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Weston Anson

Chairman at CONSOR 7342 Girard Avenue La Jolla USA

Gwilym Attwell

Principal at Fish & Richardson P.C.
Gwilym is a Principal in Fish & Richardson's Delaware office. His practice is focused on patent prosecution, opinion work, due diligence, strategy, post-grant proceedings (IPRs and PGRs), and client counseling in the fields of biotechnology, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.   

Nick Baciu

Director at Ocean Tomo
Nick is a Director in Ocean Tomo's Valuation practice in San Francisco, California. The practice area appraises intellectual property for acquisitions and divestitures, bankruptcy and restructuring, establishment of intellectual property monetization strategies including licensing, mergers and joint venture/partnership formations, litigation support, and financial reporting and tax matters. Mr. Baciu is also the current Chair of the LES Valuation & Pricing Committee.   

Jeff Bartholomew

Shareholder at Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C.
Jeff Bartholomew is a shareholder with the Denver-based law firm of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. His areas of practice include advising startup, emerging, and seasoned business clients on matters of IP protection, licensing transactions, formation and structuring, capital raising, and exits (mergers and acquisitions). Prior to practicing law, Mr. Bartholomew was a research engineer for a major manufacturing corporation. Mr. Bartholomew earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona and J.D. and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Denver. He is the chair of the LES IP Management Standards for Startups Committee.   

Seema Basu

Director, Licensing and Strategic Collaborations at Innovation at Partners HealthCare Innovation
As Market Sector Leader, Seema Basu, PhD, directs the strategy for open innovation and strategic research collaborations. She leads a team responsible for enabling strategic corporate alliances and new initiatives, such as the Innovation Fellows Program for career development and collaboration with industry. The team also manages licensing and partnering of IP portfolios from Regenerative Medicine, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, and MGH Center for Global Health. She represents Partners at numerous national and regional organizations. She has more than a decade of deep experience in industry-academic collaborations and IP & licensing at Partners and Harvard and a successful laboratory career at Parke-Davis and Albany Medical Center. She earned her PhD from the University of Notre Dame.   

Oren Ben Dor

Director, Global Tax Planning and M&A at Microsoft Corporation
Oren is a Director of Global Tax Planning and M&A at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to joining Microsoft, Oren was a Senior Manager in the EY Silicon Valley office focusing on M&A, and a tax attorney with two large New York City law firms. Oren has earned an L.L.M degree (with Distinction, Dean's List) from the Georgetown University Law Center, and an L.L.B degree from the Tel Aviv University Law School. Mr. Ben Dor has been a member of the NY Bar since 2010 and of the Israel Bar since 2007.   

Bill Berlinger

Manager of Tech Licensing at Catepillar Inc.

Ivan Bilaniuk

Partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 610 Washington USA
Ivan W. Bilaniuk is an international business partner in Dinsmore’s Washington, DC office. A focus of his practice is international trade and regulatory compliance. As part of his practice, Mr. Bilaniuk counsels on export controls (Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)); Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) trade sanctions; and applications to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).   

Scott R. Boalick

PTAB at US Patent and Trade Office
Scott leads the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in conducting post-grant trials, including inter partes reviews, and post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, and hearing appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings. Before joining the USPTO, Scott served as a patent attorney with the Department of the Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Laboratory.   

Kevin Boggs

Director, Office of Technology Development at Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee USA
As Director of the MCW Office of Technology Development I provide principal leadership for the OTD, setting the strategic direction for the Office and managing key relationships. I have significant experience leading intellectual property licensing, negotiations, translational research and tech marketing efforts at organizations such as the University of Florida, University of Memphis, RTI International and AGTC. I serve on the Wisconsin Technology Council board and am Co-Chair the Wisconsin chapter of LES.   

