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Name Position Company
Erich Andersen Vice president and chief IP counsel Microsoft
Anders Arvidsson CEO Parallel North IP
James Barney Partner Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Curtis Behmann Partner Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Bruce Berman President and chairman Center for Intellectual Property Understanding
Russell Binns CEO Allied Security Trust
Kurt Brasch Head of patent transactions Uber
Gustav Brismark Chief IP officer Ericsson
David Brown Global head of sales and services Clarivate Analytics
Jeffery L Carter President and CEO HighTech-Solutions
Giustino de Sanctis CEO Vectis
Frank DeCosta Partner Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Murali Dharan CEO IPVALUE Management Inc
Marc Ehrlich Associate general counsel IBM
Frederic Farina Chief innovation and corporate partnerships officer California Institute of Technology
Edmund Fish Co-head, technology and IP advisory Houlihan Lokey
Mattia Fogliacco CEO Sisvel Group
Konstantinos Georgaras Director general, corporate strategies and services Canadian IP Office
Roger Gobrogge Managing director ITIP ProFiciency
Eeva Hakoranta Head of patent licensing, patent business Nokia
Ludovic Hamon Deputy director, industrial partnership and transfer of innovation department Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
James Harlan Director, standards and competition policy InterDigital Communications
Bowman Heiden Deputy director Centre for Intellectual Property
Brian Hinman Chief IP officer Royal Philips
Heath Hoglund Vice president, chief patent counsel Dolby
Robertha Höglund Head of intellectual property Elkem AS
Mark Kokes Senior vice president, intellectual property, licensing and standards BlackBerry
Subash Krishnankutty Vice president, IP licensing and business development Kudelski Group
Paul Lin Vice president, IP strategy Xiaomi
Ian MacLean Senior vice president, IP services TechInsights
Marie H MacNichol Chief licensing officer InterDigital
Daniel Maier Head of IP licensing and transactions Siemens AG
Mike McLean Senior vice president, IP services TechInsights
Malcolm Meeks Vice president and patent director France Brevets
Donald Merino Co-founder Asia Patent Group
Micky Minhas Vice president, IP licensing and engineering Microsoft
Santosh Mohanty Head of IP and product engineering Tata Consultancy Services
Suzanne Munck Chief counsel IP US Federal Trade Commission
Douglas Naab Senior director GE Licensing and Technology Ventures
Tatsuo Nakamura Founder and CEO VALUENEX, Inc.
Daniel Papst Managing Director Papst Licensing GmbH & Co KG
Arvin Patel Chief intellectual property officer Technicolor
Laura Quatela Chief legal officer Lenovo
Courtney Quish Vice president, patent strategy Rovi Corporation, a TiVo Company
Randall Rader Former chief judge Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Ilkka Rahnasto Head of patent business Nokia
Stuart Recher Vice president, IP services Clarivate Analytics
Kent Richardson Partner Richardson Oliver Law Group
David Schreiber Head of Americas group Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
Jaime Siegel CEO Cerebral Assets
Joseph Siino President Via Licensing
Jim Skippen President and CEO WiLAN
Joseph Sommer Vice president, intellectual property AT&T
Ray Strimaitis Vice president and deputy general counsel Yahoo! Inc
Stefan Tamme Vice president, IP strategy and licensing Rambus
Claudia Tapia Garcia Director of IP rights policy Ericsson
Boris Teksler CEO Conversant Intellectual Property Management
Kelvin Vivian Director, intellectual propertry Marvell Semiconductor
Michael Vladescu Chief operating officer WiLAN
Marek Wernik President TechPats


Anders Arvidsson

Anders Arvidsson is the CEO and founder of Parallel North IP, a European IP consulting and brokerage firm providing services for clients to leverage the value of intellectual property. Mr Arvidsson has over two decades’ experience developing, valuing and monetising patent assets in the corporate world. He has been a pioneer in creating the marketplace for IP transactions, which has helped to protect companies’ strategic positions and maximise the value of their intellectual property. He constantly seeks new ways to use intellectual property as a strategic tool and has delivered annual revenue captures in the range of $10 million to $15 million from various transactions. Previously, he spent 13 years at Nokia, where he headed the patent acquisition team. He has also been working as vice president, IP rights for GN Store Nord A/S, which is developing and manufacturing medical devices for hearing impairment and audio solutions.

