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Name Company Position
Kasim Alfalahi Ericsson AB Vice President and Chief IP Officer
Chris Bailey Rouse Executive
Bruce Berman Brody Berman Associates Inc Chief Executive Officer
Frank J Bernhard Deloitte Consulting LLP Director, Technology, Media and Telecommunications Industry
Mark F Blaxill 3LP Advisors, LLC Managing Partner
David Brown Thomson Reuters President, IP Solutions
Richard Buttrick RB Intellectual Property Founder
Joe Chernesky Intellectual Ventures Vice President and General Manager, Global Licensing Sales
Charles Clark Edwards Ltd Global Head of IP
Bill Coughlin Ford Global Technologies President and Chief Executive Officer
Timothy Crean SAP AG Chief IP Officer
Christoph de Coster Taylor Wessing Partner
Béatrix de Russé Technicolor Executive Vice President, Intellectual Property and Licensing
John Desmarais Round Rock Research LLC President
Ralph Eckardt 3LP Advisors, LLC Managing Director
William C Elkington Rockwell Collins Inc Senior Director, IP Strategy
Tom Ewing Avancept LLC Principal Consultant
Paul  Fehlner Novartis Pharma AG Global Head, Pharma Intellectual Property
Thomas J  Filarski Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada) President-Elect
Scott M Frank AT&T Intellectual Property President
Samantha Funnell ARM Chief Patent Counsel
Erin-Michael Gill MDB Capital Managing Director and Chief IP Officer
Horacio E Gutiérrez Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
David Haigh Brand Finance Chief Executive Officer
Suzanne Harrison Gathering2.0 Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Peter Holden Coller Capital Head, IP Investment Group
James  Hurst Winston & Strawn LLP Chairman, IP Practice
Diana Jungmann National Confederation of Industry - Brazil IP Programme Coordinator
John Kim Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Assistant General Counsel, IP
Sherry M Knowles Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies Principal
Nir Kossovsky Steel City Re LLC Chief Executive Officer and Director
Ron Laurie Inflexion Point Strategy Managing Director
Benjamin  Lee Twitter Legal Counsel
Michael Lennon Kenyon & Kenyon LLP Partner
Trevor Little World Trademark Review Editor
Terry Ludlow Chipworks Founder, Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Douglas Luftman CBS Interactive Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel
Damon Matteo PARC Vice President and Chief IP Officer
Mike McLean UBM TechInsights Vice President, IP Rights, Professional Services
Paul Melin Nokia Vice President, Intellectual Property
Peter Menell Berkeley Center for Law & Technology Professor of Law and Director
Michael Meurer Boston University School of Law Professor
Paul Michel US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Chief Judge (retired)
Cheryl Milone Article One Partners Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Cynthia Murphy Thomson Reuters Vice President and General Manager, IP Management Services
Hank Nothhaft Serial Entrepreneur and Author
Chris  O'Brien San Jose Mercury News Business and Technology Columnist
John Olsen Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Partner
Daniel Papst Papst Licensing GmbH & Co KG Chief Patent Officer
Ruud Peters Philips IP&S Chief IP Officer
John  Pryor ICAP Patent Brokerage Managing Director Europe
Randall R Rader US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Chief Judge
Andrew Ramer Marqera LLC Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Robertson Metis Partners Director
Paul Ryan Acacia Technologies LLC Chief Executive Officer
Mona Sabet Cadence Corporate Vice President, Business Development
Eric Schulman Google Director of Patents
Roger Shang Alibaba Group Chief Patent and Technology Counsel
Joseph Siino Ovidian Group Chief Executive Officer
Eric Siow Intel Corporation Director of Strategic Business Development, Strategy and Ecosystem Initiatives
Kelly Smith Intel Corporation Senior Trademark Attorney
John  Squires Chadbourne & Parke LLP Head of IP
Tyron Stading Innography® Chief Technology Officer and Founder
Teresa Stanek Rea US Patent and Trademark Office Deputy Drector
Bruce A Story ipCapital Group Senior Adviser
Elisabeth Sussex Proteus Biomedical Director of Intellectual Property and IP Counsel
Tracey Thomas American Express Chief IP Strategist and Licence Negotiator
Richard Thurston Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Wim van der Eijk European Patent Office Principal Director for Patent Law and International Affairs
Telmo Vilela Portuguese Industrial Property Institute Vice President
Mengbin Wen Huawei Deputy Director, North America Legal Department
Kathryn  Wheble Women’s Intellectual Property Lawyers Association Vice President
Loria Yeadon Intellectual Ventures Executive Vice President, Invention Investment Fund
David Yurkerwich Charles River Associates Vice President
Yun Zeng CTEX Deputy Director, IP Transactions

Biographies

Kasim Alfalahi

Kasim Alfalahi has been vice president and chief IP officer at Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson since June 2005. Mr Alfalahi is responsible for Ericsson’s patent licensing and patent development worldwide.

Mr Alfalahi joined Ericsson in 1995 as a product manager of IP rights, responsible for patenting in the area of mobile systems for North America. In 1999 he was appointed director of patent licensing - a business that he was instrumental in establishing within the Ericsson Group. In this role, he was a key contributor to the transformation of Ericsson’s patenting - taking it from being a net-payer to a net-receiver of royalty income, which is now contributing significantly to the bottom line.

Mr Alfalahi received his MSc in engineering and management from Linköping Institute of Technology, Sweden in 1995.
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Bruce Berman

Bruce Berman is chief executive officer of Brody Berman Associates, a management consulting and communications firm which advises IP holders, managers and investors.
Mr Berman works with businesses to frame and properly convey intangible assets, and to reach key audiences. Since 1988, the firm has improved the performance, value and reputation of more than 150 IP holders, strategic advisers, investors and law firm practices.
Mr Berman draws on an extensive network of IP, business and media contacts in the United States and Europe. He has personally counselled scores of IP executives, litigators and private equity investors, as well as their clients.
Mr Berman has written four books: From Assets to Profits - Competing for IP Value & Return, Making Innovation Pay, From Ideas to Assets and Hidden Value. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the Licensing Executives Society, the Intellectual Asset Finance Society and the IP Hall of Fame Academy.
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Frank J Bernhard

Frank J Bernhard is one of today's leading technology strategists and a director within Deloitte Consulting's global technology, media and telecommunications practice. His consulting clients span the globe and include an established portfolio of Fortune 500 companies across an array of industry sectors.

