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Transpacific IP

Country sponsors

PanasonicMitsui & Co, LtdIP Bridge

Gold sponsors

Intellectual VenturesKenyon & Kenyon LLPChipworksBird & BirdValuenexSyndefense Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory EricssonGlobal IP Law Group Philips Intellectual Property & StandardsSisvelQuestelIntralinkIPVALUE TechinsightsipCreateNokia Technologies

Host Sponsors

TMI AssociatesBeijing East IP LtdR K DewanAlpha & Omega Law Corporation Shobayashi Patent & Trademark OfficeBaker & McKenzie

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European Patent Office

Silver sponsors

Acacia Research GroupVectis

Bronze sponsors

ValipatMintz LevinTechPatsQuinn PacificGreenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C. PatSnapDolby Laboratories LexisNexis®GoogleUnified PatentsSonderhoff & EinselWisdomain IncHTSAnaquaParsa WirelessSedoMicrosoftConversantAsia IP Exchange

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International IP Commercialization CouncilIntellectual Property Association of JapanAutoharvestPatent Agents Association of IndiaOsaka Institute of Technology

Media partners

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Speakers

Name Position Company
Toyotaka Abe Senior IP attorney TMI Associates
Kasim Alfalahi Chief IP officer Ericsson AB
Erich Andersen Vice president Microsoft
Ira Blumberg Vice president of intellectual property Lenovo
Xuxin Cheng Vice president and deputy director Huawei
Min Sheo Choi Director, IP business team Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
Paul Davis General counsel Tessera Technologies, Inc
Murali Dharan CEO IPValue
Julia Elvidge President Chipworks
Christine Emmanuel Executive manager, intellectual property and investment portfolio CSIRO
Cindy Faatz Director, standards group Intel
Jack Fijolek Senior vice president and chief technology officer Transpacific IP
John Flock Partner Kenyon & Kenyon
Mattia Fogliacco Chief new business officer Sisvel
Eeva Hakoranta Head of patent licensing Nokia
Norishige Hayakawa Deputy general manager Mitsui & Co
Yukio Hiramatsu Professor Osaka Institute of Technology
Heath Hoglund Chief patent counsel Dolby
Peter Holden President ipCreate
Wei-Fu Hsu General counsel MediaTek
Adrienne Huesca Manager, IP operations Jawbone
Miguel Iglesias Sales director Questel
Hitoshi Ito Commissioner Japan Patent Office
Kevin Jakel CEO Unified Patents
William Jasprizza Director, intellectual property Intralink
Steve Joroff Director, Asia-Pacific IP licensing IBM
Minoru Kato Vice president, R&D and intellectual property Kao Corporation
Masanobu Katoh Executive vice president and country head, Japan Intellectual Ventures
Hiroshi Kawana General manager, IP department KDDI Corporation
Joo Sup Kim Vice president, intellectual property LG Electronics
Kwang Jun Kim President and CEO Intellectual Discovery
Naoto Koizuka General manager, industrial finance and research consulting department Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting
Takashi Komoro Managing director, IP department NTT DOCOMO Inc
Tim Kowalski Senior patent counsel Google
Matthew Laight Partner Bird & Bird
Peng Lin President Beijing Zhigu Ruituo Technology Services Co, Ltd
Yoshio Maeda Senior expert Honda R&D Company
Daniel Oliver Maier Head of IP licensing and transactions Siemens AG
Mike McLean Senior vice president TechInsights
Hiroshi Miyauchi Chief fellow, technology and innovation Toshiba Corporation
Santosh Mohanty Vice president Tata Consultancy Services Ltd
Tatsuo Nakamura President and CEO Valuenex
Ichiro Nakatomi President and CEO NanoCarrier
Koichi Narasaki Chief operating officer Midokura
Ganapathy Nathan General manager and head of open innovation and intellectual property Wipro
Makoto Ogino Professor Tokyo University of Science
Maki Ohmizu Senior vice president, legal, compliance and intellectual property Fujitsu
Ragnar Olson Partner Global IP Law Group
Grant Philpott Principal director, information and communications technology European Patent Office
Guy Proulx Chairman and CEO Transpacific IP
Takuya Saito Vice president Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office
Paul Saraceni Vice president, global IP transactions and licensing Nike
Simon Schuster Head of patents, trademarks and design protection Audi China
Hiro Seki Senior vice president and general manager, Asia Acacia Research
Anindya Sircar Associate vice president and head of IP cell Infosys Limited
Anan Sivananthan Vice president, legal services Creative Technology
Bin Sun Director and head of patents BOE Technology Group
Sohei Suzuki Senior general manager, intellectual property Sony
Stefan Tamme Vice president of IP strategy Rambus Inc
Yingyong Tanthanapongphan IP manager Siam Cement Group
Marco Tong Senior licensing director ZTE Corporation
Hideo Toyoda Director, IP Centre Panasonic
Susumu Tsugaru Senior vice president and head of Philips IP&S, Japan Philips
Roger Tu Senior vice president MiiCs & Partners
John Veschi Chief Executive Officer Marquis Technologies
John Veschi CEO Marquis Technologies
Toshiya Watanabe Professor, Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology University of Tokyo
Marnie Williams Group general counsel Unitised Building Group
Marcus Woo Vice president and general counsel HTC
Travis Wu Director of intellectual resource planning Wispro Technology Consulting Corporation
Yasuhisa Yamaguchi Managing director DBJ Capital
Takafumi Yamamoto President TODAI TLO, Ltd
Hisao Yamasaki Managing director Syndefense
Hidehiro Yokoo Secretary general Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Cabinet Secretariat
Shigeharu Yoshii CEO IP Bridge
Michael N Zachary Partner Kenyon & Kenyon

Biographies

Toyotaka Abe

Toyotaka Abe supports clients in patent prosecution, IP transactions (patent sales, acquisitions and licensing), patent litigation, government relations and other related areas, with legal and business acumen that he acquired through both significant in-house and law firm experience. Before joining TMI Associates in 2014, which is one of Japan’s Big Five law firms, Mr Abe was the director of intellectual property at Microsoft Japan. Mr Abe originally joined Microsoft in 2007 at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where he was engaged in international patent matters in Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr Abe practised patent law at law firms in Japan and the United States for 10 years, during which he handled patent matters in the fields of electrical engineering, semiconductors, software and mechanical engineering, amongst others. He is licensed as a patent attorney in Japan and an attorney at law in California.

