IPBC Europe 2019

Speakers

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Dafydd Bevan
Solicitor, Marks & Clerk
Dafydd Bevan advises clients on the enforcement and commercialisation of IP. He has particular experience giving strategic advice on the litigation and licensing of telecoms, media and technology, electronics and software patents. He regularly advises clients on such cases before the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Mr Bevan has a broad range of experience, including advising on patents in the software, broadcasting, graphical user interfaces, mobile telephony, network communication and internet applications fields. He provides advice on FRAND and standard-essential patent licensing issues and related litigation. Mr Bevan also has experience in oil and gas machinery. He also has significant experience advising on the interaction of co-pending UK litigation and opposition proceedings before the EPO. In addition, Mr Bevan has considerable experience advising on the litigation of designs, including advice on UK and EU-registered and unregistered designs across a broad range of products.
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Lyse Brillouet
Vice President, IP & Licensing, Orange
Lyse Brillouet was appointed Vice President of IP and Licensing at Orange in 2017. Her team is responsible for all activities relating to patents and licensing, as well as legal matters and litigation. Ms Brillouet has experience in business, public affairs, innovation and research. Previously, she was Research Director at Orange and was responsible for planning the company’s vision in the digital age, particularly with regard to autonomous cars, urban piloting and sensitive cities, health and robotics.

Ms Brillouet has a business and management degree from the Graduate School of Business and Management. She began her career in the direct marketing and trade management fields for the banking and large-scale distribution industries. She then joined Orange, where she has held various managerial positions in the business and innovation divisions and co-founded the health division.
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Jean-Marc Brunel
Chief IP Officer, Safran

Jean-Marc Brunel was appointed chief IP officer at Safran in June 2017.

Before taking on this role, Mr Brunel led the Safran Aircraft Engine Intellectual Property Organisation and the Safran Group Intellectual Property Centre of Excellence for eight years.

Mr Brunel graduated from the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies and is a qualified French and European patent attorney. He also has an advanced degree in European patent litigation from Strasbourg University School of Law.

Mr Brunel is a lecturer and a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Licensing Executives Society International, the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office and the Association of European Patent Professionals.

Mr Brunel was awarded a gold trophy from the IP Directorate (Leaders League) on Safran’s behalf. He was recently named in the IAM Strategy 300 and a Managing Intellectual Property Corporate IP Star.

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Charles Clark
Director, IP, Centrica

Charles Clark is director of intellectual property at Centrica PLC, a leading FTSE 100 energy company. Before joining Centrica in 2016, Mr Clark was head of intellectual property at Edwards Ltd – a role that included being responsible for Atlas Copco’s vacuum solutions division during a significant growth period for the business.

Mr Clark joined Centrica’s technology and engineering corporate division shortly after its formation in order to implement IP strategies, best practices and awareness across the business. Developing and embracing new technologies is an increasingly important part of Centrica’s strategy to satisfy the changing needs of customers, in both the consumer and business sectors. As a result, establishing intellectual property and incorporating it into the company’s strategies is key to its success.

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Fergal Clarke
Director, IP Business, Lenovo
Fergal Clarke is Director of IP business at Lenovo, a $45 billion high-tech company that creates computers, smartphones and computing solutions. Lenovo has major research centres in Yamato (Japan), Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen (China) and Raleigh (North Carolina). Mr Clarke is responsible for providing a business context to all IP-related activities and ensuring that such activities are consistent with and supportive of the overall business strategies. His specific responsibilities include patent acquisitions, supporting organic patent development, supporting inbound and outbound licensing and developing and communicating patent business strategies. Previously, Mr Clarke was Director of IP strategy at Rambus. Before this, he held multiple technology and engineering management roles at Applied Materials, in addition to managing its corporate trade secret management initiative. Mr Clarke has a physics degree from Dublin City University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Dan Crouse
Senior Managing Director and Chief IP Officer, Aon IP Solutions
Dan Crouse is Senior Managing Director and Chief IP Officer at Aon IP Solutions. He has been ranked as a top 300 IP strategist by IAM. Mr Crouse is an IP Attorney with more than 30 years’ experience advising clients on IP strategy and assisting them in developing and managing their IP assets for optimal business return on investment. Previously, Mr Crouse was Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft, where he managed the IP group and was a key architect of the original Microsoft patent portfolio development strategy.
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Cassandra Derham
Head, Technical IP, Amadeus
Cassandra Derham started her IP career and qualified as a European Patent Attorney and Chartered Patent Attorney in private practice in London, building on a master’s in physics with medical physics from the University of Bristol. After nearly a decade working in and around Gray’s Inn, she moved from private practice to industry, which has taken her from working in high-tech companies in the United Kingdom to France, where she is Head of Technical IP for Amadeus, a travel IT company. Ms Derham’s team is responsible for creating Amadeus’s IP portfolio, including classic registered rights such as patents and designs alongside more mysterious unregistered rights, such as open source, trade secrets, know-how and defensive publications.
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Nathalie Dreyfus
Founder, Dreyfus
Nathalie Dreyfus is the Founder of Dreyfus, a boutique firm focusing on IP and information technology. Ms Dreyfus is an expert in IP legal issues which affect the digital economy and the innovative technology sector. She advises clients on a wide range of IP law issues – from trademark and industrial design protection, copyright, licences and patents, to the establishment of IP contracts, domain name litigation and unfair competition.

