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Speakers

Name Position Company
Atulya R Agarwal Head, IP licensing and business strategy Genentech
BenoÎt Battistelli President European Patent Office
Garrard R Beeney Co-head, IP and technology group Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Johanne Belisle CEO Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Bruce Berman CEO Brody Berman Associates, Inc
Kurt Brasch Head, patent transactions Uber
Gustav Brismark Chief IP officer Ericsson
Paul Carpenter Partner QipWorks
Jeffery L Carter President and CEO HTS, LLC
Elvir Causevic Managing director Houlihan Lokey
Billie Chen Associate general counsel and chief IP counsel Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd
Mark Cohen Distinguished senior fellow and director, China initiative Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Barry A Costa Director, technology transfer The MITRE Corporation
Tim Croll Deputy general counsel, IP Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
Peter Damerell Partner Powell Gilbert LLP
Giustino de Sanctis Founder and CEO Vectis
Patricio Delgado Vice president, FRAND compliance and new initiatives for IP rights and licensing Ericsson
François Drapeau-Paquin Senior IP counsel Royal Philips
Jako Eleveld Head, IP licensing Royal Philips
Bart Eppenauer Managing partner, Seattle Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Mattia Fogliacco CEO Sisvel Group
Michael Friedman CEO Hilco IP Merchant Banking
Diane Gabl Kratz Senior corporate counsel, IP Seagate Technology
Mathen Ganesan EVP and head, invention investment funds Intellectual Ventures
Stefan Geyersberger Head, patents and licensing Fraunhofer IIS
William Goldman Vice president, IP Kudelski Group
Eeva Hakoranta Vice president, licensing Nokia
John Han Senior vice president and general manager Qualcomm Technology Licensing
Philip Hartstein President and CEO Finjan Holdings Inc
Heath Hoglund Chief patent counsel Dolby Laboratories
Andrei Iancu Director and undersecretary of commerce, IP US Patent and Trademark Office
Vasheharan Kanesarajah Director, client advocacy, IP Clarivate Analytics
Katharine Ku Executive director, Office of Technology Licensing Stanford University
William R LaFontaine General manager, IP IBM
Joshua Landau Patent counsel Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)
Ron Laurie Co-chair Licensing Executives Society Silicon Valley Chapter
Richard Lloyd North America editor IAM
Kenneth Lustig Co-founder RealWear, Inc.
Taraneh Maghamé Senior director, wireless programmes and corporate development Via Licensing
Robert McCauley Managing partner, Palo Alto Finnegan
Ian McClure Director, office of technology commercialisation University of Kentucky
Dan McCurdy CEO Provenance Asset Group
Lisa McFall Deputy general counsel, IP Workday, Inc
Mike McLean Senior vice president, IP services TechInsights
Amar K Mehta Deputy general counsel and head of IP Waymo LLC
John Mulgrew Global head, IP Uber
Eric Olsen Senior vice president, acquisitions RPX Corporation
Ami Patel Shah Managing director and head, IP analysis group Fortress Investment Group
Pat Patnode President GE Licensing & Technology Ventures
John H. Pilarski Director, IP Johnson Controls International plc
David Pridham Chair and CEO Dominion Harbor
Ilkka Rahnasto Head, patent business Nokia
Satish Rao Associate director, physical sciences licensing Columbia University
Kent Richardson CEO Richardson Oliver Insights, LLC
David Ruschke Chief judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board US Patent and Trademark Office
Nicolas Schifano Senior director and assistant general counsel Microsoft
Jacob Schindler Asia-Pacific editor IAM
Sue Siegel Chief innovation officer GE
Wayne P Sobon Vice president, IP Juul Labs, Inc
Matthew Stack Managing director XLP Capital
Stefan Tamme Vice president, IP strategy and licensing Rambus
Allen Tao Managing partner Liu, Shen & Associates
Phyllis Turner-Brim Vice president and assistant general counsel, IP and technology Starbucks Coffee Company
Daniel Videtto President, IP Clarivate Analytics
Harrick M Vin Founder and Global head Digitate
Ben Wang Vice president and chief IP counsel ZTE TX
Joff Wild Editor IAM
Stephan Wolke Head, corporate IP ThyssenKrupp AG
Jay Yonamine Head, data science, global patents Google
David Yurkerwich Managing director Navigant Consulting, Inc

Biographies

Atulya R Agarwal

Atulya R Agarwal is head of IP licensing and business strategy at Genentech. In this role, he oversees IP-related issues associated with Genentech’s transactional activities and provides strategic, creative and practical guidance to business partners on licensing and other third-party IP matters. Previously, Dr Agarwal was head of patents at Genentech, where he oversaw IP matters associated with Genentech’s portfolio in oncology. He was also senior vice president and chief IP officer at Elan Pharmaceuticals, a partner at Dickstein Shapiro and an associate at Pennie and Edmonds. 

Dr Agarwal has a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, a PhD in biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine and a BS in Biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University. He is registered to practise in California, Washington DC and before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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BenoÎt Battistelli

Benoît Battistelli was elected president of the European Patent Office (EPO) in July 2010. His initial mandate was extended by three years following the unanimous approval of his results and programmes by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation in June 2014.

Before joining the EPO, Mr Battistelli was director general of the French National Institute of Industrial Property from May 2004. He was also elected chair of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation in March 2009. Mr Battistelli has held several high-profile positions concerned with innovation, competitiveness and external economic relations – for example, as French trade commissioner to Poland, Italy, India and Turkey.

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Garrard R Beeney

Garrard R Beeney is co-head of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s IP and technology group and a member of the firm’s managing partners committee. Mr Beeney has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was counsel in two major patent cases before the US Supreme Court in 2016.

Mr Beeney has litigated IP and licensing cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in infringement actions and advises plaintiffs on patent selection in pre-suit due diligence. Mr Beeney also frequently advises on licensing issues and IP monetisation and has represented patent holders in multiple licensing pools. He helped form licensing company MPEG LA and secure worldwide regulatory approval and now represents several pool licensing agents.

