Marta Beckwith is Vice President, Legal at Aruba Networks. Prior to joining Aruba this year, Ms. Beckwith was Senior Director, Legal Services, at Cisco Systems, Inc. where she was responsible for worldwide intellectual property litigation. Before that, Ms. Beckwith was Senior Director, IP Litigation for Applied Materials, Inc. She began her career at what was then known as Pillsbury Madison & Sutro and also practiced law at Limbach & Limbach and Fenwick & West. Ms. Beckwith received her law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. She also has an M.A. in Mathematics from UCLA and a B.A. in Mathematics from UC Santa Cruz.
Owen Byrd is Lex Machina’s Chief Evangelist and General Counsel. He provides thought leadership in the domain of Legal Analytics and its application to the practice of law, via speaking engagements, publications, webcasts, blogging, social media, and press. He also assists with sales, marketing and customer success, and manages Lex Machina’s operations, including legal, finance, and human resources.
Owen has previously founded and led data-centric software, real estate and non-profit ventures and operated his own law firm. He is a member of the California Bar and earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. from Colorado College.
He has spoken extensively to legal audiences, primarily focusing on the use of data to improve legal decision-making.
Brandon de la Houssaye
Brandon de la Houssaye is a transfer pricing director at Walmart Stores, Inc. His responsibilities include all areas of the transfer pricing life cycle, both international and domestic, with particular focus on policy development and audit support. Brandon was formerly with GE Healthcare where he held the same level of responsibilities, and prior to GE he held various transfer pricing consulting roles. Brandon has an MBA from Fisher COB / Ohio State University.
Kathryn Clune is vice-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Intellectual Property Group and a member of the firm's Litigation and Trial Department, which was recently named Litigation Department of the Year by Washington Legal Times for general civil litigation. Kathryn focuses on patent, trademark and trade secrets litigation. Kathryn represents companies from the pre-suit investigation through the Markman, trial and appeal. Kathryn represents clients from a variety of industries, including telecommunications, digital imaging, electrical fittings, chemicals and consumer electronics. Kathryn also focuses on litigating "Section 337" cases at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Kathryn's patent litigation experience led her to being featured as one of the "Top 50 under 45" attorneys in IP Law & Business in May 2008.
E. Patrick Ellisen is an intellectual property lawyer in the Silicon Valley office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Patrick focuses his practice on intellectual property protection, counseling and enforcement, and has wide-ranging experience in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters. He has deep experience handling various types of intellectual property disputes, including patent infringement actions in the U.S. District Courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Patrick regularly advises clients on intellectual property strategies and systems, negotiates and litigates intellectual property license agreements, and has unique experience in insurance coverage of intellectual property disputes. Patrick is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property management and best practices.
Mark Flanagan is the partner-in-charge of the Palo Alto office at WilmerHale, a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation, International Arbitration, International Litigation, and Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. Flanagan is a seasoned trial attorney with in-depth experience in IP litigation, white collar criminal defense and international arbitration. He represents clients principally in the semiconductor, computer, telecommunications, clean tech and publishing industries in a variety of matters, including patent and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and licensing disputes. His practice spans a variety of jurisdictions and fora, including district and appellate courts throughout the country and arbitration organizations throughout the world.
Claudia Wilson Frost
Claudia is Co-Chair of the US Patent Litigation practice and Global Patent practice at DLA Piper. She is a patent litigation partner and based in the firm’s Houston office. With three decades of experience as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate and strategist, Claudia has vast knowledge and experience in all aspects of patent litigation. She has been lead or co-lead counsel in over fifty patent infringement cases in courts throughout the country, has argued Markman hearings, has tried patent infringement cases to verdict, has represented parties in Section 337 actions in the ITC and has argued significant cases in the Federal Circuit. While most of her patent litigation experience has been in the areas of oil and gas/energy and telecommunications, she has also handled patent cases in other areas, including in the financial services and retail sectors. Claudia also advises clients on international patent acquisition and enforcement strategies, either as part of on-going litigation or independently as a business advisor.
Robert Giles is a Senior Director and Legal Counsel at Qualcomm Incorporated where he manages intellectual property litigations and licensing disputes. He joined Qualcomm in 2012 and was previously with the IP litigation group at Morrison & Foerster LLP. He received his J.D. from The George Washington University and his B.S.E.E. and B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Jonathan Glass is the President & Co-Founder of Wise Labs, a pioneering business for connecting experienced scientists and engineers to a world that needs their inventive genius. Immediately prior to Wise Labs, Jon was the senior managing director for business development at GE Licensing, GE’s global technology, trademark and patent licensing business, and was responsible for executing strategic investments, building partnerships, developing new business models, and launching new companies around GE’s intellectual property assets. Jon previously served as a managing director at GE Equity, where he made strategic venture capital investments for GE, and has held multiple executive roles in deal originations, strategic marketing, new product development, portfolio management and underwriting across a range of industry sectors at GE Equity and GE Capital. Before joining GE, Jon was a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting, where he advised Fortune 500 clients in the technology, financial services and transportation sectors.