Ms Dreyfus is a renowned expert consultant for the Paris Court of Appeal, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre and the National Arbitration Forum. She assists in the enhancement of IP rights protection, including dispute resolution, anti-counterfeiting strategies and UDRP procedures in the digital and analog worlds.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Strasbourg and the French National School for the Judiciary, Ms Dreyfus gives lectures in France and abroad.
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Jay Erstling
Of Counsel, Patterson Thuente IP
Jay Erstling is an international IP Attorney with exceptional experience in Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) matters, international patent filing and enforcement and treaty interpretation. As a former Director of the PCT, he is uniquely equipped to assist clients on international IP strategy, including assistance in country selection and making sense of foreign laws, practices and cultures. Mr Erstling also assists clients by serving as an Expert Witness or Consultant in litigation involving the PCT, non-US law, the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and the North American Free Trade Agreement. He also provides in-depth reports, opinions and critical analyses on all aspects of international IP.
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Isabel Cantallops Fiol
Partner, Valea
Isabel Cantallops Fiol specialises in prosecuting patents in the software, business methods, telecoms, life sciences and medical devices fields. She began her IP career in 2002 as a Technical Consultant and later worked as a US Patent Agent at Clifford Chance US LLP in New York. During her time in the United States, Ms Cantallops Fiol drafted and prosecuted patent applications and undertook patent litigation, invalidity and infringement opinion drafting, due diligence and transactional operations. Before joining Valea AB in 2012, she worked as US Patent Agent at Baker & Hostetler LLP in New York.

Ms Cantallops Fiol has an MSc in neurobiology and physiology and a PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University, Illinois. She also spent five years undertaking postdoctoral research experience in neuroscience (biotechnology) at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. She has numerous scientific publications and has contributed as a referee to several scientific journals.
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Mattia Fogliacco
CEO, Sisvel Group

Mattia Fogliacco was appointed CEO of Sisvel in January 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 intellectual property. 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 markets for technology and the commercialisation of intellectual property. Before joining Sisvel, Mr Fogliacco was managing director at iiinnovation SA, a company focused on licensing and IP transactions. He also served as senior international manager at a service provider of Deutsche Bank, managing three IP and innovation investment funds.

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Laura Gisler
Associate IP Counsel, Volvo Cars Corporation
Laura Gisler is Associate IP Counsel at Volvo Car Group, based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She manages Volvo’s software patent portfolio and helps lead its open source software compliance function. She has a JD from the University of St Thomas and a BA and MA from Trinity International University. Previously, she was a Patent Attorney at IBM for four years, drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to machine learning, data compression, the Internet of Things and digital and wireless communications. She is registered to practise before the USPTO and is a member of the Minnesota Bar.
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Raymond Hegarty
Chief IP Officer, Everseen
Raymond Hegarty is an IP strategist and Chief IP Officer at Everseen. For six years, he was Vice President of Global Licensing for Intellectual Ventures, where he managed a portfolio of 40,000 patents. Prior to that, Mr Hegarty built IP-intensive businesses in Japan, Ireland and Luxembourg, assembled and developed teams and implemented processes and systems for IP exploitation. He has closed multiple transactions exceeding $100 million each in the patents and trademark fields.

Mr Hegarty is the author of the bestselling 2018 Kindle e-book Intellectual Property for Executives and co-author of the chapter on IP transfer pricing in Tolley’s Transfer Pricing Risks Post-BEPS. He has advised the European Commission and policymakers in several countries on national and international innovation strategies.

Mr Hegarty is a regular conference speaker and is connected to the global professional IP community. He was the first Irish person to be recognised by the IAM Strategy 300.
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Mathias Hellman
Vice President, Strategy & Portfolio Management, Ericsson IPR & Licensing

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 the industry’s leading patent portfolio. Mathias Hellman is Vice President of IP rights strategy and portfolio management at Ericsson. He is responsible for developing the company’s licensing models and ensuring a fair return on its 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, thus becoming one of the youngest executives in the licensing industry.

