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Sean Alexander
Patent Agent, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Sean AlexanderSean Alexander is a patent agent in Gowlings' Vancouver office, and is not only a registered Patent Agent in Canada and the U.S. but also a qualified European Patent Attorney.  Sean has extensive experience in drafting, prosecuting and enforcing patents; portfolio management; in-and-out licensing; freedom-to-operate assessments; as well as providing opinions on patentability, infringement, and validity.  Sean's practice covers the biotechnology, biomedical, pharmaceutical, medical device, nanotechnology, agricultural, consumer products, and greentech sectors. Prior to joining Gowlings, Sean worked for a multi-national consumer products company, a Canadian bio-pharmaceutical company, and a large Dutch chemical company.

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Brian Arbogast
The Boston Consulting Group

Brian ArbogastBrian is an angel investor and advisor, with a background in software strategy and development and an increasing focus on early-stage cleantech. He is a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group in their Technology, Media, and Telecom practice. He is on the board of Ethical Electric, a startup that provides 100% renewable electricity in those states with competitive electricity markets. He advises Scope 5, a Seattle startup that provides sustainability data management software. He is also an advisor to a couple innovative Seattle-based NGOs, one focused on sustainable water and sanitation projects (Water 1st), and another focused on finding and funding entrepreneurs with the potential to employ hundreds in ultra-poor communities (Upaya Social Ventures).

Brian left Microsoft in 2010 after 22 years, first as a programmer then as a leader of R&D teams. He spent his last 10 years as a Corporate Vice President, most recently responsible for delivering Microsoft's mobile service strategy, platform, and core experiences as well as the integrated services for network operators. He ran engineering for the Hotmail and Messenger platforms when they were the highest-scale services in the world. He led organizations as large as 500, spanning teams in Redmond, Silicon Valley, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tel Aviv, and Braga, Portugal.  

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Michele Baumgartner-Bonanno
Director of Patent Licensing and IP Programs
Michele Baumgartner-BonannoMichele Baumgartner-Bonanno is the Director of Patent Licensing and IP Programs in IBM's Technology and Intellectual Property Licensing department ("T&IP"). She has been with IBM T&IP since 2000.  In this position, she leads a team that handles patent and trademark matters for all types of IP agreements, including patent cross-licenses, patent assignment agreements, and licenses in support of technology transfers, service engagements, joint development partnerships, consortiums, divestitures and settlements. 

A graduate of Wellesley College and of Albany Law School at Union University, she is a member of the New York Bar and of the Virginia Bar.  Before joining IBM, she practiced law at Hunton & Williams LLP in its litigation department, and prior to law school, she had a ten-year career in sales at Digital Equipment Corporation.

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Andrea Belz
USC Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Andrea BelzAndrea Belz The author of “The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Product Development,” Andrea Belz is an expert in technology commercialization. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. With deep experience in technology incubation, Andrea has guided global innovation leaders including the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology, Occidental Petroleum, Avery Dennison, and others.  Andrea serves on the board of Caltech spinoff laser manufacturer Ondax and the Advisory Board of UCLA spinoff X-ray source manufacturer Tribogenics.  Andrea has been cited by the Los Angeles Business Journal, CNN.com, NBC.com, Financial Times, WSJ.com, and other sources for her unique perspective on strategy and national innovation.  Andrea holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Maryland at College Park, a Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. in finance from the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business. 

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Robert A. Berman
CopyTele, Inc.

Robert BermanMr. Berman has experience in a broad variety of areas including finance, acquisitions, marketing, and the development, licensing, and monetization of intellectual property. He is currently the President, CEO, and a Director of CopyTele, Inc., a publicly traded company specializing in patent assertion. He was recently the CEO of IP Dispute Resolution Corporation, a consulting company focused on patent monetization. Prior to IPDR, Mr. Berman was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Acacia Research Corporation. Mr. Berman has been quoted in numerous articles on patent monetization and is a frequent speaker on patent licensing and enforcement including programs at the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Harvard Law School, and UCLA's Anderson School of Business. Mr. Berman received a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and a J. D. from Northwestern Law School.

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Todd Bishop

Todd BishopTodd Bishop is co-founder of GeekWire , the independent technology news site and community based in Seattle. He has covered the technology industry for more than a decade in Seattle, starting as a reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper.

Todd grew up in Orland, CA and started in journalism covering sports for his high-school paper. He graduated from California State University, Chico, with a double-major in journalism and business administration. He has worked for newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia and Puget Sound business journals. Todd lives in Seattle with his wife Amy and daughter Maggie.

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Ivan Braiker
hipcricket, Augme Technologies

Ivan BraikerIvan has been a force for change in media and marketing for decades.

Ivan began his 30 years in broadcast media as an account executive with a CBS television affiliate in Las Vegas, but soon became co-owner and operator of a radio station there. In 1976, he took a position heading Belo Broadcasting's radio division, where he was recognized as a successful major-market General Manager.

He later co-founded and was president of Satellite Music Network, the first radio network to distribute live, 24-hour programming via satellite — an innovation that earned him Billboard Magazine's “Trendsetter of the Year” award.

In the interim, he built a series of radio networks, starting with Olympia Broadcasting, which became one of the first publicly-held radio groups. When Ivan got there, it was a single station; when he left, it held a 15-station portfolio with presences in eight key markets. He subsequently co-founded and served as president of New Northwest Broadcasters, which grew under Ivan's leadership to hold more than 40 stations.

