISA). Before coming to DISA in 1996, he served as a civilian
counsel for the Army's Procurement Fraud Division. Prior to that, Mr.
Kirk was an Air Force JAG and served as Area Defense Counsel at Tinker
AFB, Oklahoma; contracts attorney at Robins AFB, Georgia; Staff Judge
Advocate for the Air Force Computer Acquisition Center at Hanscom AFB,
Massachusetts; Chief of Civil Law at Eglin AFB, Florida; and Deputy for
Contract Law at Eglin AFB, Florida. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr.
Kirk was a crewmember on the AC-130H Spectre gunship at Hurlburt Field,
Florida. Mr. Kirk earned his LL.M, with highest honors, in government
procurement law from George Washington University, his J.D., cum laude,
from Stetson College of Law, and is a registered patent attorney. He also
earned an MBA and is a West Point graduate.(return
Michael Hoffman is a registered
patent attorney and an intellectual property attorney at the Department
of Energy, Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Technology Transfer
and Intellectual Property, which is part of DOE's Office of General Counsel.
He has been with DOE since 1988. (return
Bonnie Klein is Program Manager for Copyrighted Information and Foreign Acquisitions in the Collections Division at the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), Ft. Belvoir, VA. Since arriving at DTIC in 1992, Ms. Klein has held a variety of positions, including Non-Print Products Program Manager and Acting Chief of the Cataloging Branch. Prior to DTIC, Ms. Klein worked16 years overseas in South Korea and Germany as an Administrative Librarian with the U.S. Army Library Program. She holds both a B.A. in Russian Area Studies and a M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois and a M.S in Education/Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. Ms. Klein chairs the CENDI Copyright Task Group and is active in FLICC. (return to program)
Neil Laurence Mark joined the Department of the Interior (DOI) in 1996 after many years at the Department of Commerce working in trade regulatory matters. Since 1988, he has specialized in Intellectual Property and technology transfer issues with a focus on federal patent licensing. Starting in 1996, he has made numerous visits to DOI Science Centers to speak on patent law and to advise employees how to protect their invention ideas. He is a member of the Virginia and New Jersey bars. He received his A.B. from Rutgers University (English major), his J.D. from the Washington College of Law, American University, and his LL.M. (Masters in Trade Regulation) from the New York University School of Law. (return to program)
John Raubitschek has been Patent
Counsel for the Department of Commerce since 1990. In this position, he
gives advice on intellectual property matters to all components of the
Department, including rights in inventions, data and copyrights. He also
obtains and licenses patents and evaluates claims of patent, copyright
and trademark infringement involving the Department. Mr. Raubitschek previously
served as an Associate Solicitor in the Patent and Trademark Office and
as a patent attorney for the Army, Navy, Energy and National Science Foundation.
He is a graduate of Princeton University, A.B. (Chem.) and Georgetown
Law Center, J.D.(return