Mr Beeney is regularly recognised as a leading lawyer by industry publications. The American Lawyer has twice named him its litigator of the week.

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Johanne Belisle

Johanne Bélisle was appointed commissioner of patents, registrar of trademarks and CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in September 2015.

Previously, she had been assistant deputy minister for Quebec at Service Canada (Employment and Social Development Canada) since 2013. From 2011 to 2013, Ms Belisle was assistant deputy minister of human resources at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. From 2007 to 2011, she was assistant deputy minister at Public Works and Government Service Canada, where she led corporate services, policy and communications and acquisitions teams.

Ms Bélisle has also held senior management positions at Social Development Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Canadian Heritage and Finance Canada.

Ms Belisle has a master’s in business administration from Ottawa University, a certificate in public relations from Laval University and a bachelor’s with honours in journalism from Carleton University. She has also participated in the Accelerated Executive Development Programme (1997-2003).

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Bruce Berman

Bruce Berman is CEO of Brody Berman Associates, a management consulting and communications firm that works with innovative businesses to improve understanding and enhance return. Since 1988 the firm has supported more than 200 IP-rich businesses, portfolios and strategies, as well as many law firms and their clients.

Mr Berman has published five books about the business of IP rights, including From Ideas to Assets, and has written “The Intangible Investor” column for IAM magazine since 2003. He also publishes “IP CloseUp”, an update on trends that is read in more than 50 countries. In 2017 he founded the Centre for Intellectual Property Understanding, a non-profit organisation that focuses on increasing IP awareness and education.

Mr Berman has a master’s in film scholarship from Columbia University, where he taught for four years on the graduate programme and completed coursework for a PhD.

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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.

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Gustav Brismark

As chief IP officer and head of IP rights and licensing, Gustav Brismark is responsible for Ericsson’s patent development and licensing worldwide. With more than 42,000 granted patents, Ericsson holds one of the strongest radio communication patent portfolios, covering 2G, 3G, 4G and soon 5G cellular standards.

Mr Brismark and his team are responsible for creating a return on investment in Ericsson technology and patenting the inventions of Ericsson engineers. The team provides access to Ericsson technology through a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing programme, while protecting the company’s intellectual property. 

Mr Brismark joined Ericsson in 1986 after receiving his MSc in physics engineering from Uppsala University, Sweden. He is co-inventor on several patents relating to algorithm research for 2G and 3G systems and is the inventor of 10 patents relating to global systems for mobile communication and wideband code division multiplexing access technology.

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Paul Carpenter

Paul Carpenter, a partner at QipWorks, has extensive expertise in patent portfolio development and an intimate understanding of the rigour required at all stages of the innovation and patent lifecycle.

Mr Carpenter played a fundamental role in advancing BlackBerry’s foundational patent portfolio. He instigated and led multiple IP programmes, bringing diligence to high-value assets. He was integral to the monetisation of this portfolio – realising hundreds of millions of dollars, reducing cost of ownership by 20% and developing hundreds of litigation-ready claim charts. He has successfully defended against IP assertions by practising and non-practising entities, has contributed to the development of globally adopted wireless standards and is an inventor on more than 30 patent families.

Mr Carpenter has a master’s in intellectual property from Queen Mary, University of London, an MBA in engineering management from the University of Bradford and an MSc in radio communications from the University of Leeds.

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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.

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Elvir Causevic

Elvir Causevic is managing director and co-head of Houlihan Lokey’s tech and IP advisory practice.

Previously, Dr Causevic founded and was CEO of Black Stone IP, a boutique investment bank focused on valuing and trading tech and IP assets, which Houlihan Lokey acquired in 2017. Before Black Stone, he was instrumental in the MIPS semiconductors $350 million patent transaction while head of the IP strategy practice at Ocean Tomo. Before that, Dr Causevic founded several industrial, medical and high-tech businesses, two of which were acquired by Fortune 500 companies.

Dr Causevic is a named inventor on more than 20 patents and patent applications and was an assistant professor of applied mathematics at Yale University.

Dr Causevic has a BS, an MS and a doctor of science in electrical engineering from Washington University in St Louis and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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Billie Chen

Billie Chen is associate general counsel and chief IP counsel at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC). Ms Chen is in charge of all patent IP-related functions, including global patent strategy and patent portfolio establishment and offensive and defensive strategies for patent disputes and litigation.

Under Ms Chen’s leadership, TSMC has established a best-in-class IP portfolio, which includes approximately 30,000 patents worldwide. This has resulted in TSMC ranking among the top 10 US patent assignees in 2016. Ms Chen led TSMC's IP team to win several patent litigations, maintain exceptionally high institution rates for inter partes reviews and successfully resolved several patent dispute cases with her professional negotiation and strategic problem solving skills.

Ms Chen is an experienced IP executive and a certified US attorney. She was named an IAM Market Maker for 2016 and is listed in the IAM Strategy 300.

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Mark Cohen

Mark Cohen is a lecturer in law and senior fellow and director of the Berkeley Centre for Law and Technology’s Asia IP Project. Previously, he served as senior counsel at the US Patent and Trademark Office, where he led a 21-member China team. He was also a visiting and adjunct professor at Fordham Law School.

Mr Cohen has more than 30 years’ private and public sector, in-house and academic experience in China and transition economies, with a focus on technology, trade and IP monetisation.

Among his numerous publications, Mr Cohen is editor and author of the blog www.chinaipr.com.

Mr Cohen has a JD from Columbia University, an MA in Chinese language from the University of Wisconsin and a BA in Chinese studies from the State University of New York at Albany. He is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.

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Barry A Costa

Barry A Costa has led critical, fast-paced projects for the US Intelligence Community, the Central Command, the Special Operations Command, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the US Department of Defence. His diverse career has spanned pioneering digital imaging technologies and immersive visualisation systems; human social culture behaviour analysis and modelling; operationally focused technical analyses; tagging, tracking and locating; and radar modelling.