His reputation for leadership has earned him the respect of an entire industry. He is a frequent speaker at many advertising and media events, including conferences held by the National Association of Broadcasters and Radio Advertising Bureau.

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Daniel Broderick
Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology

Daniel BroderickDaniel Broderick is the Manager of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an operating division of the California Institute of Technology. He is responsible for the management and negotiation of intellectual property matters ranging from patent filing decisions, patent prosecution management, licensing negotiations, startup assistance, NASA compliance, and maintaining and monitoring license agreements.

Dan began his career at Motorola where he designed microprocessor systems, and later joined Rockwell Telecommunications to design telecommunications hardware. He transitioned into technology transfer at Northwestern University, and went on to assist with the start-up of the Technology Transfer Office at the University of California San Diego. He joined Wesley Jessen Vision Care as the Director of Business Development, where he managed a very large intellectual property portfolio and negotiated a wide range of medical device and ocular pharmaceutical business agreements. After Wesley Jessen was purchased by Novartis, Dan became the Director of Business Development at Apovia Inc., a biotechnology company in San Diego that developed recombinant vaccines. Dan has been patent agent since 1995.

Dan received his Bachelor of Engineering degree at the University of Michigan, his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, and his MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago.

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Cheryl Cejka
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Cheryl CejkaCheryl Cejka is Director, Technology Deployment and Outreach at Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She is responsible for commercialization, economic development and technology policy and external affairs. She has held a broad range of business and technology development positions with PNNL (a $1 B DOE national lab) and for Battelle, which operates PNNL and 5 other DOE national laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy. Her areas of expertise include finance, contracts, business and intellectual asset development, licensing, and commercialization.

Cheryl has served on the executive board for the FLC, is a member of the board of trustees for the USA/Canada Licensing Executives Society and is a Fellow in the National Contracts Management Association. She also serves on numerous other boards and committees dedicated to advancing and deploying early stage technologies, technology-based ventures and the innovation ecosystem.

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Hemmie Chang
Foley Hoag LLP
Hemmie Chang Chairs the Licensing & Strategic Alliances Practice Group at Foley Hoag LLP. where she focuses on complex collaboration and licensing transactions. She has over two decades of experience advising both large partners and emerging companies on IP transactions, including the licensing of assets from academic institutions. Hemmie recently completed an early stage research collaboration for CytImmune of its nanotechnology platform with AstraZeneca and previously represented Metamark Genetics in its $365 million collaboration with Janssen Biotech. She has also advised start-ups in the medical device and alternative energy technology fields in equity co-investment and collaborations with major partners.

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JP Cody
MultiMedia Games
Mr. Cody is an experienced IP & corporate attorney with a passion for developing & implementing strategies directed to building marketshare and sustainable bottom lines, particularly together with the development, acquisition & application of intellectual property. He obtained my PhD in electrical engineering & JD from the University of Miami, his MS Engineering from MIT, and his BA Mathematics & Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University / U.S. Air Force Academy. He is currently vice president legal affairs, intellectual property with Multimedia Games in Austin, TX, which was preceded by a successful tenure at Bally Technologies as assistant general counsel, intellectual property in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to that, he was vice president and chief counsel at Cirrus Logic in Austin, Texas and corporate counsel at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas. He also enjoyed several stints in private practice both in boutique and large commercial law firms.

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Eric Dobmeier
Seattle Genetics

Eric DobmeierHe joined the company in 2002 and oversees the company's business development, manufacturing, legal, corporate communications, program management and market planning groups.  While at Seattle Genetics, he has led negotiation and completion of multiple corporate alliances, including the ADCETRIS collaboration agreement with Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company and more than a dozen antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) technology collaborations with leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.  He has also participated in raising over $600 million in equity financing for the company.  Prior to joining Seattle Genetics, Mr. Dobmeier was with the law firms of Venture Law Group and Heller Ehrman where he represented technology companies in connection with public and private financings, mergers & acquisitions and corporate partnering transactions.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Stemline Therapeutics (NASDAQ:STML).  He received a law degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

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Robert Dunkle
Robert DunkleBob is a COO of OncoSynergy, which is developing first-in-class therapeutics for treatment of drug-resistant cancers. With co-founder, Shawn Carbonell, MD, PhD, who was until recently at UCSF, OncoSynergy is tackling drug resistance, the major cause of treatment failure in cancer patients. The company's lead drug candidate, OS2966, overcomes resistance to Herceptin® and Avastin® and potentiates radiation therapy in preclinical cancer models. In addition, based on mechanism of action, OS2966 holds promise for therapy of several other serious diseases with high unmet need.  Bob has been CEO of several life science companies.

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Gary Duvall
Dorsey & Whitney
Gary DuvallGary R. Duvall assists businesses in franchising, licensing and distribution. He represents U.S. and international licensors, licensees, franchisors, manufacturers, suppliers, franchisees, distributors and dealers. Gary also advises clients regarding compliance with FTC, antitrust and trade regulation laws.

Gary is an internationally recognized licensing and franchise expert. He is a frequent author and speaker on franchising and licensing. He is the only lawyer from the Pacific Northwest listed (by peer surveys) in "An International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers," 1997-present, Law Business Research Ltd., London. Gary is co-Chair of Dorsey's Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law practice. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America," 1995-present, Woodward/White, Inc.

Gary is a member of the Licensing Executives Society.

