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Name Position Company
Christopher Adamson Managing partner Adamson & Partners Ltd
Kasim Alfalahi Chief IP officer Ericsson
Erich Andersen Vice president and deputy general counsel, IP group Microsoft
Anders Arvidsson Vice president, intellectual property GN Store Nord
Bruce Berman CEO Brody Berman Associates Inc
Joe Beyers Chairman and CEO Inventergy
Russell Binns Chief executive officer Allied Security Trust
Jasminder S Brar Director, strategic development and IP Titan Medical Inc
David Brown Managing director IP Solutions, Thomson Reuters
Joe Chernesky Senior vice president, intellectual property and innovation Kudelski SA
Michael Chernoff Chief IP officer MDB Capital Group
Heather Clauss Vice president of sales and marketing Free Flow Wines
Ankur Desai Founding partner Liquid Venture
Gerard Eldering President InnovateTech Ventures
Jon Ellenthal Vice chairman and CEO Patent Properties
Jack Ellis Asia editor Intellectual Asset Management
Julia Elvidge President Chipworks
Cindy Faatz Director, standards group Intel
Laurie Gathman Principal IP counsel Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
Jean-Christophe Giron Vice President, R&D and product development SAGE Electrochromics Inc
Michael Gulliford Founder and managing principal Soryn IP Group
Peter Harter Founder The Farrington Group
Dana Hayter Vice president, legal and corporate affairs and associate general counsel, technology licensing Intel
Bowman Heiden Deputy director Centre for Intellectual Property Studies
Brian Hinman Chief IP officer Royal Philips
Heath Hoglund Chief patent counsel Dolby Labs
Peter D Holden President ipCreate
Charles Hull Founder and chief technology officer 3d Systems Corp
Ashley C Keller Managing director Gerchen Keller Capital
Kurt Kjelland Senior legal counsel Qualcomm Incorporated
David Kline Principal David Kline Associates
Michael J Lasinski Managing director and CEO 284 Partners LLC
Deirdre Leane CEO IPNav
Mark Lemley William H Neukom professor of law Stanford Law School
Michael Lennon Partner Kenyon
Richard Lloyd North America editor Intellectual Asset Management
Allen Lo Deputy general counsel for patents and patent litigation Google Inc
Michael LoCascio Director of global IP strategy BASF Catalysts
Monica Magnusson IP rights commercialisation manager Ericsson
Damon Matteo CEO Fulcrum Strategy
Ian McClure Vice president Blackstone IP
Daniel McKinnon Product manager 3D Robotics
Rob McMillan Executive vice president and founder Premium Wine Division, Silicon Valley Bank
Micky Minhas Associate general counsel and head of patent strategy Microsoft
Santosh Mohanty Vice president, head of IP and product engineering Tata Consultancy Services Limited
Art Monk Vice president, patent brokerage TechInsights
Nader A Mousavi Partner Sullivan & Cromwell
Cynthia Murphy Senior vice president Thomson Reuters IP Solutions
Elli Oxtoby Group IP director Qinetiq
Steve Perkins Associate general counsel, intellectual property Covidien
Grant Philpott Principal director, information and communications technology European Patent Office
David Pridham Chairman and CEO Dominion Harbor Group
Carles Puente Co-founder and chief scientist Fractus SA
Laura G Quatela Executive vice president of intellectual property, office of the CEO Alcatel-Lucent
Randall Rader Former chief judge Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Andrew T Ramer Managing director Cantor Fitzgerald IP division
Bhupinder Randhawa Partner Bereskin & Parr
Dana Rao Vice president, intellectual property and litigation Adobe
Sean Reilly Senior vice president and associate general counsel The Clearing House Payments Company
Mike Rider Vice president, engineering Coravin Inc
Roger Ross President Via Licensing
Takuya Saito Vice president Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office
Bruce Schelkopf Group senior vice president and chief IP officer ABB Inc
Jaime A Siegel Executive vice president Acacia Research
Nigel Swycher CEO Aistemos
Stefan Tamme Vice president, IP strategy Rambus
Boris Teksler CEO Unwired Planet
Michael Tomasulo Partner Winston & Strawn
Laura van't Veer Co-founder and chief research officer Agendia
John Veschi CEO Marquis Technologies
Ben Wang Head of patents Unilever China
B J Watrous Vice president and chief IP counsel Apple
John Whealan Dean for IP law studies George Washington University
Joff Wild Editor Intellectual Asset Management
Eran Zur Managing director, IP finance group Fortress Investment Group


Christopher Adamson

Christopher Adamson was educated at Ampleforth College and graduated in 1996 from Salford University with a BA with honours in French, Spanish and Portuguese. He began his career with Unilever in a sales and marketing capacity before moving into recruitment with a leading international consultancy, where he specialised in recruiting sales and marketing executives. He joined Adamson & Partners in 2003 to help spearhead the company's expansion into the legal market from its London office.

As head of the international legal division, Mr Adamson managed cross-border searches on behalf of clients across Europe, with particular expertise and experience within the IP field, recruiting IP partners and teams for law firms and IP counsel for companies. He became managing partner of the company in December 2014.

Christopher Adamson

Kasim Alfalahi

Kasim Alfalahi has been senior vice president and chief IP officer at Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson since June 2005. Mr Alfalahi is responsible for Ericsson’s patent licensing and patent development worldwide.

Mr Alfalahi joined Ericsson in 1995 as product manager, IP rights, responsible for patenting in the area of mobile systems for North America. In 1999 Mr Alfalahi was appointed director of patent licensing. Under his lead, Ericsson went from being a net payer to being a net receiver of royalty income, with more than 100 patent licensing agreements in place. The IP rights and licensing group’s income now contributes significantly to Ericsson’s bottom line, with more than $1 billion net annual revenue. Ericsson holds the strongest patent portfolio in mobile telecommunications, comprising more than 35,000 issued patents.

Mr Alfalahi received his MSc in engineering and management from Linköping Institute of Technology, Sweden. He speaks Arabic, English, Spanish and Swedish.

Kasim Alfalahi

Erich Andersen

Erich Andersen is vice president and deputy general counsel for Microsoft Corporation, and leads the IP group.

Mr Andersen joined Microsoft in 1995 and has worked on legal, regulatory, technical and policy issues, handling many of the company’s strategic relations with partners. He led the Europe, Middle East and Africa legal and government affairs team from Paris for three years. He was also previously vice president and deputy general counsel for Microsoft’s Office and Windows product divisions.

Previously, Mr Andersen served as law clerk at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland, Oregon and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He started law practice with Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle.

Mr Andersen graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and from UCLA School of Law, where he was chief managing editor of the law review. 

Erich Andersen

Anders Arvidsson

Anders Arvidsson is vice president, IP rights, at GN Store Nord. He has more than 21 years' experience of developing, valuing and monetising patent assets in the corporate world. Mr Arvidsson provides customised services for clients that are interested in monetising or investing in intellectual property, working closely with his network to leverage its value.