Mr Costa is director of technology transfer for The MITRE Corporation. He is responsible for the development and execution of MITRE’s licensing strategy and the promotion to industry of its technology, as well as the development and implementation of licensing and commercialisation strategies consistent with the company’s public interest and federally funded R&D centre missions. He focuses on innovative techniques that enable the discovery of new technology that meets the needs of MITRE’s sponsors, while simultaneously working to spur regional and national economic growth.

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Tim Croll

Tim Croll is deputy general counsel for intellectual property at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, which is a leader in advanced embedded system solutions for the world's most innovative automotive, industrial, home automation and appliance, consumer electronic and medical products. Cypress provides programmable systems on chip, general-purpose microcontrollers, analogue integrated circuits, wireless and USB-based connectivity solutions and reliable, high-performance memories that help engineers to design differentiated products and get them to market first. As such, Mr Croll is involved with many aspects of Cypress’s IP management, including patent and other IP portfolio development and monetisation, litigation and mergers and acquisitions. Over the past 25 years, Mr Croll has worked as the director of intellectual property at Spansion and an IP attorney at LSI Corp, Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and in private practice. Before attending law school, Mr Croll worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley.

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Peter Damerell

Peter Damerell is a partner at Powell Gilbert LLP, a London-based specialist IP firm. 

Mr Damerell advises on a wide range of contentious IP matters and has extensive experience handling complex and high-value patent litigation across a diverse range of technologies before the UK courts. His cases are commonly international in nature and he often works with legal advisers from across Europe, North America and Japan, contributing to – and often coordinating – multi-jurisdictional patent litigation strategies.

Mr Damerell has particular experience in advising telecoms companies on patent and fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing issues. He has been involved in a number of leading UK cases in this sector, including Unwired Planet v Huawei, TCT v Ericsson, Vringo v ZTE, HTC v Apple and Nokia v Apple.

Mr Damerell was recognised as a Rising Star in Euromoney’s Expert Guides 2017 and a Next Generation Lawyer by the Legal 500.

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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. 

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Patricio Delgado

Patricio Delgado is vice president of FRAND licensing compliance and new initiatives for IP rights and licensing at Ericsson. He is responsible for ensuring that Ericsson’s patent licensing approach and cross licences are FRAND compliant and for leading new initiatives relating to 5G. Before taking on this role, Mr Delgado headed Ericsson’s 5G programme within IP rights and licensing, where he guided all aspects of Ericsson’s IP rights approach to 5G. Before that, he headed Ericsson’s emerging market licensing programme and worked as senior counsel on various activities worldwide relating to Ericsson’s 2G, 3G and 4G patent portfolios. Those activities included portfolio development, pricing, licensing, sales and acquisitions and litigation. Before joining Ericsson, Mr Delgado practised patent law at Baker Botts, representing telecoms companies in patent litigations in the United States. He has a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

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François Drapeau-Paquin

François Drapeau-Paquin has a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry and a bachelor of laws from the University of Montreal, as well as a master of laws in IP law from the University of Maastricht (Netherlands). He is a senior IP counsel within the IP division of Royal Philips NV.

Mr Drapeau-Paquin qualified as a European patent attorney in 2015 and has managed patent portfolios for various Philips businesses. He also leads the negotiation and crafting of IP-related terms and conditions applicable to a number of relationships between Philips and public and private organisations in Europe.

Mr Drapeau-Paquin is also responsible for Philips’s scouting and acquisition activities for enriching its IP portfolio through the acquisition or licensing-in of IP rights. In this role, he also deals with the valuation of third-party assets and assesses how they fit under Philips’s strategy.

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Jako Eleveld

Since 2009 Jako Eleveld has been on the executive management team of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards – a leading industrial IP organisation that handles all IP matters for Royal Philips.

As head of IP licensing, Mr Eleveld leads a successful global team handling all patent and technology licensing, IP venturing and new IP business development for the company.

Mr Eleveld has 20 years’ experience in intellectual property. Previously, he was responsible for the IP portfolio and transactional matters of Philips Semiconductors (now NXP), Philips Group Innovation and Philips Consumer Lifestyle. His experience covers the entire spectrum of intellectual property, including portfolio management, standardisation, acquisition, licensing, litigation, M&A and other transactions – always with a good understanding of the relationship between intellectual property and business. He is also a board member of various IP companies.

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Bart Eppenauer

Bart Eppenauer joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon after more than a decade as Microsoft’s chief patent counsel. Under his leadership, Microsoft developed a high-quality patent portfolio of more than 35,000 issued patents worldwide that received top rankings in IEEE SpectrumBusinessWeek and The Patent Board and developed an extremely successful IP licensing programme.

At Shook, Mr Eppenauer’s practice focuses on strategic IP counselling and analysis, pre­litigation and litigation strategy, complex multilateral IP transactions and licence agreements and IP policy advocacy. He works closely with government and judicial officials, academics and industry leaders worldwide on IP policy issues, including ongoing judicial and legislative patent reform efforts. 

Mr Eppenauer frequently writes and speaks on a range of IP issues, and has particular expertise in patent subject matter eligibility of computer-implemented inventions. He is the creator and lead author of the firm’s ‘Cloud IPQ’ blog and is a regular IAM blog contributor.

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Mattia Fogliacco

Mattia Fogliacco was appointed CEO of Sisvel in January 2017, but has been part of the Sisvel Group’s executive management team as chief new business officer since 2014. 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.

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Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman is CEO and a founder of HILCO IP Merchant Banking, an integrated provider of IP advisory and monetisation services and a principal investor in IP-related transactions. Mr Friedman was formerly managing director at Ocean Tomo, LLC, where he led its IP asset management business and served as chief investment officer and head of investment banking. Before joining Ocean Tomo, Mr Friedman founded and was managing partner of multi-strategy hedge fund FHS Investments, LLC and was a managing director at UBS AG, where he was co-head of special situations investing. Mr Friedman practised M&A and securities law for a number of years before joining the investment community. He earned his JD in 1988 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was research editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. He also has a BS in marine engineering and nautical science.

