Speakers

Name Position Company
Shawn Ambwani Chief operating officer Unified Patents Inc
Benjamin Bai Vice president and chief IP counsel Ant Financial
Keith Bergelt CEO Open Invention Network
Ira Blumberg Vice president, intellectual property Lenovo
Robert Chao Executive consultant Transpacific IP
Billie Chen Chief IP counsel TSMC
Jun Chen senior IP manager, greater China Schaeffler
Wilaiporn Chetanachan Director, corporate technology office The Siam Cement Group
Thomas Chia Director, patents and corporate development Via Legal – United States Via Licensing Corp
Min-Sheo Choi Director, IP business section Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
Eric Damon Director, IP licensing, Asia-Pacific IBM Corporation
Jianguang Du Group IP director Mindray
Christine Emmanuel Executive manager, IP and investment portfolio, business development and commercial CSIRO
Kevin Feng China director, IP division MediaTek
John Flock Partner Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP
Mattia Fogliacco Chief new business officer Sisvel International SA
Stefan Geyersberger Head of patents and licensing Fraunhofer IIS
Zhenpeng Guo IP director BOE
Eeva Hakoranta Head of licensing Nokia Corporation
Mathias Hellman Vice president, strategy and portfolio management Ericsson
Steven G Hill Partner Hill Kertscher & Wharton, LLP
Brian Hinman Chief IP officer Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
Cheng Huat Ho Executive vice president, IP management division Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd
Miguel Iglesias Sales director Questel
Jonathan M James Partner Perkins Coie LLP
Arshad Jamil Global IP rights head Biocon Ltd
William Jasprizza Director, intellectual property Intralink
Jessie Kang IP manager, Greater China Clariant Chemicals
Anubhav Kapoor General counsel Tata Technologies
Joo Sup Kim Vice president and head of IP licensing LG Electronics Inc
Satoshi Konno Innovation director IP Bridge
Billy Lam Vice president Transpacific IP
Paul Lin Vice President, IP strategy Xiaomi
Jeffrey D Lindsay Head of intellectual property Asia Pulp & Paper
Richard Lloyd North America editor IAM
Matthew Luby Director, analytics, Asia CPA Global
Timothy Lynch Principal Quatela Lynch Intellectual Property
Mike McLean Senior vice president TechInsights
Micky Minhas Associate general counsel, chief patent counsel Microsoft
Tatsuo Nakamura President and CEO VALUENEX
Ganapathy Narayanan Head of IP group Tata Consultancy Services
Changhae Park Vice president, IP monetisation NXP Semiconductors BV
Jun Qiu Partner Liu, Shen & Associates
Siva Kumar Ramanathan Chief strategy officer Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation
Feng Ren Chief IP specialist, IP strategy department Panasonic
Kent Richardson Partner Richardson Oliver Law Group
Greg Sato Managing counsel Intel
Bruce Schelkopf Group senior vice president and chief IP officer ABB
Paul Seaman Senior vice president, licensing IPVALUE
Anan Sivananthan Vice president, legal services Creative Technology Ltd
Dao Tian IP rights manager ZTE
Roger Tu Senior vice president MiiCs & Partners
Suracha Udomsak R&D director and head of technology business group SCG Chemicals Co, Ltd.
Huaibin Wang Senior counsel of patent department Baidu
Vince Wang Former senior IP director HTC
Brian Way Senior director of patent licensing Dolby Laboratories Inc
Joff Wild Editor IAM
Logan Xie Global patent vice president LeEco
Amy Xu Chief patent and technology counsel Alibaba
Daniel Yan Head of intellectual property and standards, China Royal Philips
Hua Yang Secretary general TDIA
Sidney Yee Executive vice president and head of incubation and start-up management Agency for Science Technology & Research (A*STAR)
Zhongli Zhang IP director Hisense

Biographies

Shawn Ambwani

Shawn Ambwani is chief operating officer and co-founder of Unified Patents. He is responsible for running Unified’s operations, membership recruitment and marketing. He has co-authored papers on Patent Trial and Appeal Board analytics and procedures, which have been published in law reviews affiliated with the University of Chicago and Northwestern, among others.

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 Nextreaming (KOSDAQ) and co-founded Envivio (NASDAQ; ENVI). Mr Ambwani has a JD and an MBA from Boston University and a BS in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an active member of the California Bar.

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Benjamin Bai

Benjamin Bai is vice president and chief IP counsel of Ant Financial. He focuses on devising and implementing the company’s IP strategy and his responsibilities include IP litigation and international disputes. Previously, he was a partner at law firms in China and the United States, specialising in representing multinational companies in protecting, licensing and enforcing their IP rights in China, and Chinese companies in resolving IP disputes overseas. While in private practice, he obtained four groundbreaking preliminary injunctions in patent cases in China. In 2015 China Law & Practice named him China IP Lawyer of the Year and Managing Intellectual Property has named him an IP Star multiple times. 