As a market maker, Mr Arvidsson has been one of the pioneers in creating the marketplace for IP transactions, which has helped to protect companies’ strategic product positions and maximise the value of their intellectual property. He constantly seeks new ways to use intellectual property as a strategic tool to achieve competitiveness in the IP market. Previously, Mr Arvidsson spent 13 years at Nokia, where he headed the patent acquisition team. He contributed to annual revenue capture from various investments and negotiated transactions involving multiple patent portfolios.

Anders Arvidsson

Bruce Berman

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

Mr Berman works with businesses to explain their intangible assets to audiences and stakeholders. The firm has improved the performance, value and reputation of more than 200 IP holders, strategic advisers, investors and portfolios. Mr Berman has personally counselled scores of IP executives, litigators and private equity investors, as well as their clients.

He is responsible for five books: The Intangible Investor, From Assets to Profits, 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, and publishes the popular blog, IP CloseUp.

Bruce Berman

Joe Beyers

Joe Beyers is chairman and CEO of Inventergy Inc, an IP value-creation company that assists large companies in obtaining greater value from their intellectual property. He also helped to launch three other IP creation start-ups in the energy and medical devices fields.

Mr Beyers was previously vice president of IP licensing and IP strategy at Hewlett Packard (HP). He was responsible for patent, technology, brand and standards licensing, as well as patent sales and acquisitions. Before this, he led corporate strategy and M&A for HP. As an engineer, he developed operating systems and was the lead inventor of the world's first single-chip 32bit microprocessor. Operationally, Mr Beyers was the head of various HP businesses, including the worldwide internet business unit, with over 4,000 employees.

Mr Beyers is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Illinois and a member of the IAM Strategy 300.

Joe Beyers

Russell Binns

Russell Binns is the CEO and general counsel of Allied Security Trust (AST). AST is a Delaware statutory trust founded in 2007 to mitigate the risk of lawsuits. AST identifies and analyses high-tech patents being sold on the market, and combines funds of interested member companies to purchase patents. AST has invested over $400 million to purchase over 1,700 assets. Mr Binns has 20 years’ experience in intellectual property – most recently as chief IP counsel for Avaya Inc, where he was responsible for Avaya’s worldwide IP operations. He also served as a board member for the Intellectual Property Owners Association. Previously, Mr Binns was a litigator and licensing attorney for Goodwin Procter and Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Hayes. He received his JD from the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Franklin Pierce Centre for Intellectual Property, and his BS in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University.

Russell Binns

Jasminder S Brar

Jasminder Brar is the director of strategic development and intellectual property at Titan Medical Inc, a medical device company based in Toronto, focused on the research and development of robotic surgical technologies.

As an experienced IP strategist, Mr Brar has brought together business, technical and legal perspectives to develop and execute a comprehensive IP strategy for Titan that encourages technical innovation, maximises business objectives and mitigates risks. He has pushed intellectual property to the forefront of Titan’s business, ensuring that its IP strategy remains aligned with its business strategy.

Before joining Titan, Mr Brar practised with a leading IP law firm in Vancouver and spent several years with a Silicon Valley-based semiconductor company with roles in engineering and technical marketing.

Mr Brar holds a law degree and a bachelor’s in computer engineering, both from the University of Manitoba.

Jasminder S Brar

David Brown

Dave Brown serves as the global head of sales and service for Thomson Reuters IP and science. His main responsibility is overseeing a billion-dollar go-to-market function dedicated to serving customers across the innovation ecosystem.

During his 26-year career in the information industry, Mr Brown has been connecting customers to the information, software and services required to innovate and manage IP assets. By supporting customers at the intersection between science and commercialisation, he helps them to create competitive advantage and drive commercial success.

Mr Brown has held a variety of senior leadership roles in sales, business development and general management. He was most recently the president of IP services at Thomson Reuters.

Mr Brown holds bachelor’s degrees in history and computer applications from the University of Notre Dame and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina.

David Brown

Joe Chernesky

Joe Chernesky is senior vice president, intellectual property and innovation at the Kudelski Group, a Swiss public company and world leader in digital security and convergent media solutions. In this role, Mr Chernesky is responsible for the group’s IP, innovation and business development strategies, and manages the innovation teams and IP organisation.

Previously, Mr Chernesky was vice president and general manager of global licensing at Intellectual Ventures; co-founder, president and chief operating officer of IPotential; and vice president of Boeing Management Company, the IP subsidiary of The Boeing Company. He also held several management positions in intellectual property, new product development and corporate treasury at Intel.

Mr Chernesky serves as a board director and board adviser for several technology companies, holds a BS and MBA from the University of Arizona and served for 10 years as a US naval officer in various active and reserve assignments throughout the world.

Joe Chernesky

Michael Chernoff

With over 20 years’ IP experience, Michael Chernoff oversees patent portfolio development for the IP development services division of MDB Capital Group, Wall Street's only IP investment bank, as its chief IP officer.

Before joining MDB, Mr Chernoff was the director of legal services, patent operations for Accenture, where he led the global patent legal team of the $28.6 billion, 280,000-employee company. He also served as an associate patent counsel for WorldCom, where he managed patent prosecution for its Voice over Internet Protocol, SkyTel and UUNET patent portfolios.

Mr Chernoff began his career as a patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office, examining mobile phone and hybrid video/communication patent applications. He is continuously sought after for high-profile speaking engagements and is a registered patent attorney. He has a JD from George Mason University and a BS in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Michael Chernoff

Heather Clauss

Heather Clauss joined Free Flow Wines in 2011 and currently oversees all sales, marketing and customer success efforts. With an eclectic blend of experience in technology, finance, relationship management, design and marketing, Ms Clauss has helped to build Free Flow from the ground up.

She believes that our clients are our biggest asset and is committed to listening, collaborating, problem solving and providing innovative solutions to help them to reach their goals.

Heather Clauss

Ankur Desai

Ankur Desai is a founding partner at Liquid Venture Partners, a boutique investment bank focused on building well-financed operating companies around inventors with potentially industry-changing intellectual property. He is also a founding partner of Liquid Patent Consulting, which provides expert patent portfolio development services to companies of all sizes. Before co-founding Liquid, he was a managing director of investment banking at MDB Capital Group, where he worked on successful listingss on behalf of Ideal Power (Nasdaq: IPWR) and Energous (Nasdaq: WATT). 

Previously, Mr Desai worked in the strategy and operations group at Deloitte Consulting. He started his career as an associate at New York law firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore, where he focused on securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr Desai holds an AB from the University of California, Berkeley, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Ankur Desai

Gerard Eldering

Gerard Eldering is president of InnovateTech Ventures, an experienced entrepreneur and speaker and a nationally recognised authority on technology transfer venture creation. InnovateTech Ventures is a venture creation firm focused on the commercialisation of university technologies through start-up company formation. Since forming InnovateTech in 2007, Mr Eldering has participated in the formation of more than 15 tech start-ups.