Mihaela Bojin, PhD, CLP

Senior Licensing Associate at University of Iowa Research Foundation
Mihaela is a Senior Licensing Associate at the University of Iowa Research Foundation. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from Cornell University. She is a Certified Licensing Professional and a registered patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mihaela has extensive experience in Intellectual capital management in a variety of technical areas (such as therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics). Academia and Technology Transfer in the U.S. les Nouvelles - Journal of the Licensing Executives Society, Volume LIV No. 2, June 2019 Mihaela D. Bojin https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3380588 VP Meetings - Standards Chair - ISO/TC 279 Innovation Management (Standards) Member - IP Management for Startups (Standards) Past Chair - LES IA Chapter (co-founder)   

Paul Burns

Partner/Attorney/Arbitrator/Mediator at Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
Paul is a nationally-recognized licensing, patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark mediator and arbitrator in U.S. and international disputes who serves on the panels of the American Arbitration Association, CPR and the International Trademark Association based in Los Angeles with offices in Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego and Phoenix. Paul is listed in Best Lawyers® for Patent Law, Copyright Law, Patent Litigation and IP Litigation, and teaches Mediation of Intellectual Property Disputes at Pepperdine Law's top-rated Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Paul serves as Co-Chair of the Licensing Executives Society of the USA and Canada's ADR Committee, Chair of the AIPLA's ADR Committee and as a LES local chapter chair. Paul has also designed and taught Biotechnology Licensing & Litigation for over ten years at a top-30 ranked law school. Paul has been a lawyer for over 25 years and is a partner with the AMLAW 200 law firm Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, where he concentrates his law practice in intellectual property, licensing and litigation. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, as well as before the bars of California, Arizona, Texas, DC, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, the Second Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Court of the United States and numerous U.S. District Courts.   

Katherine Carleton

Intellectual Property Counsel at W.L. Gore and Assoc.
As a corporate counsel, Katherine Carleton collaborates with clients to develop comprehensive intellectual property strategies, including strategies for protecting trade secrets to maximize their value over the lifetime of a technology. Katherine has provided proactive trade secret identification, protection and licensing counseling in a number of technology areas including implantable medical devices.   

Melanie Carmosino

Director, Legal Operations, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft Corporation
Melanie Carmosino is the Director of Legal Operations in the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. In that position, she is responsible for technology, process and project management support of Intellectual Property Group. She oversees the operations and PMO support teams, as well as coordination of the CPA offshore patent services team. Melanie manages domestic and outside counsel procedures, compliance and metrics, forecasting/budget.   

John Carney

Managing Director at China IP Exchange, LLC
John is Managing Director of China IP Exchange, which he founded to continue a successful career providing advanced automotive components and systems to the China market. John works with clients in China to identify and conclude deals for western technology required for Chinese automotive market.   

Eric Castlen

Associate Director, Commercialization and Licensing, Office of Technology Commercialization at University of Kentucky
As Associate Director for Commercialization and Licensing at the University of Kentucky's Office of Technology Commercialization, Eric oversees the licensing process including management and marketing of technology assets, negotiating license terms, drafting related agreements, and monitoring existing agreements. Eric is a registered patent attorney and has been recognized as a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).   

Vinton G. Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google
Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University. Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, Officer of the Legion d’Honneur and 29 honorary degrees. In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year’s “25 Most Intriguing People.”   

Albert Wai-Kit Chan

Law Offices of Albert Wai-Kit Chan, PLLC

Yu-An Chang

Counsel at Hogan Lovells

Peter Chapman

Senior Director, Global Tax Planning at ON Semiconductor
Peter is a Senior Director of Global Tax Planning at ON Semiconductor Corporation where he is responsible for M&A diligence, transfer pricing, and post-acquisition integrations. Prior to joining ON Semiconductor, Peter was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young focused on international tax planning, supply chain design, and intellectual property migrations. Peter has an MBA and B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Indiana.   

Evelyn Chen

Senior Counsel at Ericsson Inc.
Evelyn Chen is Senior Counsel in Ericsson's IP Rights & Licensing group. In her role, Ms. Chen supports Ericsson's patent licensing policies and practices for its industry-leading portfolio of over 49,000 patents. Before joining Ericsson, Ms. Chen was a patent litigator at Sidley Austin LLP. She also clerked for the Honorable David Folsom in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Ms. Chen earned her B.S.E.E. and J.D. from The Univ. of Texas at Austin.   

Kim Chotkowski

Vice President, Head of Licensing Strategy and Operations at InterDigital 200 Bellevue Parkway Wilmington USA

Mike Cohen MBA

Director, Innovation EcoSystem Development, Office of Technology Licensing at University of California - Berkeley
Mike has worked with hundreds of startups and licensed over 100 innovations in areas including biofuels, med devices, nanotech, photovoltaics, robotics, semiconductors, software, smart grid and wireless sensors. Mike cofounded SkyDeck, Berkeley Startup Cluster and QB3 East Bay Innovation Center.   

