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Speakers

Name Position Company
BenoÎt Battistelli President European Patent Office
Bruce Berman CEO Brody Berman Associates, Inc
Kurt Brasch Head, patent transactions Uber
Gustav Brismark Chief IP officer Ericsson
Paul Carpenter Partner QipWorks
Elvir Causevic Managing director Houlihan Lokey
Barry A Costa Director, technology transfer The MITRE Corporation
Tim Croll Deputy general counsel, intellectual property Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
Giustino de Sanctis Founder and CEO Vectis
Colm J Dobbyn General counsel, intellectual property Mastercard
Francois Drapeau-Paquin Senior IP counsel Philips
Jako Eleveld Head, IP licensing Philips
Bart Eppenauer Managing partner, Seattle Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Mattia Fogliacco CEO Sisvel Group
Stefan Geyersberger Head, patents and licensing and deputy division director, audio and media technologies Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS
William Goldman Vice president, intellectual property Kudelski Group
Eeva Hakoranta Head of patent licensing, patent business Nokia Technologies
John Han Senior vice president and general manager Qualcomm Technology Licensing
Orin Herskowitz Senior vice president, intellectual property and tech transfer Columbia University
Heath Hoglund Chief patent counsel Dolby Laboratories
Katharine Ku Executive director, Office of Technology Licensing Stanford University
Taraneh Maghamé Senior director, wireless programs and corporate development Via Licensing
Robert McCauley Managing partner, Palo Alto Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Ian McClure Director, office of technology commercialisation University of Kentucky
Daniel McCurdy CEO Provenance Asset Group
Lisa McFall Deputy general counsel, intellectual property Workday, Inc
Mike McLean Senior vice president, IP services TechInsights
Tanya K Moore Chief licensing officer Sonos
John Mulgrew Global head, intellectual property Uber
Eric Olsen Senior vice president, acquisitions RPX Corporation
Ami Patel Shah Managing director and head, IP analysis Fortress Investment Group
Pat Patnode President GE Licensing & Technology Ventures
Ilkka Rahnasto Head, patent business Nokia Technologies
Kent Richardson Partner Richardson Oliver Law Group
Sue Siegel Chief innovation officer GE
Wayne P Sobon Vice president, intellectual property Juul Labs, Inc
Stefan Tamme Vice president, IP strategy and licensing Rambus
Allen Tao Managing partner Liu, Shen & Associates
Boris Teksler President and CEO Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc
Ron Traficante Vice president, client relations HighTech-Solutions LLC
Phyllis Turner-Brim Vice president and assistant general counsel, intellectual property and technology Starbucks
Harrick M Vin Global head Digitate
Ben Wang Vice president and chief IP counsel ZTE TX
Stephan Wolke Head, corporate intellectual property ThyssenKrupp AG
Jay Yonamine Head, data science, global patents Google
David Yurkerwich Managing director Navigant Consulting, Inc

Biographies

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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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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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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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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Bart Eppenauer

D Bartley Eppenauer rejoined Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP after serving as Microsoft’s chief patent counsel for more than a decade. Under his guidance, Microsoft’s high-quality patent portfolio resulted in an extremely successful IP licensing programme and received top rankings in IEEE Spectrum, BusinessWeek and The Patent Board.

Mr Eppenauer’s practice at Shook focuses on strategic IP counselling and analysis, pre-litigation and litigation strategy, complex multilateral IP transactions and licence agreements and IP policy advocacy. Mr Eppenauer is a frequent author and speaker on a range of IP issues, with particular expertise in the patent subject matter eligibility of computer-implemented inventions. He has been published on the IAM blog and wrote the most-read articles of both 2014 and 2015. He has also been published and quoted in Morning Consult, Inside Counsel, Patently-O, Managing Intellectual Property, IP Watchdog and Law360.

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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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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 leads patent licensing at Nokia Technologies. In addition to managing licensing operations and strategy she is involved in enforcement, regulatory matters and business development.

Having joined Nokia in 2006 to establish an IP rights legal organisation working with patent licensing and other IP rights-intensive business transactions, she assumed her licensing position in 2012. Before joining Nokia, she worked in private practice at the leading Nordic law firm Roschier Attorneys, advising international clients on transactional, IP and technology-related matters, including litigation and arbitration.

Working 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 deeply involved in defining terms for major transactions.

Ms Hakoranta holds a master's in law from Helsinki University. She is active in a number of positions of trust within professional organisations in the fields of intellectual property and licensing.

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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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Orin Herskowitz

Orin Herskowitz is senior vice president of intellectual property and tech transfer for Columbia University and executive director of Columbia Technology Ventures. He is also an adjunct professor, teaching a course on intellectual property for entrepreneurs. Mr Herskowitz has been a peer reviewer for innovation and entrepreneurship awards for the National Science Foundation and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and is a board member for the Centre for American Entrepreneurship – a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation engaging policymakers in Washington on the importance of entrepreneurship. He is also a member of the National Advisory Committee on Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Secretary of Commerce.

Each year, Columbia Technology Ventures receives over 400 inventions, files over 200 patent applications, executes over 100 patent licences and helps to launch over 20 start-ups. It also supports Columbia University’s five lab-to-market technology accelerators in clean energy, media, medical devices, therapeutics and oncology.

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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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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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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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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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Tanya K Moore

Tanya K Moore is chief licensing officer of Sonos. She helps the company to leverage its extensive IP portfolio in order to advance its corporate strategy.
Ms Moore has more than two decades’ experience in intellectual property and business development. She has held various executive roles at Microsoft, where she led strategic IP deals, built licensing programmes, helped to launch Microsoft's first patent litigations and drove acquisitions and partnerships through M&A and IP asset licensing.

Ms Moore has also worked for IBM, where she began as an operating systems and supercomputing platform programmer, before transitioning to the company’s IP group, handling multimillion to multibillion-dollar transactions.
Ms Moore serves on the Certified Licensing Professionals board of governors. She is a former board member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the LES Foundation and a past president and chair of the board of LES United States and Canada.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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Ron Traficante

Ron Traficante’s early career included radio frequency (RF) propagation modelling and embedded software for RF transceivers. At Qualcomm he was part of the systems engineering team for early code-division multiple access deployments. He has engineered voice over Internet Protocol systems – including early interworking between H323 and Session Initiation Protocol – and participated in 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 and Internet Engineering Task Force standards bodies.

Mr Traficante has worked on the development of WiMAX systems at multiple layers of the protocol stack and has 12 years’ experience in patent analysis, portfolio strategy and monetisation. Before joining HighTech-Solutions LLC he was senior director at Intellectual Ventures, where he was responsible for the analysis and monetisation of patents in telecoms technologies. He is experienced in IP prosecution and assertion-based licensing.

Mr Traficante has a BS in physics from San Diego State University and a PhD 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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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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