Before founding InnovateTech, he founded and served as director of the technology transfer office at The MITRE Corporation. Mr Eldering holds a BA in physics and an MBA and is a registered patent agent. He serves on the board of James Madison Innovations Inc, and is a frequent speaker for organisations including the Association of University Technology Managers and Technology Transfer Tactics.

Gerard Eldering

Jon Ellenthal

Jon Ellenthal is the CEO and vice chairman of Patent Properties, which develops and commercialises patents and other IP assets created by Walker Digital, LLC, the R&D lab founded and led by internationally recognised inventor and entrepreneur Jay Walker. Mr Ellenthal is also the president and a partner of TEDMED, LLC, which runs an annual innovation summit for health and medicine. For the past five years, he served as  CEO of Walker Digital, with responsibility for all business operations, R&D and IP portfolio licensing. He also oversaw finance, legal and administration. Previously, Mr Ellenthal was the CEO of Synapse Group, Inc, a direct marketing subsidiary of Time Warner responsible for more than 30 million customers and 2 billion pieces of consumer promotion each year.

Jon Ellenthal

Jack Ellis

Jack Ellis is the Asia-Pacific editor of Intellectual Asset Management, a unique publication with a global outlook focusing on the many ways in which intellectual property and other intangible assets can be used to create value. Mr Ellis has previously worked in a number of editorial and research roles covering intellectual property, the legal services market and the not-for-profit civic sector.

Jack Ellis

Julia Elvidge

As president, Julia Elvidge has been a vital part of building Chipworks into a globally recognised leader in patent and competitive technical intelligence for the world’s largest semiconductor and electronics companies. Her extensive knowledge of technology products and strategic IP issues has enabled her to provide invaluable insight and guidance to Chipworks’ customers.

Ms Elvidge joined Chipworks in 1994 and was named president in 2003. Her extensive industry experience and business leadership have helped Chipworks to earn the respect and trust of IP groups and their legal counsel around the globe. Thanks to her strategic insights and recommendations, Chipworks helps clients to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in patent licences – often saving as much in royalty payments.

Ms Elvidge has served on several boards and is a well-regarded speaker at IP industry events such as IPBC, the Licensing Executives Society and IP Strategy Summits. 

Julia Elvidge

Cindy Faatz

Cindy Faatz is the director of the standards group in the legal and policy group at Intel Corporation. In that role, she is responsible for overseeing Intel's involvement in standards setting and related organisations. Before her current role, Ms Faatz was the director of the Intel patent group, and responsible for overseeing the development of Intel's worldwide patent portfolio. Ms Faatz has been with Intel for 30 years, starting as a product engineer before joining the legal team in 1993, where she has worked in a variety of roles focused on patents and intellectual property. She received her BSEE from Stanford and her JD from Santa Clara University.

Cindy Faatz

Laurie Gathman

Laurie Gathman is a principal IP counsel of Philips Electronics North America Corp, based in Briarcliff Manor, New York. She is responsible for IP litigation and counselling for several business areas and has been with Philips for over 20 years. Ms Gathman has many years' experience as the lead negotiator on IP-based deals, including IP monetisation and acquisition. She has managed worldwide litigations both offensively and defensively. Ms Gathman has worked on various technologies and products across Philips, including digital video, solid state lighting, wireless technologies, shavers, mother and child care products and ultrasound products.

Ms Gathman is a co-chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Litigation Committee and past co-chair of the IPO Discovery Committee. She earned a BS in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University and a JD from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was a member and associate editor of the Law Review.

Laurie Gathman

Jean-Christophe Giron

Jean-Christophe Giron is vice president of R&D and product development at SAGE, a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain and the world’s leading dynamic architectural glass company. Dr Giron started his career at Saint-Gobain Recherche, north of Paris, as a research engineer in the field of electrochromic thin films. In 2001 he moved to Saint-Gobain’s R&D centre in Germany, where his team set up the first electrochromic pilot line dedicated to manufacturing electrochromic sunroofs for the automotive market and supported Saint-Gobain’s businesses in coatings for automotive, architectural, solar and lighting applications. In 2010 Dr Giron was appointed head of technology at SAGE’s headquarters in Minnesota. 

Dr Giron received his PhD in inorganic chemistry from Pierre and Marie Curie University after studying nickel oxide electrochromic thin films at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is listed as inventor on 500 different patents filed worldwide.

Jean-Christophe Giron

Michael Gulliford

Michael Gulliford is the founder and managing principal of Soryn IP Group, a patent management company that provides a host of patent-centric services – including portfolio creation and management, patent brokerage, litigation finance and patent consulting – to clients ranging from promising start-ups to billion-dollar corporations.

Before founding Soryn, Mr Gulliford was a partner in the patent litigation group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he represented the world’s most prestigious companies in nearly every technology sector. Mr Gulliford holds an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Columbia University and a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is regularly asked to speak and publish on the latest patent developments.

Michael Gulliford

Peter Harter

Peter Harter bridges the ecosystems of technology and politics. He provides advice on legislation, court cases, regulation, treaty conferences, technical standards processes, lobbying, testimony, fundraising, talent recruitment and public relations. Subject-matter areas include patents, copyrights, 3D printing, encryption, jobs for veterans, export controls, privacy, broadband, antitrust, nuclear energy, internet governance, open-source voting and election administration technology development, low-gravity research platforms, virtual currency-payment infrastructure and medical marijuana research reform.

Mr Harter’s career began in 1993 as an internet lawyer. He broadened his experience in Silicon Valley as head of global government affairs for Netscape, digital rights management standards for, and financial services and government sales for Securify. He deepened his experience in Washington DC, lobbying on patent reform for Intellectual Ventures. Mr Harter is a graduate of Lehigh University and Villanova Law School.

Peter Harter

Dana Hayter

Dana Hayter is a vice president of Intel Corporation's legal and policy group and serves as associate general counsel for technology licensing at Intel. He leads Intel's corporate technology licensing function and the patent-related aspects of Intel's strategic business development. Mr Hayter joined Intel in 2004 and has held a number of senior legal positions, including director of Intel's patent licensing and acquisitions functions. Before joining Intel, Mr Hayter worked at the law firms of Howard Rice and Fenwick & West. Earlier in his legal career, he served at the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. Before attending law school he served as a mechanical engineer for the US Navy.

Dana Hayter

Bowman Heiden

Bowman Heiden is deputy director of the Centre for Intellectual Property at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg. In addition, he most recently held the position of innovation director at Qatar Science and Technology Park, where he led initiatives focused on technology-based business development, including technology transfer, incubation, entrepreneurship training, IP strategy and innovation policy. His education and professional expertise have centred on technology, management and economics, with a focus on knowledge-based business development and IP strategy. He has co-founded and developed interdisciplinary centres, incubators, master's programmes, global events, networks and ventures.

Mr Heiden has experience working on innovation and business development activities in multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, university innovation systems and economic development agencies. Before turning to the field of knowledge-based business, Mr Heiden played professional basketball in several European countries.

Bowman Heiden

Brian Hinman

Brian Hinman is chief IP officer at Philips, leading a worldwide team of more than 400 professionals in conducting all aspects of IP management, strategy, litigation, standards activities, patent portfolio development and management and IP monetisation.

