DuPont Leader Among ‘Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence 2012’

DuPont News, May 8, 2012
“Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence 2012.”
(left to right) Steven Bacsi, Jim Collins, Lawrence Kong, Jim Sjoerdsma, Lisa Zanetto, Jim Ciula (Soonhee’s husband), Soonhee Jang, Tjerk de Ruiter, Todd Becker, Mike Walker and Alex Andalis.


Soonhee Jang , Industrial Biosciences’ leader for intellectual property (IP) strategy and chief IP counsel, has been recognized as one of “Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence 2012.”

Soonhee was one of 100 women who received the award for her leadership, influence and ability to promote positive change in her industry and community. The annual recognition is sponsored by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal in California.

“I am very proud of the intellectual property team that I have built,” Soonhee said. “It’s been a journey in the last few years assembling and building a high-performing IP team, a task that required my full commitment and dedication. Industrial Biosciences is poised for growth, and I’m excited to help protect and preserve our innovations and technologies in order to secure our leadership and freedom to compete in the marketplace.”

Soonhee is a recognized global expert on intellectual property law and issues, with deep expertise in IP strategy and law, patent procurement and management, and global enforcement of IP rights. She has extensive experience on IP issues and enforcement in emerging markets that include China, India and Korea.

She joined Genencor, which was acquired by DuPont last year, in January 2009 as part of the company’s core strategy to strengthen and protect its IP. One of the projects she led was overhauling Genencor’s 30-year-old patent portfolio and conducted an extensive patent inventory with stakeholders.

Soonhee has been instrumental in creating vision, securing strong partnerships within business units, raising visibility of the importance of IP and providing leadership. Her initiatives have helped protect innovations and investments, provide better use of IP to create competitive advantage in the market, and preserve and enhance business opportunities and profitability. For example, she successfully thwarted a threat to DuPont’s core bio-industry business and platform technology by revoking a competitor’s patent throughout Europe, helping to allow DuPont to operate more freely in the marketplace.

Soonhee’s advocacy, volunteer and community work include appointments with key boards and associations. With the Intellectual Property Owners Association she is a member of the board of directors, chairperson of the corporate IP management committee, and vice chairperson and board liaison of the Asian practice committee.

She also serves on the advisory council board of intellectual property for the University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, and is also a member of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel for Chief IP Counsel, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and an active voting member of its IP practice in Japan committee.

Prior to pursuing law, Soonhee worked as a research chemist at Shell Development Company and Eastman Kodak/Eastman Chemical Company.

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