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Name Position Company
Shawn Ambwani Chief operating officer Unified Patents
Robert Aronoff Managing partner Pluritas
Pascal Asselot Director, development and licensing France Brevets
Ira Blumberg Vice president of intellectual property Lenovo
Crystal Chen Partner Tsai, Lee & Chen
Min-Sheo Choi Director of IP Business Team Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)
Kirk Dailey Head of patent transactions Google
Jianguang Du Group IP director Mindray Medical International
Jack Ellis Asia-Pacific editor IAM
Christine Emmanuel Executive manager, intellectual property and investment portfolio Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Alex Fan Deputy general director Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)
John Flock Partner Kenyon & Kenyon
Eeva Hakoranta Head of patent licensing Nokia
Ian Harvey Chairman, IP Centre Advisory Board / former CEO Tsinghua University X-Lab / BTG
Brian Hinman Chief IP officer Philips
Cheng Huat Ho Executive vice president, Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR)
Heath Hoglund Chief patent counsel Dolby Labs
Peter Holden President ipCreate
Yongqing Hong Deputy director general Shanghai Intellectual Property Administration
Ruiling Hou Asia-Pacific manager Questel
Wei-Fu Hsu Vice president and general counsel MediaTek
Zhongshou Huang Senior director, IP department Tianma Microelectronics
Ling Jin Executive Rouse
Steve Joroff Head of Asia-Pacific IP licensing IBM
Azimah Kadir Senior manager, Corporate Research Strategy MIMOS
Anubhav Kapoor General counsel Tata Technologies
Joseph Kessler Managing director, IP finance group Fortress Investment Group
Joo Sup Kim Vice president of intellectual property LG Electronics
Vinod Kumar Former vice president, business development Conversant IP Management
Steve Lee President Lpines
Paul Levins President, Australia and New Zealand Intellectual Ventures
John Li Head of patents, China Novartis
Josh Li Vice president China Technology Exchange (CTEX)
Peng Lin President Zhigu
Jeffrey Lindsay Head of intellectual property Asia Pulp & Paper
Jian Liu Director China Enterprise Intellectual Property Institute
Richard Lloyd North America editor IAM
Shan Lu Deputy director of technology transfer and investment banking Shenzhen United Property & Share Rights Exchange (UPEX)
Donald Merino Managing director Transpacific IP
Art Monk Vice president TechInsights
Samirah Muzaffar Consultant, IP valuation and IP marketplace Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO)
Makoto Ogino Professor, Graduate School of Innovation Studies Tokyo University of Science
Eric Olsen Head of acquisitions RPX
Abhai Pandey Partner LexOrbis Consulting
Choongsoo Park Executive vice president Intellectual Discovery
Jaewoo Park Senior legal counsel Samsung Electronics
Guy Proulx Chairman and CEO Transpacific IP
Takuya Saito Vice president Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office
Varun Shah Former director of IP development Aruba Networks
Nan Shen Chief licensing officer ZTE
Subarna Shyamroy General manager, intellectual property and technology management Reliance Industries
Jaime Siegel Executive vice president Acacia Research Group
Anindya Sircar Associate vice president and head of IP cell Infosys
Yingyong Tanthanapongphan IP manager The Siam Cement Group
Laure van Oudheusden Head of Philips IP&S China Royal Philips
Manuele Wahl Senior vice president, licensing Technicolor
Xinming Wan Chief engineer of open innovation centre, R&D Haier
Ben Wang Head of patents, China Unilever
Haibing Wang IP director Xiaomi
Yan Wang Director of IP administrative office Tsinghua University
Minou Weerts Senior director, business IP counselling and contracts NXP Semiconductors
Joff Wild Editor IAM
Keith Woomer Director of patent acquisitions InterDigital
Kai Wu Executive vice president Goldwind Technology
Jun Yang Secretary general Shanghai Xuhui Intellectual Property Protection Association (SXIPPA)
Xuri Yang President Beijing IP Institute for Power Nation
Ronald Yu Vice president of knowledge management International Intellectual Property Commercialization Council (IIPCC)
Zhenfu Yuan Executive director Shanghai Intellectual Property Academe
Kelly Zhuang Senior IP Counsel BYD Co Ltd


Shawn Ambwani

Shawn Ambwani is responsible for running Unified Patents’ operations, membership recruitment and marketing. He is chairman-elect of the Licensing Executives Society USA and Canada - High Tech Sector. Most recently, Mr Ambwani was vice president of licensing and business development at Intertrust Technologies, Inc, responsible for patent and technology licensing programmes with more than$500 million in revenue. Before that he served as executive vice president at Nextstreaming (KOSDAQ) and co-founded Envivio (NASDAQ; ENVI). Mr Ambwani has a JD/MBA from Boston University and a BS in Mathematics from UCLA.  He is a member of the California Bar.


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Robert Aronoff

Robert Aronoff is managing partner at Pluritas, a well-respected IP strategy and transactions firm headquartered in San Francisco.

Mr Aronoff draws on almost 30 years’ experience serving Fortune 500 companies, business strategy and technology consulting firms and leading small-cap public companies. He has worked as an executive or management consultant at Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle), Eastman Kodak, Microsoft, Coopers & Lybrand and Peat Marwick. Mr Aronoff also served as founding executive director of the Digital Imaging Group – an industry consortium that had the financial and technical backing of Kodak, Fuji, Canon, Intel, HP, IBM, Adobe, Agfa and Microsoft.

In his previous positions, he was responsible for the development of product and technology strategy and related standards, as well as patent in-licensing and out-licensing. He provides his clients with a deep insight into what facilitates and impedes IP asset values, in addition to strong negotiating skills and contacts.