Anders Arvidsson

James Barney

James Barney is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Washington DC office. He focuses on patent litigation and appeals and has served as lead counsel in numerous litigation and appellate matters in a variety of technologies, including the automotive, medical, chemical, consumer electronics and financial fields. He has tried cases before juries, judges and arbitrators, as well as before the US International Trade Commission. He recently argued before the en banc Federal Circuit in the case of Aqua Products Inc, a closely watched case involving the right of patentees to amend claims during an inter partes review.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr Barney advises clients on a wide variety of patent matters, including licensing and patent procurement strategies.

James Barney

Curtis Behmann

Curtis Behmann is a partner, professional engineer and registered Canadian and US patent agent in the IP group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), Canada’s largest law firm.

Mr Behmann specialises in the drafting and prosecution of high-tech and mechanical patents and industrial designs in various industries, including wireless technology, semiconductors, security, financial and business methods, digital media and entertainment, consumer products, medical devices, automotive and transportation. He works with clients to protect R&D investments by obtaining and strategically managing IP rights in the context of their business strategy.

He was a senior patent examiner at the Canadian Patent Office and practised at a small IP boutique, before joining BLG 14 years ago. He is a director at AIPPI Canada and a member of BLG’s diversity and inclusion committee.

Mr Behmann has been recognised in international ranking publications as an expert in patent prosecution, including the IAM Patent 1000 (2014-2016).


Bruce Berman

Bruce Berman is CEO at Brody Berman Associates, a strategic communications firm for IP holders, law firms and service providers. He is chairman of the Centre for Intellectual Property Understanding, a non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing IP awareness and improving attitudes.

Mr Berman has improved the performance, value and reputation of more than 200 IP holders, portfolios and professionals since it was founded in 1988. He has counselled numerous IP executives, litigators and private equity investors, as well as their clients, and has helped to support litigation and transactions.

He is author or editor of five books: The Intangible Investor, From Assets to Profits, Making Innovation Pay, From Ideas to Assets and Hidden Value. He also publishes the popular blog, IP CloseUp. Mr Berman is a member of the IP Hall of Fame Academy. 

Bruce Berman

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.


Kurt Brasch

Kurt Brasch leads patent transactions for Uber. Before joining Uber in 2016, Mr Brasch led strategic initiatives and patent divestitures for Google’s patent transactions team in addition to heading up multiple patent licence negotiations. He developed, launched and managed Google's patent purchase programme (PPP) and patent starter programme, and was therefore later named as one of the top 10 IP personalities of 2015 by Intellectual Asset Management.

In 2016 Mr Brasch took the lessons learned from the PPP to help the Allied Security Trust to develop and launch the IP3 industry purchase programme. He was also Google's lead negotiator on the Cisco cross-licence that was signed in early 2014. Before Google, Mr Brasch had a 22-year career at Motorola in patent management and licensing, product management, international marketing and logistics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.

Kurt Brasch

David Brown

David Brown is global head of sales and services for Clarivate Analytics. He is responsible for global sales, customer care, contract administration and Clarivate’s professional services business. His unit supports go-to-market activities for all Clarivate offerings.

Previously, Mr Brown was president and managing director of IP Solutions, a global division providing information, software and services to help clients drive innovation, manage intellectual property and maximise IP asset value. Notable product lines include Derwent World Patents Index, Thomson IP Manager, Thomson CompuMark, Techstreet and a wide range of IP administration and research service offerings. Mr Brown has also served as executive vice president of corporate markets in Thomson Reuters Scientific and as executive vice president and general manager of Dialog. 

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

David Brown

Jeffery L Carter

Jeffery L Carter has over 20 years’ experience in the technology analysis and IP industries. Before founding HighTech-Solutions (HTS), he served as a programme manager at Motorola’s semiconductor product sector IP department. Mr Carter was instrumental in reshaping Motorola’s IP department from an overhead department into a profit and loss business.

Mr Carter founded HTS in 2004. HTS offers IP strategy and management services for IP departments that seek to monetise their portfolios. HTS identifies IP assets of value and helps its clients to capitalise fully on the value in their patent portfolios.

Mr Carter received his MS in telecommunications from Southern Methodist University. He earned a graduate certificate in telecommunications management from the University of Dallas and graduated with a BA in Japanese from Brigham Young University. Mr Carter is published in the area of wireless and mobile computing, holds several patent applications and has two issued patents.