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Bill Elkington
Rockwell Collins

William ElkingtonBill is currently VP, Membership and Member Engagement, for LES (USA and Canada).  He writes articles regularly for IAM Magazine—the LES media partner—that are designed to sample the views and best practices of a broad spectrum of LES members.  Bill was previously Chair of the IP100 Committee for 2010-2012, and in that capacity, he led the effort to organize and put on the IP100 Executive Forum meetings in New York City in April of 2011, in Paris in September of 2011, and in Phoenix in January of 2012.  He has been a member of the Aerospace and Transportation Committee of the High Tech Sector for many years.

Bill is Senior Director, Intellectual Property Management, at Rockwell Collins.  He is responsible for protection, value extraction, and rights management strategies concerning Rockwell Collins’s strategic intellectual property.  His group works with the company’s business units to value IP and to structure both upstream and downstream licenses in the normal course of its business.  He is also Chair of the company’s patent committee and holds the company’s patent budget.  He has held this position since 2003.

Prior to joining Rockwell Collins, Bill was co-founder and VP of Program Management at MeshNetworks, a wireless startup company established to commercialize ITT’s novel communication technology.  MeshNetworks was sold to Motorola in 2004.

Prior to joining MeshNetworks, Bill held positions in IP management, technology marketing, strategic and operations planning, and program management in ITT’s Aerospace/Communications Division (A/CD) and GE R&D organizations.

Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, and his advanced degrees are from Syracuse University.

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Sonya Erickson
Cooley LLP

Sonya EricksonSonya Erickson is a partner in Cooley LLP 's Emerging Companies and Life Sciences practice groups and a member of the firm's Business department, resident in the Seattle office.  Ms. Erickson has 20 years of experience counseling clients in the Life Sciences arena.  Her clients range from early-stage start ups to larger public companies.  Ms. Erickson has represented issuers and underwriters in numerous public offerings, has substantial experience in venture capital and other private financing transactions and has worked on technology-based strategic partnerships, collaborations, spin-outs and mergers and acquisitions.  Ms. Erickson has represented over 100 life science clients providing advice on a variety of legal and business issues across a broad range of transactions from incorporation through initial public offering, merger and beyond.   Prior to joining Cooley, Ms. Erickson was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman and a director and one of the founding members of the Seattle, WA office of Venture Law Group (VLG) before the merger with Heller Ehrman.  Prior to that, Ms. Erickson was an associate at VLG in Menlo Park, Brobek, Phleger & Harrison in Palo Alto and Jones Day in Los Angeles.

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Beth Etscheid
Washington Research Foundation

Beth EtscheidMs. Beth Etscheid is the Director of Licensing at Washington Research Foundation and is responsible for the licensing of WRF's biotech and engineering inventions.  She monitors license agreements that generate tens of millions of dollars annually, negotiates new license agreements, oversees an active audit program, and manages the Foundation's patent portfolio.  In addition, she assists in the due diligence to support WRF Capital investments in biotechnology startups.

Ms. Etscheid has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Smith College and a doctorate in pharmacology and cell physiology from the University of Chicago. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for four years before joining WRF.  She is an active participant in the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA), Licensing Executives Society (LES) and Women in BIO (WIB).

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Christine Finch

Christine joined the 343Industries Halo team in 2010, just before the launch of Halo Reach. Christine manages the Halo Consumer Products team, including the new partner selection, business development & contract negotiation, management of 40 partners that ship 500+ Halo branded sku's per year, spanning bestselling novels, toys, comics, collectibles, apparel, soundtracks and more. Christine has driven Halo from an opportunistic licensing model to a full consumer products program in the past 3 years.

Previously, Christine was President, Licensing & Entertainment for the McFarlane companies and Production Manager for HBO Animation.

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Scott Forbes
Intellectual Ventures
Scott ForbesScott Forbes is Director of Channel Sales and Licensing at Intellectual Ventures, a privately-held, invention investment company.  Scott was previously Director at Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), a leading security R&D company.  Scott has held senior positions with Dolby Laboratories, GE, and Microsoft.  Scott is an inventor on 30+ patent applications and a member of the IEEE, ABA, and other professional organizations.  He holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunications from Pennsylvania State University, a law degree from George Washington University, and an MBA from Indiana University.

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Kenneth Galbraith
General Partner, Ventures West Capital 

Kenneth GalbraithKen Galbraith, General Partner, joined Ventures West in 2007.  Previously, Mr. Galbraith served as the Chairman and Interim CEO of AnorMED, a biopharmaceutical company focused on new therapeutic products in hematology, HIV and oncology, until its sale to Genzyme Corp. in a cash transaction worth almost US$600 million.  Starting in the biotech sector in 1987, Mr. Galbraith spent 13 years in senior management with QLT Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company specializing in developing treatments for eye diseases and oncology, retiring in 2000 from his position as Executive VP and CFO when QLT's market capitalization exceeded US$5 billion.  He has served on the Board of Directors of several public and private biotechnology companies, including Angiotech Pharmaceuticals (ANPI) and Cardiome Pharma (CRME).  He currently serves as a Director of Alder, Aquinox, Celator, Macrogenics, NeurAxon, Presidio, Tekmira, Tracon Pharmaceuticals and Zymeworks.