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

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Heath Hoglund
Chief Patent Counsel, Dolby Laboratories

Heath Hoglund is Vice President of IP and Standards at Dolby Laboratories, Inc in San Francisco, where he has global responsibility for patents, trademarks and copyright. In this role, he has consistently driven year-over-year growth in Dolby's patent licensing programmes. He has significant experience overseeing collaborative standardisation and building strategic IP portfolios and licensing programmes. Mr Hoglund serves on the council of the American Bar Association IP section and on the Intellectual Property Office board and is a former President of the San Francisco IP Law Association. He has a JD (cum laude), an MS and a BS (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota.

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Claire Le Floch
Group Head, IP, AtoS

Claire Le Floch studied theoretical and nuclear physics at the Pierre and Marie Curie University and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris before studying IP at Strasbourg Legal University. Ms Le Floch began her career at the French Atomic Energy Commission, where she undertook fundamental research, focusing mainly on particle accelerators. Subsequently, she joined Alcatel-Lucent, where she was IP Counsel for the company’s diverse business lines for more than 12 years. In 2012 Ms Le Floch was appointed IP Director for Group Bull. Since 2014, Ms Le Floch has been Group Head of IP at Atos.


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Rui Luo
Lawyer, Patent Attorney, Han Kun Law
Rui Luo's practice focuses on IP litigation and other related dispute resolution matters in China. He has extensive experience litigating complex patent and high-tech trade secret disputes on behalf of multinational clients.

Mr Luo has represented many renowned multinational and domestic companies from a variety of industries, including Apple, Nokia, Phillips, Siemens, Emerson, EMC, Fairchild, Applied Materials, Sony, Nikon, Lenovo and Shanghai Electric. Through years of practice, Mr Luo's litigation experience has covered all types of IP-related disputes, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets and competition law. Mr Luo also has ample experience with patent invalidation proceedings before the Patent Re-examination Board of the China National IP Administration.

Before joining Han Kun in 2015, Mr Luo practised Chinese IP law for more than seven years in the Beijing offices of King & Wood Mallesons and Fangda Partners.
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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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Monica Magnusson
Vice President, IPR Policy, Ericsson
Monica Magnusson is Vice President of IP Rights Policy in Ericsson’s IP rights and licensing department. She is responsible for establishing and driving Ericsson’s position in discussions relating to patents and patent licensing policies, including before the European Telecommunications Standards Institute and the International Telecommunication Union. She and her global team have corporate responsibility for advocating Ericsson’s views on these issues towards regulators and policymakers throughout the world.

Ms Magnusson joined Ericsson in 1998 as a Patent Engineer focused on forming Ericsson’s patent portfolio for WCDMA-related inventions. She has also managed patent attorney groups in Sweden and the United States and out-licensed patent portfolios in North America for Ericsson.

Prior to joining Ericsson, Ms Magnusson was a Patent Agent at Albihns, an IP consultancy in Stockholm. Before that, she was an R&D Engineer at Siemens-Elema, Stockholm. She has a master’s in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
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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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Yann Ménière
Chief Economist, European Patent Office
Yann Ménière joined the EPO as Chief Economist in February 2016. Previously, he was a Professor of economics at MINES ParisTech and lectured on the economics of IP at Imperial College London, the University of Louvain in Belgium and the Centre for International Studies on Intellectual Property at the University of Strasbourg. His research and expertise relate to the economics of innovation, competition and IP.
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Santhosh Metri
Head, IP Products, Bureau van Dijk
Santhosh Metri joined Bureau van Dijk as 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 gained in a range of IP roles, Mr Metri has worked in strategic roles and been influential in key IP decisions.

After 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. Mr Metri has worked with companies such as Infosys, Accenture, Evalueserve, Honeywell, Kenwood and Iceberg Capital Partners.
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Jochen Meyer
Head, IPR, Vodafone
Jochen Meyer is Senior Manager of the IP rights department at Vodafone GmbH, where he is responsible for all legal IP rights activities.

Vodafone GmbH is the largest operating company of the Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest telecoms companies. Vodafone operates mobile networks in 26 countries and partner networks in an additional 49. The Vodafone Group operates company-owned fixed-network structures in 17 countries. Further, it has more than 470 million mobile and 14.3 million fixed-network customers throughout the world.