Robert Gunther is a partner in the Litigation/Controversy Department at WilmerHale, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Gunther has successfully litigated patent, trade secret and other intellectual property cases before numerous federal district courts and arbitration tribunals. He has also argued appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, litigated patent disputes before the US International Trade Commission and litigated inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office. He has handled cases involving an array of technologies, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, petrochemical processes, computer hardware and software, telecommunications and networking, video game and graphic display hardware and software, optical discs and consumer products, among others. His intellectual property clients have included Abbott Laboratories, Affymetrix, Cephalon, Chugai Pharmaceutical, Eastman Kodak Company, Genentech, Mentor Graphics, Nintendo, Playtex Products, QinetiQ, Roche Molecular Systems, Sumitomo Electric and WebMD.
Lewis Ho leads the life sciences practice in Asia. His practice focuses on structuring technology transfer transactions and enforcing intellectual property rights. Mr. Ho helps life sciences and technology companies and their financial sponsors to capture, manage, risk assess, evaluate and monetize their intellectual property assets. He has extensive experience advising on both inbound and outbound technology transfer transactions, and has negotiated more than 60 collaboration, outsourcing, joint venture and licensing deals. He also assists Chinese companies acquiring IP assets and manufacturing facilities overseas.
Mr. Ho has been consistently recognized by Chambers Asia and Legal 500 as one of the leading life sciences and IP lawyers in China. Chambers Asia noted him for "approaching issues in a 'down-to-earth' manner" and clients described him as “professional and prompt in providing feedback” and as producing “a high quality of work.” Since 2010, he was included in Intellectual Asset Management magazine lists for The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 1000 and Life Sciences 250—The World’s Leading Life Sciences Patent Litigators and Transaction Lawyers.
Richard Hsu is a Partner and Global Head of the Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions Practice Group at Shearman & Sterling in Menlo Park. Before joining Shearman, he was a partner at King & Spalding’s Silicon Valley office and before that, co-Managing Partner and Practice Group Leader at Townsend LLP (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton) and a Senior Attorney at Venture Law Group (founded by Craig Johnson at Wilson Sonsini). Mr. Hsu also has an award-winning blog on intellectual property issues at http://HsuTube.com and is best known for being the host of a podcast series on lawyers at http://HsuUntied.com. Mr. Hsu holds a law degree from Columbia Law School and a B.S. from Caltech.
Matt Hulse is a Director of patent transactions at Intel Corporation and manages a team that handles patent assertion, patent acquisition, licensing, and related matters. He also runs Intel’s amicus brief program on intellectual property issues. He joined Intel in 2011 as senior litigation counsel and managed patent litigation matters, including through trial and appeal, at the U.S. International Trade Commission and various U.S. federal courts. He is also a registered patent attorney. Before joining Intel, he worked at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, in Redwood Shores, California, where his practice focused on patent litigation matters. He received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and received a Certificate in Law and Technology. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, with distinction. Before attending law school, he worked as a product support engineer at Applied Materials, Inc., a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, in Santa Clara, California.
David J. Kappos
David J. Kappos is a partner at Cravath. He is a leader in the field of intellectual property, including IP management and strategy, the development of global IP norms, laws and practices as well as commercialization and enforcement of innovation-based assets. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that role, he advised the President, Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on IP policy matters.
Mr. Kappos led the Agency in dramatically reengineering its entire management and operational systems and its engagement with the global innovation community. He was instrumental in achieving the greatest legislative reform of the U.S. patent system in generations through passage and implementation of the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Prior to leading the USPTO, Mr. Kappos served as IBM’s chief intellectual property lawyer from 2003 to 2009. In that capacity, he managed all global IP activities for IBM. During his more than 25 years at IBM, he also served in a variety of other roles including litigation counsel and Asia Pacific IP counsel, where he led all aspects of IP protection, including licensing, transactions support and M&A activity for the Asia/Pacific region.
Robert J. Kovacev
Robert J. Kovacev is a Tax Partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Mr. Kovacev was a senior litigation counsel in the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, responsible for litigating some of the largest and most complex civil tax cases in the nation. Mr. Kovacev worked closely with the Internal Revenue Service’s Large Business & International Division to shape litigation strategy on high-priority tax enforcement issues.
Mr. Kovacev now represents taxpayers in complex tax matters including transfer pricing, intellectual
property valuation issues, and innovation tax incentives such as research credits, “green” energy credits,
and domestic production activities deductions. Mr. Kovacev has particular knowledge regarding the IRS’s
use of the economic substance doctrine to disallow the tax benefits of transactions that comply with the
technical requirements of the tax code.