Jeffery L Carter

Giustino de Sanctis

Giustino de Sanctis is the founder and CEO of Vectis, an IP and technology licensing business unlocking the value of innovation sharing for implementers and IP owners. Mr de Sanctis leads a team of senior licensing professionals to connect patent owners with product makers, building long-lasting, mutually beneficial collaborations and bringing added value to every party involved in the process.

A recognised leader in patent pools and IP licensing, Mr de Sanctis led the creation and launch of joint licensing programmes in LTE/4G and 802.11 (WiFi). Before that, he structured and managed Audio MPEG’s MP3 licensing programme, one of the most successful licensing programmes in the consumer electronics industry. Mr de Sanctis has negotiated agreements with the top consumer electronics, mobile and software companies, coordinating multi-jurisdictional litigations, creating a global licensing team and introducing to the licensing industry a pioneering vertical licensing strategy and unique reporting verification system. 

Giustino de Sanctis

Murali Dharan

Murali Dharan has guided the growth of IPVALUE from a start-up to an industry leader, helping partners to generate nearly $1.6 billion in IP revenues. He joined IPVALUE in 2002 as executive vice president and became CEO in 2007. He is passionate about technology, committed to upholding the principle of return on invention and focused on serving partners in their endeavour to earn a fair return on their IP portfolios, thus contributing to a vibrant and virtuous R&D cycle.

Previously, he held executive roles at various technology companies, including executive vice president at Preview Systems, vice president and general manager at Silicon Graphics and vice president and general manager at NEC. He started his career as a research computer scientist at Amoco Production Company (now BP). He has an electrical engineering degree from Anna University, India, a master’s in computer science from Indiana University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Murali Dharan

Marc Ehrlich

Marc Ehrlich is associate general counsel for IBM Corp. He manages the patent licensing and sales legal team responsible for generating IP income for IBM. In support of IBM's annual attainment of over $1 billion in IP income, the team implements innovative patent monetisation strategies. Mr Ehrlich also serves as managing attorney for IBM's IP law function, responsible for talent acquisition, assessment and retention across the global organisation.

With over 20 years of experience spanning all areas of IP practice, Mr Ehrlich’s previously managed the IP team for IBM's semiconductor business and the patent portfolio management group, tasked with the development and management of IBM's global patent portfolio.

Mr Ehrlich has a BS in geological sciences from Binghamton University – State University of New York, a BS in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a JD from Pace University School of Law.


Marc  Ehrlich

Frederic Farina

Fred Farina is Caltech’s chief innovation and corporate partnerships officer. His responsibilities include commercialising inventions made at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). His office is responsible for evaluating inventions, supervising patent prosecution and portfolio management, negotiating licensing deals with industry, assisting Caltech and JPL entrepreneurs with the creation of new start-up companies and establishing research collaborations with industry. Before joining Caltech, Mr Farina was a research engineer in the Global Positioning System field at JPL and the University of Miami. He subsequently joined a law firm where he prosecuted patent applications on various technologies before the US and European patent offices.

Mr Farina holds a diplôme d'ingénieur in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in France and he received a master’s in electrical engineering from Caltech. He is a registered patent agent with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Frederic Farina

Edmund Fish

Edmund Fish is managing director and co-head of Houlihan Lokey’s Tech+IP advisory practice.  
Previously he was senior managing director at Black Stone IP, which was acquired by Houlihan Lokey in 2017. Mr Fish is an experienced technology executive and board member, and was president and board member at digital rights management pioneer InterTrust, president and CEO at social education company ePals Corp (TSX: CKT) and senior vice president, premium services and desktop messaging, at AOL. Mr Fish holds more than 20 issued and pending US patents in presence and instant messaging, social networking, mobile computing and search from his AOL work. 

Mr Fish also specialised in patent and IP transactions and litigation in the New York and Silicon Valley offices of national law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges and served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Howard Markey on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Mattia Fogliacco

Mattia Fogliacco was appointed CEO of Sisvel in January 2017. Mr Fogliacco has been part of the executive management team of the Sisvel Group since 2014, working as chief new business officer for three years. Founded in 1982, Sisvel is a world leader in fostering innovation and managing intellectual property. Sisvel identifies, evaluates and maximises the value of IP assets.

