IPBC 2009

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Name Company Position
Weston Anson CONSOR Intellectual Asset Management Chairman
Bill Barrett Advanced Liquid Logic Inc Vice President of Intellectual Property
Shamnad Basheer National University of Juridical Sciences Ministry of Human Resource Development, Professor in IP Law
John Batho World Trademark Review Managing Editor
Keith Bergelt Open Invention Network LLC Chief Executive Officer
Bruce Berman Brody Berman Associates Inc Chief Executive Officer
David Brown Thomson Reuters President, IP Solutions
Thaddeus Burns GE Counsel for Intellectual Property and Trade, Europe
Peter A Cicala Shire Pharmaceuticals, Inc Vice President of Intellectual Property
Béatrix de Russé Thomson SA Executive Vice President, Licensing, Research and Innovation
Frank Decosta Finnegan Partner
Q Todd Dickinson American Intellectual Property Property Law Association Executive Director
Roberto Dini Sisvel Founder
Grantland G Drutchas McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP Managing Partner
Ralph Eckardt 3LP Advisors LLC Co-Founder and Managing Partner
William C Elkington Rockwell Collins Inc Senior Director, Strategic Technology
Mark Esper US Chamber of Commerce; Global Intellectual Property Center Vice President, Europe & Eurasia Department; Executive Vice President
Lee Feldman Scian - The Institute for Scientific Policy Analysis Chair and Chief Scientific Officer
Scott M Frank AT&T Intellectual Property President
Erin-Michael Gill OQO Inc Head of Intellectual Property
Robert Goldman CRA International Principal
Horacio E Gutierrez Microsoft Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Walter E Hanley, Jr Kenyon & Kenyon LLP Partner
Ian Harvey Intellectual Property Institute Chairman
Bowman Heiden Qatar Science & Technology Park; CIP Innovation Director; Deputy Director
Daniel Henry Altitude Capital Partners Partner
Brian Hinman Verizon Communications Inc VP of IP and Licensing
Peter Holden Coller Capital Partner and Head, IP Investment Group
Carl Horton GE Chief IP Counsel
J Kenneth Joung UOP LLC Deputy General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel
Caroline Kamerbeek Philips Intellectual Property & Standards Director of Communications
Norine Kennedy United States Council for International Business Vice President Energy and Environmental Affairs
Pat Kennedy Cellport Systems Founder and Chief Executive Officer
David Kline David Kline Productions IP Communications Consultant
Sherry M Knowles GlaxoSmithKline Senior Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel
Nir Kossovsky Steel City Re LLC Managing Director and Chief Executive
Evie Kyriakides Mars, Incorporated Senior Marketing Property Manager/Regional Trademark Counsel EMEA
Michael J Lasinski Capstone Advisory Group LLC Managing Director
Ron Laurie Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC Managing Director
Damon Matteo Palo Alto Research Center Vice President and and Chief Intellectual Property Officer
Daniel P McCurdy Allied Security Trust; PatentFreedom Chief Executive Officer; Chairman
Ciarán McGinley European Patent Office Head of the Controlling Office
Don Merino Intellectual Ventures General Manager, Intellectual Property
Suzanne Michel Federal Trade Commission Assistant Director for Policy and Coordination
Giancarlo Migliori Mr GoodIDEA Founding Director
Art Nutter TAEUS President and Chief Executive Officer
John Olsen Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Partner
Philip Parker PJ Parker & Co President and Chief Executive Officer
Ruud Peters Philips Intellectual Property & Standards Chief Executive Officer
Ulf Petrusson CIP Director
Marshall Phelps Microsoft Corporate VP for IP Policy and Strategy
Stephen Potter The R&D Society Immediate Past Chairman
Richard Price Taylor Wessing Partner
Morgan Reed Association for Competitive Technology Executive Director
Kent Richardson ThinkFire Executive Vice President and General Manager
Alexander Rogers Qualcomm Incorporated Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel
Sabine Rojahn Taylor Wessing Partner
Paul R Ryan Acacia Technologies LLC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Paul M Saraceni RPX Corporation Chief Intellectual Property Officer
Pallavi Shah Hewlett-Packard IP Strategist
Pamela A Simonton Exelixis, Inc Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Stephen Socolof New Venture Partners LLC Managing Partner
John  Squires Chadbourne & Parke LLP Former Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel
Robert G Sterne Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox Founding Director
Bruce A Story ipCapital Group Inc Senior Adviser
Patrick Sullivan ICMG LLC President and Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Toole IBM Corporation General Manager, Intellectual Property
Duane R Valz Yahoo! Inc Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Global Patents
Michael Warnecke Perkins Coie Partner
Marcella Watkins Shell Oil Company Managing Counsel, IP
Jeff Weedman P&G Vice President, External Business Development

Biographies
Weston Anson

Weston Anson is chairman of CONSOR®, an intellectual asset consulting firm specialising in trademark, patent and copyright licensing, valuation and litigation support. After receiving his MBA (honours) from Harvard University, he served with the management consulting firm of Booz-Allen & Hamilton. Subsequently, he was the youngest vice president and corporate officer at Playboy Enterprises, Inc, where he launched many of the company’s licensing programmes. Mr Anson was also senior vice president of Hang Ten International, which grew to nearly 100 licensees in 30 countries under his direction.

For the last 20 years he has led the way in developing and establishing accepted methods to value brands, technologies and other intellectual property for companies. He is an expert in establishing licensing strategies for brands, as well as developing and managing licensing programmes for a number of clients. An active member of the valuation and licensing community, he holds positions within many trade organisations, including the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Licensing Executives Society and the National Auctioneers Association. He is a lecturer and author of over 150 articles on the subjects of licensing, valuation reorganisation in bankruptcy, technology and brand values and the impact of licensing on value. His most recent book is entitled The Attorney’s Guide to the Business Mind.
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Bill Barrett

Bill Barrett is author of iProperty: Profiting from Ideas in an Age of Global Innovation and is vice president, intellectual property at Advanced Liquid Logic, Inc in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. A patent attorney with a passion for developing and implementing better ways to strategically manage intellectual property, Mr Barrett constantly asks, “How can it be done better, faster, in a more strategically targeted and economically sensible manner, with less risk and with the ultimate goal of creating more value?” He puts these ideas into practice at Liquid Logic, where he works with engineers and scientists developing a digital microfluidics technology. Mr Barrett has broad experience in the IP field, having formerly worked with Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Nobex Corp, ipCapital Group Inc and GlaxoSmithKline.
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Shamnad Basheer

Shamnad Basheer joined the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, in November 2008 as the first Ministry of Human Resource Development chaired professor in IP law. Previously, he was the Frank H Marks visiting associate professor of IP law at the George Washington University law school in Washington DC.

He is also the founder of SpicyIP, a blog dedicated to analysing intellectual property and innovation policy news and cases from India. The blog has been rated by Lexis Nexis as one of the leading IP blogs in the world.

He has spoken at various international symposia on IP issues and has also written extensively on IP themes in internationally reputed journals. Recently, his paper on the Novartis patent case won first prize in a competition held by ATRIP, an international association of IP scholars. He has also consulted on a wide variety of IP issues, particularly involving the pharmaceutical sector, with corporations, law firms, civil society and governments.
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John Batho

John Batho is the managing editor of World Trademark Review – a specialist magazine for IP experts focusing on the key issues in trademark law and practice. World Trademark Review comprises a print magazine and a daily online newsletter. It is widely regarded as one of the leading publications in the industry.
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Keith Bergelt

Keith Bergelt is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Open Invention Network, the collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. In this capacity he is directly responsible for enabling, influencing and defending the integrity of the Linux ecosystem. Central to the achievement of his goals is the acquisition and transfer of patent rights designed to permit members of the Linux ecosystem to operate free of the threat of assertion and litigation from those whose business models are antithetical to innovation and global economic growth in information technology and computing.

Prior to joining the Open Invention Network, Mr Bergelt served as president and CEO of two hedge funds – Paradox Capital and IPI – formed to unlock the considerable asset value of patents, trademarks and copyrights in middle market companies. During Mr Bergelt’s stewardship of these activities, he raised over $300 million while financing IP-centric portfolio companies of leading private equity firms.

Previously, Mr Bergelt served as a senior adviser to the technology investment division at Texas Pacific Group. He also headed business development, intellectual property and licensing for the Kelso & Company portfolio company Cambridge Display Technology. Additionally, he established and served as general manager of the strategic intellectual asset management business unit at Motorola Corporation and served as Motorola’s director of technology strategy.

Mr Bergelt holds degrees from Duke University, Southern Methodist University School of Law and Theseus Institute in France. He is a frequent speaker on corporate strategy, finance and IP management.
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Bruce Berman

Bruce Berman is chief executive officer of Brody Berman Associates, a management consulting and communications firm devoted to differentiating IP rights, holders and advisers.

Mr Berman draws upon an extensive network of IP, business and media contacts in the United States and Europe. The firm is best known for helping innovative businesses to recognise and explain complex assets, and convey them to the right audiences. It also is known for enhancing patent leverage and helping to clients manage their most valuable asset – their IP reputation.