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Pascal Asselot

Pascal Asselot is a senior patent licensing executive with more than 15 years’ experience. In 2011 he co-created France Brevets, a €100 million sovereign IP investment fund, and he now heads its licensing and development group. France Brevets is the first sovereign fund for patents in Europe. Its objective is to assist private companies and public research organisations to create value – defensive, competitive or financial – through their patents. Before France Brevets, Mr Asselot deployed licensing programmes in Asia for Thomson Licensing (now part of Technicolor) and developed a number of new patent licensing programmes through patent acquisition and organic growth. Before his tenure at Thomson Licensing, Mr Asselot worked as an investor in a large European venture capitalist and held various sales and marketing roles. Mr Asselot has a master’s in electronics and an MBA from INSEAD.

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Ira Blumberg

Ira Blumberg is vice president of intellectual property at Lenovo. His responsibilities include overseeing the licensing and management of Lenovo’s patent portfolio.

Before joining Lenovo, Mr Blumberg was a licensing executive at Intellectual Ventures, focused primarily on Japan. From 2004 to 2010 he was vice president of licensing at Rambus Inc, where he negotiated, drafted and closed patent licensing deals valued in excess of $1.5 billion. Before joining Rambus, Mr Blumberg was director of licensing at Intel, where he negotiated, drafted and closed the patent licence agreement between Intel and LG Electronics that became the basis of the US Supreme Court case Quanta Computer, Inc v LG Electronics, Inc. Earlier he worked in private practice at Hughes Hubbard and Reed and at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.

Mr Blumberg has a JD from the University of Virginia and a BS and MS from the University of Pennsylvania in applied science and computer science, respectively.


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Crystal Chen

Crystal Chen is a partner at Tsai, Lee & Chen. She is admitted to the National Bar of China and the New York State Bar.

Ms Chen counsels on a broad range of IP matters, including prosecution and litigation. She has successfully helped Taiwanese companies to resolve cross-border IP disputes. One of her roles within the firm is the management of international clients and associates. She provides clients with updates on IP law and advises on prosecution practices relating to Taiwan and China.

Ms Chen has an LLB and an LLM in intellectual property from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Centre). She is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association, the Beijing Bar Association and the IP Owners Association.

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Min-Sheo Choi

Min-Sheo Choi is a director of the IP business team at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) in Daejeon, Korea, where he is in charge of patent licensing, litigation and other types of IP-based monetisation. His responsibilities at ETRI have previously included streamlining IP strategy, facilitating global collaborative research arrangements, helping researchers to carry out their roles efficiently in the context of international standard development and advising on every aspect of IP–related issues facing the institute.

Mr Choi started his career in intellectual property in 1999 as a patent attorney, representing various global information and communications technology firms at the Korean Intellectual Property Office.

He obtained a BS in physics from Sogang University and an MS in information and communications engineering from KAIST.

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Kirk Dailey

Kirk Dailey has more than 20 years’ experience in all facets of intellectual property.  Mr Dailey is head of patent transactions for Google and is responsible for licensing, selling and purchasing patents in order to obtain freedom of action for Google. Before joining Google in 2012, Mr Dailey was corporate vice president of intellectual property at Motorola, where he was responsible for the IP business that built, maintained and leveraged a world-class IP portfolio. Previously, Mr Dailey was a patent and IP lawyer for Motorola. Working in Chicago, Boston and London, Mr Dailey developed key IP strategies and negotiated related agreements for accessing key 2G, 3G and 4G communication technologies and leveraging Motorola's related portfolios. Mr Dailey holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a law degree from DePaul University College of Law.

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Jianguang Du

Jianguang Du (JD, PhD) is a patent attorney registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office and an expert recognised by Shenzhen Intellectual Property Office. Dr Du previously worked as an IP counsel at Schlumberger and a patent attorney with Fish & Richardson. He is currently the group IP director for Mindray Medical International, managing Mindray's IP department and overseeing all of Mindray's IP work. He has solid education in IP law and is experienced in managing all aspects of intellectual property for global corporations, including establishing IP management systems; developing IP plans and strategies; developing and managing global IP portfolios; protecting, exploiting and enforcing intellectual property; managing IP risks and resolving IP disputes; preparing and negotiating IP licences and agreements; and patent preparation and prosecution. Dr Du is also experienced in providing IP due diligence on freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity analysis, competitive monitoring and mergers and acquisitions.

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Jack Ellis

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

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Christine Emmanuel

Christine Emmanuel has led the IP team for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) since 2008, including the management of the investment portfolio in 2014. She is passionate about addressing the challenges of managing intellectual property to best transition innovation to impact, developing and improving tools for strategic IP management. 

From 2007 until 2008 she was an IP manager in the intellectual property team at CSIRO, and before commencing her in-house role, she worked for two leading Australian patent attorney firms.  Before that, Ms Emmanuel was in-house counsel at Unilever (UK) and spent several years at a firm of patent agents (UK).  Ms Emmanuel is qualified before the Australian Patent and Trademark Office, is a fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys and is a member on its council.


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Alex Fan

Alex Fan leads the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) IP legal and management team, and has been involved in the technology transactions practice for more than 25 years.

He advises researchers and managers on many types of IP transactions, ranging from simple licence agreements to intricate research collaborations. He provides expertise on all phases of these transactions, including formulating strategies for exploiting intellectual property to achieve desired goals and negotiating and drafting IP-related agreements, such as employment, consulting, joint R&D, licence and collaboration agreements. He has represented the ITRI in numerous cases as licensor and licensee, including several high-profile cases involving AT&T, Sony and Samsung, in cases concerning patent licensing arrangements. He is currently project leader of the Taiwan Technology Marketplace.

Mr Fan graduated from Soochow University, School of Law and received his MBA from National Chengchi University, College of Commerce, Institute of Intellectual Property.

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John Flock

Partner John Flock brings a unique perspective to the economics of patent valuation by using his 25 years of ‘in the trenches’ litigation experience and negotiations of major portfolios to determine real world value, particularly identifying the key patents that drive value in negotiations.  He has worked with Fortune 500 companies on some of the major acquisitions of patent assets in the past few years.  His work has enabled him to build long-term relationships with sophisticated clients in both patent valuation and in high-stakes litigation.  

Mr Flock has received professional recognition from numerous independent publications. He is a member of Kenyon's executive committee and co-chair of its electrical/computer practice group. He has technical training in physics and served as an assistant district attorney in New York City for nine years. 

