Auto IP Europe 2018


Keith Bergelt
CEO, Open Invention Network
Keith Bergelt is CEO of the Open Invention Network (OIN) – the largest patent non-aggression community in history, which supports freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open-source software. The OIN has over 1,900 members and owns more than 1,100 global patents and applications. The OIN patent licence and member cross-licences are available royalty free to any party that joins the OIN community.

Before joining the OIN, Mr Bergelt served as CEO of two hedge funds formed to unlock the considerable asset value of IP in middle-market companies.

Previously, Mr Bergelt served as a senior adviser to the technology investment division at Texas Pacific Group. He also headed business development, IP and licensing at Cambridge Display Technology. In addition, he established and served as general manager of the strategic intellectual asset management business unit at Motorola and was the company’s director of technology strategy.
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Kai Brandt
Head, patents, Audi

Kai Brandt is head of patents for digital and electric systems and mobility at AUDI AG.

Dr Brandt is involved in the ongoing discussion about standard-essential patents (SEPs) in the Internet of Things era. During his career, he has conducted licensing negotiations for rights holders and implementers of SEPs, which has given him a deep insight into the stakes held by the different parties in the discussion.

Having defended unjustified claims of non-practising entities in China, Europe and the United States, he has developed and implemented a number of effective defence strategies.

Dr Brandt worked in Beijing for several years and has enforced patents and trademarks in China and other Asian jurisdictions.

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Ross G. Hicks
Director, electronics practice group, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
Ross G Hicks is a director in the electronics practice group at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC, where his extensive engineering and management experience helps clients to obtain patent protection for their inventions. He prepares and prosecutes patent applications in a wide variety of technical fields, including high-frequency electronics, radio frequency and microwave electronics, electronic design automation software, telecoms, semiconductor design, lithography, fingerprint capture and analysis and business methods.
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Henrik Holzapfel
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Henrik Holzapfel advises on all aspects of IP law. He focuses on litigating patents, including the enforcement of patents essential to industry standards and FRAND defences. Dr Holzapfel also has extensive experience litigating trade secret matters. Other areas of his practice include advising on IP licensing agreements (including providing advice on European competition law), drafting R&D agreements and advising on employees’ inventions. His clients represent a wide variety of industries, such as information technology, pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, chemicals, automotive and engineering.

Dr Holzapfel obtained a degree in law from the University of Bielefeld and the University of Tubingen in 2000. He then obtained his doctorate in 2004 and worked as a university assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich. He joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP from a full-service German firm and has held positions at international firms in Germany and London.

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Taraneh Maghame
Senior director, wireless programs & corporate development, Via Licensing

Taraneh Maghamé is an IP business leader recognized for her combination of strategic IP licensing know-how, government relations and policy expertise. She is senior director of wireless programs at Via Licensing Corp., where she oversees strategic multi-party licensing programs for wireless and cellular technologies.

Previously, Ms. Maghamé was senior counsel at Apple, where she focused on patent licensing strategy and standards. Before that, she was vice president for M&A and patent policy at Tessera Technologies, where she handled multinational IP-centric transactions and co-founded the Innovation Alliance, an organization representing patentees’ interests before Congress. She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Federal Trade Commission regarding patent law matters.

Ms. Maghamé previously held senior IP roles at HP/Compaq and practiced IP litigation and licensing at several major U.S. firms. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Luke McLeroy
Vice president, business development, Avanci
Luke McLeroy is an IP attorney with 15 years’ experience negotiating collaborative solutions for patent holders and technology developers. He is committed to ensuring that all participants in the company’s marketplace receive efficient and transparent access to the technology that they need to fuel their devices for the Internet of Things.
Previously, Mr McLeroy led Ericsson’s North American Patent Licensing Business. In this role, he helped to develop and license Ericsson’s patent portfolio, analysing and valuing patent portfolios in various technology areas.
Before joining Ericsson, Mr McLeroy was an associate and then a principal at the firm McKool Smith in Dallas, helping to resolve major patent disputes between some of the world’s largest technology companies. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.
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Raymond Millien
Vice president and chief IP counsel, Volvo Car Corporation
Raymond Millien, who was recognised by the IAM Strategy 300 from 2009 to 2016, is vice president and chief IP counsel at Volvo Car Corporation. He has a BS in computer science from Columbia University and a JD from the George Washington University Law School. Previously, he led the IP function at GE Oil & Gas and the American Express Company and the software IP function at GE Healthcare. Mr Millien also served as general counsel at IP merchant bank Ocean Tomo, LLC and practised law in the Washington DC offices of DLA Piper US LLP and Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC.
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Jyrki Nikula
Director, intellectual property, Europe, HARMAN International

Jyrki Nikula is an IP lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in the mobile telecoms and online industries. He is responsible for global standard-essential patent (SEP) licensing matters at HARMAN International and works with automotive manufacturers and SEP licensors on supply agreements and licensing issues.

Previously, Mr Nikula worked as an in-house IP counsel and in private practice as a patent litigator.

Mr Nikula has a master of laws from the University of Helsinki.

