Auto IP USA 2018


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Salvador M. Bezos
Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
Salvador M. Bezos is a director in Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox’s electronics practice group. He provides services in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He develops enforceable patent portfolios capable of withstanding scrutiny in America Invents Act proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and helps inventors to navigate tricky post-Alice statutory subject matter issues in the business methods and software spaces. Mr. Bezos is also part of the firm's patent office litigation practice. He has represented patent owners and petitioners in more than 40 inter partes review and covered business method review proceedings before the PTAB. Mr. Bezos is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, where he has taught a course on patent writing since 2012.
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Kai Brandt
Head, patents, electrics/electronics, Audi
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Jennifer M. Brumbaugh
Deputy director, intellectual property, GKN North America Services, Inc.
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Kelly Burris
Founder, Burris Law
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John P. Carney
Director, commercialization and licensing, Aptiv
John P. Carney’s career in the automotive business spans 40 years, with a background in finance, sales, marketing, and program management. He successfully completed four divestitures as a deal director during Delphi’s restructuring effort between 2005 and 2009. Mr. Carney joined the Delphi (now Aptiv) licensing team in 2009 and he is now the director of its worldwide licensing and IP monetization efforts. Since 2013, under his direction, the licensing and IP monetization team at Delphi/Aptiv has completed more than 50 licensing and IP sale transactions.
Mr. Carney has a BA in accounting and an MBA in finance from Indiana University and is a certified licensing professional. He is also chair of the Automotive and Aerospace Committee for the High Tech Sector of the Licensing Executive Society in the United States and Canada.
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John Cheek
Chief IP counsel, Tenneco
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Brent A. Hawkins
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
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Richard W. Hoffmann
Shareholder, Reising Ethington Barnes Kisselle Learman & McCulloch
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Yuichiro Kawamura
Senior vice president, Honda Patents and Technologies North America, LLC
Yuichiro Kawamura joined Honda in 1980. Since 1982, he has mainly been engaged in IP administration, IP-related technical contracts such as licenses, joint development, and venture investment, and IP litigations at Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Honda R&D Americas, Inc. established GE Honda Aero Engines, a joint venture for manufacturing turbo fan engines for a business jet application. In 2007, Mr Kawamura established Guangzhou Honda Automobile R&D in China. Since 2008, he has managed general IP activities for Honda global operations and is currently general manager of the IP division. He has been managing director of the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) since 2008, and in 2011 he established the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) GREEN database services as part of collaborative efforts between WIPO and the JIPA. He has been vice president of the Japan Design Protection Association since 2011.
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John S. LeRoy
Shareholder, Brooks Kushman PC
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Frank A. MacKenzie
Senior IP counsel, Ford Global Technologies, LLC
Frank MacKenzie is a senior IP counsel at Ford Global Technologies, where he is responsible for all IP matters relating to autonomous vehicles, mobility, safety, and electrical and electronic technologies for Ford. Mr. MacKenzie has more than 25 years’ experience in the automotive industry as both a professional engineer and attorney.
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Taraneh Maghame
Senior director, wireless programs & corporate development, Via Licensing
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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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Rubén H. Muñoz
Partner, Akin Gump
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Jayson Pankin
President and CEO, AutoHarvest Foundation
Jayson D. Pankin is a founder, president, and CEO of the non-profit AutoHarvest Foundation. Mr. Pankin and his partner David E. Cole created a unique innovation ecosystem led by some of the most highly respected figures in the automotive and manufacturing industries. In 2012, was launched as the world’s only truly neutral and global online meeting place for innovators of all types with an interest in advanced manufacturing intellectual property. From 2003 to 2010 he led Delphi Automotive’s commercialization activities targeting spin-outs of potentially disruptive technologies into start-up companies. Mr. Pankin has been a venture partner specializing in early stage and turnaround situations. He was named by IAM Magazine for four consecutive years as one of the world’s leading IP strategists. He earned his BBA in accounting, and MBA in international business at George Washington University.
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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 & 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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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 holds 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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Michael Summersgill
Partner, WilmerHale
Michael Summersgill is a partner in the IP litigation practice group at WilmerHale. Mr. Summersgill’s practice focuses on intellectual property – primarily patent – and complex commercial litigation. He has litigated cases throughout the United States, including in district courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Mr. Summersgill has also argued multiple appeals, including in the Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit. In 2015 he was profiled among The National Law Journal's “winning” lawyers in a special feature focusing on winning attorneys and their strategies. Mr. Summersgill holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Middlebury College.
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Erin Wiggins
General counsel and chief compliance manager, TS Tech Americas, Inc.