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Speakers

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Name Company Position
Conrad Arnander Novartis Pharma AG Senior Patent Counsel
Robert Aronoff Pluritas Managing Partner and Founder
Jorge Avila Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office President
Benôit Battistelli European Patent Office President
Peter Berg Tetra Pak Vice President, Legal for Development & Service Operations
Bruce Berman Brody Berman Associates Inc Chief Executive Officer
Kurt Brasch Motorola Mobile Devices Director of IP Strategy
David Brown Thomson Reuters President, IP Solutions
Thaddeus Burns GE Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property and Trade
Jon Calvert ClearViewIP Managing Director
António Campinos Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market President
Michael Cannata Patent Monetization Inc Managing Director
Charlie Chapman Hewlett-Packard Vice President, IP Licensing
Richard Chernicoff Tessera Intellectual Properties Corporation President
Dennis Crouch Patently-O and University of Missouri School of Law Editor and Professor of Law
Adrian Dawkes Pharma Ventures Head of Business Development
Béatrix de Russé Technicolor Executive Vice President, Intellectual Property and Licensing
Severin de Wit IPEG consultancy Founder
David Descoteaux Lazard Managing Director
Haydn Evans CPA Global Vice President, IP Outsourcing
Peter Fairchild Partner Smith & Williamson Tax LLP
Thomas J  Filarski Licensing Executives Society (US and Canada) President
Samantha Funnell ARM Chief IP Counsel
Bill Geary MPEG LA, LLC Vice President, Business Development
Ben Goodger Edwards Wildman LLP Partner
David Haigh Brand Finance Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Hardy Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy Director
Raymond Hegarty Intellectual Ventures Managing Director, International Licensing
Petra Herkul DSM Head of Trademarks
Edith Hermans DSM Dyneema Intellectual Asset Manager
Brian Hinman InterDigital Communications, Inc Vice President, IP and Licensing
Peter Holden Coller Capital Head, IP Investment Group
Jean Charles Hourcade France Brevets General Manager
Beatriz Imperatori Centromarca Director General
Paul Jackson SVB Financial Group Director, Corporate Banking
Kenan Jarboe Athena Alliance President
Diana Jungmann National Confederation of Industry - Brazil IP Programme Coordinator
David J Kappos US Patent &Trademark Office Director
Pat Kennedy Cellport Systems Founder and Chairman
Sherry M Knowles Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies Principal
Vinod Kumar MOSAID Technologies Inc Vice President, Business Development
Mark Lange Microsoft Corporation Senior Policy Counsel
Michael Lennon Kenyon & Kenyon LLP Partner
Trevor Little World Trademark Review Editor
Wutang Liu Liancheng Assets Appraisal Company General Manager
Terry Ludlow Chipworks Founder, Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Jackie Maguire Coller IP Management Chief Executive Officer
Mike McLean UBM TechInsights Senior Vice President, IP Rights and Professional Services
Malcolm Meeks Infineon Principal IP Licensing Attorney
Isabel Morgado BIAL Board Member Responsible for IP and Innovation Policy
Ross Morgan CompactGTL Commercial Manager
Cynthia Murphy Thomson Reuters Senior Vice President, Innovation and Asset Management
Antonio Nogueira Leite Caixa Geral de Depósitos, SA Executive Vice Chairman
Donal O'Connell Chawtons Innovations Services Managing Director
Carlos Oliveira Portuguese Ministry of Economy and Employment Secretary of State for Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation
Ruud Peters Philips Chief IP Officer
Marshall Phelps Article One Partners LLC Vice Chairman
Vincent Pluvinage Invention Capital Partners Managing Partner
John  Pryor ICAP Patent Brokerage Managing Director Europe
Michael Rapp Broadband Capital Management Chairman
Paul R Ryan Acacia Research Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
John  Squires Perkins Coie Partner
Wander Stange Menchik Embraer IP Manager
Paula Teixeira da Cruz Ministry of Justice, Portugal Minister of Justice
Patrick Terroir CDC Intellectual Property Managing Director
John Veschi Rockstar Consortium Inc Chief Executive Officer
Telmo Vilela Portuguese IP Office Vice President
Peter Villax Hovione Vice President, Pharma Business Unit
Victoria Wang Victoria Wang Consulting Founder
Joff Wild Intellectual Asset Management Editor
Marnie Williams Unitised Building Pty Ltd Consultant
Ben Wolff Pendrell Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer
David Yurkerwich Charles River Associates Vice President
Raymond Zenkich Red Chalk Group Partner
Jimmy Zhong Philips Vice President and Head of IP & Standards, China
Steven Zhou ZTE Corporation IP Manager
Ronald Zink Microsoft Corporation Chief Operating Officer, European Affairs

Biographies

Conrad Arnander

Conrad Arnander is an English solicitor who has been a senior litigator in the patent department of Novartis Pharma AG since 2009. His work consists principally of managing multi-jurisdiction patent litigation projects.

Previously, he worked in private practice in London for nearly 20 years, conducting a wide variety of IP and commercial litigation in the English courts and internationally, before spending four years at Airbus SAS in Toulouse, where he supported a range of contentious and non-contentious IP and technology exploitation activities.

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Robert Aronoff

As managing partner of Pluritas, Robert Aronoff leverages over 25 years in Fortune 500 companies (Sun Microsystems, Eastman Kodak and Microsoft), business strategy and technology consulting (Coopers & Lybrand and Peat Marwick), public small-cap companies (BrandEra) and large-scale industry consortiums.

He has hands-on experience in a range of corporate operating positions, including chief operating officer, vice president business development, vice president marketing, director of corporate strategy, director of product marketing, and business process and technology consultant.

Mr Aronoff led the creation of the Digital Imaging Group (now the I3A), with the backing of such industry giants as Kodak, Fuji, Canon, Intel, HP, IBM, Adobe, Agfa and Microsoft, and served as its founding executive director.

Mr Aronoff holds BAs in computer science and economics from Brandeis University, where he was a Milton Feld economics scholar, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, where he was awarded the William L Stewart Award for outstanding contributions to MIT.

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Jorge Avila

Jorge Avila holds a bachelor's degree in engineering and a PhD in public health from the State University of Rio de Janeiro.

Mr Avila joined Petrobras, a Brazilian oil company, in 1987. From 1995 to 1999 he served as director in the Industrial Development Company of Rio de Janeiro. From 1999 to 2003 he served as executive director of the Research and Project Financing Agency.

In 2004 Mr Avila became vice president of the National Institute of Industrial Property. He was made president in 2007, a position he still holds.

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Benôit Battistelli

Benoît Battistelli became president of the European Patent Office on 1st July 2010.

A graduate of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Mr Battistelli has had a long and varied career in the French civil service. He joined the Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1978, and went on to hold various posts, including trade commissioner to Poland, Italy, India and Turkey.

In 1997 Mr Battistelli was appointed regional director for foreign trade for the Paris-Ile-de-France region. In 1999 he became director for innovation, competitiveness and industrial property policy at the Economy Ministry. He later served as chief adviser to Nicole Fontaine, a minister and former European Parliament president.