T. Maria Lam
T. Maria Lam is the Chief of Staff to the General Counsel at Intel Corporation. In her former role, she was Intel’s Director of APAC Patent Strategy and was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s patent strategies in Asia. Before her time at Intel, Maria was an attorney at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, Massachusetts where she advised clients on a variety of intellectual property and transactional matters.
Greg Lanier handles intellectual property and complex litigation for companies in Silicon Valley and around the globe. He has led jury and bench trials for patent, copyright and trademark infringement, validity and inventorship, claim construction and summary judgment hearings, and trials and arbitrations of other complex business disputes. Greg also has led IP enforcement efforts against competitors and departing employees, obtaining significant settlements and injunctions in matters across the country.
Chris Longman is a Senior Director and Legal Counsel in Qualcomm’s corporate legal group. As a member of the litigation team, Chris helps to manage patent infringement cases, licensing disputes, and international competition agency investigations, among other matters. Before joining Qualcomm, Chris was a member of the IP litigation practice groups at Covington & Burling and Heller Ehrman.
H. Mark Lyon
H. Mark Lyon is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Intellectual Property and Media and Entertainment Practice Groups, resident in the Palo Alto office. Mr. Lyon's practice is focused primarily on litigation, licensing and counseling in matters involving patent rights, copyrights, and trade secrets. He has been lead trial and appellate counsel in disputes through all phases of litigation and covering a broad array of technologies. Mr. Lyon has successfully represented clients in patent and trade secret disputes ranging from matters involving optical and wireless telecommunications, integrated circuit and LCD design and manufacturing, computer software and networking, medical devices, and numerous other technologies. He also has significant experience litigating matters before the ITC, as well as key “patent” courts such as the Northern and Central Districts of California, the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the District of Delaware.
Dan McCurdy is currently senior vice president at RPX, overseeing data initiatives. From 2008 through June 2014, he was CEO of Allied Security Trust, and Chairman and CEO of PatentFreedom, now a subsidiary of RPX Corporation.
Previously, Mr. McCurdy was founding CEO of ThinkFire; president of the Intellectual Property Business of Lucent Technologies; a vice President of IBM responsible for the creation of its Life Sciences business unit; a vice president of Ciena Corporation where he directed merger, acquisition and corporate development; a director of Business Development for IBM Research; and manager of Technology and Intellectual Property Policy for IBM worldwide.
Mr. McCurdy graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina. He served on the Intellectual Property Policy committee of the United States’ National Academies. In 2011, he was named “CEO of the Year” by Intellectual Property magazine, and in 2014, was named one of the 40 most influential “movers and shakers” in IP transactions and acquisitions by Intellectual Asset Magazine.
Sonal N. Mehta is a partner at Durie Tangri LLP. Sonal has litigated high-stakes patent and technology disputes on behalf of clients ranging from startups to the Fortune 50 and across a wide-range of industries. Sonal has been recognized as a leader in both legal and technology circles, and is a frequent speaker on patent and technology litigation. Prior to joining Durie Tangri in 2015, Sonal was a partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ patent litigation practice and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul R. Michel of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Prior to joining RPX, Mr. Olsen was the Vice President of Business Development, Legal and the Secretary of Aggregate Knowledge, a company developing advertising optimization solutions for Internet advertisers and advertising agencies. Prior to Aggregate Knowledge, Mr. Olsen worked at Intertrust Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ITRU, acquired by Sony and Philips) in a variety of positions, most recently as Vice President of Intellectual Property and Licensing.
Prior to Intertrust, he was patent counsel for Cardeon Corporation, a medical device start-up company focusing on solutions for the bypass surgery market, and Zexel Innovation, a leader in the development of GPS navigational systems (acquired by Visteon Corporation NYSE: VC).
Mr. Olsen holds a BS in Ecology and Systematic Biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a JD from Santa Clara University. He is a registered Patent Attorney before the US Patent & Trademark Office and a member of the state bar of California.
Independent Arbitrator Merriann Panarella is an independent arbitrator, mediator and consultant who practices in Boston and New York City and focuses on complex commercial and intellectual property disputes. Formerly a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, for over 25 years she served as trial counsel and advised clients on all aspects of the litigation process including trial preparation and strategy, business goal implementation, and cost containment.
Merriann is a Merriann is a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is on the arbitral panels of the AAA, ICC, WIPO, FINRA and the Massachusetts Fee Arbitration Board. She is a Harvard trained mediator and is certified by WIPO to mediate IP disputes. She serves on the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Roster of Neutrals and provides pro bono mediations for Mediation Works, Inc. in Boston.
