EP 105: Combining Science and Law at Cummins- Rose James
In this SWE Diverse episode, Heather Doty, SWE FY21 President, speaks with Rose James, Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property/Commercial at Cummins Inc. Together they discuss what working at Cummins is like as a legal counsel and the advice Rose has for women interested in STEM.
Rosemary, who goes by “Rose”, serves as Global Trademark Counsel managing the Cummins global trademark portfolio and is responsible for providing support on marketing, copyright, and branding issues, providing IP support for Power Systems Business Unit, assisting on the legal commercial transactions team (most commonly on negotiation and drafting of development agreements, supply agreements, licenses, confidentiality agreements, and occasionally M&A projects), and serving as legal counsel to Cummins Electronics and Fuel Systems. Rose particularly enjoys facilitating complex transactions by guiding and navigating the intellectual property aspect of such transactions. Rose has a passion for innovation and cutting-edge technologies and loves to learn how things work.
Prior to joining Cummins, Rose was a Federal employee for sixteen (16) years at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she established an Intellectual Property Law Practice Group within the Office of the General Counsel, the primary client of which was DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate, responsible for research and development and innovations for DHS. Most recently, Rose was the Chief IP Counsel for DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), where she serves as the intellectual property subject matter expert for and on behalf of CISA. During her career at DHS, Rose was an attorney-advisor at the Transportation Security Administration, where she worked on legislative matters and a detailee at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where she worked on DHS related legislative matters.
Prior to joining DHS, Rose was a staff attorney at a Verizon subsidiary, where she handled matters related to new technologies, satellite television services, and internet services; and at Hogan Lovells, where she handled matters related to project finance. Rose studied at George Washington University, New York University School of Law and Manhattanville College. She has a Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property, a Juris Doctor (J.D.), and Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.). She is a registered patent attorney with a discipline in Physics.
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