IPBC Asia’s faculty of speakers is comprised of individuals in charge of intellectual property at some of the region’s most forward-thinking companies, as well as other senior players in the global IP market. Their unique insights and experiences provide delegates with a thorough understanding of IP value creation strategy, as well as the many challenges that IP owners must address both now and in the future.



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Toyotaka Abe
Partner, TMI Associates
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
Founder and CEO, Avanci
Kasim Alfalahi is the founder and CEO of Avanci, where he leads the mission to simplify patent licensing and make technology more widely available. He has dedicated his career to pioneering the way in which companies license the rights to essential technologies. Over his career, Mr Alfalahi has built a reputation for creatively negotiating agreements that achieve the requirements of everyone involved.

As Ericsson’s chief IP officer, Mr Alfalahi led the company’s licensing and patent development worldwide. He built a team that established the concept of patents as marketable business assets, transforming Ericsson from a net payer to a net receiver of royalty income. Under his direction, patent licensing became fundamental to Ericsson’s global success – bringing in $1.7 billion in revenue in 2015.

Mr Alfalahi has lived in six countries and speaks four languages. He received his master’s of science in engineering and management from Linkoping Institute of Technology, Sweden.
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Toshio Asai
Executive specialist, IP management division, NEC Corporation
Toshio Asai is an executive specialist at NEC Corporation. He has 25 years’ extensive IP experience, ranging from strategy planning and patent prosecution to litigation, licensing and patent sales in a variety of technologies, such as semiconductor devices, consumer electronics, computer and software systems and telecoms devices.

Previously, Mr Asai was general manager of NEC’s IP management division and manager of the division’s licensing department. He is managing director of the Japan Intellectual Property Association and a Japanese patent attorney. He has an MS and a JD.
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Benjamin Bai
Vice president and chief IP counsel, Ant Financial

Benjamin Bai is vice president and chief IP counsel for Ant Financial Services Group. Previously, he spent 19 years in the world’s leading law firms in the United States and China. Over the past decade he has focused on high-stakes technology litigation and IP licensing in China, with a particular emphasis on patent and trade secret litigation.

He was honoured by China Law and Practice as the China IP Lawyer of the Year 2015. He was also selected by Who’s Who Legal: Patents in 2015 as one of the world’s leading patent lawyers. Managing Intellectual Property named him as an IP Star for patent licensing, protection and litigation, and trade secrets in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Dr Bai obtained his JD from the University of Texas, School of Law and his PhD in chemistry from Rice University. He obtained his BS from the University of Science and Technology of China.

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Tomonori Bekku
General manager, IP department, Nissan Motor
Tomonori Bekku is general manager of the IP department at Nissan Motor Co Ltd, a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer. With more than 30 years’ experience in the IP field, Mr Bekku is leading Nissan’s IP portfolio management, licensing and litigation, as well as promoting collaborations with business partners from an IP perspective.

Before joining Nissan in 2004, Mr Bekku was head of the IP department at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Japan. He was also IP manager at Mitsubishi Motors America from 1993 to 1996 and received a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Sophia University, Japan.

Aside from his responsibilities at Nissan, Mr Bekku is vice president of the Japan Intellectual Property Association and chair of the planning committee at the International Intellectual Property Protection forum.
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Gustav Brismark
Chief IP officer, Ericsson
As chief IP officer and head of IP rights and licensing, Gustav Brismark is responsible for Ericsson’s patent development and patent licensing worldwide. With over 42,000 granted patents, Ericsson holds one of the strongest radio communication patent portfolios, covering 2G, 3G, 4G and soon 5G cellular standards.

Mr Brismark and his team are responsible for creating a return on investment in Ericsson technology and patenting the inventions of Ericsson engineers. The team provides access to Ericsson technology through a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing programme, while protecting the intellectual property of Ericsson’s products.

Mr Brismark has worked at Ericsson since 1986, after receiving his MSc in physics engineering from Uppsala University, Sweden. He is co-inventor on a number of patents related to algorithm research for 2G and 3G systems, and was the inventor of 10 patents related to global system for mobile communication and wideband code division multiplexing access technology.
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Scott Burt
Senior vice president, chief IP officer and general counsel, Conversant IP
Scott Burt leads Conversant’s legal professionals, including the corporate counsel and secretary functions, its litigation and patent prosecution department. He also leads the company’s public policy initiatives and actively participates in patent licensing negotiations and patent acquisitions. Mr Burt joined Conversant in 2012 and was appointed to his present role in 2016.

Mr Burt was invited to participate in the 2012 Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Patent Assertion Entities Activities Workshop, which laid the groundwork for the recent Patent Assertion Entity Activity: Federal Trade Commission Study. Immediately after the study’s publication, he was invited to participate in an American Bar Association (ABA) panel discussion with the commission’s lead lawyer on the study. Mr Burt also published a comment on the study in the latest newsletter of the ABA Antitrust Law Section’s IP Committee.
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Jeffery Carter
President and chief executive officer, High Tech Solutions
Jeffery L Carter has over 20 years’ experience in the technology analysis and IP industries. Before founding HighTech-Solutions (HTS), he served as a programme manager at Motorola’s semiconductor product sector IP department. Mr Carter was instrumental in reshaping Motorola’s IP department from an overhead department into a profit and loss business.

Mr Carter founded HTS in 2004. HTS offers IP strategy and management services for IP departments that seek to monetise their portfolios. HTS identifies IP assets of value and helps its clients to capitalise fully on the value in their patent portfolios.

Mr Carter received his MS in telecommunications from Southern Methodist University. He earned a graduate certificate in telecommunications management from the University of Dallas and graduated with a BA in Japanese from Brigham Young University. Mr Carter is published in the area of wireless and mobile computing, holds several patent applications and has two issued patents.
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Seogwon Cha
Fellow, IP engineering, LG Display Co, Ltd
Seogwon Cha is an IP engineering fellow in at LG Display Co, Ltd’s IP division in Paju, Korea. He joined LG Display in 2006 and has led the department’s licensing programme for Japanese and Chinese companies, in addition to leading the department’s patent analysis team and managing one of LG Display’s US patent holding companies.