Before joining Philips, he co-founded Unified Patents Inc, a patent defensive entity, and served as vice president of intellectual property and licensing at InterDigital Communications. Previously, Mr Hinman was vice president of intellectual property and licensing at Verizon Communications, where he formed Verizon Patent Licensing Inc.

Mr Hinman also served as the founding CEO of Allied Security Trust (AST), tasked with providing a unique and effective mechanism for operating companies to address the threat of non-practising entities. Before AST, he was vice president of intellectual property and licensing at IBM Corporation and director of licensing at Westinghouse.

Mr Hinman holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Brian Hinman

Heath Hoglund

Heath Hoglund is vice president and chief patent counsel at Dolby in San Francisco, California, where he has global responsibility for patents, trademarks and copyright. In this role he also oversees Dolby's patent licensing programmes. He has significant experience building quality strategic portfolios, both organically and through acquisitions.

Mr Hoglund currently serves as chair of the American Bar Association IP Section’s Patent Division and is also president of the San Francisco IP Law Association.

Before joining Dolby, Mr Hoglund founded Hoglund & Pamias, a full-service IP law firm in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he represented a broad range of clients in the federal courts and at the US Patent and Trademark Office. He also served as an adjunct professor of patent law at the University of Puerto School of Law.

He holds a JD (cum laude), an MS and a BS (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota.

Heath Hoglund

Peter D Holden

Peter Holden is president of ipCreate – a pioneer in invention-on-demand that works with companies to generate and patent inventions to speed, quality and business relevance to complement their own internal R&D efforts and better respond to rapid market and technology changes.

Before ipCreate, Mr Holden was senior vice president of IPVALUE Management Inc, a leader in IP agency transactions that generated over $1.3 billion in revenues and was sold to Vector Capital Inc in July 2014. Before IPVALUE, Mr Holden founded the IP investment group at Coller Capital LP (a $15 billion global secondaries fund) and led the investment and subsequent monetisation of thousands of patents, delivering top-quartile returns to investors without litigation.

In 1999 he founded and ran Invisible Hand LLC (New York), a $48 million IP venture fund focused on building and acquiring fundamental IP positions, and repurposing these into founders’ equity in promising early-stage companies.

Peter D Holden

Charles Hull

Charles W Hull is the co-founder and chief technology officer of 3D Systems. Mr Hull is the inventor of the solid imaging process known as ‘stereolithography’, the first commercial 3D printing technology. With the founding of 3D Systems in 1986 he initiated the 3D printing industry with innovations ranging from state-of-the-art production 3D printers to the first home-certified 3D printer, the award-winning Cube. He is a named inventor on more than 60 US patents, plus other patents around the world.

In 2014 Mr Hull was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Before 3D Systems, Mr Hull served as vice president of engineering at UVP Inc, a systems manufacturing company. Previously, he was an engineering manager at DuPont’s photo products division. Mr Hull received a BS in engineering physics from the University of Colorado.

Charles Hull

Ashley C Keller

Ashley C Keller co-founded Gerchen Keller Capital, LLC and serves as a managing director. Mr Keller is a former partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, where he handled various trial and appellate matters involving multi-billion-dollar securities and patent cases, contractual disputes and mass-tort class actions.

Before practising, Mr Keller was a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner at the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Justice Anthony M Kennedy at the Supreme Court of the United States. Most recently, Mr Keller was an analyst at Alyeska Investment Group, a Chicago-based market neutral hedge fund, where he focused on investments in companies facing litigation and other complicated regulatory matters. Mr Keller graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College; he received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

Ashley C Keller

Kurt Kjelland

Kurt Kjelland is a senior legal counsel at Qualcomm, Inc. He represents the company in various patent, antitrust and licensing matters. He works extensively on patent and innovation policy issues, including standard-essential patents, fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory issues and patent damages. He earned his chemical engineering degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his JD cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. Mr Kjelland is a registered patent attorney and is admitted to the California Bar. Before joining Qualcomm, Mr Kjelland was a partner in a prominent law firm in San Diego and focused his practice on high-stakes patent litigation involving wireless communications.

Kurt Kjelland

David Kline

David Kline is principal at David Kline Associates, a leader in strategic communications and branding for IP-centric businesses. He is the author of two seminal books on corporate patent strategy: Rembrandts in the Attic (Harvard Business Press) and Burning the Ships.

IP businesses face a new challenge today. With patent reform legislation advancing in the United States and worldwide, a company’s ability to differentiate itself from patent trolls and build a ‘white hat’ reputation has become material to its success.

Mr Kline works with IP companies and their senior executives to build authentic thought-leadership influence within the industry and among policymakers. He develops targeted brand and communication strategies that yield high-impact results, including in key media such as the Wall Street JournalNew York TimesBusinessWeekCorporate CounselInside Counsel and Intellectual Asset Management.

David Kline

Michael J Lasinski

Michael Lasinski is a founder and managing director of 284 Partners, LLC – a professional services firm focused on litigation consulting, valuation analysis and client strategy. He is a recognised leader in the field of IP valuation. He has testified in federal, state and tax courts as well as at the International Trade Centre and in arbitration proceedings. He has been a key negotiator in complex IP transactions.

Mr Lasinski is a past president of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) United States and Canada. He was named in the IAM Strategy 300. He is an immediate past division chair of the American Bar Association IP Section and oversees the Committee on Economics. He is the former chair of the LES Valuation and Taxation Committee and the former vice chair of the LES IP Owners’ Valuation and Taxation Committee. Mr Lasinski is a certified public accountant.

Michael J Lasinski

Deirdre Leane

Deirdre Leane started with IP Navigation Group (IPNav) in January 2010 and took over from Erich Spangenberg as CEO of IPNav at the start of 2015. Despite not being a lawyer, she brings a strong technical and commercial background to the company and is well versed in legal matters as they relate to her day-to-day activities. She is experienced in comprehensive project analysis, from concept to delivery, and is skilled in both licensing technologies and supporting start-up companies. 

Graduating at the top of her class, Dr Leane holds a first-class honours degree in applied physics and chemistry (PhD) from Trinity College, Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. She also holds a higher diploma in education and has received the AGB Scientific award for excellence.

Deirdre Leane

Mark Lemley

Mark Lemley is the William H Neukom professor of law at Stanford Law School and the director of Stanford's LLM programme in law, science and technology. He teaches IP, computer and internet law, patent law and antitrust. A prolific author, Mr Lemley is one of the five most cited legal scholars of all time. His works have been reprinted throughout the world. He has taught IP law to federal and state judges, testified before Congress and filed numerous amicus briefs before the US Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court and the federal circuit courts of appeals. Mr Lemley is a founding partner of Durie Tangri LLP. He litigates and counsels clients in all areas of IP, antitrust and internet law. Mr Lemley is a founder and board member of Lex Machina, Inc. He has received numerous awards. He is a member of the American Law Institute.

