Speakers

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Hong Ai
Partner
ZY Partners
Ai Hong has been a partner at ZY Partners since 1999. He previously practised law at C&C Law Offices based in Beijing and Clifford Chance based in Hong Kong, before joining ZY Partners. Mr Ai has been leading counsel in numerous high-stake IP litigations in the pharmaceutical, telecommunication and electronics fields. He was consecutively named an Asia Leading IP Lawyer by Asia Law and Practice. In 2011 Legal Media named him a leading patent practitioner.

Mr Ai successfully obtained the first two milestone preliminary injunctions in enforcing pharmaceutical process patents. In tandem with active litigation practice, he also actively participates in legislative activities concerning IP and antitrust laws, their corresponding judicial interpretations and implementing policies.

Since beginning his practice in 1991, Mr Ai has become a seasoned litigator in the courts of various jurisdictions.
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Chunli Bi
Deputy director, IP centre
China Academy of Information and Communications Technology
After graduating from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications with a doctoral degree, Chunli Bi now serves as deputy director, IP centre, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) and vice chair of the CAICT legal and regulatory sector.
Ms Bi has long focused on standard-related patent policy and anti-monopoly matters in mobile communication, mobile internet IP issues, patent transfer and patent applications. Ms Bi has carried out research, as a lead or major researcher, on over 20 programmes, including national science and technology major projects and projects from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology. During this research, Ms Bi has published several papers in core Chinese journals and open access journals both independently and as first author. She has also organised and prepared several special IP rights reports, some of which have been approved for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
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Linda Chang
China country manager
Rouse
Linda Chang, based in Shanghai, manages operations in China. She began her professional career as a trademark agent in 1994. She was one of the first trademark agents to qualify under China's emerging IP regulatory system in 1995. Ms Chang joined Rouse in 1999 to establish one of the first licensed private trademark agencies in China. She has been a partner at Rouse since 2004 and was appointed a World Intellectual Property Organisation Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy panellist since 2006.
Ms Chang has handled trademark cases of all types with a reputation for interpreting both regulation and practice aggressively. She also has rich experience in strategic trademark consultancy. Her advice helps her clients to navigate the ever-present complexities and challenges of operating in China, while avoiding nightmare scenarios hit the headlines for foreign clients.
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Cynthia Gong
Growth director, China
GE Licensing & Technology Ventures
Cynthia Gong is responsible for building the Chinese growth strategy and drive partnership at General Electric (GE) Licensing and Technology Ventures (GELTV). She focuses on making a flexible technology transaction deal structure with GELTV headquarters and developing Chinese partnerships outside of GE’s core practice areas. She is also supporting and piloting other Chinese initiative consistent with GE Ventures’ mission to become the global partner of choice to accelerate and commercialise innovative ideas.

Ms Gong joined GE in 2004 on the Operation Management Leadership Programme and has various work experience across GE’s corporate and business areas, covering supply chain, product management and business development. In her most recent role in GELTV, she successfully initiated and executed several technology transactions, covering both low and high technology readiness level technologies in the power and electrical systems domain.

Ms Gong graduated from Fudan University with a BS (major in environment and minor in law).
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Ruiling Hou
Managing director, Asia-Pacific
Questel
Ruiling Hou is director at Questel Asia Pacific, managing Questel’s sales, support, consulting and marketing teams in the Asia-Pacific area. She was an IP consultant in Japan, certified in IP management. Ms Hou has served clients in the chemical, mechanism, electronic and automotive industries both locally and internationally for over 10 years.
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Xiaohui Jia
Director, patents
China Mobile
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Sean Ke
Chair
OIPC
Sean Ke is chair of Oriental Intellectual Property Club (OIPC), an active IP club in East China. Mr Ke has 17 years’ industrial IP experience. He has worked in-house at several multinational companies in different domains ‒ including Foxconn, ZTE and NXP ‒ gaining in-depth experience and insights. In 2012 Mr Ke co-founded OIPC in Shanghai – which has espoused the vision of "Diligence, Sharing, Build" – in order to promote IP ecosystem development in China.
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JiHoon Kim
Principal consultant, Asia-Pacific
CPA Global
JiHoon Kim was an IP strategist for a large Korean corporation before joining CPA Global. Mr Kim’s special interests include corporate IP policy and strategy, inter-department collaborations on IP matters, alignment of business and IP strategy, IP process optimisation, IP portfolio building and IP quality management, as well as the arts of multimedia, sensors and medical imaging.
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John Labarre
Head, patent transactions
Google
John Labarre is head of Google's patent transactions team. As a leading provider of various technologies relating to search, artificial intelligence, networking and computing, Google maintains a large, diverse patent portfolio overseen by its patent group. The patent transactions teams is involved with nearly all inbound, outbound and cross-licensing deals for Google as well as divestitures and strategic acquisitions.
Before joining Google's transactions team in November 2014, Mr Labarre was a member of Google's patent litigation team for five-and-a-half years where he helped defend the company from a large number of patent cases including various matters that went to trial. Before joining Google in 2009, Mr Labarre was a patent litigator in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
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Chuntian Liu
Professor, IP law school
Renmin University
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Jian Ma, PhD
Senior director, IPG patents, China
Microsoft
Jian Ma leads Microsoft’s patent team in Beijing, which is responsible for patent-related matters in China from invention generation to patent licensing and other strategic undertakings.