Mr Cha started his patent career with the LG Group in 1986 with LG Electronics, Inc (LGE). In 1992, he was assigned to LGE’s Tokyo office, where he supervised patent negotiations and licensing agreements between LGE and various Japanese companies. He returned to LGE’s Korea office in 1998 and continued facilitating licensing matters and managing LGE’s worldwide patent portfolio. Mr Cha is fluent in both Korean and Japanese.
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Billie Chen
Associate general counsel and chief IP counsel, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation
Billie Chen is associate general counsel and chief IP counsel at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC). Ms Chen is in charge of all patent IP-related functions, including global patent strategy and patent portfolio establishment and offensive and defensive strategies for patent disputes and litigation. Under Ms Chen’s leadership, TSMC has established a best-in-class IP portfolio, which includes approximately 30,000 patents worldwide. This has resulted in TSMC ranking among the top 10 US patent assignees in 2016. Ms Chen led TSMC's IP team to win several patent litigations, maintain exceptionally high institution rates for inter partes reviews and successfully resolved several patent dispute cases with her professional negotiation and strategic problem solving skills. Ms Chen is an experienced IP executive and a certified US attorney. She was named an IAM Market Maker for 2016 and is listed in the IAM Strategy 300.
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Thierry Consigny
President, Asia-Pacific, Questel
Thierry Consigny has been working in the information industry in Asia for over 30 years. Based in Japan as president at Questel Group Asia-Pacific, Mr Consigny manages Questel’s business development through business partners and acquisitions. Recently, Questel acquired ULT Research Japan, a company specialising in IP management, and Mr Consigny became CEO of the Japanese branch.

Mr Consigny was educated in Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo, and has an MBA from France. He began his career as a deputy director of a think tank established by the European Union and Japanese government, which deals in areas of industry. He was also a country manager in Japan for a pioneering UK company which specialised in world patent information. Mr Consigny then became chief operating officer of the company’s legal information branch for the same group, before joining Questel to manage its Asia-Pacific business in 2007.
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Kirk Dailey
Senior vice president, business development, Marconi Group
Kirk Dailey has spent his career working with global companies to solve problems creatively and navigate the complex business challenges in IP rights management. With more than 20 years’ licensing experience, he understands that there must be a transformation in licensing with more collaboration and transparency.

Mr Dailey recently led Google’s patent transactions team, focusing on cross licensing and community-based solutions. He formed strategic relationships with partners and played a vital role in the sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo. He previously led licensing for Motorola Mobility, rebuilding the licensing business to generate revenue and ultimately packaging the portfolio as a substantial part of Google’s $12 billion acquisition of Motorola.

Mr Dailey has a JD from DePaul University, a certificate in European legal studies from Tulane University and a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
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Eric Damon
Director, IP licensing, Asia-Pacific, IBM
Eric Damon is director of IP licensing for Asia-Pacific at IBM Corporation and is responsible for patent, research and technology licensing throughout the region.

Mr Damon has held various roles with IBM, including counsel and leader of the IP enforcement and monetisation team, counsel for the growth markets unit in Shanghai and counsel in corporate litigation. In these roles, Mr Damon has led and managed a variety of high-profile IP, patent and commercial disputes, as well as antitrust and other regulatory matters throughout the United States and the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining IBM, Mr Damon was in private practice, where he litigated patent, trademark, copyright and complex commercial matters and handled a variety of IP licensing, private equity, M&A and other transactional matters.

Mr Damon received an electrical and computer engineering degree from Tufts University and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.
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Christine Emmanuel
Executive manager, IP and investment portfolio, CSIRO
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Mattia Fogliacco
CEO, Sisvel Group
Mattia Fogliacco has been CEO of the Sisvel Group since January 2017. Founded in 1982, Sisvel is a world leader in fostering innovation and managing intellectual property. It identifies, evaluates and maximises the value of IP assets. Mr Fogliacco has been part of Sisvel’s executive management team since 2014 and was chief new business officer for three years.

Mr Fogliacco has a background in business and innovation management. He has an MSc from Bocconi University and a Global Alliance in Management Education 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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Hidehisa Fueda
Head, intellectual property and standards, Japan, Philips
Hidehisa Fueda is head of Philips intellectual property and standards (IP&S) Japan, where he deals with IP portfolio management, IP licensing, IP counselling, standards and IP support. Mr Fueda began his career in the IP world in 1996 at Fujitsu Ltd and joined Philips IP&S in 2003. Since then he has been responsible for IP portfolio management, IP counselling and trademark-related work in IP&S Japan, while also managing an IP counsel cluster. After gaining experience in those areas, he was appointed to head of Philips IP&S Japan in early 2017. Mr Fueda is a patent attorney and holds a degree in electronics engineering.
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John Fuisz
Partner, Vinson & Elkins
John Fuisz is a partner in Vinson & Elkins’s Washington DC office. Mr Fuisz received his BSc in physics from Georgetown University in 1989, his JD from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1992 and his LLM in Intellectual Property, with highest honours, from George Washington University Law School. Mr Fuisz practises before the International Trade Commission, the Patent and Trademark Office, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the US Supreme Court. Mr Fuisz combines his legal and business acumen to counsel clients on the use of IP law to achieve their goals. He helps clients to create, use and manage technology assets, finding unique ways to achieve major goals by drawing on varied legal tools and experience, including patent licensing and litigation.

Over the course of his career, Mr Fuisz has represented clients in multinational and multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and related technology disputes.
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Minoru Fujiki
Director, corporate planning and IP procurement, IP Bridge
Minoru Fujiki leads IP Bridge’s corporate planning, which includes strategic management and corporate communications. He is also responsible for IP procurement for new licensing programmes. Mr Fujiki has established strong relationships with many Japanese and global operating companies, universities, research institutes, government entities and IP-based business promoters. Before joining IP Bridge in early 2015, Mr Fujiki was head of the licensing group for a telecommunications business at NEC Corporation in Japan, where he led activities in licensing, litigation, sales, purchase and patent disputes. He also launched NEC’s European IP centre in London in 2007, where he considerably enhanced NEC’s global IP portfolio by strategically creating a patent prosecution platform and formulating internal IP regulations for NEC’s R&D entities in Europe. He managed standard-essential patent licensing issues at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute and the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance as a delegate from NEC.
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Stefan Geyersberger
Head, patents and licensing, Fraunhofer IIS
Stefan Geyersberger is deputy division director of the audio and media technologies division of Fraunhofer IIS. He is also head of patents and licensing for Fraunhofer IIS’ audio patent portfolio, comprising over 5,000 granted patents worldwide for technologies including MP3, Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG)-4 AAC, MPEG-H and enhanced voice services.

Mr Geyersberger has over 15 years’ experience in various business and licensing positions at Fraunhofer IIS, which he joined in 1996 as a digital signal processor engineer.