Mark Lemley

Michael Lennon

Michael Lennon is a patent litigator, strategic and transactional lawyer, and partner of Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, a US law firm specialising in intellectual property. Over more than 30 years as a Kenyon partner, Mr Lennon has represented and advised numerous multinational corporations whose products range from high-tech automotive systems to medical devices. His practice focuses on complex patent litigation, licensing and business transactions, as well as the development of IP strategies and the acquisition and monetisation of IP rights in technology.

Mr Lennon’s accomplishments and expertise have been recognised year after year by Managing Intellectual PropertyNew York’s Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America, Legal 500 (as a “leading lawyer”), Chambers and Partners (which states he is “universally recommended as ‘a professional of high standing in the IP world’”), the IAM Strategy 300 and the IAM Patent 1000.

Michael Lennon

Richard Lloyd

Richard Lloyd is the North America editor of Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) based in Washington DC. Before joining IAM in February 2014 he was a contributing editor to The American Lawyer and a freelance journalist. Before moving to the United States in 2011 Mr Lloyd was the editor of Legal Business and before that was chief European correspondent for The American Lawyer.

Richard Lloyd

Allen Lo

Allen Lo is deputy general counsel for patents and patent litigation at Google Inc. He leads a team of over 100 patent professionals that is responsible for all aspects of the company’s patent-related activity. Core areas of responsibility include patent strategy, portfolio development, licensing, analytics, acquisitions, litigation and policy. Mr Lo joined Google in 2012 following a 12-year career at Juniper Networks, Inc, where he served as deputy general counsel and vice president of intellectual property. Mr Lo started his career as an examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office, examining software and business method applications. He spent seven years at the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson and clerked for Chief Magistrate Judge Infante at the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr Lo received his BS in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and his JD from Georgetown University Law Centre.

Allen Lo

Michael LoCascio

Michael LoCascio is the global senior manager of IP strategy for BASF’s Catalyst Division, where he is responsible for implementing and overseeing IP management processes, developing patent strategies and executing licences and enforcement actions. Before his current position, he led the effort to develop market entry and M&A strategy, enabling BASF to expand into the medical device sector.

Before joining BASF, Mr LoCascio was senior analyst at Lux Research, where he started and led teams investigating solar technology, green buildings, water technology and the smart grid. Mr LoCascio was also the founder and chief technology officer of a nanotechnology start-up that developed and commercialised applications of quantum dots for life sciences, solid state lighting and displays and solar energy conversion. Previously, he was an engineer at Lockheed Martin. Mr LoCascio holds a BEng in applied physics and an MSc in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Michael LoCascio

Monica Magnusson

Monica Magnusson is a director of patent strategy and portfolio management with Ericsson. She joined Ericsson in 1998 as a patent engineer and part of a team focused on forming Ericsson’s patent portfolio for Wideband Code Division Multiple Access-related inventions. Her experience with Ericsson also includes managing patent attorney groups in Sweden and in the United States and out-licensing patent portfolios in North America.

Before joining Ericsson, Ms Magnusson was a patent agent with Albihns, an IP consultancy in Stockholm, and before that an R&D engineer with Siemens-Elema, Stockholm. She holds a master’s in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Monica Magnusson

Damon Matteo

Damon Matteo's 20-year career spans all facets of the strategic creation, management and commercialisation of high-value innovations and IP assets – all in an international context. With an emphasis on creating commercial impact, he develops advantaged technology positions that capture profitable market positions. Regularly employing vehicles such as new business creation (start-ups/spin-outs), mergers and acquisitions, licensing, assertion, venture/strategic funding and novel business models, Mr Matteo focuses on maximising returns from IP assets. He has successfully completed transactions representing organisations in the United States, Europe and Asia, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, universities and national laboratories. Strategic benefits aside, some of these transactions were valued at over $100 million. 

Mr Matteo operates across industry and technology domains, including mobile computing and smartphones, big data, social networking, energy and clean tech (eg, solar and water), internet and e-commerce, computer and consumer electronics, networking (eg, interoperability and security) and telecommunications.

Damon Matteo

Ian McClure

Ian McClure leads business development and strategy at Black Stone IP, a boutique IP investment bank bringing an M&A and tech management focus to the IP transactions market.

Before Black Stone, Mr McClure led licensing business development and corporate alliances at IPXI. He was responsible for identifying and developing high-value IP licensing programmes. Mr McClure also directed IPXI's membership recruitment and brand management.

Before IPXI, Mr McClure was an attorney at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, where his practice focused on capital markets and IP transactions.

Mr McClure graduated cum laude with a degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and magna cum laude with a JD from Chapman University School of Law. He also has an LLM in IP law from DePaul University College of Law. He is an adjunct professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Mr McClure is listed in the IAM Strategy 300.

Ian McClure

Daniel McKinnon

Daniel McKinnon first entered the enterprise unmanned aerial vehicle sector through a collaboration with Denver Zoo that involved building and deploying a vulture-netting quadcopter to Ikh Nart National Park in Mongolia. He went on to co-found Agribotix – a turnkey precision agricultural software and services provider – and currently manages enterprise products at 3D Robotics.

Daniel McKinnon

Rob McMillan

Rob McMillan is executive vice president and founder of Silicon Valley Bank's wine division, which he established in 1992. The division is regarded as the leading provider of financial services to the US fine wine business.

Mr McMillan's banking career started in 1981. He has worked at Silicon Valley Bank since 1990, moving through roles of increasing responsibility – including a term on Silicon Valley Bank's managing committee.

Mr McMillan publishes reports on trends in the wine industry and lectures at numerous West Coast universities. He is the author of Silicon Valley Bank's annual State of the Wine Industry report. He has twice featured in the Top 100 Most Influential People in the US Wine Industry list – the only banker to be included.

Mr McMillan received a BS in finance/economics from Sacramento State University and an MBA from the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business.

Rob McMillan

Micky Minhas

Micky Minhas serves as the associate general counsel and chief patent counsel for Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.

Mr Minhas leads the patent group, responsible for protecting and enhancing the value of Microsoft’s technology and business through IP strategy, managing its worldwide patent portfolio and advising on IP issues such as risk avoidance. Since joining Microsoft, Mr Minhas has led groups of experts in obtaining patent protections, assessing and executing patent acquisition opportunities and analysing patents for strategic purposes, in order to implement IP strategies for Microsoft’s various businesses and licensing programmes.

Previously, Mr Minhas served as vice president of Qualcomm Incorporated, where he worked in IP strategy and served as Qualcomm’s patent portfolio manager.

Micky Minhas

Santosh Mohanty

Santosh Mohanty is a vice president at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS). He has 30 years of industry and teaching experience, including business strategy, partner collaboration, analyst relations, R&D and leadership grooming. Dr Mohanty has a PhD in mathematical sciences and an MSc in computational mathematics from Northern Illinois University. He has been awarded the title of distinguished IT architect (profession leader) by the Open Group. In his current role, Dr Mohanty is responsible for building and maturing TCS’s capability in IP management, service delivery optimisation and product engineering.