Mr Berman’s responsibilities include supervising the accuracy of media and stakeholder awareness of IP rights, transactions and litigation.

Since 1988, Mr Berman has worked to improve the performance of more than 150 IP holders, strategic advisers, law firms and practices, and innovative businesses.

Mr Berman has personally counselled scores of IP executives, litigators and private equity investors, and their clients. His most recent book is From Assets to Profits – Competing for IP Value & Return. He also conceived, edited and contributed to three others, including Making Innovation Pay and From Ideas to Assets, which was widely acclaimed.Articles, chapters and reviews written by him have appeared in many periodicals, including Nature Biotechnology and The Book of Investing Rules (Financial Times Prentice Hall), which The Motley Fool called one of 10 most useful investment books.

Mr Berman received a master’s degree from Columbia University, where he taught for four years
while completing the course requirements for the PhD. He received his bachelor of arts with honours from The City College of New York.
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David Brown

David Brown is the president of the IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters. In this role, he is responsible for meeting the needs of intellectual property professionals around the globe and managing the business’s patent and trademark solutions.

During his 20 years in the information industry, Mr Brown has held a variety of senior management roles, having previously served as executive vice president of corporate markets for the Scientific business of Thomson Reuters. Prior to that, he held a number of executive positions with Dialog, including executive vice president and general manager, as well as senior vice president of NewsEdge following its acquisition by Thomson.

Mr Brown holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame in history and computer science. He also serves on the board of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services. He is based in Cary, NC.
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Thaddeus Burns

Thaddeus Burns is GE’s counsel for intellectual property and trade, Europe where he leads a team of 30 professionals supporting GE businesses and global research. Before joining GE, he worked in the Brussels office of Akin, Gump and prior to that served as the US Patent and Trademark Office IP attaché at the US Missions to the World Trade Organization and the UN Organizations in Geneva. Mr Burns clerked for Judge Karen Williams on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and graduated from the Catholic University School of Law in 1992, where he served on the law review.
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Peter A Cicala

Peter Cicala’s legal practice focuses on all aspects of pharmaceutical and biotechnology intellectual property. He has extensive experience in patent litigation, prosecution, product lifecycle management, R&D collaborations and joint ventures in the pharma/biotech industry. Mr Cicala has particular expertise with Hatch-Waxman Paragraph IV litigation, as well as substantial experience with patent and regulatory litigation in Europe. Mr Cicala also has regularly participated in due diligence investigations, patent, trademark and copyright licensing, as well as M&A transactions and patent litigation settlements. Additionally, Mr Cicala has over 10 years of experience as a medicinal chemist, and has worked drug development programmes for several major pharmaceutical companies and universities.
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Béatrix de Russé

Béatrix de Russé was appointed executive vice president, licensing, research and innovation in May 2008. She leads corporate research and the important revenue-generating IP and licensing business, leveraging innovation as the core of Thomson strategy.

From 2004 to 2008 she served as executive vice president, IP and licensing, and from 1999 to 2004 as vice president, worldwide licensing. From 1993 to 1999 she was successively vice president, licensing and vice president, patents and licensing.

From 1984 to 1992 Ms de Russé was in charge of international contracts and intellectual property at Thomson Components and STMicroelectronics, where she specialised in IP matters. From 1976 to 1983 she worked as an international attorney at the international division of Thales (formerly Thomson CSF). Ms de Russé holds a master’s degree in law and a DESS in international trade law, as well as a master’s degree in English and a CDCI diploma.
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Frank Decosta

Frank DeCosta has significant experience in patent litigation, client counselling and providing opinions related to computers, electronics, software, medical devices and information systems. Dr DeCosta has managed patent enforcement activities for clients in the United States, Europe and Asia. As a first-chair litigator, he directed litigation teams that obtained jury and bench judgments of more than $100 million.

Most of Dr DeCosta’s cases have involved technology related to his previous research, academic training and work experience, which includes hardware and software research and development of multimedia telecommunications systems, complex signal processing systems, image processing systems, medical systems, and pattern recognition systems. He frequently represents clients in patent matters related to de facto and de jure industry standards, including IEEE 802.X, ISDN, JPEG, MPEG, MP3, ATM, SONET, DVD, CD, DICOM and various cell phone and television standards.
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Q Todd Dickinson

Todd Dickinson is the executive director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, a bar association of over 16,000 members and one of the world’s leading policy and advocacy organisations in the field of intellectual property. He has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property. He served as under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the US Patent and Trademark Office under President Clinton. Mr Dickinson has also served as vice president and chief intellectual property counsel for GE, where he had corporate-wide responsibility for IP matters, and was a partner at Howrey LLP and co-chair of its IP practice.

Mr Dickinson has written and spoken extensively on IP issues, and has testified before Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and the National Academy of Sciences on IP administration and policy.

Mr Dickinson was previously vice chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association and served on the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association. He has been named as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property” three times by Managing Intellectual Property.

Mr Dickinson earned his BS from Allegheny College in 1974 and his JD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977. He is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California, the US Patent and Trademark Office and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
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Roberto Dini

With 35 years of experience, Roberto Dini is one of the best-known and respected IP experts in Europe and internationally.

He began his career in the IP field with Indesit, where he was head of the patent and trademark office and the inventor of some 28 patents.

In 1982 Mr Dini founded Sisvel, a company which has become a leader in the licensing field and which has established itself as a major international player by maximising the value of its patents and those of third parties.

Mr Dini has extensive expertise in the areas of patents, designs and trademarks; contracts for the purchase and licensing of patents; and negotiations with multinationals. He assists patent owners in enforcing their patent rights and in negotiating licence agreements, especially in the consumer electronics field

Recently, Mr Dini has developed invaluable experience in patent pool facilitation and administration.

Mr Dini is also the chief executive officer of Metroconsult srl, an industrial and IP consultancy firm based in Turin, with offices in Milan and Genoa.

He is a member of numerous IP associations, such as the AIPPI, LES, ECTA, AEIT and AIDA.
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Grantland G Drutchas

Grantland G Drutchas, a founder and current managing partner of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on litigation, licensing and client counselling. His trial experience includes both jury and bench trials. His litigation experience encompasses disciplines ranging from recombinant DNA technology and cell signalling, pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostic instruments and medical devices to conference phones, lampposts and injection moulds.

Mr Drutchas has also litigated trademark and trade dress infringement actions. He has been involved in many notable and precedent-setting cases. In one, he obtained the largest jury verdict ever awarded in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He also has extensive experience in drafting licences and litigating licence disputes.
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Ralph Eckardt

Ralph Eckardt is co-founder and managing partner of 3LP Advisors, an IP advisory firm focused on IP strategy development and investment. He is also a founding fellow of the Institute for Progress, an independent think tank whose purpose is to provide a rational perspective about the role of intellectual property in promoting the progress of science and the useful arts.

Prior to founding 3LP Advisors, Mr Eckardt served as head of the Boston Consulting Group’s IP strategy practice, where he developed IP strategies for corporations in the technology, telecommunications, pharma/biotech, automotive, basic materials and industrial sectors.

Mr Eckardt is co-author of the recent book The Invisible Edge: Taking Your Strategy to the Next Level Using Intellectual Property. He received an MBA from MIT/Sloan School of Management and a BS from Messiah College.
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William C Elkington

William C Elkington is senior director, strategic technology, at Rockwell Collins. He is responsible for protection, value extraction and rights management strategies concerning Rockwell Collins’ strategic technology. He has led the development of processes for managing use of third-party software and open source software in Rockwell Collins products. He currently leads process improvement efforts in the management of the company’s IP rights throughout its value chain. In addition, he is responsible for intellectual property valuation and for licensing Rockwell Collins’ technology into markets it does not serve.

Prior to joining Rockwell Collins, Mr Elkington was co-founder and vice president of programme management at MeshNetworks, a wireless technology company established to commercialise ITT’s communications system technology. MeshNetworks was sold to Motorola in 2004.

Prior to joining MeshNetworks, at ITT’s Aerospace/Communications Division (A/CD), Mr Elkington was the programme manager on technology development programmes that furnished the technology basis for MeshNetworks. Prior to his role as programme manager, Mr Elkington led strategic and operations planning at ITT A/CD.

Prior to ITT, Mr Elkington held positions of increasing responsibility in GE R&D organisations (the Electronics Laboratory in Syracuse, New York, and the Advanced Technology Laboratory in Moorestown, New Jersey). These positions were in technology marketing and programme management.

Mr Elkington’s bachelor’s degree is from the University of Michigan and his advanced degrees are from Syracuse University.
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Mark Esper

Mark T Esper is executive vice president of the Global Intellectual Property Center and vice president of the Europe & Eurasia Department at the US Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he was a senior scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy and an independent consultant. Until February 2008, Dr Esper served as the national policy director for the Fred Thompson 2008 presidential campaign
and as the candidate’s national security adviser.