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Diane Gabl Kratz

Diane Gabl Kratz is senior IP counsel at Seagate Technology's headquarters in Cupertino, California. A US Patent and Trademark Office-registered patent attorney, she manages the patent portfolio for Seagate’s consumer products group, advising on strategy, prosecution and IP-related transactions. She also manages Seagate’s global trademark portfolio, leading strategy and handling enforcement of trademark, copyright and domain name rights. Previously, Ms Kratz was in private practice at the Silicon Valley offices of Morrison & Foerster and Sidley Austin, where she focused on IP litigation in industries such as semiconductors, software, telecoms and consumer electronics. 

A four-time Super Lawyers Rising Star, Ms Kratz regularly speaks at conferences and has been a guest lecturer for Stanford University’s management science and engineering department and the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. 

Ms Kratz obtained her JD from the University of Chicago Law School and her bachelor’s degree in physics from Cornell University.

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Mathen Ganesan

Mathen Ganesan is executive vice president of Intellectual Ventures’ (IV’s) invention investment funds.

He is directly responsible for portfolio management, monetisation strategy, patent engineering and fund operations, working closely with IV’s monetisation teams to maximise the value of acquired patent assets.

Mr Ganesan most recently served as managing director of Invention Investment Ireland, IV’s third invention investment fund, based in Dublin. Mr Ganesan was responsible for the fund’s investment strategy, patent acquisitions, patent prosecution, engineering, finance and fund operations.

Over the past 19 years Mr Ganesan has also acted as a consultant and adviser to companies in the semiconductor, mobile advertising, music and new media markets.

Mr Ganesan has a bachelor’s degree in microelectronics and software engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a master of science in telecoms from University College London.

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Stefan Geyersberger


Mr Geyersberger has over 15 years’ experience in various business and licensing positions at Fraunhofer IIS, which he joined in 1996 as a digital signal processor engineer. 

After changing his focus to software and IP licensing business development, Mr Geyersberger played a significant role in the establishment and launch of the MPEG-4 AAC patent pool in 2002, which generated substantial IP revenues for Fraunhofer IIS’s industrial research programmes. 

Mr Geyersberger has established and managed various other patent pools and developed strategies to create, license, acquire and enforce IP rights for protecting key technologies and creating significant R&D reinvestment revenue streams.

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William Goldman

William Goldman is an IP professional with almost two decades’ patent experience. He has a BSc in electrical and electronics engineering from Michigan State University and a JD from Syracuse University. After obtaining his JD, Mr Goldman joined Limbach & Limbach LLP, where he focused on global patent prosecution and portfolio development strategies. He later joined Gray Cary, where he was a partner in the patent litigation group and successfully tried patent cases to verdict before district courts and the International Trade Commission. He then joined the divestiture and licensing business of Intellectual Ventures, helping it to bring in over $1 billion in licensing revenue in 2011. He is now vice president of intellectual property for the Kudelski Group, a leader in Swiss technology, which he joined in 2012. He co-founded the company’s licensing business and helped it to leverage a portfolio of more than 5,500 patents and applications worldwide.

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Eeva Hakoranta

Eeva Hakoranta is vice president of licensing for the Patent Business at Nokia. With more than 100 licensees, Nokia has one of the industry’s broadest and strongest IP portfolios—reporting around €1.6 billion in patent and brand licensing revenue in 2017.

In addition to leading licensing, Ms. Hakoranta is involved in enforcement, regulatory matters, and business development. She joined Nokia in 2006 to create an IP rights legal organization and worked with patent licensing and other IP rights-intensive transactions before assuming her present role in 2012. Before that, she advised international clients at private practice firm Roschier.

Having worked for many years at the intersection of business, IP, and competition law, Ms. Hakoranta has closed hundreds of agreements, managed complex enforcement projects, and been involved in major transactions.

Ms. Hakoranta has a master's degree in law from Helsinki University and holds several positions of trust in related professional organizations.

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John Han

John Han joined Qualcomm in 2016 as senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. In this role, he oversees licence negotiations, business development, account management, compliance and enforcement and finance. Before joining Qualcomm, Mr Han spent more than 16 years in Ericsson’s IP and licensing business, most recently as vice president of patent licensing, responsible for the company’s global patent licensing programme. Before that, he led the patent prosecution and enforcement functions of Ericsson’s IP and licensing business. Earlier in his career, Mr Han was general patent counsel and acting general counsel for Samsung Telecommunications America. Mr Han has a BA and an MA in computer science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Texas A&M University, respectively, and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.

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Philip Hartstein

Phil Hartstein is President and CEO of Finjan Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: FNJN), a cybersecurity company with a rich 20-year history. He oversees the direction and management of assets and future investments. He works with Finjan’s executive management team to implement the shareholders’ vision of a public technology company and advance its position as a global leader in proactive behaviour-based cybersecurity technologies. 

Mr Hartstein has held several technology and IP-related roles over the past 17 years. He has a BS in industrial technology from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo and is a named inventor and patent holder, with more than two dozen pending and issued patents across a number of disciplines. Mr Hartstein is working to establish standards for patent licensing through the Licensing Executives Society and a programme extending Finjan’s commitment to best practices. He was recently acknowledged as an accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute.

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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 Owners Association 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.

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Andrei Iancu

As director and undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu provides leadership to one of the world’s largest IP offices. He is also principal adviser to the secretary of commerce on US and international IP policy matters.

Before joining the USPTO, Mr Iancu was managing partner at Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focused on IP litigation and he represented clients in various technical and scientific fields.

Mr Iancu’s work has been recognised by various publications, including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. He has written and spoken publicly on a variety of IP issues.

Mr Iancu has a JD from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, where he has also taught patent law. He also has a master of science in mechanical engineering and a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from UCLA.

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Vasheharan Kanesarajah

Vasheharan Kanesarajah is director of client advocacy for the IP business (Derwent) of Clarivate Analytics. He is responsible for leading cross-functional teams to create market and client-driven approaches to developing world-class products and services for the IP market.