In 2004 Mr Battistelli was appointed director general of the French National Institute for Industrial Property, a position he held until June 2010. He has also served as chairman and vice chairman of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation.

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Peter Berg

Peter Berg has more than 15 years’ experience as in-house IP counsel for a broad spectrum of electrical and mechanical engineering businesses, including 10 years managing various IP functions. Through this, he has gained a rich experience in aligning IP rights portfolios with particular business needs in a competitive environment.

Mr Berg specialises in the creation and strategy-driven management of focused IP portfolios and the transactional part of the IP value chain, particularly licensing, M&A and litigation.

Mr Berg is a European and German patent attorney and is in charge of IP rights at Tetra Pak. He was previously chief licensing counsel at Siemens AG.

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Bruce Berman

Bruce Berman is chief executive officer of Brody Berman Associates, a management consulting and communications firm that advises IP holders, managers and investors.

He works with businesses to frame and properly convey intangible assets, and to reach key audiences. Since 1988, the firm has improved the performance, value and reputation of more than 150 IP holders, strategic advisers, investors and law firm practices.

Drawing on an extensive network of IP, business and media contacts in the United States and Europe, Mr Berman has personally counselled scores of IP executives, litigators and private equity investors, as well as their clients.

Mr Berman has written four books: From Assets to Profits – Competing for IP Value & Return; Making Innovation Pay; From Ideas to Assets; and Hidden Value. He is a member of the IP Owners Association, the Licensing Executives Society, the Intellectual Asset Finance Society and the IP Hall of Fame Academy.

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Kurt Brasch

Kurt Brasch directs outbound patent licensing for the connected home market for Motorola Mobility (MMI). In addition, he leads the intellectual asset management team of 20 technical patent experts focused on building and maintaining MMI's world-class IP portfolio.

Mr Brasch has led major initiatives in MMI, including the company's position on patent reform, strategies and negotiations for both offensive and defensive licensing positions in the home business and the overall strategy for the IP business organisation.

Before joining Motorola’s mobile device business in 2008, Mr Brasch created and led a start-up consulting business focused on training technical managers. Before that, he was with Motorola’s government business for 18 years and held a variety of product marketing, international logistics and sales support roles.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University and a master’s in business administration from Northern Illinois University.

Kurt Brasch
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David Brown

David Brown serves as president of IP Solutions at Thomson Reuters, Legal and is responsible for the worldwide information, software and services businesses covering patents, trademarks and standards. Mr Brown was most recently executive vice president of corporate markets at Thomson Reuters Scientific.

During his 22-year career in the information industry, Mr Brown has held a variety of senior management roles, including executive vice president and general manager of Dialog.

Mr Brown holds BAs in history and computer applications from the University of Notre Dame and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina. He also serves on the board of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services.

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Thaddeus Burns

As senior counsel for intellectual property and technology policy, Thaddeus Burns leads a team of professionals supporting GE businesses and global research in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Before joining GE, he worked in the appellate litigation practice at Jones Day in Washington, DC, and in Brussels on IP and technology policy issues at Akin Gump.

He also served in government at the US Patent and Trademark Office and the Office of the US Trade Representative. Mr Burns clerked for now-retired Chief Judge Karen Williams at the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

He graduated from the Catholic University School of Law in 1992, where he served on the law review.

Thaddeus Burns
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Jon Calvert

Jon Calvert is a co-founder and managing director of ClearViewIP Ltd, a leading IP consultancy that works closely with clients to address their individual IP challenges and to provide effective IP strategy advice to support their business objectives.

Recognising the increasing value and importance of intellectual property in technology businesses and its emergence as an asset class in its own right, Mr Calvert co-founded ClearViewIP in 2007 to support clients through a broad range of services, firmly grounded on commercial pragmatism and extensive experience in running successful businesses.

Services provided are specific to a client’s needs and include IP strategy development, innovation capture and discovery, IP portfolio analysis, value realisation and IP acquisition. ClearViewIP combines the experience base of its principals with a thorough research and competitive intelligence capability.

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António Campinos

António Campinos took over as president of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) on 1st October 2010. A 42-year-old Portuguese national, he studied law at the University of Montpellier. He then worked first in the European Court of First Instance and then in banking before moving to the public sector, becoming head of the National Institute of Industrial Property in Portugal in 2005.

Mr Campinos has been closely associated with OHIM for a number of years and is a former chairman of the administrative board, where he strongly advocated greater openness and transparency, including the involvement of user groups as observers.

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Michael Cannata

Michael Cannata has been involved patent monetisation since founding BOCA Advisory Services in 2002. Mr Cannata is also a principal in Patent Monetization Inc, a patent merchant bank that provides advisory, brokerage and investment services.

Through a joint venture with NW Patent Funding Corporation, Mr Cannata is an adviser and manager to the Northwater IP Fund, established in 2005 as one of the first patent litigation financing funds. Mr Cannata was responsible for the fund’s investment in the i4i v Microsoft litigation, which resulted in a US$290 million judgment in favour of i4i, upheld at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and further upheld by the US Supreme Court.

Mr Cannata has been selected to Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Strategy 250, is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and a fellow in the International IP Strategists Association, and a named inventor on five US patents.

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Charlie Chapman

Charlie Chapman has been vice president, IP licensing at Hewlett-Packard (HP) since February 2011.

Since 2000, he has been involved in IP strategy and IP licensing, such as brand, copyright, trade secret, technology and patent licensing. His team also leads and assists with strategic IP negotiations, patent acquisitions, IP in-licensing and IP disputes.

In his previous roles at HP, Mr Chapman led new business creation and a variety of research and development organisations in HP’s imaging and printing business.

Mr Chapman has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from UC San Diego (1986), a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University (1991) and a juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law (2004). He joined HP in 1976.

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Richard Chernicoff

Richard Chernicoff is president of Tessera Intellectual Property Corp, the operating entity of the IP business of Tessera Technologies, Inc, a Nasdaq-traded company. Before joining Tessera in July 2011, Mr Chernicoff was president of Unity Semiconductor, a company acquired by Rambus Inc.

Mr Chernicoff practised law for 10 years, principally at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Brobeck Phelger & Harrison. He ran the IP business as part of his role as senior vice president of business development of Nasdaq-traded SanDisk Corporation from 2003 to 2009. He began his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young.

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Dennis Crouch

Dennis Crouch is best known for his high-level discussion of US and international patent law issues that he posts daily to his popular patent law blog – Patently-O. Patently-O has been chosen by the American Bar Association Journal as one of the top 100 legal blogs for the past five years.

At the University of Missouri, he teaches a number of IP courses. In addition, Professor Crouch is a fellow in the Law School's Centre for the Study for Dispute Resolution and a member of the CPR taskforce on patent mediation, and works as a neutral in patent mediations.

Professor Crouch was awarded a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Princeton University (with honours) and a juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago (with honours). Before joining the University of Missouri, he practised patent law in Chicago and taught at Boston University.

