Speakers

IPBC Asia 2019 will bring together contributions from some of the foremost thought leaders from major regional and international IP owners plus industry regulators and market disruptors. For information about speaking and participation options, please contact Kint Hui on khui@GlobeBMG.com

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Tadanobu Andou
General Manager, IP, NTT Docomo
Tadanobu Andou is General Manager of the IP department at NTT DOCOMO, INC. He is responsible for developing and implementing NTT DOCOMO’s overall IP strategies, ensuring that the company’s portfolio of more than 14,000 patents is used effectively and supporting its R&D and business units with IP issues.

Mr Andou joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation in 1992. During his career at NTT DOCOMO, INC, he has held several engineering and management roles, including General Manager of the network division at its Hokkaido regional office and General Manager of its Shizuoka branch.
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Mitsuru Araki
Director, IP Division, Bridgestone Corporation
Mitsuru Araki is Director of the IP Division at Bridgestone Corporation, which he joined after graduating from Keio University. He has 23 years’ experience in tire development, including eight years working overseas as a Technical Market Researcher. Previously, he was General Manager of Consumer Tire Compounds Development, Tire Technical Planning and Administration and Director of the Quality Assurance Division.

Mr Araki has worked to develop IP functions to help reform businesses, including using IP to provide products, services and information via integrated solutions. He has led IP strategies to develop IP methods and build IP functions at a global tire company.

In 2017 and 2019, Mr Araki was a guest panelist at the Global IP Strategy Forum sponsored by the Japan Patent Office.
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Dongsuk Bae
Head, IP Business, Intellectual Discovery
Dongsuk Bae has 20 years’ experience as an IP licensing expert at LG Electronics, which has allowed him to lead various IP monetisation projects relating to pre-emptive defensive IP acquisitions and enforcement. The Korean prime minister appointed Mr Bae as an Expert Adviser to the Presidential Council on IP – a specialised committee.

Mr Bae is Head of Intellectual Discovery’s IP business. He is responsible for IP investment and planning and governmental IP-related affairs. Since its establishment in 2010, Intellectual Discovery has purchased, sold and licensed more than 6,000 patents globally. Mr Bae was an Auditor for its subsidiaries (Idea Bridge and ID Ventures) and is Outside Director for Idea Bridge, Intellectual Discovery’s asset management company.

Mr Bae’s publications include Intellectual Property Financing (SILONSA, 2015), which is available in both Korean and Chinese. He is an Adjunctive Professor for ASSIST’s IP MBA course.
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Kurt Brasch
Head, Patent Transactions and Patent Policy, Uber
Kurt Brasch is Head of Patent Transactions and Patent Policy at Uber. He closed more than 30 bilateral deals in 2017 and 2018 and launched and managed Uber’s patent purchase programme in 2017. In 2018 Mr Brasch was ranked 35th in IAM’s Top 40 Global Market Makers.

Before joining Uber in 2016, Mr Brasch led strategic initiatives and patent divestitures for Google’s patent transactions team in addition to heading up multiple patent licence negotiations. He was named as one of the Top 10 IP Personalities of 2015 by IAM magazine for his work creating and driving Google’s patent purchase promotion and patent starter programme.

Before Google, Mr Brasch had a 22-year career at Motorola in patent management and licensing and product management. He has a bachelor’s in finance from Arizona State University and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.
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Gustav Brismark
Owner, Kazehara AB
Gustav Brismark is Owner of Kazehara AB, a firm which provides strategic IP management advice, primarily focusing on the emerging 5G industry. He is also a Board Member of Smoltek Nanotech Holdings AB.

From April 2016 to March 2019, Mr Brismark was Chief IP Officer (CIPO) of Ericsson, which holds one of the industry’s strongest IP portfolios, covering 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G cellular standards. As CIPO, Mr Brismark was responsible for creating return on investment in Ericsson technology and securing continued value growth by patenting the inventions of Ericsson engineers.

Over the past 15 years, Mr Brismark played a central role in turning Ericsson’s IP rights and licensing organisation into a world-class operation that is an integral part of Ericsson’s global business, with more than 100 revenue-generating licence agreements worldwide. He did this first as Vice President of IP rights strategy and thereafter as CIPO.
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Craig Burnett
Director, Patent Licensing, Dolby Laboratories, Inc
Craig Burnett joined Dolby Laboratories, Inc, in 2015 as a Director of Patent Licensing in San Francisco, California. He is a part of Dolby’s patent licensing group, which is responsible for licensing Dolby’s patents. Previously, Mr Burnett was a Senior Licensing Attorney at Intellectual Ventures. He has also held patent licensing roles at San Disk, Acacia and Discovision Associates. He began his career in patent litigation at Arnold, White and Durkee in Houston, Texas.

Mr Burnett has a JD from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, a BSCE and a MSME from the University of Illinois and a MSCS from the University of Texas at Dallas.
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Jeffery Carter
President and CEO, 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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Raymond Chen
Former Director, IP, DiDi
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Shirley Chen
Director, IP, Lenovo
With a double educational background in science and engineering and law, Shirley Chen is in charge of Lenovo Group’s patent business in China. She took the lead in establishing and improving Lenovo’s patent management system in China and monitored and participated in several acquisitions and integrations of outbound patents and business. Under her guidance, Lenovo’s IP team has repeatedly been recognised among IAM’s China IP Champions and Asia IP Elite. Ms Chen herself has also received numerous awards for her work in the IP field, including being named Annual Advanced Individual of IP Work in Enterprises by the State Intellectual Property Office. She has been invited to speak on behalf of Chinese enterprises by the World Intellectual Property Organisation on several occasions.