After changing his focus to business development for software and IP licensing he significantly contributed to the set-up and launch of the MPEG-4 AAC patent pool in 2002, which generated substantial IP revenues for Fraunhofer IIS’ industrial research programmes.

Mr Geyersberger has set up and managed various other patent pools and developed strategies to create, license, acquire and enforce IP rights for protecting key technologies and creating significant R&D reinvestment revenue streams.
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Shekhar Guha
Head, IP core services, IP and engineering group, Tata Consultancy Services
Mr Guha is head of intellectual property core services for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He is responsible for providing IP services and building IP capability and maturity across the company. Mr Guha enables IP protection of the many innovations happening in the organisation, promoting IP use and monetisation as well as ensuring the IP compliance and safety of TCS’ products and solutions. Mr Guha helps to define the company’s IP processes and policies and provides services to TCS’ business units around IP risk management, IP valuation, IP system and services, FTO, landscape and portfolio analysis. Before this role, Mr Guha was P&L owner for large accounts, customers and geographies that included delivery and sales ownership. Mr Guha is also experienced in data management and business intelligence. He has a bachelor’s degree in instrumentation and electronics, as well as in mathematics, from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
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Eeva Hakoranta
Head, licensing, Nokia Technologies
Eeva Hakoranta leads patent licensing at Nokia Technologies. In addition to managing licensing operations and strategy she is involved in enforcement, regulatory matters and business development.

Having joined Nokia in 2006 to establish an IP rights legal organisation working with patent licensing and other IP rights-intensive business transactions, she assumed her licensing position in 2012. Before joining Nokia, she worked in private practice at the leading Nordic law firm Roschier Attorneys, advising international clients on transactional, IP and technology-related matters, including litigation and arbitration.

Working for many years at the intersection of business, IP and competition law, Ms Hakoranta has closed hundreds of agreements, managed complex enforcement projects and been deeply involved in defining terms for major transactions.

Ms Hakoranta holds a master's in law from Helsinki University. She is active in a number of positions of trust within professional organisations in the fields of intellectual property and licensing.
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Heath Hoglund
Chief patent counsel, Dolby
Heath Hoglund is vice president and chief patent counsel at Dolby, San Francisco, where he is responsible for global patents, trademarks and copyright. In this role he has consistently driven yearly growth in Dolby's patent licensing programmes. He has significant experience in building strategic IP portfolios and licensing programmes.

Before joining Dolby, Mr Hoglund founded Hoglund & Pamias, 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 Rico Law School.

Mr Hoglund serves on the council of the IP section of the American Bar Association, on the board of the Intellectual Property Office and was president of the San Francisco IP Law Association.

He has a JD (cum laude), an MSEE and a BSEE (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota.
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Kazuomi Iwatani
Head, IP rights, AMED
Kazuomi Iwatani joined the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in 1992 as a patent examiner in charge of machine technologies.

In 2007 he was promoted to the role of appeals examiner and also gained experience in the divisions in charge of laws, regulations and business planning.
From 2011 to 2014 Mr Iwatani was dispatched to the Seoul office of the Japan External Trade Organisation as a deputy general manager.

There, he supported Japanese companies with regard to IP issues, especially patents and trade secrets, and attended many official meetings as an IP attache.
After returning to Japan, Mr Iwatani became director of the JPO’s patent examination division. In July 2017 he was appointed as a director general of the IP department of the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).

Mr Iwatani helps to promote AMED’s licences and help companies to use their IP strategies properly.
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Arshad Jamil
Global head, IP rights, Biocon Ltd
Arshad Jamil is a patent attorney with extensive experience in the legal and IP rights fields. Mr Jamil is global head of IP rights at Biocon Ltd, where he is responsible for the company’s patent and trademark filings and policy, abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) filings and US litigation. Mr Jamil is also responsible for intellectual property and IP litigation regarding biosimilars filings.

Before this, he was a senior patent attorney at Sun Pharma, where he handled ANDA litigations, including US settlements. He received his BEng from Mysore University in 1991 and his LLB from Meerut University (now Chaudhary Charan Singh University) in 1998. In 2014 he completed the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research postgraduate executive management programme.
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William Jasprizza
Head of intellectual property and managing director, Japan, Intralink
As head of Intralink’s IP rights team, Will Jasprizza is responsible for licensing, patent acquisition and technology transfer projects across Asia. 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 bring enabling technologies to the Japanese market. He has closed deals with many of Asia’s leading automotive OEMs and component suppliers and has successfully deployed new technologies with Asia’s mobile network operators. He has also introduced cutting-edge technologies to Asian pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

On moving to Japan in 1997, Mr Jasprizza co-founded and ran an educational software company before joining Intralink in 2008. He has degrees in biochemistry and law from Sydney University. He is based in Intralink’s Tokyo office and is fluent in Japanese.
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Minoru Kato
IP fellow, KAO
Minoru Kato is an IP fellow at Kao Corporation, which operates in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe in the consumer product and industrial chemicals field. He focuses on strategic external coordination. For many years, Mr Kato has been responsible for promoting and leading the company's technology-related IP activities and strategies worldwide. Before joining Kao, he was a prosecutor and litigator at a patent law firm. His IP career spans 25 years.
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Joseph Kessler
Managing director, IP finance group, Fortress Investment
Joseph Kessler is managing director of the IP finance group at Fortress Investment Group, where he runs the IP and private equity acquisitions practice.

Before his role with Fortress, Mr Kessler was co-founder and managing partner of Koru Venture Partners, an asset-based lending fund which provided technology companies with capital in the form of patent-backed loans.

Previously, Mr Kessler was co-founder and president of Marqera, a global IP consulting company focused on the strategic analysis, valuation and brokerage of patent assets.

Before Marqera, Mr Kessler was co-founder and CEO of Global Technology Transfer, a private firm focused on the commercialisation of technologies and intellectual property for venture-backed and mature companies, as well as research institutions and academies.