Mr Bai received a JD from the University of Texas School of Law and a PhD in chemistry from Rice University. He is admitted to the Texas State Bar and registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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Keith Bergelt

Keith Bergelt is CEO of Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, which supports freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software. OIN has over 1,900 community members and owns more than 1,100 global patents and applications. The OIN patent licence and member cross-licences are available royalty free to any party that joins the OIN community.

Before joining OIN, Mr Bergelt served as CEO of two hedge funds formed to unlock the considerable asset value of intellectual property in middle-market companies.

Previously, Mr Bergelt served as a senior adviser to the technology investment division at Texas Pacific Group. He also headed business development, intellectual property and licensing at Cambridge Display Technology. In addition, he established and served as general manager of the strategic intellectual asset management business unit at Motorola and served as Motorola’s director of technology strategy.

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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, he 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. Previously, he worked in private practice at both Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.

Mr Blumberg has a JD from the University of Virginia and a BSc (applied science) and an MSc (computer science) from the University of Pennsylvania. 

 

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Robert Chao

Robert Chao is an executive consultant at Transpacific IP. Previously, he spent two years as general manager of the company’s Taiwan office.

Mr Chao worked at AT&T and IBM for over 35 years, where he held technical and management positions covering semiconductor manufacturing, packaging, the printed circuit board manufacturing and assembly, laser transceiver and fibre optics. He also worked in planning, competitive analysis, procurement strategy, supplier management and business divestiture.

For the past 18 years, Mr Chao has worked for IBM, Infineon and Transpacific IP on IP monetisation in areas such as patent licensing, patent sales, technology transfers and the renegotiation of existing contracts. He has worked with companies from the United States, Japan, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Germany and Finland.

Mr Chao is a certified licensing professional and has an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MS in materials science from Cornell University.

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Billie Chen

Billie Chen is chief IP counsel at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC). She is in charge of all patent IP-related functions, including leading global patent strategy, patent portfolio establishment and directing offensive and defensive strategies for patent dispute and litigation. Ms Chen specialises in patent licensing negotiations, strategic patent acquisition, patent enforcement and patent asset management and utilisation.

Under Ms Chen’s leadership, TSMC’s patent application and patent grant numbers have reached new heights. TSMC is in the top 10 corporations for US patent grants by year, and in 2015 it was ranked number one Patent Power Scorecard of the semiconductor manufacturing sector, as published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Spectrum. Ms Chen led TSMC's IP team to win several cases in US patent litigation, achieved 100% institution rate for inter partes review at the US Patent and Trademark Office and successfully resolved several patent dispute or challenge cases.

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Jun Chen

With over 16 years of extensive IP experience, Jun Chen heads Schaeffler KG’s IP department, Greater China, to provide the full range of IP support, including IP strategy and enforcement, patent portfolio management, anti-counterfeiting and IP litigation and licensing. Before joining Schaeffler, Mr Chen worked in house as an IP professional for a diverse range of multinational companies in China, including Foxconn, ZTE Corporation and General Electric China.

Mr Chen has a master of laws in IP law from the East China University of Political Science and Law and a bachelor’s in electrical automation from Jilin University. He has been admitted to the Chinese Bar and has Chinese Patent Bar and Chinese Law Bar qualifications.

 

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Wilaiporn Chetanachan

Wilaiporn Chetanachan is director of the corporate technology office at Siam Cement Group (SCG). She is responsible for the design and implementation of a corporate-wide innovation management system and drives the development of technology and new businesses. She has secured significant investment for expansion in sustainable technology platforms and new ventures.

Dr Chetanachan has received the Mahidol University Faculty of Science's Outstanding Alumni Award, the Petroleum Institute of Thailand Innovation Award and the SCG Pride Award. She has appeared in Who’s Who in the World since 2002.

She is an adviser to the National Reform Steering Assembly and Science, Technology, Research and Innovation sub-committee and head secretary for its Public-Private Steering Committee for Innovation and Productivity. She is also a board member or chair of numerous organisations.                 

Dr Chetanachan has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and an MSc in organic chemistry from Mahidol University, Thailand.

 

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Thomas Chia

Thomas Chia is director of patents and corporate development at Via Licensing Corp – the world’s leading provider of multi-party IP programmes that enable, reward and enhance innovation.

As a patent attorney with deep experience in technology, business and intellectual property, Dr Chia is responsible for a variety of initiatives that promote and enable innovation, using IP rights in partnership with technology and entertainment companies and universities around the world.

Before Via, Dr Chia spent five years at the Ovidian Group, a global IP solutions and business advisory firm. His responsibilities included global patent licensing, IP counselling, patent prosecution and strategic patent acquisitions and divestitures. While in graduate school, Dr Chia worked with Yale University’s technology transfer group, the Office of Cooperative Research.

Dr Chia received his PhD in biomedical engineering from Yale University and his JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

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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 the IP-related issues that the institute faces.