Ms Chen is also an off-campus mentor for postgraduate students at Beijing Technology and Business University and the University of Science and Technology, Beijing.
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Brendan Cheong
Principal Adviser, Patents and Technical IP, Rio Tinto
Brendan Cheong is Principal Adviser of Patents and Technical IP at Rio Tinto. He is also an Australian Patent and Trademark Attorney. At Rio Tinto, Mr Cheong is responsible for the formulation and execution of IP strategies for its R&D projects, as well as for the management of IP risks to the company. He sits on a number of Rio Tinto’s IP steering committees and working groups, providing advice and recommendations to assist in the development of Rio Tinto’s current and future IP and commercial directions.
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Min-Sheo Choi
Director, IP Business, ETRI
Min-Sheo Choi is Director of IP Business at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI). While leading the IP-based monetisation efforts of Korea’s largest information and communications technology (ICT) research institute, he has made numerous IP licensing and transaction deals, generating hundreds of millions of dollars. He has thus successfully transformed ETRI’s IP business into one of its most important revenue-generating sources.

Mr Choi is interested in using data science to make the IP ecosystem more efficient, transparent, fair and sustainable.

Before joining ETRI, Mr Choi spent several years representing various global ICT firms before the Korean Intellectual Property Office. He studied physics, information and communications engineering and neuroscience.
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Kimberly Chotkowski
Vice President and Head, Licensing Strategy and Operations, InterDigital Inc
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Lawrence Davis
Vice President, GE Licensing & Technology Ventures
Lawrence Davis is Managing Director of Licensing at General Electric Company, where he builds licensing programmes for monetisation using patent licensing, technology transfer, new business creation and trademarks across a wide range of markets – from electronics and materials to power systems and software. Previously, Dr Davis built GE’s licensing electrical systems platform, which drove end-to-end patent licensing programmes, including investment, acquisition, patent analysis and negotiations for partnerships and innovative business models. He is experienced in electronics, packaging and hybrid and electric vehicle technologies.

Previously, Dr Davis worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he developed advanced electro-optical components for mil-aero applications. After JPL, he was an Engineering Director for component development in fiber-optic systems at networking start-up Ciena. Dr Davis later joined Intel, where he worked on technology development and product management for communication modules.
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Alvin Deng
Head, IP, Novozymes China
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Jianguang Du
Director, IP, Mindray
Jianguang Du is a patent attorney registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Dr Du previously worked as IP counsel at Schlumberger and a patent attorney with Fish & Richardson. He is currently group IP director for Mindray, managing Mindray's IP department and overseeing all Mindray’s IP work. He has solid education in IP law and is experienced in managing all aspects of IP for global corporations, including establishing IP management system; developing IP strategies and plans; developing and managing global IP portfolios; protecting, exploiting and enforcing IP rights; managing IP risks and resolving IP disputes; preparing and negotiating IP licences and agreements; and patent preparation and prosecution. Dr Du is also experienced in providing IP due diligence on freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity, M&A and competitive monitoring.
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Vikran Duangmanee
IP Management Manager, SCG Chemicals
Vikran Duangmanee is IP Management Manager of SCG Chemicals Co, Ltd, a subsidiary of the Siam Cement Group. She has an LLM in IP law and policy from the University of Washington and an LLB from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She is active in the areas of IP strategy, IP licensing and the commercialisation of IP rights.

Ms Duangmanee is a Co-chair of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) Asia-Pacific committee and a committee member of LES Thailand. She lectures on IP, licensing and innovation at universities in Thailand, including Chulalongkorn University, Sasin Business School and Bangkok University. She also speaks at many industrial and academic conferences and seminars on topics relating to licensing, IP, the commercialisation of innovation and IP transactions.
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Ed Fish
Managing Director and Co-Head, Tech and IP Advisory, Houlihan Lokey
Ed Fish is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s tech and IP advisory practice. Previously, he was a Senior Managing Director at Black Stone IP, a boutique investment bank focused on valuing and trading tech and IP assets, which was acquired by Houlihan Lokey in 2017. An experienced technology company executive and board member, Mr Fish also has substantial experience in patent law and litigation, capital market fundraising and corporate and business development strategy and execution. Mr Fish has held various roles, including President and board member at digital rights management and IP licensing pioneer InterTrust; President and CEO at social education company ePals Corp (now Cricket Media, TSX: CKT); and Senior Vice President of Premium Services and Senior Vice President of Desktop Messaging at AOL. Mr Fish also specialised in patent and IP transactions and litigation at Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
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Mattia Fogliacco
CEO, Sisvel
Mattia Fogliacco was appointed CEO of Sisvel in 2017 but has been part of the Sisvel Group’s executive management team as Chief New Business Officer since 2014. Founded in 1982, Sisvel is a world leader in fostering innovation and managing IP. Sisvel identifies, evaluates and maximises the value of IP assets. Mr Fogliacco has a background in business and innovation management. He has an MSc from Bocconi University and a CEMS master's in international management. He has published articles on the technology and IP commercialisation markets. Before joining Sisvel, Mr Fogliacco was Managing Director of 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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Minoru Fujiki
CEO and COO, IP Bridge
Minoru Fujiki is CEO and Chief Operating Officer at IP Bridge, where he oversees all IP business, including patent licensing, IP risk management services and innovation. He was appointed to the position in February 2019 and is responsible for the company’s corporate planning, which includes corporate communications and IP policy issues.

Before joining IP Bridge, Mr Fujiki headed the licensing group of a telecoms network business at NEC. He has received industry-wide praise for his ability to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in profits based on global patent licensing and sales, in addition to managing IP disputes and litigation. Mr Fujiki also launched NEC’s European IP centre in London in 2007, where he – as Head of the centre – created IP strategies and platforms to facilitate the IP activities of NEC’s local R&D entities. He has also managed SEP licensing issues at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.
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Toshifumi Futamata
Visiting Senior Researcher, Institute for Future Initiatives at the University of Tokyo
Toshifumi Futamata is an experienced IP strategic analyst. After being stationed in Germany and Singapore, he became the lead IP negotiator at Panasonic Mobile Communications. Between 2007 and 2011 he was Managing Director of Sisvel (Japan), a subsidiary of the European IP management company, where he built and fostered the company’s patent pool and multi-party licensing programmes. Since 2013 he has been a Visiting Senior Researcher at the Institute for Future Initiatives at the University of Tokyo.

