Leading the Fight

The Pandemic Technology Resource Center was conceived and started by a leading intellectual property firm in the United States, with the goal of accelerating the dissemination of ideas useful for adapting our economy for operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Jim Sulciner has been a technology entrepreneur for over 30 years. His technical experience includes project management, ISO 9001, automation, and lean manufacturing. As CEO of RTD Company, he directed RTD Company through an acquisition by Measurement Specialties (NASDAQ – MEAS) at 7 times EBITDA, which would eventually be acquired by TE Conductivity (TYCO). 


Prior to running his business he held various roles in private and public companies from engineering to VP of Sales.  RTD was a specialty sensor company for industrial process and discrete manufacturing.  Jim has degrees in chemistry and engineering from the University of Wisconsin as well as business from Harvard University. 

Since selling RTD, Jim has been an active advisor to multiple technology businesses nationwide. In addition, he has mentored a number of young entrepreneurs in their business ventures—a particular a passion of his. He is a forward thinker and has demonstrated success in creating company cultures geared toward sales growth.  


Janal M. Kalis is a principal at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. She is a registered patent attorney with expertise in chemical engineering, chemical and mechanical patent law, including extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patents for chemical engineering processes, food products, cosmetics, coatings, and medical devices throughout the world.


Janal received a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota as well as a B.S.Ch.E. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. She received her law degree from the University of Utah. Prior to entering law school, Janal worked for many years as a research scientist in the area of virology and as a chemical engineer in the electrical utility industry.


Janal has significant experience in counseling clients on the development and enforcement of their intellectual property portfolios. She also has experience in the preparation and negotiation of contracts for technology licensing and joint development.


Russ Slifer is a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. He has focused exclusively on intellectual property law since 1994 helping a wide variety of clients build patent portfolios to protect their innovations, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies.

Russ served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office under the Obama Administration. As Deputy Director, Russ managed all day-to-day operations of the USPTO. He was also the first Director of the Rocky Mountain Region Patent Office, prior to his appointment as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce, serving as the agency’s primary liaison with the innovation community in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Prior to his government service, Russ was the Chief Patent Counsel for Micron Technology where he managed one of the world’s largest patent portfolios. Russ started his professional career as a design engineer for Honeywell.