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Eeva Hakoranta

Eeva Hakoranta is head of patent licensing at Nokia, with global responsibility for the company’s patent licensing activities, including the development of new licensing offerings. She has been in this role since September 2012, before which she established and led for several years an IP legal team at Nokia which handled patent licensing and divestment transactions, IP-intensive mergers and acquisitions as well as IP issues in business transactions.

Before joining Nokia in 2006, Ms Hakoranta worked in private practice at Roschier Attorneys, advising clients primarily on IP and technology-related matters, including contractual and transactional work, M&A and IP litigation and arbitration.

Mrs Hakoranta holds a master's in law from Helsinki University.


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Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey was CEO of BTG plc from 1985 to 2004, and chairman of the IP Institute 1999 to 2011. After obtaining his degree in mechanical sciences from the University of Cambridge, he worked as an engineer in industry. After obtaining an MBA from Harvard University he worked for the World Bank in Asia and Africa. His current positions include advisory board chairman of the IP Centre at Tsinghua University x-lab; adjunct professor at Imperial College Business School, London; adviser to the Northern Technology Exchange Market, Tianjin; and fellow of the University of Nottingham. He founded the Tsinghua course on innovation IP strategy, was a founder of the International IP Strategists Association and has been a member of many international boards and advisory organisations, including chairman of the UK government IP Advisory Committee. He is involved with the development of intellectual property in China and presses for intellectual property to be taught as an integral part of strategy in business school programmes globally.

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Brian Hinman

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

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

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

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

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Cheng Huat Ho

Cheng Huat Ho is the executive vice president of the IP management division at Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd (ETPL). At ETPL, he oversees a team that manages the patent portfolio of the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), created by A*STAR’s researchers.

Mr Ho started his career as a radio-frequency development engineer in the Singapore subsidiary of Motorola Inc. In 1994 he joined the Singapore-based Asia/Pacific IP law department of Motorola Inc and, after legal and IP training, became a patent attorney in that department.

After leaving Motorola Inc in December 1999, he worked as a patent agent in two Singapore patent firms before joining ETPL in November 2002. Concurrent to his role at ETPL, he was seconded to the Ministry of Law to serve as the director of the IP Academy (Singapore) from August 2007 to August 2011.


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Heath Hoglund

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

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

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

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

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Peter Holden

Peter Holden is president of ipCreate – a 100-person pioneer in invention-on-demand™ that works with organisations to generate and patent inventions to speed, quality and scale to complement their own internal R&D efforts in a more market-driven way. Before ipCreate, Mr Holden was senior vice president of IPVALUE Management, Inc, a leader in IP agency transactions for blue-chip companies worldwide. The company generated over $1.3 billion in revenues and was sold to Vector Capital, Inc. Before joining IPVALUE, Mr Holden founded the IP Investment Group at Coller Capital LP (a $15 billion global secondaries fund) and led the investment and subsequent monetisation of thousands of patents, delivering top-quartile returns to investors without litigation. In 1999 he founded and ran Invisible Hand LLC (New York), a $48 million IP venture fund focused on building and acquiring fundamental IP positions, and repurposing these into founders’ equity in promising early-stage companies.

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Yongqing Hong

Yongqing Hong is deputy director general of Shanghai Intellectual Property Administration (SIPA), where he has worked for nearly 10 years.

Mr Hong’s previous positions have included several overseas postings, including s counsellor of science and technology for the Chinese Consulate-General in Toronto; first secretary of science and technology at the Chinese Embassy in Finland; and   second secretary of science and technology of the Chinese Embassy in Hungary. In between his overseas postings, Mr Hong spent two years as the project director of the Shanghai Science and Technology Exchange Centre, which is directly subordinated to the Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission.

Before being appointed to his current position as deputy director general, Mr Hong was assistant director of SIPA, and before that was director of the SIPA International Communication and Cooperation Division.

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Ruiling Hou

Ruiling Hou, Asia-Pacific regional manager of Questel, is a certified expert in Japanese IP management. She has more than six years’ experience in patent intelligence research and IP consulting services in Japan. In addition, she has headed a number of large-scale IP consulting projects in the machinery and electronics, automotive and chemical industries, among others.

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Wei-Fu Hsu

Wei-Fu Hsu is corporate vice president and general counsel of MediaTek Inc, a semiconductor company.

Mr Hsu joined MediaTek in December 2003, and set up all of MediaTek’s internal legal and IP processes from scratch. He has successfully supervised many litigation actions and disputes, concluded many cases relating to mergers and acquisitions and built up an IP portfolio from only a handful of patents to over ten thousand patents and applications worldwide. Before joining MediaTek, Mr Hsu practised law in the United States at several international law firms. He was a senior circuit design engineer at National Semiconductor Corporation in Silicon Valley for several years before entering the legal profession. 

Mr Hsu received his BSEE degree from National Cheng Kung University, his MSEE degree from San Jose State University and his JD degree from the University of Washington. He is licensed to practise in Washington and California, the federal courts and before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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Zhongshou Huang

Zhong Shou (Jason) Huang has over 25 years of R&D and management experience in high-tech industries in Japan, Canada, the United States and China. He speaks Japanese, English and Chinese. 

Mr Huang has authored over 50 patents in Japan, Canada, the United States and China, with five years’ direct management experience in the Tianma Microelectronics IP department.

As chairman of the Tianma invention committee, Mr Huang has personally reviewed over 2,400 invention proposals since 2006. He leads the IP department, covering IP risk management, litigation and IP acquisition. Tianma files 350 Chinese patents, 90 US patents and 90 German patents per year, after a 60% internal pass rate. 

Mr Huang creates and implements quality and lead time management tools for the patent prosecution process and incentive programmes for the IP engineers at Tianma.


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Ling Jin

Ling Jin has 25 years’ legal experience in IP, technology and media law, as a partner in Rouse (based in its Shanghai office) and previously as a legislator in the State Council of the People’s Republic of China for 10 years, where she was involved in the drafting of over 50 pieces of legislation concerning technology, education, intellectual property, media and pharmaceuticals.