Mr Bernhard's insights and research embrace more than 20 years of telecommunications industry experience in segments such as broadband service generation, wireless carrier operations, public switched telephone network evolution and subscriber modelling across North American, European and Asian operators. His depth of advisory research and perspective as an authority continue to shape technology and strategy decisions made by the firm's portfolio of telecommunications clients.
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Mark F Blaxill

Mark Blaxill is a founding partner of 3LP Advisors, based in the Boston office. 3LP advises clients on IP strategy, completes patent portfolio transactions for clients - both buy-side and sell-side - and manages investment capital focused on patent portfolios. Mark has over 25 years of strategic advisory experience, including extensive experience in technology-related industries. Prior to launching 3LP, Mark was a senior vice president at the Boston Consulting Group, where he led the firm’s strategy practice investments, launched the IP strategy practice and recruited the core IP strategy team. Mark is co-author of the book The Invisible Edge: Taking Your Strategy to the Next Level Using Intellectual Property and has been named one of "The World's Leading IP Strategists" by IAM Magazine. Mark is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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David Brown

David Brown serves as president of IP Solutions at Thomson Reuters, Legal and is responsible for the worldwide information, software and services businesses covering patents, trademarks and standards. Mr Brown was most recently executive vice president of corporate markets at Thomson Reuters Scientific.
During his 22-year career in the information industry, Mr Brown has held a variety of senior management roles, including executive vice president and general manager of Dialog.
Mr Brown holds BAs in history and computer applications from the University of Notre Dame and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina. He also serves on the board of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services.
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Richard Buttrick

Since April 2009, Richard Buttrick has been an independent consultant working with clients in the United Kingdom and worldwide to create and deliver value from intellectual property by building IP strategies and IP management structures designed around the client. Previously, Mr Buttrick worked in senior roles for healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle company Philips, including spells managing the company's extensive licensing activities and overall management of the consumer lifestyle division's IP business.

Mr Buttrick has extensive knowledge and experience of the creation and exploitation of intellectual property to maximise value, acquired through over 30 years in many different sectors, technologies and situations, including time with British Telecom and British Technology Group, an IP licensing company. He is a qualified UK and European patent attorney and a member of the Licensing Executives Society.
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Joe Chernesky

Joe Chernesky is vice president of licensing at Intellectual Ventures (IV), an invention capital company. Founded in 2000, IV collaborates with leading inventors, partners with pioneering companies and invests both expertise and capital in the process of invention.
Mr Chernesky was also cofounder, president and chief operating officer of IPotential, where he brokered patent sales transactions, developed and managed patent licensing programmes and completed complex IP consulting projects. From 2001 to 2004, Mr Chernesky served as vice president of Boeing Management Company, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company, and was responsible for its IP policy and initiatives. Prior to joining Boeing, Mr Chernesky held management positions at Intel in areas such as IP licensing and business development. Mr Chernesky holds a BSc and an MBA from the University of Arizona, and served for 10 years as a US naval officer.
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Charles Clark

Charles Clark joined the IP profession after a period working as a research scientist at a UK government laboratory, primarily on defence projects. As a patent attorney he has worked in private practice and in-house departments (such as Black and Decker), ultimately reaching his current position with Edwards, a leading manufacturer of vacuum and abatement equipment for industrial and research applications. He is a qualified European and British patent attorney and holds a physics degree from London University. His current role includes managing a global IP team and working with business leaders to ensure that an effective IP strategy is in place for both technology and branding intellectual property. He works closely with research and commercial teams based across Asia, Europe and the United States.
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Bill Coughlin

Bill Coughlin started out as a research engineer in electrochemistry. He became a patent agent and joined Harness, Dickey & Pierce. He became a partner within four years of becoming a lawyer and spent one term on the firm's administrative committee. After 17 years, Chrysler talked him into going in-house as its chief trademark counsel. Mr Coughlin became Chrysler's chief patent counsel a year later.
When the "merger of equals" happened, Mr Coughlin was sent to Stuttgart to lead DaimlerChrysler's IP legal team too. After he managed to find his way back home, Ford called. Today, Mr Coughlin is president and chief executive officer of Ford Global Technologies, which handles all of Ford's IP matters. In addition, he has been an adjunct at Cooley Law School for the past eight years.
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Timothy Crean

Tim Crean is the chief IP officer for SAP AG. He leads a global team of IP professionals handling public policy, procurement, licensing and litigation issues relating to IP matters for SAP.
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Christoph de Coster

Christoph de Coster heads the German Patents Group of Taylor Wessing, a European law firm recognised for its IP strength and services for technology-driven companies. Mr de Coster’s practice focuses on advising clients on patent litigation and IP-related transactions. He has extensive experience in cross- border litigation and the coordination of Europe-wide patent disputes. Mr de Coster’s cases cover a broad range of products, including pharmaceutical blockbusters, medical devices, telecommunication networks and materials.
Mr de Coster studied law in Munich and Paris. He spent three years at Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property in Munich. He obtained an LLM in intellectual property from the University of California (Davis/Berkeley) and passed the New York bar exam. He frequently lectures on patent litigation and international litigation strategies. He has been recognised by Legal 500 and for the last three years has been named “frequently recommended patent litigator” in the European JUVE lawyer directory.
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Béatrix de Russé

Béatrix de Russé has been the executive vice president, intellectual property and licensing at Technicolor (formerly Thomson) since February 2004. She leads a team of around 200 highly experienced IP professionals located across 13 sites in Europe, the United States and Asia. The annual revenues of her activity amounts to more than €400 million a year.

Before this, from 1993 onwards she led patent and licensing operations at Thomson, growing the business significantly during that period. From 1984 to 1992, Mrs de Russé was in charge of international contracts and intellectual property at Thomson Components and STMicroelectronics, where she specialised in IP matters. From 1976 to 1983, she worked as an international attorney in the international division of Thales (former Thomson CSF).

Mrs de Russé holds a master’s degree in law and a DESS in international trade law, as well as a master’s degree in English and a CDCI diploma.
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John Desmarais

John Desmarais is president of Round Rock Research, a large patent holding company. He is also founding partner of Desmarais LLP, where he specialises in patent litigation matters. Before forming Round Rock and Desmarais LLP, Mr Desmarais was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, where he led the firm-wide IP litigation practice, was a member of the firm's management committee and was the firm's representative on the board for the Legal Aid Society. Mr Desmarais has spent his entire career in the IP litigation practice, except for a period of service as an assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he spent over three years trying criminal jury trials for the federal government. He is a member of the bars of New York and Washington DC, the US Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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Ralph Eckardt

Ralph Eckardt is the co-founder and managing partner of 3LP Advisors, an IP advisory firm focused on IP strategy development and investment.

Prior to founding 3LP Advisors, Mr Eckardt served as head of the Boston Consulting Group’s IP strategy practice, where he developed IP strategies for corporations in the technology, telecommunications, pharma/biotech, automotive, basic materials and industrial sectors. He is a founding fellow of the Institute for Progress and a member of the Brain Trust of the Global Innovation Forum, and has been included in the IAM 250 list of the world's leading IP strategists since its inception.