Mr Futamata has led IP strategy and negation training for the Japan Patent Office’s programmes. He is Chair of an SEPs study group, a regular lecturer in the strategic taskforce leadership programme at the University of Tokyo and a Visiting Researcher at the Mitsubishi Research Institute. Mr Futamata also focuses on start-ups and is a Senior Adviser to i2P Ventures and Piece Future (Singapore).
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Yasuhiro Goto
General Manager, IP, Idemitsu Kosan Co, Ltd
Yasuhiro Goto is General Manager of IP Center, IP Department. Mr. Goto started working for Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd. in 1991. After working at R&D section on metallocene catalysis polymerization study, joined IP department in 2003. Registered Japanese Patent Attorney in 2008. Responsible for the construction and utilization of IP Portfolios that contribute to business advantage in the wide variety of business fields including Fuel Cell, Lubricants, Functional Chemicals, and Electronic Materials. Having been responsible for the current position since April of 2018.
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Mathias Hellman
Vice President and Head, IP Rights Strategy and Portfolio Management, Ericsson

Ericsson is a world leading information and communications technology provider. It carries approximately 40% of the world’s mobile traffic through its networks and has one of the industry’s strongest patent portfolios. Mathias Hellman is Vice President and Head of IP Rights Strategy and Portfolio Management and responsible for the development of Ericsson’s licensing models and for ensuring a fair return on Ericsson’s substantial investment in cellular standards and other research areas, including network infrastructure, cloud, devices and the Internet of Things.

Mr Hellman has worked at Ericsson since 2011 and has held various responsibilities within the strategy and portfolio management team. In 2016 he became Head of the team.

Mr Hellman has an interdisciplinary academic background, holding an MSc in intellectual capital management from the Centre for Intellectual Property Studies at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and an MSc-equivalent degree in software engineering, also from Chalmers.

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Masato Higa
General Manager, IP Strategy Department, Hitachi Ltd
Masato Higa is General Manager of the IP strategy department of Hitachi Ltd’s IP division. He is responsible for planning Hitachi’s IP strategies. He joined Hitachi in 1997.

Mr Higa qualified as a Patent Attorney in Japan in 2000. After gaining significant patent prosecution and management experience at Hitachi, Mr Higa was transferred to Hitachi America Ltd, where he was Head of its IP division from April 2017 to April 2019.

After returning to Hitachi in Japan, Mr Higa was appointed to his current role, in which he develops IP strategies to help the company navigate the uncertainty of today’s global market.
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Jeff Holman
IP Strategy Counsel, HZO, Inc
Jeff Holman has a broad background that spans law, engineering and business. He deploys strategic business initiatives that create enterprise value and establish operational efficiencies. Mr Holman has a BSc in electrical engineering and a JD from the University of Utah and an MBA from Brigham Young University. He has practised patent and IP law in Silicon Valley, built and managed a law firm focused on IP transactions, helped ‘Shark Tank’ inventors with legal and business strategy and served as General Counsel for the leading innovator for consumer electronics waterproofing technology – where he managed engagements with two Fortune 10 customers, provided key legal oversight relating to $170 million in equity and debt funding and oversaw global IP strategy. In addition to his role at HZO, Inc, Mr Holman is working with a development team at Intellectual Strategies to launch the first software-as-a-service platform dedicated to IP strategy.
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SungJin Hong
Legal Manager, IP, Mercari, Inc
SungJin Hong started his IP career in a Korean law firm and switched to various in-house roles thereafter. His first in-house role was at a Korean display conglomerate, where he focused on licensing and litigation-related work. He then moved to international environments, where he undertook more Asia-centred and regional IP roles (eg, Asia-Pacific IP Counsel) within globally operating IP organisations, including multinationals headquartered in Europe and the United States focusing on the chemical and consumer products sectors. In 2019 Mr Hong moved from Singapore to Tokyo to join Mercari Inc, shifting his focus from the automotive parts industry to information technology. Mr Hong is a US attorney at law, a member of Washington DC Bar and speaks English, Japanese and Korean.
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Hisashi Ishijima
Corporate Associate Vice President and Deputy General Manager, IP Division, Ricoh Co, Ltd
After joining Ricoh, Co, Ltd Hisashi Ishijima worked in the patent department, where he was in charge of patent prosecution for copying machines and printers. From 1998 to 2001, Mr Ishijima was dispatched as a patent liaison to a local corporation in New Jersey in the United States. After returning to Japan, he has been engaged in the management of patent prosecution and licensing.
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Arshad Jamil
Associate Vice President & Head, IP Rights, Biocon Biologics

Arshad Jamil is an Indian Patent Attorney with extensive experience in the legal and IP rights fields. He is Chief IP Counsel and Global Head of IP Rights at Biocon Biologics India Limited, where he is responsible for the company’s patent and trademark filings and policy, and handles global litigation for biosimilars. Mr Jamil manages Biocon’s IP portfolio of more than 1,100 patents and 650 trademarks globally.

Previously, Mr Jamil was a Senior Patent Attorney at Sun Pharma, where he handled abbreviated new drug application litigation, including Hatch-Waxman settlements. He has a BE from Mysore University (1991) and an LLB from Chaudhary Charan Singh University (formerly Meerut University) (1998). In 2014 he completed the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research postgraduate executive management programme. He is a distinguished speaker at national and international IP forums and has been recognised by the IAM Strategy 300 in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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

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

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

Mr Jasprizza is based at Intralink’s Tokyo offices and speaks Japanese fluently.
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M Jayakumar
Director, IP, Proprietary Products, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Limited
Dr Jayakumar is responsible for devising IP strategies for the proprietary products business from product ideation to commercial launch. He drives various IP activities, focusing on invention capturing, patent filing and prosecution, patent portfolio and lifecycle management, risk mitigation, litigation, licensing and monetisation activities.