At Rouse, Ms Jin is responsible for a diverse range of IP work. International companies often call on her for Chinese regulatory and market access advice and she regularly advises clients on a wide range of transactional IP issues – from technology transfers and R&D cooperation agreements to IP management strategies, due diligence and audits. She is also well known for her IP government lobbying projects. In addition to her commercial expertise, Ms Jin has advised on a number of high-profile patent and trademark litigations.

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Steve Joroff

Steve Joroff serves as director of Asia-Pacific IP licensing for IBM Corporation.  

Mr Joroff has extensive global experience in selling and licensing intellectual property. He has been with IBM for 10 years, building IP acquisition and investment programmes. In 2012 he was appointed director of IBM’s Asia-Pacific IP licensing team.  He is responsible for protecting and enhancing the value of IBM’s business through management and monetisation of IBM’s IP patent portfolio in Asia Pacific.  His team is also responsible for analysing markets and technology trends in order to develop IP strategies in Asia Pacific that balance freedom of action and IP income for IBM.

Mr Joroff has previously held IP positions with Lucent Technologies and Telcordia Technologies.  He is a Certified Licensing Professional with an MBA in finance and an MS in materials engineering, both from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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Azimah Kadir

Azimah Abdul Kadir is senior manager of corporate research strategy at MIMOS Berhad, a government-owned research institution in Malaysia. She co-invented three granted patents – with four patents pending – in communication and software-related fields. She was previously head of IP management and strategy at MIMOS.

Ms Kadir holds an MIP from the National University of Malaysia. She is also a licensed patent agent in Malaysia and a doctoral candidate at Kuala Lumpur University of Malaysia. Before joining MIMOS in 2008, she managed the IP department of Malaysian automotive company PROTON Berhad for 13 years.

Ms Kadir has received strategic IP management training (2005), patent expert training (2013) from the Japan Patent Office and IP valuation training (2013) from the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO). She regularly speaks at conferences organised by the MyIPO, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the US Patent and Trademark Office.


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Anubhav Kapoor

Anubhav Kapoor is Tata Technologies’ general counsel and company secretary. He is responsible for Tata Technologies’ global legal, IP, regulatory and corporate governance activities and policies. He has about 19 years of experience in the field. Before joining Tata Technologies, he worked in similar roles with companies including Polaris Software, Dominos Pizza and Allied Nippon.

Mr Kapoor has had exposure to multifarious legal areas such as structuring strategic business contracts, IP rights, due diligence, mergers and arbitration and litigation management. As a corporate secretary, he has also dealt with high-visibility boards and handled complex matters including corporate governance, sustainability, insider trading and private and public offerings.

Mr Kapoor is a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He obtained his LLM from the University of Michigan and his MBA in finance and information technology from the Institute of Management Technology, India.


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Joseph Kessler

Joseph Kessler is a managing director at the IP finance group of Fortress Investment Group, where he runs the litigation financing practice.

Before his role with Fortress, Mr Kessler was the co-founder and managing partner of Koru Venture Partners, an asset-based lending fund that provided technology companies with capital in the form of patent-backed loans.

Before that, Mr Kessler was the co-founder and president of Marqera, a globally focused IP trading company with offices in the United States and abroad.

Before Marqera, Mr Kessler was a co-founder and CEO of Global Technology Transfer, a private firm focused on the commercialisation of technologies and intellectual property.

Mr Kessler is included in the IAM Strategy 300, holds an LLB with business administration and law from IDC Herzliya, Israel and is admitted to the Bar in Israel.

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Joo Sup Kim

Joo Sup Kim is vice president of intellectual property at LG Electronics, Inc and manages the team responsible for IP litigation, licensing, counselling, open source and copyright.

Dr Kim’s career in the IP industry spans almost 30 years, with extensive experience in IP litigation and licensing at LGE and LG affiliates (including LG Display and LG Semicon). He has been involved in IP matters covering a number of technologies, including consumer electronics, liquid crystal displays, organic light-emitting diodes and semiconductors. His expertise includes both offensive and defensive matters through strategic litigation and licensing.  He has also successfully managed and closed numerous IP transactions, M&A transactions and alliances.

Dr Kim received a PhD in law from Kookmin University, Korea, a master’s in IP law from the Franklin Pierce Law Centre in the United States and a bachelor’s in electronics and electrical engineering from Hanyang University, Korea.

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Vinod Kumar

Vinod Kumar led business development activities at Conversant, including finding and developing new markets for licensing, patent acquisitions and partnerships with IP holders. He was involved in the significant expansion of Conversant's portfolio and the launch of new licensing programmes. Mr Kumar has a creative business aptitude and was responsible for the launch of several new business models at Conversant. During the last nine years, he evaluated almost 350,000 patents with his team. He developed a set of effective and efficient patent assessment methodologies as well as a best-in-class patent acquisitions team.

A frequent speaker at industry events, Mr Kumar was listed in the 2013 and 2014 editions of IAM Strategy 300: The World's Leading IP Strategists. He holds a BE in electronics and communications from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and an MBA in international business from the Australian School of Business.

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Steve Lee

Steve Lee is president of  Lpines Inc, a California-based technology transfer and venture formation firm.

As a technology entrepreneur and IP expert, Mr Lee has led various patented technology transfer activities and IP acquisitions on behalf of corporate clients in the United States and Asia. He engages in venture strategy, incubation and formation involving promising patented technologies by working closely with leading research institutes and operating companies.

Mr Lee has also managed a patent analytics/ratings business as president and founded and ran software/database firms as chief executive officer. Before his entrepreneurial career, he worked as a lead product engineer at Boeing Satellite business and a lead management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, providing business strategies to Fortune 500 firms.

Mr Lee received a BEng from the University of California – San Diego and received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School.

