Presented by

Intellectual Asset Management

Host Sponsors

Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark OfficeDeloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory Co., Ltd.SyndefenseIP Bridge, INC

Supported by

Intellectual Property Association of Japan

Gold sponsors

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLPIntellectual VenturesTranspacific IP Group LimitedHTSChipworks


Speakers' papers and presentations are available for delegates to view here.

Name Position Company
Jeffery L Carter Founding Partner HTS
Toshiaki Iimura Former Chief Judge IP High Court of Japan
Shoei Imai General Manager, IP Legal Division Fujifilm Corporation
Hitoshi Ito Commissioner Japan Patent Office
Minoru Kato Senior Manager, R&D IP Kao Corporation
Masanobu Katoh Executive Director Intellectual Ventures
Naoto Kuji Executive Managing Director Japan Intellectual Property Association
Hiroshi Kuranaga Executive Director, Intellectual Property Business Centre NTT Advanced Technology Corporation
Dan Lang Vice President of IP Cisco
Terry Ludlow Chairman and CEO Chipworks
Kazunori Matsumoto Partner Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Micky Minhas Chief Patent Counsel and IP Strategist Microsoft
Fumihiko Moriya Senior General Manager, IP Division Sony
Kenichi Nagasawa Director, Group Executive, Corporate Intellectual Property and Legal Headquarters Canon
Robert O'Connell Vice President, Patent Counsel Qualcomm Inc
Makoto Ogino Professor, Graduate School of Innovation Studies Tokyo University of Science
Jayson Pankin President and CEO AutoHarvest Foundation
Guy Proulx Chairman and CEO Transpacific IP
Randall R Rader Former Chief Judge US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Tomoki Sawai Director, Administrative Affairs Division Japan Patent Office
J Bruce Schelkopf Senior Vice President and Chief IP Officer ABB Inc
Masayuki Shobayashi President Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office
Toshiya Watanabe Professor, Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology University of Tokyo
Hisao Yamasaki Managing Director Syndefense
Naoki Yoshida Managing Partner Finnegan


Jeffery L Carter

Jeffrey L Carter has more than 20 years’ experience in the technology analysis and IP industries. Before founding HighTech-Solutions (HTS), he served as a programme manager in Motorola’s semiconductor product sector IP department. In this capacity, Mr Carter was instrumental in reshaping the IP department from an overhead department into a profit and loss business. After leaving Motorola, Mr Carter founded HTS in 2004. HTS offers IP strategy and management services for IP departments that seek to monetise their portfolios. HTS identifies IP assets of value and helps its clients to capitalise fully on the value in their patent portfolios.

Mr Carter received his MS in telecommunications from Southern Methodist University. He earned a graduate certificate in telecommunications management from the University of Dallas, and graduated with a BA in Japanese from Brigham Young University. Mr Carter is published in the area of wireless and mobile computing, holds several patent applications and has two issued patents.

Jeffery L Carter

Toshiaki Iimura

Former Chief Judge Toshiaki Iimura graduated from the Law Faculty at Tokyo University. In April 1974 he was accepted by the judiciary as a judge. From 1974 until 1978 he served in the Tokyo District Court, then moving to the Supreme Court in the Administrative Affairs Bureau. From 1980 he worked at the Sapporo District Court, and he moved to the IP Division of the Tokyo District Court in 1983. From 1987 until 1994 Mr Iimura worked at the Japanese Ministry of Justice. In 1998 he became the presiding judge in the IP Division of the Tokyo District Court. Mr Iimura was called to become the presiding judge of the IP High Court in 2006, and ascended to chief judge in 2012. Mr Iimura retired from the judiciary upon reaching retirement age on June 14 2014.

Toshiaki Iimura

Shoei Imai

Shoei Imai graduated from university in April 1981 and joined the IP Group of Hitachi Ltd to handle IP licensing. Mr Imai joined Nippon Steel Corporation in April 1989 to be in charge of overall IP operation, specialising in electronics-related business department. He joined Fujifilm Corporation and handled IP litigation, licensing and liaison, and he was appointed IP legal director in April 2013.

Shoei Imai

Hitoshi Ito

Hitoshi Ito graduated from the University of Tokyo, and joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1982.

From 2001 to 2003, he worked at the Agency of Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) to commercialise fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies.