Dr Ma joined Microsoft (Redmond campus) several years ago from Intellectual Ventures, having previously worked at Qualcomm in San Diego.
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Changhae Park
Vice president, IP monetisation
NXP Semiconductors
Changhae Park is vice president of IP monetisation at NXP Semiconductors, NV based in Austin. He manages all aspects of IP monetisation business processes including the identification of monetisation opportunities, reverse engineering, the preparation of claim charts, technical reviews with potential licensees and IP purchasers, negotiations of agreement terms and conditions and litigations in various venues. Before the merger with NXP he served as chief IP officer at Freescale Semiconductors and oversaw the IP creation process as well as the IP licensing business.

Mr Park entered the semiconductor industry as a researcher and engineer and has an extensive technical background. He held several technical and managerial positions at Cypress semiconductor and Motorola’s semiconductor sector before completing his MBA programme and becoming the head of an R&D organisation at Motorola. His career in IP monetisation started while he was running the R&D organisation and was primarily focused on technology transfer and licensing.
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Scott Taylor
Assistant vice president, intellectual property
AT&T
Scott Taylor is assistant vice president of intellectual property at AT&T, based in Dallas. AT&T is a global leader in telecommunications, media and technology. His team is responsible for IP licensing and sales, which include patents, technology and trademarks. He has over 20 years of progressive management experience in various operational areas. These diverse operational areas range from transmission technical support, network reliability standards and call centre leadership. He has spent the last 10 years in the IP arena handling operational items as well as doing patent development before moving into leading an IP licensing and sales team.

Mr Taylor received his BS in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University in 1993 and his MBA in international business from the Mercer University in 1998.
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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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Deborah Vaughn
Chief legal officer, Asia-Pacific
Whirlpool Corporation
Deborah Vaughn is chief legal officer, Asia Pacific for Whirlpool Corporation, the top major appliance manufacturer in the world. She leads Whirlpool’s legal function and has responsibility for compliance for Asia North, headquartered in Shanghai, and Asia South, headquartered in Delhi. Currently based in Shanghai, Ms Vaughn handles a range of cross-border transactions and matters.
She is licensed to practise in New York, England and Wales, Singapore and Malaysia, and has varying proficiency in five languages. She has an LLM in intellectual property from George Washington University; an LLB from the University of Hertfordshire; an English literature degree from the National University of Singapore; and a journalism diploma from the Auckland Institute of Technology.
She is a member of the global legal, Asia north and Asia south executive leadership team, and sits on the board of directors of the Shanghai-listed Whirlpool China Limited.
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Daisy Wang
Senior counselor
Lee & Li

Daisy Wang received her LLB from the National Taiwan University and her LLM from University of Illinois. She served with the National Bureau of Standards for over two years and joined Lee and Li in 1979, handling patent and IP-related matters.
Ms Wang is experienced in handling issues such as patent procurement and strategy consultation, patent dispute resolution and technology licensing. Since the 1990s she has handled various leading patent and IP cases for Intel, Philips, ABB, Sony and Celanese, among others.
Since the 2000s, Ms Wang has been helping clients with their Greater China patent and IP matters, including prosecution and enforcement. Since 1999 Ms Wang has been consistently nominated in surveys by various international organisations, including IP Asia, Managing Intellectual Property, Who’s Who, Chambers and Parnters Asia-Pacific, IAM, the American Biographical Institute, Euromoney’s Expert Guides, the Intercontinental Finance Magazine and Lawyers World Country Awards