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John Goldstone
Director of Technology Licensing, Weyerhaeuser
John GoldstoneJohn Goldstone is the Director of Technology Licensing at Weyerhaeuser.  John has a B.A.B.A. (Finance) and MBA (Marketing & Statistics) from the University of Washington.  John has over 20 years working in New Product Development, including 13 years as a Project Manager—leading teams from the idea stage through to commercialization.  Four of these projects/products have been commercialized for Weyerhaeuser and most are in the market today.  John has worked in Licensing and technology related asset sales for over 4 ½ years.

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Karin Immergluck
UCSF Office of Innovation, Technology and Alliances
Karin ImmergluckKarin Immergluck began working in university technology transfer over a decade ago, when she was managing a large portfolio of inventions on behalf of the entire University of California system at the UC Office of the President. In 2004, she joined the UCSF Office of Technology Management, and currently serves as Acting Director, Technology Management, in the UCSF Office of Innovation, Technology and Alliances. In addition to directing the Technology Management team and managing a large portfolio of UCSF life science inventions, she also co-negotiates large scale master industry-sponsored research partnerships,  supports UCSF start-ups in obtaining IP rights and funding, and oversees IP and licensing-related legal disputes, having successfully negotiated several settlement agreements on behalf of UCSF and other UC campuses. Karin has taught several entrepreneurship and IP-related classes at UCSF, and has served as an invited speaker and adviser to several government and academic institutions in Europe.

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Erik H. Iverson, JD LLM
Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI)
Erik IversonErik Iverson is Executive Vice President, Business Development and External Affairs at the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) in Seattle, Washington, a global health research institute developing diagnostics, vaccines, and treatments for neglected diseases.  Mr. Iverson takes responsibility for coordinating contract development and manufacturing services, technology licensing, and structuring international partnerships.

Prior to joining IDRI, Mr. Iverson was Associate General Counsel at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he worked in the development of IP management and collaboration agreements, novel financing arrangements, and product development strategies.  Prior to the Foundation, Mr. Iverson was an attorney at the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP.

Mr. Iverson serves on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center IP Management Committee, on the Board of Trustees for the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, and on the Board of Directors for DesignMedix Corporation.  He also taught a law course as an adjunct professor at the University of Washington School of Law.

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Isaac Jacobson
Accelerate Ventures, LLC

Isaac JacobsonA founding partner of Accelerate Ventures, LLC (“AV”), Isaac Jacobson’s reputation in the media, retail and patent monetization space has garnered growing attention and respect nationwide.  Mr. Jacobson has established AV as a rising player in the technology licensing industry, focused on representing companies whose intellectual property is solid, proven and threatened by infringement.

AV provides capital, legal, sales and licensing expertise to partner with companies lacking sufficient resources to defend themselves or who prefer to maintain a lower profile in licensing their technology.  Licensees, normally averse to the “trolling” practices of others in the industry, have lauded the professionalism, preparation and integrity of AV’s team as a refreshing approach that brings true value to the licensee.

Mr. Jacobson brings a wealth of executive experience and professional relationships, having assembled top tier executive teams and boards of directors for technology companies, syndicating venture capital, and buying and selling companies throughout his career.  He has held executive positions with media and technology entities such as theDial.com, Digonex Technologies, MusicRebellion, Digital Kiosk Technologies, Humanizing Technologies and OpenBook.

A native of Utah who built and exited several successful ventures in Indiana and Washington, Mr. Jacobson acquired eTAGZ, Inc. from Wasatch Ventures (a DFJ Fund) in 2006 and returned to his home state.  He transformed eTAGZ from a retail, media and marketing entity into a patent licensing juggernaut, setting it on a on a path for exceptional growth. That transition allowed Mr. Jacobson to form the critical components of what is now the AV team while amassing invaluable experience in licensing technology.

In addition to building and growing technology companies, Mr. Jacobson has ownership interests across other sectors and is currently a co-owner of the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League.

A popular speaker and trusted advisor to power brokers the world over, he is often sought ought by those in the highest ranks of business, politics and entertainment to strategize on issues ranging from investments and public policy to personal growth and bringing to market innovative ideas.

Mr. Jacobson is a father of 3 and an avid outdoorsman with an affinity for classical guitar, sports cars and planes. He is dedicated to his community, having established or served on numerous non-profit boards.  He currently serves on the Utah Valley University Foundation Board as well as Co-Chairing the Snow College Foundation Board.

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Robin Johnston
Joint BioEnergy Institute

Robin JohnstonRobin Johnston is the Director of Commercialization for the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) located in Emeryville, California. She manages JBEI industry interactions and intellectual property, which includes negotiating licenses and collaborative research terms, incubating startups, and setting JBEI's strategic course for technology and research transfer. Robin has been commercializing intellectual property at Berkeley Lab for over ten years. During that time she founded and managed a program with UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business that engages teams of business, science, and law students in translating the Lab's cleantech IP into market opportunities. The Cleantech to Market program has since been adopted by Haas as a formal course. Robin earned a Masters degree in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Philosophy from the University of Virginia.

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Andy Kleitsch

Andy is founder of Buck based in Seattle, WA.

Buck develops innovative web and mobile commerce solutions for students, moms, coffee shops, landscapers, game developers, banks... everyone!

Buck has powered a wide range of mobile transactions including in-magazine shopping for Glamour, street shopping in NYC for C.O. Bigelow, beach shopping for Clinique, in-stadium shopping for Dallas Cowboys, in-game transactions for Zynga and Big Fish, and donations for non-profits and political candidates.