Santosh Mohanty

Art Monk

Art Monk is vice president of patent brokerage at TechInsights – the global leader in IP consulting, patent brokerage and technical analysis which is now in its 25th year of business. In this role Mr Monk has facilitated high-value patent divestment and procurement transactions for clients in Japan, the United States, Taiwan and Europe. Before TechInsights, Mr Monk was CEO of Inflexion Point Analytics, an entity focused on patent analytics and transactions.

Mr Monk holds an BSc (honours) in physics and an MSc in biophysics from the University of Manitoba. He also holds an MBA in operations research from the University of Alberta, where he conducted postgraduate research in solid-state physics.

Art Monk

Nader A Mousavi

Recognised as one of the world’s leading patent practitioners by the IAM Patent 1000 (2012-2014) and named as one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal (2012), Nader A Mousavi is a partner and co-head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s IP and technology group.

Mr Mousavi is a leading expert in IP transactions, including in the context of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, R&D, monetisation and settlements. 

Mr Mousavi’s clients have included Alibaba, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Bayer, Dolby, Eastman Kodak, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Silver Lake and Skype. He has advised on many of their most significant IP transactions, including Kodak’s sale of its digital imaging patents and Skype’s settlement of its IP disputes with its founders. 

Mr Mousavi is a frequent speaker on IP matters. He has been appointed as a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School (Spring 2015), where he teaches IP licensing.

Nader A Mousavi

Cynthia Murphy

Cynthia Murphy is senior vice president and general manager of the innovation and asset management business at Thomson Reuters, in charge of all aspects of product development and commercialisation strategy, plus operations. Her industry experience includes 25 years with Thomson Reuters in a variety of roles, including senior vice president of strategic marketing at Dialog and 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 the 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 in library and information sciences from Simmons College in Boston.

Cynthia Murphy

Elli Oxtoby

Elli Oxtoby is the group IP director at QinetiQ, responsible for all aspects of IP management, including strategy, portfolio assessment and valuation, portfolio development and growth, acquisitions and technology transfer, and monetisation.

Dr Oxtoby has over 15 years’ experience in intellectual property. She is a member of the joint industry/Ministry of Defence IP Rights Group. Before joining QinetiQ, Dr Oxtoby was the head of IP commercialisation at Newcastle University, where her responsibilities included portfolio management, technology transfer and management of spin-outs, investment opportunities and business planning. She also lectured on business law for the biomedical sciences postgraduate degree. Before that, she spent more than eight years in private practice at Eversheds LLP and Hammonds LLP.

Dr Oxtoby holds a PhD in genetics and a BSc in psychology, and has received fellowships from the Royal Society, the Welcome Trust and the European Molecular Biology Organisation. She is a member of the Law Society.

Elli Oxtoby

Steve Perkins

Steve Perkins is associate general counsel, IP for Medtronic in the minimally invasive therapies group. His practice focuses on all aspects of patent law, including prosecution, litigation, licensing and IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, and has – in the past – included managing product liability matters and general corporate work. Mr Perkins is responsible for IP legal work relating to energy-based surgical devices, including monopolar and bipolar electrosurgical instruments and accessories as well as the generators that power them; ultrasonic surgical instruments for sealing and dissecting tissue; radio-frequency tissue surface ablation instruments; and generators and instruments used to access and treat the lower gastro-intestinal tract.

Mr Perkins has worked at Medtronic for the past seven years, and before that was an associate at Greenberg Traurig in their Denver, Colorado office and an associate at Sidley Austin in Dallas, Texas specialising in patent litigation.


Steve Perkins

Grant Philpott

Grant Philpott is principal director of the main information and communication technology area at the European Patent Office (EPO), managing its operational areas of computers and telecommunications and responsible for nearly 700 examiners in The Hague and Munich. He studied engineering at Cambridge University.

Following several years as an engineering officer in the British Army and as director of the Brazilian subsidiary of a German electrical components manufacturer, he joined the EPO in 1989. During his time at the EPO he has worked in a broad range of technical fields, including semiconductors, mechanics and industrial chemistry, as a committee member of the European qualifying exam and also in the EPO’s controlling office.

Grant Philpott

David Pridham

David Pridham is the chair and CEO of Dominion Harbor Group, the global market leader in the field of patent value optimisation. Dominion licenses intellectual property, provides strategic IP consulting, facilitates IP financing and procures intellectual property for emerging companies, maximising each client’s return on their investment in innovation. Dominion’s management have generated over $700 million in licensing revenue, negotiated over 500 patent licenses, purchase and similar strategic agreements and advised multi-billion-dollar corporations on IP strategy.

Before founding Dominion, Mr Pridham served as the co-founder and CEO of Intellectual Property Navigation Group. Mr Pridham served as the corporate secretary and general counsel for Firepond, Inc. He served as a clerk for a federal district court judge after graduating from George Mason University School of Law. Before law school, Mr Pridham obtained a degree in philosophy and political science from Providence College.

David Pridham

Carles Puente

Carles Puente co-founded Fractus, and has managed its technology and patent portfolio development since 1999. As chief technology officer, he developed an IP asset which has been adopted by the mobile industry worldwide. Dr Puente is a professor at BarcelonaTech and taught postgraduate patent management at Penn-Wharton.

He has spoken in forums including the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (2015), the Licensing Executives Society (2012), the Mobile World Congress (2007), the Stanford University Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education (2007) and the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (2001).

He and his team have been nominated for the European Inventor Award (2014), named Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum (2005) and awarded the IST Grand Prize by the European Commission (1998). He has invented 145 patents and co-authored 150 scientific papers. He holds a PhD and BSEE from BarcelonaTech and an MSc from the University of Illinois.

Carles Puente

Laura G Quatela

Laura Quatela is co-founder of Quatela Lynch Intellectual Property, a consulting practice that helps clients to leverage significant IP assets and make informed technology investment decisions. She is currently engaged as executive vice president, intellectual property at Alcatel-Lucent SA, reporting to the CEO. Ms Quatela also serves on the board of directors of Technicolor SA and chairs the board’s strategy committee.

Before leaving Eastman Kodak in February 2014, Ms Quatela was president of the company. Additionally, she led Kodak's $1.4 billion consumer film, photographic paper, retail photo kiosk and event imaging businesses. Previously Ms Quatela was general counsel and chief IP officer where she developed Kodak’s licensing of its foundational digital camera portfolio into a business which generated more than $4 billion in revenue.

Ms Quatela is a graduate of Denison University (BA, international politics) and Case Western Reserve University School of Law (JD). She is proficient in Mandarin. 

Laura G Quatela

Randall Rader

Randall R Rader was appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1990, becoming chief judge in 2010. He was appointed to the US Claims Court in 1988. Before that, he served as minority and majority chief counsel to sub-committees of the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From 1975 to 1980 he served as counsel in the House of Representatives for representatives on the Interior, Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees. He retired from the bench in 2014.