From 2003 to 2005 Mr Ito, based at the Environmental Policy Division, oversaw a plan for Japan to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. At the ANRE from 2008 he forged policies for establishing a legal system to adapt Japan’s energy-supply structure for a low-carbon economy. In February 2013, he was appointed as director general of the Reconstruction Agency, a new government organization established as a result of the great East Japan Earthquake, to restore and revitalise Fukushima in response to the accident at TEPCO's Fukushima No 1 Nuclear Power Plant. In July 2014 Mr Ito became commissioner of the Japan Patent Office.

Hitoshi Ito

Minoru Kato

Minoru Kato is vice president of R&D and intellectual property at Kao Corporation, which operates in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe in the fields of consumer products and industrial chemicals.

Mr Kato is responsible for leading all of the company's technology-related IP activities and strategies worldwide. Before joining Kao in 2000, he worked at an Osaka-based patent law firm where he began his IP career in 1991, following a previous career as a corporate researcher.

Mr Kato is a registered patent attorney in Japan and holds master's and bachelor's degrees in agricultural chemistry from the University of Tokyo and a master's in business law, with a focus on intellectual property, from Hitotsubashi Universtiy.

Minoru Kato

Masanobu Katoh

Masanobu Katoh heads all of Intellectual Ventures’ activities in Japan, including patent licensing, litigation and invention development. He regularly meets and works with the senior management in charge of intellectual property at Japan’s leading companies.

Before joining Intellectual Ventures, Mr Katoh joined the legal department of Fujitsu in April 1977. After 15 years of overseas postings, including in San Francisco and Washington DC, he returned to Japan in June 2002 to head the company’s IP and legal groups. In June 2008 he was appointed to the position of chairman and CEO of Fujitsu Management Services America and posted to Silicon Valley. In June 2009 he was appointed as senior vice president of Fujitsu Laboratories and placed in charge of developing the company’s technology roadmap. In April 2010 he was appointed as executive vice president of the Fujitsu Research Institute.

Mr Katoh resigned from Fujitsu in June 2010. He joined Intellectual Ventures in August 2010.

While in the United States, Mr Katoh was actively involved in policy and regulatory discussions regarding the Internet and digital society, and served as chairman of the Internet Law & Policy Forum, as a board member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and as chairman of the electronic commerce committee of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission.

Mr Katoh has held a variety of senior positions on industry committees in Japan, including the chairmanship of the IP Sub-committee of the Industry and Science Committee and the chairmanship of the International Sub-committee of the Information and Telecommunication Committee of the Japan Business Federation.

Mr Katoh received a bachelor of law degree from the University of Tokyo and a  master of law degree  from the University of Michigan Law School. He is licensed to appear before the bar in Washington DC and New York. 

Masanobu Katoh

Naoto Kuji

Naoto Kuji was head of the IP division at Honda Motor Co Ltd from 2000 to 2011.

Since 2012 he has been concurrently director of the Japanese Intellectual Property Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Japan Patent Information Organisation,  Investors in People and the Intellectual Property Counsel Committee; auditor of the Patent Application Processing Centre; and principal of Intellectual Property for Sustainable Energy Ventures (Asia office).

Naoto Kuji

Hiroshi Kuranaga

Hiroshi Kuranaga is executive director of of the Intellectual Property Business Centre at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) Advanced Technology Corporation.

He received a master’s of engineering degree from Kobe University in 1981.

He joined Yokosuka Laboratory of NTT in 1981 and was engaged in R&D on the transmission operation system.

In 1988 he moved to NTT Information and Technical Centre and became an IP specialist. He acted as a leader of the patent management group from 1999 to 2004 and as a leader of the licensing group from 2005 to 2007. In 2008 he became managing director of the NTT IP department. In 2010 he retired from NTT and joined NTT Advanced Technology Corporation, and has held this post since 2011.

In the Japanese Intellectual Property Association, he acted as a leader of the software committee from 2001 to 2002, managing director in 2003 and vice president from 2005 to 2007.

Hiroshi Kuranaga

Dan Lang

Dan Lang is vice president (intellectual property) at Cisco Systems and leads a global team responsible for Cisco’s IP strategy, including portfolio development, licensing, patent policy, IP-related standards, disputes, marketplace activity and IP acquisition due diligence. Before joining Cisco in 2004, Mr Lang was a partner at the patent boutique firm of Ritter, Lang and Kaplan and also practised at Ritter, Van Pelt, and Yi and Townsend and Townsend and Crew.

