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Name Position Company
Mark Abourizk Vice President of Intellectual Property and Legal Counsel Resmed Inc
Robert Aronoff Founder and Managing Partner Pluritas LLC
Bruce Berman Chief Executive Officer Brody Berman Associates Inc
Frank Bernstein Partner Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
Michael Brody Vice-chair Winston & Strawn LLP
Scott Burt Senior Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Officer Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc
Viktor Cheng Director Nanyang Innovation and Enterprise Office, Nanyang Technological University
Poh Chua Chief Intellectual Property Counsel Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd
Fergal Clarke Director of IP Business Analysis Lenovo Group Ltd
Christine Emmanuel Executive Manager - Intellectual Property CSIRO
Kaoru Fukada Strategy Department Manager for IP Division Renesas Electronics Corp
Mark Gower Head of Sales for Pacific and Southeast Asia CPA Global Ltd
Philip Hartstein President Finjan
Yoshiyuki Inaba Partner TMI Associates
Anil Joshi President Mumbai Angels
Anubhav Kapoor General Counsel and Company Secretary Tata Technologies Ltd
Masanobu Katoh Executive Vice-President, Executive Director and Country Head Intellectual Ventures
Soo Earn Keoy Partner Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Joo Sup Kim Vice President of Intellectual Property LG Electronics Co Ltd
Kwang Jun Kim Senior Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Officer of Samsung Display Samsung Display Co Ltd
Johnson Kong Board of Governors International Intellectual Property Commercialisation Council
Vinod Kumar Vice President of Business Development Conversant Intellectual Property Management
T Maria Lam Director of Asia-Pacific Patent Strategy Intel Corporation
Chiam Lu Lin Deputy Chief Executive Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Mike McLean Vice President of Intellectual Property Rights and Professional Services TechInsights
Donald W Merino Managing Director and Founder Transpacific Advisors Limited
Micky Minhas Associate General Counsel for Patent Strategy Microsoft Corp
Derek Minihane Head of IP Strategy Cochlear Ltd
Santosh Mohanty Vice President and Head of Corporate IP Rights Group Tata Consultancy Services Ltd
Ganapathy Nathan General Manager and Head of Innovation and Intellectual Property Wipro Infotech
Philip Parker President PJ Parker & Co
Arvin Patel Senior Vice President of IP Rovi Corp
Ruud J Peters Chief Intellectual Property Officer Royal Philips
Guy L Proulx Founder and Chairman Transpacific IP Group Ltd
Suresh Sachi Deputy Managing Director and General Counsel Agency for Science, Technology and Research
Paul Saraceni Chief IP Officer RPX Corporation
Bruce Schelkopf Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel Ingersoll-Rand Company
Hiro Seki Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Acacia Research Group
Jaime A Siegel Senior Vice President Acacia Research Group
Joseph Siino Chief IP Officer Ovidian Group LLC
Anan S Sivananthan Vice President of Legal Services Creative Technology Ltd
David Su Director, IP Division Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd
Yingyong Tanthanapongphan IP Manager Siam Cement Group
Patrick Terroir Deputy General Manager Caisse des Dépôts
Craig Thompson Senior Vice President of the Intellectual Property Business Group Alcatel-Lucent
Duane Valz Senior Counsel, Patents and Patent Strategy Google Inc
Laure van Oudheusden Head of Intellectual Property and Standards China Philips (China) Investment Co Ltd
Shival Virmani Vice President, Patent Licensing Rockstar Consortium
Benjamin Wang General Director of the Technology Transfer Centre Industrial Technology Research Institute
Joff Wild Editor Intellectual Asset Management
Marcus J Woo Vice President and General Counsel Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd
T K Wu Chief IP Officer Au Optronics
Hisao Yamasaki Chief Executive Officer Syndefense Corp
Rex Yeap Partner Invention Capital Partners
Vincent Zhong Senior Vice President Netac Technology Co Ltd
Guojun Zhou Senior Patent Attorney Intel Corp


Mark Abourizk

Mark Abourizk is vice president of intellectual property and legal counsel for Sydney-based ResMed Limited, a member of the ResMed group and a pioneer in the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory conditions. Mr Abourizk joined ResMed in 1995 as general counsel to manage the growth of its patent portfolio. Since then, ResMed’s patents issued or pending have grown from five to more than 3,000. In his current role, Mr Abourizk is responsible for worldwide IP portfolio maintenance, development and enforcement.

Last year, ResMed invested more than US$120 million in research and product development, continuing its leadership in innovation and award-winning design.

Before joining ResMed, Mr Abourizk held positions with attorney and legal partnerships, as well as with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s largest publicly funded science research organisation. He has science and law degrees from Monash University, and a graduate diploma of IP law from Melbourne University.