Mr Meyer has two decades of professional experience in the area of IP rights, which helps him to contribute to several working groups, such as the GSMA IP rights working group and the Next Generation Mobile Networks IP rights forum, which aims to support innovation and competition in the interests of customers.
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Claudia Milbradt
Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
Claudia Milbradt heads Clifford Chance LLP’s German IP practice and has been a partner in its Dusseldorf office since 2005. She has advised German and international clients on IP matters – including patents, the German Employee Inventions Act, trademarks, copyright, licensing law and technology transfer – since 1999. Ms Milbradt specialises in patent and trademark litigation (eg, preliminary injunction proceedings, action on the merits, nullity actions and invalidity proceedings) and strategic advice for cross-border IP litigation. She has significant experience in technology transfer, patent licence agreements and R&D projects. Ms Milbradt advises on IP transfer and allocation in the course of M&A transactions and joint ventures, IP security agreements, IP usufruct and IP protection systems and supervises an experienced team in IP due diligence.
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Didier Patry
Chief Executive Officer, France Brevets
Didier Patry is CEO of France Brevets SAS, an investment, monetisation and strategic management company that was set-up by the French government and the Caisse des Depots in 2011 with the aim of using IP to promote innovation. France Brevets has overseen major worldwide licensing programmes, including in the near-field communication technology area, and has initiated numerous patent factories for research organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises that have generated high-quality patents, including in the 5G technology field.

Before joining France Brevets in 2016, Mr Patry was Director of Legal Affairs for EATON Aerospace in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Corporate Chief Counsel of IP for the EATON group.

Prior to joining EATON, Mr Patry was Corporate Chief Counsel of the strategic IP transactions and counselling team at HP in California, where he oversaw key strategic initiatives, including cloud-related acquisitions, licensing and offensive patent enforcement programmes.
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Friederike Schäfer
Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Friederike Schäfer is Counsel at the Secretariat of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, where she leads the case management team for German-speaking regions, the Netherlands and Northern Europe. She oversees the case management of approximately 200 pending arbitration cases at any given time.

Before joining the ICC in 2015, Ms Schäfer was a Partner at Torggler Attorneys at Law in Vienna, where she specialised in international arbitration and litigation, international contract law, the law of private foundations and real estate. She studied law at the University of Freiburg and is admitted to the German Bar.

Ms Schäfer has served as Sole Arbitrator, Administrative Secretary and Counsel in numerous international cases. She has authored various articles on international arbitration and is a Co-editor of the second edition of Torggler, Handbuch Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit. She regularly represents the ICC as a Panellist at events.

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Brad Sheafe
Chief IP Officer, Dominion Harbor
Brad Sheafe has more than a decade of IP experience ranging from criminal investigations to patent assertion, prosecution and investment. In addition, he has real-world operational experience, having served in executive roles, including as President of both public and private software companies which generate their own IP. He is a named inventor on several utility and design patents.

Prior to joining Dominion Harbor, Mr Sheafe was Executive Vice President at IPNav, where he engaged in all aspects of IP management, including portfolio evaluation, licensing efforts and litigation and prosecution strategy.

Mr Sheafe brings a unique perspective and background to Dominion Harbor and the operational aspects of patent monetisation strategies. After graduating magna cum laude from the US Air Force Academy, he was an Officer in the Air Force for seven years, before separating as a Captain to take a Special Agent position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Joseph Siino
President, Via Licensing

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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Stefano Sorrentino
Master Researcher and Inventor of the Year 2018, Ericsson Research
Stefano Sorrentino has worked at Ericsson for 11 years and currently coordinates automotive research. He is also a Board Member and Chair of the system architecture group of the 5G Automotive Association. Mr Sorrentino has six years’ experience as a delegate to the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), covering topics such as multiple-input and multiple-output, coordinated multipoint processing, sidelink, device-to-device communications and vehicle-to-anything communications. Mr Sorrentino was also Chair of 3GPP’s ad-hoc sessions on topics relating to downlink coordinated multipoint processing during Long-Term Evolution Release 11. He has attended numerous international conferences as an author, panelist and keynote speaker, has been interviewed and quoted by the press several times and has contributed to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ publications. In 2018 Mr Sorrentino was named Ericsson’s inventor of the year for having made nearly 180 patent applications, primarily in the radio access field.
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Erich Spangenberg
Managing Director and Founder, IPwe
Erich Spangenberg is widely recognised by the top IP publications as one of the most influential people in the IP space. He has been the subject of feature stories in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and CNBC. Mr Spangenberg began as a patent troll in 2003. After collecting more than $500 million in licensing revenues, he left the troll business and in 2013 he teamed up with Kyle Bass on a $1.7 billion fund to short pharmaceutical stocks with weak drug patents. Over the past five years, he has been involved in more than $2 billion worth of patent finance and acquisition transactions.