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Adrian Dawkes

Adrian Dawkes is an experienced business developer with a strong technical background. With over 26 years in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, he can identify value drivers and represent a wide range of propositions to the market. With a broad commercial network, he can reach key individuals in relevant companies.

Mr Dawkes has participated in numerous transaction projects and consultancy assignments, and provided expert opinion services in litigation cases. He has held senior positions with Johnson & Johnson, drug discovery platform company Acumen Bioscience and healthcare consultancy company Execute Technologies.

Mr Dawkes has a BSc in biochemistry and a PhD in immunochemistry from Oxford Brookes University.

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Béatrix de Russé

Béatrix de Russé has been the executive vice president, intellectual property and licensing at Technicolor (formerly Thomson) since February 2004. She leads a team of around 200 highly experienced IP professionals located across 13 sites in Europe, the United States and Asia. The annual revenues of her activity amounts to more than €400 million a year.

Before this, from 1993 onwards she led patent and licensing operations at Thomson, growing the business significantly during that period. 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 in the international division of Thales (former 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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Severin de Wit

Severin de Wit received his law degree from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. From 1978 until January 2007, he was an IP partner at several European law firms, before founding IPEG Consultancy.

Mr de Wit was engaged in advisory and litigation work for multinational corporations in the pharma and biotech, consumer electronics and semiconductor technology industries. From 2001 to 2004 he worked for Europe’s largest semiconductor equipment maker, providing strategic advice and support in a worldwide patent litigation against a major rival.

One of IPEG’s major tasks as been the request by a New York-based private equity company to carry out the full IP management and sale of a consumer electronics patent portfolio of 2,000-plus patents.

Mr de Wit has also served as a part-time judge in the District Court of The Hague (Patent Chamber) and was a member of a major publication on intellectual property.

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David Descoteaux

David Descoteaux joined Lazard in 1999 in the technology, media and telecommunications group and is currently a managing director in the restructuring group. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr Descoteaux was a generalist in the M&A group at Deutsche Bank Securities and was employed at Andec Investments, a private investment management firm.

At Lazard, Mr Descoteaux has worked on a variety of restructuring, M&A, and special/independent committee assignments. Financial advisory assignments for clients include Eastman Kodak, Nortel, Cemex, Lehman Brothers, Abitibi Bowater, Satmex, SunGard, SpectraSite, Genuity, Hughes, Affiliated Computer Services, Adelphia, Publicis, Catalina Marketing, DoubleClick, Cap Gemini, the National Football League, Ceridian, InfoUSA, Education Management, AppNet, ACT Manufacturing, SMTC and Pirelli.

Mr Descoteaux obtained an AB in mathematics and economics with honours (Phi Beta Kappa) from Colby College and an MBA with honours from the University of Chicago.

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Haydn Evans

Haydn Evans manages CPA Global’s European IP outsourcing services. This includes all IP searching, technology landscaping and patent portfolio optimisation services for a range of pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers, including multinational corporations and smaller technology organisations in Europe.

Previously, Mr Evans was a senior analyst and strategy manager for GE Healthcare, where he worked in areas such as diagnostics, medical imaging and bioscience technology. He has a biochemistry degree from the University of Nottingham.

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Peter Fairchild

Peter Fairchild is a partner in Smith & Williamson Tax LLP, which he joined following the BTG Tax takeover.

Mr Fairchild specialises in tax structuring for professional sportspeople and deals with the tax affairs of many English Premier League footballers. He acts on behalf of several professional sports clubs, advising them on remuneration and image rights planning for their players. He also deals with tax planning for non-UK domiciled and high-net-worth individuals and is experienced in dealing with investigation and tax inquiry work. He has considerable experience advising on IP-related structures.

Mr Fairchild trained with BDO Stoy Hayward and is a chartered tax adviser and fellow of the Association of Taxation Technicians.

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Thomas J  Filarski

Thomas J Filarski is president of the Licensing Executives Society (US and Canada) and a partner with Steptoe and Johnson. He has over 25 years of complex and IP litigation experience in US federal courts and at the International Trade Commission.

One client says: “He has a gift for explaining technology and technological terms in a way that makes them understandable to a judge, a jury, or any decision maker." Intellectual Asset Management magazine reports that he is “particularly adept when it comes to Hatch-Waxman Act and ITC litigation”, and is a “superb attorney with top-notch licensing expertise”.

Mr Filarski speaks and writes regularly for professional and industry groups. He authored the “Patent Defences" chapter in BNA Books' Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook (2005), now in its second edition. He also serves on the advisory board of the Clean Energy Trust in Chicago, which connects entrepreneurs and early-stage companies with the expertise and capital needed to become sustainable businesses.

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Samantha Funnell

Samantha Funnell joined ARM in February 2002 as its first in-house patent attorney. She is now chief patent counsel, managing a substantial patent and trademark portfolio and a small in-house department. She is responsible for all patent and trademark litigation and the outsourcing of all patent and trademark prosecution work. Ms Funnell has an honours degree in electronic engineering with computer science and a master’s degree in intellectual property, both from the University of London. She spent seven years with BTG in London and qualified as both a chartered patent attorney and a European patent attorney in that time. She then spent time with Lucent Technologies and in private practice.

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Bill Geary

Bill Geary is vice president of business development at MPEG LA, where he is responsible for creating and launching new patent pools with patents from many companies for licensing by MPEG LA.

He has been involved in the formation and operation of patent pools in a wide variety of technologies for almost 15 years, most recently applying these principles to aggregating and licensing patents for molecular diagnostics in the Librassay® programme.

Before joining MPEG LA, Mr Geary was general patent counsel in the Washington DC office of Samsung Electronics, where he handled worldwide patent licensing and litigation for 11 years, negotiated hundreds of patent licence agreements and directed dozens of litigations in the United States and overseas.
Mr Geary has degrees in law and electrical engineering, and an MBA.

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Ben Goodger

Ben Goodger has over 20 years’ experience in advising companies on the strategic management, commercialisation and protection of their valuable intellectual property. He specialises in high technology and has worked with clients in a number of industries, including bio-pharma, information and communications technology, food and drink, energy and university technology transfer.

Mr Goodger has advised many different types of client - including multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, lenders and academic institutions - on issues relating to the commercialisation and licensing of intellectual property. He spent two years in Shanghai, where he managed his previous firm’s China business and Asia commercial IP groups, and has internationally recognised expertise in advising on strategies for the protection, commercialisation and management of IP assets in China and Asia.

Widely recognised as a leading IP practitioner, Intellectual Asset Management magazine listed Mr Goodger in its IAM Licensing 250 - The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Practitioners in 2010 and its IAM Strategy 250 - The World’s Leading IP Strategists in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He is ranked in the Chambers UK guide, and Legal Business recently cited him as an expert in intellectual property and information technology in its Legal Experts publication.

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David Haigh

David Haigh is the chief executive officer and founder of Brand Finance plc, the leading independent brand valuation consultancy. Mr Haigh qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London.

He has worked in the area of branded business, brand and intangible asset valuation since 1991, and since January 1995 has specialised entirely in this area. Mr Haigh has represented the British Standards Institute on the International Standards Committee working party on the standardisation of brand valuation methods and practices, whose standard (ISO 10668) was published in 2010.