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Robert Aronoff

Robert Aronoff is managing partner at Pluritas, a leading IP strategy and transactions firm headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Mr Aronoff draws on more than 25 years serving Fortune 500 companies, business strategy and technology consulting firms and leading small-cap public companies. He has worked as an executive or management consultant at Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle), Eastman Kodak, Microsoft, Coopers & Lybrand and Peat Marwick. Mr Aronoff also served as founding executive director of the Digital Imaging Group, an industry consortium that had the financial and technical backing of Kodak, Fuji, Canon, Intel, HP, IBM, Adobe, Agfa and Microsoft.

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

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Bruce Berman

Bruce Berman is CEO of Brody Berman Associates, a management consulting and communications firm that advises IP holders, managers and investors.

He 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.

Drawing on an extensive network of IP, business and media contacts in the United States and Europe, Mr Berman 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 IP Owners Association, the Licensing Executives Society, the Intellectual Asset Finance Society and the IP Hall of Fame Academy.

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Frank Bernstein

Frank Bernstein is a partner at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, a leading IP law firm, in its Palo Alto office.

For nearly three decades, Mr Bernstein has delivered effective legal solutions that have enabled his clients to protect and grow their patent positions. He helps to secure, assert, defend and monetise the patent rights underlying the high-tech innovations of some of the world’s leading technology companies.

He has handled litigation, counselling and prosecution matters in technologies relating to computers, software, electronics, wireless technologies, semiconductors and e-commerce. Mr Bernstein’s commitment to understanding his clients’ long-term business goals, combined with his expertise in patent law, enables him to approach each matter efficiently.

Mr Bernstein earned his JD and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his BS from the California Institute of Technology.

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Michael Brody

Michael Brody is vice chair of Winston & Strawn’s IP practice group. He has extensive experience in trying both IP and complex commercial cases and has successfully represented clients on a wide range of technologies, including telecommunications, networking, internetworking, semiconductor and computer design and architecture, engineered substrates, laser optics, packaging, finance and consumer goods.

In the past three years, Mr Brody has handled Markman and summary judgment hearings and jury and bench patent trials in jurisdictions across the country, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the Northern District of Illinois, and the Districts of Colorado and Delaware. He has appeared before the Federal Circuit on a number of occasions.

In addition to trying multiple patent cases to verdict, his other IP trials have included trademark, trade dress, false advertising, trade secrets and grey-market matters.

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Viktor Cheng

Viktor Cheng is a seasoned C-suite executive leader at the intersection of technology, business and intellectual property. He has previously patented and commercialised inventions, raised capital, founded start-ups, grown shareholders’ value and cashed-out with significant returns.

Mr Cheng is currently CEO of TBX, an ICT technology business accelerator that takes intellectual property to market, developing the business model and operationalising it through its software translation lab. He concurrently oversees efforts to commercialise ICT-related research results at Nanyang Technological University.

Mr Cheng was previously deputy CEO of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, where he masterminded the development of IP management capabilities in both local enterprises and public agencies, and spearheaded the development of the world-first IP competency framework. He also co-chaired the IP Hub sub-committee on IP marketplaces. The IP Hub master plan was announced earlier this year.

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Poh Chua

Poh Chua works with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd as chief IP counsel, where he advises the chairman and the board of directors of this Global 500 company on matters regarding IP mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, integration of newly acquired subsidiaries and investment in new technologies. He is involved in high-value legal matters, particularly international dispute resolution and major transactions. He also manages relationships with key IP partners and provides IP acquisition and utilisation strategies.

Working for Geely, Mr Chua has first-hand experience of business operations in Asia and the importance that intellectual property plays in the international marketplace. He has been involved at the board of director level advising the board on IP strategies and licensing matters.

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Fergal Clarke

Fergal Clarke is the director of IP business analysis at Lenovo, the world’s largest PC firm, which has major research centres in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mr Clarke is responsible for providing business context to all IP-related activities and for ensuring that such activities are consistent with and supportive of the overall business strategy. His specific responsibilities include patent acquisitions, supporting organic patent development, supporting inbound and outbound licensing and communicating the IP business strategy.

Mr Clarke was previously director of IP strategy at Rambus. Before this, he held multiple technology and engineering management roles at Applied Materials, in addition to managing its corporate trade secret management initiative.

Mr Clarke obtained his physics degree from Dublin City University and his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Christine Emmanuel

Christine Emmanuel began her career as a scientist at Ciba Geigy (UK) and CSIRO. Her IP career commenced more than 20 years ago at the Australian Patent Office as a patent examiner, before working under UK and European patent law in private practice. She later joined Unilever’s patent department as in-house counsel (United Kingdom).

Ms Emmanuel returned to Australia and worked for two leading patent attorney firms before moving in-house to practise intellectual property at CSIRO.

She is passionate about addressing the challenges of managing intellectual property in order to best transition from innovation to impact, developing and improving tools for strategic IP management.

Ms Emmanuel holds a BSc (Hons) in chemistry and economics from Monash University and a certificate in IP law from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. She is a registered patent and trademark attorney in Australia and New Zealand and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys.

