Mr. Lasinski's consulting practice has focused on the financial aspects of intellectual property since 1995. He has valued intellectual property and businesses in the context of licensing, sales, mergers, acquisitions, investments, tax matters, and litigation, as well as many other contexts. During his professional career, he has completed hundreds of valuations of intellectual property assets. Additionally, he has spoken on the topics of intellectual property valuation, litigation, licensing and tax matters throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Mr. Lasinski is a past President of the Licensing Executives Society United States and Canada (“LES”). LES is one of the country’s largest intellectual property licensing trade organizations. He is a past Division Chair of the American Bar Association’s IP Section. He is a former Chair of the Valuation and Taxation Committee of LES and a former Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Valuation and Taxation Committee. He was also named one of the World’s 250 Leading IP Strategists by Intellectual Asset Magazine.
Mr. Lasinski been retained to provide expert testimony in federal, state, tax and arbitration proceedings. He has also been retained by both taxpayers and the IRS to determine intellectual property value and royalty rates in transfer pricing and other tax-related transactions. In addition, he was retained by a Federal Monitor to set royalty rates for a company that was subject to a deferred prosecution agreement from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Lasinski holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) and a Masters of Business Administration (High Honors) from the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the state of Illinois. He is also Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) initiated by the LES.
Mr. Arst has been a consultant focused on financial issues pertaining to intellectual property since 1999. His practice concentrates on the valuation of intellectual property and the determination of economic damages in intellectual property litigation. In each of the past six years, Mr. Arst has been named one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists by Intangible Asset Management. He recently served as an Officer for the Licensing Executives Society (LES), one of the nation’s largest intellectual property trade associations. He is also a past Chair of the Valuation and Taxation Committee of LES. Mr. Arst is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the State of California and is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is also a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and holds a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Mr. Arst has provided expert testimony about IP infringement damages and valuation issues in state and federal court proceedings. His clients have included both individual inventors and multi-national corporations. Mr. Arst has analyzed financial issues associated with many types of intellectual property, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. While the specific issues have varied from case to case, many of his past engagements have included an evaluation and analysis of financial and economic data in order to quantify lost profits, reasonable royalties, price erosion, unjust enrichment or diminished business value. Mr. Arst has also been retained to consult in breach of contract, bankruptcy, and other commercial litigation matters and to support clients engaged in licensing negotiations and business transactions.
Mr. Arst has lectured about intellectual property damages issues on several occasions in university settings and has published articles about intellectual property licensing and damages issues in Patent Strategy and Management and the Trademark Reporter. He served on the Editorial Board for LES Insights, a weekly licensing newsletter published by the LES. Mr. Arst was also retained by the AICPA to write and peer-review questions for the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) exam about business and intellectual property valuation issues.
Mr. Kline has extensive experience in IP valuation and monetization, including directly participating in license negotiations. He has represented a broad range of clients, including charitable foundations, small companies, and multi-national corporations. Mr. Kline has valued IP in a variety of contexts, including damages quantification, bankruptcy, tax planning, and tax disputes. Mr. Kline has assisted in the quantification of damages resulting from numerous causes of action, including patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, theft of trade secret, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, breach of contract, and false advertising.
Mr. Kline’s experience also spans a variety of industries. He has worked extensively in the wireless telecommunications space, assisting both licensors and licensees in assessing whether proposed royalty rates for standard essential patents are fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory. He has also worked on engagements pertaining to medical devices, consumer electronics, industrial networking, and transportation.
Mr. Kline has held, and continues to hold, a variety of leadership positions in industry organizations. He is currently the American Bar Association (ABA), Intellectual Property Law (IPL) Section’s liaison to the Licensing Executive Society’s Intellectual Property Valuation and Standards Committee. He is a member of the ABA, IPL Section’s continuing Legal Education Board, and the past chair of the ABA, IPL Section’s Economics of the Profession Committee. Mr. Kline is also a past member of the Certified Licensing Professional Exam Development Committee.
Mr. Kline holds a B.A. from The University of Southern California in Economics and International Relations, Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Kline is a Certified Licensing Professional – a designation started by the Licensing Executive Society.
Mr. Schulte has been a consultant focused on financial issues pertaining to intellectual property since 2003. His practice concentrates on the valuation of IP and the determination of economic damages in IP litigation. Mr. Schulte has consulted with clients regarding IP infringement damages and valuation issues associated with many types of IP, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights. While the specific issues have varied from case to case, many of his past engagements have included the evaluation and analysis of financial and accounting data in order to quantify lost profits, reasonable royalties, price erosion, unjust enrichment, or diminished business value.
Mr. Schulte has also provided analytical, strategic, and corporate finance support to clients engaged in IP licensing negotiations and other business transactions. These engagements have included the provision of strategic guidance during negotiation preparation, direct support of ongoing negotiations, and the design and of formation of IP-licensing businesses. Mr. Schulte has also worked in support of several bankruptcy engagements involving IP valuation issues.