Mr Fogliacco has a background in business and innovation management. He has an MSc from Bocconi University and a CEMS master's in international management. He has published articles on the markets for technology and the commercialisation of intellectual property.

Before joining Sisvel, Mr Fogliacco was managing director at iiinnovation SA, a company focused on licensing and IP transactions. He also served as senior international manager at a service provider of Deutsche Bank, managing three IP and innovation investment funds.

Mattia Fogliacco

Roger Gobrogge

Roger Gobrogge is a managing director of ITIP ProFiciency, a Michigan-based company specialising in IP cost management. His practice focuses on assisting corporate clients to reduce costs and adopt efficient processes in the development of their IP portfolios.

Mr Gobrogge has a bachelor of science in pharmacy from Wayne State University and a JD from Michigan State University. Before ITIP, Mr Gobrogge was head of intellectual property at Rolls-Royce Corporation, Americas, chief patent counsel for Dow Corning Corporation and an examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr Gobrogge served on the Intellectual Property Office board of directors and actively participates in a number of other IP organisations.


Roger Gobrogge

James Harlan

James Harlan is director of standards and competition policy at InterDigital, having been involved with standards since 2009. He actively participates in standards committees for various standards developing organisations, consortia and associations. His duties include representing InterDigital before those committees regarding patent, standards-setting, competition and licensing policy matters, and assisting with strategy regarding patent policy, competition policy and IP rights licensing matters.

Mr Harlan has held various positions involving standards policy and patent strategy, litigation, licensing, prosecution and compliance at several firms. He earned a JD, a master’s in computer science and a bachelor’s in chemistry from Wayne State University Law School, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Brian Hinman

Brian Hinman is chief IP officer at Royal Philips, leading a worldwide team of 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, San Francisco, where he is responsible for global patents, trademarks and copyright. In this role he has consistently driven yearly growth in Dolby's patent licensing programmes. He has significant experience in building strategic IP portfolios and licensing programmes.

Before joining Dolby, Mr Hoglund founded Hoglund & Pamias, 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 Rico Law School.

Mr Hoglund serves on the council of the IP section of the American Bar Association, on the board of the Intellectual Property Office and was president of the San Francisco IP Law Association.

He has a JD (cum laude), an MSEE and a BSEE (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota.


Heath Hoglund

Robertha Höglund

Robertha Höglund is head of intellectual property at Elkem AS. Elkem is one of the world’s leading companies for the environmentally responsible production of materials. Its principal products are silicon, silicones, ferrosilicon, foundry alloys, carbon materials and microsilica. The company has four business areas and approximately 3,800 employees.

Ms Höglund’s tasks include managing Elkem's intangible assets, drafting corporate IP procedures, educating employees on the topic of intellectual property and handling agreements including IP clauses.

Before joining Elkem, Ms Höglund worked at the Centre for Intellectual Property Studies and was project manager for the ScanBalt Intellectual Property Knowledge Network.

Ms Höglund holds a BSc in industrial engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico, and is a graduate of the Intellectual Capital Management programme at Chalmers University of Technology and Gothenburg University, Sweden.


Robertha Höglund

Mark Kokes

Mark Kokes is senior vice president, intellectual property, licensing and standards at BlackBerry and is a 15-year veteran of the mobile industry. Dr Kokes has been trusted with the monetisation of BlackBerry’s foundational patent portfolio and leads all aspects of its IP strategy, licensing and standardisation activities. Since joining BlackBerry, Dr Kokes has established and launched its IP monetiation, divestiture and IP venturing programmes and has built a world-class licensing organisation.

Dr Kokes has held a series of senior engineering, corporate strategy and IP-related positions at Intertrust, Nokia Research Centre, Sony Ericsson and HTC. Dr Kokes is an inventor on six granted US and international patents, has co-authored several additional international patent applications and has published over 20 academic articles on various research topics. Dr Kokes holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the Southern Methodist University and a BS and MS in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.


Subash Krishnankutty

Subash Krishnankutty is vice president of IP licensing and business development at the Kudelski Group. He is responsible for leading the development of a number of patent licensing and monetisation programmes as well as strategic patent acquisition activities. He was previously director of business development at Intellectual Ventures, where he led the development of the semiconductor licensing programme and played critical roles in technology collaboration deals in the display industry. 