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Kaoru Fukada

Kaoru Fukada is the strategy department manager for the IP division at Renesas Electronics Corporation.

Before joining the IP division three years ago, Mr Fukada worked in the company’s technology development division, where he was involved in microprocessor design, microcontroller large-scale integrated circuit development and standardised interface-related technology development, among other design and product development projects.

In the IP division, he first served as the manager of the patent department, where he led invention creation activities and oversaw filing and prosecution. He was appointed the IP strategy manager in October 2013 and now oversees overall IP strategy for the company, with a primary focus on the invention creation aspects.

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Mark Gower

As regional head of sales at CPA Global, Mark Gower is responsible for client relationships, business development and managing sales teams in Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Gower works closely with clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region to identify how CPA Global’s IP management software and services can help them to optimise their IP portfolios, while achieving significant operating efficiencies and cost savings. He has also been instrumental in expanding the reach of CPA Global's IP management solutions into emerging IP markets such as India, Malaysia and Thailand.

Before joining CPA Global, Mr Gower held a number of senior client service, business development and sales direction roles at Merrill Lynch and Thomson Reuters in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region for more than 17 years.

Mr Gower has a degree in English and French law and an MA in Southeast Asian anthropology.

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Philip Hartstein

Phil Hartstein was appointed president of Finjan in April of this year.  Finjan is a 17-year-old software and technology company with a rich history of developing and building hardware and software solutions for the online security space. Finjan recently became a public company (FNJN) and has a continued interest in investing in technology and innovation, while also expanding its licensing programmes.

Mr Hartstein has worked in the IP space for the past 15 years in a number of roles. He started with a boutique IP law firm, worked in an in-house IP function for a venture capital-funded start-up, spent time in IP consulting and IP brokerage firms, and before joining Finjan spent four years with two groups focused on bringing capital and expertise in licensing and enforcing patent rights on behalf of their owners.

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Yoshiyuki Inaba

Yoshiyuki Inaba is a co-founding partner of TMI Associates. He heads the IP group, utilising his expertise in patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement. Through more than 30 years of experience, he has earned a reputation as a top-level IP practitioner.

Mr Inaba oversees the daily management of each client’s IP portfolio, ensuring that its interests are fully covered. He also supervises patent and trademark lawsuits at both the district and IP High Court levels, as well as invalidation proceedings at the Japan Patent Office. In negotiations, including those regarding licensing, transfers and cooperative arrangements, his attention to detail ensures the achievement of reasonable, amicable and hassle-free transactions.

Among his other roles in professional associations, Mr Inaba has served as a vice president of the Japanese Patent Attorney Association. He also gives a class affiliated with Santa Clara University (California) on Japanese IP law and practice.

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Anil Joshi

Anil Joshi heads operations at Mumbai Angels and Bangalore Angels, leading angel investment forums in India. Mr Joshi’s experience includes corporate management functions in medium and large organisations, investment in start-ups, project management, joint ventures and business development.

After heading a branch office at Century Rayon, BK Birla Group Company, he moved to Business Access India Pvt Ltd, providing consulting services to Scandinavian companies from diverse sectors establishing their presence in the Asian markets. Then he moved to Transasia Biomedical Ltd, India’s largest manufacturer and exporter of bio-medical equipment. Before joining Mumbai Angels, he headed new projects and investment in start-ups with Artheon Group, a telecommunications, IT and energy group.

Mr Joshi serves on the board of five companies and is involved with various incubation centres as a mentor both within and outside India. He graduated in engineering and holds a postgraduate diploma in business management (marketing) from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India in strategic finance and control.

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Anubhav Kapoor

Anubhav Kapoor is Tata Technologies’ general counsel and company secretary. He joined Tata Technologies in 2006 and is responsible for its global legal, regulatory and corporate governance activities and policies.

Mr Kapoor has exposure to multifarious legal issues. He has also dealt with high-visibility boards and handled complex board matters, including those related to insider trading, private and public offerings and employee stock ownership plans, and has been instrumental in implementing various corporate governance initiatives. Before joining Tata Technologies, Mr Kapoor worked in a similar role with Polaris Software, Dominos Pizza and Allied Nippon, among others.

Mr Kapoor is regular speaker on topics related to strategic risk management and IP rights management. He has been a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India since 1995. He holds a law degree from Chaudhary Charan Singh University in India (1998), as well as an MBA in finance and information technology from the Institute of Management Technology, India.

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Masanobu Katoh

Masanobu Katoh heads Intellectual Ventures’ activities in Japan, including overseeing the company’s patent licensing, litigation and invention development.

Before joining Intellectual Ventures in 2010, Mr Katoh spent over three decades with Fujitsu. After several overseas postings, he returned to Japan to lead the company’s IP and legal groups. He was later appointed chairman and CEO of Fujitsu Management Services America in Silicon Valley, and then senior vice president of Fujitsu Laboratories, in charge of developing the company’s technology roadmap. In 2010 he became executive vice president of the Fujitsu Research Institute.