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Michael Proksch
Director, global standards legal team, law and policy group, Intel Corporation
Michael Proksch has worked as a patent, transactional IP, and business attorney for over 20 years, the past 13 of which he has spent at Intel Corporation. Mr. Proksch began his legal career as a patent attorney with a background in wireless technologies and joined Intel’s patent group to curate the company’s wireless patent portfolio. He has since held senior transactional IP attorney roles, managed large M&A transactions, and served as managing group counsel for Intel’s wireless semiconductor business and its new devices group. Mr. Proksch now leads Intel’s standards legal strategy group, which provides legal and policy counsel in support of Intel’s direct involvement in more than 300 standards organizations, trade associations, and open source development projects worldwide.
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Roberta Romano-Götsch
Chief operating officer, mobility and mechatronics, European Patent Office
Roberta Romano-Götsch is chief operating officer of mobility and mechatronics at the European Patent Office (EPO), leading 1,400 highly qualified patent examiners in Munich and The Hague. Previously at the EPO she served as principal director of vehicles, general technology and handling and processing and director of polymers. During her 20 years at the EPO, she has worked in a broad range of chemical fields – including medicinal chemistry, pesticides and cosmetics. Ms Romano-Götsch is chair of the EPO’s Operational Quality Committee and contributed to the implementation of the EPO’s quality management system, which was awarded ISO 9001 certification in 2014 and 2017. Before joining the EPO, Ms Romano-Götsch worked as a project manager at Procter & Gamble in Brussels. She has a degree in chemistry from the Sapienza University of Rome and a PhD in organic chemistry from the Technical University of Munich.
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Benjamin Schröer
Partner, Hogan Lovells
Benjamin Schröer is a patent litigation partner in the Munich office of Hogan Lovells and an active member of the firm's automotive group. He litigates infringement cases before the German infringement courts and nullity and opposition proceedings before the Federal Patent Court and the European Patent Office. Dr Schröer focuses on the telecoms and automotive sectors, in which he has handled various high-profile disputes. Other core areas of his practice are standard-essential patents (SEPs) and the case law relating to fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing which is developing in the German courts. In this area, Dr Schröer advises and represents several clients from the telecoms and automotive industries in licensing negotiations with SEP owners and in SEP-related patent litigation. Chambers has praised Dr Schröer for his "deep understanding of the technology of a patent and quick understanding of its key features”.
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Teemu Soininen
Head, automotive licensing program, Nokia
Teemu Soininen is head of the automotive licensing program for Nokia’s Patent Business. With more than 100 licensees—mostly for standard-essential patents—Nokia has one of the industry’s broadest and strongest IP portfolios, with reported revenues of over €1.6 billion for patent and brand licensing in 2017.
After working in private practice, Mr. Soininen joined Nokia in 2004 as a legal counsel for the Nokia Research Center. He moved to Nokia’s IP department in 2007 and subsequently worked on dozens of patent licensing agreements and other patent transactions. Now, Mr. Soininen works with companies in the automotive sector, where vehicles are becoming increasingly connected, using patented Nokia innovations.

Mr. Soininen has a master of laws from the University of Helsinki.
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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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Max Straube
Senior vice president and head, client services, RPX Corporation
Max Straube oversees the client services group at RPX Corporation. Before joining RPX in 2013, he was engaged by Alcatel-Lucent to work with the firm’s venture portfolio and help to evaluate and implement strategic options for the company’s patent portfolio.
Mr Straube began his career in investment banking at Salomon Brothers and went on to hold senior positions at various firms, including UBS. He also served as president and general partner of OCG Ventures.
Mr Straube has an SM in finance from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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Nigel Swycher
CEO, Cipher Automotive
Nigel Swycher is founder and CEO of Aistemos, a leading IP analytics and strategy company headquartered in London. Cipher Automotive is the first analytics platform specifically designed for the sector. It harnesses artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance competitive intelligence and provide actionable insight.

Mr Swycher is a director of the Open Register of Patent Ownership, which is dedicated to improving transparency around the ownership of the world’s patents. He has over 25 years’ experience as an IP lawyer and was head of intellectual property at Slaughter and May. Mr Swycher has been recognised for his IP strategy expertise in the IAM Strategy 300.
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Justin Watts
Partner, WilmerHale

Justin Watts is a partner in the IP litigation practice group at WilmerHale. His practice focuses on IP – primarily complex multinational patent litigation, often in disputes with antitrust aspects. Dr Watts is a chartered engineer and has a PhD in optoelectronics from the University of Cambridge. He worked in satellite communications engineering before beginning his legal career.

Dr Watts is now a solicitor advocate and has conducted litigation at all levels up to the UK Supreme Court, coordinating cases in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Singapore, Norway, Japan, India and China. He was lead counsel in England for a global mobile technology company in the ‘smartphone wars’ and in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation concerning fan blades. Dr Watts is listed as a top-ranked attorney by Chambers UK and the Legal 500.

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Judy Yee
Assistant general counsel and senior director, patent licensing and strategy, Microsoft
Judy Yee is an assistant general counsel in Microsoft’s IP group and leads teams of patent engineers responsible for driving Microsoft’s strategy relating to its devices, connectivity, multimedia and artificial intelligence patent portfolios. Previously, she led a team of patent attorneys responsible for portfolio development and strategy for the Windows and Devices business. Before joining Microsoft, Ms Yee was an associate in the patent practice group at Perkins Coie LLP. Before that, she was an engineer at Intel Corporation.
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