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 the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He has also completed PhD coursework in bioengineering and brain engineering at KAIST.

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Eric Damon

Eric Damon is director of IP licensing for Asia-Pacific at IBM Corporation and is responsible for patent, research and technology licensing throughout the region.

Mr Damon has held various roles with IBM, including counsel and leader of the IP enforcement and monetisation team, counsel for the growth markets unit in Shanghai and counsel in corporate litigation. In these roles, Mr Damon has led and managed a variety of high-profile IP, patent and commercial disputes, as well as antitrust and other regulatory matters throughout the United States and the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining IBM, Mr Damon was in private practice, where he litigated patent, trademark, copyright and complex commercial matters and handled a variety of IP licensing, private equity, M&A and other transactional matters.  

Mr Damon received an electrical and computer engineering degree from Tufts University and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

 

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Jianguang Du

Jianguang Du has a JD and a PhD, and is a patent attorney registered with the US Patent & Trademark 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, managing their IP department and overseeing all IP work.

He has a solid education in IP law and is experienced in managing all aspects of intellectual property for global corporations, including establishing an IP management system; 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 licenses 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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Christine Emmanuel

Christine Emmanuel manages CSIRO's IP team and is responsible for its IP portfolio. She also manages its investment portfolio comprising over 20 early stage technology companies.  Christine has a combination of scientific research and business experience including working in-house with several IP departments and as an attorney in private practice.

Christine has recently completed a Master of Enterprise from the University of Melbourne, learning about the management of large enterprises.  She is a registered patent and trademark attorney in Australia and New Zealand, a fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) and a member of IPTA's Commercialisation and Education Relations Committees.

She is passionate about managing intellectual property in order to best transition from innovation to impact; developing tools for strategic IP management, in particular, developing and implementing programs utilising IP expertise in revenue generation; driving science direction and positioning for commercialisation.

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Kevin Feng

Kevin Feng is a senior IP manager and director of the China IP department at MediaTek. He has been active in the areas of IP analysis, prosecution and litigation for over 15 years. Mr Feng’s international experience includes managing IP assets in China, Taiwan, the United States, India, Japan, Korea and Europe. 

Mr Feng focuses on IP analysis, trading and monetisation in regards to growing technologies, such as location-based services, video streaming, memory storage and semiconductors.

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John Flock

John Flock has been valuing patents for 25 years and brings a unique perspective to valuation by using his litigation and negotiation experience to determine real-world enforceable values. His patent valuations include Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola assets from Google in 2014 and litigation cases that he has worked on have twice been selected among the National Law Journals Jury Verdicts of the Year.

Mr Flock has built long-term relationships with distinguished clients, including Sony, Lenovo, Toyota, Fisher-Price, HBO and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He has an undergraduate degree in physics, was an assistant district attorney for nine years, has experience designing computer programs and has been a court-appointed receiver for a software company. 

Mr Flock has been recognised for excellence by publications such as the IAM Strategy 300, The Legal 500 (United States) and Managing Intellectual Property.

 

 

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Mattia Fogliacco

Mattia Fogliacco has been a part of Sisvel Group’s executive management team since 2014 in his capacity as chief new business officer. He joined Sisvel in 2013 as managing director of Sisvel Germany GmbH, a company of the Sisvel Group. Founded in 1982, Sisvel is a world leader in fostering innovation and managing intellectual property. Sisvel identifies, evaluates and maximises the value of IP assets.

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

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

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Stefan Geyersberger

Stefan Geyersberger is deputy division director of the audio and multimedia division at Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. He is also head of patents and licensing for Fraunhofer IIS’s audio patent portfolio, which comprises over 5,000 granted patents worldwide for open standards-based technologies.

Mr Geyersberger has over 20 years’ experience within audio and multimedia technology at Fraunhofer IIS, having initially joined as a digital single processor engineer. In 2000 he changed his focus to business development for software and IP licensing for audio and multimedia technologies, such as MP3 and MPEG-4 AAC. He significantly contributed to the set-up and launch of the MPEG-4 AAC patent pool in 2002.
 
Mr Geyersberger has also set up and managed other patent pools for open standards-based technologies. He has developed various strategies to create, license and enforce IP rights for both protecting key technologies and creating significant R&D reinvestment revenue streams.

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Zhenpeng Guo

Zhenpeng Guo joined BOE in 2010 and is currently the director of patent planning and business development of the group's IP and technology management centre. He is responsible for global patent planning, licensing, quality and process management, defensive strategy and other related patent work. Before joining BOE, he was head of the wireless patent department at Huawei. He was responsible for wireless patent planning, standard-essential patents and licensing with major wireless competitors.

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Eeva Hakoranta

Eeva Hakoranta leads worldwide patent licensing at Nokia Technologies, heading a global team of in-house licensing professionals. In addition to managing licensing strategy and operations, she is involved in regulatory matters and business development. Previously, Ms Hakoranta established and led Nokia’s IP legal team.

