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



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Benjamin Bai
Vice president and chief IP counsel, Ant Financial

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

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

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

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Gustav Brismark
Chief IP officer, Ericsson
As chief IP officer and head of IP rights and licensing, Gustav Brismark is responsible for Ericsson’s patent development and patent licensing worldwide. With over 42,000 granted patents, Ericsson holds one of the strongest radio communication patent portfolios, covering 2G, 3G, 4G and soon 5G cellular standards.

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

Mr Brismark has worked at Ericsson since 1986, after receiving his MSc in physics engineering from Uppsala University, Sweden. He is co-inventor on a number of patents related to algorithm research for 2G and 3G systems, and was the inventor of 10 patents related to global system for mobile communication and wideband code division multiplexing access technology.
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Thierry Consigny
President, Asia-Pacific, Questel
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Minoru Fujiki
Director, corporate planning and IP procurement, IP Bridge
Minoru Fujiki leads IP Bridge’s corporate planning, which includes strategic management and corporate communications. He is also responsible for IP procurement for new licensing programmes. Mr Fujiki has established strong relationships with many Japanese and global operating companies, universities, research institutes, government entities and IP-based business promoters. Before joining IP Bridge in early 2015, Mr Fujiki was head of the licensing group for a telecommunications business at NEC Corporation in Japan, where he led activities in licensing, litigation, sales, purchase and patent disputes. He also launched NEC’s European IP centre in London in 2007, where he considerably enhanced NEC’s global IP portfolio by strategically creating a patent prosecution platform and formulating internal IP regulations for NEC’s R&D entities in Europe. He managed standard-essential patent licensing issues at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute and the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance as a delegate from NEC.
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Stefan Geyersberger
Head, patents and licensing, Fraunhofer IIS
Stefan Geyersberger is deputy division director of the audio and media technologies division of Fraunhofer IIS. He is also head of patents and licensing for Fraunhofer IIS’ audio patent portfolio, comprising over 5,000 granted patents worldwide for technologies including MP3, Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG)-4 AAC, MPEG-H and enhanced voice services.

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

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

Mr Geyersberger has set up and managed various other patent pools and developed strategies to create, license, acquire and enforce IP rights for protecting key technologies and creating significant R&D reinvestment revenue streams.
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Brian Hinman
Chief IP officer, Royal Philips
Brian Hinman is chief IP officer at Royal Philips, where he leads a worldwide team in conducting IP management, strategy, litigation, standards, patent portfolio management and IP monetisation. Mr Hinman previously co-founded Unified Patents Inc and served as vice president of intellectual property and licensing at InterDigital, Verizon and IBM. Mr Hinman was also the founding CEO of Allied Security Trust and director of licensing at Westinghouse.
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Heath Hoglund
Chief patent counsel, Dolby
Heath Hoglund is vice president and chief patent counsel at Dolby, San Francisco, where he is responsible for global patents, trademarks and copyright. In this role he has consistently driven yearly growth in Dolby's patent licensing programmes. He has significant experience in building strategic IP portfolios and licensing programmes.

Before joining Dolby, Mr Hoglund founded Hoglund & Pamias, where he represented a broad range of clients in the federal courts and at the US Patent and Trademark Office. He also served as an adjunct professor of patent law at the University of Puerto Rico Law School.

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

He has a JD (cum laude), an MSEE and a BSEE (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota.
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Arshad Jamil
Global head, IP rights, Biocon Ltd
Arshad Jamil is a patent attorney with extensive experience in the legal and IP rights fields. Mr Jamil is global head of IP rights at Biocon Ltd, where he is responsible for the company’s patent and trademark filings and policy, abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) filings and US litigation. Mr Jamil is also responsible for intellectual property and IP litigation regarding biosimilars filings.