Before this, Dr Krishnankutty was a business development executive at IBM’s technology and IP licensing group. He has a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from North Carolina State University and has experience in numerous industries including semiconductors, aerospace and defence, telecommunications and digital television.


Subash Krishnankutty

Ian MacLean

Ian Maclean provides strategic direction and leadership to a team of specialised engineers, analysts and customer service professionals dedicated to providing IP groups and law firms with the ability to get value from their patent portfolios.

Before his current role, Mr Maclean was vice president of Patent Intelligence Services for Chipworks. A veteran of the technology sector, his career spans over 20 years. He has enjoyed senior sales, marketing and business development roles for at leading technology companies. Mr Maclean holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario.

Ian MacLean

Daniel Maier

Daniel Maier has more than 20 years' experience as in-house IP counsel, including 10 years managing various IP functions. Through this, he has gained rich experience in IP portfolio management and IP transactions. Mr Maier specialises in the transactional part of the IP value chain, particularly licensing-out, M&A and litigation.

Mr Maier is a European and German patent attorney with an electrical engineering background. He is head of the IP licensing and transaction department of Siemens AG.

Daniel Maier

Mike McLean

Mike McLean is a recognised leader in the IP and patent strategy market. He is respected and sought after for his ability to assess complex situations and apply technical intelligence to ensure fact-based IP decisions related to patent licensing, patent portfolio management and IP monetisation. He works closely with the technology practices of major law firms, the in-house corporate counsel teams of key technology companies and external licensing agencies where he helps to develop, support and execute high-return patent strategies.

Mike McLean

Malcolm Meeks

Malcolm T Meeks, patent director at France Brevets, has over 17 years’ experience as a patent professional. He is responsible for due diligence and litigation management globally for France Brevets. He also manages the company's Patent Factory programme, in which it partners with innovative French small and medium-sized enterprises, universities and research institutions to aid them (including by providing funding) in building valuable patent portfolios.  

Previously, Mr Meeks was director, corporate patent at Infineon Technologies. He was responsible for leading patent licensing efforts and advising on IP issues at the management board level.  

Mr Meeks began his career with law firm Finnegan in the United States. He holds an electrical engineering degree from Clemson University, a law degree from Cornell Law School and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is licensed to practise law in the United States and is a registered US patent attorney.  

Malcolm Meeks

Donald Merino

Donald Merino is a co-founder of Asia Patent Group. The firm's focus is working with individual inventors, companies and universities to help develop their IP strategies, inventions and the paths towards monetisation by utilising the Chinese market. Dr Merino has led major consulting efforts with both Western and Chinese companies. These have included being an adviser to Via licensing and to one of China's largest handset manufacturers and largest internet companies, as well as numerous smaller companies.

He spent nine years as an executive at Intellectual Ventures. During that time his team completed over 1,200 inbound transactions for more than $1 billion and drove over $1 billion in licensing revenue. Dr Merino previously worked as head of licensing at Intel and General Instruments. He is a certified licensing professional with a master’s in mechanical engineering and a PhD from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a BS from US Naval Academy.

Donald  Merino

Tatsuo Nakamura

Tatsuo Nakamura is the founder and CEO of VALUENEX Inc, which he created after spending almost 20 years working as a distinguished consultant and thought leader in Japan's scientific establishments. He worked as a consultant in the prestigious Mitsubishi Research Institute for 15 years, specialising in operations research, intellectual property and data mining. He was also an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University.

During his time as a consultant, Dr Nakamura developed the algorithm that became XLUS TechRadar – a panoramic-view analytics and researching tool that provides radar visualisations of patent similarities, which was a dramatic innovation in the IP field. He established VALUENEX as a leader in the IP field with a long list of clients, including more than 50 of Japan’s top companies. In 2014 he opened the VALUENEX office in Menlo Park, California to lead the company’s entry into the US market. 

Tatsuo Nakamura

Daniel Papst

Daniel Papst graduated from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany with a Dipl-Ing in electrical engineering and information technology, with a focus on electric drives and power electronics. After graduation, he gained patent law experience in the United States as an intern at Chicago IP boutique Welsh & Katz Ltd.