Mr Haigh has written many articles for the marketing and financial press on branded businesses and brand valuation, and is the author of numerous publications. He also lectures on the subjects of branded business and brand and intangible asset valuation at many leading business schools around the world.

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Jeffrey Hardy

Jeffrey Hardy has been the coordinator of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) initiative Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) since its creation in mid-2004.

BASCAP unites the global business community across all product sectors in an effort to stop the counterfeiting of goods and piracy of intellectual property. It focuses on setting standards for global performance by governments and companies; framing decisions for policy makers; advocating the allocation of resources at the highest levels in national governments; and building global awareness.

Mr Hardy joined the ICC in 1999 as a policy adviser in the areas of intellectual property, competition, biotechnology, environment, energy and transportation. Before his work with the ICC, Mr Hardy held various positions with the US government from 1985 to 1998.

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Raymond Hegarty

Raymond Hegarty joined Intellectual Ventures in March 2011 as managing director of global licensing Europe, bringing with him an extensive background in IP licensing coupled with a strong knowledge of technology.

Mr Hegarty is the former CEO of the IP Foundation in Luxembourg. Before that, he served as managing director and CEO of Unilin Flooring Industries, the IP subsidiary of Mohawk Industries. Before joining Unilin, he spent 15 years leading technology transfer programmes, business development and operations for a number of companies.

He received his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering, his MBA and his postgraduate qualification in European law, all from the National University of Ireland. In addition, he holds an LLM in IP management from the University of Strasbourg.

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Petra Herkul

Petra Herkul started her trademark career in 1990 working for Numico, where she gradually built the company’s trademark department and managed it until 2000. She then established her own trademark agency, Hercules Trademarks BV, where she supported the Numico portfolio, among others.

In 2002 Ms Herkul became a trademark adviser at Bouma trademark agency in Rotterdam. As external adviser, she supported a wide range of customers, from small enterprises to internationally active corporations.
In September 2007 she joined the global trademarks centre at DSM, where she combines managerial tasks with work as in-house counsel. Among other things, she is helping to build the trademark strategy and portfolio of DSM Dyneema.

In addition to her daily work, Ms Herkul is an active member of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market subcommittee at the International Trademark Association. She is a certified attorney with the Benelux Trademark and Industrial Design Foundation.

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Edith Hermans

Edith Hermans is an experienced IP professional focusing on managing intellectual assets as business assets.

Ms Hermans started her career at DSM as patent attorney, where she serviced several DSM business groups, from coating and resin chemistry to pharma. She then worked as a consultant together with BCG on a programme for building marketing and sales excellence within DSM.

At present, Ms Hermans works as intellectual asset manager at DSM Dyneema, responsible for creating and managing an intellectual asset vision and portfolio in alignment with the business strategy. Her key work involves connecting multiple disciplines - such as intellectual property, technical, marketing and sales - and treating intellectual property not just as a legal asset, but as a business asset that DSM can utilise. She is also active as culture change ambassador within DSM for diversity and inclusion and inspirational leadership.

She has a PhD in chemistry from the Catholic University Leuven (Belgium) and is a certified Dutch and European patent attorney.

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Brian Hinman

Brian Hinman has over 25 years’ experience in the field of intellectual property and has held various senior executive positions with Fortune 50 companies.

He has created and executed complex IP strategies, negotiated hundreds of patent and technology licensing agreements, conducted patent divestitures and acquisitions, been involved in the creation and spin-off of high-tech-based start-up entities, performed numerous IP-based valuations and served as chief executive officer (CEO) of a very unique patent defensive entity.

Currently, Mr Hinman is vice president of intellectual property and licensing at InterDigital Communications, LLC. He was formerly vice president of intellectual property and licensing at Verizon Communications Inc and was the founding CEO and president of Allied Security Trust.

In addition, Mr Hinman held various senior executive positions at IBM, including vice president of intellectual property and licensing. Before working at IBM, he was director of licensing at Westinghouse.

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Peter Holden

Peter Holden set up the IP investment group at Coller Capital (a global private equity firm with over US$8.5 billion under management) in 2006 and has overseen the acquisition and monetisation of thousands of patents from corporations and research centres in the United States, Europe, Korea and China. He continues to explore and execute on new investment models and structures for leveraging intellectual property as a financial asset class in private equity. He formerly held senior positions at: Panasonic; IPVALUE Management; University Patents, Inc and Invisible Hand LLC – a $US50 million IP venturing fund that he founded. He holds post-doctoral, PhD and undergraduate degrees from the United Kingdom and Japan. He was a senior fellow at Wharton Business School in IP exploitation and innovation and was awarded the Honda Fellowship at Tokyo University in technology transfer. He has advised the UK, US and Korean governments on IP monetisation and investment.

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Jean Charles Hourcade

Jean-Charles Hourcade is the general manager of France Brevets, a new investment fund that specialises in patents. France Brevets is a subsidiary of the French state and Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations Group.

In 2008 Mr Hourcade created Red Cat Technologies, an independent strategy consulting firm focused on the media and technology industries. Until mid-2008 he was also senior executive vice president and chief technical officer of global entertainment and media company Thomson SA, as well as head of its Thomson Technology division. Mr Hourcade directed the research and development of new technologies and managed the corporate research, IP and licensing, and components and software businesses.

When based in Los Angeles between 2005 and 2007, he created a new research and innovation centre in Burbank, California, which was entirely dedicated to the needs of the media and communication industry. Mr Hourcade served in Thomson-CSF (now Thales Group) as director of business development (1993-1994) and then as vice president of M&A and strategic planning (1995-2000).

Mr Hourcade is a member of the French Académie des Technologies.

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Beatriz Imperatori

Beatriz Imperatori has been director general at Centromarca, the Portuguese Brand Association, since January 2008. She is also vice president at CIP, the Portuguese Industry Confederation (a member of UNICE).

Ms Imperatori joined Centromarca in 1998 as a trainee and subsequently coordinated all of the Centromarca committees (commercial, legal, logistics, human resources and finance), before becoming director general.

Ms Imperatori is an economist and graduated from the Lisbon Catholic University in 1996. Competition is one of her main areas of work and study, and she has attended several courses on competition and regulation, including the 2007 European Summer School in Competition and Regulation (Athens University of Economics and Business/City University, London, and Fondazioni Eni Enrico Mattei), the 2002 Summer School on Antitrust and Regulation (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), and advanced training courses in competition economics run by OXERA in London and Oxford.

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Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson is a corporate banker with over 25 years’ experience specialising in the European mid-market technology sector. Previously a director of the Barclays technology and telecoms team, he now heads Silicon Valley Banks’ UK mid-market corporate banking operations.

During his career he has worked closely with publicly listed and privately held technology companies across all aspects of finance and banking services, including acquisition finance, leveraged buy-outs and working capital funding. He has also worked closely with the financial sponsor community and has developed an interest in the value of intellectual property to lenders and how it impacts on their risk profile.