Mr Eckardt is co-author of the book The Invisible Edge: Taking Your Strategy to the Next Level Using Intellectual Property. He received an MBA from MIT/Sloan School of Management and a BS from Messiah College.
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William C Elkington

William C Elkington is senior director of IP management at Rockwell Collins. He is responsible for protection, value extraction and rights management strategies concerning Rockwell Collins’s strategic intellectual property. His group works with the company’s business units to value intellectual property and to structure both upstream and downstream licences in the normal course of its business. He has held this position since 2003.

Prior to joining Rockwell Collins, Mr Elkington was co-founder and vice president of programme management at MeshNetworks, a wireless start-up company established to commercialise ITT’s novel communications technology. MeshNetworks was sold to Motorola in 2004.

Prior to joining MeshNetworks, Mr Elkington held positions in IP management, technology marketing, strategic and operations planning, and programme management in ITT’s aerospace/communications division and GE research and development organisations.

Mr Elkington is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan and his advanced degrees are from Syracuse University.
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Tom Ewing

Tom Ewing is a utility player in the IP field. He draws upon a firm grasp of the fundamentals of IP theory to counsel clients ranging from established companies to inventors of disruptive technologies, from universities to governments, and from the developing world to first-world investors. He has developed a keen sense for the variety of ways in which intellectual property may be created and utilised during his 20 years as a commercial lawyer, patent attorney and IP counsellor. Mr Ewing developed a patent agent training programme for the World Intellectual Property Organisation, which has been used in dozens of training courses worldwide. He has personally trained patent agents from some 40 countries. He has taught courses at undergraduate and graduate level, and has collaborated in several academic research projects. Mr Ewing authored “The Rise of the Privateers”, the cover story for the January/February 2011 issue of IAM.
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Paul  Fehlner

Paul Fehlner joined Novartis from Baker Botts, where he specialised in IP counselling and strategic planning in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Mr Fehlner has over 18 years’ experience in IP law, including seven years as partner at Darby & Darby, with earlier work as biotechnology counsel for Rhone-Poulence Rorer and as an associate for the boutique IP firm Klauber & Jackson. IP Law and Business named Mr Fehlner as one of the top IP lawyers under the age of 45.
Mr Fehlner has a BS from Haverford, a JD from Fordham and a PhD from Rockefeller.
The Pharma IP team is responsible for IP rights for Pharma's products. The team acts as architects, working with clients and Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research to build a holistic IP portfolio. This includes patents, trademarks, regulatory exclusivity and other IP rights. We collaborate with the product or brand teams, technical research and development, business development and licensing, and legal.
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Thomas J  Filarski

Thomas J Filarski litigates patent and Hatch-Waxman law in the US district courts, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the International Trade Commission. He represents companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, chemical and electrochemical industries. Mr Filarski is chair of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione's biotechnology and pharmaceuticals group. He co-authors the chapter "Patent Defenses" in BNA Books' 2005 Patent Litigation Series Handbook, now in its third edition. He is a charter member of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court chapter in Chicago, and is president-elect of the Licensing Executives Society USA and Canada.
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Scott M Frank

Scott Frank is the president of AT&T Intellectual Property. He is responsible for the identification, development, protection, management, marketing, licensing and sale of all company-wide intellectual property for AT&T, the world’s largest communications company. Mr Frank was named president of AT&T Intellectual Property in March 2007, following the December 2006 merger of AT&T and BellSouth, where he had previously been the president of intellectual property since 1998. When Mr Frank joined BellSouth in 1998, it had fewer than 50 patents issued in its first 14 years of existence and had not proactively marketed its intellectual property. At the time of the merger (nine years later), BellSouth Intellectual Property had more than 1,000 patents, had been recognised by BusinessWeek for the significant value of its patent portfolio and had added over $0.5 billion dollars to BellSouth’s bottom line from its IP marketing efforts.
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Samantha Funnell

Samantha Funnell joined ARM in February 2002 as its first in-house patent attorney. She is now chief patent counsel, managing a substantial patent and trademark portfolio and a small in-house department. She is responsible for all patent and trademark litigation and the outsourcing of all patent and trademark prosecution work. Ms Funnell has an honours degree in electronic engineering with computer science and a master’s degree in intellectual property, both from the University of London. She spent seven years with BTG in London and qualified as both a chartered patent attorney and a European patent attorney in that time. She then spent time with Lucent Technologies and in private practice.
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Erin-Michael Gill

Erin-Michael Gill is managing director and chief IP officer of MDB Capital, an investment bank specialising in the identification and capitalisation of early-stage disruptive technologies.

Before this, he served as an adviser to the Obama-Biden transition team, reviewing operations and strategy for the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He then served as special adviser to the under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the USPTO. In that role, Mr Gill was a key policy official, responsible for the development and coordination of US IP policy and agency operations.

He has held IP leadership positions for venture-backed IT companies in the United States, Canada and India, as well as IP and product management roles within DuPont. Mr Gill began his career as a US patent examiner while a graduate student in applied physics at Johns Hopkins University. He has a BS in astronomy and a BA in physics from Benedictine College.
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Horacio E Gutiérrez

Horacio Gutiérrez is corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Microsoft Corporation's worldwide IP and licensing group. Prior to his current position, Mr Gutiérrez was based in Paris as Microsoft's associate general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining Microsoft, Mr Gutiérrez worked at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (Miami), where he focused on international IP and competition law, commercial law and corporate finance matters. Prior to that, he was vice president of corporate finance for a leading Latin American investment bank. Mr Gutiérrez holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, where he was a Fulbright scholar; a JD degree, summa cum laude, from the University Of Miami; an LLB from Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Caracas; and a specialisation in corporate and commercial law from the same institution.
Mr Gutiérrez is a member of the New York, Florida, American, International and Federal District (Venezuela) Bar Associations.
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David Haigh

David Haigh is the chief executive officer and founder of Brand Finance plc, the leading independent brand valuation consultancy. Mr Haigh qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London. He has worked in the area of branded business, brand and intangible asset valuation since 1991, and since January 1995 has specialised entirely in this area. Mr Haigh has represented the British Standards Institute on the International Standards Committee working party on the standardisation of brand valuation methods and practices, whose standard (ISO 10668) was due to be published in early 2010. Mr Haigh is a passionate writer and has written many articles for the marketing and financial press on branded businesses and brand valuation, and is the author of numerous publications. He also lectures on the subjects of branded business and brand and intangible asset valuation at many of the leading business schools around the world.
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Suzanne Harrison