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Paul Levins

Paul Levins is president of Intellectual Ventures Australia and New Zealand and director of Asia-Pacific monetisation strategy.  Mr Levins has over 25 years’ experience in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors.  He was previously executive officer and vice president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.  Earlier in his career he was chief of staff in state and federal portfolios and held senior executive roles at infrastructure and telecommunications companies.

He is a director of the board of auDA (the self-regulatory body for Australia's ‘.au’ domain space); adirector of the ANZAC Medical Research Institute; and an ambassador for Business Events Sydney.

Mr Levins holds a BA from Macquarie University, Sydney and is an honorary associate and guest lecturer at Sydney University’s Graduate School of Government.

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John Li

John Li is head of patents for Novartis Pharmaceuticals (China), where his focus is on building an IP capability that includes the acquisition of IP rights in China, business planning related to loss of exclusivity for Novartis products, asserting IP rights in defence of Novartis’s business, shaping IP policy in China and IP talent management. He entered IP law in 1997 at the US law firm Fish & Richardson, PC. Leaving private practice in 2001, Mr Li worked in big biotech (Biogen Idec, Inc) and small biotech (Therion Biologics Corp) before joining Novartis in Cambridge, MA, in 2006. Since then Mr Li has had a number of global IP leadership positions at Novartis before taking on his current and first local IP role in China in July 2014.  Mr Li holds a BA in molecular biology (University of California, Berkeley), a PhD in viral pathogenesis (Harvard University), an MBA (Cornell University) and a JD (Suffolk University).

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Josh Li

Josh Li has extensive experience in IP evaluation, technology licensing, financing and mergers and acquisitions. Mr Li received his BS (medicine) and MS from Peking University Health Science Centre. He received his MBA from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, after which he decided to dedicate his career to promoting technology commercialisation and financing.

Mr Li was the deputy director of the IP rights exchange centre at China Beijing Equity Exchange and is currently vice president of China Technology Exchange (CTEX), supervising its technology transaction business.

Mr Li led the first public patent auction in China. He led the development of an IP-backed collective trust fund to finance small to medium-sized enterprises in Beijing ZhongGuanCun Science and Technology Park. Under Mr Li’s leadership, CTEX launched two investment funds with a total of RmB300 million, which specialise in investing in early-stage high-tech enterprises.

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Peng Lin

Peng Lin is co-founder and president of Beijing Zhigu Ruituo Technology Services Co, Ltd.

Mr Lin is a former executive director of Intellectual Ventures, where he was involved in many major licensing negotiations. Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Mr Lin worked as business development director at Microsoft's headquarters where he led the Microsoft Health Solutions Group's marketing and sales effort in China. Before his Microsoft career, Mr Lin held the position of chief financial officer at an e-education startup in the United States. He holds an MBA degree and is a certified public accountant in the United States.

Zhigu was founded in 2012. Its main business is IPR investment and monetisation with the goal of empowering Chinese firms with core technologies in order for them to succeed internationally. Zhigu also focuses on investing in future technologies.  Zhigu has completed a number of international and domestic patent acquisitions. In April 2014, Zhigu successfully raised China’s first IPR investment fund, the Ruichuang Fund.


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Jeffrey Lindsay

Jeffrey Lindsay is head of intellectual property at Asia Pulp & Paper in Shanghai, where he works with groups across the company to advance IP strategy and innovation, including open innovation. In the past Mr Lindsay has been an innovation and IP consultant for Innovationedge, corporate patent strategist for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and associate professor at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology, Georgia Tech. He is a registered US patent agent and an inventor with more than 130 US patents.

Mr Lindsay is the lead author of Conquering Innovation Fatigue (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) with C Perkins and M Karanjikar, which discusses ways to overcome the barriers to innovation that companies, governments and innovators unintentionally create.

Mr Lindsay has a PhD in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University . He is also the former chair of the Forest Bioproducts Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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Jian Liu

Jian Liu is director of the China Enterprise Intellectual Property Institute, an educational organisation dedicated to creating standards for Chinese corporate IP management and practice and to finding and training top Chinese IP management talent.

Mr Liu graduated from the Harbin Institute of Technology with a master’s in automation and applied automation in 1998. In the same year, he joined ZTE Corporation and worked as an R&D engineer. In 1999 Mr Liu participated in forming the IP department in ZTE, and he successively managed intellectual property for the company’s mobile communication systems, optical communication, data communication, mobile telecommunication terminals and terminal and integrated circuitry departments. He served as IP engineer, IP manager and IP director until 2012. Since then Mr Liu has moved to the IP education and research sector.


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Richard Lloyd

Richard Lloyd is the North America Editor for Intellectual Asset Management magazine based in Washington DC.  Prior to joining IAM in February 2014 he was a contributing editor for The American Lawyer and a freelance journalist.  Before moving to the USA in 2011 Richard was the editor of Legal Business magazine and before that was Chief European Correspondent for The American Lawyer.

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Shan Lu

Shan Lu joined Shareholding Structuring Center at Shenzhen United Property and Share Rights Exchange (UPEX) in 2009. He was responsible for designing equity incentive programmes, implementing a proper shareholding structure, introducing strategic investors, and other pre-initial public offering fund raising activities. His experience in venture capital and private equity investments brings an unique angle to facilitate technology transfer. 

Mr Lu is now the deputy director of technology transfer and investment banking at UPEX. He is responsible for operating cross-boarder technology transfer and identifying related investment opportunities. He has also been involved in developing and maintaining the China IP 180 Index and US/China IP 200 Index (UPEX Index Family) and initiated the Technology Transfer Centre Project with corporate partners. He has also been associated with the development of the IP Evaluation System and other related business development. His personal interests include entrepreneurship, mergers and acquisitions, and IP investment funds.


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Donald Merino

Donald Merino, managing director and founder of Transpacific Advisors Limited, leads the team on licensing and advisory business. He is instrumental in developing programmes that work with individual inventors, companies and universities to help them understand the value of their inventions and the potential paths towards monetisation.