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Kenan Jarboe

Kenan Jarboe is the president of Athena Alliance, a non-profit research organisation in the vanguard of identifying, understanding, analysing and educating on the information, intangibles and innovation (i3 or i-cubed) economy, which now drives economic prosperity and wealth creation (www.athenaalliance.org). He also edits the Intangible Economy blog (www.intangibleeconomy.org).

Dr Jarboe received his PhD in sociotechnological planning and his BS in engineering from the University of Michigan. He has served in a number of senior staff positions for the US Senate, including as chief economist for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, and is the author of numerous publications on economic competitiveness, corporate strategy, international trade and technology policy.

He has also served an assistant professor of technology management at the University of Maryland, University College and an adjunct professor of international business at Georgetown University.

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Diana Jungmann

Diana Jungmann works at the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) in Brazil as the coordinator of the Brazilian IP Programme for Industrial Innovation. The initiative is a Latin American landmark involving extensive propagation of IP-related issues.

Dr Jungmann represents the CNI as a council member for the IP Brazilian Association and for the Anti-piracy National Council of the Ministry of Justice. She has a PhD from the United Kingdom, an MSc and BSc from Brazil, and executive qualifications in intellectual property and business strategy from Harvard Business School and in business and innovation management from IMD, Wharton and Duke-LSE.

Dr Jungmann is a successful inventor and has broad experience in intellectual property and innovation as a project manager, business liaison, lecturer and speaker. She has worked in the United Kingdom, the United States, Brussels, Mexico, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and Portugal, and in 24 Brazilian states.

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David J Kappos

David Kappos is the under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, he advises the president, the secretary of commerce and the administration on IP matters.

Over a 20-year career in intellectual property, Mr Kappos has accrued deep knowledge of the IP system and broad respect from professionals across the field. He directs an office that provides incentives to encourage technological advancement and helps businesses to protect their investments, promote their goods and services and safeguard against deception in the marketplace.

The USPTO continues to deal with a backlog of more than 700,000 patent applications, long waiting periods for patent review, IT systems that are regarded as outdated and an application process in need of reform.

Mr Kappos received his bachelor of science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California-Davis in 1983, and his law degree from the University of California Berkeley in 1990.

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Pat Kennedy

Pat Kennedy is the founder and chairman of US-based Cellport Systems. Since Cellport's inception in 1993, the company has focused on developing universal wireless connectivity technologies for vehicle and mobile systems, resulting in three patent portfolios that are core to the global connected vehicle and smartphone markets. Mr Kennedy has 14 patents and has led the securing of over a dozen licensees of Cellport's patent portfolios. In October 2009 Mr Kennedy’s first book, IdeaJacked, was published. Mr Kennedy has a BA in economics from the University of Buffalo and sit on several public and private boards.

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Sherry M Knowles

Sherry M Knowles is an IP attorney with over 20 years of experience. From 2006 to 2010 Ms Knowles was senior vice president and chief patent counsel at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where she served as the worldwide head of patents for litigation and transactional matters, and managed a global department of over 200 people in 12 offices. At GSK, Ms Knowles was a member of the scientific advisory board, the technology investment board, the product management board and the legal management team, and she led the global patents executive team.

In 2010 the New Jersey Intellectual Property Lawyers Association awarded Ms Knowles, as the representative of GSK, the Jefferson Medal for exceptional contribution to intellectual property. In the same year Ms Knowles launched Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies (www.kipsllc.com), which provides strategic legal and business advice to companies developing, commercialising, litigating and monetising assets, with a focus on pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and chemical inventions.

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Vinod Kumar

Vinod Kumar leads MOSAID's patent acquisitions and sales strategy, and develops new partnerships with IP holders. He has been closely involved in the rapid expansion of MOSAID's patent portfolio. He and his team have assessed approximately 70,000 patents and have developed a deep pool of external service providers.

Mr Kumar joined MOSAID in 2005 and was named senior director of business development in early 2010. He assumed his current position in March 2012. Before joining MOSAID, he worked for five years at Chipworks, a leading IP consulting and reverse engineering firm. He previously worked for over 15 years in business development roles in several countries for multinationals including Digital and Philips.

A frequent speaker at industry events and conferences, Mr Kumar holds a bachelor of engineering degree in electronics and communications from the University of Roorkee in India and an MBA in international business from the Australian School of Business.

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Mark Lange

Mark Lange is senior policy counsel in Microsoft’s law and corporate affairs department in Europe. He has been based in the European office in Paris since 1998. Mr Lange works on legislative and government policy issues relating to cloud computing, interoperability and intellectual property across Europe.

Before joining Microsoft, Mr Lange worked for the law firm of Covington & Burling in its Washington DC and Brussels offices from 1989 to 1998. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, he graduated from the University of Virginia in 1981 and from Northwestern University Law School in 1989.

His current work on cloud computing focuses on the policy framework that will enable Europe to capture the economic benefits of this technology evolution.

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Michael Lennon

Michael Lennon is chair of Kenyon & Kenyon's European practice group. He focuses his practice on the litigation and licensing of IP rights, technology transfer transactions and the negotiation of patent, trademark and copyright contracts and agreements.

Mr Lennon has more than two decades of experience representing multinational corporations in the automotive, computer, electronics, healthcare and information systems industries in IP lawsuits and transactions. Some of these include Aladdin Knowledge Systems Ltd, Goss International Americas Inc, IMI plc, MANN+HUMMEL GmbH, Marconi plc, Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz USA Inc, Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch Corporation.

He is an author and frequent speaker on IP litigation and licensing issues, and his contributions as a leading IP attorney have been recognised in, among other publications, Intellectual Asset Management's IAM 250 – The World's Leading IP Strategists and IAM 250 – The World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers, and the Legal 500.

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Trevor Little

Trevor Little has been editor of World Trademark Review, the only independent multimedia publication dedicated solely to international trademark law and practice, since 2009. The WTR platform - which includes a bi-monthly magazine, a daily email alert and regular outbound supplements - tracks the latest business, legal and brand management developments, and analyses their impact on the trademark and brand protection functions.

As a legal and business journalist for almost 20 years, Mr Little has headed up titles across a range of industries, covering issues as diverse as not-for-profit sector management, the business applications of new technologies and risk management.

Throughout his career, Mr Little has written extensively on the issues surrounding corporate reputation and identity, brand management and business development.

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Wutang Liu

Wutang Liu began work as a deputy director in the financial department of the information centre of the Chinese Patent Office in 1987, engaged in patent management and policy research. He is now the general manager of Liancheng Assets Appraisal Company and Lianchengchuangxin Intellectual Property Agency Co, Ltd.

Mr Liu is a national IP strategy expert, vice director of the Intangible Assets Appraisal Professional Committee of the China Appraisal Society, an adjunct professor at the Central Finance University and the chief drafter of the IP asset assessment criteria. He also works as a distinguished evaluation expert for the National Securities and Futures Commission, the Ministry of Finance, the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission and the Central Cultural Assets Management Office.

Mr Liu has given numerous lectures and speeches on training courses and seminars held at the State IP Office, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the China Entrepreneurs Association, the Hong Kong Productivity Council, the national banks and other organisations.