Paul Cole

Partner at Lucas & Co
Paul Cole has over forty years of practice as a patent attorney, is registered to practice before the UK and European patent offices, and to conduct proceedings for infringement of IP rights before the UK courts. MA in chemistry, Oxford University, LLM from Nottingham Trent University. Author, Fundamentals of Patent Drafting, CIPA, 2006; Editor, The CIPA Guide to the Patents Acts. Visiting Professor, Bournemouth University; CIPA Council Member; AIPLA foreign member.   

Brett Cooper

Principal at McKool Smith PC
Brett Cooper is a principal at McKool Smith and joined in 2008, helping the firm expand into New York. For more than 15 years, Brett has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation, often with technology at the core of the dispute. He has successfully managed numerous litigations in district court as well as the International Trade Commission (ITC). He has also appeared with positive results before the Federal Circuit in appeals related to his work at the trial level. Brett is frequently called upon to lecture on litigation issues. He has been invited to speak at the Practicing Law Institute and at St. John’s School of Law. He has also been interviewed and quoted in news articles that appear in IP360. Brett is admitted in various district courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to joining McKool Smith, Brett clerked for the Honorable Joanna Seybert in the Eastern District of New York and practiced at another major New York law firm. Before (and while) attending law school, Brett was an engineer for the state of New York and later for a joint venture of Air Products and Chemicals and Browning Ferris Industries called American Ref-Fuel Company, which generated energy from refuse and related business activities. Brett is qualified in Fundamentals in Engineering (FE). In his personal life, Brett was elected to Trustee of the Village of Hewlett Neck and volunteers in his local community.   

Adrian Cyhan

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Makan Delrahim

Assistant Attorney General at U.S. Antitrust Division
Makan Delrahim was confirmed on September 27, 2017, as Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division. Mr. Delrahim previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Counsel. Mr. Delrahim’s rich antitrust background covers the full range of industries, issues, and institutions touched upon by the work of the Antitrust Division. He is a former partner in the Los Angeles office of a national law firm. He served in the Antitrust Division from 2003 to 2005 as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, overseeing the Appellate, Foreign Commerce, and Legal Policy sections. During that time, he played an integral role in building the Antitrust Division’s engagement with its international counterparts and was involved in civil and criminal matters. He has served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and as Chairman of the Merger Working Group of the International Competition Network. Mr. Delrahim was also a Commissioner on the Antitrust Modernization Commission from 2004 to 2007. Earlier in his career, Mr. Delrahim served as antitrust counsel, and later as the Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee   

Parminder Devsi

Founder and CEO at Robodub Inc.

Nicholas Dudziak

Via Licensing Corporation

David Duski

BDO USA, LLP 330 N Wabash Chicago
Certified Public Accountant providing financial and economic consulting to attorneys and corporate clients involved in complex commercial litigation.   

Halina Dziewit

Partner at Lathrop Gage LLP 2440 Junction Place Boulder USA

Aaric Eisenstein

Vice President of Licensing Strategy at Personalized Media Communications
Aaric Eisenstein is Vice President of Licensing Strategy. He is responsible for analyzing markets, identifying opportunities, and negotiating transactions. He has published on PTAB fairness and other subjects and has served as a speaker at industry conferences and chairs the Licensing Executives Society Patent Licensing Standards Committee. He has twice been named to IAM Magazine's World's Leading IP Strategists.At PMC Aaric works in the following four areas:He leads the company's economic analyses. These include models for licensing rates and pricing structures as well as evaluating new business opportunities.He works with other members of PMC's Licensing Team and has negotiated several licenses in the US and Asia.Aaric gives voice to PMC's thought leadership positions, including on 101, PTAB fairness, and patent quality. He has educated Congressional offices on IP issues and participates in conference panels and industry working groups like the LES Licensing Standards initiative.Mr. Eisenstein received his BA in Political Economy from Williams College and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.   

Bill Elkington

Collins Aerospace
At Collins Aerospace, Bill Elkington provides leadership in all the dimensions of intellectual Capital (IC) management described below, and he has done so for the past 16 years.   