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Maja Larson
General Counsel, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Maja LarsonMaja Larson has been General Counsel at the Allen Institute for Brain Science since June 2007.   At the Allen Institute, Maja oversees the legal, regulatory compliance, grants management, and risk/crisis management functions.  Prior to joining the Allen Institute, Maja was VP and Associate General Counsel at Expedia, Inc. and in the Corporate & Securities group at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates), where she worked on, among other things, the Expedia initial public offering.  Maja also worked in the legal department of a publicly traded shipyard for 10 years, managed franchisees in a large region for a large restaurant franchisor, and worked in a small law firm on probates.   Maja has a BA in Sociology from the University of Washington and a JD from Seattle University School of Law.  She is a regular speaker at local law schools on panels and in classrooms on topics including the practice of law in biotech organizations, cultivating leadership skills and protecting IP in the research setting.

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Laura Marriott
NeoMedia Technologies, Inc.

Laura MarriottLaura Marriott is the CEO and Board Chairperson of NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. Prior to this role, she served as NeoMedia's Chief Marketing Officer and has been an active member of the company's Board since January 2009. Before NeoMedia, Marriott ran a mobile consultancy firm that helped brand owners deploy mobile marketing initiatives. Marriott served as Global President of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) from 2005 to 2009. During her tenure at the MMA, the organization established itself as the leading global trade association for mobile marketing as it substantially increased membership, established global operations, created a global mobile marketing awards program and developed industry guidelines and best practices. Marriott has received many industry honors and accolades, including being named a Mobile Woman to Watch by Mobile Marketer, Top 50 U.S. Executives by Mobile Entertainment, and Top 10 Women in Wireless by FierceMarkets.

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Rodger McKinley

Rodger McKinleyRodger McKinley, 2012-2013 Aerospace & Transportation Chairperson, is focused on fostering education, discussion and networking among members with an interest in the aerospace and transportation industries. Rodger is a 20+ year member of LES and has been involved in technology transfer and licensing activities for most of his career in aerospace. Rodger has managed various facets of IP licensing including deal development, drafting/negotiation, and contract lifecycle management. His experience includes all intellectual property types with an emphasis on trade secrets and early stage technologies. Rodger brings an understanding of the implications that the Federal Acquisition Regulations and Federal Aviation Administration regulations may have on commercial licensing of intellectual property. Rodger holds a BS degree from the School of Engineering at San Jose State University, a MBA and a MS in Technology Management both from Pepperdine University.

Rodger McKinley, 2012-2013 Aerospace & Transportation Chairperson, is focused on fo stering education, discussion and networking among members with an interest in the aerospace and transportation industries. Rodger is a 20+ year member of LES and has been involved in technology transfer and licensing activities for most of his
career in aerospace.

Rodger has managed various facets of IP licensing including deal development, drafting/negotiation, and contract lifecycle management. His experience includes all intellectual property types with an emphasis on trade secrets and early stage technologies. Rodger brings an understanding of the implications that the Federal Acquisition Regulations and Federal Aviation Administration regulations may have
on commercial licensing of intellectual property.

Rodger holds a BS degree from the School of Engineering at San Jose State University, a MBA and a MS in Technology Management both from Pepperdine

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Terrence W. McMillin
International Game Technology (IGT)

Terry McMillinTerrence W. McMillin is Senior Counsel and Head of the Intellectual Property Department at International Game Technology (IGT) .  Prior to working for IGT, Mr. McMillin was with the firms of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd (now, the Chicago office of K&L Gates) and Gerstman, Ells and McMillin.  He started his legal career as a patent agent, associate and then a partner at Marshall, O'Toole, Gerstein, Murray and Bicknell (now, Marshall, Gerstein and Borun) in Chicago.

IGT is the global leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming machines and system products, as well as online and mobile gaming solutions for regulated markets. IGT markets a wide array of entertainment-inspired gaming product lines and targets gaming markets in substantially all legal jurisdictions worldwide. IGT has an extensive IP portfolio of approximately 5,600 patents or patent applications and approximately 3,100 trademarks filed and registered worldwide.   Mr. McMillin has personally managed IGT's highly successful IP litigation and licensing efforts.

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Annemarie Meike
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Annemarie MeikeAnnemarie Meike chairs the LES High Tech Sector and sits on the LES Foundation Board. She negotiates international and multi-stakeholder partnerships and implements start-up companies from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory technology. As owner-CEO of two start-up companies, she is dedicated to entrepreneurship and has conducted workshops internationally. She chairs the LES Foundation Business Plan Competition and the Clean Tech Open Green Building judges’ panel. Holding a Cornell University B.A, and U.C. Berkeley Ph.D., Annemarie joined LLNL to design and develop a multidisciplinary scientific program, directing it for 15 years. She has traveled widely, for example teaching secondary school in Sierra Leone and researching nanomaterials and petrophysics with a Senior Fulbright Fellowship at Australian National University. She co-founded and co-organized the International Alloy Conferences and sits on an NSF International Materials Institute Advisory Board. Her J.D. is from Santa Clara University.

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Ed Miller
Starbucks Coffee Company

Ed MillerEd Miller leads the business development team for Starbucks Licensed Stores and other coffee, tea and beverage solutions under the Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, Tazo Tea, Evolution Fresh and other Starbucks owned brands in the Pacific Northwest. His territory includes Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern Idaho. This territory presently includes 465 licensed stores, over 2,000 foodservice accounts and an additional 1,200 points of distribution through the office coffee channel.   Ed also serves as a moderator on MyStarbucksIdea.com where Starbucks most passionate customers provide over 10,000 comments each month to improve the Starbucks Experience. Ed is also active in Starbucks corporate social responsibility efforts and led a multi-brand cup recycling initiative launched in Portland International Airport in 2011.

