Closing the Intellectual Property Education Gap, creating understanding
Panel Discussion with Brie Pierznik, Jelani Odlum and Wayne Stacy
Stoel Rives LLP
Brie Bridegum Pierznik focuses her practice on general corporate and securities law
matters for emerging-growth companies. Brie also counsels clients on commercial
contracts, technology licensing, and other agreements involving intellectual property
rights. She advises clients in many industries, including technology, food and
beverage, and outdoor and athletic apparel.
Brie brings a unique, in-house perspective to advising her clients, as she has been
seconded and worked extensively on site with Portland’s two largest software
companies: Viewpoint and Puppet.
Brie began her legal career in commercial and intellectual property litigation and
dispute resolution. She has significant experience helping clients navigate complex
issues, often involving the most senior levels of company leadership. That background
informs her corporate practice and enables her to help clients avoid and manage legal
Before joining Stoel Rives, Brie served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jack L.
Landau at the Oregon Supreme Court.
Prior to her legal career, Brie worked in sports information at the University of
Oregon’s Athletics Department, coordinating print and broadcast press coverage of the
school’s intercollegiate athletics teams. She also routinely worked for ABC and ESPN
at remote broadcasts of sporting events all over the West Coast.
The Michelson 20MM Foundation
Jelani Odlum is passionate about the intersection of philanthropy, education, and innovation. She is a Program Manager at the Michelson 20MM Foundation in Los Angeles, where she oversees the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property. Previously, she facilitated commercialization accelerator programs for science and technology entrepreneurs. Jelani holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.
Berkeley Center for Law and Technology
Dr. Carlos J. Crespo is a Professor at the Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University Joint School of Public Health, and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Training in Biomedical Research at Portland State University. He graduated from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and has a Master of Science in Sports Health from Texas Tech University and a Doctor of Public Health in Preventive Care from the Loma Linda University.
Previous work experience includes working for the National Center for Health Statistics, and as a Public Health Analyst for the National Institutes of Health. His main area of research involves the epidemiology of physical activity in the prevention of chronic diseases and research on minority health issues. He lists
more than 100 publications and has been a contributing author to five textbooks on minority health and sports medicine,