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Terry Ludlow

Terry Ludlow is founder, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Chipworks. He is a recognised pioneer in semiconductor reverse engineering and was among the first to realise its value for IP groups.

Mr Ludlow founded Chipworks in 1992 to offer semiconductor and microelectronics system reverse engineering services and patent infringement analysis to companies involved in licensing negotiations and litigations. As CEO, he continues to provide the strategy, vision and driving force that have earned Chipworks its position as the premier source of knowledge of what's inside technology.

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Jackie Maguire

Jackie Maguire is the founder and chief executive officer of Coller IP, which provides a full range of specialist IP services. These services help organisations to manage and drive innovation, through to delivering the more formal aspects of commercial IP management – from capturing assets to patent and trademark prosecution, brokering, licensing, valuation and legal opinion.

Ms Maguire has developed and leads the IP strategy practice within Coller IP and has been voted into the IAM Strategy 250 for the third year running. She works with a range of boardroom clients in small and large organisations, helping them to determine how intangible assets are valuable to their business.

Ms Maguire also uses her director-level experience in operations, marketing and business development, together with over 20 years’ technology transfer, commercialisation and consultancy experience, to advise clients on how to realise value from their investments and other intangible assets

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Mike McLean

Mike McLean is senior vice president IP rights and professional services at UBM TechInsights and heads up the organisation’s IP practice. Prior to this role, Mr McLean’s technical and management posts included vice president IP services at Semiconductor Insights, director of intellectual property, patent analyst, account manager and IP operations manager. He led the creation of the patent development business unit within Semiconductor Insights.

Mr McLean has also worked extensively with the technology practices of major law firms, the in-house corporate counsel teams of key technology companies and external licensing agencies.

Mr McLean holds a bachelor of science, engineering with first-class honours from Queens University and is a licensed member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. In recognition of his strong technical and business acumen, he has served as a witness in several IP suits on behalf of UBM TechInsights’ clients.

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Malcolm Meeks

Malcolm Meeks serves as principal IP licensing attorney for Infineon Technologies AG. He specialises in creating business opportunities via the intersection of patent law, technology and finance. He currently focuses on extracting value, both monetary and strategic, from Infineon’s worldwide portfolio of patent assets.

Before joining Infineon, Mr Meeks founded Ebinport LLC, an IP consulting firm. Prior to this, he practised law at Finnegan LLC, one of the world’s largest IP law firms, where he advised global technology companies on all areas of patent law, with a particular focus on litigation. In this capacity, he took lead roles in patent litigations yielding jury verdicts totalling over US$100 million.

Mr Meeks holds a BS in electrical engineering from Clemson University, a law degree from Cornell Law School and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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Isabel Morgado

Isabel Morgado was born in Porto in 1955 and graduated from Oporto University with a degree in English and German language and literature.

Ms Morgado joined BIAL In 1978 and was appointed to the board in 1984, a position that she still holds. Her main responsibilities have been within the business development arena, including in and out-licensing, regulatory affairs, legal and intellectual property.

With innovation as a strategic goal since the early 1980s, BIAL has concluded over 20 in-licensing agreements for novel pharmaceuticals, in which Ms Morgado played a major role. This led to the growth of the company from being ranked 27th out of Portugal’s pharmaceutical companies to its present ranking of fifth.

In the early 1990s BIAL became a research-based pharmaceutical company, with IP matters of crucial importance.

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Ross Morgan

Ross Morgan has over 15 years’ experience of leading the development and commercialisation of new technologies within AEA Technology, Accentus and now CompactGTL. This has included establishing major development, pilot plant and licence agreements within the automotive, energy and oil and gas industry sectors.

At CompactGTL Mr Morgan has been responsible for the core technology development, which has included leading the catalyst development programme, establishing key strategic partnerships and managing the company’s IP and commercial activities.

Mr Morgan has a BSc and PhD in chemistry from the University of Bristol and a diploma in business administration from the University of Warwick Business School.

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Cynthia Murphy

Cynthia Murphy holds responsibility for the overall management of Thomson IP Management Services, including operating strategy, payment services, customer operations and sales. Her industry experience includes 20 years with Thomson Reuters in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility.

Most recently, she was senior vice president of strategic marketing at Dialog, overseeing worldwide planning and implementation of product development, marketing, communications and customer service programmes. Prior to joining Dialog, Ms Murphy served as commercial director at Sweet & Maxwell, where she was accountable for all aspects of the launch and subsequent commercial success of Westlaw UK.

Ms Murphy’s career with Thomson Reuters began at West in sales organisation, after starting her professional career as a law librarian in Boston. She is a graduate of the University of Maine and earned her master's degree in library and information sciences from Simmons College in Boston.

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Antonio Nogueira Leite

Since July 2011 António Nogueira Leite has been executive vice chairman of the board of directors of Caixa Geral de Depósitos, SA.

He has a degree in economics from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, a PhD in economics and an MS in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He has previously been the secretary of state for treasury
and finance and alternate governor of BEI and of BERD. He is a permanent member of the Economic and Financial Committee of the European Union, and from October 1999 to August 2000 he represented Portugal at the ECOFIN Council.

He has been decorated with the Grande Oficial da Ordem do Infante D Henrique, Portugal, and was also awarded the All Campus Fellow and Outstanding Teaching Award by the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, the Prémio Amélia de Mello and membership of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society.

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Donal O'Connell

Donal O’Connell is the owner and managing director of Chawton Innovation Services Limited, an IP management consultancy company founded in 2009. He is a former director of intellectual property and vice president of research and development at Nokia.

Mr O’Connell is an adjunct professor at Imperial College Business School in London. He is author of Inside the Patent Factory and Harvesting External Innovation and writes regularly about various aspects of intellectual property. He is a founding member of the International IP Strategists Association, an organisation dedicated to promoting IP strategy.

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Carlos Oliveira

Carlos Oliveira holds a degree in systems and computer science engineering from Minho University. He has also participated in the advanced programme of management in telecommunications, technologies and information at the Catholic University.

In 2000, at only 22 years old, he founded MobiComp. As CEO he has invested in innovation, R&D and internationalisation. The company has received numerous awards, including the Innovation Award from the National Association of Electronic and Information Technologies Companies, and was one of the first companies to integrate the SME innovators network from the Portuguese Association for Innovation.

In 2008 MobiComp was acquired by Microsoft. Until 2010 Mr Oliveira was in charge of the product unit of Microsoft, responsible for the management and design of products and technologies available in mobile phones all over the world.

Since 28th June 2011 Mr Oliveira has been the secretary of state of entrepreneurship, competitiveness and innovation in the Portuguese government.

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Ruud Peters

Ruud Peters was appointed chief executive officer of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards 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 Philips Intellectual Property & Standards in 1977 and became director responsible for licensing in 1990. He participated in standards bodies such as the International Organisation for Standardisation and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, where he was active in the formulation of IP policies. Currently, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards has about 450 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. Mr Peters was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Marshall Phelps

Marshall Phelps is a leading figure in the field of IP management and performance, pioneering many of its leading strategies, generating unprecedented results and heading IP business and related activities at IBM and Microsoft.

