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Name Position Company
Kasim Alfalahi Founder and CEO Avanci
Erich Andersen Corporate Vice President and Chief IP Counsel Microsoft
David Andrews Chief Platform Architect and Head, Patent Consulting Team Aon IP Solutions
Mehdi Ansari Partner Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Ceyda Azakli Maisami Senior Patent Counsel and Patent Development Director HP Inc
Vicki Barbur Senior Director, IP and Technology Commercialisation Battelle Memorial Institute
Jens Bördin Co-founder, Partner and CEO Konsert Strategy & IP
Lyse Brillouet Vice President, IP and Licensing Orange
Gustav Brismark Former Chief IP Officer Ericsson
Megan Carpenter Dean University of New Hampshire School of Law
Elvir Causevic Managing Director Houlihan Lokey
Jeremiah Chan Head, Patents Facebook
Paul Coletti Associate Patent Counsel Johnson & Johnson
Peter Damerell Partner Powell Gilbert LLP
Lawrence Davis Vice President GE Licensing & Technology Ventures
Josh Death Head, IP TD Bank
Cassandra Derham Head, Technical IP Amadeus
David Dutcher Chief Patent Counsel Western Digital Corporation
Jako Eleveld Head, IP Licensing Royal Philips
Paul Fehlner Chief IP Officer Axcella
Mattia Fogliacco CEO Sisvel
Mathen Ganesan Executive Vice President, Invention Investment Fund Intellectual Ventures
Nick Gibson Managing Director Operem, Inc
Juan C Gonzalez Vice President and Senior Managing Counsel, IP Mastercard
Edward (Jed) Gordon Partner McDermott Will & Emery
Eeva Hakoranta Senior Vice President and Head of IP Nokia Technologies
Phil Hartstein President and CEO Finjan Holdings, Inc
Bowman Heiden Co-director Center for Intellectual Property
Dori Hines Partner Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Anna Holmberg The Vera Project Manager Center for Intellectual Property (CIP)
Adam Houldsworth Reporter IAM
John Hudson Managing Director Deloitte
Vasheharan Kanesarajah Director, Client Advocacy, IP Derwent, a Clarivate Analytics company
Mark Kokes Chief IP Officer Nantworks
Matthew Kuipers Senior Counsel, IP Uber Technologies Inc
Sharon Lai IP Counsel, Americas Volvo Car Corporation
Denise C Lane Director, IP Boston Scientific
Jyri Lassi Chief IP Officer PayPal
Michael Lee Head, Patents Google LLC
Peng (Paul) Lin Vice President, Global Business Development and IP Strategy Xiaomi Technology
John Lindgren CEO IPValue Management
Ian Maclean Senior Vice President, IP Services TechInsights
Marie MacNichol Senior Director, Patent Licensing Dolby Laboratories, Inc
Gabriele Mohsler Vice President and Head, Patent Development Ericsson
Matthew Moyers Managing Director HighTech-Solutions
John Mulgrew Global Head, IP Uber Technologies
Helen Odom Senior Counsel, IP TD Ameritrade
Laurence Painell Head, Product PatSnap
Changhae Park Chief IP Officer NXP Semiconductors
Rudolf Peters Former Chief IP Officer Royal Philips
Christina Petersson Chief IP Officer Ericsson
Michael Pierantozzi Senior Manager, IP Licensing Hewlett Packard Enterprise
David Pridham Chair and CEO Dominion Harbor Enterprises, LLC
Courtney Quish Director Fortress Investment Group
Stacey Ravetta General Counsel Xinova
Terry Rea Former Acting and Deputy Director USPTO
Kent Richardson CEO Richardson Oliver Insights, LLC
Christopher Schultz Partner Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Andy Sherman EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
David Shofi Chief Legal Officer Univercells
Karen A Sinclair Director, IP Harvard University
Calum Smyth Global Head, IP Barclays plc
Wayne P Sobon Vice President, IP JUUL Labs, Inc
Jon Soderstrom Managing Director, Office of Cooperative Rsearch Yale University
Mirjana Stankovic Vice President, Emerging Tech & IP Tambourine Innovation Ventures
Allen Tao Managing Partner Liu, Shen & Associates
Gillian Thackray Vice President and Chief IP Counsel Thermo Fisher Scientific
Maria Varsellona Chief Legal Officer and President Nokia Corporation and Nokia Technologies
Daniel Videtto President, IP and Standards Derwent, a Clarivate Analytics company
Lucy Wojcik Head, IP Ocado Group plc
Gilbert Wong Associate General Counsel, Patents Facebook
David Yurkerwich Senior Managing Director Ankura
Patrick Zhang Head, IP Atlassian


Kasim Alfalahi

Kasim Alfalahi is Founder and CEO of Avanci, where he leads the company’s mission to simplify patent licensing and make technology more widely available. He has dedicated his career to pioneering how companies license the rights to essential technologies. He believes companies must break down walls to find common ground and establish trust. Mr Alfalahi has built a reputation for creatively negotiating agreements that achieve the requirements of everyone involved.

Previously, Mr Alfalahi was Ericsson’s Chief IP Officer. He led the company’s licensing and patent development and built a team that established the concept of patents as marketable business assets – transforming Ericsson from a net payer to a net receiver of royalty income. Under his direction, patent licensing became fundamental to Ericsson’s global success and brought in $1.7 billion in revenue in 2015.

Mr Alfalahi has an MSc in engineering and management from the Linköping Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Kasim Alfalahi

Erich Andersen

Erich Andersen is Corporate Vice President and Chief IP Counsel for Microsoft. He is responsible for leading the company’s IP group, which handles all of the company’s patent filings and external engagement with government leaders, academics and associations on legal policy matters relating to IP and IP licensing. In 2016 Mr Andersen was named the most influential player in global IP by IAM.

Erich Andersen

David Andrews

David Andrews is Chief Platform Architect and Head of the patent consulting team at Aon IP Solutions. Previously, he founded Legal Analytics, a patent analysis company that focused on deep patent practitioner knowledge which was extended through cutting-edge machine learning and natural language processing techniques. Mr Andrews started as a Software Developer at Microsoft, writing code for Windows and other products. He stayed at Microsoft as a Patent Agent while attending law school and clerked at the Western District of Washington. Mr Andrews subsequently spent another 10 years at Microsoft as an In-House Patent Attorney, where he led the Cloud and Big Data patent portfolio teams. Mr Andrews is passionate about creating results that are scientifically validated and backed by real legal experience.

David Andrews

Mehdi Ansari

Mehdi Ansari is a Partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s general practice group. His practice focuses on advising clients on a wide range of transactions involving technology, data and IP, including M&A, licences, joint ventures, collaborations, financings, R&D agreements, settlements and strategic advice. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including consumer and retail, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, technology, media and telecoms.