Mr Kanesarajah is a seasoned patent and technology analyst who has worked with technology-focused corporations, governments and research institutions worldwide to deliver actionable intelligence that drives R&D, IP and innovation strategy. ​His clients have included Fortune 500 board members, government agency heads, chief technical officers and general counsels.

Mr Kanesarajah provides expert insight and best practice knowledge on patent analytics, portfolio assessments, patent licensing, competitive intelligence and horizon scanning. He has represented Clarivate Analytics in the IP, R&D and academic communities and has guest lectured at universities across Europe and Asia. ​

Mr Kanesarajah has a bachelor of mechanical engineering and a postgraduate degree in IP management from the University of London.

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Katharine Ku

Katharine Ku is executive director of the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) at Stanford University. The OTL is responsible for licensing various state-of-the-art university technologies and industry-sponsored research agreements. 

Previously, Ms Ku was vice president of business development at Protein Design Labs, Inc and worked at Monsanto and Sigma Chemical.

Ms Ku is a member of the National Institutes of Health National Centre for Advancing Translational Sciences and the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Industry Advisory Board. She has served on the Certified Licensing Professional board of governors, the Biotechnology Innovation Organisation board and the Licensing Executives Society board of trustees. She was president of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) from 1988 to 1990 and received the AUTM 2001 Bayh-Dole Award. Ms Ku was a committee member of the National Academies of Science study entitled “Management of University Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research, and Dialogue”.

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William R LaFontaine

William R LaFontaine Jr is a recognised leader in the areas of technology licensing, technology partnerships and IP. In his role as general manager of IP at IBM, Dr LaFontaine and his team work at the intersection of research, business units and clients to accelerate the market introduction of new technologies, including cognitive computing. Dr LaFontaine is responsible for delivering more than $1 billion each year in joint development, technology transfer and patent licensing. In his 28-year career at IBM, Dr LaFontaine has been chief operating officer for its research division, general manager of global technology services in the Middle East and Africa and general manager of worldwide semiconductor and technology sales.

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Joshua Landau

Joshua Landau is patent counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), which he represents and advises on patent issues. Mr Landau joined the CCIA in 2017 from WilmerHale, where he represented clients in patent litigation, counselling and prosecution, including trials both in district courts and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Before WilmerHale, Mr Landau was a legal fellow on Senator Al Franken’s judiciary staff, focusing on privacy and technology issues. Mr Landau obtained his JD from Georgetown University Law Centre and his BSEE from the University of Michigan. Before law school, he spent several years as an automotive engineer, during which time he co-invented technology leading to US Patent 6,934,140.

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Ron Laurie

Ron Laurie is chair of lnventionShare, an open innovation company that rapidly transforms breakthrough technologies with high social impact into globally deployed innovations. He is also managing director at Inflexion Point Strategy, the first IP-focused boutique investment bank, which he founded in 2004. Mr Laurie is a director of Wi-LAN, Inc, one of the oldest and most successful publicly traded patent licensing companies. He is on the advisory board of the Hoover Institution IP2 Working Group at Stanford University and co-chairs the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society. He was a founding partner of Skadden Arps's Silicon Valley office, where he led IP teams in some of the largest ever high-tech and life sciences M&A, spin-out and joint venture deals, worth over $50 billion in the aggregate. He was also a founding partner of Weil, Gotshal and lrell & Manella’s Silicon Valley offices.

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Richard Lloyd

Richard Lloyd is the North America editor of 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.

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Kenneth Lustig

Kenneth Lustig is head of IP and a co-founder of RealWear, Inc, a start-up which creates industrial head-mounted tablets.

Previously, Mr Lustig was an executive adviser to Black Stone IP, where he assisted multinational clients on complex IP advisory assignments. Before that, he was a vice president at Intellectual Ventures, where he oversaw a range of acquisition, licensing, patent sale and client activities, including leading the consortium that acquired the Kodak Digital Imaging portfolio.

Mr Lustig spent more than 11 years at Microsoft as a senior leader, managing a range of inbound and outbound IP activities, including patent litigation settlements. He was also involved in numerous IP policy-based initiatives for the company. Before Microsoft, Mr Lustig spent nine years as a global investment banker.  

Mr Lustig has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA in finance from New York University.

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Taraneh Maghamé

Taraneh Maghamé is an IP business leader recognised for her combination of strategic IP licensing know-how, government relations and policy expertise. She is senior director of wireless programmes at Via Licensing Corp, where she oversees strategic multi-party licensing programmes for wireless and cellular technologies.

Previously, Ms Maghamé was senior counsel at Apple, where she focused on patent licensing strategy and standards. Before that, she was vice president for M&A and patent policy at Tessera Technologies, where she handled multinational IP-centric transactions and co-founded the Innovation Alliance, an organisation representing patentees’ interests before Congress. She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Federal Trade Commission regarding patent law matters.

Ms Maghamé previously held senior IP roles at HP/Compaq and practised IP litigation and licensing at several major US firms. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Centre and is admitted to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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Robert McCauley

Robert McCauley, managing partner of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s Palo Alto office, is a seasoned litigator with extensive courtroom experience handling patent, trademark and trade secret litigation. A former deputy district attorney for Santa Clara County, Mr McCauley litigates in various courts across the United States – most often in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the US International Trade Commission and the California superior courts. He works with clients on complex cases involving a range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, software and semiconductor devices (including flash memory), off-road and racing vehicle suspension systems and liquid cooling for data centres. Mr McCauley regularly speaks on IP litigation at seminars and has taught advanced trial advocacy skills to experienced lawyers at the National Trial Advocacy College of the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Ian McClure

Ian McClure is director of the office of technology commercialisation at the University of Kentucky, where he oversees intellectual property, licensing and start-up generation. Mr McClure began his career as an M&A and IP transactions attorney. After leaving private practice, he helped to build IPXI, a Chicago-based start-up that was the world’s first financial exchange for technology rights and IP licensing. Most recently, he was vice president of IP strategy for Black Stone IP (acquired by Houlihan Lokey), an investment bank headquartered in San Francisco which focuses on IP-rich M&A and technology-driven transactions. Mr McClure has also taught IP law and business courses at the Chicago-Kent College of Law and the University of Kentucky. He published the well-cited “Accountability in the Patent Market” series of law review articles and has been recognised in the IP Strategy 300 since 2012.