As executive adviser and board member of Article One Partners, he is actively engaged in helping businesses and governments to improve patent quality and the patent system.

In 2006 Mr Phelps was elected to the initial class of the IP Hall of Fame. His book, Burning the Ships: Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft, was published in 2009.

He has taught IP strategy at business, law and engineering schools at Duke, Cornell, UNC and Berkeley, and in Japan. He holds a BA from Muskingum College, an MS from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a JD from Cornell University Law School.

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Vincent Pluvinage

Vincent Pluvinage is co-founder (together with Professor Jacques Lewiner) and managing partner of Invention Capital Partners, a firm focused on leveraging IP assets by providing capital, financial structuring and strategic services to companies and private equity funds.

Before founding Invention Capital Partners, Dr Pluvinage created and headed the strategic acquisitions and private equity group at Intellectual Ventures, a large IP investment fund with over 30,000 IP assets and US$6 billion of capital under management.

He was CEO of IPVALUE Management until 2007 and CEO of Preview Systems, from early-stage venture capital financing to an initial public offering (IPO) on Nasdaq in 1999. Before working at Preview Systems, he spun out technologies from AT&T Bell Laboratories to ReSound, a medical devices start-up (which had a NASDAQ IPO in 1993).

Dr Pluvinage earned his PhD in bioengineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his engineering degree in applied physics at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

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John  Pryor

John Pryor is managing director Europe at ICAP Patent Brokerage and heads up Europe for both the private brokerage and live IP auction platforms. ICAP Patent Brokerage is owned by ICAP, a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Before joining ICAP, Mr Pryor was vice president at CPA Global. At CPA Global he was responsible for developing and executing programmes to help clients to align their IP portfolios with their corporate strategies and to realise substantial economic benefits and returns on their IP investments. He also served as a strategy consultant at Accenture and as sales and marketing manager with Procter & Gamble.

He has an extensive knowledge of IP strategy. He has an MBA from Warwick Business School and a BSc (Hons) from Kings College, University of London.

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Michael Rapp

Michael Rapp is the chairman of Broadband Capital Management, a boutique investment banking firm focused on private and public financings for high-growth companies and proven entrepreneurs.

He is also the chairman of Committed Capital Acquisition Corporation, a publicly traded company with US$40 million to US$70 million in cash as its only asset. Mr Rapp and his team are exploring the prospect of merging Committed Capital with an IP-related company to provide both capital and an initial public offering solution.

Mr Rapp has over 23 years of experience in the financial industry. Before co-founding Broadband Capital Management in 2000, he was a managing director and co-founder of Oscar Gruss & Son, and senior vice president of investments at PaineWebber and Prudential Securities.

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Paul R Ryan

Paul Ryan has been the chief executive officer of Acacia Research since 1997. He was previously a founder and general partner of the American Health Care Fund.

Mr Ryan is a graduate of Cornell University and attended the New York University Graduate School of Business.

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John  Squires

John Squires is a partner with Perkins Coie's IP practice in New York. He has significant, internationally recognised experience in a full range of IP matters.

Mr Squires advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, branding and trademark issues, operational and technology matters, and licensing transactions and investment due diligence. He has also worked on numerous large-scale patent infringement litigation and technology matters.

Mr Squires has been recognised in IAM Strategy 250 every year since 2009 and in IAM Licensing 250 in 2010. 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 worked with both houses of Congress, as well as the regulatory community, to bring about balanced, but long-needed improvements in US patent law.

He is widely recognised in the financial services, media, e-commerce, and mobile and IT sectors as one of the country's top professionals, and is well known internationally for his work on the issue of patent-eligible technologies.

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Wander Stange Menchik

Wander Menchik has been head of IP management at Embraer since 2009 and is in charge of the whole IP management process, from identifying inventions to securing the appropriate protection.

Embraer is one of the world's main aircraft manufacturers. With a global customer base and important internationally renowned partners, Embraer contributes to world integration through aviation by shortening distances between people and offering the most modern technology, versatility and comfort in aircraft.

Mr Menchik started his career in the defence industry in the 1980s and has since accumulated 25 years of experience in sales and marketing in both the business-to-business and retail markets, across the defence, aeronautical and oil and gas industries. Mr Menchik’s assignment to IP management was driven by Embraer’s strategy to develop a business model to explore commercially its IP assets.

Mr Menchik graduated in electrical engineering and holds an MBA in marketing.

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Paula Teixeira da Cruz

A qualified lawyer, Paula Teixeira da Cruz has been minister of justice for the XIX Constitutional Government since June 21 2011. Before holding this position, she taught administrative law at the Lisbon Faculty of Law from 1983 to 1987, at the Institute of Fiscal and Financial Studies until 1992 and on various postgraduate courses.

Ms Teixeira da Cruz has been affiliated with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) since October 1995 and has been vice chair of the PSD National Policy Committee since April 2010. She is a former member of the Superior Council of the Public Prosecutor (1999 to 2003), the General Council of the Bar Association (2002 to 2005) and the Supreme Judicial Council (2003 to 2005).

Within the PSD, she was vice chair of the National Policy Committee from 2005 to 2006 and is a former chair of the Lisbon District Political Committee. She also chaired the Municipal Council of Lisbon from 2005 to 2009.

In addition, she is a former member of the arbitrators mediation centre, verifications and voluntary arbitration at the National Council of Liberal Professions and a member of the Portuguese Arbitration Association.

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Patrick Terroir

Patrick Terroir has been managing director of CDC Intellectual Property, an affiliated company of Caisse des Depots (CDC), since September 2010. After joining CDC in 1989, he headed up the social housing financing and legal and public treasury departments. He was later a CDC regional director and the delegate responsible for competitiveness and innovation.

Mr Terroir graduated from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in 1976. He began his career at the Ministry for Health and Social Security and later worked at the Ministry of Finance.

He is also a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, teaching macro-economics and new markets for intellectual property.

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John Veschi

John Veschi built and led the team behind the historic Nortel patent auction. His three-year tenure as chief IP officer (CIPO) and president of Nortel’s IP business marked a transformation of Nortel IP into a world-class IP team that preserved and created billions of dollars of value through the Nortel bankruptcy process. With the recent conclusion of this industry-altering transaction, Mr Veschi and his team are now part of the Rockstar Consortium – the group that prevailed in the Nortel auction.

Before joining Nortel, Mr Veschi was CIPO and general manager of the IP business for LSI and Agere. He previously worked in private practice with Foley & Lardner and holds BSEE, MBA and JD degrees. Prior to his legal career, Mr Veschi was a US Army officer and a manager for a defence contractor. He also serves on the Board of MOSAID Technologies Inc.

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Telmo Vilela

Telmo Vilela has a degree in law and holds postgraduate qualifications in IP and competition law, genetics and law and pharmaceutical law.