Mr Kessler has been included in the IAM Strategy 300 since 2008. He has an LLB in business administration and law from the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya, Israel.
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Joo Sup Kim
Vice president and head, IP licensing, LG Electronics
Joo Sup Kim is vice president of LG Electronics, Inc’s IP centre. He is involved in litigation, licensing, counselling, open source and copyright. Dr Kim’s career spans more than 30 years and he has extensive IP litigation and licensing experience. He has been involved in more than 400 licensing cases and 60 trials worldwide, covering a range of technologies. Dr Kim's expertise includes offensive and defensive matters. He has managed numerous strategic IP and M&A transactions and alliances. In 2009 he formed Global OLED Technology LLC, which has more than 2,000 organic light-emitting diode patents. In 2015 IAM listed Dr Kim as a Top 40 Market Maker and a leading IP strategist in the IAM Strategy 300. He has a PhD in law from Kookmin University, Korea, a master’s in IP law from the Franklin Pierce Law Centre, United States, and a bachelor’s in electronics engineering from Hanyang University, Korea.
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Masahiro Kimata
Senior general manager, corporate IP division, Mitsubishi Electric
Masahiro Kimata is senior general manager of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s corporate IP division. He promotes IP strategy formulation, as well as the strengthening of IP information management systems from a corporate-wide standpoint.

Mr Kimata joined Mitsubishi Electric in 1985, engaging mainly in R&D. In 2013 he was appointed as deputy senior general manager of the corporate IP division and in 2014 he was made senior general manager.

Mr Kimata is also managing director of the Japan IP Association, director of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Japan, director of the Japan Design Protection Association, a councillor of the Foundation for Intellectual Property and a member of the Japan Business Federation IP Committee.

He has an MS in electrical engineering from the Nagoya Institute of Technology.
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Eric Kirsch
Chief IP counsel, Nikon
Eric Kirsch studied electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and law at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was notes and comments editor of the law review. After law school Mr Kirsch became a criminal prosecutor at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he tried serious felony cases as a member of the Habitual Offender Unit. Thereafter, to pursue the intersection of innovation and the law, Mr Kirsch joined Fish & Neave, where he became a patent litigator. Subsequently, as a partner at Cooper & Dunham, Mr Kirsch enjoyed success in various US district courts and the Federal Circuit in a variety of patent and trademark cases. In 2010, Mr Kirsch joined Nikon Corporation as chief IP counsel.
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Makoto Kobayashi
Vice president, Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory
Makoto Kobayashi has broad experience in the manufacturing, information and communications technology and other IP-related industries. He advises on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and conducts business and IP due diligence; enterprise, business and intangible assets valuation; IP strategy consulting, global IP management consulting; new business development support; and IP landscape analysis.

Mr Kobayashi is a visiting professor at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology Toranomon Graduate School, a member of the National Society for the Study of Design and Industrial Competitiveness committee of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and a managing business producer of the JPO’s business producer dispatch for regional revitalisation project.

Mr Kobayashi has published An Encouragement of Intellectual Property Strategy, Intellectual Property Due Diligence for M&A Success and M&A Strategy for Survival. He has taught and moderated a range of seminars and lectures, including the Global IP Strategy Forum 2017.
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Kenji Kondo
President and general manager, intellectual property, Japan IP Association and Toyota Motor Corporation
Kenji Kondo is president of Japan Intellectual Property Association. Based on his extensive IP experience in Japanese industries, he deals with IP challenges globally as a representative of the industry. He is general manager of the IP division at Toyota Motor Corporation.

Mr Kondo is also senior director of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, deputy chair of the IP committee of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and a member of KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation) IP committee. He is a member of the planning committee of the IP strategy headquarters in the Cabinet and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which is focusing on the fourth industrial revolution.
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Satoshi Konno
Director, strategy and innovation, IP Bridge
Satoshi Konno leads the innovation division of IP Bridge, where he oversees domestic and worldwide business development, with a focus on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises and universities by aligning IP and business strategies. His expertise covers a wide range of industries including healthcare, food and information technology (IT).

Before joining IP Bridge, Mr Konno was the co-founder of Morphlabs, Inc, a US venture company specialising in cloud platform software globally. Previously, he was with CSK Venture Capital, the oldest venture capital firm in Japan, where he has led multiple initial public offerings and M&A as a general manager of the overseas investment division. Mr Konno began his career as an IT network and database engineer at CSK (now SCSK).

Mr Konno holds a BA in international economics from Yokohama National University and an MBA with a focus on tech venture financing from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Boris Kreye
Partner, Bird & Bird
Boris Kreye is an experienced and highly regarded patent litigator in Germany and abroad.

He is a partner in Bird & Bird’s IP practice, head of its German life sciences group and head of patent litigation in the firm’s Munich office.

Mr Kreye represents national and international clients before all German patent infringement courts and coordinates international patent disputes across multiple countries. He is a highly recommended lawyer in this area. He has particular expertise in the fields of electronics and telecommunications, mechanics, medical devices, chemistry and pharmaceuticals.

Mr Kreye represents clients in oppositions and nullity proceedings at the European Patent Office, the German Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court. He advises clients on all IP matters, including trademarks, unfair competition law and design rights. He has experience in International Chamber of Commerce arbitration proceedings and evidence proceedings under the Hague Convention.
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Steven Liu
Director, intellectual property, MediaTek
Steven Liu joined MediaTek in 2014 as director of the IP Division, responsible for all aspects of intellectual property. MediaTek’s achievements under Mr Liu’s leadership are well recognised, including being awarded the Top 100 Global Innovators for the third consecutive year in 2016 by Thomson Reuters (now Clarivate).

Before MediaTek, Mr Liu spent over 10 years at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd in various roles in the legal and IP fields. Before moving to Taiwan, he practised patent litigation in the New York office of Fish & Neave.

Mr Liu is co-chair of the IP committee at the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association and speaks frequently on IP issues.

Mr Liu received his JD from George Washington University Law School and his BA from Columbia University. He is a member of the New York Bar and is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney.
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Richard Lloyd
US editor, IAM
Richard Lloyd is the North America editor of IAM based in Washington DC. Before joining IAM in February 2014 he was a contributing editor to The American Lawyer and a freelance journalist. Before moving to the United States in 2011 Mr Lloyd was the editor of Legal Business and before that was chief European correspondent for The American Lawyer.
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Morag Macdonald
Partner, Bird & Bird
Morag Macdonald offers clients an impressive depth of experience and a solutions-oriented approach to disputes and cross-border patent work.

Ms Macdonald is joint head of Bird & Bird’s international IP group and is regularly named a leader in the IP litigation field. Her particular interests are all forms of IP dispute and strategic advice, especially international cross-border IP strategy advice.

In recent years, Ms Macdonald has been involved in the coordination and running of various pan-European patent actions involving several jurisdictions in Europe. As well as IP litigation, she has been the lead advocate in major cross-border biotechnology arbitration, provided freedom-to-operate advice in the field of carbon capture and advised a financial services company on its patent strategy in over 40 jurisdictions.