Giovanna Fessenden

Intellectual Property Attorney at Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Renyolds, P.C. Boston USA
Computer scientist, intellectual property attorney, and blockchain specialist with nearly two decades of experience in advising high tech companies and startups in software patents, software product development, software licensing, open source software licensing compliance, and intellectual property strategy.   

Margaret Fleetwood

Associate at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Michael Fluhler

Fishman Stewart PLLC

Mattia Fogliacco

CEO at Sisvel Group and Sisvel International S.A.

James R. Freedman MBA

Associate Director, Technology Licensing Office at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jim is the Associate Director of the Physical Sciences and Engineering team at MIT’s Technology Licensing Office. He covers patent and licensing issues for Chemicals, Chemical Engineering and Material Science as well as acting as liaison for multiple large corporate, university and international research alliances. He manages over 700 inventions and 70 licensing agreements while managing a licensing team of 11. Prior to MIT he worked in various roles to bring chemical-based products to market.   

Richard Friedman

Counsel at DLA Piper (US)
Richard Friedman, a transactional lawyer with DLA Piper, helps emerging technology and life sciences companies navigate their corporate and transactional needs, including venture financings, licenses, commercial agreements, and general corporate matters. Friedman also represents venture investors. He previously led the technology licensing teams at the UT Austin and USC, and has worked extensively with university spinouts. Friedman teaches Technology Transactions at the USC Gould School of Law.   

Carolyn Fries

Director at Doolittle Institute
Carolyn has over 28 years' experience in product development, manufacturing and commercialization. An engineer and entrepreneur, Mrs. Fries was recognized as a Florida High Tech Face of Technology (2008) and Purdue University Outstanding Mechanical Engineer (2011). Today, she and her team at the Doolittle Institute support the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate in the areas of Technology Transfer, Technology Transition, Innovation & Collaboration and Workforce Development.   

Philip Fries

QUALCOMM Incorporated 5775 Morehouse Drive San Diego USA

Ami Gadhia J.D., LL.M., CLP

Technology Transfer and Patent Specialist, Office of Strategic Alliances at NIH/NCATS
Ami Gadhia is a senior technology transfer and patenting specialist in the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (known as NCATS), which is the newest Center of the NIH. Ami works in NCATS' Office of Strategic Alliances (OSA). Ami drafts, negotiates and executes various agreements. She also manages a patent portfolio, which includes repurposed drugs invented by NCATS Scientists (oftentimes in collaboration with scientists at other organizations). Ami has published and spoken widely on IP, licensing, and technology transfer. Perhaps of interest to this audience is that, Ami co-authored a book chapter entitled "New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Drugs" in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. She also provides support to NCATS' New Therapeutic Uses (NTU) program, by updating their template agreements, and providing IP advice.Ami has been elected as one of the Federal Lab Consortium Board Members at Large for a two-year term, which began October 1st. She served as the NIH Technology Development and Transfer Committee vice chair, and then chair from 2017-2018, respectively. Prior to NCATS/NIH, Ami worked at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, in private law practice, and at a D.C. think tank focused on IP rights in developing countries.Ami earned her bachelor of science in chemical engineering and her juris doctorate, both with honors, from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. During her time at Wayne State, she held intern positions in the environmental engineering and IP departments of the Ford Motor Company. After that, she completed a master's in IP law at the George Washington University Law School. Ami is a certified licensing professional, is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.   

Shaloo Garg

Managing Director at Microsoft for Startups
Shaloo previously worked at Oracle where she led the Global Customer Connect practice of commercializing revenue opportunities for startups into the enterprise client base and partner ecosystem. As a "Champion of Innovation" at UN Women, she is spinning up virtual technology innovation labs with universities to encourage digital literacy in developing countries for young girls who do not have access to education.   

Lalit Gaur

Global Head, Business Development & Licensing at Vetoquinol

Michael Gershberg

Partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, LLP
Michael Gershberg leads Fried Frank's International Trade and Investment Practice. He represents clients before CFIUS and advises clients regarding economic sanctions and export control laws and regulations, including the EAR, ITAR, and OFAC sanctions programs.   