John V.H. Pierce
John V.H. Pierce is the head of WilmerHale’s International Arbitration practice in the New York office. Recognized by the Chambers guides as "a crucial figure in the firm's global arbitration practice," Mr. Pierce represents clients in international arbitration matters in venues around the world, under both civil and common law regimes, and under the rules of all major arbitral institutions. He also represents clients in international civil litigation matters in United States courts. Mr. Pierce's practice is focused on the resolution of international disputes, often involving multi-jurisdictional elements and parallel proceedings. He has extensive experience handling arbitration and litigation matters valued in the billions of dollars and involving highly complex issues of law and fact.
Chris Ponder focuses his practice on patent litigation and intellectual property counseling. Mr. Ponder is presently working on several different patent litigation matters involving complex technologies, which include video transcoding and authoring software, enterprise iSCSI storage systems and hard drives for desktop and laptop computer systems. Intellectual property counseling matters have included assisting clients in negotiating and evaluating patent licenses, and responding to trademark and copyright infringement issues.
Jon Shear served as the Vice President of Corporate Development for Thoratec Corporation from 2002 through the acquisition of Thoratec by St. Jude Medical, Inc. in October 2015. At Thoratec, Jon successfully completed many strategic transactions to secure new technologies and products in support of Thoratec’s mechanical circulatory support mission. These transactions included numerous development agreements, license agreements, and acquisitions of IP portfolios all which aided in expanding Thoratec’s IP portfolio by 700%. Prior to joining Thoratec, Jon spent 13 years at St. Jude Medical in several capacities within corporate development, marketing, and finance.
Chuck Sholtz is Vice President, Intellectual Property at Coherus Biosciences, a “pure play” biosimilar platform company. His responsibilities include IP support for several Coherus pipeline products, including patent landscape analyses, patent portfolio development and management, and IP licensing. Prior to joining Coherus, Chuck served for eight years as Senior Counsel in the IP Law Group at Amgen, where he supported programs in both the innovator and biosimilar sides of the company. Before earning his law degree at Santa Clara University, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Neurology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Chuck has Bachelor of Science degrees in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Engineering Science (Bioengineering) from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Physiology from Yale, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford.
David Silbert has won or favorably resolved cases in state and federal courts across the country. Mr. Silbert has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in patent cases involving cable television, semiconductors, medical devices, recombinant DNA, and numerous other technologies. He has defended several national law firms and their partners against claims of malpractice, and represented individuals in government and internal investigations.
Tony Smith has served as Vice President, Tax and Treasury, and Treasurer, for Thermo Fisher Scientific since 2004. He is responsible for the company’s global tax and treasury operations and pension investments. Mr. Smith has 20 years of experience in tax and treasury. Before joining Thermo Fisher, he was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. and U.K., and prior to that served as a partner at Pannell Kerr Forster in the U.K.
Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Loughborough in the U.K. and is a U.K. Chartered Accountant
Niraja Srinivasan leads the Global Transfer Pricing function at Dell. In this capacity, she is responsible for transfer pricing planning, compliance, documentation and controversy. Niraja has worked as a transfer pricing economist for over 15 years. Prior to Dell, she spent eight years at General Electric in a number of business and corporate transfer pricing and valuation/M&A leadership roles. Niraja began her transfer pricing career at A.T. Kearney and then spent five years in PWC’s Chicago TP practice. She received her Ph.D. in applied economics in 1996 from the Wharton School. She holds certifications in business valuations and corporate finance. Niraja lives in Austin, TX.
Claire Walters is a Director with Tyco’s Transfer Pricing team in Princeton, New Jersey. Claire began her career with Tyco 13 years ago in international tax located in the UK. Claire transferred to Tyco’s US headquarters in 2008 and now specializes in Transfer Pricing and related tax matters. Claire has extensive practical experience in audit defense, documentation studies, and intercompany services. She currently spends most of her time designing, implementing, and monitoring a number of supply chain transformation projects for Tyco’s US and international businesses. Claire is a chartered accountant and began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers UK.
Don Ware, a Partner at Foley Hoag LLP and Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, has more than 25 years' experience in IP litigation, licensing, and counseling. He has litigated patent and inventorship disputes for global biopharmaceutical, medical device, and information technology companies, and for research universities and hospitals. Don has special expertise in life sciences patent litigation, including recombinant DNA, RNA interference, monoclonal antibodies, fusion proteins, biosimilars, small molecules, molecular diagnostics, and medical devices. He is experienced in ADR, including serving as an arbitrator in patent disputes. He also advises venture capitalists and institutional investors on patent litigation, technology transfer and IP strategy. Don is recognized as a leading IP lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, IAM Patent 1000, Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars, and other publications. Don is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.
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