Previously, Dr Esper was executive vice president of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) of America. In addition to his duties as chief operating officer, Dr Esper was responsible for AIA’s defence and international policy offices.

Dr Esper served a number of years on Capitol Hill. His last assignment was director of National Security Affairs for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN). Earlier in his career, he was policy director for the House Armed Services Committee and a senior professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.

From 2002 to 2004, Dr Esper served as the deputy assistant secretary of defence for negotiations policy at the Pentagon. He was responsible for all arms control, non-proliferation, international agreements, UN matters and related issues for the Defense Department. For his service at the Pentagon, Dr Esper was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal.

Other positions that Dr Esper held include legislative director and senior policy adviser for Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and chief of staff at The Heritage Foundation.

Dr Esper is a retired Army lieutenant colonel and infantry officer who served for more than a decade on active duty. His last active duty assignment was as a strategy and policy analyst and Asia planning officer at the Pentagon. During his time in uniform, Dr Esper received a number of awards.

Dr Esper is a distinguished graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY. He earned an MPA from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and his PhD from The George Washington University.
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Lee Feldman

Lee Feldman is the executive director and a board member of the National Peace Foundation (NPF).
He has served as a scientific and policy consultant to US government agencies, the World Health Organization, the European Parliament, large multinational corporations and private equity firms for 30+ years.

Mr Feldman is also chief scientific officer of Scian – The Institute for Scientific Policy Analysis. Founded in 2005, Scian is a not-for-profit education and research institute that is building upon the policy analysis work Mr Feldman began in 1977 when he served as chief scientist for the Defense Intelligence Agency – Indications and Warning Intelligence Task Force and in various consulting engagements over the years. In the last three years, Scian and NPF have been frequent collaborators, applying Mr Feldman’s novel quantitative methods to fact finding, incorporating value-based components into decision making and promoting a “high integrity policymaking” process that includes key stakeholders. A particular emphasis of Mr Feldman’s work is on methods for quantifying uncertainty to increase appreciation of risks that derive from the unexpected and unknown.

Mr Feldman has managed engagements related to national security, corporate strategy, technology development, econometrics, environmental policy, intellectual property, food and nutrition and health policy matters. As a member of international observer teams for several emerging-nation elections, he developed models and techniques used to identify election fraud and abuse. He continues his research into the application of pattern recognition, multi-objective evolutionary optimisation and game-theory algorithms to the policymaking process. He is also developing methods to optimise patient adherence and health improvement approaches as a core strategy for healthcare reform. He has specific domain experience in healthcare systems and technologies, pharmaceutical and biological technologies, biodefence and emerging infectious disease, food and nutrition, information services, communications technology, defence and intelligence systems, banking and finance and international IP policy.
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Scott M Frank

Scott Frank is the president of AT&T Intellectual Property. He is responsible for the identification, development, protection, management, marketing, licensing and sale of all company-wide intellectual property for AT&T, the world’s largest communications company. Mr Frank was named president of AT&T Intellectual Property in March 2007, following the December 2006 merger of AT&T and BellSouth, where he had previously been the president of intellectual property since 1998. When Mr Frank joined BellSouth in 1998, it had fewer than 50 patents issued in its first 14 years of existence and had not proactively marketed its intellectual property. At the time of the merger (nine years later), BellSouth Intellectual Property had more than 1,000 patents, had been recognised by BusinessWeek for the significant value of its patent portfolio and had added over half a billion dollars to BellSouth’s bottom line from its IP marketing efforts.
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Erin-Michael Gill

Erin-Michael Gill was past recent director and head of intellectual property for OQO, a venture-backed computer company in San Francisco. Founded in 2000, OQO pioneered a new category of personal mobile computing, successfully shrinking a laptop to a pocketable form factor.

Mr Gill currently advises and consults on operational and strategic issues in the development and management of IP and IP organisations.

Prior to joining OQO, Mr Gill served in both IP and product leadership roles for a $1.4 billion division of DuPont, and examined Class 250, radiant energy systems, as a US Patent and Trademark Office examiner.

As a four-year presidential scholar, Mr Gill received bachelor’s degrees in astronomy and physics from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and has additionally completed graduate coursework in applied physics at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Robert Goldman

Bob Goldman is a principal in the IP practice of CRA International, a business, financial and economics consulting firm with over 20 worldwide locations. CRA’s IP practice provides valuation, litigation support/expert testimony, transaction advisory, cross-border transfer pricing and business consulting services related to all types of IP and intangible assets. Mr Goldman specialises in IP valuation and the strategic use of intellectual property to increase shareholder value, and has performed strategic IP audits of large patent portfolios to align client IP portfolios with their business strategies. Mr Goldman has BS and MS degrees in engineering and an MBA in finance, is an inventor on four US patents and was a practising engineer for 12 years before beginning his consulting career.
He is a trustee of the Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada), Inc and a frequent speaker on IP valuation and competitive intelligence/patent analytics.
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Horacio E Gutierrez

Horacio Gutiérrez is Microsoft’s vice president and deputy general counsel in charge of the company’s worldwide IP and licensing group. Prior to his current position, Mr Gutiérrez was based in Paris, France, where he was Microsoft’s general counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa, overseeing all legal, regulatory and government affairs matters in that region.

Mr Gutiérrez is a frequent lecturer on legal and policy issues, and has advised several governments on proposed legislation on the subject of e-signatures. He was selected to represent the United States in the Free Trade Area of the Americas Joint Government-Private Sector Committee of Experts on Electronic Commerce. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Latin America and Caribbean Law Initiative Council, and of the Board of Directors of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade.

Before joining Microsoft in 1998, Mr Gutiérrez was a member of the international practice group at the Miami office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he worked on international IP and competition law matters, commercial law and corporate finance legal matters. Prior to that, he was a vice president of corporate finance for a leading Latin American investment bank.

Mr Gutiérrez is trained in and has practised law in both civil law and common law jurisdictions. He is a member of the New York, Florida, American, International and Federal District (Venezuela) Bar Associations, and is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
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Walter E Hanley, Jr

Walter Hanley’s practice focuses on patent infringement litigation, but he has broad-based IP litigation experience. Mr Hanley has represented clients in cases spanning a variety of complex technologies, including consumer electronics, semiconductors, mass spectrometry and other analytical instrument technologies, medical devices, telecommunications and computer hardware and software. Mr Hanley has appeared in federal courts in numerous jurisdictions around the country and has argued several cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In 2002 Mr Hanley won a jury verdict of $47.5 million, the fourth largest jury verdict in an IP case that year, as lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Applera Corp v Micromass UK Ltd (D Del 2002).

Mr Hanley also counsels and assists clients on issues relating to the validity, enforceability and infringement of IP rights, and on the procurement and transfer of intellectual property. Notable clients include Applera Corp, Airbus Industrie, Applied Materials, BAE Systems PLC, Cablevision Systems, Boston Scientific Corp, MDS Analytical Technologies, Olympus Corp, Oscar Mayer Foods Corp and Sony Corp.

Mr Hanley is active in bar association work, especially the New York Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (chair, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution), and the American Bar Association Sections on Litigation and on Intellectual Property, where he has served on committees on federal practice and procedure and industrial design. He is also active in the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr Hanley has presented papers and speeches on numerous topics relating to IP litigation. He has served as an arbitrator in patent disputes.
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Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey became chairman of the Intellectual Property Institute in 1999. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer of BTG plc from 1985 until his retirement in late 2004. During that time he oversaw the privatisation of BTG in 1992, its public flotation in 1995, a demerger of part of its business and three rights issues amounting to about £170 million to raise development capital from its shareholders. BTG was the world-leading technology commercialisation company which had been patenting and licensing globally since the early 1950s.

After graduating in mechanical sciences from Cambridge University, he started his career as an engineer with Vickers and Laporte Industries in the civil, aerospace and chemical industries. He obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School and then worked with the World Bank in a variety of roles in South Asia and French-speaking West Africa.

Mr Harvey has been studying the history and trends of global invention and technology development and the related role of intellectual property for many years. He has written many articles and book chapters and lectures widely on global IP and technology issues, particularly as they relate to business. He is currently involved in the development of intellectual property in China.
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Bowman Heiden

Bowman Heiden is the innovation director for the Qatar Science & Technology Park, where he is responsible for driving innovation strategy and IP policy. As deputy director of the Centre for Intellectual Property (CIP), he manages the internationalisation of the CIP platform and strategic industry relationships. His previous work at CIP involved strategic programme development focused on the building of collaborative innovation platforms to facilitate the creation and development of knowledgebased business. In this role Mr Heiden co-developed the Intellectual Capital Management master’s programme, a graduate education programme for business, engineering and law students focused on knowledge-based business development and management. Mr Heiden is also co-founder of the Gothenburg International Bioscience Business School, a graduate education programme that develops real bioscience ventures in an imbedded pre-incubator, and CIP Professional Services, which provides IP and business development services to both established firms and technology start-ups. Mr Heiden has also developed CIP FORUM, which has become one of the leading knowledge-based business events worldwide. Current interests include the construction of an Intellectual Capital Incubator designed to package intellectual assets into viable innovations in a pre-venture setting with partners worldwide and the creation of a social entrepreneurship platform focused on developing countries.