Mr Lang received a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1993, an MS from Stanford University in 1987 and a BS from Case Western Reserve University in 1986. Mr Lang is a member of the California Bar and is also registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Dan Lang

Terry Ludlow

Terry Ludlow – founder, chairman and CEO – is a recognised pioneer in semiconductor reverse engineering, and was among the first to realise its value for IP groups and technology teams. He founded Chipworks in 1992 to offer semiconductor and microelectronics system reverse engineering services to companies seeking to build a competitive advantage and protect and grow the potential of their intellectual property. As CEO, Mr Ludlow continues to provide the strategy, vision and driving force that have earned Chipworks its position as a patent and technology partner to the world’s most successful companies. 

Mr Ludlow frequently addresses industry conferences including the IP Business Congress, the Licensing Executives Society and the Brussels IP Summit. He holds numerous patents for his reverse engineering innovations and regularly writes articles on patents and licensing for publications around the world.

Terry Ludlow

Kazunori Matsumoto

Kazunori Matsumoto joined Deloitte Tohmatsu FAS Co, Ltd in 2008. With a strong background in the pharmaceuticals and information and communications technology sectors, he serves various consulting businesses related to the evaluation of the intellectual property in the corporate financial advisory field. 

Before joining Deloitte, he worked at Sumitomo Corporation, where he had over 10 years’ experience of investment, subsidiary management and foundation of venture companies in the life sciences sector.

He graduated from Kyoto University (Faculty of Pharmacy) as a certified public accountant  and pharmacist. 

Kazunori Matsumoto

Micky Minhas

Micky Minhas serves as the chief patent counsel and IP strategist for Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.

As the lead for patents, Mr Minhas leads groups of attorneys and subject matter experts to determine and execute Microsoft IP strategy, including patent acquisition and divesture opportunities and analysing patents for both offensive and defensive purposes, and to develop and execute worldwide patent preparation and prosecution activities for various businesses and licensing programmes. 

For the prior 13 years Mr Minhas served as vice president and patent counsel for Qualcomm Incorporated in San Diego, California.

Before Microsoft and Qualcomm, Mr Minhas was an associate at Michael Best & Friedrich, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He received a JD and master’s of intellectual property from the Franklin Pierce Law Centre, a master’s in electrical engineering from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University.

Micky Minhas

Fumihiko Moriya

Fumihiko Moriya has been the vice president and senior general manager of the IP division at Sony Corporation since 2006 .

Mr Moriya joined Sony Corporation in 1978 and has been involved in IP matters ever since.  At Sony he created the strategy for licensing VCR, TV, CD, DVD, MiniDisc, Blu-ray and other technologies and has managed those licensing activities.  As Sony is the most frequent victim of non-practising entity litigation in Japan, he has fought 20 new  suits annually.

Mr Moriya has also participated in several industry-wide and governmental IP-related committee meetings.  In 2010 he became president of the Japan Intellectual Property Association. 

Fumihiko Moriya

Kenichi Nagasawa

Kenichi Nagasawa was appointed head of the IP and legal headquarters at Canon Inc in April 2010.

After graduating from Doshisya University Department of Engineering, Mr Nagasawa joined Canon Inc in 1981 and he has been engaged in the IP division since then.

Mr Nagasawa worked at Canon Europe Ltd from 2001 to 2006 as head of the IP group, and was transferred to Canon USA Inc as  head of  the IP division from 2008 to February 2010.  Mr Nagasawa is a director and board member of Canon Inc.

Mr Nagasawa also serves as a member of the committee on intellectual property at Keidanren; the evaluation, planning and verification committee of the government’s  IP strategy headquarters; and a vice president of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (Japan).

Kenichi Nagasawa

Robert O'Connell

Robert O’Connell is vice president, patent counsel at Qualcomm Incorporated. Mr O’Connell’s responsibilities include managing a large group of patent attorneys responsible for developing and maintaining a portion of Qualcomm’s domestic and international patent portfolio, as well as managing its trademark group.  Further, as part of the management team in Qualcomm’s IP department, Mr O’Connell is responsible for providing direction on domestic and international patent prosecution strategies and implementing the corporate IP strategy supporting Qualcomm’s licensing and chip businesses, as well as several other business units.  In addition, he manages Qualcomm’s relationships with many of its international patent firms.