Dr Jayakumar has a PhD in pharmaceutical technology from Jadavpur University and a law degree from Osmania University. He also has an executive business management certification from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
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YP Jou
President and CEO, ScienBiziP Japan
YP Jou is founder of the ScienBiziP Group and President of ScienBiziP Japan. ScienBiziP is an IP professional services corporation that was established by key shareholders including Foxconn, Sharp, strategic partners and employees. With offices in Japan, China, Taiwan and the United States, ScienBiziP is a one-stop consultancy that provides a wide range of services, including IP applications, licensing, transactions, litigation and pledging.

Mr Jou is of counsel at Wispro Law Offices of International Commerce, and is also founder of InQuartik Corporation and MiiCs & Partners.

Mr Jou spent 18 years as General Counsel at Hon Hai, where he oversaw the company’s legal, M&A and IP affairs. He was also a Consultant at Haier and the Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan.
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Masaki Kataoka
Head, IP Division, LIXIL Group Corporation

Masaki Kataoka is Head of LIXIL Group Corporation’s IP division and Chief IP Officer of LIXIL Water Technology.

Mr Kataoka joined LIXIL Group in 2018 and is primarily responsible for IP matters involving LIXIL companies and third parties. These include establishing IP strategies and practices, as well as governing IP-related operations for LIXIL group companies, including patent filing strategies, IP portfolio management strategies and offensive and defensive patent licensing strategies. Mr Kataoka also manages IP practices for design and trademark protection, including dealing with counterfeit product issues. The IP team works closely with various stakeholders in Germany, the United States, Asia and across the world. Mr Kataoka also works with R&D and business groups within LIXIL on various IP-related initiatives.

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Hiroshi Kawana
General Manager, IP, KDDI
Hiroshi Kawana is General Manager of the IP Department at KDDI Corporation.

Mr Kawana began his career at KDDI Corporation in 1993 and joined the IP department in 2000.

He is responsible for all of the KDDI Group’s IP activities, including IP portfolio development, licensing and litigation. He has 18 years’ experience in IP and is a registered patent attorney in Japan.
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Jamie Kemler
Vice President, IP Business Strategy, Stryker Corporation
Jamie Kemler is Vice President of IP Business Strategy at Stryker Corporation, where he is responsible for the development and execution of Stryker’s enterprise-wide IP business strategy, including monetisation activities and forming relationships with technology transfer, licensing and venture offices of global universities and hospitals. Mr Kemler is on temporary assignment in Hong Kong, leading business development across Stryker’s Asia-Pacific region. Earlier in his career at Stryker, he was Group President for the biotech, spine, trauma and development divisions, with multiple manufacturing and research operations in Europe and the United States.

Mr Kemler has a BSE in biomedical engineering from Duke University (1979) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (1983). In 2012 he became a USPTO-registered Patent Agent. He is also a certified licensing professional and a registered technology transfer professional. From 2017 to 2019, Mr Kemler has been recognised by the IAM Strategy 300.
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Kiyotaka Kenmochi
Deputy Director, Technology Innovation Headquarters, IP Centre, East Japan Railway Company
Kiyotaka Kenmochi began his career in 1992 at the East Japan Railway Company. He has experience of being a crew member, a manager of the crew depot and a manager of the transport planning department.

During this time, Mr Kenmochi was engaged in the strategic planning work in the R&D department. Since 2018, the company’s IP centre, technology innovation headquarters has been coordinating IP operations, of which Mr Kenmochi assists. The company’s IP strategy is promoted based on its new medium-term management plan.
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Jonathan James
Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group
Jonathan James is a Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group, where he serves as Director of Litigation and Portfolio Management for Fortress’s IP group and IP investment fund. Prior to joining Fortress, Mr James was a Partner at Perkins Coie, where he was Co-Chair of the firm’s IP practice and a member of the firm’s executive committee. He has more than 25 years’ experience representing leading technology companies in patent, trade secrets and competition litigation in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has experience advising clients regarding patent portfolio strategy, patent licensing, patent transactions and patent monetization, as well as IP-related competition law issues, including SEP and FRAND issues. Previously, Mr James worked in marketing at IBM. He was also a Law Clerk for the US Senate Judiciary Committee Sub-Committee on Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks. Mr James is recognised by the IAM Strategy 300.
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Vijay Kumar Khaderbad
Principal Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services
Vijaya Kumar Khaderbad has 28 years’ experience in the IT industry in software development, enterprise architecture, account management, sales and business development, bid management and IP management. He is responsible for software product development processes at Tata Consultancy Services.

Mr Khaderbad is a certified master IT architect by The Open Group and a board member for its programme. He is a member of the British Computer Society, a chartered IT professional and a chartered membership assessor. He is also Chair of the Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA), Hyderabad chapter, a founding member of AEA India and a member of the AEA India Management Committee. Mr Khaderbad is a member of the Industry Advisory Committee for Enterprise Architecture for the Kerala government, India.

Mr Khaderbad has a master’s in management studies from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India.
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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, 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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Greg Kisor
Global Head, Investment Fund Management, Intellectual Ventures Management LLC
Gregory Kisor is Global Head of Investment Fund Management at Intellectual Ventures Management LLC (IV). During his 15 years at IV, Mr Kisor has held the roles of Chief Technologist, Chief Portfolio Architect and Vice President of Technology, Licensing and Investor Relations.
Before joining IV, Mr Kisor spent 10 years at Intel Corporation, where he held numerous jobs, including Principal Engineer and Head Patent Technologist and Strategist.

Mr Kisor has served on the National Academies Committee for Science Technology and Law, which serves as an adviser to the US government on many topics, including IP.

Mr Kisor was Chair of the US Joint Photographic Experts Group Committee and has been active in developing international standards, including ISO/IEC JTC1, ETSI, ECMA, SMPTE, IETF and ITU. Mr Kisor has also held positions at National Semiconductor, IBM and a software start-up. He has a BSEE from Brigham Young University.
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Satoshi Konno
Managing Director, 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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R Lakshminarayanan
Director, IP and Innovation Management, Samsung R&D Institute India Bangalore
R Lakshminarayanan is head of IP rights management at Samsung R&D Bangalore, and is responsible for championing systematic invention creation, securing enforceable patent protection and building high-quality patent portfolios.