Mr Heiden holds degrees in engineering and technology management, while his PhD work is in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship with a focus on IP valuation and finance in knowledge-based sectors.
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Daniel Henry

Daniel J Henry is a partner with Altitude Capital Partners. He joined Altitude in June 2005. His primary focus concerns business development and strategic relationships. Additionally, he manages the initial vetting of potential investment opportunities and the subsequent diligence on matters which Altitude elects to pursue. Mr Henry has spoken at a number of IP conferences and events, including most recently the Nordic IPR Forum in Stockholm, Sweden in March 2008 and the October 2008 Ocean Tomo auction in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining Altitude, he was with the New York office of Baker Botts LLP, where he was a litigation specialist in intellectual property. During his time at Baker Botts, he managed seven lawsuits through trial in five years. Mr Henry is also a member of the Intellectual Property Organisation.
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Brian Hinman

Brian Hinman is vice president of intellectual property and licensing at Verizon, as the senior executive in charge of IP matters for each of Verizon’s business units. Mr Hinman is tasked with establishing and executing a multi-faceted IP strategy for Verizon, to include patent portfolio development, patent monetisation and development of offensive and defensive patent strategies for the company, to protect Verizon’s strong position in the networking and telecommunications industry.
Prior to holding this position, Mr Hinman was the chief executive officer of Allied Security Trust (AST).
Mr Hinman began the company in 2007 and executed a patent defensive strategy on behalf of AST’s large operating member companies in order to secure their freedom of action under patents of strategic interest. Under Mr Hinman’s leadership, AST successfully recruited more than 10 member companies and acquired several strategic patent portfolios. Prior to his position at AST, Mr Hinman held a variety of executive positions at IBM, including vice president of intellectual property and licensing. In this role, he managed a worldwide team that helped to generate over $1 billion annually in IP income for IBM. Previously, Mr Hinman was director of licensing for Westinghouse. Mr Hinman holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Peter Holden

Peter Holden established the IP group in Coller in 2006, after 18 years of licensing and IP monetisation programmes with corporations, research centres and universities worldwide. His experience has included senior positions at Panasonic (Osaka, Japan); IPVALUE Management (Palo Alto, CA); University Patents, Inc (Westport, CT); and Invisible Hand LLC (New York, NY) – a $50 million tech seed fund that he founded and ran. He holds postdoctorate, PhD and undergraduate degrees from the United Kingdom and Japan. He is a senior fellow at Wharton in R&D exploitation and innovation, and a Honda fellow at Tokyo University.
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Carl Horton

Prior to becoming GE’s chief IP counsel in 2007, Carl B Horton served as lead IP counsel for GE’s healthcare business, where he was responsible for all IP matters including procurement, licensing and enforcement of all patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights, as well as all legal components of GE Healthcare’s academic relationships. From 1995 to 2001, Mr Horton served as lead IP counsel for GE’s electrical distribution and control businesses, and later GE’s industrial systems businesses. He joined GE in 1992, working in Pittsfield, MA as IP counsel for several of GE’s plastic/advanced materials divisions. Prior to joining GE, Mr Horton worked for four years at the IP law firm of Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis in Alexandria, VA.

Mr Horton received a chemical engineering degree with honours from the University of Utah and a JD, cum laude, from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

In 2008 Mr Horton was featured in IP Law & Business’s article “Top 50 under 45”. He is a frequent speaker at IP meetings in the United States and abroad, including before the Licensing Executives Society, the European Patent Office, the American Bar Association and the US Chamber of Commerce.
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J Kenneth Joung

Ken Joung is UOP’s chief intellectual property counsel with accountability for developing and executing IP policy, processes and strategy for UOP as a whole. Prior to UOP, Mr Joung was a partner at DLA Piper US LLP, where he headed the patent protection group of that firm’s Chicago office. Prior to this, he was senior counsel at EI du Pont de Nemours and Company, where he provided IP counsel to the company’s agricultural, nutrition and engineering polymers businesses. His experience extends across all areas of IP law practice, including patent litigation, licensing, general counselling and patent preparation and prosecution.

Mr Joung holds an AB from Dartmouth College, a BSChE from Illinois Institute of Technology and a JD from Northwestern University.
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Caroline Kamerbeek

Caroline Kamerbeek is director of communications at Philips Intellectual Property & Standards, with responsibility for global internal and external communications strategy. For the past seven years she has successfully managed Philips’ reputation in the IP and standards area. She has developed communications campaigns for licensing programmes and IP asset deals. She also initiated and was involved in the communication of various IP issues, such as the EU Software Patents Directive in 2006 and IP awareness programmes for China and Taiwan.

Ms Kamerbeek studied languages at the Hogeschool Zuyd in Maastricht and corporate communications (MSc) at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Before joining Philips in 2001, she had marketing and communications roles at Philips, Vodafone, Carglass, Berkhof-Jonckheere and Sagantec.

Ms Kamerbeek is a member of the Philips Corporate Communication Council and of the European Association of Communications Directors. She currently heads the IP Brand Development Group, an initiative of the IP Institute in London to improve the global reputation of intellectual property.
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Norine Kennedy

Norine Kennedy serves as vice president of energy and environmental affairs for the United States Council for International Business, which she joined in 1991. Her work concentrates on enhancing influence and participation of the US business community in the formation of international sustainable development and environmental policy. She works closely with representatives of industry, government and the NGO community to better understand and implement sustainable development policy objectives from a business standpoint. She has experience across a spectrum of cross-sectoral issues concerning energy and climate change, trade, environmental standards, product policy, chemicals, technology innovation, market-based instruments and corporate responsibility.

In addition to staffing the 120-company US Council Environment Committee, she participates in international business networks and groups such as the International Chamber of Commerce. She has represented the views of a wide range of US industry sectors in her participation at numerous UN, EU, OECD and WTO consultative meetings.

The US Council and its Environment Committee work to promote sound environmental policies that are scientifically based and economically justified, and to increase awareness of environmental guidelines and programmes set up by industry to regulate itself. As the US branch of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, the US Council has special access to the UN and OECD.

Previously, she served as a programme manager in the Corporate Programs Department of the World Environment Center in New York. She has a master’s in international environmental policy from the Claremont Graduate School and a bachelor’s in international relations from Wellesley College.
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Pat Kennedy

Pat Kennedy is a founder and the chief executive officer of Boulder, CO-based Cellport Systems.
Since Cellport’s inception 16 years ago, the company has focused on developing universal wireless connectivity technologies, resulting in three patent portfolios that are core to the global telematics and mobile handset markets. Mr Kennedy shaped Cellport’s business model as a small research lab that promulgates its core architectures and openly licenses the underlying patent portfolio. Mr Kennedy has 11 patents and led the securing of nine licensees of Cellport’s patent portfolios. He has a BA in economics from the University of Buffalo and sits on the boards of numerous companies and university organisations.
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David Kline

David Kline is a journalist, author and IP communications consultant who has earned acclaim for his rare ability to demystify complex IP issues and explain them in a clear and relevant manner to a broad business audience. He is the only writer on IP issues ever to achieve bestseller status among business readers.

His new book, Burning the Ships: Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft, cowritten with Marshall Phelps, was published by John Wiley & Sons in April 2009. His previous book on IP strategy, the bestselling Rembrandts in the Attic from Harvard Business School Press, is considered a seminal work in the field of IP strategy within corporate America.

A highly regarded business writer, Kline has also written for the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review and Strategy +Business – three of the most prestigious US management journals – as well as for Chief Executive, Business2.0, Wired and other business and technology publications.
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Sherry M Knowles

Sherry M Knowles is senior vice president and chief intellectual property counsel of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where she serves as the worldwide head of patents and trademarks for both litigation and transactional matters. Ms Knowles joined GSK in September 2006. Prior to that, she was a partner in and founder of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical IP practice at King & Spalding LLP, where she represented companies, foundations and universities in connection with patent prosecution, litigation, contracts, licensing, financing and other corporate IP issues relating to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical inventions. Ms Knowles received her BS, cum laude, with distinction in chemistry from Duke University and received her MS in organic chemistry from Clemson University.
Prior to attending law school, she spent several years at SmithKline Beecham (now GSK) as a pharmaceutical synthetic chemist. She received her JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia where she was a Benjamin Phillips scholar and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Ms Knowles is a frequent speaker on IP issues that affect the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. She received substantial attention for her role in GlaxoSmithKline and Tafas v Dudas, 541 F Supp 2d 805 (ED Va 2008), in which GSK obtained a preliminary injunction and, along with sole inventor Tafas, a permanent injunction to stop the implementation of the Final Rules published by the USPTO in August 2007 which would limit the number of continuations and claims that could be presented by patent applicants. Managing Intellectual Property (July/August 2008) named Ms Knowles a Patent Owner’s Advocate and one of the top 10 most influential people in IP in the world.
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Nir Kossovsky

Nir Kossovsky, chief executive and director of risk and reputation management firm Steel City Re, has spent the past 30 years creating, managing, monetising and mitigating risks associated with intangible assets. He currently also serves as the executive secretary of the Intangible Asset Finance Society.