Before Qualcomm, Mr O’Connell was a patent attorney at several firms (Finnegan and Henderson in Washington DC and Jones & Askew in Atlanta), where his practice included patent prosecution and litigation before US district dourts and the International Trade Commission.  

Mr O’Connell received a BS in computer science from Old Dominion University, an MS in computer science from Virginia Tech, and a JD and LLM from the UNH School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Centre).

Robert O

Makoto Ogino

As professor and deputy dean on the master’s of intellectual property programme, Makoto Ogino now teaches at the Graduate School of Innovation Studies, Tokyo University of Science.  He teaches subjects such as IP contracts, IP litigation and dispute resolution, and international contract law.  Before assuming his current position in April 2012, Mr Ogino worked at Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc as general manager of the intellectual property and licensing division. Until 2010 he worked at Hitachi, Ltd as general manager of the IP licensing department, and at the IP strategy and policy office for over 20 years, directing various patent licensing projects and setting Hitachi’s IP strategy and policy.

Mr Ogino received a BA in political science from Waseda University, a BA in law from Tokyo Metropolitan University and an MA in law from Tsukuba University.  He studied law at St Peter’s College, Oxford under the guidance of Peter Hayward – the founding director of the Oxford IP Research Centre.  He also studied business management on the programme for global leadership at Harvard Business School.

Makoto Ogino

Jayson Pankin

Jayson D Pankin is a founder, president and CEO of the non-profit AutoHarvest Foundation. Mr Pankin and his partner, David E Cole, created a unique innovation ecosystem led by some of the most highly respected figures in the automotive and manufacturing industries.  

In 2012 was launched as the world’s only truly neutral and global online meeting place for innovators of all types with an interest in advanced manufacturing intellectual property.  This system allows users to showcase capabilities, technologies and needs system-wide and then privately connect with fellow inventors and commercialisers to explore technology and business development opportunities.

Partnered with the US Patent and Trademark Office and the Departments of Defence and Homeland Security, AutoHarvest democratises access across the innovation value chain – from grassroots entrepreneurs to corporate titans. From 2003 to 2010 Mr Pankin led Delphi Automotive’s commercialisation activities targeting spin-outs of potentially disruptive technologies into start-up companies. 

For over 30 years, Mr Pankin has been a venture partner specialising in early stage and turnaround situations.  He has been named as one of the world’s leading IP strategists in the IAM Strategy 300 and was the Small Business Foundation of Michigan’s  ‘Intrapreneur Extraordinaire’ for 2008. He earned a BBA in accounting and an MBA in international business at the George Washington University.

Jayson Pankin

Guy Proulx

Guy Proulx founded Transpacific IP, the only full-service IP company based in Asia in 2004.  The company has since grown tenfold and has several offices in the key technology areas throughout Asia.

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

Mr Proulx has years of 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.

Mr Proulx serves on the board of directors at the IP office of Singapore and is a supervisor on the master’s programme at the Peking University IP School, chairman of the International IP Institute at Sichuan University, director of the China National Institute for Digital Copyright Research Centre and vice chairman of workshops and plenaries at the Licensing Executives Society International. 

Guy Proulx

Randall R Rader

Randall R Rader was appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President George HW Bush in 1990 and assumed the duties of chief judge on June 1 2010. He was appointed to the US Claims Court (now the US Court of Federal Claims) by President Ronald W Reagan in 1988. Before appointment to the Court of Federal Claims, he served as minority and majority chief counsel to subcommittees of the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From 1975 to 1980, he served as counsel in the House of Representatives for representatives serving on the Interior, Appropriations, and Ways and Means Committees. He stepped down from his position as chief judge on May 30 2014 and retired from the bench on June 30 2014.

Professor Rader has taught courses on patent law and other advanced IP courses at the George Washington University Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, the Georgetown University Law Centre, the Munich IP Law Centre and other university programmes in Tokyo, Taipei, New Delhi and Beijing. He received a BA in English from Brigham Young University in 1974 and a JD from George Washington University Law School in 1978.

Randall R Rader

Tomoki Sawai

Tomoki Sawai received a master’s from the University of Tsukuba and joined the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in 1987 as a patent examiner and an administrative judge.