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Kasim Alfalahi

Kasim Alfalahi has been senior 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 product manager, IP rights, responsible for patenting in the area of mobile systems for North America. In 1999 Mr Alfalahi was appointed director of patent licensing. Under his lead, Ericsson went from being a net payer to being a net receiver of royalty income, with more than 100 patent licensing agreements in place. The IP rights and licensing group’s income now contributes significantly to Ericsson’s bottom line, with more than $1 billion net annual revenue. Ericsson holds the strongest patent portfolio in mobile telecommunications, comprising more than 35,000 issued patents.

Mr Alfalahi received his MSc in engineering and management from Linköping Institute of Technology, Sweden. He speaks Arabic, English, Spanish and Swedish.

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Erich Andersen

Erich Andersen is vice president and deputy general counsel for Microsoft Corporation, and leads the IP group.

Mr Andersen joined Microsoft in 1995 and has worked on legal, regulatory, technical and policy issues, handling many of the company’s strategic relations with partners. He led the Europe, Middle East and Africa legal and government affairs team from Paris for three years. He was also previously vice president and deputy general counsel for Microsoft’s Office and Windows product divisions.

Previously, Mr Andersen served as law clerk at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland, Oregon and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He started law practice with Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle.

Mr Andersen graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and from UCLA School of Law, where he was chief managing editor of the law review. 

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Ira Blumberg

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

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

Mr Blumberg has a JD from the University of Virginia and a BS (applied science) and MS (computer science) from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Xuxin Cheng

Xuxin Cheng is vice president and deputy director of the IP rights department at Huawei. One of Mr Cheng’s responsibilities is the development and management of Huawei’s global IP assets. Mr Cheng has been deeply involved in patent prosecution and patent evaluation. He graduated from the Intellectual Property School of Peking University in 1998, after which he joined the Huawei IP department.

 

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Min Sheo Choi

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

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

He obtained a BS in physics from Sogang University and an MS in information and communications engineering from KAIST. He has also completed PhD coursework in bio and brain engineering at KAIST.

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Paul Davis

Paul E Davis is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Tessera Technologies, Inc. Before joining the company he was an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate securities matters and corporate governance. Mr Davis holds a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and BA degrees in history and political science from the University of California, San Diego. While at Hastings he was magna cum laude, order of the coif and a managing editor on the Hastings Law Journal.

 

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Murali Dharan

Murali Dharan has guided the growth of IPValue from a start-up to an industry leader, helping partners to generate over $1.4 billion in IP revenues. He joined the company in 2002 as executive vice president and became CEO in 2007. He is passionate about technology and is committed to upholding the principle of return on invention, serving marquee partners in their endeavour to earn a fair return on their IP portfolios, thus contributing to a vibrant and virtuous R&D cycle. 

Previously, he held executive roles at various technology companies, including executive vice president at Preview Systems, vice president and general manager at Silicon Graphics and vice president and general manager at NEC. He started his career as a research computer scientist at Amoco Production Company (now BP). He holds an Indian undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, a master’s in computer science from Indiana University and an MBA from Stanford University.

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Julia Elvidge

As president, Julia Elvidge has been a vital part of building Chipworks into a globally recognised leader in patent and competitive technical intelligence for the world’s largest semiconductor and electronics companies. Her extensive knowledge of technology products and strategic IP issues has enabled her to provide invaluable insight and guidance to Chipworks’ customers.

Ms Elvidge joined Chipworks in 1994 and was named president in 2003. Her extensive industry experience and business leadership have helped Chipworks to earn the respect and trust of IP groups and their legal counsel around the globe. Thanks to her strategic insights and recommendations, Chipworks helps clients to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in patent licences – often saving as much in royalty payments.

Ms Elvidge has served on several boards and is a well-regarded speaker at IP industry events such as IPBC, the Licensing Executives Society and IP Strategy Summits. 

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Christine Emmanuel

Christine Emmanuel manages CSIRO’s IP team and is responsible for its IP portfolio; she also manages its investment portfolio.

She began her science career at Ciba Geigy (United Kingdom) in 1989. Her IP career commenced at the Australian Patent Office (1992), before working under UK and European law in private practice. She later joined Unilever’s patent department as in-house counsel (United Kingdom), then returned to Australia in 1999 and worked for two leading patent attorney firms before moving in-house to practise intellectual property at CSIRO.

She is a registered patent and trademark attorney in Australia and New Zealand, a fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) and a member of IPTA’s Commercialisation and Education Relations Committees.

She is passionate about managing intellectual property in order to best transition from innovation to impact, developing tools for strategic IP management, driving science direction and positioning for commercialisation.

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Cindy Faatz

Cindy Faatz is an associate general counsel and the director of the standards group in the legal and policy group at Intel Corporation. In that role, she is responsible for overseeing Intel's involvement in standard-setting and related organisations. Before her current role, Ms Faatz was the director of the Intel patent group, responsible for overseeing the development of Intel's worldwide patent portfolio. Ms Faatz has been with Intel for 30 years, starting as a product engineer before joining the legal team in 1993, where she has worked in a variety of roles focused on patents and intellectual property. She received her BSEE from Stanford and her JD from Santa Clara University, magna cum laude.

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Jack Fijolek

Jack Fijolek is a senior vice president and the chief technology officer of Transpacific IP, the only full-service IP company based in Asia. Mr Fijolek leads the analytics practice, advising the team and overseeing the research diligence for client deliverables, licensing materials and litigation support. With many years of IP experience in patent portfolio creation and monetisation campaigns, he also evaluates portfolios for investment and acquisition.

Before joining Transpacific IP, Mr Fijolek led advanced research groups as an architect and an inventor, producing internet media, broadband software and hardware telecommunications products. Earlier, he was a contributor and editor for various standards-setting organisations, representing AT&T Bell Labs and 3Com.

Mr Fijolek earned an MSc in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and DeVry University. He is registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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John Flock

John Flock has been valuing patents for 25 years – including one of 2014’s largest deals, the acquisition of Motorola patents by Lenovo. He brings a unique perspective to valuation by using his litigation and negotiation experience to determine a real-world enforceable value. His clients include Fortune 500 companies and his cases have twice been selected as among the National Law Journal’s Jury Verdicts of the Year.