Working for many years at the intersection of business, intellectual property and competition law, Ms Hakoranta has closed hundreds of agreements, managed complex litigation and enforcement projects and been deeply involved in defining terms for major transactions. In her current role she is responsible for licensing, including standard-essential patent licensing on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, where Nokia’s approach is recognised as industry best practice.

Before joining Nokia, Ms Hakoranta worked in private practice at Roschier Attorneys, advising clients on transactional, IP and technology-related matters.

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

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Mathias Hellman

Mathias Hellman is vice president of strategy and portfolio management at Ericsson, where he is also responsible for IP rights strategy development, strategy execution and management of Ericsson’s IP rights assets. Mr Hellman has been with Ericsson since 2011 and has held various responsibilities within the strategy and portfolio management team during this time.

Before joining Ericsson, Mr Hellman was an associate with Bergenstråhle & Partners, advising domestic and international clients on IP rights strategy, IP transactions and management, as well as working as a patent attorney. He has interned at Philips Intellectual Property & Standards in the Netherlands and Palo Alto Research Centre in Silicon Valley.

Mr Hellman has an MSc in intellectual capital management and a BSc and an MSc-equivalent degree in software engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Steven G Hill

Steven G Hill co-founded Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009. An accomplished trial lawyer, Mr Hill has a 90% win rate in trials before US judges and juries. The 2016 IAM Patent 1000 singled him out as “an accomplished trial lawyer with a proven record of success in multimillion-dollar brawls, [who] has secured victories in more than 200 cases involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets… [and] knows how to defend companies’ intellectual property from every conceivable angle”. Mr Hill’s practice is evenly divided between IP owners and clients accused of infringement. 

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Brian Hinman

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

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

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

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

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Cheng Huat Ho

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

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

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

Mr Ho is a member of the Licensing Executive Society (Singapore) and the Association of Singapore Patent Agents.

 

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Miguel Iglesias

Miguel Iglesias started his career with Questel in 2003 as a sales executive based in Paris. Before that, he obtained a master’s in technical and economical translation from Sorbonne University and worked as a technical translator specialising in patents. In 2008 Mr Iglesias relocated to the United States and became sales manager for the Americas in 2011. He was subsequently promoted to global sales director in 2014.

Mr Iglesias oversees and manages Questel’s product and service sales globally. He has extensive experience representing Questel at IP conferences and has given many talks throughout the world.

 

 

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Jonathan M James

Jonathan M James is co-chair of Perkins Coie LLP’s IP practice. He has over 25 years’ experience representing technology companies in the United States and Asia in patent, trade secret and other IP litigation in district courts throughout the United States and before the International Trade Commission. He has litigated numerous cases involving IP-related antitrust issues, standard-essential patents and fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory issues, and frequently advises clients on patent portfolio strategy, patent licensing and acquisition and patent monetisation.   

Mr James regularly advises Asian companies entering the US market on the IP issues that they will face. He also assists US technology companies in IP infringement and licensing and unfair competition litigation matters in China.     

Before attending law school, Mr James worked in marketing positions at IBM. He also served as a law clerk for the US Senate Judiciary Committee Sub-committee on Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks.

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Arshad Jamil

Arshad Jamil is a patent attorney with extensive experience in the legal and IP rights fields. Mr Jamil is global head of IP rights at Biocon Ltd, where he is responsible for the company’s patent and trademark policy, abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) filings and US litigation. Mr Jamil is also responsible for intellectual property and IP litigation regarding biosimilars filings. 

Previously, Mr Jamil was a senior patent attorney at Sun Pharma, where he handled ANDA litigations, including US settlements. He received his bachelor’s of engineering from Mysore University in 1991 and his bachelor of laws from Meerut University (now Chaudhary Charan Singh University) in 1998. In 2014 he completed the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research postgraduate executive management programme.

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William Jasprizza

William Jasprizza graduated from Sydney University with degrees in biochemistry and law. He practised with a large Sydney law firm before moving to Japan in 1997, where he co-founded and ran an educational software company before joining Intralink in 2008.

As the head of Intralink’s IP rights team, Mr Jasprizza is responsible for licensing, patent acquisition and technology transfer projects across Asia. His clients include leading multinationals, for which he has closed multimillion-dollar agreements with Japanese original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

In addition to patent licensing, Mr Jasprizza works with European and US firms to transfer enabling technologies. He has concluded deals with many of Asia’s leading automotive OEMs and component suppliers and has successfully deployed new technologies with Asia’s mobile network operators. Mr Jasprizza has also introduced cutting-edge technologies to Asian pharmaceutical and medical devices companies.

Mr Jasprizza runs Intralink’s Tokyo office and speaks fluent Japanese. 

 

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Jessie Kang

Jessie Kang is IP manager for Greater China at Clariant Chemicals. She has been working as an in-house Chinese IP counsel for international chemical groups for over five years, since starting her career as a patent attorney in Japan for a top patent firm. She has gained significant experience in various types of IP litigation and licence negotiation with local companies and is familiar with the administrative procedure for trademark rights protection.