Professor Rader has taught patent law and other advanced IP courses at the George Washington University Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, the Georgetown University Law Centre, the Munich IP Law Centre and other universities in Tokyo, Taipei, New Delhi and Beijing. He received a BA in English from Brigham Young University (1974) and a JD from George Washington University Law School (1978).

Randall Rader

Andrew T Ramer

Andrew T Ramer is the managing director of Cantor Fitzgerald’s IP division. Since 2005 Mr Ramer has developed a worldwide reputation in the IP marketplace having represented or advised on hundreds of IP transactions. Before Cantor, Mr Ramer was the CEO and founder of Marqera, a globally focused IP transactions company. Formerly, as president of Ocean Tomo Auctions LLC, he led the initiative which delivered the world’s first series of global, live multi-lot IP auctions in the United States and Europe.

Mr Ramer frequently speaks and lectures in the United States, Europe and Asia. He is quoted on various IP issues by leading international media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Red Herring, Business Week, Barron's, Bloomberg, Reuters and The New York Times. In 2011 Intellectual Asset Management named Mr Ramer as one of the top 50 people or companies to have shaped the IP marketplace.

Andrew T Ramer

Bhupinder Randhawa

Bhupinder Randhawa is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and head of the electrical and computer technology practice group. His practice focuses on patent and technology law – in particular obtaining, evaluating and leveraging IP rights for high-tech clients in all industries.

Mr Randhawa helps clients to transfer technology into and out of their companies, and assists clients with developing licensing programmes for widely licensed technologies, including patents relating to industry standards. He also advises clients and other lawyers on IP aspects of commercial transactions. As part of his IP management practice, Mr Randhawa helps clients to leverage their technology by developing and analysing competitive intelligence related to their own and their competitors' IP portfolios. Before attending law school, Mr Randhawa worked as a software engineer for several major Canadian and international companies, developing computer-based control and automation systems.

Bhupinder Randhawa

Dana Rao

Dana Rao is vice president of intellectual property and litigation at Adobe. He oversees all aspects of Adobe’s IP and litigation matters. Previous to Adobe, Mr Rao was an associate general counsel at Microsoft Corporation for patents. He began his legal career at the law firm of Fenwick & West.

Mr Rao received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University, and his law degree from George Washington University School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif.

Dana Rao

Sean Reilly

Sean Reilly is senior vice president and associate general counsel of The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, where his principal responsibilities include advising The Clearing House’s senior business team on vital cybersecurity, IP and technology law issues and transactions. 

Mr Reilly also serves as general counsel of Askeladden LLC, where he oversees Askeladden’s patent quality initiative, an education and advocacy initiative seeking to improve the understanding, use and reliability of patents, especially those pertaining to financial services. 

Before joining The Clearing House, Mr Reilly was in private practice at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper and Scinto, and served as a patent examiner for the US Patent and Trademark Office. He also worked for Intel Corporation in the mobile platforms group. Mr Reilly holds a BS in computer engineering from the University of Florida and a JD from Fordham University, and is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars.

Sean Reilly

Mike Rider

Mike Rider is vice president of engineering and supplier management at Coravin Inc. He is a product development executive with 20-plus years of leadership in new product development, manufacturing and operations serving global markets. Mr Rider has an in-depth skillset working with partners in China, Japan and Taiwan for technical development, manufacturing and strategic sourcing. Before Coravin, Mr Rider held roles at iRobot as vice president, business development and product development for the home robots business unit. Before iRobot, he held leadership roles in product development and manufacturing at Polaroid Corporation. Mr Rider holds a BS from UMass Lowell and an MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Mike Rider

Roger Ross

Roger Ross is president of Via Licensing Corporation, a leading patent pool administrator. He has been instrumental in growing Via’s global licensing businesses, as well as developing new opportunities and defining strategic direction. Before being appointed president in 2012, Mr Ross spent four years as vice president of legal affairs. Before joining Via, Mr Ross was partner and counsel, respectively, in the Silicon Valley offices of McDermott, Will & Emery and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Mr Ross has over 20 years’ experience representing technology and media companies, including Panasonic, Netscape, Intel and Cisco. He has advised clients on the strategic and business implications of standards-related activities, industry consortia and patent licensing. Mr Ross served as the founding general counsel of Liberate Technologies.

Mr Ross is a frequent speaker on the topics of IP monetisation, reasonable and non-discriminatory rates, standard-essential patents, patent pools, and other aspects of patent licensing.

Roger Ross

Takuya Saito

Takuya Saito is vice president of Shobayashi International Patent and Trademark office. Mr Saito oversees domestic and international patent applications, prosecution, legal disputes and litigation in the field of software-related inventions, as well as legal disputes and litigation involving copyright. He is currently in charge of IP strategy consulting, including patent mining, IP due diligence on financial investments and M&A transactions and IP licensing and monetisation.

Earlier in his career, Mr Saito served as a collaborative researcher at Tamai Laboratory at the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo. He planned and managed IP Week, a seminar held in Washington DC sponsored by Professor Tamai, Judge Rader of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and George Washington University. Mr Saito holds an MS in electronic engineering from Kansai University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Takuya Saito

Bruce Schelkopf

Bruce Schelkopf is group senior vice president, general counsel and chief IP officer for ABB. He is responsible for leading, developing and managing all aspects of the company’s innovative global IP operations and strategy.

Mr Schelkopf has held numerous global leadership roles in law, business and technology at IBM, General Electric, Cummins and Ingersoll Rand. He is a graduate of various engineering, business and legal programmes, with multiple degrees from Stanford University, Rutgers and Pennsylvania State University. Mr Schelkopf is also an adjunct professor of law at Indiana’s McKinney School of Law. He routinely speaks and counsels globally on successfully executing global IP strategies for competitive advantage, effecting exceptional returns on IP investment and transforming to innovative global legal department operations.

He is a practising inventor with patents pending and issued, and has received numerous global top industry awards.

Bruce Schelkopf

Jaime A Siegel

Jaime Siegel joined Acacia in June 2013 as senior vice president. He was appointed as executive vice president of licensing and litigation in May 2014.

Mr Siegel has extensive experience in international IP monetisation, enforcement and strategic acquisitions, having spent more than 15 years at Sony Corporation of America – most recently serving as its vice president and senior IP counsel as well as its representative to Taiwan. Mr Siegel also served as chairman of the board of MPEG LA. Before joining Sony, Mr Siegel was an associate attorney at the leading IP firms of Kenyon & Kenyon and Fish & Neave in New York. He worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry before embarking on his legal career.

Mr Siegel holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

Jaime A Siegel

Nigel Swycher

Nigel Swycher is the founder and CEO of Aistemos, an IP strategy, analytics and risk management company with headquarters in London. Aistemos is also involved in a range of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of patent data and plans to establish a global register of patent ownership data.

Mr Swycher’s career includes the development of the IP, IT, e-commerce and outsourcing practices at leading law firm Slaughter and May in London (1985-2004). He subsequently led the technology practice at Olswang LLP. Mr Swycher has advised extensively on the monetisation of patents and IP risk management solutions.