Previously he was chief executive officer (CEO) of Technology Option Capital, LLC, a provider of financial and risk reduction strategies for intangible asset financial management. He was founder and CEO of Patent & License Exchange, Inc (sold to Access Integrated Technologies), a web-based international IP market that helped to transform IP rights into financial instruments. Among many distinctions, the company developed IP equity derivatives and the company’s international expansion was memorialised in a Harvard Business School case study.

Prior to a career in alternative financial assets, Dr Kossovsky founded Medical Materials & Devices, which provided manufacturing process control and regulatory compliance advisory services to the medical device industry. He also served as an adviser to the US Food and Drug Administration.
Concurrently, Dr Kossovsky was a tenured faculty member at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Dr Kossovsky is the author of several books and nearly 200 articles. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California, an MD from the University of Chicago and a BA in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a graduate of the Navy War College.
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Evie Kyriakides

Evie Kyriakides is senior marketing property manager and EMEA regional trademark counsel for Mars, Incorporated, having responsibility for trademark, copyright, advertising, design and other properties relating to the sale and marketing of the company’s products. She previously held legal positions at Glaxo Wellcome plc and Thom EMI plc.

Ms Kyriakides is a lawyer with over 16 years’ IP industry experience. She is also a chartered company secretary, a qualified marketeer from the Cyprus Institute of Marketing (affiliated to the United Kingdom’s Chartered Institute of Marketing) and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She sits on the Council of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group and BBG, and on the trademark committees of AIM and AMCHAM. She is also an active member of INTA and WIPO. She has been repeatedly endorsed as a leading in-house IP lawyer by the outside legal press over the past seven years and was awarded the Best Achievement in IP Practice award for 2006 by the World Leaders European IP Awards.
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Michael J Lasinski

Michael J Lasinski is a managing director with Capstone Advisory Group and runs its Chicago valuation practice. Capstone specialises in providing creative value-added solutions for stakeholders, lenders and investors dealing with distressed and fraud situations, for parties in commercial disputes and for lenders and investors evaluating capital transactions.

Mr Lasinski has performed more than 250 valuations during his 20-year professional career. He has testified as an expert on valuation and damages in federal court and in arbitration proceedings. He has been deposed as an expert in matters in federal court, state court and tax court. Mr Lasinski has performed intangible asset and business valuations in the context of FASB 141/142, financial reporting, fair market value analysis, transaction support, tax transactions, bankruptcy and restructuring, litigation and other controversies.

Mr Lasinski has been the lead negotiator or a key member of the negotiation team in numerous complex financial, technical, licensing, acquisition, divestiture and tax transactions. He has negotiated transactions in automotive, internet and network security, healthcare, consumer products, imaging technology and other industries. He often lectures MBA, law and professional societies on the topics of high-tech transactions, complex technical valuation issues and tax matters.

Mr Lasinski has been on the board of directors of the Licensing Executives Society for the past seven years and is currently its treasurer. He has run the valuation and taxation committees for both the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the Licensing Executives Society.
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Ron Laurie

Ron Laurie has worked in Silicon Valley since before it had that name, initially as a computer programmer and systems engineer, and then as an IP lawyer and strategist. In 2004 he co-founded Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC, an IP investment bank that advises technology companies and institutional investors in acquiring, divesting and investing in strategic IP assets.

Prior to launching Inflexion Point, Mr Laurie was a founding partner of Skadden Arps’ Silicon Valley office, where he chaired the firm’s IP strategy and transactions group for six years. He was also a founding partner of the Silicon Valley offices of Weil, Gotshal and Irell & Manella.

As a lawyer, Mr Laurie advised clients in the semiconductor, computer, software, communications, media and financial services industries on IP strategy – a subject he has taught at Stanford and Boalt (UC-Berkeley) law schools. He has led IP teams in some of the largest high-tech and life sciences deals ever done, worth over $50 billion in aggregate.

Mr Laurie was an IP litigator for 10 years, handling high-visibility patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark infringement cases in federal and state courts, including representation of Hewlett-Packard (HP) in its successful defence of the “look and feel” copyright infringement suit filed by Apple Computer against HP and Microsoft over the Macintosh user interface.

Mr Laurie is a registered patent attorney and a substantial part of his prior law practice involved strategic planning, competitive analysis and commercial exploitation of patents on leading-edge software-based technologies such as encryption, biometrics and Internet telephony.
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Damon Matteo

With a career spanning nearly 20 years in international intellectual capital management (ICM) and commercialisation, Damon Matteo has acquired extensive experience in the full-spectrum management of corporate intellectual capital assets – from optimising their creation and capture to extracting maximum value from them through vehicles such as licensing, assertion and spinouts. Dedicated to advancing the theory and best practice of ICM, Mr Matteo is a frequent lecturer at universities and professional organisations in the United States, Asia and Europe. Mr Matteo was also recently appointed to the US Patent Office Advisory Committee, which operates like a board of directors (overseeing operations, goals, performance, budget and user fees, etc) for the US Patent Office.

Currently vice president and chief intellectual property officer of the Palo Alto Research Center, Mr Matteo is chartered with the direction of all aspects of PARC® operation which touch intellectual capital, including research targeting, strategic management of IP assets, IP administration, legal operations and, on the value-extraction side, employing such vehicles as licensing, assertion, spin-outs/new business creation and direct-to-product commercialisation. Previously, Mr Matteo directed IP licensing for Hewlett-Packard, where he was brought in to create and manage a world-class licensing organisation. Mr Matteo has also lived and worked for several years in Asia and Europe.

Mr Matteo has successfully completed transactions representing organisations in the United States, Europe, and Asia, ranging in size from Fortune 500® companies to startups, as well as universities and national laboratories. Aside from their strategic benefits, several of these transactions were themselves each valued at over US$100 million. Mr Matteo’s operational experience includes establishing ICM functions at universities and operating companies – along with all of the enabling strategic, human capital, policy/process and analytic capabilities.
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Daniel P McCurdy

In August 2008 Daniel McCurdy was named chief executive officer (CEO) of Allied Security Trust. He is responsible for management of the trust, patent acquisition and divestiture negotiations and membership expansion.

He remains chairman of PatentFreedom, the online, subscription-based global authority on nonpractising entities (NPEs), which also enables subscribers to anonymously exchange information on assertions they receive from NPEs.

From June 2001 to May 2008 Mr McCurdy was founding CEO of ThinkFire, an IP advisory firm providing services to many of the world’s leading technology companies and private equity firms.

From March 2000 to June 2001 Mr McCurdy was president of Lucent Technologies’ IP business.
There, he managed 300 employees generating more than $500 million in annual revenues from the licensing of 26,000 worldwide patents. Prior to joining Lucent, he served as founding vice president of IBM’s life sciences business unit and vice president of corporate development for CIENA corporation, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions.

From 1982 to 1997 Mr McCurdy served in a variety of business and IP management roles in IBM, including director of business development for IBM Research and IBM’s corporate manager of technology and IP policy worldwide.

Mr McCurdy received his BA summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina. He served on the Intellectual Property Policy Committee of the US National Academies and recently chaired an effort for the Center for American Progress providing IP policy recommendations to the incoming Obama administration.
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Ciarán McGinley

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ciarán McGinley joined the European Patent Office (EPO) as a young aeronautical engineer in 1982. For many years he worked as an examiner, with a short stint as a project leader in the IT field. His management career at the EPO took off after obtaining an MBA at HEC Paris (ISA97) during a 16-month sabbatical. Since returning, he has worked his way up through the ranks and is now one of the longest-serving members of the executive committee, having joined it at the beginning of 2003. Mr McGinley has served directly under three EPO presidents and has been closely involved in almost every aspect of strategy and policy since the early 2000s. He currently holds the post of controller and is responsible for organisational efficiency, planning, financial controlling, economic aspects and strategic development.
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Don Merino

Don Merino is general manager, intellectual property at Intellectual Ventures, where he leads the company’s acquisition team. This team is primarily tasked with identifying, evaluating and acquiring inventions relating to the company’s most strategic business investments.

Since joining Intellectual Ventures in 2004, Dr Merino and his team have reviewed more than 100,000 invention assets and have been involved in more than 1,500 patent transactions. These transactions represent a cumulative value of $1.5 billion. Dr Merino has been instrumental in developing programmes to work with individual inventors, companies and universities to help them understand the value of their inventions and the potential paths towards monetisation. Over the past three years, his team has more than quadrupled the average number of deals closed per month.

Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Dr Merino spent four years at Intel Corporation, where he was director, strategic business development. In this position, Dr Merino was responsible for managing the Intel licensing programme, which produced more than $250 million per year in revenue.