Ms Kang’s Chinese patent agent qualification is built on a multinational educational background – she has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Zhejiang University, was an exchange student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and later graduated with a master’s in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto, with exchange researcher experience from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. 

 

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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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Joo Sup Kim

Joo Sup Kim is vice president at the Intellectual Property Centre at LG Electronics and manages the team responsible for litigation, licensing, counselling, open source and copyrights. 

His career in the IP industry spans over 30 years, with experience in IP litigation and licensing. He has been involved in more than 400 litigation cases and over 60 trials worldwide covering many technologies including tele-communications, consumer electronics, liquid crystal displays, organic light-emitting diodes and semiconductors.

Dr Kim's expertise includes offensive and defensive matters through strategic litigation and licensing. He has successfully managed numerous strategic IP transactions, M&A transactions and alliances. 

In 2015, IAM listed Dr Kim in the top 40 market makers and IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists.
 
Dr Kim received a PhD in law from Kookmin University, a Master’s in IP law from the Franklin Pierce law centre and a BSc in electronics engineering from Hanyang University.

 

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Satoshi Konno

Satoshi Konno leads the innovation division of IP Bridge, where he oversees domestic and worldwide business development, with a focus on supporting small and medium enterprises and universities. His expertise covers a wide range of industries including healthcare, food, information technology, finance and entrepreneurship.

Before joining IP Bridge, Mr Konno was the co-founder of Morphlabs, Inc, a US venture company specialising in cloud platform software globally. Previously, he was with CSK Venture Capital, the oldest venture capital firm in Japan, where he was general manager of the overseas investment division. Mr Konno began his career as an IT network and database engineer at CSK (now SCSK).

Mr Konno holds a BA in international economics from Yokohama National University and an MBA with a focus on tech venture financing from the University of Texas at Austin

 

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Billy Lam

Billy Lam leads Transpacific IP's business development and technology commercialisation activities in Hong Kong and the South China region. He specialises in working with academic and research institutions, technology start-ups and other IP and technology-focused organisations.

Before joining Transpacific IP, Mr Lam served as a technology licensing coordinator for the Chinese University of Hong Kong's technology licensing office. While there, he was involved in several successful technology transfers and focused on licensing and commercialisation strategy in the fields of information technology, telecommunication, biotechnology and medical technologies. 

Mr Lam is a certified licensing professional and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has also received professional training in patent drafting, biotechnological intellectual property and other IP-related matters from the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Mr Lam earned a bachelor of science in chemistry and a master of science in information technology management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

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Paul Lin

Peng(Paul) Lin is the Vice President of IP strategy of Xiaomi Corporation. Before joining Xiaomi, he is the co-founder and president of Beijing Zhigu Ruituo Technology Services Co, Ltd, an IP investment and advisory firm in China. As the general partner, Mr. Lin also raised and has been managing the 1st IP investment fund Ruichuang in China.


Mr. Lin is a former executive director of Intellectual Ventures, where he was involved in many major licensing negotiations. Before joining Intellectual Ventures, he worked as business development director at Microsoft's headquarters, where he led the Microsoft health solutions group's marketing and sales effort in China. Previously, Mr. Lin was chief financial officer at a US-based e-education start-up. He holds an MBA and is a certified public accountant in the United States.

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Jeffrey D Lindsay

Jeffrey D Lindsay is head of intellectual property at Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) in Shanghai, where he leads a team in protecting the intellectual property of APP’s mills and businesses. Mr Lindsay is the former corporate patent strategist for Kimberly-Clark Corporation. He also previously served as a director at Innovationedge and an assistant and associate professor at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (Georgia Tech). He is a registered US patent agent and an inventor with 130 US patents. 

Mr Lindsay has been listed in the IAM Strategy 300 since 2015. He is the lead author of Conquering Innovation Fatigue (Wiley, 2009), which discusses ways to overcome barriers to innovation. Mr Lindsay has a PhD in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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Richard Lloyd

Richard Lloyd is the North America editor of IAM, based in Washington DC. Before joining IAM in February 2014, he was a contributing editor to The American Lawyer and a freelance journalist. Prior to moving to the United States in 2011, Mr Lloyd was the editor of Legal Business and was previously chief European correspondent for The American Lawyer.

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Matthew Luby

Matthew Luby has led the analytics and advisory services at CPA Global’s Landon IP since 2007. In this role, he has directly managed hundreds of global analytics engagements for clients across multiple industry sectors. These engagements have supported all aspects of the IP lifecycle, including R&D, patent portfolio management and licensing. Mr Luby was previously an examiner with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and has a JD from the George Washington University Law School.

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Mike McLean

Mike McLean, senior vice president of IP services at TechInsights, leads a group of patent professionals who help technology organisations to make effective decisions about IP investments and to maximise the returns on those investments.