Mr Katoh has been involved in policy and regulatory discussions in both the United States and Japan. He holds a bachelor of law from the University of Tokyo and a master’s from the University of Michigan Law School. He is licensed to practise in Washington DC and New York.

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Soo Earn Keoy

Soo Earn Keoy leads Deloitte Southeast Asia’s M&A advisory and valuation and modelling practices and has extensive experience supporting strategic and financial investors in their domestic and cross-border transactions.

He is a chartered financial analyst and a fellow chartered accountant of Singapore. He holds a bachelor of accountancy and a graduate certificate in IP laws.

Mr Keoy is a board member of the IP Office of Singapore and CFA Singapore and a member of the Financial Reporting Committee of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, and serves as the chairman of the valuation sub-committee of the Financial Reporting Committee. He is a work group founding member of the Singapore Accountancy Commission’s Business Valuation Institute.

He is also a member of the IP Steering Committee formed by the Singapore Ministry of Law in 2012. He was recently recognised in IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

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Joo Sup Kim

Joo Sup Kim is a vice president at the IP centre at LG Electronics, Inc (LGE) and manages the team responsible for IP litigation, licensing, counselling, open source and copyright.

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

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

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Kwang Jun Kim

Kwang Jun Kim is chief IP officer and senior vice president of Samsung Display in Korea. Mr Kim previously worked at major US law firms focusing on patent litigation before the US district courts and the International Trade Commission.

At Samsung, he has worked extensively in IP litigation and licensing, covering a wide range of technologies including telecommunications, semiconductors, displays and software. He has also contributed significantly to Samsung Electronic’s rise to number two in the US patent rankings, and recently received an IP Leader Award. He is responsible for global IP litigation, licensing and portfolio management, including the United States, China, Japan and Europe. He is also advising the Korea national task force team on establishing a world IP hub in the region.

Mr Kim has a BSc from Seoul National University, a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctorate from University of Southern California.

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Johnson Kong

Johnson Kong is a board member of the International Intellectual Property Commercialisation Council, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to IP education, best practices and standards for IP commercialisation.

Mr Kong was formerly executive vice president and head of the Asia-Pacific region at and held senior executive roles for other IP service entities. He is a recognised expert in the creation and implementation of IP strategies. He has assisted public and private multinational companies in creating and implementing robust IP strategies to support business goals, such as instituting best practices, overcoming market entry barriers, enhancing product and service margins, creating distribution networks, leveraging partner relationships, increasing corporate valuations and generating licensing revenue.

Mr Kong has co-chaired and been a guest speaker at numerous official IP events, such as the IPBC China 2012 and the Salzburg Global Seminar, and has worked with many international IP organisations.

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Vinod Kumar

Vinod Kumar joined Conversant (previously MOSAID) in 2005 and leads all business development activities at the company, including finding and developing new markets for licensing, patent acquisitions and partnerships with IP holders. He has been involved in significant expansion of Conversant's portfolio and the launch of several new licensing programmes. He also introduced new business models.

Mr Kumar also leads the patent sales function at the company. During the past seven years, he has evaluated over 150,000 patents with his team. He has developed a set of effective and efficient patent assessment methodologies, as well as a best-in-class patent acquisitions team.

Previously, he worked for five years at Chipworks and for over 15 years in business development roles in several countries for major multinationals, including Digital and Philips.

Mr Kumar is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences and was named in IAM magazine’s IAM Strategy 300 in 2013.

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T Maria Lam

T Maria Lam is Intel’s director of Asia-Pacific patent strategy, responsible for developing and implementing the company’s patent strategies in Asia. She recently relocated to Shanghai, China from Santa Clara, California for a one-year expatriate assignment.

Before her present role, Ms Lam was a senior member of Intel’s corporate licensing group, where she led teams in handling complex patent licensing matters. Before her time at Intel, she was a senior associate at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, where she advised clients on a variety of IP and transactional matters.

Before embarking on her legal career, Ms Lam was a software engineer. She received her JD from the University of Virginia and her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Boston University. She speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

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Chiam Lu Lin

Chiam Lu Lin is concurrently the executive director of the IP Academy and deputy chief executive at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).

Ms Lu Lin heads the hearings and mediation tribunal at IPOS, where she has delivered a number of important decisions on intellectual property. She also oversees the capability development department, which has launched the IP Competency Framework. The framework helps to nurture a high-quality IP workforce by mapping out the competencies that IP practitioners would require.

Ms Lu Lin oversaw the successful re-structuring of the IP Academy to become a full subsidiary of IPOS in April 2012. She also helmed the academy's Global Forum on Intellectual Property, which was the anchor event of this year's IP Week @ SG. The IP Week event attracted more than 1,300 attendees.