Mr Ansari’s clients have included Alcatel Lucent, Amazon, AT&T, Bayer, Goldman Sachs, Harris, Intel, Major League Baseball and UnitedHealth Group. He represented Bayer in its $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto and its $9 billion divestiture of several businesses to BASF. He also represented Alcatel Lucent in its $16.6 billion acquisition by Nokia; in its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market; and Intel in its $1.5 billion cross-licence with NVIDIA, joint development matters with Micron and many patent licences and sales.

Mehdi Ansari

Ceyda Azakli Maisami

Ceyda Maisami is Senior Counsel and Patent Development Director at HP Inc. She oversees a team of attorneys who manage the company’s commercial and consumer personal system products and technology solutions portfolios. Ms Maisami is a member of HP’s diversity committee and the Intellectual Property Office’s women in IP committee.

In her previous roles at Finnegan and Chadbourne & Parke, Ms Maisami worked on high-profile patent prosecution and litigation matters and opinion work relating to computer hardware, software, wireless communication devices and financial services. Prior to her career in IP law, she was an Electrical Engineer for Osram Sylvania (Siemens Holding).

Ms Maisami graduated from Bucknell University with a BS in electrical engineering and a BA in economics. She obtained her JD from Suffolk University Law School. She is licensed before the USPTO, the state of New York and the District of Columbia.

Ceyda Azakli Maisami

Vicki Barbur

Vicki Barbur brings dual expertise in science and business as well as broad experience in several technical disciplines to her role as an innovative growth leader associated with technology commercialisation and IP management. She strategises to make investment in R&D accessible to sponsor organisations and the private sector in order to advance economic development and contribute value to the nation. 

Ms Barbur’s work includes securing IP and licensing to allow external organisations and companies to put innovation to use, as well as developing collaborative and strategic partnerships. Ms Barbur has a PhD and BSc in physics from Imperial College, University of London, and an MSc in applied statistics from the University of Oxford. Ms Barbur previously worked as Kodak’s Technology Director, as Cardinal Health’s Vice President of R&D for the medical segment and as Concurrent Technologies Corporation’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

Vicki Barbur

Jens Bördin

Jens Bördin is Co-founder, Partner and CEO of Konsert Strategy & IP, a boutique consulting firm advising technology-intensive companies on how to improve their management of technology, innovation and IP for increased competitiveness, profitability and growth.

Mr Bördin specialises in strategy development and performance improvement regarding digital technology innovation, business-driven IP management and the leverage and exploitation of intellectual assets. His experience includes leading C-level strategy projects and multi-year transformation projects at and between multinationals in Europe, Asia and North America.

Mr Bördin is supported by a team which has broad experience in technology, business and law and has conducted more than 20 years’ worth of interdisciplinary research. In addition, he has co-developed proprietary software tools for the analysis, management and visualisation of intellectual assets and IP.

Jens Bördin

Lyse Brillouet

Lyse Brillouet was appointed Vice President of IP and Licensing at Orange in 2017. Her team is responsible for all activities relating to patents and licensing, as well as legal matters and litigation. Ms Brillouet has experience in business, public affairs, innovation and research. Previously, she was Research Director at Orange and was responsible for planning the company’s vision in the digital age, particularly with regard to autonomous cars, urban piloting and sensitive cities, health and robotics.

Ms Brillouet has a business and management degree from the Graduate School of Business and Management. She began her career in the direct marketing and trade management fields for the banking and large-scale distribution industries. She then joined Orange, where she has held various managerial positions in the business and innovation divisions and co-founded the health division.

Lyse Brillouet

Gustav Brismark

Gustav Brismark is Owner of Kazehara AB, a firm which provides strategic IP management advice, primarily focusing on the emerging 5G industry. He is also a Board Member of Smoltek Nanotech Holdings AB.

From April 2016 to March 2019, Mr Brismark was Chief IP Officer (CIPO) of Ericsson, which holds one of the industry’s strongest IP portfolios, covering 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G cellular standards. As CIPO, Mr Brismark was responsible for creating return on investment in Ericsson technology and securing continued value growth by patenting the inventions of Ericsson engineers.

Over the past 15 years, Mr Brismark played a central role in turning Ericsson’s IP rights and licensing organisation into a world-class operation that is an integral part of Ericsson’s global business, with more than 100 revenue-generating licence agreements worldwide. He did this first as Vice President of IP rights strategy and thereafter as CIPO.

Gustav Brismark

Megan Carpenter

Megan Carpenter is Dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce), which has been a top-ranked school in IP for three decades.

Dean Carpenter is an IP Attorney and thought leader in legal education. She has extensive experience in institution building; her talent for driving initiatives from concept to execution has helped to establish innovative programmes in several universities. Most recently, she led the creation of a hybrid JD in IP, technology and information law – the first American Bar Association-approved hybrid programme in a specific legal area. It is designed to make legal education accessible to working professionals in IP-intensive industries. A hallmark of her leadership is a collaborative and student-centred approach.

Dean Carpenter authored Evolving Economies: The Role of Law in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and has written for several journals, including the Hastings Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Human Rights and Development.

Megan Carpenter

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.

Elvir Causevic

Jeremiah Chan

Jeremiah Chan is Head of patents at Facebook. He leads a team that is responsible for the strategic development of Facebook's worldwide patent portfolio, as well as IP transactions, dispute resolution and other risk mitigation initiatives.

Prior to joining Facebook, Mr Chan led an international team at Google that was focused on portfolio strategy, operations and data science. Before Google, he was Head of IP for JDSU, a global supplier of broadband and optical solutions, where he managed a department that was responsible for all IP issues, including portfolio strategy, litigation, licensing and technology transactions. Mr Chan started his career in private practice at Fish & Neave, where he specialised in litigation, opinion work and client counselling. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with the highest honours while working as a Marketing Assistant at the University of California Press. He has a JD from Cornell Law School.

Jeremiah Chan

Paul Coletti

Paul Coletti is Associate Patent Counsel at Johnson & Johnson (J&J), where he has worked since 1987. He has overall patent responsibility for J&J’s medical devices companies. Mr Coletti’s practice encompasses all fields of patent law, including prosecution, litigation and client counselling. He is also active in various patent and industry organisations, such as the US Chamber of Commerce, the Intellectual Property Office, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, AdvaMed and the EPO-US Bar Liaison Committee, for which he is a past Chair. He also presents to various patent-related organisations.

Mr Coletti has a BS in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York (now part of NYU), an MS in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a JD from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining J&J, he was an Associate in a patent boutique in Chicago, where he dealt with all aspects of IP law.