Mr McLean has established a centre of excellence around patent portfolio management and patent assessments. His practice enables data-driven decision making and effective identification of patent assets for enforcement or sale, provides guidance on invention selection and patent acquisition programmes and ensures the alignment of patent portfolios with IP and business strategy.

Since joining TechInsights in 1996, Mr McLean has worked extensively with the technology practices of major law firms, in-house corporate counsel teams of global technology companies and external licensing agencies. Mr McLean’s team supports many of Asia’s leading patent holders through local offices in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.

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Micky Minhas

Micky Minhas serves as associate general counsel and chief patent counsel for Microsoft. Mr Minhas has led the patent group for over four years and has been primarily responsible for managing the company’s worldwide patent portfolio, including patent acquisitions, divestitures, conflicts and indemnity matters. He also plays a key role in helping to drive patent strategy as part of the leadership team for the IP group.

Before joining Microsoft, Mr Minhas served as vice president for Qualcomm Incorporated, where he held various roles, including leader of the company’s IP strategy group, worldwide patent portfolio management and its European opposition practice. 

Mr Minhas received a JD and LLM degree focusing on intellectual property from the Franklin Pierce Centre at the University of New Hampshire, an MSc in electrical engineering from the George Washington University and a BSc in electrical engineering from Marquette University.

 

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Tatsuo Nakamura

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

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

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Ganapathy Narayanan

Ganapathy Narayanan is responsible for driving IP initiatives at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS), a global IT services, consulting and business solutions company.

Mr Narayanan obtained a degree in electrical engineering, specialising in computer and control engineering. Over three decades, he has worked for various multinational and Tata Group companies in the development and management of numerous technologies, including embedded system, defence, industrial control and media technologies.

Mr Narayanan is a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce’s IP rights committee and is the International Chamber of Commerce IP Commission’s regional ambassador for India.

Mr Narayanan has been with TCS for more than 15 years. His previous roles have included managing the Open Source Software Initiative – including the Open Source Software Licence compliance process across TCS – sitting on the Technology Advisory Board of the Entertainment Technology Centre, University of Southern California and driving TCS’s media technology initiatives.

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Changhae Park

Changhae Park is vice president of IP monetisation at NXP Semiconductors, NV and is based in Austin, Texas. He has led IP monetisation campaigns that generated over $1.5 billion for Freescale and Motorola’s semiconductor products sector (which was spun-out of Motorola to form Freescale in 2004). He has closed more than 100 IP monetisation deals with major corporations in the semiconductor and electronics industries around the world. He has extensive first-hand experience creating intellectual property from research, protecting it through patents and monetising it through licensing and litigation. Following the acquisition of Freescale into NXP in December 2015, Dr Park assumed the leadership role of IP monetisation for the combined company. 

Dr Park is originally from South Korea. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ajou University in Suwon, Korea, his master’s and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Texas and an MBA from Arizona State University.

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Jun Qiu

Jun Qiu is a partner of Liu, Shen & Associates with more than 10 years’ experience in IP practice. He is qualified as both a patent attorney and an attorney at law. 

Mr Qiu’s practice includes IP litigation and patent invalidation and prosecution, as well as counselling on IP strategies, patent licensing, IP-related contracts and due diligence works. Mr Qiu specialises in various technical fields, including semiconductor engineering, optical engineering (eg, microlithography and display technology), materials engineering and mechanical engineering. 

Mr Qiu provides patent training and mining for R&D clients and has presented various topics on patent prosecution and litigation at domestic and international conferences. 

Mr Qiu graduated from Tsinghua University with bachelor’s and master’s in engineering, majoring in materials science and engineering. Mr Qiu also studied and worked at the University of Michigan and graduated from John Marshall Law School with a master of laws.

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Siva Kumar Ramanathan

Siva Ramanathan is Chief Strategy Officer of MDEC responsible for creating, communicating, implementing, and sustaining the strategic Digital Economy roadmap for Malaysia.  Siva has over 20 years of business development, finance, engineering and management experience in both start-up and mature environments across multiple industries.  He was formerly the Business Development Director with AirAsia X where he set up and grew AirAsia X’s international hubs in Thailand and Indonesia.  Prior to Airasia, Siva worked at the Usaha Tegas Group, where he was part of Astro start-up team and managed major M&A activities across multiple industries globally. He was also a co-founder and COO Asia for a US based permission marketing video internet technology start-up.
 
Siva is a Chartered Civil Engineer with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and sits on the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan Asia School of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre. 

 

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Feng Ren

Feng Ren is in charge of IP strategy and management at Panasonic group (China).  

Ms Ren was the director of the IP centre of Panasonic R&D Centre (China) and IP department of Panasonic (China) for over 10 years, until September 2016. During that time she made the IP rule and directed the implementation for Panasonic Chinese subsidiaries. She also handled patent applications, licensing practice, as well as enforcement relating to brand protection including counterfeit raid.