From 2005 to 2008 Mr Sawai, as the JPO representative in the United States, coordinated policies with the US Patent and Trademark Office and gathered information on the America Invents Act. In 2011 he became director of the International Affairs Division to promote international harmonisation of patent systems through the IP5 and Tegernsee meetings. He also strengthened cooperative relationships with emerging countries through establishing frameworks such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nationas-Japan Heads of IP Offices Meetings. In 2013 he became director of the Administrative Affairs Division. In March 2014 the JPO achieved its 10-year target of FA11. Based on this, Mr Sawai has worked to coordinate basic policies for the JPO’s new 10-year target, which is to conduct the “fastest and highest-quality patent examination in the world”.

Tomoki Sawai

J Bruce Schelkopf

J Bruce Schelkopf is senior vice president and chief IP officer of ABB, Inc, a leader in power and automation technologies which enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. ABB operates in approximately 100 countries with 150,000 people. Mr Schelkopf is responsible for leading, developing and managing all aspects of ABB’s global IP operations, organisation and portfolio.

Mr Schelkopf has held numerous executive leadership roles in legal, business and technology functions at IBM, GE, Lockheed, Cummins and Ingersoll Rand. He is a graduate of multiple engineering, business and legal programmes, including Stanford, Rutgers, Pennsylvania State and GE’s Crotonville Leadership Programme. Mr Schelkopf is an adjunct professor of law, routinely speaks on successfully executing global IP strategies and is an inventor with patents pending and issued. He has received numerous industry and international awards including Best Global IP Director at the International General Counsel Awards.

J Bruce Schelkopf

Masayuki Shobayashi

Masayuki Shobayashi is the founder and president of Shobayashi International Patent and Trademark Office. He has extensive experience in patent, trademark and design law, which is evident in his abundant publications on IP-related issues. He is dedicated to the development and protection of chemical patent portfolios and works closely with clients in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications specializing in chemical, pharmaceutical and biochemical fields.

Masayuki Shobayashi

Toshiya Watanabe

Toshiya Watanabe graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology with a PhD in 1994. He has experience as an R&D and executive manager for TOTO LTD from 1985 to 2001. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo since 2001.       

He is currently professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Centre and is also professor in the department of technology management for innovation at the Graduate School of Engineering.

He is chairman of the professional committee of the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters and of the Intellectual Property Association of Japan.

Mr Watanabe has written eight books and approximately 100 academic papers. He has presented more than 200 oral presentations worldwide.

Toshiya Watanabe

Hisao Yamasaki

Hisao Yamasaki, founder and managing director of Syndefense, is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the company. Before founding Syndefense, Mr Yamasaki served as the president of RPX Asia, a leading provider of patent risk management solutions. Before RPX, Mr Yamasaki had a distinguished 25-year career at Hitachi, Ltd a global electronics conglomerate, as general manager of IP business development and licensing, where he was responsible for business aspects of the electronics conglomerate’s IP assets, including licensing strategies and operations, and patent portfolio balancing transactions.

His previous positions include general manager of IP licensing at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in San Jose, CA. Mr Yamasaki began his career in Hitachi’s patent department. Mr Yamasaki has several law degrees and served as a professor at the Graduate School of Intellectual Property at the Osaka Institute of Technology in Osaka, Japan.

Hisao Yamasaki

Naoki Yoshida

Naoki Yoshida, managing partner of Finnegan’s Tokyo office, handles a broad range of IP matters in the electrical and mechanical fields. His practice includes litigation, patent portfolio management, IP due diligence, client counselling, licensing and negotiations, patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office and pre-litigation strategic counselling. He has represented both domestic and foreign clients in numerous patent infringement actions before US district courts and the US International Trade Commission, and has extensive experience in all types of discovery, deposition, motion practice and day-to-day case management. In addition, Mr Yoshida has evaluated corporate patent portfolios and has conducted IP due diligence for both large and small companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions. 

Naoki Yoshida

Presented by

Intellectual Asset Management

Host Sponsors

Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark OfficeSyndefenseDeloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory Co., Ltd.IP Bridge, INC

Supported by

Intellectual Property Association of Japan

Gold sponsors

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLPHTSIntellectual VenturesTranspacific IP Group LimitedChipworks