Mr Flock has received recognition from numerous independent publications, including the IAM Strategy 300, the Legal 500 United States and Managing Intellectual Property.

Mr Flock is a member of Kenyon's executive committee and co-chair of its electrical/computer practice group. He has a degree in physics and served as an assistant district attorney in New York City for nine years. 

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Mattia Fogliacco

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

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

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

 

 

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Eeva Hakoranta

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

Working for many years at the intersection of business, intellectual property and competition law, Ms Hakoranta has closed hundreds of agreements, managed complex litigation and enforcement projects and been deeply involved in defining IP terms for major transactions – including the sale of Nokia’s devices and services business to Microsoft. In her current role she is involved in matters involving fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, where Nokia’s approach is recognised as industry best practice.

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

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

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Norishige Hayakawa

Norishige Hayakawa is a strategist and business enabler at Mitsui & Co, a leading trading and investment house. Previously, he was chief strategy officer and chief innovation officer at IP Bridge Inc. Mr Hayakawa commercialises dozens of IP portfolios of operating companies, universities and research institutes in Japan and the United States and manages investments in IP valuation and exchange platforms. 

Previously, Mr Hayakawa worked in the creation of new businesses and national infrastructure projects for Mitsui & Co. He established several new companies and organisations – including joint ventures with Komatsu, Panasonic and Tellhow – in various fields, such as machinery, telecommunications, building engineering and smart town development. He graduated from Waseda University with a BD in political economics in 1987.

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Yukio Hiramatsu

Yukio Hiramatsu is a professor of the Graduate Institute of Intellectual Property at the Osaka Institute of Technology. He was born in 1953 and graduated with a master’s in electrical engineering from Yokohama National University in 1978, after which he immediately joined the research laboratories of NTT Public Corporation (now NTT). He was involved in R&D on packet switching systems and their standardisation. Mr Hiramatsu served as chair of ITU Telecommunication Study Group 11 from 2001 to 2008, as convener and vice chair of the Third Generation Partnership Project’s System and Architecture Working Group 2 from 1999 to 2001, and as chair of the Telecommunication Technology Committee Industrial Property Rights Committee - Japan from April 2006 to the present. He has been a professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since April 2005.

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Heath Hoglund

Heath Hoglund is vice president and chief patent counsel at Dolby in San Francisco, where he has global responsibility for patents, trademarks and copyrights. In this role he also oversees Dolby's patent licensing programmes, where he has led significant year-over growth. He has successfully built quality strategic portfolios, both organically and through acquisitions. Mr Hoglund has served in a number of leadership roles at the American Bar Association and the San Francisco IP Law Association. Before joining Dolby, Mr Hoglund founded Hoglund & Pamias, a full-service IP law firm in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he represented a broad range of clients in the federal courts and at the US Patent and Trademark Office. He also served as an adjunct professor of patent law at the University of Puerto School of Law. He holds a JD (cum laude), an MS and a BS (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota.

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Peter Holden

Peter Holden is president of ipCreate – a pioneer in invention-on-demand that works with companies to generate and patent inventions to speed, quality and business relevance to complement their own internal R&D efforts and better respond to rapid market and technology changes.

Before ipCreate, Mr Holden was senior vice president of IPVALUE Management Inc, a leader in IP agency transactions that generated over $1.3 billion and was sold to Vector Capital Inc. Before IPVALUE, Mr Holden founded the IP investment group at Coller Capital LP (a global secondaries fund) and led the investment and monetisation of thousands of patents, delivering top-quartile returns to investors without litigation.

In 1999 he founded Invisible Hand LLC (New York), an IP venture fund focused on acquiring fundamental IP positions, and repurposing these into founders’ equity in early-stage companies.  Previously Mr Holden lived in Japan for several years working for Panasonic on international technology transfer transactions.

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Wei-Fu Hsu

Wei-Fu Hsu is corporate vice president and general counsel of MediaTek Inc. Since joining MediaTek in 2003, he has developed its legal department into one of the largest in Taiwan. Previously, he practised at several leading international US law firms and was a senior circuit design engineer at National Semiconductor Corporation. 

Mr Hsu was named among the top 100 most influential in-house counsel in the Asia-Pacific region in The Legal 500 2014, was listed in The IAM Strategy 300 2015 and was invited to take part in The Financial Times’ 2015 Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyer programme. He was also a driving force behind Taiwan’s 2013 Trade Secret Law.

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

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Adrienne Huesca

Adrienne Huesca manages IP operations for Jawbone, a consumer technology leader that builds beautiful hardware products and software platforms that are powered by data science. She is an adviser for Pipeline Capital Partners, a seed-stage enterprise and consumer technology venture fund. She is also a mentor at The Mill, a start-up and idea accelerator. She is an active adviser to start-ups of various stages, specialising in small founding teams, growth-stage multimillion-dollar companies with several hundred employees and everything in between. Ms Huesca joined Jawbone through the acquisition of Massive Health, where she served as director of operations, driving people operations, legal and finance for the company. Previously, she held a support role at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, after beginning her career at Pebble Beach Resorts. Ms Huesca earned her bachelor of science degree in business administration from California State University, Monterey Bay. 

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Miguel Iglesias

Miguel Iglesias started his career with Questel 12 years ago as a sales executive based in Paris, France. Prior to that, after obtaining a master’s degree in technical and economical translation from the Sorbonne University, Mr Iglesias worked as a technical translator, specialising in patents. In 2008 Mr Iglesias relocated to the United States as Questel’s sales manager for the Americas. He was recently promoted to sales director, his current position.

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Hitoshi Ito

Hitoshi Ito has served as commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry since July 2014. He supervises JPO policy initiatives that are aimed at creating the world’s fastest and highest-quality IP system. He also leads the JPO’s drives to offer IP support to small and medium-sized enterprises and venture firms that play a key role in Japan’s regional economies, and to promote greater international harmonisation of IP systems.