Paul Coletti

Peter Damerell

Peter Damerell is a Partner at Powell Gilbert LLP, a London-based specialist IP firm. He advises on a wide range of contentious IP matters, including patent, trademark, design right and copyright disputes. Mr Damerell has extensive experience in 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 experience in advising telecoms companies in relation to patent and FRAND issues, having been involved in a number of leading UK cases in this sector. Mr Damerell is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Licensing Executives Society and the European Patent Lawyers Association. He was recognised as a Rising Star in the Expert Guides 2018.

Peter Damerell

Lawrence Davis

Lawrence Davis is Managing Director of Licensing at General Electric Company, where he builds licensing programmes for monetisation using patent licensing, technology transfer, new business creation and trademarks across a wide range of markets – from electronics and materials to power systems and software. Previously, Dr Davis built GE’s licensing electrical systems platform, which drove end-to-end patent licensing programmes, including investment, acquisition, patent analysis and negotiations for partnerships and innovative business models. He is experienced in electronics, packaging and hybrid and electric vehicle technologies.

Previously, Dr Davis worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he developed advanced electro-optical components for mil-aero applications. After JPL, he was an Engineering Director for component development in fiber-optic systems at networking start-up Ciena. Dr Davis later joined Intel, where he worked on technology development and product management for communication modules.

Lawrence Davis

Josh Death

Josh Death founded and manages TD Bank's IP office. His team is responsible for all of TD's IP matters on a global basis, including litigation, M&A, prosecution and commercial transactions. Mr Death established TD's IP and open source policies.

In 2014 Mr Death founded TD's office of patentable innovation with the mandate to develop the bank’s patent portfolio. Since establishing the office, TD's portfolio has grown from single digits to more than 500 references.

Prior to joining TD, Mr Death worked at Ernst & Young and Torys with a practice split between IP and IT law. Mr Death has a BA in philosophy from Western University and an LLB from Windsor.

Josh Death

Cassandra Derham

Cassandra Derham started her IP career and qualified as a European Patent Attorney and Chartered Patent Attorney in private practice in London, building on a master’s in physics with medical physics from the University of Bristol. After nearly a decade working in and around Gray’s Inn, she moved from private practice to industry, which has taken her from working in high-tech companies in the United Kingdom to France, where she is Head of Technical IP for Amadeus, a travel IT company. Ms Derham’s team is responsible for creating Amadeus’s IP portfolio, including classic registered rights such as patents and designs alongside more mysterious unregistered rights, such as open source, trade secrets, know-how and defensive publications.

Cassandra Derham

David Dutcher

David Dutcher is Chief Patent Counsel at Western Digital Corporation, where he leads a patent team of 19 professionals and is responsible for Western Digital’s portfolio of more than 17,000 patent assets. Mr Dutcher is also an Adjunct Professor at the J Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Prior to Western Digital's acquisition of SanDisk, Mr Dutcher served as Senior Director of IP at SanDisk and Associate General Counsel and Vice President of IP at Fusion-io, which was acquired by SanDisk. Mr Dutcher joined Fusion-io from Intellectual Ventures, where he served as Head of Prosecution and Asset Management. Prior to Intellectual Ventures, Mr Dutcher was an Attorney at Perkins Coie in Seattle. Mr Dutcher received his JD from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University.

David Dutcher

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 which handles all patent and technology licensing, IP venturing and new IP business development for the company.

In 2018 IAM magazine listed Mr Eleveld in its Top 40 Global IP Market Makers. Mr Eleveld has 20 years’ experience in IP. 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 IP spectrum, including portfolio management, standardisation, acquisition, licensing, litigation, M&A and other transactions. He always has a good understanding of the relationship between IP and business. Mr Eleveld is also a board member of various IP companies.

Jako Eleveld

Paul Fehlner

Paul Fehlner is Chief IP Officer at Axcella Health, Inc in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also Principal at Life Sciences Innovation LLC, which he founded in 2017. Previously, Dr Fehlner was Head of IP for Novartis Pharma in Basel, Switzerland. He joined Novartis from Baker Botts, where he was a Partner. Prior to that, he was an Associate and Partner at Darby & Darby, with earlier experience as Biotechnology Patent Counsel for Rhône-Poulenc Rorer and as an Associate for boutique IP firm Klauber & Jackson. Dr Fehlner began his career as a Law Clerk at Pennie & Edmonds. He has a JD from Fordham University School of Law, a PhD in immunology and biochemistry from Rockefeller University and a BS in chemistry from Haverford College. He has been recognised by the IAM Strategy 300 for the past four years.

Paul Fehlner

Mattia Fogliacco

Mattia Fogliacco was appointed CEO of Sisvel in 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 IP. 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 technology and IP commercialisation markets. Before joining Sisvel, Mr Fogliacco was Managing Director of iiinnovation SA, a company focused on licensing and IP transactions. He also served as Senior International Manager at a service provider of Deutsche Bank, managing three IP and innovation investment funds.

Mattia Fogliacco

Mathen Ganesan

Mathen Ganesan is Executive Vice President of the Intellectual Ventures (IV) Invention Investment Fund. He is responsible for portfolio management, licensing, monetisation strategy, fund operations and patent engineering in order to maximise the value of patent assets acquired. Previously, he was Managing Director of Invention Investment Ireland.

Prior to joining IV, Mr Ganesan was Director of Sales for TechInsights, providing IP value extraction services to blue chip companies. Previously, he was Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Storage Genetic Inc, where he led go-to-market planning, strategic partnerships, business development, sales strategy and execution. He also ran international sales at Cornice Inc. He has been a Consultant and an Adviser to companies in the semiconductor, mobile advertising and music and new media markets.

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

Mathen Ganesan

Nick Gibson

Nick Gibson is Managing Director of Operem, Inc, a software-as-a-service platform which uses blockchain technology to maintain a chain of custody for all forms of IP, while allowing for safe sharing with others. Utilising his deep network of corporate, university and start-up relationships in Asia-Pacific, Mr Gibson has helped to accelerate Operem’s time to market, including the acquisition of the company's first major clients among Japanese manufacturers. 

Prior to Operem, Mr Gibson spent 13 years at Intellectual Ventures, where he helped to develop the Invention Development Fund (IDF). He helped to raise more than $600 million for investing directly into inventions and worked to monetise these ideas and turn them into start-ups. Mr Gibson led the rebranding of IDF into Xinova after its spin-out from Intellectual Ventures in 2016. When he departed in 2018 to help found Operem, he led Xinova’s start-up and venture spin-out business development efforts in Asia-Pacific.