Before Intel, Dr Merino was director of licensing for General Instrument, where he participated in the development of the MPEG Licensing Authority, an organisation founded to license essential patents on a core standard-based technology. Additionally, he was responsible for the successful divestiture of General Instrument’s fibre-optics patent portfolio to Corvis Corp for over $230 million in cash and equity.

Dr Merino received his BS from the US Naval Academy in 1984 and his MEME and PhD from Stevens Institute of Technology.
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Suzanne Michel

Suzanne Michel is the assistant director for policy in the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the agency’s senior patent counsel. In that capacity, she works on the patent and patent/antitrust issues that arise in the FTC’s enforcement and policy matters.

The FTC awarded her the Paul Rand Dixon award and the Excellence in Supervision award.

Before joining the FTC nine years ago, Dr Michel worked in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice as a patent litigator.

Dr Michel received her BS with honours from Northwestern University and her PhD in chemistry from Yale University. She graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law, where she joined the Order of the Coif and received the prize for best published student paper. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul Michel (no relation) at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is a registered patent attorney.
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Giancarlo Migliori

Giancarlo Migliori is the founding director of Mr GoodIDEA, an Italian-based boutique that specialises in providing services to most of the innovation value chain. Its motto is “From ideas to IP capital”.

Mr Migliori comes from an investment banking background and has transferred several financial risk-management and market-making techniques to innovation, IP and technology.

He is particularly active in promoting collaboration between banking and technology and the creation of a technology and IP market with various institutions, including the European Patent Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the Italian Banking Association, the Italian Financial Analysts Association and the Italian Ministry for Economic Development.

Mr Migliori is a valuer for the European Commission’s Pro-Inno Valor programme, which is reviewing the official IP and R&D valuation process and the associated EU funding guidelines.

Mr Migliori’s activities currently focus on integrating public funding into private innovation and industrial macro projects, and on the role of small and medium-sized enterprises in the tech and IP value chain.

Before setting up Mr GoodIDEA, Mr Migliori was a partner in Banca delle Idee, an IP bank which remains the largest private innovation portfolio ever built in Italy. He intends to update this experiment by creating the first Italian Innovation Exchange, which will begin operations in 2010.
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Art Nutter

Art Nutter founded TAEUS in 1992 as the first engineering company dedicated to intellectual property.
TAEUS assists clients with all aspects of patent ownership, including determining which patents are valuable, proving competitors’ use of patents by forensic engineering analysis, licensing support, patent brokering, prior art research and expert witness services, and auditing licence agreements. TAEUS is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with offices worldwide.

Mr Nutter defined the TAEUSworks™ method for evaluating patents for licensing purposes and helped to create the TAEUS Global Patent Syndicate (www.taeus-gps.com), connecting patent owners with patent seekers.

Mr Nutter has lectured and written extensively on IP management. He was a trustee and chair of the High Technology Industry Sector for the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc (LES), and served on the committees for numerous LES national meetings. He is now on the LES StrategicPlanning Committee. He is an international delegate to the Licensing Executives Societies International (LESI) and served as chair of LESI Communications.

Mr Nutter is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, World Research Group and Pikes Peak Venture Group. He holds a BSc in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron (Ohio) and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
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John Olsen

John Olsen is co-chair of the international trademark and copyright protection group at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. With more than 30 years’ experience in IP law, he advises clients on the selection, acquisition, exploitation and enforcement of trademark rights throughout the world. His hands-on approach is unique in helping clients to understand the inter-relationship of IP rights worldwide and to ensure that their trademarks enjoy as much exclusivity as possible. Mr Olsen advises individuals through to multinational companies. He manages brand protection programmes for large global brands including Apple, Inc, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc, Tumi, Inc and Elizabeth Arden.

Mr Olsen has been at the top of The Legal 500 since 2000. He has been recommended as a leading IP lawyer by UK Legal500 and Chambers & Partners UK. He is referred to as “World-Famous” in The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers 2009 and is listed as a highly recommended lawyer. He is the author of Caring Counsel: Working in a Creative Partnership with the IP Client (Aspatore Books). He has been involved in more than 1,500 contested trademark cases at the second level of appeal or higher in more than 80 countries, for household names including Apple, Ritz, Avis, National, Absolut, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Philips, Halston, Max Factor and Burger King. He has litigated cases in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Mr Olsen has lectured on intellectual property for many organisations and in many countries on virtually every continent. He is bilingual in English and French and speaks social German and Spanish, facilitating his ability to assist clients in doing business in different countries.
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Philip Parker

Philip Parker is the founder and chief executive officer of PJ Parker & Co. The company is based in Tokyo, Japan, and is the largest broker of patents in Japan, with over half of the top 20 Japanese assignees as its clients. In addition to brokering patent sales, PJ Parker & Co assists its clients with licensing their patent portfolios.

Philip Parker was born in Australia, and holds a PhD in systems engineering from the Australian National University. He has studied in Japan at both Osaka University of Foreign Studies and Kyoto University, and has lived in Japan for the past 13 years. He speaks Japanese fluently. In his earlier career, he worked as a management consultant for Arthur D Little and for AT Kearney. He also founded the company systemsGo, a Tokyo-based systems integrator with pan-Asia coverage.
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Ruud Peters

Ruud Peters, a national of the Netherlands, was appointed chief executive officer of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards (IP&S) in 1999, in which position he is responsible for managing
Philips’ worldwide IP portfolio creation and value extraction activities. He is also responsible for technical and formal standardisation activities in the fields of consumer lifestyle, healthcare, lighting and technology. He joined the Philips IP&S organisation in 1977 and became director responsible for licensing in 1990. He has participated in standards bodies, such as ISO and ETSI, where he was active in the formulation of IP policies. Currently, the Philips IP&S organisation has about 500 people working in 16 countries around the world.

Mr Peters is also a board member of three technology/IP licensing/trading companies. He has a background in physics.
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Ulf Petrusson

Ulf Petrusson is a professor of law at the University of Gothenburg, as well as the head of department at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the School of Management, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. In addition, Professor Petrusson is the director for the Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) and programme director at the intellectual capital management master’s programme at Chalmers University of Technology/University of Gothenburg. Professor Petrusson is engaged in research focused on law and technology, with a specific interest in how technology and other knowledge can be claimed and managed as assets, property and capital in early and open innovation projects. Professor Petrusson has experience in working as a company lawyer/IP consultant at Göteborgs Patentbyrå AB. He is a co-founder, senior adviser and board member at CIP Professional Services Ltd, a development and business consultancy company.
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Marshall Phelps

As Microsoft’s corporate vice president, IP policy and strategy, Marshall Phelps is responsible for setting the global IP strategies and policies. He also interfaces with governments, other companies in the technology industry and outside institutions to broaden awareness of IP issues.

Before transitioning to his current position in 2006, Mr Phelps served as the deputy general counsel for intellectual property in Microsoft’s legal and corporate affairs group, where he supervised Microsoft’s IP groups, including those responsible for trademarks, trade secrets, patents, licensing, standards and copyrights. He oversaw the company’s management of its intellectual property portfolio, which comprises some 13,000 patents issued and more than 12,000 trademark registrations worldwide.

Mr Phelps joined Microsoft in June 2003 after a 28-year career at IBM, where he served as vice president for intellectual property and licensing. He was instrumental in IBM’s standards, telecommunications policy, industry relations, patent licensing programme and IP portfolio development. He also helped to establish IBM’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Tokyo and served as the company’s director of government relations in Washington, DC.

Upon retiring from IBM in 2000, he spent two years as chairman and chief executive officer of Spencer Trask Intellectual Capital Company LLC, which specialised in spin-offs from major corporations such as Motorola Inc, Lockheed Martin Corp and IBM.

Mr Phelps is an executive-in-residence at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and also serves on the board of visitors. He also advises Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on IP matters.
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Stephen Potter

Stephen Potter started his career as a chemist, taking his doctorate at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. He won a Harkness fellowship at Yale University followed by a Salter’s fellowship at Cambridge.

His industrial career started with ICI in the United Kingdom, in technical and product management. It then oscillated between startups/small companies (Devex SA in Switzerland, where he was chief executive officer and owner; QED Intellectual Property, part of the Scipher group in the United Kingdom, where he started the business and completed it by looking after Europe; and CU Chemie Uetikon in Switzerland, Germany and the United States, where he was chief technology officer (CTO) and responsible for business development); and global businesses (WR Grace/Henkel in Switzerland and Germany; and Rexam in the United Kingdom, where he was CTO).

He has operating experience in a wide variety of industries, including (fine) chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, automobiles, materials, printing and packaging and, latterly, intellectual property and licensing.

Dr Potter likes to feel that he is an entrepreneur and is currently spending most of his time acquiring software and telecommunications patents for Intellectual Ventures, a private US company, from major companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, academia and individual inventors.