Mr Lakshminarayanan has over 18 years’ experience in the field of IP rights, specialising in software technology patents and managing large global patent portfolios. Under his leadership, Samsung R&D Bangalore won the National IP Award 2015, the World Intellectual Property Organisation IP Enterprise Award 2015, Zinnov’s Great Place to Innovate Award 2015 and the Samsung Special Award 2016.

Mr Lakshminarayanan has a degree in mechanical engineering from the Institution of Engineers (India). He also has an LLB from Karnataka State Law University and an LLM in business law.

Mr Lakshminarayanan is a member of the In-House IP Professionals Forum in India and the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, and frequently speaks at various IP forums and conferences.
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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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Zhen Liu
Senior Legal Director, Xiaomi Corporation
Zhen Liu is Senior Legal Director at Xiaomi Corporation, where he heads the global litigation team. As a senior member of Xiaomi, he manages IP and other commercial litigation in a wide range of jurisdictions across Asia, Europe and North America. Meanwhile, as the head of the legal teams supporting the licensing, investment and financing divisions, he has handled a wide variety of domestic and international IP law and transactional matters across all business divisions of the company, providing advice and managing resolution.

After Mr Liu earned a BS in computer science and worked as a Programmer for years, he received his law degree from Renmin University of China. Prior to joining Xiaomi in 2013, Mr Liu was an Attorney at law and a Patent Attorney in Chinese top law firms with an emphasis on litigation, where he gained extensive experience of IP and commercial litigation.
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Jason Loh
CEO and Founder, Piece Future
With nearly 20 years’ experience in the IP industry, Jason Loh founded Piece Future in 2016. He is an innovator whose mission is to drive the growth of companies through the power of IP. Mr Loh is an advocate of using intangible assets and is an expert in anchoring IP to business strategies. In 2017 he created the world’s first IP innovation start-up competition, IPHatch, to help start-ups leverage the IP portfolios of multinationals.

Mr Loh also holds multiple high-profile positions, including being Director at IIPCC Singapore, Asia’s Executive Adviser at the Institute of Innovation Knowledge Exchange in the United Kingdom, Managing Partner at start-up incubator i2P Ventures and Partner at True Vine Capital Partners Pte Ltd. With these roles and an interest in the unique IP investment ecosystem, he constantly seeks to achieve breakthroughs and make contributions to the IP community.
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Ian MacLean
Vice President, IP Services, TechInsights
Ian MacLean provides strategic direction and leadership to a team of specialised engineers, analysts and customer service professionals dedicated to enabling IP groups and law firms to derive value from their patent portfolios.

Before his current role, Mr MacLean was Vice President of Patent Intelligence Services at Chipworks. A veteran of the technology sector, his career spans over 20 years. He has held senior sales, marketing and business development roles at leading technology companies. Mr MacLean has a BA from the University of Western Ontario.
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Taraneh Maghamé
Senior Director, Wireless Programmes and Corporate Development, Via Licensing Corporation
Taraneh Maghamé is a highly regarded IP business leader widely recognised for her unique combination of strategic corporate IP licensing know-how, high-level government relations and policy expertise. She has successfully closed complex IP business deals around the globe. Ms Maghamé was recently selected to participate in the European Commission Group of Experts on Licensing and Valuation of Standard Essential Patents.

As Senior Director of Wireless Programmes and Corporate Development at Via Licensing Corporation, a subsidiary of US audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, Ms Maghamé develops and manages strategic multi-party licensing programmes in wireless and cellular technologies — including the LTE/LTE-Advanced and W-CDMA patent pools. In early 2018, she launched Via’s highly anticipated multi-generation wireless patent licensing programme for internet-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets and connected cars.

Before joining Via in 2017, Ms Maghamé was Senior Counsel in Apple’s IP and licensing group, where she focused on patent licensing strategy and standards.
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Susanna Martikainen
Head, Mobile Devices Licensing, Nokia
Susanna Martikainen is Head of Mobile Devices Licensing for Nokia’s patent business and leads the company’s mobile phone patent licensing programme. Built on its leadership in R&D over many years, Nokia has one of the industry’s broadest and strongest patent portfolios. With more than 100 licensees, including most leading mobile phone original equipment manufacturers, Nokia reported licensing revenues of around €1.5 billion in 2018.

During her 20-year career at Nokia, Ms Martikainen has played a major role in structuring and negotiating patent licence agreements with many major licensees and has managed complex enforcement projects, including large-scale FRAND arbitrations. Ms Martikainen is also involved in IP strategy, business development, transactions and regulatory matters.

Ms Martikainen has an LLM from Helsinki University.
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Akira Matsunaga
Commissioner, Japan Patent Office
Akira Matsunaga became Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in July 2019. He oversees Japan's policy on patents, trademarks and design rights, as well as the JPO’s operations.

Since entering Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 1986, Mr Matsunaga has worked at offices engaged in developing local economies and industries, establishing policies for the industrial sector and advancing economic cooperation. In particular, he has extensive experience in small and medium-sized enterprises policy. He has also been closely involved in the reconstruction and revitalisation of Fukushima since the Great East Japan earthquake and the nuclear disaster in 2011.

Mr Matsunaga has an LLB from the University of Tokyo and an LLM from Harvard Law School. From 1995 to 1998, he worked as a Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Myanmar. He was a Professor of the Faculty of Economics at Nagasaki University from 2002 to 2004.
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Santhosh Metri
Director, Product Strategy, IP and M&A, Bureau van Dijk (A Moody’s Analytics Company)
Santhosh Metri joined Bureau van Dijk (A Moody’s Analytics Company) as the Global Head of IP Products in 2015. He has extensive experience in IP and specialises in patents, trademarks and design rights. Along with the techno-legal expertise that he has gained in a range of IP roles, Mr Metri has worked in strategic roles and been influential in key IP decisions. He has recently become part of the product strategy team working as Director of Product Strategy, managing M&A and IP solutions globally.

