Auto IP Europe 2018


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Keith Bergelt
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Kai Brandt
Head, patents, electrics/electronics, Audi
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Julie Dunnett
Director, intellectual property, GKN
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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
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Jyrki Nikula
Director, intellectual property, Europe, HARMAN International
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Michael A Proksch
Associate general counsel and director, standards group, Intel Corp
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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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Joe Siino
President, Via Licensing
Teemu Soininen
Head, automotive licensing program, Nokia
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Chris Storm
Senior counsel, intellectual property, Uber
Chris Storm is a senior counsel at Uber, where he serves as both product counsel and head of intellectual property for Uber’s advanced technologies group (ATG). As product counsel, Mr Storm leads a cross-functional legal team that advises Uber ATG on all legal matters relating to self-driving. As head of intellectual property, he manages a team of IP attorneys dedicated to helping Uber ATG to bring self-driving cars and trucks to market. Before joining Uber, Mr Storm served as assistant general counsel at Bell Helicopter and as an associate at Baker Botts LLP. He has a BS in aerospace engineering and an MS in technology commercialisation from the University of Texas and a 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
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Judy Yee
Assistant general counsel and senior director, patent licensing & strategy, Microsoft