Ms Macdonald is highly regarded by both clients and peers and is often praised for her "common sense, goal-orientated and no-nonsense approach".
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Daniel Maier
Head, IP licensing and transactions, Siemens AG
Daniel Maier is an EU and German patent attorney and head of Siemens AG’s IP licensing and transaction department.

Mr Maier has more than 20 years' experience as in-house IP counsel, including 10 years managing various IP functions. His technical background is in electrical engineering and he started his professional career in the telecoms sector. In working across various IP functions, Mr Maier has gained rich experience in IP portfolio management and IP transactions. In recent years, he has specialised in the transactional part of the IP value chain, particularly in and out licensing with third parties and IP litigation. In addition, he is responsible for inventor remuneration issues and IP-related M&A topics in carve-outs, divestments, acquisitions and joint ventures.
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Mike McLean
Senior vice president, IP services, TechInsights
Mike McLean is a recognised leader in the IP and patent strategy market. He is respected and sought after for his ability to assess complex situations and apply technical intelligence to ensure fact-based IP decisions related to patent licensing, patent portfolio management and IP monetisation. He works closely with the technology practices of major law firms, the in-house corporate counsel teams of key technology companies and external licensing agencies where he helps to develop, support and execute high-return patent strategies.
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Micky Minhas
Vice president, patent licensing and engineering, Microsoft
Micky Minhas is vice president of IP licensing at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.

Mr Minhas oversees the patent and patent licensing strategy for Microsoft while also managing a diverse and unique team that includes legal and business professionals who are responsible for a variety of IP transactions, such as in-bound and out-bound licensing, cross-licensing and divestitures, as well as a dynamic team of engineers with a deep knowledge of technologies that work on Microsoft’s patent portfolio, licensing programmes, and litigation and acquisition efforts.

Mr Minhas has served with Microsoft for the past 4-and-a-half years. Previously, he was vice president of patent strategy at Qualcomm Incorporated for 13 years.

Mr Minhas received a JD and an LLM focusing on intellectual property from the Franklin Pierce Centre, the University of New Hampshire, an MSc in electrical engineering from George Washington University and a BSc in electrical engineering from Marquette University.
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Seiji Mori
Head, IP operations, Takeda
Seiji Mori is head of IP operations of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. He started his career in trademark practice and support of branding for marketing teams, including establishment of global naming policy and process. In his trademark career, he worked at a UK IP firm in a training programme. From 2008 he branched out into other areas such as employee inventor remuneration, IP ownership in the Takeda group, patent portfolio management, copyrights, trade secrets and public and policy affairs. He also leads the operational management of the Takeda IP group which consists of approximately 100 people in the United States, Switzerland, Germany and Japan.

From 2012 to 2014 he was a leading committee member of the Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association IP committee. Since May 2016 he has been managing director of the Japan Intellectual Property Association.

He has an LLB from Tsukuba University, Japan.
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Fumihiko Moriya
Country manager, Japan, Nokia Technologies
Fumihiko Moriya is head of Nokia Technologies for Japan, leading patent licensing and related business in the country. Since joining Nokia in 2017, he has been working with Japanese companies and authorities on behalf of Nokia’s Patent Business.

From 2006 to 2015, Mr Moriya headed the IP Division of Sony Corporation. As Vice President and Senior General Manger, he managed Sony’s global IP strategy, including IP portfolio management and licensing.

On Invention Day in 2017, Mr Moriya was honoured to receive a Distinguished Service Award from the Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office for his activities in the intellectual property field. Mr Moriya is also a Visiting Professor at K.I.T Toranomon Graduate School and has contributed articles to Japanese IP magazines, such as FRAND Restaurant and Patent assertion.
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Naoko Munakata
Commissioner, Japan Patent Office
Naoko Munakata became commissioner of the Japan Patent Officer (JPO) in July 2017. She oversees Japan's policy on patents, trademarks and design rights, as well as the JPO’s operations. Before joining the JPO, Ms Munakata spent two years in Prime Minister Abe’s office as executive secretary.

Since entering Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 1984, Ms Munakata has worked extensively on trade policy, including the launch of negotiations for Japan's first free trade agreement and its participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, thus contributing to a higher level of trade liberalisation and the establishment of new international rules conducive to innovation. She has also been closely involved in economic cooperation, information technology, the revitalisation of the textile industry and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Ms Munakata has an LLB from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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S K Murthy
Patent counsel, Intel India
SK Murthy works for Intel Technology India Private Limited as its patent counsel for India. He is an Indian advocate and a patent agent with a background in engineering and law and 25 years’ experience – 14 of which are in patent law.

Dr Murthy is co-founder of the In-House IP Professionals Forum (I-HIPP), which provides a platform for in-house IP professionals from more than 30 Indian and multinational companies to share ideas. I-HIPP has developed into a think tank for IP policy advocacy in India.

Dr Murthy has led the hi-tech industry in preparing submissions, including on the draft patent manual, the draft Indian competition policy, the draft guidelines on computer-related inventions and the recent Indian IP rights policy.
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Kenichi Nagasawa
Managing executive officer and group executive, corporate IP and legal, Canon
Kenichi Nagasawa was appointed head of Canon Inc’s IP and legal headquarters in April 2010.

He joined Canon Inc in 1981. After gaining significant patent prosecution experience, Mr Nagasawa was seconded to Canon Europe Ltd from 2001 to 2006 as head of its IP group. Having served as senior general manager of its IP technology centre from 2006 to 2008, he was transferred to Canon USA Inc, where he was head of its IP division from 2008 to February 2010. After returning to Canon Inc, Mr Nagasawa served as a director and board member and in March 2016 he became managing executive officer.

Mr Nagasawa has been a member of the Evaluation, Planning and Verification Committee of the government’s IP strategy headquarters since November 2013 and is president of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Japan.
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Takahito Nakamura
Managing director and head, corporate innovation consulting department, Nomura Securities
Takahito Nakamura is a managing director and was appointed head of the corporate innovation consulting department at Nomura Securities in April 2017.

From 2015 to 2017 he was based in Bangkok as president of Capital Nomura Securities. Before that, he was manager of Nomura Securities’ Tennoji branch in Osaka from 2013 to 2015, and manager of its Hachioji branch in Tokyo from 2010 to 2013.

Mr Nakamura began his career with Nomura at the company’s Urawa branch in 1990. He then travelled and worked in different parts of Japan, including Niigata, Yonago and Ikebukuro, bringing extensive knowledge to the company's retail business.