Following graduating as a software engineer, Mr Metri worked in the IP industry before pursuing a master’s in innovation management from the University of Manchester. He further developed his legal skills by pursuing a second master’s in IP law and management from the University of Strasbourg. He has worked with companies such as Infosys, Accenture, Evalueserve, Honeywell, Kenwood and Iceberg Capital Partners.
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Hiroki Mitsumata
Secretary General, IP Strategy Headquarters Cabinet Office
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Sakae Nakamura
Principal Expert, Senior General Manager , Corporate IP, Asahi Kasei Corporation
Sakae Nakamura joined Asahi Kasei Corporation in 1985. After working at the research laboratory, she was transferred to the IP department in 1989. She worked in the technical information search division of the Asahi Kasei Group, which was established in 1998, and was promoted to Director for the division in 2006.

Ms Nakamura was appointed Principal Expert of Asahi Kasei Group in October 2017 and, since October 2018, has been Principal Expert and Senior General Manager of Corporate IP. In 2016 she received the Japan Patent Office commissioner’s Patent Information HR Development Award for her achievement in nurturing patent professionals and promoting patent information.
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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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Tatsuo Nakamura
CEO and Founder, VALUENEX
Tatsuo Nakamura is CEO and Founder of VALUENEX, a leading Tokyo and Silicon Valley-based Big Data and predictive analytics company. Previously, he spent almost 20 years as a distinguished consultant and thought leader in Japan's scientific establishments. He was a Consultant in the Mitsubishi Research Institute for more than 15 years, specialising in operations research, IP and data mining. He was also a Research Associate at the University of Tokyo. Dr Nakamura teaches at Waseda University, is an esteemed guest speaker at global IP and predictive analytics events and continues to work on new algorithm and AI development, enterprise consultation projects and the global expansion of VALUENEX’s tools and services. VALUENEX is recognised as a top company in the field and received the 2019 US-Japan innovation award. Dr Nakamura has received the Japan Patent Information Organisation’s President’s Award for distinguished service.
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Tomoko Noguchi
Senior Manager, Patent Licensing, Nokia
Tomoko Noguchi is a Senior Licensing Manager at Nokia’s patent business, working mainly in Asia – particularly in Japan. Built on its leadership in R&D over many years, Nokia has one of the industry’s broadest and strongest patent portfolios. With more than 100 licensees – including most of the leading mobile phone original equipment manufacturers – Nokia reported licensing revenues of approximately €1.5 billion in 2018.

Ms Noguchi joined Nokia in 2018 from Sisvel Japan, where she was a Licensing Manager since 2013, receiving a best performance award for her contribution to closing a large number of deals. She was also a Licensing Manager for NEC, working on a range of patent licensing matters in the telecoms networks market, including licensing negotiations with global companies.

Ms Noguchi has bachelor’s degree from Keio university. Based in Tokyo, she is a board member of the Licensing Executives Society Japan.
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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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Henrik Olsson
Partner, Head of AWA Strategy, AWA Strategy
Henrik Olsson has more than 20 years’ experience in the IP field from both industry and private practice. He manages AWA Strategy, a commercial-oriented business function in the AWA Group dedicated to strengthening the competitiveness of knowledge-based companies using IP.

Mr Olsson was Global IP Director at Volvo Group from 2010 to 2016. Prior to that, he was Manager of Intellectual Asset Management at AB SKF. In these global positions, he focused on developing IP operations towards business alignment and efficiency. He achieved high commercial value through the intelligent use of resources and money.

Mr Olsson’s experience includes developing, implementing and executing commercial IP strategies – from branding to business models, unique selling points and product and service management elements via licensing, product pricing and enforcement to reach higher profits. Mr Olsson designs, reviews and drives effective IP infrastructures, including processes, roles, competence needs, organisation, governance and risk management.
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Hirofumi Oshima
Vice President, Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory
Hirofumi Oshima is a Senior Analyst who specialises in IP consulting service at Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory LLC. He is a Japanese Patent Attorney and has experience working as an IP Researcher at a major Japanese consulting service company.
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Changhae Park
Senior Vice President and Chief IP Officer, NXP Semiconductors
Changhae Park is Senior Vice President and Chief IP Officer at NXP Semiconductors based in Austin, Texas. He leads all of the company’s IP matters, including creation, counselling and monetisation. Previously, he was Head of IP monetisation at NXP and Chief IP Officer of Freescale Semiconductor.

Mr Park began his career as a Researcher and has held several technical and managerial positions at Cypress Semiconductor and Motorola. As Head of Motorola’s R&D organisation, he focused on technology transfer and licensing, before managing all licensing business for Motorola and Freescale. He has led numerous IP monetisation campaigns and generated close to $2 billion from deals with major corporations in the semiconductor and electronics industries worldwide.

Mr Park has a bachelor’s from Ajou University in South Korea, a master’s and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, and an MBA from Arizona State University.
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Robert Parker
Partner, Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.
Robert Parker has 35 years’ experience in IP, commercial and regulatory litigation before the US state and federal courts, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration. His clients – including Xerox, FannieMae, Boeing and Nasdaq – have relied on him as Counsel in government investigations. He represents international companies, which report that he “represents with zeal” and “understands his clients’ business needs and looks for solutions to complex international disputes that align with them”. Previously, he clerked for a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and was Counsel to the Chair of the US ITC. Mr Parker is a Visiting Lecturer at Baylor Law School in Texas. He is Counsel to the Committee of Concerned Scientists, a non-profit organisation of scientists advocating for the human rights and scientific freedom of academics.
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Michael Pierantozzi
Head, Patent Sales and Acquisitions, IP Licensing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Michael Pierantozzi is a technology entrepreneur and IP business strategist and transaction expert based in Silicon Valley. He is responsible for strategic business development, including sales, acquisitions and licensing for the IP licensing group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Previously, Mr Pierantozzi held leadership positions at HP, IPotential, IV and a start-up he co-founded, which focused on providing transparency in IP transactions. He also ran his own IP advisory and brokerage consulting firm – Andiamo Associates, LLC.