Before this, he was a senior patent attorney at Sun Pharma, where he handled ANDA litigations, including US settlements. He received his BEng from Mysore University in 1991 and his LLB from Meerut University (now Chaudhary Charan Singh University) in 1998. In 2014 he completed the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research postgraduate executive management programme.
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Eric Kirsch
Chief IP counsel, Nikon
Eric Kirsch studied electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and law at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was notes and comments editor of the law review. After law school Mr Kirsch became a criminal prosecutor at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he tried serious felony cases as a member of the Habitual Offender Unit. Thereafter, to pursue the intersection of innovation and the law, Mr Kirsch joined Fish & Neave, where he became a patent litigator. Subsequently, as a partner at Cooper & Dunham, Mr Kirsch enjoyed success in various US district courts and the Federal Circuit in a variety of patent and trademark cases. In 2010, Mr Kirsch joined Nikon Corporation as chief IP counsel.
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Kenji Kondo
President and general manager, intellectual property, Japan IP Association and Toyota Motor Corporation
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Satoshi Konno
Director, strategy and innovation, IP Bridge
Satoshi Konno leads the innovation division of IP Bridge, where he oversees domestic and worldwide business development, with a focus on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises and universities by aligning IP and business strategies. His expertise covers a wide range of industries including healthcare, food and information technology (IT).

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

Mr Konno holds a BA in international economics from Yokohama National University and an MBA with a focus on tech venture financing from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Steven Liu
Director, intellectual property, MediaTek
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Seiji Mori
Head, IP operations, Takeda
Seiji Mori is head of IP operations of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. He started his career in trademark practice and support of branding for marketing teams, including establishment of global naming policy and process. In his trademark career, he worked at a UK IP firm in a training programme. From 2008 he branched out into other areas such as employee inventor remuneration, IP ownership in the Takeda group, patent portfolio management, copyrights, trade secrets and public and policy affairs. He also leads the operational management of the Takeda IP group which consists of approximately 100 people in the United States, Switzerland, Germany and Japan.

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

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

During his time as a consultant, Dr Nakamura developed the algorithm that became XLUS TechRadar – a panoramic-view analytics and researching tool that provides radar visualisations of patent similarities, which was a dramatic innovation in the IP field. He established VALUENEX as a leader in the IP field with a long list of clients, including more than 50 of Japan’s top companies. In 2014 he opened the VALUENEX office in Menlo Park, California to lead the company’s entry into the US market.
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Tastuya Nishikawa
General manager, corporate IP division, Honda Motor
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Maki Ohmizu
Deputy chief legal officer, intellectual property, legal, compliance and IP unit, Fujitsu

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

Mr Ohmizu started his career in 1989 in the legal division at Fujitsu, where he worked on various patent licensing negotiations and litigation in the field of semiconductors, notably including Fujitsu Limited v Texas Instruments Inc. In 2011 he was appointed as director of the legal department, external relations and strategies at Fujitsu. In 2014 he became deputy head of legal, compliance and intellectual property. He led the company’s initiatives to utilise its IP portfolio through various activities.

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

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Tomonori Okuwaki
Deputy senior general manager, SONY
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Arvin Patel
Chief IP officer, Technicolor
Arvin Patel, chief IP officer for one of the world’s leading technology and innovation companies, leads Technicolor’s $500 million per year patent licensing business and develops the long-term strategy for its patent portfolio and licensing operation, which holds more than 40,000 patents worldwide.

As the organization’s IP expert, Mr. Patel guides worldwide patent prosecution, strategic patent acquisitions, analysis, strategy, and monetization activities, and collaborates to craft business alliances and investments.

Mr. Patel has previously held various IP leadership positions, including as Rovi’s senior vice president, intellectual property and licensing, as well as IBM’s global leader, IP strategy and director of IP strategy. At IBM, Mr. Patel executed key patent licensing and divestiture deals worldwide, opened up new global markets in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and executed strategic technology joint-development agreements. He also designed, developed, and implemented strategies optimizing the creation and commercialization of IP assets.
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Sanjaykumar Patel
Head, IP rights, India, B&S Group UK
Sanjaykumar Patel is a patent attorney and head of IP rights at Gowrie Research Pvt Ltd, an R&D division of B&S Group, UK. He handles all IP rights activities including patents, trademarks and designs as well as IP commercialisation and business development opportunities for B&S Group in the pharmaceutical sector.