Nick Gibson

Juan C Gonzalez

Juan Gonzalez is Vice President, Senior Managing Counsel, Intellectual Property at Mastercard International in Purchase, New York.  Mr. Gonzalez’s responsibilities include: client counseling and education; oversight of patent prosecution to develop a strategic IP portfolio; management of patent litigation; negotiation of technology license agreements; and conducting IP review of corporate acquisitions and related transactions.  Mr. Gonzalez also manages the company’s expanding portfolio of blockchain-related patent filings.

Mr. Gonzalez joined Mastercard in 2007 where he has taken on increasing areas of responsibility.  He previously was a patent litigation associate at two large New York City law.  He worked as an engineer for a public utility for 11 years prior to starting his legal career.

Mr. Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, and a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University.

Juan C Gonzalez

Edward (Jed) Gordon

Edward Gordon is a Patent Attorney and Partner in McDermott Will & Emery’s Boston office. He advises clients regarding strategic portfolio development and counsels them on patent enforcement strategies and defence against threatened patent infringement litigation. He has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the computer networking, wireless networking, video displays, medical devices, speech processing, microelectromechanical systems devices, business methods, semiconductor processing, optical devices, video surveillance and software fields.

Mr Gordon also provides transactional counselling on IP issues arising during the acquisition and sale of privately and publicly owned companies. He manages due diligence for private equity, strategic acquisitions and early-stage investments and leads complex negotiations of IP provisions necessary to implement cross-border joint ventures and other strategic collaborations.

Mr Gordon has a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and a BS in computer science, electrical engineering and science, technology and society from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Edward (Jed) Gordon

Eeva Hakoranta

Eeva Hakoranta is Senior Vice President and Head of IP at Nokia, as well as General Counsel for Nokia Technologies, the company’s licensing arm. She was promoted to this role in 2018 after having led patent licensing for six years, during which time she saw revenues more than treble.

Ms Hakoranta is responsible for IP matters and enforcement strategies for all Nokia businesses, including patenting and portfolio management for its industry leading patent portfolio. After joining Nokia in 2006 to create an IP rights legal organisation, Ms Hakoranta took responsibility for patent licensing in 2012. Before Nokia, she was in private practice at Roschier.

Ms Hakoranta has worked on the intersection of business, IP and competition law for many years and has closed hundreds of agreements, managed complex enforcement projects and been involved in transactions, regulatory matters and business development. Ms Hakoranta has an LLM from Helsinki University.

Eeva Hakoranta

Phil 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.

Phil Hartstein

Bowman Heiden

Bowman Heiden is Co-director of the Center for Intellectual Property, a joint centre for knowledge-based business development between the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology and the Norwegian University for Science and Technology. In addition, Dr Heiden directs the impact accelerator at the Sahlgrenska School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where he is also Director of the interdisciplinary master’s programme. Dr Heiden is a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Previously, he was Innovation Director for the Qatar Science & Technology Park, where he was responsible for driving innovation strategies and IP policies. Over the past 10 years, Dr Heiden has managed more than 100 innovation projects with industry players, university research institutes, healthcare providers and start-up ventures.

Bowman Heiden

Dori Hines

Dori Hines is a Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Washington, DC office. She leads the firm’s electrical and computer technology practice group. Ms Hines’s practice focuses on patent litigation. She has led teams before the US district courts, the US International Trade Commission, the PTAB and arbitration panels. She has argued a number of cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where she served as a Law Clerk to the Honourable Giles Rich. Ms Hines also regularly represents clients in licensing negotiations. She has particular expertise in licensing issues relating to standard-essential patents and FRAND terms.

Previously, Ms Hines was involved in patent application drafting and worldwide prosecution as a Patent Examiner at the USPTO. Her experience spans a wide range of technologies, but she has focused mainly on the electrical field, including semiconductor, internet, electronic, smartphone and telecoms technologies.

Dori Hines

Anna Holmberg

Anna Holmberg is External Relations Coordinator and Manager of the Vera Project at the Center for Intellectual Property. She is also an Innovation Manager and Lecturer at Sahlgrenska School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. In addition, she works for the Institute of Innovation and Social Change at the University of Gothenburg, where she focuses on social innovation projects in segregated areas of the city. Ms Holmberg has previous experience from several business law firms, where she focused primarily on IP, contract law and M&A.

 Ms Holmberg is actively engaged in the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and is on the board of the Research2Business project, which focuses on utilising university research. She has an LLM and an MMed with a focus on business creation and entrepreneurship in biomedicine from the School of Economics, Business and Law and Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg.

Anna Holmberg

Adam Houldsworth

Adam Houldsworth is a reporter for IAM, where he serves as life sciences correspondent and manages the IP Hall of Fame and IAM annual IP benchmarking survey. He has also worked as a journalist for IAM’s sister publication World Trademark Review, and is a former member of the research team that produces the IAM Patent 1000 and WTR 1000 guides.

Adam Houldsworth

John Hudson

Based in Atlanta, John Hudson is Managing Director at Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC (DCF), which sits within Deloitte Advisory. He leads DCF’s technology and IP practice. Mr Hudson has more than 20 years’ experience completing sell-side and buy-side transactions involving technology and IP assets, valuing intangible assets and providing IP strategic management and related risk mitigation advisory services in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Mr Hudson has acted in the context of M&A transactions, internal audit procedures, restructuring, divesture, arbitration, mediation, litigation, securitisation, investigations, joint venture formation and spin-outs. He has performed this work in various industries and sectors and for clients that include Fortune 500 companies, universities, private companies, governmental agencies, private equity and venture capital firms and funds and individual inventors. Mr Hudson has been recognised by the IAM Strategy 300 as being among the world’s leading IP strategists every year since 2012.

John Hudson

Vasheharan Kanesarajah

Vasheharan Kanesarajah is Director of Client Advocacy for Derwent, Clarivate Analytics’ IP business. He is responsible for leading cross-functional teams to create market and client-driven approaches to help develop world-class products and services for the IP market. 

Mr Kanesarajah is an experienced patent and technology analyst. He previously managed a European patent analytics practice and has been a principal consultant for Asia. He has worked globally with technology-focused corporations, governments and research institutions to deliver actionable intelligence to support R&D, IP and innovation strategies.

Mr Kanesarajah’s responsibilities include providing expert insight and best practice knowledge on patent intelligence. He has represented Derwent in the IP, R&D and academic communities by performing various speaking engagements, including as a guest lecturer at universities across Europe and Asia. 

Vasheharan Kanesarajah

Mark Kokes

Mark Kokes is Chief IP Officer at Nantworks and the Nant family of companies, a large healthcare conglomerate based in Los Angeles. Dr Kokes is responsible for the development, prosecution, enforcement, licensing and monetisation of Nant’s patent portfolio. 

Dr Kokes is a 15-year veteran of the mobile industry. He joined Blackberry in 2014 and quickly established and launched Blackberry’s IP monetisation, divestiture and IP venturing programmes, building a high‐performing, world‐class licensing organisation which generated more than $200 million recurring revenue in just three years.