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Ashok Misra
Flint Mobile

Ashok MisraAshok Misra, CISSP is a Ecommerce professional with more than 10 years experience in building ecommerce systems. He has built ecommerce systems for Amazon.com, Real Networks and Linden Labs. He is currently the Chief Security Officer for Flint Mobile. He is widely regarded as a Payment Security Expert and possesses in-depth knowledge on PCI Compliance. He has a deep knowledge of country specific payment methods, mobile payments and industry trends . He is the Chairperson for the European Customer Not Present Payments Forum (EU CNPPF).

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Jonathan Mow
PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals

Jonathan MowJonathan Mow is currently Chief Business Officer for PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals and has more than 20 years experience in business development, marketing and commercial operations. Prior to PhaseBio he served as Vice President, Business Development for Amylin Pharmaceuticals from 2007 until its sale to Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2012. Mr. Mow was Co-founder, Vice President, Commercial and Business Development, and Secretary of Corus Pharma, Inc. until their acquisition by Gilead Sciences in 2006. He also led the business development efforts for PathoGenesis Corporation, culminating with the company's acquisition by Chiron Corporation in 2000. Prior to those roles, he held positions in marketing at Bristol Myers-Squibb, Wyeth/Lederle International and sales and marketing research at Syntex Laboratories.

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Susan Pan
Sughrue Mion, PLLC
Susan PanMs. Pan's expertise includes patent portfolio building, licensing and IP counseling in the electronics industry.  Ms. Pan tracks IP judicial and extra-judicial developments to inform clients and practitioners on the Chinese enforcement systems.  Ms. Pan meets with members of the judiciary, chambers of commerce and administrative agencies in China to exchange information on IP trends.  Ms. Pan is a partner of SUGHRUE MION, PLLC, which specializes in intellectual property law including all aspects of patents, trademarks and copyrights.  Sughrue represents clients in all technology areas, including consumer electronics, computer systems, digital imaging, telecommunications, chemisty, life sciences and pharmeceuticals.  Each year, SUGHRUE ranks among the top law firm in the U.S., obtaining several thousand patents and trademarks from the USPTO.  Our firm also has established expertise in the ITC, federal courts and new inter partes proceedings under AIA.

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Neela Patel

Neela PatelDr. Patel is Director, External Research for AbbVie (formerly Abbott Laboratories) with responsibility for identification and evaluation of discovery-stage collaboration and licensing opportunities in the Western US. In addition, Dr. Patel serves as the therapy area liaison for discovery oncology, partnering with senior management to create the overall strategy for the pipeline, conducting pro-active searches worldwide for assets and collaborators, assessing all incoming opportunities for technical robustness and strategic fit, and leading diligence through development of collaboration models.

Dr. Patel has over eighteen years pharma/biotech industry experience with small molecules and biologics from early stage discovery through IND filing, with a focus on oncology and ophthalmology. Most recently, she led Preclinical and Translational Medicine at Poniard Pharmaceuticals where she established the biology department and jointly created a preclinical product pipeline with the head of chemistry, including FAK inhibitors which were licensed to Verastem in 2011.

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Jas Purewal
Osborne Clarke

As a commercial and intellectual property lawyer, Mr. Purewal focuses on the interactive entertainment and digital media sectors. He advises clients from large companies to start-ups on a range of matters – in particular contracts negotiation, regulatory compliance and disputes. Mr. Purewal also advises on interactive entertainment, social media and general technology matters. Mr. Purewal writes regularly regarding developments in interactive entertainment and technology (including on his blog Gamer/Law –www.gamerlaw.co.uk) and he is a regular speaker at interactive entertainment conferences. Mr. Purewal is qualified as a solicitor at CMS Cameron McKenna in 2005, following which he joined Olswang in 2007 as a disputes and media lawyer. He joined Osborne Clarke in 2011.

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Dana Rao
Vice President of Intellectual Property and Litigation, Adobe Systems
Dana RaoDana Rao is currently the Vice President of Intellectual Property and Litigation at Adobe Systems. He is overseeing all aspects of Adobe's intellectual property and litigation matters, including procuring, licensing, and defending Adobe's patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and managing all aspects of Adobe's litigation practice. Previous to Adobe, Dana was an Associate General Counsel of Patents at Microsoft Corporation, focusing on their Windows Phone and Xbox patent issues. Dana began his legal career at Fenwick & West, focusing on patent prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Dana received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in Electrical Engineering, and received his law degree from The George Washington University School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif.

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Chris Rivera
President, WBBA

Chris RiveraPresident since January, 2009, Chris Rivera has developed the organization's strategic direction to support the growth of life sciences in Washington State, including: co-founding WINGS, the Washington Medical Technology Angel Network; expanding the commercialization program, which has mentored more than 100 life science start-ups; and re-branding the region's largest and most successful life science conference. In addition, Mr. Rivera has been appointed to several leadership positions, including the Governor's Higher Education Task Force and the Washington Global Health Funding Commission. He is currently the Chairman for the national Council of State Bioscience Associations.

