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, Bridgestone Corporation
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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
Former Chief IP Officer, Ericsson
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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Elvir Causevic
Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey
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Raymond Chen
Former Director, IP, DiDi
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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. Mr Cheong has spent half his career in various in-house roles, advising on IP strategy and risk management for corporate and academic organisations. He sits on several steering committees and working groups within Rio Tinto, which serve to set the current and future IP and commercial directions for various business units and projects. Prior to making his move in-house, Mr Cheong worked at several private practice firms in Japan and Australia, specialising in US and European patent application prosecution.
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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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Liz Eadie
Executive Manager, IP, CSIRO
Elizabeth Eadie is Executive Manager of IP for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency and one of its largest patent filers. Ms Eadie manages a team which identifies and protects CSIRO’s IP and devises IP strategies in order to achieve impact from CSIRO’s research. She is passionate about achieving successful commercial outcomes for research and choosing the best business model and commercialisation pathway to facilitate this.

Ms Eadie has more than 30 years’ experience in IP law. She began her career as a Solicitor with a leading law firm, after which she spent 19 years in private practice as a Patent Attorney. Eleven years ago she moved to CSIRO as In-House IP Manager. She now leads the IP group. Ms Eadie has a BSc (majoring in chemistry) and an LLB (honours) from the University of Melbourne. She is a registered Patent and Trademark Attorney.
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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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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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Hisashi Ishijima
Corporate Associate Vice President and Deputy General Manager, IP Division, Ricoh
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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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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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Joseph Kessler
Managing Director and Co-Founder, Fortress Investment

Joseph Kessler is Managing Director and Co-founder of Fortress Investment Group’s IP investment group, a hedge fund that invests in companies based on the value of their IP assets.

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 IP 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 in Israel.

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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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Jyri Lassi
Chief IP Officer, PayPal
Jyri Lassi has been Vice President and Chief IP Officer at PayPal since 2016. He is responsible for leading the company’s IP team and developing its overall IP strategy and execution of IP-related matters. Mr Lassi oversees PayPal’s global patent prosecution, strategic patent filing, patent portfolio management, patent licensing and other patent transactions and patent litigation. He is also in charge of the company’s global trademark protection, trademark and domain name portfolio management, brand enforcement and litigation. Mr Lassi is responsible for boosting innovation at PayPal through a company-wide incentivisation initiative, as well as managing the company’s global inventor rewards programme and IP advisory services for all PayPal business, engineering and legal groups globally. Mr Lassi is also a member of the PayPal global organisation, where his position includes responsibilities as a member of the company’s legal leadership team.
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Bernard Lau
Regional Director of Licensing, APAC, HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc.
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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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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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James Maccoun
Patent counsel, Google
James Maccoun is a patent counsel at Google’s corporate headquarters in Mountain View, engaging in strategic patent licensing and patent strategy. Previously, he was a patent counsel at Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Palo Alto headquarters. Before HP, he was a patent counsel for Motorola’s Beijing office, where he was the lead attorney for IP matters in Greater China.
Google was in the top five US patent recipients in 2016 – while Mr Maccoun was with HP and Motorola, both achieved the same distinction.
Mr Maccoun started practising law with Lee and Li, a leading international commercial law firm headquartered in Taipei. He is a member of the California State Bar and a registered patent attorney. He is fluent in Mandarin and speaks elementary Korean. His first exposure to Chinese law was in 1984 on a law study programme at Peking University and Fudan University.
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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
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Mike McLean
Senior Vice President, Technology, TechInsights
Mike McLean is responsible for defining TechInsights’ vision of revealing innovation for a broad range of advanced technology products which others overlook in order to prove patent value and enable business leaders to make the best, fact-based IP and technology investment decisions. He has been recognised as one of the world's leading IP strategists by the IAM 300. Mr McLean applies a deep understanding of ongoing advancements in the semiconductor and electronics fields and associated patent activity to define the products and capabilities being built by TechInsights. This work connects TechInsights’ business strategy to its investment in products and innovation to meet the needs of clients.
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Santosh Metri
Director, Product Strategy (IP, M&A), Bureau van Dijk (A Moody’s Analytics Company)
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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. Prior to founding VALUENEX, Dr Nakamura spent almost 20 years working as a distinguished consultant and thought leader in Japan's scientific establishments. He was a Consultant at Mitsubishi’s research institute for more than 15 years, where he specialised in operations research, IP and data mining. Dr Nakamura served as a research associate at the University of Tokyo and currently teaches at Waseda University. He is an esteemed guest speaker at IP and predictive analytics events around the world, and continues to work directly on new algorithms and AI development, enterprise consultation projects and the global expansion of VALUENEX’s tools and services.
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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
Senior Analyst, 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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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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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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Joseph Siino
President, Via Licensing Corporation