He has just completed his term as the chairman of The R&D Society in the United Kingdom, an organisation that helps those interested in the R&D world to network and learn.
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Richard Price

Richard Price is a partner specialising in intellectual property. He is recognised as one of the leading patent and trademark litigators in the United Kingdom, and as a leading individual in the Chambers legal directory. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He is one of the very few English lawyers to have had the conduct of cases in all the main areas of IP law, taken them to the highest courts in the United Kingdom and won them all.

Mr Price advises clients in a wide range of sectors, including carbon emissions, water purification, genetically modified crops, brain, coronary and abdominal stents, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene products, household products, electronic equipment and computer chips.

He has been secretary of the Patent Solicitors Association (1982-1994), which became the (British) Intellectual Property Lawyers Association; chairman of the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (1994-1997); tutor on the Bristol University postgraduate IP law diploma patents workshop (1991-
2007); and tutor on the Oxford University postgraduate IP law diploma patents workshop (2008 -).

In May 2006 Mr Price was the UK IP litigation member of a UK government-sponsored delegation to China, which conducted a judicial seminar in Hangzhou, gave talks on UK litigation to judges of the High Court and held meetings with senior judges in Shanghai and members of the People’s Supreme Court in Beijing. He is a founder member of the Global Patent Litigation Project and regularly speaks at public conferences and private seminars.

Mr Price obtained his law degree from the University of Bristol (1964-67) and his Law Society qualifications from the College of Law, Guildford, qualifying as a solicitor in 1970.
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Morgan Reed

Morgan Reed is the executive director of the Association for Competitive Technology, an organisation focused on the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and IP policy. Beginning with a career in the ROC (Taiwan) and China, Mr Reed has dealt with foreign governments and technologists managing the core issues of innovation and intellectual property.

Mr Reed specialises in issues including patents and copyrights in the digital age. He has testified on these issues before Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures. He is also quoted regularly in the press, including broadcast interviews with the BBC, CNBC and CNN.

Mr Reed’s latest work has focused on developing a culture of IP within entrepreneurial organisations worldwide. Along with a team of venture capitalists, IP attorneys and successful businessmen, he has lectured on the importance of treating IP as a key asset. This ‘Innovators Network’ has reached more than 1,000 small businesses and is growing daily.
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Kent Richardson

Kent Richardson leads the expansion of ThinkFire’s western US presence by managing the Silicon Valley office. He also advises clients on patent portfolio development, management and licensing best practices. Mr Richardson has licensing and marketing patent portfolio experiences resulting in more than $600 million of patent licence bookings.

Prior to joining ThinkFire, Mr Richardson served as the managing director of Constellation Capital, a patent acquisition and assertion defence fund. Previously, he was vice president, intellectual property at Rambus Inc, where he developed and marketed the patent portfolio. Prior to Rambus, he served as general counsel at Numerical Technologies, Inc, where he developed and licensed the patent portfolio, and managed legal support for M&A and the $250 million sale of Numerical to Synopsys Inc. He was also an attorney in private practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He holds five US patents.

Mr Richardson is a member of the California Bar and a US Patent and Trademark Office registered patent attorney. He holds an LLB and a BSc in computer engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.
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Alexander Rogers

Alex Rogers is a senior vice president and legal counsel for Qualcomm Incorporated and the head of its litigation group. Mr Rogers joined Qualcomm in January 2001 and has managed IP and commercial litigation matters for the company since then. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr Rogers was an associate and then a partner with the law firm of Gray, Cary, Ware & Friedenrich, now DLA Piper, where he was a litigator and trial lawyer for 14 years. While with the law firm, Mr Rogers represented numerous clients on a variety of patent, trade secret, copyright and trademark matters. Mr Rogers received his BA from Georgetown University in 1979, including one year of study at the Hebrew University in Israel. He received a master’s degree in literature from Georgetown University in 1985 and a law degree from Georgetown in 1987.
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Sabine Rojahn

Sabine Rojahn studied law at the University of Munich, Germany and wrote her PhD thesis on copyright law. From 1974 to 1977 she worked as an assistant at the Institute of European and International Business Law at the University of Munich. She was admitted to the Munich Bar in 1977. In 1979 she became a partner at Taylor Wessing and set up the IP rights department in Munich.

Dr Rojahn is co-author of commentaries such as Munich Lawyers Handbook, Industrial Property Rights, Schricker: Copyright, and many articles in law reviews. She has lectured on IP law in many countries. She was appointed to the Committee of Experts on Intellectual Property with the Federal Ministry of Justice.

She has advised and acted in leading international patent litigations such as Windsurfing and Epi-Lady – famous cases in which the German Federal Supreme Court issued landmark decisions. Dr Rojahn advises clients across a wide range of sectors, including engineering, electronics and pharmaceuticals.

Dr Rojahn is listed annually in JUVE Handbook as a leading lawyer in litigation and patent related matters. She is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the German Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and Copyright Law, the International Trademark Association, the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale the Union of European Practitioners and the German-Japanese Association of Jurists. She is also a member of the advisory board of the well-known Meissen porcelain manufacturer.
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Paul R Ryan

Paul R Ryan has served as a director since August 1995, as chief executive officer since January 1997 and as chairman since April 2000. He also served as president of the company from January 1997 until July 2000. Prior to being named chief executive officer, he was executive vice president and chief investment officer of Acacia Research from 1996 to 1997 and vice president, capital management of Acacia Research from 1995 to 1996. He was formerly co-founder and general partner of the American Health Care Fund, LP, held positions with Young & Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather and Merrill Lynch, and was a private venture capital investor. Mr Ryan holds a BS from Cornell University and attended the New York University Graduate School of Business.
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Paul M Saraceni

Paul M Saraceni joined RPX Corporation as chief IP officer in September 2008, bringing 15+ years of IP law experience, from both the private practice and in-house counsel perspectives. RPX is a defensive patent aggregation company with a business model designed to help technology-focused companies reduce their patent assertion and litigation costs and risks.

Prior to joining RPX, Mr Saraceni was vice president and associate general counsel, IP strategy and transactions, at Yahoo! Inc, where he developed and managed Yahoo!’s patent acquisition programme and led and negotiated strategic IP deals, patent licensing transactions and IP aspects of M&A deals and business and technology transactions. Previously, he was senior IP counsel for the technology and manufacturing group of Intel Corporation, responsible for leading IP strategy and negotiations, including patent cross-licences and defence of patent assertions. Before moving in-house, he was a partner in Silicon Valley IP boutique Derwin & Siegel, where his practice focused on patent transactions, due diligence, prosecution and IP strategy for technology startups. Previously, he was a patent litigation attorney in the Silicon Valley office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he represented international high-tech companies in patent infringement cases before US federal courts and the US International Trade Commission.
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Pallavi Shah

Pallavi Shah is an IP strategist in Hewlett-Packard’s imaging and printing business. She is developing a portfolio of IP strategies to bring products and technology to market with a focus on speed, cost savings and new revenue generation. Prior to Hewlett-Packard, Ms Shah was senior market development manager for knowledge management and digital media at Sun Microsystems.
She also chaired many standards bodies, including ISO’s MPEG4-Java. Prior to Sun, Ms Shah was with Sarnoff Corporation (RCA research lab), where she pioneered the world’s first e-commerce application of interactive HDTV. She has spoken at over 50 industry conferences and published several papers.
She holds multiple patents in the architecture of interactive digital media.
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Pamela A Simonton

Pamela Simonton has over 25 years of life sciences industry experience in biotechnology and major pharmaceutical companies. She joined Exelixis, Inc as vice president of corporate technology development in April 2000 and served in that capacity until she was promoted to senior vice president, patents and licensing in January 2004. Ms Simonton was then promoted to executive vice president and general counsel in January 2008. In her current role, Ms Simonton serves as the chief legal officer of Exelixis and manages its team of attorneys and staff responsible for all aspects of Exelixis’ legal strategies and services.

Prior to joining Exelixis, Ms Simonton held management roles of increasing responsibility at Bayer Corporation from July 1988 to April 2000. She was promoted to vice president of patents and licensing for Bayer Corporation’s pharmaceutical division, North America in 1994 and subsequently served as vice president, licensing and acquisitions for Bayer Corporation’s pharmaceutical division starting from 1996. During her tenure at Bayer Corporation, Ms Simonton managed the North American product licensing portfolio for its global pharmaceutical business, including the negotiation and implementation of product-related transactions with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Alcon, Inc, Pharmacia and Upjohn, AB, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Alza Corporation.

Ms Simonton holds a BS in chemistry from Barry College, an MS in physics from University of Miami, a JD from Nova University and an LLM in patent and trade regulation from George Washington University.
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Stephen Socolof

Stephen Socolof is a managing partner of New Venture Partners LLC (NVP), a venture capital firm focused on working with large communications and IT corporations and their laboratories on technology-based business opportunities that are better commercialised externally. NVP manages the development and launch of these opportunities as spin-out ventures. NVP itself is a spin-out of Lucent Technologies, where it had been one of the most recognised and successful internal venture incubators working to spin technologies out of Bell Laboratories. Mr Socolof joined Lucent in 1996 as the founding member of the team with the charter to employ a venture-capital model as an alternative commercialisation approach for bringing Bell Labs technology to market quickly. In total, the team launched 28 ventures from Bell Labs, raised US$400 million of external venture capital and produced great returns for Lucent. Upon spin-out, NVP acquired Lucent’s interest in the remaining 20 companies in that portfolio and has since been managing them to successful exit.