Mr Merino has extensive global experience in buying, selling and licensing intellectual property. He spent nine years at Intellectual Ventures as vice president and general manager for intellectual property, building IP acquisition and investment programmes, including business development and evaluation. He then stepped up to be senior vice president for licensing, building the Asia IP licensing revenue, where he drove over $1 billion in Asian licensing revenue and led, developed and closed over $500 million in committed revenue.

Mr Merino is a Certified Licensing Professional with a master’s in mechanical engineering and a PhD in interdisciplinary subjects, from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Art Monk

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

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

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Samirah Muzaffar

Samirah Muzaffar manages the IP Valuation and IP Marketplace initiatives within the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO). Before joining MyIPO, she headed the IP and commercialisation channels department in Multimedia Development Corporation.

Ms Muzaffar graduated from the University of Malaya and holds a diploma in Sharia law and practice from the International Islamic University of Malaysia, and an LLM in internet and electronic law from Monash University.

Ms Muzaffar is also an advocate and solicitor before the High Court of Malaya. While in private practice, she was a partner in Haryati Deepak, specialising in corporate and commercial law, intellectual property, new media and internet-related issues. She also worked at Azmi & Associates.

Ms Muzaffar has previously served on the Malaysian Bar Association IP Law Committee and at the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia Policy Institute. She has also contributed articles to Malaysian and international law journals.


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Makoto Ogino

As the chief professor of the master of intellectual property programme at the Tokyo University of Science Graduate School for Innovation Studies, Makoto Ogino teaches classes such as IP contract negotiation, IP litigation and dispute resolution and international contract law.
Before joining the university in April 2012, Professor Ogino worked for Hitachi, Ltd and its subsidiary, Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc, for more than 30 years, and served as general manager and manager of their IP group. At Hitachi, he directed various patent licensing projects for more than 20 years, including semiconductor patent licensing projects with overseas companies. He also formed Hitachi’s IP strategy as general manager of the IP group’s strategy and policy office.


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Eric Olsen

Before joining RPX, Eric Olsen was vice president of business development and legal secretary of Aggregate Knowledge, a company developing advertising optimisation solutions for internet advertisers and advertising agencies. Previously, Mr Olsen worked at Intertrust Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ITRU, acquired by Sony and Philips) in a variety of positions, most recently vice president of intellectual property and licensing.

Before that, Mr Olsen was patent counsel for Cardeon Corporation, a medical device start-up company (focusing on solutions for the bypass surgery market), and Zexel Innovation, a leader in the development of GPS navigational systems (acquired by Visteon Corporation, NYSE: VC).

Mr Olsen holds a BS 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 State Bar of California.


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Abhai Pandey

Abhai Pandey (partner) is an attorney at law with more than 18 years’ experience in corporate and IP law. He is an expert in strategising, advising and handling contentious matters across all realms of intellectual property, with extensive experience in leading teams of investigators, liasing with enforcement agencies to organise successful raid actions on pirate and counterfeit businesses in India. He regularly represents clients at all judicial forums, including the Intellectual Property Appellate Board and the IP offices.

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Choongsoo Park

Choongsoo Park is executive vice president of Intellectual Discovery Co Ltd, where he is in charge of patent licensing. Before joining Intellectual Property Discovery, Dr Park headed several patent licensing companies.

He is a patent attorney and has worked at several major US law firms. He also worked at the Korean Industrial Property Office as a patent examiner and at a major electronics company as a senior research engineer.

Dr Park received a PhD in electrical engineering from Seoul National University and a JD from Boston University School of Law.


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Jaewoo Park

Jaewoo Park has 11 years’ experience prosecuting complex patent applications at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As an in-house patent counsel for Samsung Electronics since 2010, he manages patent portfolios in semiconductor technology areas including flash memory, DRAMs and system LSI. He also gained significant experience prosecuting patent and trademark applications, providing legal opinions, counselling clients and enforcing trademark and trade dress through infringement actions in his previous New York law firm since 2003. He was a panellist and speaker at the 2013 and 2014 Annual Conferences of the Korean Intellectual Property Association and a moderator of 2014 Busan IP5 Meeting. He received his JD from Hofstra University School of Law in New York and his BS from Sungkyunkwan University in Korea. He is a USPTO registered patent lawyer.

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Guy Proulx

Guy Proulx is the founder, chairman and CEO of Transpacific IP, the only full-service IP company based in Asia. Since its foundation in 2004, the company has grown tenfold and has several offices in key technology areas throughout Asia.

As an influential figure in the IP industry, Mr Proulx is a guest speaker at industry conferences globally, an adviser to governments and academic institutions, and one of the world’s leading strategists as named in the IAM Strategy 300 from 2012 to 2014.

Mr Proulx has more than 20 years’ experience advising start-up companies on critical IP and business issues, including IP strategy, portfolio development, acquisitions and licensing, as well as company formation, business capitalisation, strategic planning and general management.

He earned a BSc in nuclear engineering at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute and served as a nuclear-trained and qualified officer in the US Navy.

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Takuya Saito

Takuya Saito joined Shobayashi International Patent and Trademark Office in 2003. He manages domestic and international patent applications, prosecution, legal disputes and litigation in the field of software-related inventions and copyright. Mr Saito has served as a collaborative researcher at Tamai Laboratory in the University of Tokyo Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology since 2007. In 2007 and 2008 he planned and managed IP Week, a seminar held in Washington DC, sponsored by Professor Tamai of Tamai Laboratory, Judge Rader of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and George Washington University. Mr Saito also manages IP strategy consulting, including outsourcing, IP research, IP due diligence and domestic and international business strategy and promotion.

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Varun Shah

Varun A Shah is a highly experienced IP attorney leading Precision IP, a premier IP law firm in Silicon Valley. Mr Shah has served a multitude of Fortune 100 tech companies, including Apple, Cisco, Dolby, Intuit, Netflix, Oracle, Tivo, and Yahoo! Inc.