Prior to joining the WBBA, Mr. Rivera spent more than 20 years in numerous leadership roles in the biotechnology industry, including Founder and CEO of Hyperion Therapeutics. He holds a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; a bachelor degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University; and studied marketing and management at the Albers Graduate School of Business and Economics at Seattle University.

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Mae Joanne Rosok
Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC
Mae Joanne RosokMae Joanne Rosok specializes in biotechnology patent matters, and is admitted to the bar in Washington State and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Mae received a B.A. in Microbiology and an M.S. in Chemistry (biochemistry thesis) from the University of Montana, and she also holds a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.  During her scientific career, Mae worked in the fields of infectious diseases and oncology, primarily in research and development of diagnostic and therapeutic antibodies.  She has authored several publications, prepared regulatory documents for submission to the FDA, and is a named inventor on several patents.  Mae is a member of the American Bar Association and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, and is a past president of the Washington State Patent Law Association.

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Jeremy R. Salesin
Vice President of Acquisitions, Intellectual Ventures
Jeremy SalesinJeremy R. Salesin is vice president of acquisitions for Intellectual Ventures. In this role, Mr. Salesin is responsible for managing a global effort focused on acquiring invention rights, and leading a talented team of professionals responsible for assessing, valuing and acquiring patent portfolios from a diverse range of sellers. He is also responsible for further developing Intellectual Ventures' unique acquisition ecosystem involving the company's corporate relationships, channel partners and strategic alliances.

Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Mr. Salesin spent 11 years at Eastman Kodak Company, most recently as vice president and managing director of corporate development. At Kodak, he developed strategy with business units for acquisitions and divestitures to deliver on strategic objectives, supervised all worldwide mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures, and established and maintained processes for deal negotiation, valuation analysis and due diligence. Before joining Kodak, Mr. Salesin served in a variety of management, business development and legal roles at Silicon Valley companies, including as vice president of business development and administration at GotSavings.com, a pioneer in the provision of rebates and coupons to online shoppers; director of business affairs, general counsel, and secretary for LucasArts Entertainment Company, a global developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software; and vice president of business affairs, general counsel and secretary of Sanctuary Woods Multimedia Corporation, a provider of interactive edutainment and entertainment software. He began his career at the law firm of Graham & James in San Francisco, where he specialized in intellectual property transactions and maritime litigation, after clerking for a federal magistrate.  

Mr. Salesin is a board member and treasurer of the Rochester City Ballet and previously served as an elected member of the Sea Education Association. His hobbies include woodworking, sailing and boatbuilding.

Mr. Salesin received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served on the senior editorial board for the Michigan Law Review.  He is a member of the California Bar.

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Matt Sarboraria
Oracle Corporation

Matt Sarboraria is Associate General Counsel at Oracle Corporation, where he leads the company's Patent, Trademark and Copyright group.  His team is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and policies for identifying, protecting, and managing the company's intellectual property.  His practice includes patent prosecution and portfolio management, IP licensing, litigation support, M&A support, and copyright, trademark and brand management.  He is actively involved in IP policy initiatives on Oracle's behalf, including legislative and administrative reform efforts related to the adoption and implementation of the America Invents Act.  He serves as a board member or advisor to several IP-focused industry associations.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Sarboraria served as Managing Patent Counsel in Oracle's Litigation group, where his practice focused on IP disputes and related licensing matters.

Before joining Oracle in 2006, Mr. Sarboraria was in private practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he focused on patent litigation.  He has litigated cases throughout the country involving a wide variety of technologies, including database, middleware and application software, semiconductors, computer networking, and telecommunications equipment.  He earned his undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. 

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Michael J. Sentowski

Mike SentowskiAs Vice President of T-Mobile’s National Dealer Programs, Michael J. Sentowski manages the development, growth and strategic direction of T-Mobile’s multi-market 3rd party Dealer sales channels, which include over 12,000 T-Mobile Branded and Non-Branded Authorized Retailer doors, as well as several recently launched “2nd Brand” GoSmart doors. Under Mike’s leadership, the team has routinely surpassed organization metrics for growth and revenues; tripling the number of fully Branded Dealer stores in just 3 years (450 in 2010 & 1,116 in 2013). Mike was also instrumental in T-Mobile’s enterprise-wide launch of GoSmart, its 1st National unlimited prepaid service offer fueled by T-Mobile’s network. Prior to leading T-Mobile’s Dealer Channels and Programs, Mike managed various aspects of T-Mobile's 3rd party distribution at the National & Regional levels. Mike holds a B.A. in Marketing from Iona College. He is an avid sports fan & golf enthusiast. He resides in NJ with his wife Michele, their 2 daughters Erin and Diana, and 2 Jack Russell Terriers Rouge and Rascal.

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Matt Skelton

Matt SkeltonMatt Skelton is an Attorney at Microsoft where he supports 343 Industries, which produces "Halo" video games, and the Kids & Lifestyle Entertainment group, which produces titles like "Kinect Sesame Street TV" and "Nike+ Kinect Training." Matt has also worked in Microsoft's copyright group, where at various times he supported Windows, Internet Explorer, Xbox, Windows Phone, and other groups on copyright issues.

Prior to Microsoft, Matt was an Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Copyright Office where he contributed to the Office's study and "Report on Orphan Works." He has also co-taught a course on copyright law at Seattle University School of Law.

Matt graduated from George Mason University School of Law where he was Managing Justice of the Moot Court Board, and Belmont University where he majored in music.