Prior to his current role, Mr Ito served as director general of Japan’s Reconstruction Agency, focusing on efforts to revitalise the Fukushima area following the accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. Prior to that, he was director general of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency’s Business Environment Department and councillor to the Cabinet Secretariat.

Mr Ito is a graduate of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Economics.

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Kevin Jakel

Kevin Jakel is the founder and CEO of Unified Patents Inc, a defensive entity designed to deter non-practising entity activity from strategic technologies. Mr Jakel has over 12 years’ experience in intellectual property and, before founding Unified Patents, served as Intuit's head of IP litigation.

Mr Jakel practised as a patent litigator with Kaye Scholer LLP and Howrey LLP, and also advised clients on IP strategy and patent prosecution. Before private practice, he began his career in intellectual property as a patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Mr Jakel has a JD from George Washington University Law School and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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William Jasprizza

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

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

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

Mr Jasprizza is based at Intralink’s Tokyo offices and speaks Japanese fluently. 

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Steve Joroff

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

Mr Joroff has extensive global experience in selling and licensing all forms of intellectual property. He has been with IBM for 10 years, building IP acquisition and investment programmes, including business development and evaluation. He became director of the Asia-Pacific IP licensing team in 2012 and is responsible for protecting and enhancing the value of IBM’s business through management and monetisation of the IBM IP portfolio in Asia-Pacific. Since joining IBM, Mr Joroff has led groups of technical and legal experts that assess and execute all types of IP transactions. 

Mr Joroff has previous IP experience working for Alcatel-Lucent and Telcordia Technologies.

Mr Joroff is a certified licensing professional with an MBA in finance and an MS in materials engineering, both from Rutgers University, New Jersey.

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Minoru Kato

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

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

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

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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.

Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures in 2010, Mr Katoh spent over three decades with Fujitsu. While at Fujitsu, after several overseas postings, he returned to Japan and became general counsel, leading the company’s IP and legal groups. Other executive positions he held at Fujitsu include chairman and CEO of Fujitsu Management Services of America in Silicon Valley, senior vice president of Fujitsu Laboratories – where he was in charge of developing the company’s technology roadmap – and executive vice president of Fujitsu Research Institute. 

Mr Katoh has also been involved in various policy and regulatory discussions surrounding intellectual property and the Internet.

Mr Katoh holds law degrees from the University of Tokyo (LLB) and the University of Michigan (LLM), and is a member of the Washington DC and New York state Bars. 

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Hiroshi Kawana

Hiroshi Kawana is general manager of the IP department at KDDI Corporation, which provides mobile and fixed-line communications services under the brand name au, as well as various applications and other services in Japan and abroad.

Mr Kawana is responsible for all of KDDI’s IP activities, including IP portfolio development, licensing and litigation. He has more than 15 years’ experience in intellectual property.

Mr Kawana is a registered patent attorney in Japan.

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Joo Sup Kim

Joo Sup Kim is a vice president of the IP centre at LG Electronics and manages the team responsible for litigation, licensing, counselling, open source and copyright. Dr Kim joined LG Electronics in 2011 after spending several decades at other LG affiliates (Goldstar, LG Semicon and LG Display). Dr Kim’s career in the IP industry spans almost 30 years, with extensive experience in IP litigation and licensing. He has been involved in IP matters covering a vast number of technologies, including telecommunications, consumer electronics, liquid crystal displays, organic light-emitting diodes and semiconductors.

Dr Kim's expertise includes both offensive and defensive matters through strategic litigation and licensing. He has successfully managed numerous strategic IP transactions, M&A transactions and alliances.
 
Dr Kim received a PhD in law from Kookmin University, a master’s in IP law from the Franklin Pierce Law Centre (United States) and a bachelor’s in electronics engineering from Hanyang University.

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Kwang Jun Kim

Kwang Jun Kim is the president and CEO of Intellectual Discovery Co. Based in Seoul, it is the oldest IP investment company in Asia. Mr Kim has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, negotiator and executive in major global law firms, corporations and investment firms. He has been named as a Leading IP Strategist by Intellectual Asset Management and is also president of the Licensing Executives Society Korea. He is a faculty member of the International IP Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre in Seoul and an adjunct professor of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Mr Kim has published the papers “Comparative Review of IP”, in Intellectual Asset Management (Issue 62), and “IP Landscapes in the US, Japan and Korea”. He also received the National Merit Award in electronics and information technology from the Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in 2014.

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Naoto Koizuka

Naoto Koizuka is general manager of the industrial finance and research consulting department and chief researcher in the IP consulting department at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co, Ltd.

Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co, Ltd is one of the most influential think tanks in Japan. Dr Koizuka mainly engages in government-funded research and consulting projects. Such projects cover a broad range of topics, but principally involve IP strategy and legal systems.

 

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Takashi Komoro

Takashi Komoro is managing director of the IP department at NTT DoCoMo, Inc. He is responsible for developing and implementing DoCoMo’s overall IP rights strategies, making effective use of the company’s portfolio of more than 14,000 patents worldwide and supporting its R&D and business units in IP rights issues.

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Tim Kowalski

Tim Kowalski is senior patent counsel at Google, a role he has enjoyed since 2012. Prior to joining Google, he was lead IP counsel at Motorola and later at Motorola Mobility. Previously, Mr Kowalski worked as an associate at law firms Arnold, White & Durkee and Jenkens & Gilchrist. He received his BS in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and his JD, cum laude, from the John Marshall Law School.

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Matthew Laight

Matthew Laight heads Bird & Bird’s IP group in Asia-Pacific. With over 20 years’ experience in representing multinational companies in China and across Asia, Mr Laight advises on all aspects of intellectual property, covering both contentious and non-contentious matters arising from the protection and monetisation of intellectual property.  

He regularly advises on major IP litigation and is well known for managing complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes, working closely with our network of partner firms and developing strategies for cases across the different legal and regulatory environments in Asia-Pacific.

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Peng Lin

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

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

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

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Yoshio Maeda

Yoshio Maeda is a senior expert in the strategic research planning and advanced research division at Honda R&D Company. The technical fields for which he is responsible are powertrains and energy.