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Mike McLean

Mike McLean is senior vice president of IP rights and professional services at TechInsights. His team of patent professionals helps technology organisations to make effective decisions about IP investments. Key to this is implementation of a lifecycle-based approach to the protection, management and utilisation of patent rights.

Mr McLean founded the patent development service at Semiconductor Insights (now TechInsights) and has established a centre of excellence based on patent portfolio management and patent assessments. Since joining in 1996, he has worked extensively with the technology practices of major law firms, in-house counsel teams of technology companies and external licensing agencies.

Mr McLean holds a BSc in engineering with first-class honours from Queens University and is a licensed member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. He has served as a witness in several IP suits on behalf of TechInsights’ clients.

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Donald W Merino

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

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

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

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Micky Minhas

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

Mr Minhas leads the patent group, responsible for protecting and enhancing the value of Microsoft’s technology and business through IP strategy and management of its worldwide patent portfolio. Since joining Microsoft, Mr Minhas has led groups of experts that assess and execute patent acquisition opportunities, analyse patents for strategic purposes and implement IP strategies for Microsoft’s various businesses and licensing programmes.

Previously, Mr Minhas served as vice president for Qualcomm Incorporated, where he worked in IP strategy and served as Qualcomm’s patent portfolio manager.

Mr Minhas received a JD and master of IP degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Franklin Pierce Centre for Intellectual Property, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University.

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Derek Minihane

Derek Minihane is head of R&T clusters and IP strategy at Cochlear Ltd, where he manages the research and technology programme through the company’s technology clusters. As head of IP strategy, Mr Minihane is responsible for all aspects of IP management, including strategic alliances, research agreements, managing the patent and trademark portfolio and legal disputes, including patent litigation.

Mr Minihane was previously vice president of intellectual property at Intermolecular Inc, where he was in charge of intellectual property and licensing for the company. Before Intermolecular, he was senior director and assistant general counsel for IP law for Altera Corporation. Earlier in his legal career, Mr Minihane gained significant litigation and prosecution experience within the patent law firms of Fish & Neave and Curtis, Morris & Safford.

Mr Minihane holds an electrical engineering degree from Cornell University and a JD from the George Washington University National Law Centre.

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Santosh Mohanty

Santosh Mohanty is a vice president and senior executive at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. He has 27 years of industry and teaching experience, including business strategy, partner collaboration, analyst relations, R&D and leadership grooming.

Dr Mohanty has a PhD in mathematical sciences and an MS in computational mathematics from Northern Illinois University. He has been awarded the title of Distinguished IT Architect (Profession Leader) by the Open Group.

In his current role, Dr Mohanty has established the TCS IP management strategy (P3xP3™), an integrated ecosystem (IPRMS™) to manage TCS’s IP portfolio, TCS MasterCraft™ suites of products towards optimising IT service delivery and product line architecture (SPMM™) to manage and mature software product lifecycle.

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Ganapathy Nathan

Ganapathy Nathan is responsible for driving innovation as a management discipline across all of Wipro. In this role, he is responsible for internal and external (open) innovation programmes and for driving Wipro’s IP creation and protection processes.

Mr Nathan has worked for more than 20 years in enterprise application consulting engagements, helping customers to select and implement the right enterprise applications for their businesses. He has extensive experience in consulting for and running innovation and IP creation programmes, business process design and reengineering, application consolidation and business benefits realisation, and in creating and managing large technology practices.

Mr Nathan has a BTech in engineering and a postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Based in Chennai, India, his interests cover the full spectrum of technology, intellectual property, economics, IT services and innovation.

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Philip Parker

Philip Parker is the founder and CEO of PJ Parker & Co. The company is based in Tokyo and is the largest patent broker in Japan. Its clients include two-thirds of the top 20 Japanese high-tech firms. The firm concludes patent transactions between Japan, other Asian countries, and North America. Mr Parker was born in Australia and holds a PhD in engineering from the Australian National University. He has lived in Japan for nearly 20 years and speaks Japanese fluently. In his earlier career, he worked as a management consultant to the telecommunications industry throughout east Asia. He is also a co-founder of systemsGo Corporation, a pan-Asian systems integrator.

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Arvin Patel

Arvin Patel is the senior vice president of worldwide intellectual property and licensing for Rovi. With over 15 years of experience, his expertise lies in creating and implementing competitive business strategies to help companies to protect and leverage their intellectual assets globally. Mr Patel has responsibility for directing and calibrating Rovi’s IP strategy to capitalise on emerging markets, growth and policy opportunities.

Mr Patel holds a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from the University of California at Berkeley, a JD from California Western Law School and an LLM in technology, commerce and intellectual property from Franklin Pierce Law Centre.

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Ruud J Peters

Ruud Peters, a national of the Netherlands, is chief IP officer of Royal Philips and responsible for all IP protection and transactional matters for the worldwide Philips organisation. He is also responsible for technical and formal standardisation activities within the scope of Philips’ business activities.