Joseph Siino is one of the world’s most accomplished IP business leaders. He has successfully negotiated multi-billion dollar deals and pioneered new innovation finance models with companies including Alibaba, Lenovo, Nokia and Xiaomi.

As President of Via Licensing, a Dolby Laboratories subsidiary, Mr Siino has transformed Via into a leader in global licensing. 

Previously, Mr Siino founded the Ovidian Group; served as Yahoo’s first Senior Vice President of IP; led Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison’s IP strategy and transactions practice; was listed as a World Leading Lawyer by Chamber’s Global; was selected as one of the World’s Top 40 Market Makers by IAM; and was credited by The Wall Street Journal with “turning the [2001] market downturn into an opportunity”.

Mr Siino is an alumnus of the London Business School and the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a bachelor's in physics and a JD in law.

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Bin Sun
Chief Legal Officer, Xiaomi

Bin Sun is Chief Legal Officer at Xiaomi Corporation, the world’s fourth-largest smartphone company. It is an innovation-driven internet company that uses smartphones and smart hardware connected by an Internet of Things platform.

Dr Sun leads Xiaomi’s legal department, focusing on dispute resolution, commercial compliance, investment, risk control and daily legal advice. In 2019 Dr Sun was recognised as a Global Influencer by Chambers and Partners.

Prior to joining Xiaomi, Dr Sun was Head of IP at BOE Technology Group, a top display manufacturer.

Dr Sun is a member of the State Elite IP Young Professionals Committee of China and a Distinguished Expert recognised by the Beijing municipal government. She also serves as a technical investigation officer at the Beijing IP Court. She has a PhD in material chemistry (with minors in electrical engineering) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a JD from Santa Clara University.

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Stefan Tamme
Vice President of IP Strategy & Licensing, Rambus
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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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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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Patrick Zhang
Head, IP, Atlassian
Patrick Zhang is Head of IP at Atlassian, an enterprise software maker. He is responsible for all aspects of the company's IP portfolio, strategy and litigation. Prior to Atlassian, Mr Zhang was Vice President of Patent Strategy and Litigation at Technicolor. He began his legal career at Fish & Neave in New York and in the IP litigation group at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, where he was part of the courtroom trial team for Apple v Samsung I. Mr Zhang has a JD from Fordham Law School and an aerospace engineering degree from Cornell University.
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Jessie Zhao
Head, IP, BYD

Jessie Zhao joined BYD Company Limited in 2000 and is now Deputy General Manager of its IP and Legal Division.

Ms Zhao has more than 15 years’ experience managing corporate IP and is adept at developing and implementing IP strategies. She has been closely involved in IP negotiation and cooperation for critical M&A and joint venture projects. She is skilled in IP portfolio management and protection – especially in the electric and hybrid electric vehicle industry – and is co-author and counsel of Patent Mining and Patent Portfolio. Ms Zhao is familiar with overseas IP protection procedures, has conducted research into IP use and litigation and has led critical IP lawsuits for BYD.

The Chinese government named Ms Zhao the Local Leading Talent for Shenzhen in 2013, one of its Top 100 IP Talents in 2011 and one of its National IP Leading Talents in 2012.
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Guojun Zhou
Director, Patents, Asia-Pacific, Intel
Guojun Zhou is director of patents for the Asia-Pacific region at Intel. In the past 15 years, he has worked on patent litigation, patent prosecution, portfolio management, global patent strategies and patent analysis to support licensing and litigation activities. He is experienced in various international patent-related areas of the law, including foreign filing licence, inventor remuneration, utility model practices, export regulations and Patent Cooperation Treaty practice across various jurisdictions. Mr Zhou obtained his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering in China and also has a PhD in electrical engineering from Duke University. He earned his JD cum laude from the Northwest School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Mr Zhou has worked as an engineer in China, Singapore and the United States and holds several patents.
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