As well as being one of NVP’s three managing partners, Mr Socolof leads deals in semiconductors, software, storage and wireless technologies. He is a director of EverSpin Technologies, GainSpan Corporation and InPhase Technologies, Inc, and an observer of Alverix and Silicon Hive. He was recently a director of SyChip, Inc and observer of Flarion Technologies, Inc.

Mr Socolof has spent his career focusing on corporate innovation. Before joining Lucent, he spent eight years with management-consulting firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc, where he was a leader of the practice focused on enhancing corporate innovation and increasing the productivity of the R&D organisation. He worked with many global technology corporations to improve the return on their R&D investments by enabling them to identify and bring new products and businesses to market more quickly and successfully.

Mr Socolof has an MBA from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he was a Tuck scholar. He is on the board of the Center for the Study of Private Equity at the Tuck School. He received a BA in economics and a BS in mathematical sciences from Stanford University.
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John  Squires

John A Squires is the co-chair of the IP practice at and has significant, internationally hailed experience in IP matters.

His experience includes founding the patent practice at Goldman Sachs, where he created one of the premier IP platforms in the financial services industry. He has also worked with both houses of Congress as well as the regulatory community to bring about balanced, but long-needed improvements in US patent law. In bringing about policy changes in US law, he has filed numerous amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and is widely recognised in both the financial services and technology sectors as one of the country’s top experts on the issue of patent-eligible technologies. Regarding the seminal issue of “business process” patents, Mr Squires commissioned and co-authored a successful amicus brief, where, in a rarely invoked judicial procedure, his brief was selected from over 40 others for oral argument alongside the parties.

He has provided US Senate and Federal Trade Commission testimony supporting patent reform.
He was the founding lawyer and corporate secretary for RDC, a global consortium deploying antimoney laundering technologies. At Goldman Sachs, he sponsored the Peer-to-Patent pilot and authored the US Patent and Trademark Office’s 2003 quality pilot on first action interviews. He has authored numerous scholarly articles and spoken in high-profile forums ranging from Chalmers to the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Robert G Sterne

Robert G Sterne is the founding director of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, a 300-person IP law firm that is located in Washington, DC. He is recognised as a thought leader on board responsibility, the CIPO and best practices concerning intellectual property. He has represented many startup and emerging companies on such matters, as well as several of the largest electronics companies worldwide.

An electrical engineer by training with BSEE and MS degrees from Tufts University, as well as a JD from the University of Maryland Law School and advanced legal training from the George Washington National Law Center, Mr Sterne is a registered US patent attorney and a member of the bar of Maryland and of the District of Columbia.
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Bruce A Story

Bruce Story has served as senior adviser at ipCapital Group, an IP strategy advisory firm, since retiring in 2008 from The Dow Chemical Company, where he was senior director, intellectual capital management. He was involved in the creation of one of the world’s leading intellectual asset management organisations while at Dow and managed this for the past six years.

Mr Story’s experience includes creating processes for developing and implementing business aligned intellectual asset strategy. Intellectual asset processes developed included those for managing competitive assessment, litigation support, new product intellectual asset protection strategy and open innovation agreement strategy.

His accomplishments while at Dow included the development and execution of a global patent strategy which resulted in a new patent-protected $1 billion business, plus annual licensing revenues in excess of $100 million and numerous favourable IP settlement agreements and cross-licences.
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Patrick Sullivan

Patrick H Sullivan is an expert on extracting value from intangibles and is considered to be one of the leading conceptual thinkers in the field. He has pioneered the development of methods and practices for analysing, valuing and managing intangibles as business assets. He has consulted with over 100 organisations on managing and extracting value from intangibles. He is a founder of ICMG, a consulting company focused on managing intellectual capital to maximise value. He is also cofounder of the ICM Gathering, comprising managers of intangibles for large, diverse international companies that meet to exchange information on new and innovative management techniques for creating and extracting value from their intangibles.

Dr Sullivan’s work in valuation centres on the valuation of intangibles. In this field he has pioneered the development of valuation methodologies focused on the management of intangibles for business and decision making. He has written extensively on the valuation of intangibles, and the methods and procedures he has developed are taught in universities and in use by companies around the world. His valuation practice involves the valuation of intangibles, such as intellectual property, for business activities, mergers or acquisitions, transactions and regulatory compliance.
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Patrick Toole

Pat Toole is general manager of IBM’s IP business. He oversees the direction of IBM’s IP portfolio and global patent programme, and develops and drives company-wide strategies for intellectual property and innovation.

Prior to this assignment, Mr Toole was vice president in IBM’s corporate enterprise on demand transformation and IT business, responsible for developing and executing initiatives across the corporation to identify and engage in opportunities that lead to top-line revenue growth for the company. Previously, Mr Toole was general manager of the IBM engineering and technology services division, responsible for launching the division and managing it to profitability and success.

Since joining IBM in 1984 Mr Toole has held a variety of executive and management positions in technology, manufacturing, engineering, information systems, marketing and sales, including his role as senior site executive of IBM Charlotte in North Carolina.

Mr Toole is a member of the IBM performance team: the chairman, president and chief executive officer’s senior executive team responsible for implementing IBM strategies and driving overall business performance. He is also a member of the IBM integration and values team – a broader team of leaders across the company – and has served on the IBM technology team, comprising IBM’s top technical leaders.

Mr Toole holds an MBA from Queens University of Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He is the IBM coordinator for the Notre Dame Corporate Agent Programme.

Mr Toole represents IBM as a member of the board of trustees on the Committee for Economic Development, which addresses national priorities to promote sustained economic growth in America. He is on the board of directors of Visible Assets, Inc, a real time-asset intelligence business, and of two not-for-profit organisations: Boston Baroque, widely regarded as the country’s leading periodinstrument orchestra and chorus, and Caroline House, an English-language and life skills education centre for economically disadvantaged women and their children. Mr Toole is also actively involved in the advancement of technology within his community.
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Duane R Valz

Duane Valz is vice president and associate general counsel, global patents, at Yahoo!. In that principal role, he leads a team of attorneys and engineers responsible for the company’s worldwide invention harvesting, patent filings and portfolio management. In addition to advising on IP-related litigation, licensing, policy and strategic corporate development matters, he leads Yahoo!’s open source working group, a cross-functional team of attorneys, engineers and business managers. Mr Valz has counselled a wide variety of emerging growth, private and publicly held companies on IP and technology matters in various law firm, consulting and in-house capacities. He received his JD from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), serving as submissions editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. He also earned his BA, with honours and distinction in general scholarship, from the University of California at Berkeley.
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Michael Warnecke

Michael Warnecke is a partner in Perkins Coie’s patent litigation practice. He is the quintessential litigator, with extensive trial experience. He has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, which represents the upper 1% of all trial lawyers in the country. He has focused his practice on major patent litigation cases, including international patent, technology licensing and other IP matters. He has been first chair on numerous patent litigation cases in which he represented companies such as Caterpillar, Inc, Brunswick Corp, MetLife and Mitsubishi Corp.

He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is listed in Chambers as a Leading IP Lawyer and ranked among the top 10 Illinois 2008 Super Lawyers as published by Law & Politics. He frequently lectures, speaks and writes, nationally and internationally, on IP law.
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Marcella Watkins

Marcella Watkins received a BSChE from Rice University in 1985 and her JD from the University of Texas in 1991. After 15 years in private practice, she joined Shell Oil, where she is managing counsel for intellectual property. She is a frequent speaker on patent topics and is the immediate pastpresident of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.
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Jeff Weedman

Jeff Weedman leads an external business development (EBD) team of 50-plus who search the globe identifying open innovation opportunities for P&G, helping to realise Chief Executive Officer AG Lafley’s declaration that 50% of P&G’s innovation be sourced externally (P&G calls its version of open innovation Connect + Develop). Mr Weedman ‘s EBD group manages over 1,000 active contracts and demonstrates P&G’s commitment to Connect + Develop’s principles on a daily basis. The work of Mr Weedman’s group has been featured in more than 50 publications on four continents, including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, The Korea Economic Times, Axis (a Japanese design magazine), Bilan (Switzerland), The Financial Times and The Economist (P&G received The Economist’s 2007 Corporate Innovation Award). Mr Weedman has discussed open innovation live on BBC 4 radio and Bloomberg News Channel. His group is active within the Licensing Executives Society and P&G is one of only five companies everto receive that organisation’s Licensing Achievement Award for excellence. Whether in engineering or technology, trademarks or packaging, business models or design, Mr Weedman – an avid angler always in search of the next big fish – has helped pave the way of P&G’s open innvovation journey.
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