Mr Papst started out at an IP law firm in Munich, Germany.  He joined Papst Licensing GmbH & Co KG in 2005 and became one of its managing directors in 2009. He is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Association of Intellectual Property Experts, the Licensing Executives Society, the International IP Strategists Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Papst Licensing was established in 1992 by its founder, Georg Papst (Mr Papst's father). Papst Licensing enables small and medium-sized businesses to participate in the world patent monetisation and licensing market.


Courtney Quish

Courtney Quish is vice president of patent strategy and M&A at Rovi Corporation, a TiVo Company. In this role she is responsible for designing and implementing IP monetisation strategies that build upon Rovi’s core strengths. This includes patent acquisitions, divestments and strategic partnerships. Since joining Rovi in 2015, Ms Quish closed a strategic partnership with Intellectual Ventures and led IP diligence in the acquisition of TiVo, which closed earlier this year.

Before joining Rovi, Ms Quish was a member of Mintz Levin’s patent litigation practice, where she spent the majority of her time representing patent owners in licensing and litigation matters.


Courtney Quish

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).


Ilkka Rahnasto

Ilkka Rahnasto heads the patent business of Nokia Technologies, the advanced technology and licensing arm of Nokia. Nokia Technologies manages one of the industry’s broadest and strongest IP portfolios, with over 100 licensees and annual revenues of more than €500 million.

From 2001 to 2010 Mr Rahnasto led the creation of Nokia’s patent licensing business. He then served as deputy chief legal officer of Nokia and head of legal and intellectual property for Nokia’s devices and services business until its sale to Microsoft in 2014, when he returned to lead the next chapter of Nokia’s patent business.

Mr Rahnasto has both graduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Helsinki and an LLM from George Washington University, which was earned on a Fulbright scholarship. His book on IP rights, external effects and antitrust law was published in 2003.

Ilkka Rahnasto

Kent Richardson

Kent Richardson counsels clients on a variety of patent and business matters, including patent buying, selling, licensing, valuation, prosecution and operations. He has licensing and marketing patent portfolio experience, resulting in more than $600 million worth of patent licence bookings. Mr Richardson has served as an expert witness on patent monetisation and licencing practices in UK and US cases.

Before founding ROL Group, Mr Richardson was general manager of ThinkFire Services USA, Ltd’s Silicon Valley office. He has worked in various senior management roles with growth businesses such as Sezmi, Constellation Capital, Rambus and Numerical Technologies. He was also a private practice attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. 

Mr Richardson is a member of the California Bar and a US Patent and Trademark Office registered patent attorney. He holds five US patents.

He has a JD and a BSc in computer engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Kent Richardson

David Schreiber

David Schreiber is head of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards’ Americas group. He is responsible for over 50 IP personnel in its nine offices in the Americas and also manages IP litigation, counselling and licensing matters for a variety of Philips’ businesses. Mr Schreiber has been with Philips for over 10 years and has been involved with many technologies including digital video, solid state lighting, wireless technologies and imaging technologies.

Before joining Philips, he was chief patent and trademark counsel for Citigroup Inc.

Mr Schreiber holds a BSc in electrical engineering from Tufts University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Centre.

David Schreiber

Joseph Siino

Joseph Siino is president of Via Licensing Corporation. During his career, he has managed billions of dollars’ worth of IP and technology deals and worked with many of the world’s largest technology companies.

Before Via, Mr Siino founded successful IP companies such as Ovidian Group and Hadrian Ventures. He was also Yahoo!’s first senior vice president of global intellectual property, developing Yahoo!’s IP asset management department and structuring a range of innovative IP-centric alliances – including its historic multibillion-dollar pact with Alibaba Group, now China’s largest internet company. Mr Siino was credited with placing Yahoo! at the forefront of global IP strategy and deal making during his time there.

Before Yahoo!, Mr Siino headed the IP strategy practice at one of Silicon Valley’s top law firms. He has also designed and taught IP business, strategy and finance courses as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Joseph Siino

Jim Skippen

Jim Skippen is president and CEO of WiLAN and a member of its board of directors. WiLAN is a public company listed on both the NASDAQ and the Toronto Stock Exchange that manages many large portfolios of patent assets. Since assuming this position in June 2006, Mr Skippen has led WiLAN’s operations and strategy. WiLAN has generated approximately $1 billion from licensing activities and has signed over 500 licence agreements. 