Prior to Blackberry, Dr Kokes was Vice President of Corporate Development and IP Licensing at Intertrust, where he led all North American and European IP licensing and corporate development activities. He was an adviser and member of the management team of five Intertrust portfolio companies.

Before joining Intertrust, Dr Kokes worked at the Nokia Research Center, Sony Ericsson's corporate technology office and HTC's corporate strategy group.

Mark Kokes

Matthew Kuipers

Matthew Kuipers is Senior Counsel, IP at Uber Technologies Inc, where he is responsible for various programmes on aerial-vehicle ride-sharing and autonomous-vehicles. His primary responsibilities are to clear IP risks for Uber's businesses, protect its technology and build external relationships. Mr Kuipers manages and grows Uber's patent portfolios in these technology areas. He develops collaborations to accelerate innovation and commercialisation through joint development projects, standards and open-source technology. He also assists Uber’s litigation team to defend against third-party patent threats. Mr Kuipers has a JD from Cornell Law School and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Matthew Kuipers

Sharon Lai

Sharon Lai is IP Counsel for the Americas at Volvo Cars Corporation. She provides counselling to executives and engineering and business teams on a wide range of IP matters, including those raised by M&A transactions, licensing, open source, invention harvesting, development and collaboration agreements and patent monetisation strategies. Ms Lai joined Volvo Cars because she was inspired by the company’s human-centric focus, as well as its commitment to safety. After all, Volvo Cars dedicated their patented three-point harness system to the public, which is used in every car today. Ms Lai has a bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley and a JD-MBA from Syracuse University. She is licensed to practise before the USPTO and in California. 

Sharon Lai

Denise C Lane

Denise Lane has more than 20 years’ in-depth expertise litigating, growing, managing and dealing with IP. She spent the first 11 years of her career prosecuting and litigating patents at an Am Law 100 firm, where she led trial teams in complex patent litigation involving medical devices, pharmaceuticals and software. From there, she became Director of Legal Affairs and IP at an advanced medical device start-up, where she expanded and protected an international IP portfolio of various surgical devices. For the past 10 years, Ms Lane has focused on IP strategy – in particular, using IP in a myriad of practical ways to grow business segments. Ms Lane is currently Director of IP for the MedSurg division of Boston Scientific, where she collaborates with business partners to strengthen, grow and enforce the IP of divisions with combined sales of more than $3 billion worldwide.

Denise C Lane

Jyri Lassi

Jyri Lassi has been Vice President and Chief IP Officer at PayPal since 2016. He is responsible for leading the company’s IP team and developing its overall IP strategy and execution of IP-related matters. Mr Lassi oversees PayPal’s global patent prosecution, strategic patent filing, patent portfolio management, patent licensing and other patent transactions and patent litigation. He is also in charge of the company’s global trademark protection, trademark and domain name portfolio management, brand enforcement and litigation. Mr Lassi is responsible for boosting innovation at PayPal through a company-wide incentivisation initiative, as well as managing the company’s global inventor rewards programme and IP advisory services for all PayPal business, engineering and legal groups globally. Mr Lassi is also a member of the PayPal global organisation, where his position includes responsibilities as a member of the company’s legal leadership team.

Jyri Lassi

Michael Lee

Michael Lee is Director and Head of Patents at Google LLC. He leads a global team responsible for Google’s patent matters, including portfolio strategy and development; patent quality, analytics and data science; patent licensing and transactions; and patent policy.

Prior to joining Google, Mr Lee was Senior Director of IP at Cisco Systems, where he led a team that focused on patent licensing, patent purchases, IP policy, IP rights standards, patent-related issues connected to open source, patent pools, IP due diligence for M&A and technology licensing for the chief technology architecture office. While at Cisco, Mr Lee served on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property.

Before Cisco, Mr Lee worked at Yahoo! and in private practice focusing on patent litigation. He has a BSc in materials science engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a law degree from The George Washington University Law School.  

Michael Lee

Peng (Paul) Lin

Peng (Paul) Lin is Vice President of Global Business Development and IP Strategy at Xiaomi Corporation. He has successfully negotiated high-profile deals, including business and licensing collaborations with Orange, Qualcomm, NTT DoCoMo, Hutchison, Vodafone, Nokia, Microsoft and VIA. He has also completed many patent acquisitions which rapidly expanded Xiaomi’s IP portfolio.

Before joining Xiaomi, Mr Lin was Co-Founder and President of Zhigu, an IP investment and advisory firm in China. As General Partner, he created the first IP investment fund in China (Ruichuang). Prior to this, Mr Lin was a Licensing Executive at Intellectual Ventures, where he was involved in many major licensing negotiations. Before that, he was Director of Business Development at Microsoft and Chief Financial Officer at a US-based e-education start-up. He has an MBA and is a certified public Accountant in the United States.

Peng (Paul) Lin

John Lindgren

John Lindgren became President and CEO of IPValue in 2017. IPValue owns more than 6,000 patents, primarily in semiconductor, display and consumer electronics technologies. IPValue was founded in 2001; it has generated more than $2 billion in patent licences and paid out more than $1 billion of this to its partners – the original patent owners.

Prior to IPValue, Mr Lindgren spent 10 years as President and CEO of Conversant Intellectual Property Management. Before that, he enjoyed a 20-year career in patent licensing at Texas Instruments Incorporated.

Mr Lindgren has a JD from the Southern Methodist University (SMU) School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and was editor in chief of the SMU Law Review. He has an MSc in electrical engineering from the Southern Methodist University and a BSc in electrical engineering from Duke University.

John Lindgren

Ian Maclean

Ian MacLean provides strategic direction and leadership to a team of specialised engineers, analysts and customer service professionals dedicated to enabling IP groups and law firms to derive value from their patent portfolios.

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

Ian Maclean

Marie MacNichol

Marie H MacNichol joined Dolby Laboratories, Inc in 2018 as Senior Director of Patent Licensing in San Francisco. In this role, she has global responsibility for Dolby's patent licensing programme. Previously, Ms MacNichol was Chief Licensing Counsel at InterDigital and Vice President of IP law at LSI, Inc.

Ms MacNichol has a JD (cum laude) from Villanova University and a BSEE from Drexel University. She began her career in patent litigation at Fish and Neave in New York City.

Marie MacNichol

Gabriele Mohsler

Gabriele Mohsler is Vice President of Patent Development within Ericsson’s IP rights and licensing team. She studied electrical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University and began her career as a Patent Attorney Trainee at Alcatel. After passing the European qualifying exam, she joined Ericsson in Germany. After qualifying as an Attorney in Germany, she built Ericsson’s patent department in Herzogenrath, which is now one of the company’s key departments.