Suzanne Harrison is a co-founder and principal of Percipience LLC, a board-level advisory firm focused on IP strategy and management, quantifying and mitigating IP risk, increasing IP value capture and focused innovation. She is also chief executive officer of Gathering2.0, the first online peer community for IP professionals. She is a convenor of the ICM Gathering, a group of 20+ global companies that have been meeting since 1995 to define, create and benchmark best practices around IP management and other intangibles (I-stuff). She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California at Davis and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Ms Harrison is the co-author of Einstein in the Boardroom (John Wiley & Sons, 2006) and Edison in the Boardroom (John Wiley & Sons, 2001).
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Peter Holden

Peter Holden is a partner at Coller Capital Ltd, a leading secondary private equity firm with over $8 billion under management, and runs the firm’s IP investment practice from New York and London. Mr Holden has spent 20 years monetising IP assets from corporations, research centres and universities worldwide, and has generated over $1 billion in licensing and royalty income during this time. His experience includes senior positions at Panasonic (in Osaka, Japan); IPVALUE Management (in Palo Alto, California); University Patents (in Westport, Connecticut); and Invisible Hand LLC ( New York, New York) – a $50 million IP venturing fund that he founded and led. He holds post-doctorate, doctorate and undergraduate degrees from the United Kingdom and Japan, and is a senior fellow at Wharton.
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James  Hurst

Jim Hurst chairs Winston & Strawn’s 160-lawyer IP practice and serves on the firm's executive committee. He is a veteran trial lawyer, having tried dozens of cases throughout the United States. His focus is patent litigation, which has included numerous battles over market-leading products with combined annual sales that easily exceed $20 billion. He also regularly argues appeals in the federal courts, including precedent-setting cases before the seventh, ninth, federal and DC circuits. Mr Hurst graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1989. He has been recognised by Chambers USA’s Leading Lawyers and by US News & World Report, which in 2010 said that he provides “absolutely excellent service” and has “extensive” knowledge. For the last three years he has been named in Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America.
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Diana Jungmann

Diana Jungmann works at the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) in Brazil where she coordinates the Brazilian IP Programme for Industrial Innovation launched in 2010. She is responsible for implementation of the initiative in the country, which is a Latin American landmark involving extensive propagation of IP-related issues. Ms Jungmann represents CNI as a council member for the IP Brazilian Association and for the Anti-Piracy National Council of the Ministry of Justice in Brazil. She has a PhD (UK), MSc and BSc (Brazil), an Executive Education in IP and Business Strategy from Harvard Business School and qualifications in business and innovation management from IMD, Wharton and Duke-LSE. Ms Jungmann is a successful inventor (EasiGrid™) and has broad experience in intellectual property and innovation as a project manager, business liaison, lecturer and speaker. She has delivered her work in the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and in 24 Brazilian states.
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John Kim

John Kim is assistant general counsel, IP at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in Korea and works on global IP and competition law matters. Before re-joining Samsung in 2009, John was a partner at the Silicon Valley office of Quinn Emanuel, focusing on patent infringement actions in the US district courts and before the US International Trade Commission. John's patent cases have covered a wide range of technologies, including telecommunication networks, semiconductors, LCDs, consumer electronics and software. John received a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor degree from American University's Washington College of Law, where he was federal circuit editor of the Law Review.
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Sherry M Knowles

Sherry M Knowles is an IP attorney with over 20 years of experience. From 2006 to 2010 Ms Knowles was senior vice president and chief patent counsel at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where she served as the worldwide head of patents for litigation and transactional matters, and managed a global department of over 200 people in 12 offices. At GSK, Ms Knowles was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, the Technology Investment Board, the Product Management Board and the Legal Management Team, and she led the Global Patents Executive Team. In 2010 the New Jersey Intellectual Property Lawyers Association awarded Ms Knowles, as the representative of GSK, the Jefferson Medal for exceptional contribution to intellectual property. In 2010 Ms Knowles launched Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies (www.kipsllc.com), which provides strategic legal and business advice to companies developing, commercialising, litigating and monetising assets, with a focus on pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and chemical inventions.
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Nir Kossovsky

Dr Nir Kossovsky is an authority on business process risk, reputation and enterprise value. He is chief executive at Steel City Re, a provider of headline risk mitigation solutions. He is also executive secretary of the Intangible Asset Finance Society, the premier organisation for operations executives, and edits the society’s Mission: Intangible blog. A seasoned speaker, he authors IAM magazine’s reputation series and most recently published the book Mission: Intangible. Managing risk and reputation to create enterprise value. He served on the boards of the Patent and Licence Exchange (sold to Access Integrated Technologies (NASDAQ:AIXD)) and Littlearth Inc, was a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration’s medical device advisory panels and is featured in case studies from Harvard and Darden Schools of Business. Dr Kossovsky earned an MBA from the University of Southern California, an MD from the University of Chicago, a BA in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated from the US Navy War College.
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Ron Laurie

Ron Laurie is managing director of Inflexion Point Strategy LLC, the first IP investment bank, which he co-founded in 2004. Inflexion Point represents technology companies and financial investors in bringing the unrealised value of high-quality IP assets to the bottom line by increasing corporate valuation in M&A transactions, by building a defensive patent shield against litigious competitors and by generating additional top-line revenue via creative exclusive field-of-use licensing programmes. Ron is also a principal in Percipience LLC, a board-level advisory firm focused on IP strategy, competitive intelligence, focused innovation and patent valuation. Ron has worked in Silicon Valley since before it had that name, initially as a software engineer and then as an IP lawyer focusing on IP strategy - a subject that he has taught at Stanford and Boalt law schools. Ron was a founding partner of the Silicon Valley offices of Skadden Arps, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Irell & Manella, and has led IP teams in some of the largest technology deals ever done, worth over $50 billion in the aggregate.
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Benjamin  Lee

Benjamin Lee is IP legal counsel at Twitter. He was senior counsel at Google, patent counsel and secretary of NEC Laboratories America, and senior counsel at AT&T. He was also an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School.
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Michael Lennon

Michael Lennon is chair of Kenyon & Kenyon's European practice group. He focuses his practice on the litigation and licensing of IP rights, technology transfer transactions and the negotiation of patent, trademark and copyright contracts and agreements. Mr Lennon has more than two decades of experience representing multinational corporations in the automotive, computer, electronics, healthcare and information systems industries in IP lawsuits and transactions. Some of these include Aladdin Knowledge Systems Ltd, Goss International Americas Inc, IMI plc, MANN+HUMMEL Gmbh, Marconi plc, Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz USA Inc, Robert Bosch Gmbh and Robert Bosch Corporation. He is an author and frequent speaker on IP litigation and licensing issues, and his contributions as a leading IP attorney have been recognised in, among other publications, Intellectual Asset Management's IAM 250 - The World's Leading IP Strategists and IAM 250 - The World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers, and the Legal 500.
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Trevor Little