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Dan McCurdy

Dan McCurdy is CEO of Provenance Asset Group. Previously, he was senior vice president at RPX, CEO of AST and chair and CEO of PatentFreedom.

Mr McCurdy was the founding CEO of ThinkFire; president of intellectual property at Lucent Technologies and Bell Laboratories; vice president of IBM, where he was responsible for the creation of its life sciences business unit; vice president of Ciena Corporation, where he directed mergers and acquisitions and corporate development; director of business development for IBM Research; and manager of technology and IP policy for IBM worldwide. He is a member of Immersion Corporation’s board of directors.

Mr McCurdy graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina and served on the IP policy committee of the US National Academies. He was named CEO of the Year by Intellectual Property Magazine in 2011 and one of 40 "movers and shakers" by IAM in 2014.

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Lisa McFall

Lisa McFall is deputy general counsel for intellectual property at Workday, Inc, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. She has deep expertise in all facets of strategic IP creation, management and risk mitigation, as well as patent acquisition, monetisation and enforcement strategies. 

Before joining Workday in 2014, Ms McFall co-founded Ovidian Group, LLC, a strategic IP business advisory firm. Before that, she was head of IP litigation at Yahoo! from 2004 to 2009. 

Ms McFall began her career litigating IP cases at Brown & Bain and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She has tried cases in the US district courts, the Federal Circuit and the International Trade Commission.

Ms McFall has a JD with honours from the University of Wisconsin and a BA in international relations from Stanford University, where she focused on US-Soviet civil and military relations.

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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 in order to make fact-based IP decisions relating 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, helping them to develop, support and execute high-return patent strategies.

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Amar K Mehta

Amar K Mehta is deputy general counsel for Waymo LLC, Alphabet’s self-driving car business, where he oversees the IP and commercial legal function. He has been recognised by the American Bar Association for his negotiation skills and has transacted deals with an aggregate value of more than $20 billion over his career. Previously, Mr Mehta was a senior member of Google’s IP group, leading teams covering IP for Android, Chrome, Play, Hardware (including Pixel smartphones), YouTube, Photos and Hangouts. Mr Mehta was also Google’s head of patent acquisitions and was centrally involved in the Nortel patent auction, Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and the Kodak patent auction.  

Mr Mehta has a bachelor’s and a master’s in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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John Mulgrew

John Mulgrew has a mechanical engineering degree from Rice and a JD from GW Law. He started his legal career at several prominent law firms in New York and Washington DC. As an assistant general counsel at Microsoft, Mr Mulgrew led teams handling a wide variety of licensing, litigation support and other IP transactional-related matters. He has provided support for Microsoft’s European IP matters and drafted multi-party agreements with companies, universities, governments and research organisations. He joined Uber in 2017 to lead the IP team, but over time his responsibilities have expanded to include multiple client-facing teams.

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Eric Olsen

Before joining RPX Corporation, Eric Olsen was secretary and vice president of business development, legal at Aggregate Knowledge, a company developing advertising optimisation solutions for internet advertisers and advertising agencies. Before that, he worked at Intertrust Technologies Corporation in a variety of positions – most recently as vice president of intellectual property and licensing.

Mr Olsen has also served as patent counsel for Cardeon Corporation – a medical device start-up focusing on solutions for the bypass surgery market – and Zexel Innovation, a leading developer of GPS navigational systems.

Mr Olsen has a BSc in ecology and systematic biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a JD from Santa Clara University. He is a registered patent attorney before the US Patent and Trademark Office and a member of the California state bar.

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Ami Patel Shah

Ami Patel Shah is managing director at Fortress Investment Group and a partner of Fortress’ IP Investment Group, a $70 billion dollar-plus hedge fund which provides the United States’ first structured patent debt financing platform, allowing companies unique access to capital based on the asset value of their patent portfolios. Before joining Fortress, she was head of patents at Global Wireless for Intel Corporation for over 10 years. Previously, she also worked as an associate at law firms Dorsey & Whitney and Fish & Richardson.

Ms. Shah began her career as an examiner in the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She holds a JD and degrees in electrical and computer engineering. She maintains an office in the Washington D.C. area with Fortress, where she is a member of the Maryland Bar and is registered to practice before the USPTO.

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Pat Patnode

Pat Patnode is president of GE Licensing & Technology Ventures, leading a global team in developing new commercial opportunities for GE’s vast IP portfolio. GE Licensing & Technology Ventures enables business partners to access GE’s technologies and use them in innovative ways, helping them to accelerate their own technology development and differentiating them in the marketplace through licensing, joint development partnerships and the formation of new companies.
Previously, Mr Patnode was GE Ventures’ general counsel, managing the team responsible for all legal and compliance needs for the various GE Ventures business units. His experience spans numerous industries and subject areas, including securities, intellectual property, complex commercial and licensing transactions and litigation. Mr Patnode joined GE Ventures from GE Global Research, where he was chief compliance officer. Mr Patnode received his JD from Albany Law School and his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.

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John H. Pilarski

John H Pilarski is director of IP for Johnson Controls International plc and is responsible for managing the IP for its heating, ventilating and air conditioning businesses. Before the merger of Tyco International with Johnson Controls, Mr Pilarski managed the IP of the $20 billion-legacy Johnson Controls business and established a cutting-edge IP operating system. Mr Pilarski has technical expertise in multiple technical disciplines and is experienced in complex IP agreements, litigations, arbitrations and mediations. 