Mr Peters joined Philips IP&S in 1977 and 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. He has headed Philips IP&S since 1999. The organisation has around 400 people working in 10 countries around the world.

Mr Peters is a board member of five technology, IP licensing and trading companies. He has a background in physics and was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Guy L Proulx

Guy Proulx is the founder, chairman and CEO of Transpacific IP, the only full-service IP company based in Asia. Since its foundation in 2004, the company has grown tenfold and now has several offices in key technology areas throughout Asia and more than 100 team members.

Mr Proulx is also an influential member of the IP industry, acting as an adviser to governments and academic institutions and a guest speaker at industry conferences globally. He was named as one of the World’s Leading Strategists by Intellectual Asset Management in 2012.

Mr Proulx has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Before founding Transpacific IP, he advised start-up companies on critical IP and business issues, including IP strategy, portfolio development, acquisitions and licensing.

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

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Suresh Sachi

Suresh Sachi is the deputy managing director of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and concurrently acts as A*STAR’s general counsel. He is a qualified lawyer admitted to practise law in Singapore and a qualified patent agent.

He oversees corporate functions for the agency and oversees all legal and IP matters, including legal risk management and compliance policies.

Mr Sachi has represented many local and foreign public and private organisations and has significant experience working with multinational corporations, small and medium-sized entities and public listed companies. His work includes structuring complex IP and technology transfer arrangements and significant cross-border research alliances.

Mr Sachi has served on the boards of a number of companies, including the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. He is a founding member, past president and existing vice president of the Licensing Executives Society (Singapore). He is a frequent speaker at IP and technology transfer symposia, workshops and seminars.

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Paul Saraceni

Paul Saraceni joined RPX as chief intellectual property officer in September 2008.

Prior to joining RPX, Mr Saraceni was vice president and associate general counsel, IP strategy and transactions, at Yahoo! Inc, where he developed and managed Yahoo!’s patent acquisition programme.

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Mr Saraceni was senior IP counsel for the technology and manufacturing group of Intel Corporation. Before moving in-house, he was a partner in the Silicon Valley IP boutique law firm of Derwin & Siegel and a patent litigation attorney in the Silicon Valley office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Mr Saraceni holds a BS in computer engineering from Bucknell University, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

He is a registered patent attorney before the US Patent and Trademark Office and a member of the state bars of California and Texas.

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Bruce Schelkopf

J Bruce Schelkopf is vice president, deputy general counsel and chief IP counsel for Ingersoll Rand. He is responsible for leading, developing and managing all aspects of the company’s innovative global IP operation and strategy.

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

He is a practising inventor with patents pending and issued, and has received numerous industry awards, including Best Global IP Director at the International General Counsel Awards.

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Hiro Seki

Hiro Seki joined Acacia Reseach Group in July 2013 as senior vice president. His IP career, which has spanned more than 30 years, began at Hitachi, Ltd, where he led international licensing programmes and litigation covering a variety of technologies and products.

Mr Seki was stationed in Washington DC between 1991 and 1995, where he headed Hitachi’s US IP operations, including establishing patent portfolios around Hitachi’s core technology areas, helping IP management of US subsidiary companies, focusing on three major R&D divisions at the same time and participating in many licensing and litigation projects.

In 2004 Mr Seki became general manager and chief IP officer at Renesas Electronics Corporation – the joint semiconductor spin-out of Hitachi, Mitsubishi and NEC. At Renesas, Mr Seki was responsible for all IP-related matters, including supervising licensing, litigation, patent acquisitions, business development, IP portfolio development and IP asset evaluation and management.

Mr Seki is a registered patent attorney in Japan and holds both a BS and an MS in physics from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

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Jaime A Siegel

Jaime Siegel is senior vice president of Acacia Research Group. His responsibilities include partner development and the global monetisation of intellectual property. Before joining Acacia, Mr Siegel was vice president and senior IP counsel for Sony Corporation of America, where he was responsible for global licensing of technology for Sony, the defence of Sony against third-party IP claims and strategic IP acquisitions.

Additionally, Mr Siegel has served as chairman of the board of MPEG LA and was a member of the AVS ad hoc IP rights experts group in China and Sony’s representative on the AVS Patent Pool Administration Executive Committee.

Mr Siegel began his legal career as an IP litigation associate at Kenyon & Kenyon and Fish & Neave. He holds a degree in law and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. Mr Siegel is also a national trustee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Joseph Siino

Joseph Siino is the principal founder and CEO 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.

Before joining 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 Intellectual Asset Management.

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Anan S Sivananthan

Anan Sivananthan is vice president of legal services at Creative Technology Ltd, the world's leading soundcard manufacturer and a leader in the personal digital entertainment space.