Trevor Little has been editor of World Trademark Review, the only independent multimedia publication dedicated solely to international trademark law and practice, since 2009. The WTR platform, which includes a bi-monthly magazine, a daily email alert and regular outbound supplements, tracks the latest business, legal and brand management developments, and analyses their impact on the trademark and brand protection functions. As a legal and business journalist for almost 20 years, Mr Little has headed up titles across a range of industries, covering issues as diverse as not-for-profit sector management, the business applications of new technologies and risk management. Through his career, Mr Little has written extensively on the issues surrounding corporate reputation and identity, brand management and business development.
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Terry Ludlow

Terry Ludlow, founder, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Chipworks, is a recognised pioneer in semiconductor reverse engineering and was among the first to realise its value for IP groups. He founded Chipworks in 1992 to offer semiconductor and microelectronics system reverse engineering services and patent infringement analysis to companies involved in licensing negotiations and litigations. As CEO, Terry continues to provide the strategy, vision and driving force that have earned Chipworks its position as the premier source of knowledge of what's inside technology.
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Douglas Luftman

Douglas Luftman is vice president and chief patent counsel of CBS Interactive, where he is responsible for CBS’s worldwide patent strategy.

Mr Luftman's areas of expertise are in delivering worldwide IP services to clients ranging from individual inventors and private start-up companies to global conglomerates. Such IP services include strategic IP counselling, patent portfolio development, IP enforcement/licensing strategy, IP asset acquisitions, standards strategy, IP and technology licensing, open source strategy, M&A, government affairs and leveraging IT systems to maximise the effectiveness of delivering legal and business services.

Prior to joining CBS, Mr Luftman worked at various cutting-edge Silicon Valley companies, including Palm Inc where, as chief IP counsel, he oversaw the development of the company’s worldwide IP strategy. Mr Luftman also externed for the Honourable Randall R Rader of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
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Damon Matteo

Damon C Matteo is vice president and chief intellectual property officer of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Mr Matteo's career spans nearly 20 years in the strategic creation, management and commercialisation of high-value intellectual capital assets. He regularly employs such vehicles as new business creation, start-ups, direct productisation, M&A, licensing and assertion - all in an international context. Dedicated to developing new theory and best practice in realising value from intellectual capital assets, Mr Matteo is also an author, columnist and frequent lecturer at universities and professional organisations worldwide. Mr Matteo was recently appointed chairman of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Public Advisory Committee, which operates like a board of directors (overseeing operations, goals, performance, budget etc) for the USPTO. Other board memberships include the European Centre for Intellectual Property Studies and the Silicon Valley Licensing Executives Society. In recognition of this professional standing, he has received numerous awards and fellowships, and has served as a government agency and trial expert.
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Mike McLean

Mike McLean was promoted to his current role in March 2008 after holding a series of progressively senior positions with the company. Since joining the company in 1996, Mr McLean's technical and management posts have included vice president IPinsights, director of IP, IP manager, account manager and patent analyst. Mr McLean led the creation of the patent development business unit within TechInsights. He has also worked extensively with the technology practices of major law firms, the in-house corporate counsel teams of key technology companies and external licensing agencies. Mr McLean holds a bachelor of science, engineering with first-class honours from Queens University and is a licensed member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. In recognition of his strong technical and business acumen, he has served as a witness in several IP suits on behalf of TechInsights' clients.
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Paul Melin

Paul Melin is vice president of intellectual property at Nokia, with global responsibility for the company’s intellectual property, including patent licensing, portfolio development, filing and prosecution, IP issues in business transactions, as well as IP acquisitions, investments and divestments. He was named to this role in July 2010, prior to which he led Nokia’s patent licensing and IP strategy and business development activities.

Before joining Nokia in 2004, Mr Melin spent seven years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, advising clients primarily in the technology and telecommunications sectors on issues of strategy, organisation and operations.

Mr Melin has an master's degree in industrial management and engineering from Helsinki University of Technology.
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Peter Menell

Peter S Menell is professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. He co-founded and serves as a director of the Berkeley Centre for Law and Technology. Professor Menell earned his SB from MIT, his PhD. (economics) from Stanford University and his JD from Harvard Law School. He clerked for the Honourable Jon O Newman of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Menell joined the law faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in 1990, where his research and teaching have focused on intellectual property. He has written more than 50 articles and numerous books. Professor Menell has organised more than 30 IP education programmes for the Federal Judicial Centre. He has submitted amicus briefs in several leading IP cases and served as an expert witness on a variety of IP matters in state, federal and foreign tribunals.
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Michael Meurer

Michael J Meurer is a professor and Abraham and Lillian Benton scholar at Boston University School of Law. He teaches and writes on patent law, antitrust law, copyright law and economic regulation. Before joining BU Law, he was an economics professor at Duke University and earlier a law professor at the University at Buffalo. Professor Meurer has received numerous grants and fellowships, including the David Saul Smith Award from BU Law, a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, two grants from the Pew Charitable Trust, a Ford Foundation grant, an Olin Faculty fellowship at Yale Law School and a postdoctoral fellowship at AT&T Bell Labs. He has testified before and served as an expert witness for the Federal Trade Commission. He has consulted with government officials from developing countries about antitrust law and taught courses in US IP law at the University of Victoria and the National University of Singapore.
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Paul Michel

Paul R Michel was appointed to the Federal Circuit in 1988, and from 2004 until his retirement in May 2010 was chief judge. The author of over 900 opinions, he has spoken and taught widely. He is a member of honour of the International Federation of Intellectual Property.
Mr Michel was the recipient of the 1999 Jefferson Medal, the 2002 Katz-Kiley Prize and the 2005 Eli Whitney Prize. Since 2003, he has annually been named by Managing Intellectual Property magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in IP in the World.
In 2007 he received the New York Intellectual Property Law Association's Fifth Annual Outstanding Public Service Award. Later, Mr Michel was given the Sedona Conference Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to IP law, the first award for Outstanding Achievement of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association and the Intellectual Property Person of the Year Award by the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Association. Mr Michel was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2010.
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Cheryl Milone

Cheryl Milone is the founder and chief executive officer of Article One Partners, the world’s largest patent validation community (www.ArticleOnePartners.com) working with 10 of the top 15 high-tech industry leaders, 50% of the top US Patent and Trademark Office patent filers, almost 50% of the top 30 companies targeted most frequently by non-practising entities and 25 of the global Fortune 500 companies. Article One’s global community of researchers finds key non-digitised patent evidence in multiple languages. Article One’s clients use the community's results to resolve patent litigations, remove patents that are blocking inventions and simply strengthen their patent portfolios.
Prior to founding Article One, Ms Milone was a patent attorney and co-founder of the electronic patent group for Darby & Darby PC. Ms Milone earned her JD in 1992 from Georgetown University Law Centre, and was a member of the Ethical Law Review. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Bucknell University.
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Cynthia Murphy