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

In 2012 Mr Patel was selected to train as a patent expert in Tokyo, sponsored by the Japan Patent Office. He is a member of the IP Community Group of Japan managed by JIPIII, representing as an Indian patent attorney. He is a visiting scholar for IP rights at various universities and postgraduate institutes.
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Marc Pépin
Vice president, IP services, Canada, TechPats
Marc Pépin has over 14 years’ experience in the field of intellectual property. Dr Pépin is responsible for client and project management, and leads projects involving IP licensing, IP licensing strategies, valuations, patent brokerage, evidence of use analyses and prior art searches. Dr Pépin is also head of the IP and engineering groups at TechPats. He leads various programmes for developing IP skills for the technical staff and for managing TechPats’ own patent strategies, as well as managing R&D activities.
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Joseph Sommer
Vice president, intellectual property, AT&T
Joseph Sommer has been involved in various forms of monetisation of AT&T’s patent assets and technology for over 20 years. Mr Sommer has participated in M&A transactions, standards consortium pool formations, patent valuations, managed company-wide de facto and standard-based patent licensing programmes, designed corporate-wide IP education courses, instituted and managed a patent sales programme, managed two full patent portfolio analysis projects and created a portfolio taxonomy for an early instantiation of the AT&T portfolio for ease of analysis. He has also worked with venture capitalists to leverage portions of AT&T’s patent and technology assets for high value.
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Dexter Teo
Executive director, IP Office of Singapore
Dexter Teo is executive director of IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) International, the international arm of IPOS. He joined IPOS in December 2013.

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

IPOS International remains focused on adding value to the IP industry. It works closely with government agencies and institutions by providing technology foresight to enable better R&D decision making. In May 2017 IPOS’ work in patent analytics, Singapore Patent Landscape 2014, was awarded the Stu Kaback Business Impact Award 2017 by the Patent Information User Group based in the United States.
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Sven Törringer
Senior legal counsel, Ericsson
Sven Torringer is senior legal counsel at Ericsson, providing legal support to Ericsson’s global IP rights and licensing department. Now based in Hong Kong, he is focusing on Ericsson’s legal IP rights support in Asia. His expertise is in licensing and he works with a wide range of legal, regulatory and policy issues on an international level. Before joining Ericsson, Mr Torringer was in private practice advising clients on M&A and intellectual property in private and public transactions. With more than 30 years’ experience as a leading contributor to open standards and over 39,000 granted patents, Ericsson has emerged as holding one of the industry’s strongest IP portfolios, covering 2G, 3G, 4G and soon 5G cellular standards.

Mr Torringer received his LLM from Lund University, Sweden, and has studied at the University of Nagoya, Japan.
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Naoki Yoshida
Partner, Finnegan
Naoki Yoshida is managing partner of Finnegan’s Tokyo office. He handles a broad range of IP matters, primarily in electrical and mechanical areas. His practice includes litigation, patent portfolio management, IP due diligence, client counselling, licensing and negotiations, patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office and pre-litigation strategic counselling. He has represented both domestic and foreign clients in numerous patent infringement actions before US district courts and the US International Trade Commission. Additionally, Mr Yoshida evaluates corporate patent portfolios and conducts M&A IP due diligence for both large and small companies.
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Xuelan Yue
Partner, Liu Shen & Associates
Xuelan Yue joined Liu Shen & Associates in 2006. She specialises in drafting patent applications, patent prosecutions, re-examinations, patent invalidations and litigation in fields including mechanical engineering, semiconductors, automobiles, image forming apparatus, lithium batteries and construction machinery. She also has extensive experience in providing freedom-to-operate advice, patent validity analysis and patent strategies counselling services.

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

Dr Yue received her MS in materials science and engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and PhD in mechanics of materials from Saga University, Japan. Dr Yue also received her LLM from John Marshall Law School in 2013.
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Patrick Patnode
President, licensing, GE Ventures
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Takeshi Ueno
Senior counsel, IP law department, IBM (Japan)
Manoru Kato
IP fellow, KAO
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Yuji Toda
General manager, IP division, Hitachi
Masahiro Kimata
Senior general manager, corporate IP division, Mitsubishi Electric
Joseph Kessler
Managing director, IP finance group, Fortress Investment