Mr Maeda’s career with Honda spans 30 years. Initially, he participated in advanced research and development of internal combustion engines, after which he spent five years as chief engineer of engine testing at Honda R&D Americas Inc in Ohio, United States. He returned to Honda R&D Tochigi as chief engineer of advanced powertrain research. He was later appointed as manager of the advanced research division, before becoming involved in environment and energy strategy. He subsequently transferred to the advanced research of internal combustion engines department of Wako R&D Centre, where he was responsible for collaborative research with academia.

Mr Maeda is a fellow of the Japan Automotive Engineer Society (JSAE) and a JSAE fellow engineer (combustion engine, research).

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Daniel Oliver Maier

Daniel Maier has more than 15 years' experience as in-house IP counsel, including 10 years managing various IP functions.  Through this, he has gained a rich experience in IP portfolio management and IP transactions.  Mr Maier specialises in the transactional part of the IP value chain, particularly licensing-out, M&A and litigation.

Mr Maier is a European and German patent attorney with an electrical engineering background. Currently he is head of the IP licensing and transaction department of Siemens AG.

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Mike McLean

Mike McLean, senior vice president of IP services at TechInsights, leads a group of patent professionals who help technology organisations to make effective decisions about IP investments and to maximise the returns on those investments. Mr McLean has established a centre of excellence around patent portfolio management and patent assessments. His practice enables data-driven decision making and effective identification of patent assets for enforcement or sale, provides guidance on invention selection and patent acquisition programmes, and ensures the alignment of patent portfolios with IP and business strategy. Since joining TechInsights in 1996, Mr McLean has worked extensively with the technology practices of major law firms, in-house corporate counsel teams of global technology companies and external licensing agencies. Mr McLean’s team supports many of Asia’s leading patent holders through local offices in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.

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Hiroshi Miyauchi

Hiroshi Miyauchi is chief fellow of the R&D division at Toshiba Corporation and a senior adviser on IP matters for the Toshiba Group. He manages, and is responsible for, major IP-related projects, including licensing patents and technologies, counselling and litigation. His career in the IP industry spans 35 years and he has experience in diverse matters, including patent prosecution, licensing and offensive and defensive litigation.

From April 2008 to September 2013, Mr Miyauchi was general manager of the IP division at Toshiba Corporation, and was responsible for promoting and leading Toshiba’s IP activities. During that period, he was also managing director of the Japan Intellectual Property Association.

Prior to that, Mr Miyauchi was general manager of intellectual property for Toshiba’s semiconductor division for five years. He started his career at Toshiba Corporation as a patent engineer in the technical fields of communication and computing.

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Santosh Mohanty

Santosh Mohanty has 30 years’ industry and teaching experience. In his current role as vice president of TCS, he is responsible for IP management, product engineering and the MasterCraft brand, which optimises IT service delivery. His current professional interests include IP portfolio management, enterprise architecture, product design, data management, analytics and organisation modelling. He is a regular speaker and panellist at international conferences. He is on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Industry Advisory Board and the Licensing Executives Society International High-Tech Committee on Information and Technology and Software.

Dr Mohanty has a PhD in mathematical sciences and an MS in computational mathematics from Northern Illinois University (United States). He has been awarded the title of Distinguished IT Architect (Profession Leader) by The Open Group and included in the IAM Strategy 300 2015 as one of the world’s leading IP strategists.

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Tatsuo Nakamura

Tatsuo Nakamura founded VALUENEX Inc in 2006 and is a leading academic, researcher, thought leader and entrepreneur. He created the concept of the search-based visualisation algorithm and developed the panoramic view analytics software tool that was a breakthrough in IP research and big data predictive analytics. This became the foundation of his consultation, licensing and technical solution services business, which is now an industry leader in Japan.

Viewing over 100,000 patents instantly and accurately on an overview radar map allows clients to understand their IP strengths and competitive advantages; identify potential competition or collaboration opportunities by comparing the patent landscapes of different companies; and predict future innovation trends through areas of IP density and ‘white space’. Today, this analytics tool can analyse publication databases of the US Patent and Trademark Office, the Japan Patent Office, the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organisation in English, Japanese and Chinese.

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Ichiro Nakatomi

Ichiro Nakatomi graduated from the Science University of Tokyo and the Graduate School of Northeastern University in 1978. He worked at Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd for 12 years, where he was responsible for research, research planning and business development, before joining TheraTech, Inc in the United States as vice president in charge of business development. TheraTech became a public company at NASDAQ in 1992. Dr Nakatomi left TheraTech in 1999 and founded NanoCarrier in 2000. He is currently president and CEO at NanoCarrier, which became a public company at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2008. Dr Nakatomi is also president of the Licensing Executives Society Japan and executive director at iPS Portal (Kyoto). He plays an active role in Japan’s bioindustries and has over 30 years’ professional experience in R&D, business, finance, management and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, globally.

 

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Koichi Narasaki

Koichi Narasaki is chief operating officer of Midokura, a start-up with network virtualisation technologies and global locations, including Tokyo, Barcelona and San Francisco. Previously, he was chief operating officer at Japanese software vendor ACCESS Co, Ltd and CEO at IP Infusion, Inc in the United States – a network software developer and an ACCESS subsidiary. At ACCESS, Mr Narasaki led smartphone essential patents licensing on a global scale, utilising the Palm Computing patents acquired by ACCESS. The licence revenues for this work totalled more than $150 million.

Previously, Mr Narasaki developed various IT-related businesses, as well as M&A and investment deals for Mitsubishi Corporation. He was also general manager of the telecom network business of the Mitsubishi International Corporation Palo Alto Office in the United States. 

He has a bachelor of economics from Waseda University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a US certified public accountant certificate.

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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 driving Wipro’s IP creation and protection processes.

Mr Nathan has worked for more than 22 years around enterprise application consulting engagements, helping customers 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 re-engineering, application consolidation and business benefits realisation, as well as 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. He is based in Chennai, India and is interested in all aspects of the intersection of technology, intellectual property, economics, IT services and innovation.

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Makoto Ogino

Makoto Ogino teaches classes on topics including IP contract negotiation, IP litigation and dispute resolution and international contract law for the master’s of IP department of the Tokyo University of Science Graduate School for Innovation Studies. He is also head of the department. Before being appointed professor in April 2012, Professor Ogino worked for Hitachi Ltd and Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc as manager and general manager, directing patent licensing projects for more than 20 years.