Ms Ren was the vice chairman of Intellectual Property Group in China (an IP association in China formed by Japanese-affiliated companies).

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Kent Richardson

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

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

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

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

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Greg Sato

Greg Sato is a managing counsel at Intel’s Patent Licensing Group, which focuses on counselling and advising in connection with worldwide patent transactions such as licences, cross-licences, acquisitions and sales, related corporate patent strategy and pre-litigation patent assertions. Among his other projects, Mr Sato developed and currently manages Intel’s Patent Sales Programme. Before joining Intel, Mr Sato worked at a semiconductor design services start-up in Silicon Valley and at Fenwick & West, a national technology-focused law firm that is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, an MSc in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

 

 

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Bruce Schelkopf

Bruce Schelkopf is group senior vice president, general counsel and chief IP officer for ABB. He is responsible for leading, developing and managing all aspects of the company’s innovative global IP operations and strategy.

Mr Schelkopf has held numerous global leadership roles in law, business and technology at IBM, General Electric, Cummins and Ingersoll Rand. He is a graduate of various engineering, business and legal programmes, with multiple degrees from Stanford University, Rutgers and Pennsylvania State University. Mr Schelkopf is also an adjunct professor of law at Indiana’s McKinney School of Law. He routinely speaks and counsels globally on successfully executing global IP strategies for competitive advantage, effecting exceptional returns on IP investment and transformation to innovative global legal department operations.

He is a practising inventor with patents pending and issued, and has received numerous global top industry awards.

 

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Paul Seaman

Paul Seaman has been with IPVALUE since 2002. He has two decades of expertise in the areas of patent and technology licensing and IP management across domestic and international markets. Before IPVALUE, Mr Seaman worked at Agere Systems, where he managed numerous patent agreements and settlements with US and European entities.

Previously, Mr Seaman was at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies for 15 years, where he oversaw patent and technology agreements with companies in the United States, Europe, China and India. Mr Seaman also established Lucent's IP offices in the Netherlands and France. Before specialising in intellectual property, Mr Seaman managed R&D projects relating to integrated circuits and photonics systems for undersea applications.

Mr Seaman earned his undergraduate degree from Saint Vincent College and conducted his graduate work in applied mathematics. He has a master's in business administration from Columbia University.

 

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Anan Sivananthan

Anan Sivananthan is vice president of legal services at Creative Technology Ltd, the world's leading soundcard manufacturer and a leader in the personal digital entertainment space.Mr Sivananthan oversees Creative's legal matters globally, with a focus on contentious matters and worldwide IP litigation, registration and enforcement. He also handles Creative's anti-counterfeiting activities and is responsible for the management of its IP portfolio. Before joining Creative, Mr Sivananthan worked at Drew & Napier, specialising in IP litigation and general contract disputes. Mr Sivananthan obtained his LLB (Hons) from Queen Mary College, University of London. He has been called to the UK and Singapore bars and is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales. He was previously a committee member of the Licensing Executives Society Singapore. He was named Asian Legal Business's Southeast Asia In-House Lawyer of the Year in 2006 and was a finalist in 2007.

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Roger Tu

Roger Tu is senior vice president of MiiCs & Partners, the patent monetisation company under Foxconn technology group. The company is exclusively authorised to monetise Foxconn’s patent portfolios, while also serving many other clients. Mr Tu has more than 18 years’ experience working in the telecommunication and IP monetisation fields.

Mr Tu specialises in patent monetisation, licensing and sales, as well as new business development. Before joining MiiCs & Partners, Mr Tu served in the licensing team of Ericsson's licensing and patent development division, where he was mainly responsible for IP licensing business and network development in China and Taiwan.

In addition to these core responsibilities, Mr Tu is experienced in IP strategic planning and connecting with law firms, handset original design and original equipment manufacturing companies, chipset companies, high-tech companies and industrial analysts.

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Suracha Udomsak

Suracha Udomsak is head of the technology business group and R&D director at SCG Chemicals Co, Ltd. His primary responsibility is to drive SCG Chemicals’s research and innovation to the market.

Dr Udomsak joined SCG Chemicals in 1989 and has extensive experience in polymer production, including polyethylene, polypropylene and polyolefin compounds. He was awarded a PhD in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.

 

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Huaibin Wang

Huaibin Wang has been a senior counsel of Baidu’s patent department since 2012. Before joining Baidu, he worked in house for 10 years. He has a BSc in engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology and a master’s in business administration from Tsinghua University.

 

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Vince Wang

Vince Wang served HTC during 2006 to 2016 and was responsible for managing patent litigations in multiple jurisdictions as well as participating in patent license negotiations. Vince also involved in developing patent portfolios according to corporate strategies and investment.

Prior to HTC, Mr Wang was responsible for patent and trademark development as well as overseeing patent risk assessment at Legal and Intellectual Property Division of Avision Inc., a Taiwan-based public listed company since 2002 and International United Technologies Co. Ltd. since 2001.   