Mr Pilarski has a JD from the University of Wisconsin and a BS in mechanical engineering from Marquette University. He is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar and is a registered patent attorney before the US Patent and Trademark Office. He is a recognised expert in foreign patent filing strategies and was recently selected to the editorial board of the American Intellectual Property Law Association quarterly journal.

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David Pridham

David Pridham is chair and CEO of Dominion Harbor Enterprises. He has more than 17 years’ extensive and varied experience counselling clients on IP protection and development.

Mr Pridham’s experience includes managing global IP licensing campaigns along with significant IP fund acquisitions, overseeing IP litigation strategy and outcomes, directing patent prosecution, constructing defensive IP strategies and managing corporate IP programmes.

Mr Pridham’s clients have generated over $600 million in revenue from campaigns that he has directly managed. He has written extensively and been interviewed on the importance of IP to the innovation economy for various outlets, including Bloomberg, Corporate Counsel, IAM, Reuters and The Hill

Before forming Dominion Harbor, Mr Pridham served as co-founder and CEO of IP Navigation Group, was corporate secretary and general counsel for Firepond, Inc and worked in private legal practice. 

Mr Pridham has degrees from George Mason’s Antonin Scalia School of Law and Providence College.

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Ilkka Rahnasto

Ilkka Rahnasto is head of patent business at Nokia. With more than 100 licensees, Nokia has one of the industry’s broadest and strongest IP portfolios – reporting around €1.6 billion in patent and brand licensing revenue in 2017.

From 2001 to 2010 Dr 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 operations.

Dr Rahnasto has graduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Helsinki and an LLM from George Washington University, where he was a Fulbright scholar. His book on IP rights, external effects and antitrust law was published in 2003. In 2017 he was ranked first in the IAM Market Makers listing.

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Satish Rao

Satish Rao is associate director of physical sciences licensing at Columbia Technology Ventures, where he leads the Morningside campus team in commercialising technologies from several Columbia University departments, including the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The group manages IP and leads commercialisation efforts in various sectors, including media, data science, cleantech, advanced materials and medical devices. The group also supports start-ups from the university and has launched more than 50 IP-backed start-ups over the past two years.

Dr Rao co-launched and is senior adviser to Combine, a media start-up accelerator that focuses on launching teams from New York City universities. He earned his PhD in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has held postdoctoral positions at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (Barcelona) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York). He also worked with two start-ups through their launch and initial fundraising.

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Kent Richardson

As CEO of Richardson Oliver Insights, Kent Richardson supports customers in developing data-driven strategies based on patent market data and insights. He is also a partner at ROL Group, where he counsels clients on various patent and business matters.

Mr Richardson has extensive experience in licensing and marketing patent portfolios and has served as an expert witness on patent monetisation and licensing practices in cases in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Previously, Mr Richardson was general manager of ThinkFire Services USA, Ltd’s Silicon Valley office. He has held various senior management roles in growth businesses and was an attorney in private practice.

Mr Richardson is a member of the State Bar of California and is registered as a patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office. He holds five US patents and has a JD and a BSc in computer engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.

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David Ruschke

David P Ruschke is chief judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which has conducted post-grant trials since the American Invents Act was passed in 2011. Dr Ruschke leads and manages the PTAB as it conducts trials – including inter partes, post-grant and covered business method patent reviews – and derivation proceedings, hears appeals of adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and re-examination proceedings and renders decisions in interferences.

Previously, Dr Ruschke managed the IP portfolio of Medtronic’s coronary and structural heart business unit and worked in private practice. His judicial experience includes clerking for two Federal Circuit judges.

Dr Ruschke has a JD from Georgetown University Law Centre, a PhD in organometallic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

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Nicolas Schifano

Nicolas Schifano is senior director and assistant general counsel at Microsoft, where he leads cloud and IP policy and strategy.

Among his responsibilities is the leadership of Azure IP Advantage, a programme designed to protect Microsoft’s clients’ innovations in the cloud. He is also responsible for open source and IP policy.

Previously, Mr Schifano led Microsoft’s standards and IP policy engagements – initially from the Microsoft office in Brussels, then at Microsoft’s headquarters in the United States.

Mr Schifano is registered as in-house counsel with the Washington State Bar Association and is also a French and European patent attorney. His educational background is in computer science, electrical engineering, intellectual property and business law. He is a regular speaker at conferences on intellectual property.

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Jacob Schindler

Jacob Schindler is the Asia editor of IAM. He has been based in Hong Kong for five years, working in a number of editorial and research roles covering intellectual property. He previously worked as a reporter for IAM and World Trademark Review.

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Sue Siegel

Sue Siegel is chief innovation officer at General Electric (GE), leading the development and acceleration of innovation across the company. She has more than 30 years of corporate, entrepreneurial and venture capital experience.

Ms Siegel is also CEO of Business Innovations, a multimodal innovation engine focused on accelerating promising start-ups in GE Ventures, creating and launching new companies, licensing GE’s intellectual property, developing new markets and nurturing innovative ideas into scalable initiatives both inside and outside GE. She also leads strategy planning efforts across the company and oversees the global brand and marketing function.

Ms Siegel has been recognised by Fortune as one of 34 leaders who are changing healthcare and as one of the 100 most influential women in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

She has an MS from Boston University School of Medicine and a BS from the University of Puerto Rico.

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Wayne P Sobon

Wayne P Sobon is vice president of intellectual property at Juul Labs, Inc, a world leader in vaporisation consumer products. Previously, he was associate general counsel and chief IP counsel at Accenture for over 10 years and vice president and chief IP counsel at Rambus. He co-founded Inventergy Global, Inc, a Silicon Valley IP licensing start-up.