Mr Pierantozzi has been recognised by the IAM Strategy 300 since 2009. He is a frequent speaker at IP and tech industry events and for academic programmes at Stanford University. He has also served on the advisory board of Lex Machina, Inc.

Mr Pierantozzi has an MS from the management, science and engineering department of Stanford University and a BS in mechanical engineering from Drexel University.
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Jun Qiu
Partner, Liu Shen & Associates
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Kent Richardson
CEO, Richardson Oliver Insights, LLC
Kent Richardson is CEO at Richardson Oliver Insights, where he supports customers in developing data-driven strategies based on patent market data and insights. He is also a Partner at Richardson Oliver Law Group, where he counsels clients on a variety of patent and business matters, including patent buying, selling, licensing, valuation, prosecution and operations.

Mr Richardson has experience licensing and marketing patent portfolios, resulting in more than $600 million worth of patent licence bookings. He has also served as an expert witness in English and US patent monetisation and licensing practice cases.

Before founding Richardson Oliver Insights and Richardson Oliver Law Group, Mr Richardson was General Manager of ThinkFire Services USA, Ltd’s Silicon Valley office. He has also worked in various senior management roles with growth businesses such as Sezmi, Constellation Capital, Rambus and Numerical Technologies, and as an Attorney in private practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
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Matteo Sabattini
Director, IP Policy, Ericsson AB
Matteo Sabattini is Director of IP Policy at Ericsson AB, based in its Washington DC office. He is responsible for IP rights policy, advocacy and licensing, as well as promotion at standards developing organisations, industry forums, trade associations and governmental agencies. He is also Senior Vice President of Standards at the Licensing Executive Society (LES) United States and Canada.

Mr Sabattini has years of expertise in technology and IP-related matters and a background which combines business, policy and technical skills. He has an MBA from the George Washington University, a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California San Diego and an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna.

Before joining Ericsson, Mr Sabattini was Chief Technology Officer at the Sisvel Group. He also worked at InterDigital and Global Prior Art, a boutique IP consulting firm based in Boston.
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Aaradhana Sadasivam
Senior Manager, IP, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory
Aaradhana Sadasivam has 18 years’ experience dealing with all aspects of patents in traditional law firms, IP consultancy firms and in-house environments. Dr Sadasivam is particularly experienced in the fungal, plant, animal biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical sciences fields, as well as in the mechanical engineering and semiconductor technology fields.
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Shizuka Sayama
General Manager, Licensing Department, Sony Corporation
Shizuka Sayama is General Manager of the Licensing Department at Sony Corporation and is responsible for IP licensing for the entire electronics business across Sony’s group entities. Ms Sayama joined Sony’s IP team in 1998. Her experience encompasses various IP-related transactions, including licensing patents, forming patent pools and joint ventures and handling patent disputes. Until recently, Ms Sayama’s main focus was on the telecoms area, including 4G. Sony is an international technology and entertainment conglomerate and owns approximately 90,000 patents assets globally.
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Scott Schneider
Asia-Pacific Patent Engineering Lead, Business Development Executive, IBM
Scott Schneider is a Business Development Executive, Senior Technical Leader and Principal Patent Engineer at IBM with more than 30 years’ combined software engineering and IP industry experience. He leads a talented team of patent engineers who support activities in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His team creates exciting new opportunities in patent licensing, assignments and creative monetisation models. His role provides for the enjoyable hybrid application of technical and business acumen in the context of customer-facing engagements.

Mr Schneider is an IBM ‘master inventor’ with more than 40 pending and granted patents. His deep software expertise spans the architecture, design and development of open source and commercial systems through object-oriented approaches. His research focus includes design patterns, programming models and languages and augmented intelligence as it applies to patent analytics. In 2016 he was inducted into the IBM Academy of Technology.
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Munish Sudan
Head, IP, Tata Steel Ltd
Munish Sudan heads the IP section of Tata Steel Ltd and manages patent, copyright and design portfolios. He is also responsible for managing IP ownership, licensing, confidentiality, funding and other contractual aspects of research and technology collaborations. Mr Sudan is a member of the Innovation Council and works with researchers to assess and convert potential ideas into new products and technologies. He has led Tata Steel to win a number of coveted and prestigious awards – the Thomson Reuters Innovation Award 2015, the Council of Institutional Investors National IP Award and the Tata Innovista Award in 2015 and 2016.

Before joining Tata Steel, Mr Sudan worked at Evalueserve as a Group Manager, heading a multilingual team of more than 60 team members. He provided IP asset management and technology research and strategy solutions to Fortune 100 companies in the energy and chemical sectors.
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Stefan Tamme
Vice President, Global Licensing and IP Strategy, Rambus
Stefan Tamme joined Rambus in 2004 and is Vice President of Global Licensing and IP Strategy. He leads the strategic development of Rambus’s patent portfolio and its monetisation through various licensing programmes and product offerings. His responsibilities also include standards activities, acquisitions and divestitures. He has been involved in successfully negotiating and closing hundreds of transactions, including licence agreements that generated more than $1.5 billion in revenue for Rambus and acquisitions valued at more than $500 million.

Previously, Mr Tamme was Rambus’s Director of Global Business Enablement, where he led the company’s strategic alliance partner programme and worldwide reseller channel. He has more than 20 years’ experience in different areas of the electronics industry, including semiconductors, systems and software. He has successfully built and led global teams and has been involved with inbound and outbound licensing of technologies and patents since the 1990s.
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Elaine Tan
Director, Legal, Razer
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Nobuo Tanaka
General Manager, IP Department, Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Nobuo Tanaka is General Manager of the IP department at Yokogawa Electric Corporation. He is responsible for all of the company’s IP-related activities, including patent prosecution, licensing, clearance and trademark and design protection.
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Marco Tong
Deputy IP Officer and Chief Licensing Officer, ZTE
Marco Tong joined ZTE Corporation in 2014 and is now Deputy IP Officer, leading ZTE’s patent licensing, transaction and litigation teams.

