Soody Tronson is the founder and managing partner at STLGip, a Silicon Valley boutique intellectual property law firm, counseling domestic and international clients in a wide range of technologies. Soody is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in law, technology, and management. She is a frequent lecturer at domestic and international forums, instructs courses on IP & licensing and entrepreneurship-focused courses/programs, and serves as mentor with many organizations, including University of California and Stanford University. She is the co-chair of the Licensing Executive Society/Silicon Valley Chapter and adviser with several organizations. Prior to founding STLGip, Soody practiced law as IP Counsel at Silicon Valley offices of Heller Ehrman as well as Townsend and Townsend and in-house at the Hewlett-Packard Company. She was General Counsel and Vice President of Intellectual Property at a successfully acquired medical device start-up. Prior to the start of her legal career she spent many years at leading international companies, including Hewlett-Packard and Schering Plough, where she served in technical and management capacities. Soody holds a J.D. and M.S. in Industrial Chemistry and is licensed to practice before the State of California and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.