Mr Swycher was born in Sheffield. He was awarded first-class honours in law from Durham University and is a member of the Magic Circle. Mr Swycher is listed in the IAM Strategy 300.

Nigel Swycher

Stefan Tamme

Stefan Tamme joined Rambus in 2004 and currently serves as vice president of IP strategy. In this role, he leads the strategic development of Rambus's patent portfolio and the implementation of the company's IP monetisation strategies through its licensing programme and solutions business. His responsibilities include outbound licensing, standards activities and acquisitions and divestitures. Before this position, he served as Rambus's director of global business enablement, where he led the strategic alliance partner programme as well as the worldwide reseller channel.

Mr Tamme has over 20 years of global experience in the electronics industry, ranging from semiconductors to systems and software. He has been involved with inbound and outbound licensing for 20 years and has worked for major companies such as Bosch, as well as for several mid-sized companies and successful start-ups. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and an MSEE from the Leibniz University Hanover, Germany.

Stefan Tamme

Boris Teksler

Boris Teksler is CEO of Unwired Planet and also serves on the company's board of directors. Before joining Unwired Planet he was president of Technicolor's technology business group from 2013 to 2015.

Before joining Technicolor in 2013, Mr Teksler was at Apple Inc, where he led the patent licensing and strategy group for four years. Earlier, Mr Teksler spent 16 years at Hewlett-Packard (HP) where he held a number of positions, including founding HP’s IP licensing organisation, charged with out-licensing technology to enhance HP’s return on its investment in technology.

In addition to his expertise in intellectual property, Mr Teksler spent 10 years at HP creating new innovative product businesses, including HP’s first internet server product line, Domain Servers; he later  built HP’s first online digital photography and printing service.

Mr Teksler holds a BS in computer science from the University of California at Davis.

Boris Teksler

Michael Tomasulo

Mike Tomasulo is a practising patent litigator, with experience of more than 30 patent litigations. He has litigated in courts around the country as well as the International Trade Commission. His patent cases have ranged from multi-jurisdiction competitor cases to routine non-practising entity defence cases. He is nationally recognised for his commitment to client service and attention to clients’ business objectives. 

Mr Tomasulo earned a chemical engineering degree from UC Berkeley and has litigation experience in technologies including high-brightness light-emitting diodes, medical devices, semiconductors, flash memory controllers, software and the Internet, gamma ray inspection equipment, computer hardware emulation and basic mechanical equipment. He is registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office and has extensive experience with inter partes review proceedings.

Mr Tomasulo serves the US District Court for the Central District of California as a volunteer mediator and on the panel to appoint new magistrate judges.

Michael Tomasulo

Laura van't Veer

Laura van ‘t Veer is professor of laboratory medicine and the programme leader of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Centre Breast Oncology Programme, director of applied genomics, and UCSF-site principal investigator of the Athena Breast Health Network.

Dr van ‘t Veer is a world-renowned molecular biologist and inventor of MammaPrint®. Her research focuses on personalised medicine to advance patient management based on knowledge of the genetic make-up of the tumour and the patient.

Dr van ‘t Veer received an MSc in molecular oncology at the University of Amsterdam. She earned her PhD in medicine at the University of Leiden. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships, first at the Cancer Centre of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, then at the Netherlands Cancer Institute’s Division of Molecular Carcinogenesis.

Laura van

John Veschi

John Veschi leads Marquis Technologies, a full-service IP and technology consulting business comprised of most of the former Rockstar and Nortel IP teams. During his tenure as chief IP officer and president of Nortel’s IP business, Mr Veschi built and led the team behind the historic Nortel patent auction, and he continued to develop and lead this team as the CEO of Rockstar. 

Before joining Nortel, Mr Veschi was chief IP counsel and general manager of the IP business at LSI Corporation, and previously held a similar role at Agere Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at Lucent Technologies and in private practice with Foley & Lardner. Mr Veschi holds BSEE, MBA and JD degrees. Before his legal career, he was a US Army officer and a manager for a defence contractor.

John Veschi

Ben Wang

Ben Wang is head of patents for Unilever China in Shanghai, which is the headquarters of the company’s North Asia operations and a global innovation centre. Previously, Mr Wang practised law in the United States for over 10 years, advising clients ranging from Silicon Valley start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He is licensed to practise law in California and is a registered US patent attorney. 

Mr Wang obtained his BS from Fudan University, his MS from Harvard University and his JD from Georgetown University.

After law school, Mr Wang served as a federal law clerk in Washington DC and taught IP law as a visiting professor at Tsinghua University. Mr Wang also gained experience in European patent practice by working at a German law firm in Munich. Mr Wang has spoken at numerous international conferences in Asia, Europe and the United States on issues relating to intellectual property and innovation.

Ben Wang

B J Watrous

B J Watrous is Apple’s chief IP counsel. Mr Watrous leads a worldwide team responsible for Apple’s IP portfolio of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, trade secrets and domain names. In addition, his team handles Apple's pre-litigation IP disputes and oversees Apple's strategic IP licensing and anti-counterfeit activities. His team also counsels Apple's businesses on IP matters associated with commercial and M&A transactions, as well as Apple’s participation in standard-setting organisations.

Mr Watrous joined Apple in June 2011 from Hewlett Packard (HP), where he held several IP positions, including vice president and deputy general counsel for intellectual property and licensing. Before joining HP in January 2007, Mr Watrous was an IP litigator at DLA Piper US LLP.

He received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000, and his BA from Pomona College in 1993.

B J Watrous

John Whealan

John Whealan joined George Washington University (GW) in 2008 as the associate dean for IP law. He coordinates GW’s extensive IP programme, including its IP LLM programme. He co-teaches two courses, on patent law and the federal circuit.

Before joining GW, Dean Whealan worked at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where he served as a deputy general counsel for IP law and a solicitor. He also served as counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked on legislation that eventually became the America Invents Act.  

Before joining the USPTO, Dean Whealan was a staff attorney for the US International Trade Commission. He clerked at both the appellate and trial court levels.

Dean Whealan received an JD from Harvard Law School, an MS in electrical engineering from Drexel University and a BS in electrical engineering from Villanova University.

John Whealan

Joff Wild

Joff Wild has been the editor of Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) since it was established in 2003. As a journalist, he has specialised in covering intellectual property since the early 1990s.

Before IAM, Mr Wild was editor of Managing Intellectual PropertyPatent World and Copyright World and assistant editor of Trademark World. He has written on IP-related subjects for publications including The TimesThe Financial TimesEuromoneyThe 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 division of Globe Business Media Group.

Joff Wild

Eran Zur

Eran Zur is head of the IP finance group at Fortress, which is pioneering a patent-based lending model. Before this role, Mr Zur was president and co-founder of RPX Corporation. Before co-founding RPX, Mr Zur was part of the team that structured and executed the Lemelson licensing programme, generating almost 1,000 licences and over $1.3 billion in fees.

Mr Zur received his law degree with honours from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom and a postgraduate degree in international trade law from the University of Arizona.

Eran Zur

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