Mr Sivananthan oversees Creative's legal matters globally, with a focus on contentious matters and worldwide IP litigation, registration and enforcement. He also handles Creative's anti-counterfeiting activities and is responsible for the management of its IP portfolio.

Before joining Creative, Mr Sivananthan worked at Drew & Napier, specialising in IP litigation and general contract disputes.

Mr Sivananthan obtained his LLB (Hons) from Queen Mary College, University of London. He is a member of the UK and Singapore bars and is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.

He is a committee member of the Licensing Executives Society Singapore. He was also awarded ALB Southeast Asia In-House Lawyer of the Year in 2006 and was a finalist in 2007.

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David Su

David W Su is a director in the legal department of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), in charge of transactional work. In his current capacity, he advises TSMC’s business and planning functions on a wide range of legal and strategic issues. He joined TSMC in November 2006 as director of the IP division.

Before joining TSMC, Mr Su was a partner at Lee & Li, the largest law firm in Taiwan. In private practice, he was a litigator and handled some of the most significant IP and antitrust litigation in Taiwan. Mr Su is also an adjunct associate professor at Taiwan’s National Chengchi University and Tsinghua University, where he teaches IP contracts and the law of trade secrets.

Mr Su graduated from National Taiwan University, and received an LLM degree from Harvard Law School. He also received an SJD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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Yingyong Tanthanapongphan

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

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

Mr Tanthanapongphan obtained an LLM from Harvard Law School and an LLM in corporate governance and practice from Stanford Law School. He is also a regular guest speaker and lecturer at the Thai Department of Intellectual Property, universities, and research institutes on strategic IP management and commercialisation.

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Patrick Terroir

Patrick Terroir is managing director of CDC Intellectual Property, an affiliated company of Caisse des Depots (CDC), which aims to create a transparent and secure patent market and develop vehicles to improve tech transfer. After joining CDC in 1989, he served in several positions, including head of the social housing financing department, the banking department and the Paris regional office. In 2005 he became the delegate responsible for competitiveness and innovation. He became managing director in 2010.

Mr Terroir graduated from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in 1976. He began his career at the Ministry for Health and Social Security, then worked in the Treasury Department of the Ministry of Finance between 1981 and 1988. He is also a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, teaching macroeconomics and new markets for intellectual property.

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Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson heads up Alcatel-Lucent’s IP business group and is based in Plano, Texas. Before his current position, he held a number of leadership roles at Nokia from 2004 until 2012, including heading up global legal support for Nokia’s mobile phone group, and patent licensing and IP rights legal services for North America.

Before joining Nokia, Mr Thompson was a partner in the Finnish law firm Roschier. He graduated from the law schools at the University of Helsinki and Columbia University.

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Duane Valz

Duane Valz is senior patent counsel for strategic IP initiatives at Google. He leads a variety of projects directed towards present and future risk mitigation, spanning targeted patent development, licensing, acquisitions and open source patent strategy. Mr Valz has counselled a wide range of emerging growth, private and publicly held companies on IP and technology matters in various capacities. 

Before joining Google in 2011, Mr Valz practised at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, where he was twice named in IAM Strategy 250 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists. His past experience includes serving as head of patent development at Yahoo! and as director of intellectual property at Quantum Corporation.

He received his JD from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he served as submissions editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. He also earned his BA with honours and distinction in general scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Laure van Oudheusden

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

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

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

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Shival Virmani

Shival Virmani is vice president of patent licensing at Rockstar Consortium. He has several years of combined patent attorney and licensing executive experience in corporate, private and federal government environments.

Before joining Rockstar, Mr Virmani was vice president of intellectual property at Vonage. He has also worked in the roles of associate general patent counsel at InterDigital, where he was a lead patent licensing negotiator responsible for reaching significant royalty-bearing deals in the wireless space in Europe, North America and Asia, and as senior director of licensing and litigation for Infineon Technologies in Munich, Germany.

Before going in-house, Mr Virmani was based in Washington DC, where he was a litigation associate in a large general practice firm. He also worked in the federal government, both as a patent examiner and a staff attorney at the International Trade Commission.

Mr Virmani holds a law degree, a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and a master of science in electrical engineering.

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Benjamin Wang

Benjamin Wang has been general director of the Technology Transfer Centre at the Industrial Technology Research Institute since 2007, and was previously deputy general director for seven years. He has also acted as director of the business programme and the computer and communication laboratories.

Mr Wang holds a PhD in technology management from the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan (2007), an MS in IP rights law from the Franklin Pierce Law Centre, United States (1992) and an MBA from the National Taiwan University, Taiwan (1981).

For over three decades, Mr Wang has made contributions not only in advancing IP rights, but also in managing business and marketing. Mr Wang was named Innovative Model Promoter in the National Industrial Innovation Awards issued by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Taiwan in 2011, and Best Marketing Manager in the National Management Excellence Awards issued by the Chinese Professional Management Association, Taiwan in 2008. He was also awarded the Value-created Pioneer Award by the MOEA in 2006.