Mr Spangenberg co-founded IPwe in 2018. IPwe leverages the power of artificial intelligence and hyperledger to offer a fully automated transaction platform for patent analysis, transactions and related services. IPwe is the place for the patent ecosystem to obtain information, conduct transactions and interact.
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Chris Storm
Legal Director, Emerging Technologies, Uber
Chris Storm leads Uber's emerging technologies group, a cross-functional legal team dedicated to Uber’s advanced technologies group (ATG), Uber Elevate and other Uber research initiatives. Previously, Mr Storm served as product counsel and head of IP for Uber ATG, as an assistant general counsel at Bell Helicopter and as an associate at Baker Botts LLP. He holds a BS in aerospace engineering and an MS in technology commercialisation from the University of Texas and obtained his JD from the University of Houston Law Centre.
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Michael Swita
Global Legal Director, IP & Innovation, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Michael Swita is Global Legal Director of IP and Innovation at Anheuser-Busch InBev’s headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. He works alongside technical R&D teams at Anheuser-Busch InBev’s global innovation and technology centre to provide legal oversight and support in matters of confidentiality, licensing, technical development contracts and patent filing strategies. Before joining Anheuser-Busch InBev, Mr Swita practised patent law at the Washington DC office of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, working in both patent prosecution and litigation matters, with cases before the US International Trade Commission, the US federal district courts and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr Swita has a bachelor’s in biochemical sciences from Harvard University and a JD from Duke University School of Law. He is also a registered US Patent Attorney.
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Nigel Swycher
CEO, Aistemos
Nigel Swycher is CEO and Founder of Aistemos, the home of Cipher, a market-leading patent analysis software. Prior to Aistemos, Mr Swycher had a long legal career and led the IP practice at Slaughter and May in London. He is a regular speaker and commentator on the significant benefits of AI for the legal and IP profession. Mr Swycher is also an advocate for openness and transparency and is a Director of the Open Register of Patent Ownership, which is committed to building a global database of who owns the world’s patents. Mr Swycher has been recognised by the IAM Strategy 300 for many years as a leader in the field.
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Ton van Hoef
Senior Vice President and Chief IP Counsel, ASML
Ton van Hoef is Senior Vice President and Chief IP Counsel at ASML. He is responsible for ASML’s worldwide IP management, including procurement and licensing. After obtaining a master’s in electronics, he worked as a Patent Attorney at Philips Electronics and later served as Chief Patent Counsel at Hunter Douglas. Mr van Hoef joined ASML in 1997 in order to create and manage the corporate IP department. He is a qualified Dutch and European Attorney and has been involved in large licensing deals, merger projects and worldwide litigations.

ASML is headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment, with offices in more than 70 cities in 16 countries. Its mission is to invent, develop, manufacture and service advanced technology to provide high-tech lithography, metrology and software solutions for the semiconductor industry.
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Joe Villella
Chief Licensing Officer, Longitude Licensing Limited
Joe Villella has monetised Longitude Licensing Limited’s portfolio of semiconductor and storage solution patents since its founding in 2014. He also leads licensing negotiations for Longitude’s sister company IPValue Management. Before joining Longitude, Mr Villella was Vice President and Head of the Patent Department for Infineon Technologies AG in Munich for seven years. During that time, he was active in the European Semiconductor Industry Association and is a former Chair of its IP committee. Prior to Infineon, Mr Villella was Chief Patent Counsel for Seagate Technology in California. He also enjoyed a two-decade career at IBM, holding a series of increasingly senior positions in the United States and Asia.

Mr Villella has a JD from the George Washington University, an MSEE from Purdue University and a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame.
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Ed White
Director, IP Analytics, Clarivate Analytics
Ed White is Director of IP Analytics at Clarivate Analytics. He began his career in 2001 as a Graduate Indexer and Abstractor in the team that created the Derwent World Patents Index before moving to the then-emerging field of professional patent analysis.

Mr White has spent most of his career at Thomson Reuters and its divested IP and science business: Clarivate Analytics. He spent two years leading the analytics business of Landon IP/CPA Global before returning to Clarivate in 2018. In this time, he managed and built professional production teams and environments for the delivery of high-quality and high-accuracy work for large, small and governmental clients across almost all industry sectors.

Mr White has a degree in electronic engineering from the University of Nottingham. Earlier in his career, he specialised in the technical fields of instrumentation, measurement and plasma and particle physics.
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