In 2016 Mr Tong was appointed General Manager of Shenzhen Inteq Technologies Co, Ltd. Inteq is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation which acts as its IP monetisation and consulting platform.

Mr Tong graduated from Nanjing University Law School and is admitted to the Chinese Bar. He speaks Chinese and English.
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Shingo Wakashiro
General Manager, IP Strategy Department, IP Center, Panasonic Corporation
Shingo Wakashiro began his career in 1992 at Panasonic Corporation’s headquarters, where he dealt with a wide range of IP matters. In 2000 he began focusing on non-practising entity disputes and licensing. From 2011 to 2014 he was based in the United States, where he acted as Vice President of Panasonic’s IP centre. After returning to Japan, Mr Wakashiro built Panasonic’s global IP strategy and structure. He was also General Manager of its R&D centre in Singapore and is now General Manager of its corporate IP strategy section.
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Alex Wilson
Partner, Powell Gilbert LLP
Alex Wilson is a Partner at Powell Gilbert LLP, a specialist IP law firm based in London. He advises clients across various industries on strategies to exploit and enforce IP rights across Europe. He has an international practice and acts in multi-jurisdictional matters.

Mr Wilson advises clients on European-wide IP enforcement and defensive strategies. He regularly appears before the English courts and the EPO. He has experience of dispute resolution across the full range of IP rights, including using arbitration and mediation. His scientific background has put him in a good position to handle highly technical and standards-related patent cases. Mr Wilson has acted in matters relating to technologies as diverse as pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, graphics processing, medical devices, biotechnology, explosives, oil and gas, paints and mobile phones.

Mr Wilson is fluent in French and German and has worked in leading law firms in Paris and Dusseldorf.
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Gilbert Wu
Executive Vice President, MiiCs & Partners
Gilbert Wu is Executive Vice President of MiiCs & Partners, one of the most reputable IP consulting firms in Asia. Mr Wu leads the firm to realise the value of clients’ IP assets through M&A, licensing, tech transfers, sales and other forms of transaction. Under his leadership, MiiCs has executed multiple high-value private transactions between prestigious enterprises globally and acquired licence deals for clients’ patent assets. Before joining MiiCs, Mr Wu was a practitioner in corporate and commercial areas. He advised industry leaders in M&A projects, global complex disputes and commercial transactions. His clients include global electronic companies, small and medium-sized biotech enterprises and venture capital funds.

Mr Wu has a JD from Tulane University School of Law and an LLM from Duke University School of Law.
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Masahiro Yanagisawa
Patent Counsel, Bayer Holding Ltd
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Judy Yee
Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
Judy Yee is Assistant General Counsel and Senior Director of Licensing for Microsoft’s IP group. She is responsible for leading patent engineering and driving Microsoft’s outbound and inbound licensing strategies relating to its devices, connectivity, multimedia and AI patent portfolios. Ms Yee oversees revenue-based and business-value driven legal operations. She previously led Microsoft’s Windows and devices patent portfolio development team, where she worked on M&A, IP portfolio development, acquisition, divestitures and licensing.

Ms Yee has a BS in computer science from the University of Michigan and a JD from Seattle University. Prior to practising law, she was a Software Engineer at Intel. She is a Co-Chair of the Pacific Northwest chapter of ChIPs, a global 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to advancing women at the confluence of law, technology and regulatory policy. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Corporate Practice Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
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Naoki Yoshida
Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
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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Shin Yoshida
Intellectual Capital Manager, Dow Toray Co. Ltd

Shin Yoshida is the Intellectual Capital Manager for Dow Toray Co, Ltd’s largest intellectual capital portfolio. After he graduated from Tohoku University, he joined JSR Corporation, where he developed chemical products, led R&D in Taiwan and worked in corporate R&D management in the company’s headquarters. Mr Yoshida has an MBA in global technology management from Nihon University – his thesis focused on IP strategy. By leveraging his IP expertise, he has received multiple technology awards from Dow since he joined in 2010. He leads the largest IP portfolio in Dow’s chemical R&D division, including IP landscaping, global R&D and IP collaboration, IP training, IP portfolio auditing, M&A, IP cost management, due diligence, freedom to operate, litigation, invention concept evaluation and agreements.

Mr Yoshida chairs lectures of the Polymer Society in Chiba, Japan, and leads discussions about the IP value analysis method.


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Selina Xu
Senior Manager, IP and Legal division, BYD Company Limited
Selina Xu is Senior Manager of BYD Company Limited’s IP and legal division. Ms Xu joined BYD’s IP team in 2005 and is responsible for the company’s international IP business. She has significant experience establishing international patent protection strategies in industries relating to BYD, improving international patent management systems and handling international patent disputes.

BYD was founded in February 1995. Since then, it has played a significant role in industries relating to electronics, automobiles, renewable energy and rail transit.
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Jian Wang
Patent Counsel, Intel
Wang Jian received a BS in automation from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2004 and an MS in control science and engineering from Tsinghua University in 2007. He also has an MS in civil and commercial law from China University of Political Science and Law. From 2007 to 2013, Mr Wang worked in the China Patent Office as a patent examiner and Patent Cooperation Treaty international application examiner. Mr Wang qualified as a patent attorney in 2012 and joined the patent law firm China Patent Agent in 2013, before joining Intel as patent counsel in 2018. Mr Wang is skillful and experienced in patent drafting, prosecution and re-examination, as well as invalidation processes in technical fields relating to automatic control, detection technology, computers and communications.
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Yixiong Zou
Chief IP Counsel, Midea Group
Yixiong Zou is Chief IP Counsel at Midea Group, a global home appliance company. His experience spans across a wide range of IP issues, including portfolio strategy, patent litigation and licensing. Before joining Midea, Mr Zou worked for Qualcomm as a Patent Counsel for its licensing business unit. Mr Zou has a master’s in electrical engineering and is a registered Attorney in both the state of Washington and the USPTO.
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