Ms Mohsler has held various management roles at Ericsson, including overseeing European litigation. She has been Head of the patent department for the past three years and is responsible for all patent creation and patent portfolios worldwide.

Ms Mohsler is an elected board member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Licensing Executive Society and the Women in IP Committee.

Gabriele Mohsler

Matthew Moyers

Matthew Moyers is Managing Director at HighTech-Solutions. He leads the company’s financial advisory practice, which focuses on IP and strategy. Mr Moyers is a registered Investment Banker with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and has 20 years’ experience providing financial advisory services. Mr Moyers specialises in capital raises, M&A transactions, IP brokerage and business enterprises and intangible asset valuations. He has served clients in industries such as consumer devices, semiconductors, automotive, software, cloud, blockchain, sensors, Internet of Things, wireless communications, medical devices and oil and gas.

Before HighTech-Solutions, Mr Moyers was Senior Vice President of Houlihan Lokey’s tech and IP team. He also spent three years with Ocean Tomo’s valuation group, assisting clients with strategic advisory services relating to IP and trademarks. Mr Moyers also spent more than seven years at PwC in the United States and New Zealand, holding roles relating to transfer pricing, corporate finance and transaction services.

Matthew Moyers

John Mulgrew

John Mulgrew has a mechanical engineering degree from Rice University and a JD from the George Washington University Law School. He started his legal career at several prominent 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 transaction-related matters. He provided support for Microsoft’s European IP matters and drafted multi-party agreements with companies, universities, governments and research organisations. Mr Mulgrew joined Uber in 2017 to lead the IP team, but his responsibilities have since expanded to include multiple client-facing teams.

John Mulgrew

Helen Odom

Helen Odom is Senior Counsel, IP at TD Ameritrade. She helps the business to navigate complex legal issues at the intersection of technology, media, brand and innovation. Her responsibilities include managing the firm’s global trademark and domain portfolio; being internal general counsel to the TD Ameritrade Network, an over-the-top financial news and education broadcast channel produced by TD Ameritrade Media Productions Company; and co-managing the firm’s innovation protection office, which she co-founded. Ms Odom was also a founding member of the firm’s open-source steering committee and is principal adviser to Discotech Enterprises Inc, TD Ameritrade’s incubator, which explores, builds and invests in emerging growth opportunities.

Prior to joining TD Ameritrade, Ms Odom practised IP litigation, prosecution and transactions at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She has a JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law and is a certified information privacy professional in the United States, specialising in privacy law.

Helen Odom

Laurence Painell

Laurence Painell is an experienced product leader with a deep understanding and working knowledge of all aspects of product and market development. At PatSnap, Mr Painell is Head of Product Management, Product Marketing and Strategy Development and works across the business to drive growth. He was previously Vice President at Quantrix, an independent business unit of IDBS, a leading global provider of data management and analytics solutions, where he was responsible for driving data insight to finance, sales, risk, engineering and scientific professionals, as well as to policy researchers, entrepreneurs and business consultants. Mr Painell specialised in providing advanced software to R&D teams in various roles at IDBS – including as Vice President of Product Management and Marketing and Vice President of Business Informatics. Previously, he worked at Microsoft as Head of Windows and Office Category Management and was responsible for strategy, communication and channel execution in marketing and product development. 

Laurence Painell

Changhae Park

Changhae Park is Senior Vice President and Chief IP Officer at NXP Semiconductors based in Austin, Texas. He leads all of the company’s IP matters, including creation, counselling and monetisation. Previously, he was Head of IP monetisation at NXP and Chief IP Officer of Freescale Semiconductor. 

Mr Park began his career as a Researcher and has held several technical and managerial positions at Cypress Semiconductor and Motorola. As Head of Motorola’s R&D organisation, he focused on technology transfer and licensing, before managing all licensing business for Motorola and Freescale. He has led numerous IP monetisation campaigns and generated close to $2 billion from deals with major corporations in the semiconductor and electronics industries worldwide.

Mr Park has a bachelor’s from Ajou University in South Korea, a master’s and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Changhae Park

Rudolf Peters

Rudolf Peters was Chief IP Officer at Royal Philips from 1999 to 2014, where he was responsible for managing its worldwide IP and standardisation activities. He turned the IP organisation from a cost centre into a successful profit-and-loss operation. He also integrated all of the different IP activities within the company into one IP organisation, which he expanded into a global operation with offices in more than 10 countries and more than 425 employees.

Mr Peters developed new methods for determining the profits realised through IP for product sales and licensing transactions, providing full transparency regarding the return on IP investments at every level in the company.

Mr Peters was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2010 and in 2014 he received an Outstanding Achievement Award for his lifetime contributions to the IP field from Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

Rudolf Peters

Christina Petersson

Christina Petersson is Chief IP Officer and Head of IP Rights and Licensing at Ericsson, where she is responsible for patent development and patent licensing worldwide. Ericsson is one of the leading providers of information and communication technology to service providers. It invests heavily in R&D as a leading contributor to open standards. With more than 49,000 granted patents, Ericsson has the industry’s leading patent portfolio, covering 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G cellular standards.

Previously, Ms Petersson was Vice President and Head of IP Rights Legal Affairs at Ericsson. In this role, which she assumed in 2011, Ms Petersson had an active role in licensing negotiations and was responsible for concluding licence agreements with the vast majority of Ericsson’s licensees.

Ms Petersson has worked at Ericsson since 1998, when she started her career as a Trademark Attorney.  She has an LLM from Uppsala University in Sweden.

Christina Petersson

Michael Pierantozzi

Michael Pierantozzi is a technology entrepreneur and IP business strategist and transaction expert based in Silicon Valley. He is responsible for strategic business development, including sales, acquisitions and licensing for the IP licensing group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Previously, Mr Pierantozzi held leadership positions at HP, IPotential, IV and a start-up he co-founded, which focused on providing transparency in IP transactions. He also ran his own IP advisory and brokerage consulting firm – Andiamo Associates, LLC.  

Mr Pierantozzi has been recognised by the IAM Strategy 300 since 2009. He is a frequent speaker at IP and tech industry events and for academic programmes at Stanford University. He has also served on the advisory board of Lex Machina, Inc.

Mr Pierantozzi has an MS from the management, science and engineering department of Stanford University and a BS in mechanical engineering from Drexel University.

Michael Pierantozzi

David Pridham

David Pridham is Chair and CEO of Dominion Harbor Enterprises. He has more than 17 years of extensive and varied experience in counselling clients on the protection and development of IP. Mr Pridham’s experience includes managing global IP licensing campaigns along with significant IP fund acquisitions (eg, Kodak, NEC and American Express), overseeing IP litigation strategy and outcomes, directing patent prosecution, constructing defensive IP strategies and managing corporate IP programmes.