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

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Maki Ohmizu

Maki Ohmizu is deputy head of the legal, compliance and IP unit at Fujitsu Limited. Mr Ohmizu started his career in 1989 in the legal division at Fujitsu, where he worked on various patent licensing negotiations and litigations in the field of semiconductors, notably including Fujitsu Limited v Texas Instruments Inc. In 2011 he was appointed as director of the legal department, external relations and strategies at Fujitsu Limited, representing the company in IP negotiations and litigations. In 2013 he was appointed as senior vice president of Fujitsu’s IP unit, a position he held until his most recent appointment as deputy head of legal, compliance and intellectual property.

Mr Ohmizu graduated from Hokkaido University with a BA in law and received his LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is admitted to practise law in New York.

Ohmizu graduated from Hokkaido University with a BA in law and received his LL.M. degree from the Law School of University of Pennsylvania.  He is admitted to practice law in New York.

 

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Ragnar Olson

Ragnar Olson is a partner of Global IP Law Group. Mr Olson advises numerous companies and individual inventors regarding the monetisation of their patent portfolios. He has negotiated significant licence and sale agreements with large corporations and non-practising entities throughout the world.

Before joining Global IP, Mr Olson was the director of Ocean Tomo’s patent transactions group, focusing predominantly on transactions through public auctions. Before Ocean Tomo, Mr Olson worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration and testified numerous times in Federal Court.

Mr Olson holds a degree in chemistry (economics minor) from the University of Indiana, a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a certificate in intellectual property and an MSIT from Northwestern University.

Mr Olson is registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office and is licensed to practise law within the state of Illinois. 

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Grant Philpott

Grant Philpott has been principal director in the search and examination area of the European Patent Office (EPO) since March 2012. In 2014 he brought together the EPO’s computer and telecommunications patenting operations; he now manages the resultant information and communication technology unit, comprising nearly 700 highly qualified patent examiners based in The Hague and Munich.

Before 2012 Mr Philpott was responsible for the EPO’s semiconductor patenting directorate in Munich. During his 25 years at the EPO he has worked across a broad range of technical fields (including mechanics and industrial chemistry), as a committee member of the European qualifying exam, in the EPO Controlling Office and for several automation projects. Before joining the EPO, Mr Philpott spent several years as an engineering officer in the British Army and as director of the Brazilian subsidiary of a German electrical components manufacturer. He holds an engineering degree from Cambridge University.

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Guy Proulx

Guy Proulx is the founder, chairman and CEO of Transpacific IP, the only full-service IP company based in Asia. Since its foundation in 2004, the company has grown tenfold and has established several offices in key technology areas throughout Asia. As an influential figure in the IP industry, Mr Proulx is a guest speaker at industry conferences globally, an adviser to governments and academic institutions and one of the world’s leading strategists – as named in the IAM Strategy 300 from 2012 to 2015.

Mr Proulx has more than 25 years’ experience advising start-up companies on critical IP and business issues, including IP strategy, portfolio development, acquisitions and licensing, as well as company formation, business capitalisation, strategic planning and general management. He earned a BSc in nuclear engineering at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute and served as a nuclear-trained and qualified officer in the US Navy.

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Takuya Saito

Takuya Saito joined Shobayashi International Patent and Trademark Office in 2003. He manages domestic and international patent applications, prosecution, legal disputes and litigation in the field of software-related inventions and copyright. Mr Saito served as a collaborative researcher at Tamai Laboratory in the University of Tokyo Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology from 1997 to 1998 and 2007 to 2009. In 2007 and 2008 he planned and managed “IP Week”, a seminar held in Washington DC, sponsored by Professor Tamai of Tamai Laboratory, Judge Rader of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and George Washington University. Mr Saito also manages IP strategy consulting, including outsourcing, IP research, IP due diligence and domestic and international business strategy and promotion.

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Paul Saraceni

Paul Saraceni is vice president, global IP transactions and licensing at Nike, where he leads the team responsible for Nike’s IP-related transactions.

Previously, Mr Saraceni was chief IP officer of RPX for six years, helping to take the patent aggregator from venture-backed start-up to publicly traded company. Prior to joining RPX, Mr Saraceni was vice president and associate general counsel, IP strategy and transactions at Yahoo! and senior IP counsel at Intel. Before moving in-house, he was a partner in IP boutique law firm Derwin & Siegel and a patent litigation attorney at 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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Simon Schuster

Simon Schuster has headed the patent, trademark and design protection department of Audi China, a subsidiary of Audi AG, since 2014.

He is responsible for and supports matters of patent, trademark and design protection in China and Asia – including prosecution, litigation, licensing and IP analysis – as well as the IP-driven development of the innovation processes and culture of the company’s R&D centre in Beijing.

Mr Schuster received a master’s from the Technical University of Munich and is admitted to practise as a German and European patent attorney.

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Hiro Seki

Hiro Seki joined Acacia in 2013 as senior vice president and general manager, Asia. He began his more than 30-year IP career at Hitachi Ltd, where he led international licensing programmes and litigations covering a variety of technologies and products. He was head of 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 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. He holds a BS and MS in physics from Waseda University, Tokyo.

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Anindya Sircar

Anindya Sircar is associate vice president and head of intellectual property at Infosys Limited, and is responsible for the company’s IP activities. Prior to this, he was head of the IP department at Biocon Group – a premier biotechnology company – where he was instrumental in setting up its IP practices.

Dr Sircar has the unique distinction of two PhDs – one in science and the other in law. During his long professional involvement in intellectual property, he has worked extensively in almost all IP fields and has spearheaded several acquisition programmes. He featured in the Lex Witness Hall of Fame – Top 50 as a prominent player in India’s legal sector in 2010. He is also a registered patent agent and a certified IP valuation analyst. Dr Sircar is visiting faculty on intellectual property at several law schools and institutes and is on the editorial board of several journals and magazines.

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Anan Sivananthan

Anan Sivananthan is vice president of legal services at Creative Technology Ltd, the world's leading soundcard manufacturer and a leader in the personal digital entertainment space.Mr Sivananthan oversees Creative's legal matters globally, with a focus on contentious matters and worldwide IP litigation, registration and enforcement. He also handles Creative's anti-counterfeiting activities and is responsible for the management of its IP portfolio. Before joining Creative, Mr Sivananthan worked at Drew & Napier, specialising in IP litigation and general contract disputes. Mr Sivananthan obtained his LLB (Hons) from Queen Mary College, University of London. He 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 awardedALB Southeast Asia In-House Lawyer of the Year in 2006 and was a finalist in 2007.