He has worked in Nomura’s sales, human resources and retail strategy departments.

Mr Nakamura graduated as a researcher from the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology at Tokyo University. He also has a bachelor of arts in economics from Keio University.
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Tatsuo Nakamura
Tatsuo Nakamura is the founder and CEO of VALUENEX, Inc, created after spending almost 20 years working as a distinguished consultant and thought leader in Japan's scientific establishments. He was a consultant in the prestigious Mitsubishi Research Institute for over 15 years, specialising in operations research, intellectual property and data mining. He was also an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo and is a teacher at Waseda University.

During his time as a consultant, Dr Nakamura developed the algorithm that became XLUS TechRadar – a panoramic-view analytics and researching tool that provides radar visualisations of patent similarities, which was a dramatic innovation in the IP field. He established VALUENEX as a leader in the IP field with a long list of clients, including more than 50 of Japan’s top companies. In 2014 he opened the VALUENEX office in Menlo Park, California to lead the company’s entry into the US market.
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Tatsuya Nishikawa
General manager, corporate IP division, Honda Motor
Tatsuya Nishikawa is head of the corporate IP Division, intellectual property and the standardisation supervisory unit at Honda Motor Co, Ltd. He has over 26 years’ experience in the IP field with Honda R&D and Honda Motor since April 1991.

Mr Nishikawa has worked in patent application, investigation, litigation management and other IP-related fields at the Honda R&D Patent division since October 1991. In 2014 he became head of the patent and trademark department, automobile IP office, IP division and in 2015 he was made head of the automobile IP office. He was appointed to his current position in April 2017.
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Maki Ohmizu
Deputy chief legal officer, intellectual property, legal, compliance and IP unit, Fujitsu

Maki Ohmizu is deputy chief legal officer, intellectual property in the legal, compliance and IP unit at Fujitsu Limited, where he leads the IP team in conducting IP strategy, including patent portfolio management, litigation and standards.

Mr Ohmizu started his career in 1989 in the legal division at Fujitsu, where he worked on various patent licensing negotiations and litigation 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. In 2014 he became deputy head of legal, compliance and intellectual property. He led the company’s initiatives to utilise its IP portfolio through various activities.

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.

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Tomonori Okuwaki
Senior general manager, SONY
Tomonori Okuwaki joined Sony Corporation in 1991. He has a wide range of experience of Intellectual Property including patent filing and prosecution, enforcement, license negotiation and litigation at Sony Headquarter, R&D in Europe and Game business unit. As of April, 2017, he was appointed Senior General Manager of its Intellectual Property Division to lead all IP matters including patent portfolio management, patent license negotiation, patent litigation and patent transaction so as to protect Sony global business with closely working with IP counterparts in Japan, United States, Europe, China and Taiwan. He is also Director of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Japan.
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Kenneth Oplinger
IP manager, Cochlear
Kenneth Oplinger is director of intellectual property at Cochlear Limited, a medical device company. He has 17 years’ IP experience in a variety of technologies, such as medical devices and semiconductors – ranging from strategy planning and patent prosecution to litigation, licensing and patent transactions. Previously, Mr Oplinger worked at Altera Inc, a programmable logic company which has since been purchased by Intel, where he held an IP role focused on patents and trademarks. He has a BS and a JD.
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Sanjaykumar Patel
Head, IP rights, India, B&S Group UK
Sanjaykumar Patel is a patent attorney and head of IP rights at Gowrie Research Pvt Ltd, an R&D division of B&S Group, UK. He handles all IP rights activities including patents, trademarks and designs as well as IP commercialisation and business development opportunities for B&S Group in the pharmaceutical sector.

Previously, Mr Patel worked at Alembic Pharmaceuticals, Intas Pharmaceuticals and Torrent Pharmaceuticals. He has a postgraduate degree in pharmaceutics from the LM College of Pharmacy and an LLB from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He has a postgraduate diploma in patent law from Nalsar University.

In 2012 Mr Patel was selected to train as a patent expert in Tokyo, sponsored by the Japan Patent Office. He is a member of the IP Community Group of Japan managed by JIPIII, representing as an Indian patent attorney. He is a visiting scholar for IP rights at various universities and postgraduate institutes.
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Hilary Preston
Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Hilary Preston serves as co-chair of Vinson & Elkins LLP’s IP practice and is a member of the firm’s management committee. Ms Preston focuses her litigation practice on IP litigation and commercial disputes. She has represented clients in these types of suit in trial and appellate courts across the United States and regularly “provides strong practical advice and offers creative solutions” for clients (Chambers USA, 2016). Ms Preston also has substantial experience counselling clients in risk management surrounding technology development, particularly in the sports, digital media, mobile content delivery and e-commerce industries. In particular, she is noted as having “excellent communication skills and knowledge of the digital technology and telecommunications arenas” and has been called “a trusted adviser” with “excellent judgment” (Chambers USA, 2016). Ms Preston has been recognised in Chambers USA since 2014 and in New York Super Lawyers since 2013.

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Koshi Sakamoto
Director general, intellectual property, Asahi Kasei
Koshi Sakamoto is senior general manager of corporate intellectual property at Asahi Kasei Corporation, a Japanese diversified chemicals company. He also has overall responsibility for Asahi Kasei Group’s IP issues.

Mr Sakamoto joined Asahi Kasei in 1985. With over 20 years’ experience in the IP field, including in litigation in the United States and Europe, he engaged in business development for pharmaceuticals at Asahi Kasei for six years. After gaining experience in this area, he was appointed to his current position of director general of intellectual property in April 2016.

Mr Sakamoto has bachelor’s degrees in agricultural chemistry (University of Tokyo) and law (Meiji University).
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Greg Sato
Managing counsel, Intel
Greg Sato is a managing counsel at Intel’s Patent Licensing Group, which focuses on counselling and advising in connection with worldwide patent transactions such as licences, cross-licences, acquisitions and sales, related corporate patent strategy and pre-litigation patent assertions. Among his other projects, Mr Sato developed and currently manages Intel’s Patent Sales Programme. Before joining Intel, Mr Sato worked at a semiconductor design services start-up in Silicon Valley and at Fenwick & West, a national technology-focused law firm that is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, an MSc in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
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Jacob Schindler
Asia editor, IAM
Jacob Schindler is the Asia editor of IAM. He has been based in Hong Kong for five years, working in a number of editorial and research roles covering intellectual property. He previously worked as a reporter for IAM and World Trademark Review.
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Brian Selby
Vice President, licensing and technology, GE Ventures
Brian Selby is vice president of licensing and technology at GE Ventures. He focuses on accelerating the growth of the company’s strategic initiatives by leveraging its intellectual property with customers, businesses and global research centres outside North America. He is based in Singapore.