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Joff Wild

Joff Wild has been the editor of Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) since it was established in 2004. As a journalist he has specialised in covering intellectual property since the early 1990s. Prior to IAM, Mr Wild was editor of Managing Intellectual Property, Patent World and Copyright World, and assistant editor of Trademark World. He has written on IP-related subjects for publications including The Times, The Financial Times, Euromoney magazine, the American Lawyer and Latin Finance, and has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4 to talk about intellectual property. He is also editor in chief of the IP Media Group and is responsible for the content of the IP Business Congress.

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Marcus J Woo

Marcus Woo has served as vice president and general counsel for Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd, Taiwan since 2010. He is responsible for the company's legal and IP divisions.

Before joining Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Mr Woo was in private practice in well-regarded international law firms in New York, Taipei and Beijing for over 20 years. Early in his career, he served as an assistant district attorney in New York prosecuting criminal cases.

Mr Woo’s private practice experience focused on cross-border litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, licensing and corporate and commercial matters, representing multinational corporations. He has represented companies from a variety of industries, including traditional and new technology companies in the service and manufacturing sectors.

Mr Woo is admitted to practise law in New York and New Jersey. He obtained a BA from Oberlin College and a JD from Indiana University-Bloomington. He speaks fluent Chinese and English.

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T K Wu

TK Wu is chief IP officer at Au Optronics. Dr Wu joined the company in May 2010 as vice president and general manager of the consumer product display business group and headed the audio-video, mobile phone and mobile PC display business units in their sales, marketing, manufacture and research and development.

Dr Wu received his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1986. He has over 20 years’ experience in the thin film transistor liquid-crystal display industry.

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Hisao Yamasaki

Hisao Yamasaki is the chief executive officer and founder of Syndefense Corp, an organisation dedicated to helping operating companies to achieve rational patent transaction costs, maximise sellers/licensors’ profits and minimise buyers/licensees’ costs. Syndefense Corp also helps with patent portfolio acquisition or sale strategically associated with mergers, acquisitions or divestitures of product lines.

Before founding Syndefense, Mr Yamasaki served as president of RPX Asia. He also served for 25 years as general manager of IP business development and licensing at Hitachi Ltd, responsible for Hitachi’s IP assets, including licensing strategies and operations, and patent portfolio balancing transactions, such as acquisitions and sales.

Mr Yamasaki received his LLM from the University of Miami Law School, Florida, and his LLB from the School of Law at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. Mr Yamasaki currently serves as a professor in the Faculty of Intellectual Property and the Graduate School of Intellectual Property at the Osaka Institute of Technology.

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Rex Yeap

Tralvex Rex Yeap is a partner at Invention Capital Partners, where he directs efforts towards the creation and commercialisation of novel inventions and investment in early stage companies. He is also a director of Business Angel Network (Southeast Asia) and an IP management and technology commercialisation lecturer at Nanyang Technological University. Previously, Dr Yeap co-founded 3i Analytics, where he and his team produced over 2,000 original qualitative-quantitative technology IP reports.

Dr Yeap is a veteran judge (2004 to present) for various business plan competitions organised through Business Challenge, Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore, INSEAD and the University of San Francisco.

Dr Yeap is also a practising inventor with patents pending and issued. He is a certified patent valuation analyst and holds an MSc (with distinction) from the University of Leeds. His doctoral research involved the invention of a few patented hedge fund systems and computational patent analytics.

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Vincent Zhong

Vincent Zhong is senior vice president of Netac Technology Co, Ltd of Shenzhen, China. His responsibilities include business development, IP management, licensing and legal affairs.

He is a seasoned business and management executive with a strong management, IP and sales background. He has led the team in influential IP operations and litigation, both within and outside China, over the past couple of years. He also serves as deputy chairman and expert on the IP Committee of the China Electronic Standardisation Association, and is on the board of directors of the SD Association (a global secure digital memory card organisation).

Mr Zhong is a PhD candidate at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He also holds an MBA from Hong Kong University of Technology and Science and a BSc from Sun Yat-Sen University.

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Guojun Zhou

Guojun Zhou is a senior patent attorney at Intel, where he leads the global patent filing and prosecution strategy team. Mr Zhou has substantial experience in international patent-related legal areas, including foreign filing licences, inventor remuneration, utility model practices, export regulations and Patent Cooperation Treaty practice across various jurisdictions.

He has also worked on a number of legal issues specific to China, including Chinese technology import/export regulations, Chinese foreign filing permits and licences, inventor remuneration, utility model practice, and patent drafting and prosecution differences between China and the United States.

Mr Zhou obtained BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Southeast University (Nanjing, China) and Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), respectively. He also holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Duke University (North Carolina, United States), as well as several patents. Mr Zhou earned his JD (cum laude) from Northwest School of Law, Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

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