Cynthia Murphy holds responsibility for overall management of Thomson IP Management Services, including operating strategy, payment services, customer operations and sales. Her industry experience includes 20 years with Thomson Reuters in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility.
Most recently, she was senior vice president of strategic marketing at Dialog, overseeing worldwide planning and implementation of product development, marketing, communications and customer service programmes. Prior to joining Dialog, Ms Murphy served as commercial director at Sweet & Maxwell, where she was accountable for all aspects of the launch and subsequent commercial success of Westlaw UK.
Ms Murphy’s career with Thomson Reuters began at West in sales organisation, after starting her professional career as a law librarian in Boston. She is a graduate of the University of Maine and earned her master's degree in library and information sciences from Simmons College in Boston.
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Hank Nothhaft

Henry (Hank) R Nothhaft is a serial entrepreneur and advocate of smart innovation policies in Washington, whose new book - Great Again: Revitalizing America’s Entrepreneurial Leadership - has just been published by Harvard Business Review Press. The former chief executive officer of Tessera, a semiconductor miniaturisation firm, Mr Nothhaft previously served as chief executive officer of Danger, a pioneering firm that developed the popular T-Mobile Sidekick smart phone, and engineered its acquisition by Microsoft in 2008 for US$500 million. He also held the role of chief executive officer at early internet service provider Concentric Network, where he led the company to a US$70 million initial public offering and later a US$2.5 billion acquisition by Nextlink Communications (now XO Communications). Mr Nothhaft holds a master’s degree in information systems technology from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree with distinction from the US Naval Academy. He is a former officer in the US Marine Corps.
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Chris  O'Brien

Chris O'Brien is a business and technology columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, where he has covered Silicon Valley for more than a decade. In his column, he explores the people, ideas and companies that are driving the region's innovation economy.
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John Olsen

John Olsen is co-chair of the international trademark, designs and copyright group at international law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. He advises clients on the selection, acquisition, exploitation and enforcement of trademark rights throughout the world and has over 30 years' experience in IP law. He advises clients from individuals through to multinational companies, managing more than 1,500 contested trademark cases at the second level of appeal or higher in more than 80 countries around the world for many household names. He has litigated cases in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Mr Olsen has been recommended in The Legal 500 directory since 2000. He is listed as a leading IP lawyer by Chambers & Partners and is referred to as "world-famous" in The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers.
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Daniel Papst

Daniel G Papst is one of the managing directors and owners of Papst Licensing GmbH & Co KG, a patent monetisation company established in 1993 and located in St Georgen, Germany. Papst Licensing’s expertise gives patent owners with limited resources the ability to participate in the world licensing market, especially to take action against patent infringements at an international level. Mr Papst is a member of VPP, LES and IEEE. He graduated from the University of Karlsruhe/Germany in electrical engineering and information technology in 2000, earning a Dipl-Ing, and has been a licensed German patent attorney since 2005.
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Ruud Peters

Ruud Peters, a national of the Netherlands, was appointed chief executive officer of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards in 1999, in which position he is responsible for managing Philips' worldwide IP portfolio creation and value extraction activities. He is also responsible for the technical and formal standardisation activities in the fields of consumer lifestyle, healthcare, lighting and technology.

He joined the Philips Intellectual Property & Standards organisation in 1977, where he became director responsible for licensing in 1990. He participated in standards bodies, such as the International Organisation for Standardisation and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, where he was active in the formulation of IP policies. Currently, the Philips Intellectual Property & Standards organisation has about 450 people working in 16 countries around the world.

Mr Peters is also a board member of three technology/IP licensing/trading companies. He has a background in physics. Mr Peters was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2010.
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John  Pryor

John Pryor is managing director Europe in ICAP Patent Brokerage’s London office and heads up Europe for both the private brokerage and live IP auction platforms. ICAP Patent Brokerage is wholly owned by ICAP, a multi-billion dollar public company listed on the London Stock Exchange. In 2011 ICAP received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the international trade category.
Prior to joining ICAP Patent Brokerage, Mr Pryor was vice president at CPA Global, a US$1 billion IP company and the market leader in the management of intellectual property. At CPA Global he was responsible for developing and executing programmes to help clients to align their IP portfolios with their corporate strategies and to realise substantial economic benefits and returns on their IP investments.
He also served as a strategy consultant at Accenture and as sales and marketing manager with Procter & Gamble. He has an extensive knowledge of IP strategy and a thorough understanding of how businesses can best manage their intellectual property. He has an MBA from Warwick Business School and a BSc (Hons) from Kings College, University of London.
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Randall R Rader

Randall R Rader was appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1990 and appointed chief judge in June 2010. He was appointed to the US Claims Court (now the US Court of Federal Claims) by President Ronald W Reagan in 1988.

As professor of law, Chief Judge Rader has taught courses on patent law and other advanced intellectual property courses at numerous universities in the United States and Asia, and has co-authored several internationally renowned texts. Chief Judge Rader has won acclaim for leading dozens of government and educational delegations to every continent (except Antarctica), teaching rule of law and IP law principles. Chief Judge Rader has received many awards, including the Sedona Lifetime Achievement Award for IP Law.
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Andrew Ramer

Andrew Ramer is the chief executive officer of Marqera, a globally focused IP banc, with offices in the United States and abroad. Marqera delivers a range of products and services, including patent, product and brand commercialisation, advisory services and various forms of IP-related capital.

Mr Ramer developed a worldwide reputation in the IP marketplace, having led the world’s first eight global live multi-lot IP auctions, and has completed hundreds of IP transactions for a cumulative value exceeding US$150 million. Mr Ramer is a frequent lecturer on IP issues and has been quoted by some of the leading international media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Red Herring, Business Week, Barron's, Bloomberg, Reuters and The New York Times. In the years 2009 to 2010 Mr Ramer was selected as one of the World’s 250 Leading IP Strategists by IAM magazine.
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Stephen Robertson

Acknowledged as one of the World's 250 Leading IP Strategists, Stephen Robertson founded Metis Partners in 2003 to assist businesses with the maximisation of value from their IP assets. He has provided expertise to a range of enterprises, including FTSE quoted companies, SMEs, global banks, insolvency practitioners and public sector organisations across Europe and the United States. Mr Robertson’s experience includes monetising IP assets, providing IP due diligence, delivering IP strategies, IP asset brokerage and valuation. He also provides expertise with IP commercialisation, using IP assets as security to restructure debt and IP infringement and invalidity. Mr Robertson has 20 years’ experience in corporate finance and has worked in banking, business angel investment and the plc sectors. Mr Robertson graduated with a degree in law before qualifying as a chartered accountant. He is chairman of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) for Scotland and is a member of the LES Council for Britain and Ireland.
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Paul Ryan

Paul R Ryan has served as a director since August 1995, as chief executive officer since January 1997 and as chairman since April 2000. He also served as president of the company from January 1997 until July 2000. Prior to being named chief executive officer, he was executive vice president and chief investment officer of Acacia Research from 1996 until 1997, and vice president, capital management of Acacia Research from 1995 until 1996. He was formerly co-founder and general partner of the American Health Care Fund, LP, has held positions with Young & Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather and Merrill Lynch, and was a private venture capital investor. Mr Ryan holds a BS from Cornell University and attended the New York University Graduate School of Business.
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Mona Sabet

Mona Sabet serves as corporate vice president, business development at Cadence Design Systems, a public global software company. In her current role she is responsible for leading all acquisitions, strategic technology transactions and venture investments. Ms Sabet joined Cadence from Coverity, where she was vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, initially having oversight and management responsibility for legal and regulatory matters worldwide. Over time, she expanded her responsibilities at Coverity to initiating new growth programmes and managing the company’s open source strategy and strategic planning process.