Mr Shah formerly served as global head of IP development at Aruba Networks where he created a world-class patent programme recognised by the Wall Street Journal for the number and impact of patents. Specifically, Mr Shah implemented an unprecedented two-chair model where he drafted claims during the invention disclosure meeting itself for review by the inventors, to generate precise, focused claims that were aligned with company strategy before the patent application was drafted by junior attorneys. Mr Shah also personally prosecuted the entire Aruba Networks patent portfolio, leading to the issuance of 40 powerful patents, an increase of 186% from the preceding year.


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Nan Shen

Nan Shen is chief licensing officer at ZTE Corporation, based in Shenzhen. Mr Shen has extensive experience in the management of outbound/inbound licence negotiation and the management of IP portfolios. Mr Shen is responsible for the development and implementation of ZTE’s global licensing strategy, managing a team of 15 professionals with responsibility for all IP inbound licensing and litigations worldwide. He has drafted and negotiated a wide variety of licence agreements. Mr Shen is also responsible for all of ZTE’s IP monetisation issues and has significant experience in IP dispute resolution. Before serving as in-house counsel for ZTE, Mr Shen was an IP lawyer in private practice. He is a member of the Shenzhen IP Expert Committee.

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Subarna Shyamroy

Subarna Shyamroy has held a leadership role in the R&D function and currently heads the IP group at Reliance Industries Ltd, Mumbai.

Dr Shyamroy’s total experience in R&D and IP management spans 11 years. He previously worked as a scientist with GE India Technology Centre, Bangalore and with Reliance Industries. He is currently accountable for end-to-end IP services, portfolio management, value creation and licensing facilitation across the hydrocarbon and allied value chain of Reliance.

Dr Shyamroy is a chemist and a polymer scientist by training. He obtained his PhD degree from National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Tulane University of New Orleans and the University of Massachusetts.

Dr Shyamroy has published research papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences, and has a number of granted patents and patent applications to his credit.


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Jaime Siegel

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

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

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

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Anindya Sircar

Anindya Sircar, associate vice president and head of the IP cell at Infosys Ltd, manages the IP-related activities of Infosys and its subsidiaries. Previously, he headed the IP department at biotechnology company Biocon Group and was instrumental in setting up its IP practices.

Dr Sircar has  two PhDs, in science and law. During his long professional involvement in intellectual property he has spearheaded several acquisitions programmes. He was featured in the Lex Witness Hall of Fame – Top 50 as a prominent player in India’s legal sector in 2010. 

Dr Sircar is a visiting lecturer at several leading law and technical schools, including NALSAR Law University, the National Law School of India University and several Indian institutes of technology. He is also a member of the editorial board of IP Asia, the Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Environmental Law and Practice Review.


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Yingyong Tanthanapongphan

Yingyong Tanthanapongphan is an IP manager at the corporate technology office of the Siam Cement Group (SCG). Established in 2006, the corporate technology office is the business unit for technology and IP management, and leads SCG’s efforts in R&D and IP commercialisation.

Mr Tanthanapongphan has devised and implemented an IP management system across business units, which encompasses IP creation, protection and capitalisation. Since 2009 he has focused on the implementation of IP management platforms, intellectual property for new technology businesses and regional IP management. These projects have been integrated into business functions and have had a significant impact on SCG’s performance and growth.

Mr Tanthanapongphan has an LLM from Harvard Law School and an LLM in corporate governance and practice from Stanford Law School. He speaks regularly on strategic IP management and commercialisation at the Thai Department of Intellectual Property, universities and research institutes.

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Laure van Oudheusden

Laure van Oudheusden has been head of Philips Intellectual Property and Standards (IP&S) China since 2012. She leads a team of 60 IP professionals dealing with all of Philips’s IP issues in Greater China.

From 2009 until August 2012 she was the general manager of the Philips Group Innovation business group within Philips IP&S. She was also a member of the executive management team for the organisation, which comprises 400 IP professionals globally.

Before taking up this role, Ms van Oudheusden was general manager of the Philips IP&S office in France from 2006 until 2009. She started her career at Philips IP&S in 1996 as an IP counsel.

Ms van Oudheusden is qualified before the French Patent and Trademark Office as well as before the European Patent Office. She obtained a master's from the Institut Supérieur d'Electronique de Paris with a major in telecommunications.

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Manuele Wahl

Manuele Wahl is senior vice president of the IP and licensing department of Technicolor. She has more than 25 years’ business experience, including 11 years in technology and IP monetisation in a leading global IP organisation. In her current role she leads patent licensing activities in China, where she has successfully developed Technicolor’s patent licensing profile. She runs the Technicolor trademark licensing business worldwide. She has created and launched several IP programmes in recent years, from technology licensing to certification and branding. Before joining the Technicolor technology division, she was head of sales for business-to-business equipment and systems integration in the broadcasting industry. Ms Wahl graduated with a business degree from ESCP Europe.

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Xinming Wan

Xinming Wan is the chief engineer of the open innovation centre, corporate R&D centre, Haier Group, where he is in charge of global resources integration and open innovation research. He obtained his doctor of engineering from the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Dr Wan started his career in Rhodia Group (France) at the Shanghai and Paris R&D centres , conducting research on inorganic rare earth materials. He holds patents in China, the United States and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Dr Wan moved to the United Kingdom in 2009, working in technology transfer for inorganic materials for The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry. In cooperation with UK companies, he successfully completed several industrial projects, such as near-infrared absorbing nano-materials and ceramics as thermocouple insulator.

Dr Wan has received numerous awards, including the National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Shanghai Municipality Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award and the Chinese Academy of Sciences President Prize.

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Ben Wang

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

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

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

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Haibing Wang

Haibing Wang graduated from the Information Management and Information Systems Faculty of Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics in 2003. That year he joined Foxconn Technology Group as a patent engineer, drafting computer and software patents for China, the United States and Taiwan and carrying out patent investigation and analysis. In 2007 Mr Wang joined Shenzhen Xunlei Tech Ltd, where he founded the IP department and helped to protect its important technology and innovations.

Mr Wang joined Xiaomi in 2012 and founded its IP department. He currently manages Xiaomi’s global IP strategy, IP licensing negotiations, IP mergers and acquisitions and IP dispute resolution and litigation.