Mr Pridham’s clients have generated more than $600 million in revenue from campaigns that he has directly managed. He has written extensively on the importance of IP for the innovation economy for esteemed outlets, such as Forbes, Bloomberg, Corporate Counsel, IAM Magazine, Reuters and The Hill. Prior to forming Dominion Harbor, Mr Pridham was a Co-founder and CEO of IP Navigation Group and Corporate Secretary and General Counsel for Firepond, Inc. He also worked in private legal practice. 

David Pridham

Courtney Quish

Courtney Quish is a Director at Fortress Investment Goup. Fortress’s IP team invests in companies based on the value of their IP assets. Before joining Fortress, Ms Quish was Vice President of patent strategy and M&A at Rovi Corporation, a TiVo Company, where she was responsible for designing and implementing IP monetisation strategies. Prior to joining Rovi, Ms Quish spent 10 years in private practice, most notably as a member of Mintz Levin’s patent litigation practice, where she represented patent owners in licensing and litigation matters.

Courtney Quish

Stacey Ravetta

Stacey Ravetta is General Counsel at Xinova, a network which accelerates innovation by connecting the right problems with the right solutions from its worldwide network of expertise. Before joining Xinova, Ms Ravetta spent more than 13 years as both a Partner and an Associate at Perkins Coie LLP. Between 2009 and 2011, she served as General Counsel to Intellectual Ventures’ invention development fund.

Stacey Ravetta

Terry Rea

Teresa Rea is Co-vice Chair of Crowell & Moring LLP’s IP group in Washington DC. Previously, she served as Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the USPTO. Ms Rea is a licensed Pharmacist who focuses on IP and dispute resolution relating to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other life science issues. She is a former President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Ms Rea has been named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in IP by Managing Intellectual Property (2013), a World Leading IP Strategist by the IAM Strategy 300 (2015) and one of Law360’s Top 25 Icons of IP (2016). She also received the Patent and Trademark Office Society’s 2017 Pasquale J Federico Memorial Award. Ms Rea has a JD from Wayne State University and a BSc from the University of Michigan.

Terry Rea

Kent Richardson

Kent Richardson is CEO at Richardson Oliver Insights, where he supports customers in developing data-driven strategies based on patent market data and insights. He is also a Partner at Richardson Oliver Law Group, where he counsels clients on a variety of patent and business matters, including patent buying, selling, licensing, valuation, prosecution and operations.

Mr Richardson has experience licensing and marketing patent portfolios, resulting in more than $600 million worth of patent licence bookings. He has also served as an expert witness in English and US patent monetisation and licensing practice cases.

Before founding Richardson Oliver Insights and Richardson Oliver Law Group, Mr Richardson was General Manager of ThinkFire Services USA, Ltd’s Silicon Valley office. He has also worked in various senior management roles with growth businesses such as Sezmi, Constellation Capital, Rambus and Numerical Technologies, and as an Attorney in private practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Kent Richardson

Christopher Schultz

Christopher Schultz is a Partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Boston office. He is a Patent Attorney who has litigated and counselled clients in IP law for more than 20 years. He is an experienced lead trial attorney and has successfully litigated patent and trade secret matters before the federal district courts, the PTAB, the International Trade Commission and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr Schultz lectures on patent litigation at the Practicing Law Institute in New York City.

Mr Schultz has a degree in electrical engineering and is skilled in matters involving complex technologies, particularly in the computer hardware and software, networking, wireless telecoms and medical devices fields. In his counselling practice, Mr Schultz advises clients on licensing, due diligence, freedom to operate, portfolio management, patent prosecution and IP rights monetisation. He also works extensively with start-ups and venture-backed companies.

Christopher Schultz

Andy Sherman

As Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Andy Sherman oversees Dolby Laboratories' worldwide legal affairs, including IP strategies, licensing, litigation and protection. Mr Sherman also oversees government affairs, corporate, M&A and regulatory activities. In addition, he is Chair of the Board of Via Licensing, a global multi-party IP solutions provider.

Prior to joining Dolby, Mr Sherman was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at CBS Interactive, where he led the legal group advising the company’s online entertainment, sports, news, mobile, technology, games, lifestyle and international business units. He joined CBS Interactive following CBS's acquisition of CNET Networks, where he was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. 

Earlier in his career, Mr Sherman worked in private practice with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper), specialising in the representation of technology companies in IP and technology-related litigation.

Andy Sherman

David Shofi

David Shofi is an Attorney and IP strategist with more than 24 years’ experience in technology and IP. He is Chief Legal Officer for Univercells, a Belgian business-to-business technology provider which focuses on increasing the availability of affordable vaccines and biotherapeutics to address global health challenges. Previously, as Vice President of IP strategy solutions and Chief IP Counsel at CPA Global, Mr Shofi helped clients to assess and identify IP process opportunities. As Chief IP Counsel for ATMI, a semiconductor and life sciences company, he managed all aspects of IP – strategically positioning the IP team and portfolio for a successful company divestiture. He was also IP Counsel at IBM Corporation, where he led the development of processes relating to standards, open-source software and due diligence. Mr Shofi has a law degree from Pace University School of Law and a BSc in electrical engineering from Columbia University. 

David Shofi

Karen A Sinclair

Karen Sinclair is Director of IP at Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development, where she oversees the development of Harvard’s patent portfolio. Ms Sinclair advises on patent strategies and operational productivity to maximise the value of Harvard’s IP in support of its commercialisation efforts. She directs a team of skilled attorneys and paralegals who secure Harvard’s patent rights and fulfil its patent-related obligations.

Prior to joining Harvard, Ms Sinclair was Division IP Counsel at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where she supported its laboratory products and consumables divisions. Before that, she worked in the IP department of Boston law firms K&L Gates LLP and Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP in the areas of patent prosecution, licensing and litigation.

Karen A Sinclair

Calum Smyth

Calum Smyth graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering from Bath University and retrained as a lawyer with a London firm. He specialised in IP litigation with a focus on patent disputes in the electronics and telecommunications sectors for a range of clients, including Intel and Nokia.

Mr Smyth joined Barclays in 2012 as global head of intellectual property and established the bank’s global IP function. This is responsible for all aspects of intellectual property affecting the bank, including litigation and brand protection, patent and trademark prosecution, strategic IP rights management and group structural reform.

Mr Smyth recently moved to Barclays Group Innovation Office to establish the bank’s first function focused on IP strategy, management and commercialisation.

Calum Smyth

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.

Wayne P Sobon

Jon Soderstrom

Jon Soderstrom is Managing Director of the Office of Cooperative Research at Yale University, where he is responsible for commercialising Yale’s scientific research inventions, including patent licence agreements, strategic corporate partnerships and the formation of new business ventures.