Prior to Coverity, Ms Sabet was a vice president at Cadence, managing its IP strategy and portfolio during a time of rapid company growth through acquisitions. She built her career practicing law in private firms where she specialised in negotiating international technology licence agreements and raising capital.

Ms Sabet holds an engineering degree from the University of Toronto and a law degree from the University of Western Ontario.
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Eric Schulman

Eric Schulman is a director of patents at Google. Google offers a large number of products and services, including search and online advertising. Google's mission is to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Mr Schulman joined Google in 2005 and he currently manages a team of patent professionals that perform a variety of functions, including portfolio management, patent-related M&A work, licensing and strategic development of Google's patent portfolio. Prior to joining Google, Mr Schulman worked as of counsel in the IP group at Mintz Levin Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, and as an associate with the IP group at Fenwick & West. Mr Schulman received a BS in physics from MIT, an MS in physics from BU and a JD from Boston College Law School.
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Roger Shang

Roger Shang is chief patent and technology counsel at Alibaba Group, which owns and controls Alibaba.com, Taobao, Alipay, Alibaba Cloud Computing and Yahoo! China. He is responsible for prosecuting and managing the global patent portfolio of all Alibaba Group companies. He is also responsible for IP licensing and other technology-focused legal matters. Prior to joining Alibaba, Roger practised IP law at the law firms Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP. He received a JD degree from New York University School of Law.
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Joseph Siino

Joseph Siino is the principal founder and chief executive officer of Ovidian Group. Mr Siino has decades of experience as an IP adviser, investor, entrepreneur and attorney, and has managed billions of dollars worth of IP-focused deals for technology companies. Prior to Ovidian, Mr Siino served as Yahoo!’s first-ever senior vice president of global intellectual property, headed Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison’s IP strategy practice (where he was listed as one of The World’s Leading Lawyers by Chamber’s Global) and ran SLTG, an IP strategy consulting firm. Mr Siino also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an alumnus of both the London Business School, where he studied finance, and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a bachelor's degree in physics and a JD in law. He has been recognised as one of The World’s Leading IP Strategists by IAM magazine.
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Eric Siow

Since joining Intel in 2006, Eric Siow has been responsible for driving the formation of the Open Patent Alliance (OPA) and the WiMAX patent pool. As director of the OPA’s IP rights programme, he successfully evangelised the vision of the WiMAX patent pool and currently oversees formation negotiation among 19 essential patent holding companies. In addition to his responsibilities with the OPA, he is responsible for new business initiatives within the mobile w ireless group at Intel Corporation.
Prior to Intel, he spent time in the wireless industry as chief financial officer and vice president of business development at Golden Bridge Technologies, an IP licensing company. Mr Siow also worked as a vice president at Silicon Valley Bank financing emerging technology companies, and was a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young earlier in his career. He holds an MBA in international business and marketing, and is magna cum laude with a BS in finance from the University of Oregon.
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Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith is a senior attorney, trademarks and brands at Intel Corporation. For the past 10 years she has advised clients regarding the clearance, prosecution, enforcement and licensing of Intel’s trademarks. Prior to joining Intel, Ms Smith worked for several years as an IP litigator in Silicon Valley law firms. Kelly received her JD degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
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John  Squires

John A Squires is co-chair of Chadbourne & Parke’s IP practice and has significant international experience in intellectual property. He advises on all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, branding and trademark issues, operational and technology matters, and licensing transactions and investment due diligence, and has worked on numerous large-scale patent infringement litigation and technology matters.
Mr Squires' experience includes founding the patent practice at Goldman Sachs, where he created one of the premier IP platforms in the financial services industry. He has also worked with both houses of Congress and the regulatory community to bring about long-needed improvements in US patent law. He has filed numerous amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and is widely recognised in the financial services and technology sectors as one of the country's top experts on the issue of patent-eligible technologies.
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Tyron Stading

Tyron Stading founded Innography® in 2006 with a vision of redefining the IP research landscape. As chief technology officer, he strives to continuously deliver the most comprehensive and robust user experience and business value. Prior to Innography, Mr Stading was an IBM worldwide industry solutions manager in the telecommunications and utilities sectors, and worked at start-ups focused on mobile communications and network security. He has published multiple patent research papers and filed over two dozen patents. Mr Stading has a BS in computer science from Stanford University and an MS in science and technology commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Teresa Stanek Rea

Teresa Stanek Rea is the deputy director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Ms Rea is a leading attorney in the field of intellectual property with more than 25 years of legal experience, and is a past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Ms Rea is a member of many technical and legal associations, and has been a frequent lecturer and publisher on topics including biotechnology, nanotechnology, licensing, technology transfer, patent practice, export control and interferences. Before joining the USPTO in 2011, Ms Rea was a partner in Crowell & Moring LLP’s Washington, DC office. She also worked for Ethyl Corporation from 1980 until 1984 and for patent firm Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis in Alexandria, VA. Ms Rea received a JD degree from Wayne State University and a BSc in pharmacy from the University of Michigan.
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Bruce A Story

Bruce Story has served as senior adviser at ipCapital Group, an IP strategy advisory firm, since retiring in 2008 from The Dow Chemical Company, where he was senior director of intellectual capital management. While at Dow Mr Story was involved in the creation of one of the world’s leading intellectual asset management organisations, which he has managed for the past six years.
Mr Story’s experience includes creating processes for developing and implementing business-aligned intellectual asset strategy. Among the intellectual asset processes that he has developed are those for managing competitive assessment, litigation support, new product intellectual asset protection strategy and open innovation agreement strategy.
Mr Story’s accomplishments while at Dow included the development and execution of a global patent strategy which resulted in a new patent-protected $1 billion business, plus annual licensing revenues in excess of $100 million and numerous favourable IP settlement agreements and cross-licences.
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Elisabeth Sussex