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Kevin Spivak
Greenblum & Bernstein
Kevin SpivakKevin R. Spivak is a member of the intellectual property law firm of Greenblum & Bernstein. Mr. Spivak's experience includes managing and securing intellectual property rights in a wide variety of technologies for domestic and global corporations. Mr. Spivak represents major corporate clients in counseling, prosecuting and preparing both foreign and domestic patent applications, including filings via the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Mr. Spivak advises in support of patent litigation and licensing negotiations, including cases before district and federal courts and the International Trade Commission (ITC), and prepares infringement, validity, freedom-to-operate and patentability opinions. He also conducts due diligence studies in all aspects of intellectual property. Mr. Spivak was a Patent Examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined patent applications in computer-related technologies. Mr. Spivak received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from The George Washington University and a J.D. from The American University, Washington College of Law.

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Nissa Strottman
Hewlett-Packard Company

Nissa Strottman is a Senior Counsel in the Cloud Computing and Open Source group at Hewlett-Packard Company, where she supports HP Cloud Services and primarily works on technology transactions and open source issues.  Prior to joining HP, Nissa was at Cisco Systems and Sun Microsystems, where she supported various business units. Prior to going in-house, she was in private practice at a patent boutique in Silicon Valley. Nissa received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Hilton W.C. Sue
Partner, Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP
Hilton SueHilton W.C. Sue is a partner of Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP, and is a registered patent and trademark agent in Canada and the U.S., and a lawyer called to the Bar of British Columbia, Canada. With over 20 years of experience, Hilton advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property protection, and has particular experience and expertise in 1) preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark and industrial design applications in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere; 2) strategic analysis, planning, development and management of intellectual property portfolios; and 3) the commercialization of intellectual property, including due diligence investigations and opinions and technology transfers and licensing.

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David H. Takagawa
Partner, Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP
David TakagawajpgDavid H. Takagawa is a registered patent and trademark agent in Canada and the U.S., and lawyer called to the Bar of British Columbia, Canada.  David's patent practice includes biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, green/clean tech, aquaculture, oil and gas, pulp and paper, industrial chemicals, and mechanical devices.  David's technical experience includes working as a research technician at a Vancouver biotechnology company and a multinational pharmaceutical company.

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Mikko Välimäki

Mikko ValimakiMikko Valimaki is CEO of Tuxera , the leading provider of file systems that allow music, pictures, videos and other content to be ported across devices. Under Mikko's leadership Tuxera has managed fast growth, secured external funding, opened American and Asian offices, and won numerous industry awards. Mikko is a serial entrepreneur who has launched software companies, a technology law firm, and taught technology law and business in American and European universities. Mikko has also published four books on software licensing, copyright, patents and related topics. He has LL.M. from the University of Helsinki and Ph.D from the Helsinki University of Technology.

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Richard Wilder
UNH School of Law Board of Trustees
Associate General Counsel for Global Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Dick WilderRichard Wilder is responsible for addressing legal issues that arise in connection with the development of interventions in the field of global health – including drugs, vaccines and diagnostics.

Prior to his work with the Gates Foundation in Seattle, Wilder served as the associate general counsel for IP policy at Microsoft Corp., in Washington. Before that, he worked with the Gates Foundation as an outside counsel in his role as partner the Washington, DC, firm Sidley Austin LLP. At Sidley Austin, Wilder also worked with a number of other high-profile clients in shaping policy positions and strategic initiatives across a broad range of domestic, foreign, and international intellectual property issues.

Before that, Wilder was at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he served as the senior legal advisor in WIPO's Industrial Property Division and later as the director of WIPO's Global Intellectual Property Issues Division.

Prior to his work at WIPO, Wilder served as a senior legal advisor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Virginia. He also worked at the Washington, DC, firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunnera, and served as a patent attorney at the Connecticut-based Perkin-Elmer Corp. He was also a visiting lecturer at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Wilder is a member of the board of directors of Light Years IP; a member of the founding board of directors of Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors; a member of the Task Force on Procurement for Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria; a member of the Working Group on Health and the International Economy of the WHO Commission on Macroeconomics and Health; and an expert appointed to the WHO Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property.

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Shengping Yang
Managing Partner, Beyond Law
Shengping YangShengping Yang has been a registered patent attorney with the State Intellectual Property Office of China since 2001. He is qualified to handle all patent related matters including patent drafting, prosecution, litigation, licensing etc. in technical fields of electrical and electronics, computers, telecommunications, semiconductors, automotive, software, business methods, as well as physics and mechanics. After graduating from North China Electric Power University with a Master's Degree, Mr. Yang worked as an engineer for over 9 years, which provided him with the ability of easily understanding the principle of various inventions and innovations. In over 12 years of attorney work, Mr. Yang has handled hundreds of patent applications and over 100 patent enforcement cases. Shengping Yang is now the managing partner at Beyond Attorney At Law, a full IP service firm with around 50 patent attorneys, 34 trademark attorneys, and 14 attorneys at law.

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Song Zhu
Hogan Lovells LLP

Song ZhuSong Zhu is a partner in the intellectual property group of Hogan Lovells LLP .  Dr. Zhu represents clients in intellectual property litigation matters in both the United States and China.  In one of his recent cases in China, his client's recovery is the largest recorded to date by a foreign company litigating IP matters in China.  The All China Lawyers Association named this case as one of the “Top Ten IP Cases of 2012.”  In 2013, The Daily Journal named Dr. Zhu one of the top 75 IP litigators in California.

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