Amir Ghavi

Partner, Chair of Technology Transactions Group at Fried Frank LLP New York
Amir R. Ghavi is a corporate partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office and leads the Firm's Technology Transactions Practice. Mr. Ghavi concentrates his practice on intellectual property transactions on behalf of multinational corporations, private equity sponsors, and venture capital firms in a variety of industry sectors, including software, financial technology, high-technology, aerospace, banking and insurance, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and energy and industrial sectors.   

Rakhi Gibbons

Director, Licensing Tech Launch at University of Arizona

Eric Gottschling

Director, Commercialization & Licensing, at Delphi Tehcnologies Inc.
Eric has served in various positions within Delphi Technologies in the past 28 years, with the past 8 years being in the Licensing department. He holds a bachelors degree in materials engineering from the University of Michigan and a masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He is a US patent agent and is currently working to complete the certified licensing professional exam.   

James Goulka

Chairman and Managing Director at Arizona Tech Investors
James Goulka, formerly a serial entrepreneur, now heads Arizona Tech Investors (ATI), a 100-member group of angel investors that invests in disruptive startups, mostly Arizona-based. Previously, James led a team marketing IP from NASA labs, and he financed private equity transactions.   

Sarah Guichard

Lead, Transactions at Google
Sarah Guichard is Lead Patent Counsel for transactions at Google, where she leads a team responsible for patent licensing, transactions and competitive intelligence. Before Google, Ms. Guichard worked at GE Ventures, and was Vice President at both RPX Corporation and Blackberry. Ms. Guichard’s experience spans leading global teams, developing patent portfolios, negotiating strategic licensing deals, technology transfers, patent acquisitions, JV formations and series A financing.   

Michele Gunness

Oregon Health & Science University

Lawrence Hadley

Partner at Glaser Weil Los Angeles
Glaser Weil Partner and Intellectual Property Department Chair Lawrence Hadley represents a wide range of technology-industry clients in patent, copyright, and trade secret matters. Mr. Hadley's extensive experience includes intellectual property cases involving computer hardware and software, integrated circuit and processor design, wireless communications, and medical devices. Mr. Hadley is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy a George Washington Law School.   

Elizabeth Halpern JD, MS

Hogan Lovells
Beth Halpern helps healthcare clients achieve coverage and reimbursement for innovative technologies. She advises pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, health care providers, and trade associations about Medicare and other payers' policies and develops strategies to improve access to care. Beth helps clients advocate before administrative agencies and Congress, and she advises about Medicare law for clients involved in litigation.   

Nishant Jaiswal

Senior Counsel, IP Licensing at Hewlett Packard Enterprise 6280 America Center Drive San Jose USA
Nishant Jaiswal is Sr. Counsel, IP Licensing at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He has over 15 years’ experience covering various areas of IP, including portfolio management, patent drafting/prosecution, patent acquisition, IP licensing and litigation. In his role at HPE he is responsible for outbound IP transactions at HPE. This includes patent divesture and licensing deals, software licensing and source code divesture, administering HPE’s patent pool engagements, and supporting HPE M&A groups.   

Paul Jones

Jones & Co.

Stephen Kabakoff

Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Leeron Kalay

Principal at Fish & Richardson P.C.
Leeron Kalay is the Office Hiring Principal for the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson. He is a trial lawyer and problem solver, specializing in complex, competitor cases. Recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, he has tried many cases both before the United States International Trade Commission and in district courts across the country. He has successfully litigated patent and trade secret disputes spanning a wide range of technologies, including semiconductors, medical devices, battery cells, DNA sequencing, solar power, and wireless communications. Leeron has extensive experience guiding clients through pre-suit investigations, the fast-paced discovery of Section 337 investigations, trial, appeals, and enforcement. In addition to managing multiple trial teams, Leeron’s courtroom work includes witness examinations at trial and oral arguments. His pre-trial work includes crafting and executing strategy for various case-dispositive issues, including damages. Leeron is active as a writer and lecturer on issues relevant to the intellectual property bar. Most recently, he was a co-author of the Federal Judicial Center’s Patent Mediation Guide.   

Efrat Kasznik

President at Foresight Valuation Group
Efrat Kasznik is President of Foresight Valuation Group, a Silicon-Valley based IP valuation and litigation consulting firm. Efrat is a Lecturer at the Stanford Grad. School of Business. She is Chair of the LES USA-Canada High Tech Sector, and has been listed on the IAM 300 every year since 2013.   