Before joining WiLAN, Mr Skippen worked for two of Canada’s largest law firms and held a number of senior management positions with another leading technology company. In 2011, Mr Skippen won CanTech’s award for Canada’s top technology executive of the year.

Jim Skippen

Ray Strimaitis

Ray Strimaitis is vice president and deputy general counsel at Yahoo! and vice president of Excalibur IP, LLC. He leads a global team of IP professionals and is responsible for all of the company’s IP matters. In his current role, Mr Strimaitis is responsible for setting patent strategy, monetising the company patent portfolio, managing patent risk, guiding patent advocacy and overseeing all trademark and copyright matters.

Since joining Yahoo! in 2010, Mr Strimaitis initiated and successfully established and led a programme to monetise Yahoo! patents, which has resulted in $600 million in patent sales and licence transactions. In 2016 he led the effort to form Excalibur IP, LLC – a wholly-owned Yahoo! subsidiary established to further optimise patent value to Yahoo shareholders.  

Before joining Yahoo! Mr Strimaitis served in various legal, management and patent monetisation roles at IBM. He received his BS in electrical engineering and JD from Cleveland State University.  



Stefan Tamme

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

Mr Tamme has over 20 years’ 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 like Bosch, as well as for several medium-sized companies and successful start-ups in Europe and the United States. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University and an MSc in electrical engineering from Leibniz University of Hanover.

Stefan Tamme

Claudia Tapia Garcia

Claudia Tapia is director of IP rights policy at Ericsson, whose networks supply around 40% of global mobile traffic. Her main responsibility is to engage in the global debate on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) and other IP rights topics, particularly promoting FRAND research. She is also responsible for other areas relating to Ericsson’s IP rights strategies and policies for standards development organisations. Dr Tapia previously worked at BlackBerry, focusing on various IP matters, including IP rights policies in standards, global patent policies, licensing and litigation.

Dr Tapia has a law degree from the University of Valencia, an LLM from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and a PhD (earned on a Max Planck Institute scholarship) from the Faculty of Law in Augsburg. She is president of 4iP Council, vice chair of the DigitalEurope IP rights working group and vice chair of the TechUK IP policy group.

Claudia Tapia Garcia

Boris Teksler

Boris Teksler is the president, CEO and a member of the board of directors at Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. Mr Teksler is a 24-year Silicon Valley veteran with a career spanning research, product development and IP commercialisation.

Most recently Mr Teksler was the CEO of Unwired Planet, Inc, formerly an IP company focused on the mobile industry. Previously, he was senior executive vice president and president of the technology business group at Technicolor, a technology leader in the media and entertainment sector. Before moving to Technicolor, he was the head of Apple Inc’s patent licensing and strategy. Before his tenure at Apple, he co-founded the IP licensing business at Hewlett-Packard Company.

Mr Teksler has a degree in computer science from the University of California, Davis.

Boris Teksler

Michael Vladescu

Michael Vladescu is chief operating officer at WiLAN Inc. He is responsible for licensing, portfolio acquisitions and partnerships as well as litigation. He joined WiLAN in March 2012. Before joining WiLAN, Mr Vladescu was vice president of licensing and intellectual property at MOSAID Technologies, where he also held the roles of manager and director of intellectual property.

Before joining MOSAID in 1996, Mr Vladescu held the position of portfolio account manager at Semiconductor Insights. Mr Vladescu has a bachelor of applied science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo and an executive MBA from Queen’s University. 


Marek Wernik

Marek Wernik is the president of TechPats, an IP consulting firm with offices in the United States, Canada, Japan and Taiwan.

Dr Wernik has over 30 years of technology management, business and IP strategy experience. Before TechPats, Dr Wernik was CEO and president of Global Intellectual Strategies (GIS). Under Dr Wernik’s leadership, GIS became an internationally recognised patent consulting engineering firm. He has previously held the position of director of IP strategy at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Laboratories.

Dr Wernik has also held various management positions at Alcatel and Nortel. His experience in technology and intellectual property covers a broad range of technical areas, including all fields of telecommunications and information technology and communication systems, in particular wireless and mobile systems, digital media and semiconductors. Dr Wernik has a PhD in electrical engineering from Warsaw Technical University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Programme for Global Leadership.

Marek Wernik

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