 

Vince received his Master of Laws from College of Law, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, Master degree of Intellectual Property Law from University of New Hampshire School of Law (Franklin Pierce Law Center) and Master degree of Science of National Taiwan University in 1999.

 

 

 

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Brian Way

Brian Way is senior director of patent licensing at Dolby Laboratories where he oversees the patent licensing team.  In addition to direct patent licensing, he is involved in patent litigation, patent pool activities, and working with standards-based technologies.  Prior to joining Dolby, Brian Way was the director of intellectual property law at Altera, a Silicon Valley chip company where he led the IP department and managed the development of a 3,000+ patent portfolio as well as the company’s patent litigation, licensing and other activities.  Prior to Altera, Brian managed patent litigation activities at Apple and oversaw prosecution for the company’s server, developer technologies, and advanced computation groups.  He was in the patent litigation groups at Morrison & Foerster and Hughes Hubbard & Reed.  Brian has a B.S. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.  He is admitted in California and New York, and is also a member of the Patent Bar.

 

 

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Joff Wild

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

Before IAM, Mr Wild was editor of Managing Intellectual PropertyPatent World and Copyright World and assistant editor of Trademark World. He has written on IP-related subjects for publications including The TimesThe Financial TimesEuromoneyThe American Lawyer and Latin Finance, and has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4 to talk about intellectual property.

He is also editor in chief of the IP division of Globe Business Media Group.

 

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Logan Xie

Logan Xie is global patent vice president of LeEco Group. He is responsible for global IP issues, including litigation, licensing, transactions, capitalisation, patent portfolios and IP strategy development.

Before joining LeEco, Mr Xie successfully represented Huawei in the trade secret case Huawei v Motorola and the International Trade Commission Section 337 investigation InterDigital v Huawei, both of which were milestone rulings. 

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Amy Xu

Min (Amy) Xu joined Alibaba Group as the company’s chief patent and technology counsel in 2014. Before moving to Alibaba Group, Ms Xu practised as a patent lawyer at several US law firms, namely Merchant & Gould, Dorsey & Whitney and HSML. 

Born in Shanghai, Ms Xu majored in electrical engineering and computer science from Fudan University and the University of Minnesota, and did her JD at the William Mitchell College of Law. Ms Xu spent her engineering and legal careers promoting technology and business innovations, IP laws and legal policies. 

As the chief patent and technology counsel of Alibaba Group – one of the world’s leading companies in providing eCommerce business platforms, payment, logistics, cloud computing and data security technologies to businesses around the world – Ms Xu continues the development of the company’s strategic patent portfolio, management system and legal solutions to businesses.

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Daniel Yan

Daniel Yan is head of intellectual property and standards at Royal Philips in China. He is a registered US patent attorney with more than 13 years of combined firm and in-house IP legal experience. Mr Yan began his legal career in Washington DC at two leading IP law firms, representing global companies in high-stakes patent litigation regarding a wide range of technologies. Mr Yan also worked as senior in-house IP counsel at Dow and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, where he supervised in-house teams and managed outside counsel in handling a wide range of transactional and litigation matters, as well as formulating and executing IP strategies to support global and regional business objectives. 

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Hua Yang

Yang Hua was elected as secretary general of the Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance (TDIA) in October 2002. He used to work as the vice president of Datang Mobile Communications Equipment Co Ltd, in charge of business strategy, market development and industry chain promotion of Datang Mobile.

As the consultant expert of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Yang has dedicated himself to the construction and improvement, development strategy, market promotion and IP protection of the telecommunication development industry. He also participates in the standardisation and industrialisation of 5G mobile communication systems.

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Sidney Yee

Sidney is CEO of Diagnostics Development Hub and Executive Vice President of Incubation and Startup Management division of ETPL.  At Diagnostics Development Hub, she works with diagnostics and medical device specialists to accelerate the productisation of new diagnostic technologies.  Sidney also leads the Incubation and Startup Management team to strategise and support startup activities related to technologies and innovations.  Sidney was instrumental in developing and launching A*StartCentral, a first-of-its-kind open innovation lab that focuses on medtech and life-science startups. 

Sidney has over 20 years’ experience in research, starting companies and investments. Sidney is a member of SPRING Singapore’s Network of MedTech Advisors, and serves as non-executive board member of medtech startups.  She is also a reviewer on several diagnostics and medtech funding schemes.

Previously, Sidney held several research positions at the A*STAR Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, and was a research scholar at The Scripps Research Institute.

 

 

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Zhongli Zhang

Zhongli Zhang is director of the IP department at Hisense Group. Hisense is a state-owned enterprise with two publicly traded subsidiaries.

Mr Zhang is responsible for the management and oversight of all Hisense’s IP rights. He has handled hundreds of IP disputes on its behalf, many of which have been influential.

Mr Zhang is also an adjunct professor at Chongqing IP College.

 

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