Nicki Kennedy

Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Nicki is a partner in the Denver office of Kilpatrick Townsend. She focuses her practice on post-grant work before the PTAB and manages patent prosecution portfolios in the US and abroad. Ms. Kennedy also has experience developing patent portfolios for clients of various sizes and budgets.   

Tom Kennedy

Senior Counsel at Gilead Sciences
Thomas Kennedy is a Senior Counsel in Gilead Sciences' Corporate Legal department, where he provides legal counsel and support on a wide range of transactions, including licenses and collaborations, M&A and equity investments.   

Denise Kettelberger

Senior Counsel at Dicke, Billig and Czaja LLC

Julia Klaren

Intellectual Property Manager at Collins Aerospace
Julia Klaren is an Intellectual Property Manager at Collins Aerospace. Julia has spent the last fifteen years at Collins Aerospace in IP focused business areas. The last nine years have been in the IP Management department at Collins Aerospace providing support to the Business Units on IP valuation, IP protection, JV creation and IP Protection and business process for IP focused transactions.Prior to her experience at Collins Aerospace Julia has worked in Banking, Finance and Publishing in the roles of Corporate Accounting at the Bank of Boston, Business Analysis at Dun and Bradstreet and Portfolio Management at CCH respectively. Julia also worked in Telecommunications in various roles including time working in some startup companies.Julia holds a B.A. in Accounting from Boston College and an M.B.A. from University of Iowa.   

John Kolakowski

Senior IPR Licensing/Litigation Counsel at Nokia Technologies
John Kolakowski is an Intellectual property counsel and business advisor with more than 8 years of in-house worldwide telecommunications patent licensing and litigation experience at current employer Nokia Technologies and more than 10 years of prior private practice outside counsel patent-related experience at Morrison & Foerster LLP. He also advocates for Nokia on IP policy matters before government regulators, trade associations and standard development organizations.   

Ryan Koppelman

Partner at Alston & Bird, LLP
Ryan Koppelman focuses his practice on intellectual property matters with a specific focus on patent litigation. He has handled over 50 patent infringement cases in forums across the country, including the ITC. Ryan represents a wide variety of clients across diverse industries such as mobile, high-tech, finance, health, telecom and plastics, and his clients range from multinational publicly-traded corporations to emerging growth and start-up companies. He passed the Electrical Engineering FE/EIT certification exam, and he has handled intellectual property disputes across a number of technology areas, including wireless protocols, chipsets, touchscreens, Bluetooth, GPS, mobile applications, e-commerce, call center processing, cloud computing, payment clearinghouses, health data processing, medical devices, plastics molding, polymer chemistry and porous plastic sintering. Ryan is the Co-Chair Chair for the San Francisco Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES). The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of the San Francisco Bar Association recently recognized Ryan as an “Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service” for his service as counsel appointed by the Court to defend a pro se patent owner defendant in the Northern District of California.   

Nate Kurtis

Director, Strategic Transactions at The Broad Institute, Inc.
Nate Kurtis, the Director of Strategic Transactions at the Broad Institute, is responsible for business and legal aspects of the Institute's relationships with the life sciences industry and venture investors, developing and supporting innovative scientific and business collaborations, and for licensing the Institute's intellectual property portfolio. Before joining the Broad Institute, Nate was an Associate at Ropes & Gray where he focused on complex commercial transactions and relationships for a wide range of industries, including life sciences, health care, high tech, and consumer products companies. He earned his M.B.A. at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School.   

Oliver Laing

IP Solicitor, Partner at Potter Clarkson LLP
Oliver Laing is a partner at Potter Clarkson and an experienced intellectual property lawyer. Oliver specialises in advising clients in respect of complex multi-territorial collaboration and licence agreements, with particular expertise in the life sciences sector. Oliver acts for clients ranging from multinational companies to early-stage technology-led companies.   

Michael Lasinski

Managing Director and CEO at 284 Partners, LLC
Mr. Lasinski is a recognized expert in the field of Intellectual Property Valuation and Licensing. He has testified on the topic of intellectual property licensing and valuation in Federal, State, Bankruptcy, Tax and International Courts. Mr. Lasinski is a Certified Licensing Professional and Certified Public Accountant. He was the President of LES USA & Canada in 2010.   

