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IP Valuation: Optimizing the Value of Your IP Assets in Uncertain Times
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SVC March Event

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Mitchell Park Community Center
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, California  94304
United States
Presenter: Foresight Valuation Group
Contact: Martha Casey ("Casey")

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IP Valuation: Optimizing the Value
of Your IP Assets in Uncertain Times

Panel Discussion and Lunch

Moderator: Gene Quinn, IP Watchdog


Through March 10:

LES Member: $40.00
Non-Member: $45.00
LES Student Member: $25.00

After March 10:

LES Member: $50.00
Non-Member: $55.00
LES Student Member: $35.00

The value of patent portfolios is often shrouded in mystery due to the lack of transparency associated with reporting on IP transactions. Recent changes in IP policy, Supreme Court decisions, and technology developments in the U.S. and foreign markets, have altered the business models and monetization strategies associated with IP assets, particularly patents.  Our panel of IP valuation experts, investors, and corporate IP holders will provide valuable insights to understanding the value of a patent portfolio from the viewpoint of a variety of stakeholders.

Our panel will present a well-rounded view of the factors affecting the valuation of IP assets in today’s marketplace, including data from Foresight’s Unicorn valuation study, and data from ROL Group’s 2016 patent transactions study.

Whether you are managing an in-house patent portfolio, are engaged in M&A deals involving IP assets, or are a startup looking to secure funding, this discussion will highlight the most common approaches and the key factors impacting IP valuations to help you optimize the value of your IP portfolio.

Moderator: Gene Quinn, IP Watchdog

Efrat Kasznik, President, Foresight Valuation Group 
Kent Richardson, Partner, ROL Group
Bill Robinson, Lookout

Efrat Kasznik, President, Foresight Valuation Group
Efrat Kasznik is an intellectual property valuation and strategy expert, with 20 years of consulting experience, focusing on assisting companies of all sizes and across industries with the management and commercialization of their IP and technologies. She is the president of Foresight Valuation Group, a Silicon-Valley based IP valuation, strategy, and start-up advisory firm. She is a Lecturer on IP Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), where she has been teaching since 2011. Efrat is the Co-Chair of the Internet of Things (IoT) committee of the High Tech Sector (LES USA-Canada), and is the former Chair of the Nanotechnology and the Content, Communications and Cloud (3CX) committees. She has been listed on the IAM 300 list of World Leading IP Strategists for four years in a row, from 2013 to 2016. Efrat is a frequent author and speaker on topics related to IP strategy and valuation. Throughout her career, she has also been a founder and CFO of Silicon Valley startups, and she currently serves on the advisory boards of several startups, accelerators and venture funds in the US, Europe and Israel.

Kent Richardson, Partner, ROL Group
Kent counsels clients on a variety of patent and business matters including patent buying, selling, licensing, valuation, prosecution and operations. Kent has licensing and marketing patent portfolio experiences resulting in more than $600M of patent license bookings. Kent has served as an expert witness on patent monetization and licensing practices in cases in England and the United States. Prior to founding the ROL Group, Kent was the General Manager of ThinkFire Services USA, Ltd’s Silicon Valley office. Kent has worked in various senior management roles with such growth businesses as Sezmi, Constellation Capital, Rambus, Numerical Technologies. Kent was also an attorney in private practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.  Kent is a member of the California Bar and a United States Patent and Trademark Office registered patent attorney. He holds five US patents. He holds a JD and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Bill Robinson, Lookout
Bill Robinson currently works as a “Patent Hacker” at the mobile security company Lookout, based in San Francisco. In the press, commentators frequently give Lookout the “unicorn” label. Prior to his present role at Lookout, Bill has held leadership patent portfolio roles at Intellectual Ventures, Hewlett Packard as well as Motorola’s handset business. Before becoming a full time patent professional, Bill has also held engineering roles in the military aircraft industry, and has helped to develop international standards for the mobile telecommunications industry. Bill is also the inventor of more than 50 patents.

Gene Quinn, IPWatchdog
Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and the founder of IPWatchdog.com. Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website IPWatchdog.com in 1999, and since it has become one of the leading IP publications on the Internet. After years of recognition as the top IP blog on the Internet, in 2014 IPWatchdog.com was inducted into the ABA Blawg Hall of Fame. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. Gene is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Generously sponsored by Foresight Valuation Group and Relecura


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