Mr. Schulte is a Past Chair of the Valuation and Taxation Committee of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), one of the nation’s largest IP trade associations. Mr. Schulte is also a Co-Chair of the Michigan Chapter of LES. Mr. Schulte is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), a designation initiated by the LES. Mr. Schulte is Chair of the CLP Appeals, Ethics, and Discipline Committee and a former member of the CLP Exam Development Committee. Mr. Schulte also serves on the Editorial Board for LES Insights, a weekly licensing newsletter distributed to the LES membership. Mr. Schulte has also published articles and instructed courses about IP licensing, valuation, opportunity assessment, and damages issues.
Mr. Schulte holds a BBA with an emphasis in Finance from The University of Michigan Business School (now the Stephen M. Ross School of Business), where he graduated in 2002 with high distinction.
John R. Tupman, Jr. is a consultant focused on business development and licensing in the life sciences industry.
From 2009 through 2014, Mr. Tupman served as the Vice President for Corporate Business Development at Eli
Lilly and Company (“Lilly”). As an executive in Lilly business development for 17 years, he managed Lilly
transactions in areas such as discovery collaborations, pre-clinical and clinical-stage in-licensing, co-promotion,
and out-licensing. During his tenure at Lilly, Mr. Tupman’s team executed some of Lilly’s largest and most
significant business development partnerships, with those transactions resulting in seven Lilly product launches.
Prior to becoming a member of the corporate business development group, he served as Director of Marketing and
held various executive positions in new product planning, market research, and sales over his 32-year career with
From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Tupman served on the Board of Trustees of the Licensing Executives Society United
States and Canada (“LES”), one of the country’s largest intellectual property licensing trade organizations. He was
a member of the LES Life Science Sector committee from 2005 through 2012, and was the nomination and
selection chair for the Sector’s “Deal of Distinction” award from 2007 through 2012. Mr. Tupman has also been a
frequent speaker on the topics of pharmaceutical licensing and business development at LES and other industry
Mr. Tupman holds a Bachelor of Science in Business (honors and high distinction) and a Master of Business Administration degree with concentrations in Finance and Product Management, both from Indiana University. He has also completed executive education programs at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and the Duke Fuqua School of Business. In addition to his academic credentials, Mr. Tupman is also a Certified Licensing Professional (“CLP”).
Mark S. Rollins is a Director at 284 Partners, LLC. Mr. Rollins’s expertise focuses on the valuation of intellectual property and the determination of economic damages arising from intellectual property litigation. Mr. Rollins began his career as a financial consultant focused on intellectual property in 2006.
Mr. Rollins has provided support to clients engaged in licensing negotiations, transactions, tax disputes, as well as financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Mr. Rollins has also consulted on numerous engagements involving the determination of economic damages in patent and trademark infringement matters including lost profits, price erosion, reasonable royalties, and profit disgorgement.
Mr. Rollins holds a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley (Haas School of Business) where he majored in Business Administration. He is also a CLP and is a member of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section.
Abel Teshome is a Director at 284 Partners, LLC. Mr. Teshome has helped clients navigate complex valuation, dispute resolution, transactional, and strategy matters pertaining to intellectual property. While his practice involves the valuation of intellectual property in a variety of contexts, Mr. Teshome has extensive experience in damages quantification (e.g., patent infringement, trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and unjust enrichment), bankruptcy, acquisitions, divestitures, investment collateralization, licensing, transfer pricing, and tax disputes.
Mr. Teshome has advised clients in a wide array of industries, including aerospace, agricultural biotechnology, book publishing, consumer electronics, electric power systems, fiber optic communication, food and beverage, insurance, interactive gaming, medical devices, semiconductors, and wireless telecommunication.
Mr. Teshome holds a B.A. in Accounting, with honors and a M.S. in Accounting, Financial Reporting and Assurance Services, from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. Mr. Teshome is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Michigan.
Daniel C. Copps is a Director at 284 Partners, LLC, a professional services firm focused on intellectual property (IP) valuation, litigation consulting, IP strategy, and transactional services. Mr. Copps has been a consultant focused on financial issues pertaining to intellectual property since 1999. His practice concentrates on the determination of economic damages in litigation and the valuation of intellectual property. Mr. Copps has assisted in the quantification of damages related to unjust enrichment, false advertising, patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and theft of trade secret. Mr. Copps has experience valuing IP used in a variety of industries including medical devices, semiconductors, mobile devices, consumer electronics, and consumer goods.
Mr. Copps holds a B.S. from DePaul University in Accounting and Finance, Certificate of Cuisine from the Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney Australia, and has completed the intensive Japanese language program at the Inter-University Center administered by Stanford University in Yokohama Japan.
Ryan Penkowski is a Senior Associate at 284 Partners, LLC. Mr. Penkowski has provided assistance valuing intellectual property assets in the context of licensing, litigation, arbitration, and transactional matters.
Mr. Penkowski has quantified economic damages related to utility & design patent infringement, copyright & trademark infringement, tortious interference with contract, false advertising, deceptive trade practices, and unfair competition under §43(a) of the Lanham Act. Additionally, Mr. Penkowski has assisted in resolving IPR licensing disputes through binding arbitration. He has advised clients in a variety of industries including wireless telecommunications, medical devices, software, and industrial goods.
Mr. Penkowski holds a B.S. in Management, with a concentration in Finance, from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.