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Yan Wang

Yan Wang is director of the Tsinghua University IP Administrative Office, managing Tsinghua University R&D achievements and overseeing Tsinghua University IP work. The Tsinghua IP Administrative Office is responsible for the management of research awards applications; the protection and management of the university's intellectual property; overseeing patent applications, examinations and approval; patent and technology transfer; and researching and drafting IP administrative policies. It helps the university to strengthen IP protection across a wide range of scientific research. Ms Wang has an educational background in mechanical engineering and educational economy and management. She is also an associate research fellow, focusing on subjects including scientific R&D management, intellectual property and technology transfer.

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Minou Weerts

Minou Weerts leads a global team of IP professionals dealing with all kinds of IP matters relating to NXP Semiconductors’ businesses, including commercial deals, M&A transactions and branding/trademark creation and exploitation. She is passionate about using intellectual property to create additional benefits for the businesses and support their growth, competitiveness and bottom line.

Ms Weerts started her career at the IP organisation of Philips in 1998, where she worked as an IP counsel and became a registered Dutch and European patent attorney. In 2008 she transitioned to NXP Semiconductors, where she worked as a senior IP counsel on a variety of IP matters before taking up her current position.

Ms Weerts holds an MSc and PhD from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

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Joff Wild

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

Before IAM, Mr Wild was editor of Managing Intellectual Property, Patent World and Copyright World, and assistant editor of Trademark World. He has written on IP-related subjects for publications including The Times, The Financial Times, Euromoney magazine, The American Lawyer and Latin Finance, and has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4 to talk about intellectual property.
He is also editor in chief of the IP Media Group and is responsible for the content of the IP Business Congress.


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Keith Woomer

Keith Woomer is director of patent acquisitions at InterDigital Holdings, Inc. InterDigital develops technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks and services worldwide. Mr Woomer is a key member of InterDigital’s core licensing business, driving business development to support near-term licensing needs as well as diversification for long-term growth. Before joining InterDigital, Mr Woomer led the patent sale and acquisition efforts at LSI Corporation. He has more than 11 years’ experience in IP management, evaluation and transactions, and has spoken on the subject at several conferences held by organisations including the Licensing Executive Society and Ocean Tomo.

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Kai Wu

Kai Wu is executive vice president of Goldwind Science & Technology and general manager of the R&D department. 

Mr Wu graduated from the Chinese Academy of Sciences with a master’s degree. He previously worked at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology and SKF China, engaged in R&D, applied technology and marketing. 

After joining the Goldwind Group in 2008, Mr Wu served as general manager of the supply chain management centre and as deputy general manager of Beijing Goldwind Science & Creation Windpower Equipment Co, Ltd. He has held his current positions since January 2011.


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Jun Yang

Jun Yang  is secretary general of the Shanghai Xuhui Intellectual Property Protection Association, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and director of Leo Band & Co. Mr Yang has a wide range of roles including as an member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and the International Trademark Association, director of the Science and Technology Law Bureau of China and master instructor at Shanghai Jiaotong University Law School. Mr Yang also holds an independent company director’s certification, specialising in law, chemistry and computer science and focusing on intellectual property and corporate governance.

Mr Yang has been engaged in public service for many years. He has organised many lectures and donated books to different schools. Mr Yang has set up scholarships and grants at the East China University of Politics and Law and Shanghai Jiaotong University.


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Xuri Yang

Xuri Yang, president of Beijing IP Institute for Power Nation, has 20 years of experience in intellectual property and has received many national honours and awards in China. He is the chief expert of intangible asset research of the China IP Bureau and a member of the China Technology Exchange, the China Trademark Association and the China Copyright Protection Union. He is also the chair of the Beijing IP Protection Association and the co-chair of the Beijing IP Development Salon.

Mr Yang holds an LLM from Peking University. He served as a senior director of IP and intangible assets at Founder Group for 14 years. Mr Yang has extensive experience in leading national IP-related projects and winning IP protection litigation. He maintains a strong network in China, incorporating government agencies and practitioners involved in domestic and international IP research and services.


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Ronald Yu

Ronald Yu conducts postgraduate classes on patent, IP and IT law at the University of Hong Kong and IP strategy at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is the vice president of knowledge management for the International Intellectual Property Commercialization Council.

Mr Yu has worked in information technology for over two decades, serving in various roles at IBM, Hewlett-Packard and as the chairman of the Information Technology Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Mr Yu holds JD and LLM degrees and is a US patent agent and digital forensics examiner. He has published articles on online learning, digital forensics, intellectual property, electronic evidence, information technology and constitutional law. He authored the Hong Kong chapter for the third edition of Electronic Evidence (concerning IP strategy) and was the managing editor of A Corporate Journey to the West: or How to make a successful acquisition in the USA.


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Zhenfu Yuan

Zhenfu Yuan is executive director of Shanghai IP Academe, IP counsel at Wanhuida (Shanghai) law firm and guest researcher at the Fudan University Intellectual Property Centre. He is general secretary of the Shanghai Creative Industries Association IP Committee and a member of the Shanghai Trademark Association Expert Committee. In addition, Dr Yuan is a member of the China IP Legal Science Society and a columnist for China Intellectual Property.

Dr Yuan is the author of several books and has led and participated in more than 20 research projects run by the Ministry of Education and the State Intellectual Property Office. Dr Yuan is experienced in IP litigation, consulting and management. He has represented clients in dozens of civil and administrative cases concerning patents, trademarks, copyright and unfair competition. Dr Yuan holds a PhD in legal science and is an associate professor at Shanghai University.


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Kelly Zhuang

Kelly Zhuang is a senior IP counsel for BYD Company Ltd. She is experienced in managing intellectual property, including developing IP plans and strategies; developing and managing global IP portfolios; protecting, exploiting and enforcing intellectual property; managing IP risks and resolving IP disputes; and patent preparation and prosecution. She is also experienced in providing infringement and validity analysis.

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