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Bin Sun

Bin Sun is head of the IP management centre at BOE Technology Group. Managing a team of 80 IP professionals, she is responsible for IP-related matters – including patent prosecution, acquisition, licensing, litigation, negotiation of IP terms in commercial deals, IP due diligence in investment and M&A matters – for the group and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining BOE, Dr Sun worked for an international law firm at its offices in Washington DC and Silicon Valley.  

Dr Sun holds a PhD in material chemistry – with a minor in electrical engineering – from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a JD from Santa Clara University.

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Sohei Suzuki

After graduating from Keio University, Sohei Suzuki joined Sony Corporation in April 1986. He currently serves as senior general manager of its IP division.  

At Sony Corporation, Mr Suzuki oversees the IP group – which is spread throughout the world – and is primarily responsible for all IP matters that involve the Sony group and third parties. These include licensing, litigation, enforcement, transactions and standard related activities. The IP group also handles various IP-centric strategic alliances, partnerships and other initiatives, such as incubation, procurement, divestment and development of IP assets. The group has members in Tokyo who work closely with their counterparts at Sony entities in the United States, Europe, China and Taiwan.

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Stefan Tamme

Stefan Tamme joined Rambus in 2004 and is vice president of IP strategy. In this role, he leads the strategic development of Rambus's patent portfolio and the implementation of the company's IP monetisation strategies through its licensing programme and solutions business. His responsibilities include licensing, standards activities and strategic transactions. Before this position, he served as Rambus's director of global business enablement, where he led the company’s strategic alliance programme and the worldwide reseller channel.

Mr Tamme has over 20 years’ global electronics industry experience, ranging from semiconductors to systems and software. He has been involved with technology commercialisation in a range of companies such as Bosch, as well as several mid-sized companies and successful start-ups. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and an MSEE from the Leibniz University, Hannover, and is secretary of the Licensing Executives Society High-Tech Sector. He has been named in the IAM Strategy 300.

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Yingyong Tanthanapongphan

Yingyong Tanthanapongphan is IP manager at the corporate technology office of Siam Cement Group (SCG). Established in 2006, the corporate technology office is the strategic unit for technology and IP management and commercialisation at SCG. Since 2009 Mr Tanthanapongphan has implemented IP management platforms across business units. The platforms encompass IP creation, IP protection and IP commercialisation. These projects have been integrated into business functions and have had a significant impact on SCG’s business performance and growth. Mr Tanthanapongphan recently shifted his focus to the development of IP valuation and licensing at SCG.

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

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Marco Tong

Marco Tong is senior licensing director of ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. Mr Tong leads ZTE’s patent licensing and IP monetisation projects all over the world. His work covers licence negotiation, IP-rights policy research, business strategy, industry cooperation and investment. His team is exploring all possible approaches to IP management and utilisation in the Chinese market environment.

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Hideo Toyoda

Hideo Toyoda leads worldwide IP-related activities for the Panasonic Group as a director of the IP centre at Panasonic Corporation.

In 1980 he started his business career in the R&D division at Panasonic headquarters, where he was engaged in the development of display device technology. In 2012 he was appointed to his current position, after he had served as head of the IP organisation at Panasonic AVC Networks Company for six years.

As a director of the IP organisation at Panasonic Group, Mr Toyoda has  aggressively promoted the monetisation of more than 100,000 of Panasonic’s patents worldwide. He also spearheaded the restructuring of the IP organisation. In 2014 he established a new company – Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co, Ltd – which integrates all IP activities of the Panasonic Group and provides professional business services. He concurrently serves as president of this new company.

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Susumu Tsugaru

Susumu Tsugaru has over 35 years’ experience in the field of intellectual property and has been head of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards Japan since 1998. He leads a team of 25 IP professionals in managing all of Philips’ IP issues in Japan, including licensing-related matters. He has also been involved in the establishment and operation of various pool licences, including One-Blue, One-Red and DVDFLLC.

Before this position, Susumu Tsugaru handled various IP activities – such as IP creation, licensing and litigation – in a major Japanese electric company for 18 years.

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Roger Tu

Roger Tu is senior vice president of MiiCs & Partners, which is exclusively authorised to monetise the patent portfolios of Foxconn’s technology group. With more than 12 years of work experience in IP commercialisation and 18 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr Tu specialises in patent monetisation, licensing and business negotiation, market analysis and new business development. Prior to joining MiiCs & Partners, Mr Tu served in the commercialisation team of Ericsson's IP and licensing business unit, where he was mainly responsible for IP business and network development in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In addition to these core responsibilities, Mr Tu is experienced in IP strategic planning and connecting with law firms, handset original design and original equipment manufacturing companies, chipset companies, high-tech companies and industrial analysts.

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John Veschi

John is the CEO of Marquis after serving as the founding CEO of Rockstar Consortium from 2011 to 2015. His leadership, engineering and patent experience span more than three decades and cover all aspects of IP. John built and led the core of the Marquis team while at Rockstar and as Nortel Networks’ Chief Intellectual Property Officer, where he was instrumental in the historic $4.5B sale.

Prior to Nortel, John was the General Manager of the Intellectual Property business at LSI Corporation, and had similar responsibilities at Agere Systems – the Lucent Microelectronics spinoff. He began his in-house Intellectual Property experience with the formation of Lucent, and was previously in private practice with Foley & Lardner.

Earlier in his career, John served as a Signal Corps Officer in the U.S. Army, and was an engineering manager in the defense industry.

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John Veschi

John Veschi leads Marquis Technologies, a full-service IP and technology consulting business comprised of most of the former Rockstar and Nortel IP teams. During his tenure as chief IP officer and president of Nortel’s IP business, Mr Veschi built and led the team behind the historic Nortel patent auction, and he continued to develop and lead this team as the CEO of Rockstar. 

