Mr. Robert E. Watson, United States
Mr. Robert E. Watson started his connection with the Department of Defense at age 17 when he enlisted in the United States Air Force fresh out of high school. Mr. Watson served in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard for a total of 25 years, accumulating close to 20 years of experience as a Judge Advocate. During those 20 years, Mr. Watson litigated and advised on a broad variety of legal issues, including government procurement, environmental and labor law matters, as well as international laws and treaties. He deployed as a member of a Multinational Task Force to Iraq (2007) and in support of NATO to Bosnia (2004), and has filed several appeals to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the U.S. Air Force. After leaving the JAG Corps, Mr. Watson served as Deputy District Attorney (2001-2005) and later as District Attorney (2012-2013) for Colorado. In 2013 he relocated to Virginia to join the Department of Defense (DoD), Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) program at the Pentagon, where he serves as the Associate Director managing the enforcement arm of the DoD component of the multi-agency CFIUS program. At the DoD he supervises a team of attorneys and experts addressing threats to national security raised by the foreign acquisitions of US firms. He frequently briefs congressional committees on CFIUS activities. Mr. Watson is joining Scalia Law School at George Mason University in fall 2016 to pursue a LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law with a focus on technology and cyber security law. Mr. Watson comes from a family dedicated to public service, his grandfather served in WW I, his father served in the Korean War, and his daughter is currently on active duty.
Captain Mika’il Ali, United States
Captain Mika’il Ali is a Judge Advocate (Attorney) in the United States Marine Corps (USMC). He obtained his Juris Doctorate (JD) from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2011 and was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 2012. During his time as an attorney, he has been afforded the opportunity to gain diverse professional experience through a variety of positions. He has served as a circuit court clerk, state prosecutor, military prosecutor, a legal assistance attorney and deputy counsel for various military commands. He is joining Scalia Law School at George Mason University in fall 2016 to pursue his LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law with a focus on technology and cyber security law. Captain Ali enjoys world travel, reading, sports, and fitness.
Mr. Taisuke Goto, Japan
Languages: Japanese and English
Mr. Taisuke Goto was born in Kagawa, Japan. He completed his Bachelor and Master degree in Engineering at Osaka University, in Osaka, Japan, where he lived for several years. After graduating from his Masters in Engineering, he worked for seven years as a Patent Examiner at the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in Tokyo, Japan. He has been in charge of mechanical technologies, such as turbines, jet engines, compressors and wind power generators. He was also involved in a discussion and multilateral negotiations on patent law harmonization for one year. He is joining Scalia Law School at George Mason University in fall 2016 to pursue his LL.M. studies in Intellectual Property, specializing in Patent Law. His hobbies are playing baseball and running. He moved to Virginia with his wife and a son, age 1.
Mr. Kyohei Yamashita, Japan
Languages: Japanese and English
Mr. Kyohei Yamashita is originally from Japan where he completed his Bachelor and Master degrees in Engineering at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. After graduation he has been working for Toyota Motor Corporation at Toyota city of Aichi Prefecture in Japan. He has been in the United States since April 2015 working as a trainee for patent prosecution and litigation at Sughrue Mion PLLC for Toyota. He seeks in-depth knowledge of U.S. law theory and methodology through his LL.M. courses in intellectual property law. His hobbies are traveling and playing golf. He lives in Arlington near Virginia Square with his wife and two kids, ages 4 and 2.
Mr. William Agyenim-Boateng, Ghana
Languages: Twi and English
Mr. William Agyenim-Boateng is originally from Ghana, where he successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religions, and obtained his law degree from the Ghana School of Law located in Accra, Ghana. Mr. Agyenim-Boateng is a member of the Ghana Bar Association qualified in Ghana as both a Solicitor and a Barrister. He has practiced law in Ghana for eight years, representing clients in civil, criminal, and corporate matters. He also served as a Editorial Law Assistant to the Reporter of Decisions for the Supreme Court of Ghana Law Report Editions. After moving to Virginia he decided to pursue a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property Law at Scalia Law School, George Mason University. Mr. Agyenim-Boateng lives with his wife and four children, one of whom wants to follow her father’s footsteps and go to law school.
Mr. Adugna Lelisa Sime, Ethiopia
Languages: Amharic, Oromiffa, and English
Mr. Adugna Lelisa Sime is originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he completed his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Mekelle University School of Law. After law school Mr. Sime worked for two years as Trademark and Industrial Design Examiner at the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office. Later he joined a large national law firm in Ethiopia providing a broad variety of legal services, including advising clients on company incorporation, intellectual property and commercial law matters. Mr. Sime advised many foreign clients and enjoyed helping them with cross border transactions. He is joining George Mason this fall 2016 to pursue his LL.M. studies in Intellectual Property Law. He is interested in specializing in trademark and copyright law. His hobbies are reading poems, listening to music and playing soccer.
Ms. Ramya Rathan Kumar, India
Languages: Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, and English
Ms. Ramya Rathan Kumar is from Bangalore, India where she completed her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Bangalore University. She obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Banking & Finance Law from University of London. She worked in a leading investment bank as a Financial Derivatives Lawyer for over three years. She became interested in intellectual property law when she helped her cousin file a patent application in India and decided to explore this field further, so she decided to pursue a LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law at GMU. Ms. Kumar enjoys playing badminton and listening to classical music. She moved to Virginia to pursue her LL.M. studies in July of 2016 where she lives with her husband.