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Li Wu
Senior counsultant
AnJie Law Firm
Li Wu is a senior consultant at Anjie Law Firm. With an advanced scientific background and solid legal training, he practises in virtually all aspects of IP law. He focuses on providing patent services, including patent prosecution, litigation and licensing, especially in the fields of life sciences, pharmaceuticals, chemistry and medical devices. He also frequently advises clients on matters relating to trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and other IP-related issues. Before joining Anjie Law Firm, Dr Wu worked in leading IP firms in both China and the United States, and also served as in-house IP counsel at a Fortune 500 company. Before his legal career, Dr Wu was a neuroscientist for more than 10 years, and was first author on a research article published in Nature. Dr Wu graduated from Columbia University with a PhD in neuroscience and a JD.
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Jerry Xia
Deputy general counsel and chief IP counsel, Asia-Pacific
Honeywell
Jerry Xia is deputy general counsel and chief IP counsel, Asia-Pacific at Honeywell Co Ltd. He manages the full range of IP matters for all Honeywell businesses in the region and heads the company’s IP enforcement and litigation in China.
Mr Xia has over 15 years’ IP experience in China, Asia and Europe as both in-house counsel and private practitioner. He is well recognised in the local and international IP community, including as a national IP Expert by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, a Corporate IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property and one of the top Corporate Counsel 100 in the Asia-Pacific region by the Legal 500.
Mr Xia has Chinese, US and EU law degrees, in addition to his electrical engineering background.
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Logan Xie
Vice president, global patent
LeEco
Logan Xie is global IP vice president of LeEco. He is responsible for global IP issues, including litigation, licensing, transactions, capitalisation, patent portfolio and IP strategy development.
Since Mr Xie took responsibility in 2015, he has built a robust IP strategy which fits LeEco's position perfectly, and has led the IP team to achieve a series of successes.
Before joining LeEco, Mr Xie successfully represented Huawei in the trade secret case of Huawei v Motorola and the International Trade Commission Section 337 investigation of InterDigital v Huawei, both of which were milestone rulings.
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Cheney Xu
Senior IP law attorney and manager, IP law department, Greater China Group and Asia-Pacific
IBM
Chi (Cheney) Xu joined IBM IP law in 2008, and is now a senior IP law attorney and manager at IBM's Greater China Group and Asia-Pacific IP law department. Mr Xu is now responsible for all IP matters (except for trademark) for the IBM China research lab and in India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. He manages a team of patent attorneys for the IBM China research lab and the India IP law department. He has been vice chair of the IP rights group of the US Information Technology Office since 2015.
Mr Xu is qualified as both a Chinese patent attorney and attorney-at-law. He has a bachelor's in electronic engineering, a master's in law and a master's in electronic and telecommunication engineering.
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Daniel Yan
Head, intellectual property and standards, China
Royal Philips
Daniel Yan is head of intellectual property and standards at Royal Philips in China. He is a registered US patent attorney with more than 13 years of combined firm and in-house IP legal experience. Mr Yan began his legal career in Washington DC at two leading IP law firms, representing global companies in high-stakes patent litigation regarding a wide range of technologies. Mr Yan also worked as senior in-house IP counsel at Dow and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, where he supervised in-house teams and managed outside counsel in handling a wide range of transactional and litigation matters, as well as formulating and executing IP strategies to support global and regional business objectives.
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Hua Yang
Secretary general
Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance
Yang Hua was elected as secretary general of the Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance (TDIA) in October 2002. He used to work as the vice president of Datang Mobile Communications Equipment Co Ltd, in charge of business strategy, market development and industry chain promotion of Datang Mobile.
As the consultant expert of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Yang has dedicated himself to the construction and improvement, development strategy, market promotion and IP protection of the telecommunication development industry. He also participates in the standardisation and industrialisation of 5G mobile communication systems.
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