Mr Sobon has bachelor’s degrees in physics and German studies from Stanford University and joint JD and MBA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr Sobon has served as a board member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and a board member and president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He was also a member of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel executive committee and served two consecutive terms on the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Public Advisory Committee. He is a board member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Matthew Stack

Matthew Stack is founder and managing director of XLP Capital. He also heads the New York office of the Devonshire Research Group, an investment advisory and fund manager. Mr Stack has invested over $200 million in venture capital and manages funds in equity and credit, focusing on high-tech companies. Over the past decade he has acquired companies across North America, ranging from small university spin-outs to medium-sized industrial technology companies. Mr Stack is an adviser on technology and high-performance computing investment to a number of privately held companies. He also spent six years at the Boston Consulting Group, where he worked on projects in the retail, IT, industrial goods and strategy practice areas. Mr Stack was recognised in 2009 by Hackaday as one of the 10 most influential hardware hackers and has been featured in Wired magazine and the Wall Street Journal for his hobby electronics projects.

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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’s patent portfolio and the implementation of its IP monetisation strategies through its licensing programmes and solutions businesses. His responsibilities include outbound licensing, acquisitions and divestitures. He has been involved in transactions that have generated over $1 billion in revenues for the company. Previously, he served as Rambus’s director of global business enablement, leading the strategic alliance partner programme and the worldwide reseller channel.

Mr Tamme has more than 20 years’ technology and licensing experience in the electronics industry, working for start-ups and midsize companies. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University and an MSEE from the Leibniz University of Hanover. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and an active member of the Licensing Executives Society, serving on the board of the Silicon Valley chapter.

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Allen Tao

Allen Tao is a Managing Partner at Liu Shen & Associates, a leading IP firm in China which focuses on patent and trademark procurement, strategic counseling on all aspects of IP and the enforcement of IP rights. Mr Tao specialises in patent invalidation, litigation and dispute resolution before administrative agencies and the courts, as well as counselling on IP strategy and conducting patent clearance searches. He also specialises in patent prosecution involving semiconductors, displays and mechanical engineering and has represented various multinationals in litigation to defend and enforce their IP rights in China. Mr Tao earned his bachelor’s and master’s in material science and technology from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He completed his professional training in Germany in 1997 and obtained master of laws degrees from the John Marshall Law School (2001) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (2004).

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Phyllis Turner-Brim

Phyllis T Turner-Brim is vice president and assistant general counsel for IP and technology at Starbucks Coffee Company. In this role, she has global responsibility for IP, technology transactions and data privacy. From 2010 to 2016, Ms Turner-Brim was vice president and chief IP counsel at Intellectual Ventures Management LLC. Before that, she served as in-house IP counsel for a number of multinationals and worked in private practice at an IP boutique. Before attending law school, Ms Turner-Brim worked in product development and technical marketing at Procter & Gamble and General Electric, respectively. She attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law and is an honours graduate (BS ChE) of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Ms Turner-Brim is licensed to practise law in Illinois and Washington and is registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office. 

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Daniel Videtto

Daniel Videtto joined Clarivate Analytics in February 2017 as president of its IP and Techstreet businesses. Previously, he was a member of the executive committee of Interactive Data Corporation, where he was managing director and president of its Asia-Pacific group, based in Hong Kong. Before that, he was a member of the executive committee at Information Holdings, where he was president of its MicroPatent and Master Data Centre businesses.

Mr Videtto graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor of arts in Asian studies. He subsequently obtained his master’s in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix.

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Harrick M Vin

Harrick M Vin is Founder and Global Head of Digitate, a Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) venture. He has led the strategy, innovation and design of ignio, a cognitive automation platform built by Digitate. Previously, he was Vice President and Chief Scientist of the Tata Research Development and Design Centre at TCS. Before joining TCS, he spent 15 years as a professor of computer sciences at the University of Texas, Austin. Over the past 25 years, Dr Vin has been involved in developing innovative solutions in various areas of computing. These innovations have led to four venture-backed start-ups in the United States and India. Dr Vin has authored more than 150 papers for leading international journals and conferences and filed for over 50 patents. He earned his PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

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Ben Wang

Ben Wang is vice president and chief IP counsel at ZTE TX in the United States, where he provides strategic and tactical guidance relating to IP licensing and litigation issues. Before joining ZTE, Mr Wang established and led Unilever’s patent group in Shanghai for more than five years – building patent portfolios, managing patent litigation and counselling on legal and IP policy issues in China and globally. Before relocating to China, he practised law in the United States for more than 10 years.

Mr Wang obtained his BS from Fudan University, his MS from Harvard University and his JD from Georgetown University. He has externed at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and clerked at the US Court of Federal Claims in Washington DC. 

Mr Wang is a registered US patent attorney and briefly worked at a German firm in Munich.

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Joff Wild

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

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 Times, the 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.

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Stephan Wolke

Stephan Wolke studied physics, philosophy and macroeconomics at Bonn University and graduated with a doctorate in physics. He spent the first five years of his professional career at McKinsey & Company. After founding (and later selling) two businesses, Dr Wolke held several positions at Bayer AG and Danaher Corp. He joined ThyssenKrupp in 2011 at the corporate level and is responsible for intellectual property and services. He is also head of the ThyssenKrupp Intellectual Property GmbH management board.

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Jay Yonamine

Jay Yonamine is head of data science for the global patents team at Google. Previously, he held data science and product management positions at legal, insurance and social media companies and consulted at e-commerce companies and various government agencies. Dr Yonamine has a PhD in political science from Penn State University, where he leveraged machine learning to forecast political instability.

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David Yurkerwich

David Yurkerwich is Managing Director and Leader of Navigant Consulting, Inc’s IP Team. He and Navigant IP’s team of seasoned IP experts assist clients with the challenges and opportunities associated with assessing, valuing and managing IP assets. They combine timely competitive information and state-of-the-art valuation methodologies, using advanced data and analytical tools to deliver practical business solutions. Mr Yurkerwich works closely with inventors, owners and attorneys to assess patentability and markets for technologies and build and maintain competitive IP portfolios. He actively negotiates IP-based transactions and structures and manages joint development, licensing and enforcement activities. Mr Yurkerwich also provides expert valuation testimony in patent infringement cases, international arbitration and other business disputes involving companies in Asia, Europe, South America and the United States. He has been recognised in the IAM Strategy 300 since its inception in 2008.

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