Elisabeth Sussex serves as the director of intellectual property and IP counsel for Proteus and is responsible for its IP strategy and management to identify, protect and monetise intellectual assets. Ms Sussex also has extensive experience as a computer scientist, specialising in enterprise architecture design and strategic enterprise management. Ms Sussex is a graduate of Wayne State University and received her JD from Wayne State Law School, Detroit, Michigan. As a national IP scholarship awardee, Ms Sussex completed a focused concentration in IP law and practice studies at Franklin Pierce Law Centre, Concord, New Hampshire. She is admitted to the US Patent Bar, the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Michigan. She is also a member of the Licensing Executives Society.
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Tracey Thomas

Tracey Thomas is chief IP strategist and licence negotiator at American Express. In his current role, Mr Thomas runs the IP licensing business and is primarily responsible for commercialising American Express’s global IP portfolio, including the development and implementation of IP and technology licensing and protection strategies.
Prior to joining American Express, Mr Thomas practised in the Chicago offices of McDermott, Will & Emery, Rudnick and Wolfe, and Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, where he focused on all aspects of IP law, including IP licensing, litigation and patent preparation and prosecution. While in private practice, he also practised sports and entertainment law, representing professional athletes, artists, record labels, music producers and musicians.
Currently, American Express and Mr Thomas are leading an effort to create an Intellectual Property Zone in Upper Manhattan that will serve as a global corridor for IP investments, transactions and jobs.
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Richard Thurston

Dr Richard (‘Dick’) Thurston is senior vice president and general counsel of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd (TSMC). Before joining TSMC, Dr Thurston was a partner at Haynes and Boone, Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was the regional counsel, Asia Pacific and vice president, corporate staff, assistant general counsel at Texas Instruments (1984 to 1996).
Dr Thurston graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Alma College (Michigan, United States) and an MA and PhD in East Asian studies from the University of Virginia, United States. His JD is from Rutgers School of Law (New Jersey). Dr Thurston also studied law at Soochow University (Taiwan), while researching in Taiwan his PhD dissertation entitled “Civil Law Reform in China, 1906-1930”. Dr Thurston has also taught courses at: Southern Methodist School of Law/School of Management; University of Texas, Dallas; Soochow University; National Chiao Tung University; and National Cheng-Chih University. Dr Thurston has been active in numerous community affairs in the United States, Japan and Taiwan, and has received many awards and recognitions throughout his career.
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Wim van der Eijk

Wim van der Eijk has been principal director for patent law and international affairs at the European Patent Office since 2005. In 2009 and 2010 he was also vice president responsible for legal and international affairs.
Before joining the European Patent Office, Mr van der Eijk was manager of the patent division and chief legal officer of the Netherlands Patent Office. He also worked at the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands in a variety of legal posts. Mr van der Eijk was chairman of the Patent Law Committee of the European Patent Organisation and chairman of a working group that drafted the European Patent Litigation Agreement. He has also assisted as an honorary judge at the District Court of The Hague in dealing with patent cases.
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Telmo Vilela

Telmo Vilela has a degree in law and holds postgraduate qualifications in IP and competition law, genetics and law and pharmaceutical law. Mr Vilela started his career as an IP legal adviser at TecMinho and as manager of the IP Office at the University of Minho, Portugal. Later, he joined Clarke, Modet & Co, a multinational IP consultancy company, where he opened and managed the company’s office at Oporto and was also responsible for the company's Portuguese marketing department. In 2007 Mr Vilela was appointed a patent and trademark attorney. In 2009 he joined COTEC, a non-profit association representing the top 100 Portuguese companies, where he worked as IP manager. In 2010 he was appointed vice president of the Portuguese Industrial Property Institute. He is a member of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Office and the Administrative Board of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market. Mr Vilela teaches IP and technology transfer.
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Mengbin Wen

Mengbin Wen joined Huawei's IP rights department in 2004. Until 2010, he was in charge of managing several patent portfolios. As deputy director of the North America legal department, he is responsible for various legal affairs from the US research and development centre.
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Kathryn  Wheble

Kathryn Wheble is vice president of the Women’s Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, an organisation established in 2006 to promote the role of women in IP law and connect practitioners in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ms Wheble is also a partner in the IP department of law firm K&L Gates, where she focuses her practice on IP counselling - in particular, trademark and copyright law. Ms Wheble was named by Trademark Insider as one of the Top Trademark Lawyers in the United States based on trademark applications filed in 2007. In the same publication, she ranked 21st in the United States for the first quarter of 2008. In 2005 she was named one of the best IP lawyers in the Bay Area by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine.
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Loria Yeadon

Loria B Yeadon is executive vice president of the invention investment fund for Intellectual Ventures. She is a senior IP business executive with 20 years’ experience in managing all aspects of invention rights.
Mrs Yeadon previously served as vice president and general manager of Honeywell Intellectual Property International and as chief IP litigation counsel for Honeywell International Inc.
Mrs Yeadon currently serves on the advisory board for the Gibbon’s Institute of Law, Science and Technology for Seton Hall School of Law and on the industrial advisory board for the computer and electrical engineering departments at the University of Virginia. She received a BSc with distinction from the University of Virginia, an MSc from Georgia Institute of Technology and a JD magna cum laude from Seton Hall School of Law.
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David Yurkerwich

David Yurkerwich assists clients throughout the world with the valuation, licensing and sale of technology and intellectual property. He operates from the New York and Frankfurt offices of Charles River Associates (CRA). Mr Yurkerwich was the founding chief executive officer of InteCap in 1998 before it was acquired by CRA in 2004 for US$82 million. Clients seek his assistance to identify IP assets for monetisation, benchmark competitor intellectual property, facilitate IP acquisitions, complete IP transactions and quantify IP damages.

Mr Yurkerwich has completed significant IP transactions and provided damages testimony in many patent infringement cases. For example, he was responsible for arranging the sale of a portfolio of wireless patents to Broadcom for US$24 million and has had jury verdicts for patent owners of US$120 million. He is currently implementing a multi-year patent monetisation programme for a Fortune Global 500 company and managing the exploitation of a €100 million European-based patent investment fund.
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Yun Zeng

Zeng Yun is deputy director of IP transactions at CTEX. He is responsible for IP commercialisation, patent transfer and technology investment. He recently finished the cross-border transfer of IT patents from China Academy of Science to Industrial Technology Research Institute. Before joining CTEX, Mr Yun was IP manager for Siemens China, where he managed intellectual property related to telecommunications technology and established an IP check process for the design and development of mobile devices. He has built his career by practising law in both state-owned and foreign-invested corporations, where he has specialised in negotiating international technology transactions and licence agreements with multinational vendors such as Qualcomm and Nokia. He has presented on IP commercialisation at the CSIP Summit Meeting and on state-owned IP transfer at the Peking University IP Forum.
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