Mr Vilela started his career as an IP legal adviser at TecMinho and managed the IP office at the University of Minho. He later joined Clarke, Modet & Co, where he opened and managed the company’s office at Oporto and the company's Portuguese marketing department.
In 2007 Mr Vilela was appointed a patent and trademark attorney. In 2009 he joined COTEC, a non-profit association representing the top 100 Portuguese companies, where he worked as IP manager. In 2010 he was appointed vice president of the Portuguese Industrial Property Institute.

He is a member of the administrative council of the European Patent Office, the administrative board of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market and the supervisory board of the European Patent Academy. Mr Vilela teaches on intellectual property and technology transfer.

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Peter Villax

Peter Villax started his professional career as a trainee in semiconductor company International Rectifier (based in El Segundo, California). He then joined Hovione, a manufacturing company of active pharmaceutical ingredients, as a computer programmer.

In 1989 and 1990 he went to Japan on the EU-sponsored Executive Training Programme, learning Japanese and working for a major Hovione customer.

After his return to Portugal in 1991, he joined the Hovione board of directors and has devoted his career to the research and development of pulmonary inhalation therapies, becoming an inventor and a patent holder. Today, Hovione is a world-leading expert in the development of inhaled drug products, with a major participation in the development of new drugs.

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Victoria Wang

Victoria Wang is founder and CEO of Victoria Wang Consulting Group, an IP service group that specialises in China-related international business and economy. She is also a counsel member of the IP Institute (UK) and former China research director at the institute.

Dr Wang previously worked at Rouse, the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and a Beijing law school. She is qualified as an attorney at law in New York State and as a lawyer in China. She obtained her PhD in law from the China University of Politics and Law, as well as master’s degrees in law from New York University Law School and Warwick University Law School.

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Joff Wild

Joff Wild has been the editor of Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) since it was established in 2004. As a journalist he has specialised in covering intellectual property since the early 1990s. Prior to IAM, Mr Wild was editor of Managing Intellectual Property, Patent World and Copyright World, and assistant editor of Trademark World. He has written on IP-related subjects for publications including The Times, The Financial Times, Euromoney magazine, the American Lawyer and Latin Finance, and has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4 to talk about intellectual property. He is also editor in chief of the IP Media Group and is responsible for the content of the IP Business Congress.

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Marnie Williams

Marnie Williams is an experienced IP lawyer and strategist. After many years in private practice, in 2008 she was appointed group corporate counsel Asia-Pacific for the George Weston Foods Limited group, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc. She was responsible for all Asia-Pacific IP commercialisation group legal needs and for the AB Mauri group’s global R&D division and global trademark portfolio.

In 2009, Ms Williams was appointed group general counsel and company secretary for the Unitised Building group, an innovative high-rise building construction group. In 2012 she was appointed director, IP strategy and corporate affairs for the group. She remains responsible for the group’s legal and company secretarial needs and also developed its global IP strategy.

Ms Williams is a board member of a marine research organisation and is chair of the IP/IT Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria. She has a bachelor of laws and a bachelor of science with honours from Deakin University, Melbourne and a mini-MBA from Boston University.

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Ben Wolff

Chief executive officer (CEO) and president of Pendrell Corporation since December 2009, Ben Wolff previously served on its board of directors from 2005 to 2008.

Mr Wolff was a co-founder of Clearwire Corporation, where he also served as a member of the board of directors, as executive vice president, company president, co-CEO, CEO and finally co-chairman, a position he held until March 2010. At Clearwire, Mr Wolff completed transactions in excess of US$10 billion in value, including strategic transactions with AT&T, Bell Canada, Comcast, Google, Intel, Motorola, Sprint Nextel and Time Warner Cable.

A former partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, he focused on mergers and acquisitions, IP licensing, corporate finance and strategic partnerships. He co-chaired the firm’s business transactions department and served on the firm’s executive committee.

In 2003, he was identified as one of the top 45 lawyers under the age of 45 by The American Lawyer magazine.

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David Yurkerwich

David Yurkerwich assists clients throughout the world with the valuation, licensing and sale of technology and IP rights. He operates from the New York and Frankfurt offices of Charles River Associates.

Clients seek his assistance to identify IP assets for monetisation; identify and benchmark competitor intellectual property; locate and facilitate IP acquisitions; implement licensing programmes; identify buyers and complete IP sales; reduce IP filing and maintenance costs; design or improve tax structures; and quantify economic damages in disputes.

Mr Yurkerwich has completed numerous licensing and sale transactions, many of which have included the transfer of know-how and prototypes. He has also provided extensive expert valuation testimony in patent infringement cases, international arbitration and other business disputes.

He is currently implementing a multi-year patent monetisation programme for a Fortune Global 500 company and managing the exploitation of a €100 million European-based patent investment fund.

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Raymond Zenkich

Raymond Zenkich is a founding partner of IP firm Red Chalk Group and leads its strategic consulting and investment research practices. Mr Zenkich is a trusted adviser to clients worldwide (both major corporations and private equity firms) on complex IP issues relating to the management of their IP assets, including valuation, monetisation and acquisition.

Mr Zenkich has extensive experience in the IP issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs and bankruptcy. His diverse industry experience includes software and information technology, telecommunications, life sciences, financial services and consumer electronics.

Mr Zenkich is a frequent speaker on IP strategy and valuation topics in North America and Europe.

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Jimmy Zhong

Jimmy Zhong joined Philips in 2000, following which he was appointed general manager of Philips Digital System Lab in China and then deputy general manager of ChinaCrypt, Philips’ joint venture. In May 2005, Mr Zhong became responsible for standardisation and in September 2006 became the head of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards China, in charge of all IP-related activities in both mainland China and Hong Kong.

Mr Zhong has a master’s in electronics engineering from the University of Science & Technology in China, and a master’s in physics from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Before joining Philips, he had more than 10 years of industry experience in the optical storage arena.

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Steven Zhou

Steven Zhou is the IP rights manager at ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. Through its network of operators across 140 countries, the company delivers innovative products and business solutions. Founded in 1985, ZTE is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges and is China’s largest listed telecommunications equipment company.

Mr Zhou is in charge of IP rights issues in Europe, including litigations and other matters. ZTE Corporation has branches in most countries in Europe and now has more than 1,500 employees. ZTE Corporation has built up cooperation with all of the important European operators, including VDF, France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom and British Telecom.

Mr Zhou has more than six years of experience in IP rights. He graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. After leaving Huawei, he joined TCL, a large consumer electronic company. He also worked briefly for a French patent firm, Cabinet Plasseraud.

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Ronald Zink

Ronald Zink is chief operating officer for European affairs and associate general counsel at Microsoft. Based in Paris, Mr Zink is responsible for Microsoft’s European policy and government affairs team. This team leads substantive and strategic positions on policy issues in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including intellectual property.

Before joining Microsoft in 1995, Mr Zink worked in private practice advising companies of all sizes – ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations – on the protection, licensing and litigation of IP rights relative to their businesses.

Mr Zink is a US registered patent attorney and an inventor on several patent applications. He is active in numerous groups focused on technology policy, has authored numerous papers on innovation and frequently speaks on technology-related topics.

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