Before joining Nortel, Mr Veschi was chief IP counsel and general manager of the IP business at LSI Corporation, and previously held a similar role at Agere Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at Lucent Technologies and in private practice with Foley & Lardner. Mr Veschi holds BSEE, MBA and JD degrees. Before his legal career, he was a US Army officer and a manager for a defence contractor.

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Toshiya Watanabe

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

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

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

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

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Marnie Williams

Marnie Williams is group general counsel of Unitised Building Group, a building construction group with operations in the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Ms Williams manages the group’s legal affairs, IP strategies and IP portfolio. 

Before joining the group in 2009, Ms Williams was Asia-Pacific corporate counsel for London Stock Exchange-listed Associated British Foods plc, with responsibility for its extensive Asia-Pacific IP portfolio and global trademark portfolio. Prior to that, she specialised in commercial and IP litigation as a senior associate at a leading Australian IP law firm. 

Ms Williams has held various board appointments and is currently an elected council member of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine and elected chair of the Law Institute of Victoria’s IP/IT Committee. She holds an LLB and a BSc (Hons), and a mini-MBA from Boston University. She is currently undertaking a PhD in law at Monash University.

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Marcus Woo

Marcus Woo is vice president and general counsel of HTC Corporation. From 2010 until joining HTC in October 2014, he was vice president and general counsel of Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd. Mr Woo has over 20 years’ experience in private practice at several international law firms in New York, Taipei and Beijing. Early in his career, he served as an assistant district attorney in New York City.

Mr Woo’s private practice focused on cross-border litigation, M&A, intellectual property, licensing and corporate and commercial matters, representing numerous multinational companies from a variety of industries.

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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Travis Wu

Travis Wu is director of intellectual resource planning at Wispro Technology Consulting Corporation, a leading IP consulting group in Asia, where he currently focuses on patent brokerage and advanced 5G telecommunication patent landscaping and standardisation. Utilising Wispro’s unique methodology and innovative tools, Mr Wu is passionate about helping high-tech clients to achieve their strategic objectives by aligning their business models with insightful IP planning.

In addition to managing some of the largest Fortune 500 companies, Mr Wu is enthusiastic about innovation, entrepreneurship and venture investment, and is deeply involved in the relevant IP fields. Mr Wu co-founded the Taipei chapter of the Start-up Leadership Programme (SLP), the first global non-profit entrepreneur programme to be launched in Taiwan. Since 2012 the SLP has mentored more than 100 fellows – assisting them in raising over $7 million – undertaken two successful acquisitions and become known in Taiwan as the ‘entrepreneur’s MBA’.

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Yasuhisa Yamaguchi

Yasuhisa Yamaguchi is managing director of DBJ Capital, the venture capital division of the Development Bank of Japan (a Japanese government financial institution). After 20 years conducting long-term financing and business development for ventures, he created the venture capital company IP Development & Investment Inc. He has also operated the IP Development Fund, which focuses on investment in intellectual property for the first time in Japan, since 2006. Mr Yamaguchi has invested mainly in Japanese high-tech ventures, including IP investment. Although focusing on seed and early stage, he has a good track record of seven initial public offerings and two mergers and acquisitions, within 50 portfolio companies. He now manages $65 million-worth of assets for two funds, including the IP Development Fund. Mr Yamaguchi received a BA from Kyushu University and an MPhil degree from Cambridge University.

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Takafumi Yamamoto

Takafumi Yamamoto is CEO and president of TODAI TLO, Ltd, a technology licensing organisation of the University of Tokyo.

Mr Yamamoto established the first university-industry technology transfer business. Before that, he worked at Recruit, Ltd as a planner of new business development and technology transfer from universities to industries. He established this business scheme with consulting assistance from Niels Reimers, who was the first director of the Office of Technology Licensing at Stanford University. Mr Yamamoto is also involved with other technology transferring organisations such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkley and the University of California, San Francisco. Mr Yamamoto established the technology management division at Recruit, Ltd in 1998. He joined TODAI TLO as CEO in July 2000.

Mr Yamamoto is also a board member of the University Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer (Association of Unit Technology Members Japan).

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Hisao Yamasaki

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

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

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Hidehiro Yokoo

Hidehiro Yokoo has been secretary general of the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters of the Cabinet Secretariat since 2014. He has an LLB from the University of Tokyo (1982) and an MSc from Georgetown University.

In 1982 Mr Yokoo joined the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) (now the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI)). From 1994 to 1996 he was division deputy director of the MITI International Trade Policy Bureau. From 1998 to 2000 he was executive director of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) Singapore. He later held various positions at METI, including division director of the Commerce and Information Policy Bureau (2005-2007), minister’s secretariat (2007-2008), director general of the Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau (2013-2014), president of JETRO (2011-2013), department director general of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency (2008-2009) and department director general of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (2009-2011).

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Shigeharu Yoshii

Shigeharu Yoshii has been a professional corporate executive for over 20 years, including becoming the youngest member of the corporate compliance committee of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren). His career includes nearly every aspect of corporate management, from general counsel, to human relations, to brand management. 

At Coca-Cola Japan he gained a deep appreciation of intellectual property, when he led the reorganisation of the corporate brand while he was general counsel. As a turn-around manager at Ascii – a major Japanese IT publisher – he revived neglected intellectual property and successfully monetised it, turning it into a thriving company. He also turned Sanyo into a profitable company as its top executive, owing in part to monetising intellectual property but also to the strengthening of Sanyo’s organisational capacity for sophisticated IP litigation.

Currently, as CEO of IP Bridge, he is pushing for an organisation that will facilitate open innovation, with a particular emphasis on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises and universities.

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Michael N Zachary

Michael Zachary focuses his practice on IP litigation and enforcement, and regularly represents clients in patent infringement, trade secret, trademark and other IP litigation cases. He also counsels clients on a variety of technology and IP agreements, including design and development, manufacturing and supply, product evaluation and patent and trademark licence agreements. He has represented large, mid-size and start-up companies based in the United States, Japan and Europe, including Volkswagen, Skype, Amazon, Wacom, PRISM Pharma and Boston Scientific. In 2014 he was recognised as a California IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property.

Mr Zachary joined Kenyon in 2013 from an IP boutique, where he was a partner. Mr Zachary is a graduate of Harvard Law School (1983) and Columbia University (1978). 

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