Since joining the office in 1996, Dr Soderstrom has helped form more than 25 new ventures, including Molecular Staging (acquired by Qiagen), Achillion Pharmaceuticals (NASQ: ACHN), Protometrix (acquired by Invitrogen), Iconic Therapeutics, HistoRx (acquired by Genoptix), Kolltan Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Celldex), Arvinas (NASDAQ: ARVN) and Artisan Bioscience.  Collectively, these companies have raised more than $500 million in professional venture capital.

Dr Soderstrom was a founding board member and past president of the Association of Federal Technology Transfer Executives, a member of the Licensing Executive Society and the Association of University Technology Managers. He frequently lectures on technology commercialisation and economic development within the United States and abroad.

Jon Soderstrom

Mirjana Stankovic

Mirjana Stankovic is Vice President of Emerging Technologies and IP at Tambourine Innovation Ventures. She is a senior legal and public policy adviser in innovation, IP and technology law, with multidisciplinary qualifications and international experience. Dr Stankovic’s work addresses policy, legal, scientific and ethical aspects of IP law, technology transfer and emerging technologies (eg, AI, 3D printing and blockchain). She consults for the World Bank, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United States Agency for International Development and the African Development Bank Group. Dr Stankovic co-authored the World Bank white papers “Exploring Legal, Ethical and Policy Implications of Artificial Intelligence” and “Patentability, Global Development and Ethical Considerations of Bioprinting”, the World Bank Group publication Ukraine: Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Regulatory Review, the IDB report “Social Services for Digital Citizens: Opportunities for Latin America and the Caribbean” and the UNIDO paper “Industry 4.0”.  

Mirjana Stankovic

Allen Tao

Allen Tao is an Attorney at Law and Patent Attorney in China and a Managing Partner at Liu, Shen & Associates in Beijing. Mr Tao specialises in patent invalidation, litigation and dispute resolutions before administrative agencies and the courts, as well as counselling on IP strategies. Mr Tao has represented a number of multinationals in litigation cases to defend and enforce their IP in China. Mr Tao also specialises in contractual issues, licensing and other IP-related issues for foreign companies in China. Mr Tao has a bachelor’s and a master’s in material science from the University of Electronics Science and Technology of China and LLMs from The John Marshall Law School in the United States and Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Allen Tao

Gillian Thackray

Gillian Thackray joined Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2018 as Vice President and Chief IP Counsel. Her responsibilities include guiding the company on worldwide IP asset creation, protection and enforcement activities, as well as leading an international team of IP experts.

Ms Thackray was previously Chief IP Counsel for The Clorox Company, where she also served as General Counsel for a $2 billion business unit and advised the company on joint ventures, business strategy, advertising and regulatory matters. Ms Thackray is a proven leader who effectively enhances engagement and efficiency by creating proactive teams.

Ms Thackray is a frequent speaker at events sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Practising Law Institute and Bloomberg Law. She has a JD from Duke University.

Gillian Thackray

Maria Varsellona

Maria Varsellona has been Nokia’s Chief Legal Officer since 2014. She has overseen patent licensing at Nokia since 2016 and in 2018 was appointed President of Nokia Technologies in addition to her role as Chief Legal Officer. As President of Nokia Technologies, Ms Varsellona leads the monetisation of Nokia’s IP, including its industry-leading patent portfolio, innovative technologies and know-how and its globally recognised brand.

Ms Varsellona joined Nokia in 2013 as General Counsel of Nokia Siemens Networks. Prior to this, she was General Counsel at TetraPak and held senior legal positions at GE Oil & Gas. She has also been a member of the Nordea Bank board since 2017. Ms Varsellona has a JD from the University of Palermo, Italy and is an admitted Lawyer in Italy and England, having started her career in private practice in both countries.

Maria Varsellona

Daniel Videtto

Daniel Videtto joined Clarivate Analytics in 2017 as President of the IP and Techstreet businesses. Previously, he was an Executive Committee Member of Interactive Data. In this role, he was based in Hong Kong and was Managing Director and President of Asia-Pacific. Prior to that, Mr Videtto was a member of the Executive Committee at Information Holdings, where he was President of its MicroPatent and Master Data Center businesses.

Mr Videtto has a BA in Asian studies from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona.

Daniel Videtto

Lucy Wojcik

After graduating in materials engineering from Imperial College London, Lucy E Wojcik trained as a patent attorney in two private practice firms before qualifying as a European patent attorney and chartered patent attorney in 1999 and moving to an in-house role for BAE Systems plc.  Having gained significant commercial IP experience, Ms Wojcik became a freelance IP consultant and patent attorney for Leonardo MW (a subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA) and, more recently, for Ocado Innovation Ltd.  She was appointed head of intellectual property for Ocado Group plc in 2016. She is also a visiting lecturer on the IP practice and management course at Brunel University.

Lucy Wojcik

Gilbert Wong

Gilbert Wong is an Associate General Counsel of Patents at Facebook. He leads the patent operations and analytics team, which aims to develop processes and analytic tools to help Facebook’s patent counsel manage its patent portfolios effectively and efficiently. Previously, Mr Wong managed the development of Facebook’s augmented reality and virtual reality, advertisement, infrastructure and search patent portfolios.

Gilbert Wong

David Yurkerwich

David Yurkerwich is Senior Managing Director and Leader of Ankura Consulting Group’s IP team. He assists clients in navigating the challenges and capitalising on opportunities associated with assessing, valuing and managing IP assets in today’s global innovation economy. Combining competitive information and state-of-the-art valuation methodologies, Ankura delivers practical business solutions. Mr Yurkerwich has been recognised in the IAM Strategy 300 since its inception in 2008.

Mr Yurkerwich works closely with inventors, owners and attorneys to assess patentability and markets for technologies to build and maintain competitive IP portfolios. He negotiates IP-based transactions, and structures and manages joint development, licensing and enforcement activities. Mr Yurkerwich 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. 

Mr Yurkerwich is active in the brokering, finance, IP auction, IP management consultancy, licensing, M&A, technology transfer and valuation sectors.

David Yurkerwich

Patrick Zhang

Patrick Zhang is Head of IP at Atlassian, an enterprise software maker. He is responsible for all aspects of the company's IP portfolio, strategy and litigation. Prior to Atlassian, Mr Zhang was Vice President of Patent Strategy and Litigation at Technicolor. He began his legal career at Fish & Neave in New York and in the IP litigation group at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, where he was part of the courtroom trial team for Apple v Samsung I. Mr Zhang has a JD from Fordham Law School and an aerospace engineering degree from Cornell University.

Patrick Zhang

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