Before joining GE, Mr Selby spent 11 years on the senior leadership team at Elemica Inc, a global cloud-based supply chain management solutions company providing modular, scalable supply chain management cloud applications to capital intensive manufacturing industries. Before joining Elemica, Mr Selby spent nine years at GE in various roles within its corporate and plastics divisions, including business development, sourcing and commercial sales. He began his career as a lawyer in the United States, focusing on international trade, mergers and acquisitions and commercial litigation.

Mr Selby has a JD from Chicago Kent College of Law and an AB in history from the University of Chicago.
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Wei Shi
Director, patent acquisition, Xiaomi
Wei Shi became director of patent acquisitions at Xiaomi in March 2016, following the firm’s acquisition of Chinese IP operating company Zhigu, where he had served as a partner and vice president in charge of IP investment and operations since 2012.

Before joining Zhigu, Mr Shi spent four years at Intellectual Ventures in Seattle as head of patent acquisitions for its hardware business unit, where he conducted the valuation and acquisition of thousands of patent portfolios.

In 2001, with more than five years’ experience in the semiconductor industry in mainland China and Singapore, Mr Shi joined the patent business at Chipworks, a patent consulting and reverse engineering company based in Ottawa. At Chipworks, he worked as a technical and patent analyst before being appointed senior programme manager in charge of patent consulting, licensing and litigation support services.
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Joseph Sommer
Vice president, intellectual property, AT&T
Joseph Sommer has been involved in various forms of monetisation of AT&T’s patent assets and technology for over 20 years. Mr Sommer has participated in M&A transactions, standards consortium pool formations, patent valuations, managed company-wide de facto and standard-based patent licensing programmes, designed corporate-wide IP education courses, instituted and managed a patent sales programme, managed two full patent portfolio analysis projects and created a portfolio taxonomy for an early instantiation of the AT&T portfolio for ease of analysis. He has also worked with venture capitalists to leverage portions of AT&T’s patent and technology assets for high value.
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Takayuki Sumita
Secretary general, IP Strategy Headquarters Cabinet Office
Mr Sumita took up his current position in July 2017. Since then, he has been responsible for nationwide IP strategy, including national branding and promotion.He was born in 1962, graduated from Tokyo University (1985), the Graduate School for Foreign Service and Georgetown University (1993). After joining the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 1985, he handled various tasks including policy planning and trade negotiation, especially on intellectual property, innovation, IT and FTA.As director of the IP Policy Office at METI, he promoted intellectual assets-based management, encouraging companies to correctly recognise and to utilise their own intangible assets in order to derive maximum value from their business model.

He also served as chairman of the World Intellectual Capital/Assets Initiative from 2009 to 2013, where he was closely involved in formulating the new business reporting framework of ‘Integrated Reporting’.
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Mingyan Sun
Head, intellectual property, Midea
Mingyan Sun is head of intellectual property at Midea. Mr Sun leads Midea’s IP team of more than 80 staff and manages the full range of IP matters for Midea’s world-wide businesses.

Mr Sun has over 15 years’ IP experience, including seven years as a lawyer (for local and international law firms) and eight years as in-house counsel at multinational companies. Mr Sun is qualified as a Chinese patent attorney and has a master’s in electrical engineering and in law.
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Yingyong Tanthanapongphan
Senior manager, IP management, SCG
Yingyong Tanthanapongphan is senior 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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Dexter Teo
Executive director, IP Office of Singapore
Dexter Teo is executive director of IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) International, the international arm of IPOS. He joined IPOS in December 2013.

Over the past four years Mr Teo has expanded the organisation from 40 to over 100 patent examiners, introduced the Patent Examiner Competency Framework in November 2014 and overseen its operation as the 19th international searching and preliminary examining authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty in September 2015. In 2016 the patent office handled nearly 11,000 domestic and international patent applications.

IPOS International remains focused on adding value to the IP industry. It works closely with government agencies and institutions by providing technology foresight to enable better R&D decision making. In May 2017 IPOS’ work in patent analytics, Singapore Patent Landscape 2014, was awarded the Stu Kaback Business Impact Award 2017 by the Patent Information User Group based in the United States.
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Yuji Toda
General manager, IP division, Hitachi
Yuji Toda is corporate officer and general manager of the IP division at Hitachi, Ltd. He has over 30 years’ experience in the field of intellectual property, such as patent prosecution, patent licensing, IP litigation and IP strategies. He was president of Hitachi Techno-Information Services, which provide patent searching services. He was a Japanese patent attorney and obtained a master’s in intellectual property from the University of New Hampshire (formerly known as Franklin Pierce Law Centre). He is also a member of the government committee of the IP Strategy Headquarters of Japan in the Cabinet Office, managing director of the Japan IP Association and a lecturer at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.
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Yoshiaki Tokuda
Director, IP centre, Panasonic
Yoshiaki Tokuda is director of the IP centre at Panasonic Corporation. He leads the Panasonic group’s global IP strategy by leveraging his practical expertise and extensive business experience.

In 1989 Mr Tokuda began his career at Panasonic headquarters, dealing with a wide range of IP activities, including patent prosecution, licensing and litigation. Since 1997 he has spent 16 years at Panasonic Mobile Communications Co, Ltd, contributing to its mobile phone business through IP-related negotiations and contracts with worldwide competitors.

From 1990 to 1991 Mr Tokuda conducted research for a US and European IP system at the Institute of Intellectual Property, an influential non-profit institution founded by the Japanese government. From 1995 to 1997 he worked at a New York law firm.
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Sven Törringer
Senior legal counsel, Ericsson
Sven Torringer is senior legal counsel at Ericsson, providing legal support to Ericsson’s global IP rights and licensing department. Now based in Hong Kong, he is focusing on Ericsson’s legal IP rights support in Asia. His expertise is in licensing and he works with a wide range of legal, regulatory and policy issues on an international level. Before joining Ericsson, Mr Torringer was in private practice advising clients on M&A and intellectual property in private and public transactions. With more than 30 years’ experience as a leading contributor to open standards and over 39,000 granted patents, Ericsson has emerged as holding one of the industry’s strongest IP portfolios, covering 2G, 3G, 4G and soon 5G cellular standards.