Ron Laurie

Founder at InventionShare 706 Cowper Street, Suite 200
Ron Laurie has worked in Silicon Valley since before it had that name, initially as a systems engineer at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company and later as an intellectual property lawyer and patent strategist. In 2004, he launched Inflexion Point Strategy, the first boutique IP investment bank. With offices in Silicon Valley, Taiwan and Singapore, Inflexion Point advises technology companies and institutional investors around the world in acquiring, divesting and investing in IP-rich companies, businesses units, technologies, and strategic IP assets in the form of patent portfolios, exclusive field-of-use rights and related know-how.Ron is also the Chairman and CIPO of lnventionShare, a new kind of open innovation fund that transforms breakthrough technologies into globally deployed innovation with high social impact. He is a director at Wi-LAN, Inc., one of the oldest and most successful publicly-traded patent licensing companies.Ron is on the advisory board of the Hoover Institution's working group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity (IP2) at Stanford and is co-chair of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.   

Steve Leibsohn

Managing Member at Wetzel's Pretzels
Steve Leibsohn is the 2nd largest franchisee in the U.S. of Wetzel's Pretzels, a worldwide chain of350+ bakeries famous for hand-rolled, fresh-baked pretzels with premier locations at Disneyland and Disney World. Steve purchased his first franchise in 1998 and has expanded into malls, stadiums, entertainment districts and Walmarts. Wetzel's recently opened units in China, Canada and St. Maarten, and domestically in Idaho, Colorado, Texas, Maryland, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida.   

Russell Levine P.C.

Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Russell E. Levine is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he has spent his entire 30+ year career. He focuses his trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution practice on patent infringement matters and disputes involving, and relating to, technology transfer and patent license agreements   

Charlie Lewis

Senior Vice President of Venture Development at Skysong Innovations

Justin Lewis

Managing Director at Ocean Tomo
Justin Lewis is an experienced expert who has testified in both federal and state court. He is a Managing Director in Ocean Tomo’s Expert Services practice and leads the firm’s San Francisco office, Risk Management and License Compliance practices. Mr. Lewis’ over 20 years of consulting experience includes the analysis and quantification of economic damages arising from patent, trademark, trade secrets, copyright infringement & breach of contract in over a hundred matters.   

Carol A. Lewis White

Intellectual Property Counsel/Corporate/Legal at W.L. Gore and Assoc.

Ryan Liebengood

Director, Global IP and Licensing at ASM International
Ryan is accountable for all global intellectual property related matters for ASM International NV, a publicly traded semiconductor equipment supplier. He is responsible for intellectual property from cradle to crave, including intellectual property generation, monetization, security, and litigation.   

Chris Longman

Senior Counsel at QUALCOMM Incorporated 5775 Morehouse Drive San Diego USA

Charles Macedo

Partner at Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP 90 Park Avenue New York USA
Charles R. Macedo help organizations in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark and copyright law, with a special emphasis in complex litigation and appellate work. Companies and individuals from a wide range of industries turn to him to develop offensive and defensive strategies for the development and enforcement of their patent and trademark portfolios. He will be leading a round table on Blockchain Technology.    

Ian MacKinnon

Senior Counsel at Kinney & Lange 312 South 3rd Street Minneapolis USA

Satoshi Matsuo

General Manager, IP Business Platform Department, IP Division at Hitachi, Ltd.
Satoshi Matsuo is General Manager, IP Platform Department, IP Division, Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. is the holding company of the Hitachi group, which consists of more than 800 subsidiaries worldwide. As head of the IP Platform Department, He is responsible for all licensing deals, IP litigation settlements, IP sales and acquisitions, IP consultation work, and IP lobbying at Hitachi. He is licensed as an attorney at law in New York.   

Dana Matzen Ph.D.

Vice President, Business and Corporate Development at IntelGenx Corp.

James McCarthy, CLP

Rockell Medical, Inc 129 Aberdeen Pond Dr Apollo Beach USA

Barbara McClung

Chief Legal Counsel at Caribou Biosciences, Inc.
Barbara McClung is Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Caribou Biosciences, Inc., where she is responsible for all legal functions, including intellectual property strategy and portfolio management, contracts, corporate transactions, litigation, board governance, and employment law. She is a member of the California, Delaware and Pennsylvania bars, as well as being a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.   

Daniel McCurdy

CEO at RPX Corporation