Mr Torringer received his LLM from Lund University, Sweden, and has studied at the University of Nagoya, Japan.
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Roger Tu
Senior vice president, MiiCs & Partners
Roger Tu is senior vice president of MiiCs & Partners, the patent monetisation company under Foxconn technology group. The company exclusively monetises Foxconn’s patent portfolios. Mr Tu heads patent sales for Foxconn and Sharp and patent brokering for many non-Foxconn clients in China and Taiwan. He has 20 years’ experience in the telecoms and IP monetisation fields. His core competence areas cover patent monetisation, patent licensing, patent sales and new business development.

Before joining MiiCs & Partners, Mr Tu served in the licensing team of Ericsson's licensing and patent development division, where he was mainly responsible for IP licensing and network development in China and Taiwan. In addition to these core responsibilities, he also built an extensive network with major players in China and Taiwan, including law firms and handset, chipset, high-tech and internet companies.
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Masao Ueki
Director, business development, TechPats
Masao Ueki is an IP consultant based in Tokyo. Since the start of his career, he has engaged in complex IP programmes, including IP licensing, business development and negotiation in the semiconductor industry, and he is considered a pioneer for his early IP licensing work in this area. Mr Ueki also served as president of Chipworks Japan for over a decade. He is a highly sought-after speaker and writer and has been featured in various publications, including Nikkei Technology Online and IAM. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society Japan.
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Takeshi Ueno
Senior counsel, IP law department, IBM (Japan)
Takeshi Ueno is senior counsel, IP law department at IBM Japan. He has overall responsibility for all IP matters and operations in Japan.

Mr Ueno joined IBM Japan in 1997 and served as a patent attorney, associate patent portfolio manager and a managing patent attorney before assuming his current position. From 2000 to 2002 he was also a patent attorney at IBM Watson Research Lab, IBM Global Services and IBM Corporate Headquarters in New York.

Mr Ueno received his BEng from the University of Tokyo. He became a registered Japanese patent attorney in 1996 and passed the US Patent and Trademark Office patent bar exam in 2000.

Mr Ueno is former president of the Japan IP Association, director of the Industrial Property Cooperation Centre, director of the IP Association of Japan and adjunct lecturer at Tokyo Institute of Technology.
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Ben Wang
Vice president and chief IP counsel, ZTE
Ben Wang is vice president and chief IP counsel at ZTE in the United States, where he provides strategic and tactical guidance relating to IP licensing and litigation issues. Before joining ZTE, Mr. Wang established and led Unilever’s patent group in Shanghai for over five years, building patent portfolios, managing patent litigation, and counseling on legal and IP policy issues in China and globally. Before relocating to China, Mr. Wang practiced law in the United States for over 10 years.

Mr. Wang obtained his BS from Fudan University, MS from Harvard University, and JD from Georgetown University. He externed for Chief Judge Archer at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and clerked for Judge Turner at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington D.C.

Mr. Wang is a registered U.S. patent attorney, and briefly worked at a German law firm in Munich.
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Joff Wild
Editor in chief, IAM
Joff Wild has been the editor of IAM since it was established in 2003. As a journalist, he has specialised in covering intellectual property since the early 1990s. Before IAM, Mr Wild was editor of Managing Intellectual Property, Patent World and Copyright World and assistant editor of Trademark World. He has written on IP-related subjects for publications including The Times, The Financial Times, Euromoney, The American Lawyer and Latin Finance, and has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4 to talk about intellectual property. He is also editor in chief of the IP division of Globe Business Media Group.
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Kimitoshi Yabuki
Professor, competition law, Hitotsubashi University
Kimitoshi Yabuki is a professor of antitrust law at the Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. He is also the managing partner of Yabuki Law Offices, where he specialises in international and domestic antitrust and litigation practice. In addition, he is secretary general of the Japan Competition Law Forum, Japan’s largest organisation of antitrust lawyers, and the previous chair of the Asia Competition Association. He has co-authored several books on law and has written numerous articles on antitrust. From 2012 to 2016 Yabuki Law Offices was selected by Global Competition Review as a highly recommended firm in Japan. Mr Yabuki earned his LLB from the University of Tokyo and his LLM from Columbia Law School. He has been admitted as an attorney at law in Japan since 1987 and in New York since 1992. He worked at Covington and Burling in Brussels and Washington DC from 1991 to 1993.
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Naoki Yoshida
Partner, Finnegan
Naoki Yoshida is managing partner of Finnegan’s Tokyo office. He handles a broad range of IP matters, primarily in electrical and mechanical areas. His practice includes litigation, patent portfolio management, IP due diligence, client counselling, licensing and negotiations, patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office and pre-litigation strategic counselling. He has represented both domestic and foreign clients in numerous patent infringement actions before US district courts and the US International Trade Commission. Additionally, Mr Yoshida evaluates corporate patent portfolios and conducts M&A IP due diligence for both large and small companies.
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Xuelan Yue
Partner, Liu Shen & Associates
Xuelan Yue joined Liu Shen & Associates in 2006. She specialises in drafting patent applications, patent prosecutions, re-examinations, patent invalidations and litigation in fields including mechanical engineering, semiconductors, automobiles, image forming apparatus, lithium batteries and construction machinery. She also has extensive experience in providing freedom-to-operate advice, patent validity analysis and patent strategies counselling services.

Dr Yue qualified as a patent attorney in 2004 and as an attorney at law in 2009. Before joining Liu Shen & Associates, Dr Yue worked at Soei International Patent and Law Firm in Japan for nearly three years, handling patent prosecution and client counselling cases.

Dr Yue received her MS in materials science and engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and PhD in mechanics of materials from Saga University, Japan. Dr Yue also received her LLM from John Marshall Law School in 2013.
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David Yurkerwich
Managing director, Navigator IP

David Yurkerwich is a managing director and leads the IP team at Navigant IP. He operates from offices in New York, San Francisco and Germany. Mr Yurkerwich’s team of seasoned experts assists clients with the challenges and opportunities associated with assessing, valuing and managing IP assets in today’s global innovation economy. They combine timely competitive information and state-of-the-art valuation methodologies, using advanced data and analytical tools to deliver practical business solutions.

Mr Yurkerwich has been recognised by his peers in the IAM Strategy 300 since 2008. He works closely with inventors, owners and attorneys to assess patentability and markets for technologies to build and maintain competitive patent portfolios. He actively negotiates IP-based transactions and structures and manages joint development, licensing and enforcement activities. Mr Yurkerwich also provides expert valuation testimony in patent infringement cases, international arbitration and other business disputes.

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