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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Martin Bijman
Director, IP products, TechInsights

Martin Bijman is director of IP products at TechInsights, where he is responsible for ensuring that customers find and receive the highest value products and services to help achieve their IP goals. TechInsights patent and technology analysts reveal the innovation inside advanced technology products, proving patent value and enabling business and technology leaders to make fact-based IP and technology investment decisions.

Before joining TechInsights, Mr. Bijman spent more than 10 years at Chipworks, where he held several roles including vice president of operations. He served as coach of the patent and technology specialists team, developed patent and cloud-based evidence tools, and managed the systems and circuit analysis engineering groups. Throughout his career, Mr. Bijman has held positions of increasing responsibility with leading technology corporations including Ciena, Catena, Cadence, and Nortel. While at Ciena and Catena, he managed the prosecution of several dozen patent applications.

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Kai Brandt
Head, patents, electrics/electronics, 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-practicing entities in China, Europe, and the United States, he has developed and implemented a number of effective defense 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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Jennifer M. Brumbaugh
Deputy director, IP, GKN North America Services, Inc.
GKN is a global engineering company headquartered in the United Kingdom with R&D centers and divisional operations worldwide. Jennifer M. Brumbaugh joined GKN Driveline (one of three major divisions of the GKN Group) as a patent manager in 2004, focusing initially on patent prosecution and inventor issues. Over the past 14 years, she has expanded her role to include responsibility for IP strategy across all of the GKN divisions, with a particular focus on IP issues in the Americas and patent matters globally. Ms. Brumbaugh manages all investigations and litigation matters concerning patents within GKN, including advising the executive team on commercial strategies relating to infringement litigation, IP rights, European and German oppositions, clearance, and licensing. Before joining GKN, Ms. Brumbaugh was in private practice as a patent attorney. She is a registered U.S. patent attorney and is registered to practice before the State Bar of Michigan.
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Kelly Burris
Founder, Burris Law
Kelly Burris is an IP attorney and founder of Burris Law PLLC. Before starting her own firm, Ms. Burris was a partner with nationally recognised IP boutique firms and has been practicing law since 2000.
Ms. Burris has a BS in aeronautical engineering and an MS in materials science, and she earned her law degree while working full-time as an aeronautical engineer with McDonnell Douglas and Boeing. She is also an adjunct professor and has been teaching IP law since 2010.
She focuses her practise on patents in the design, mechanical, materials science, and electrical arts. She also performs IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and manages corporate IP portfolios and policies.
Ms. Burris has significant experience with design patents, and has twice testified before Congress in opposition to proposed legislation that would significantly affect the term of those patents.
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John P. Carney
Managing director, China IP Exchange, LLC
John P. Carney is managing director of China IP Exchange, LLC, a consultancy which supports product design, process licensing, and asset sales between U.S. and Chinese firms. This role builds on a successful career of connecting proven technology from western markets to the growing technology needs of automotive supply firms in China. Mr. Carney founded China IP Exchange following a 40-year career with Aptiv/Delphi/General Motors in IP licensing, M&A, sales, finance, and program management. From 2013 to 2018, he led Delphi/Aptiv’s worldwide IP licensing and monetization activities. Before joining Delphi’s licensing team in 2009, Mr. Carney successfully completed four divestitures as a deal director during Delphi’s restructuring effort between 2005 and 2009.
Mr. Carney holds an MA in accounting and an MBA in finance from Indiana University. He is a certified licensing professional and is chair of the Licensing Executives Society’s Automotive and Aerospace Committee for the High Technology Sector.
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John Cheek
Associate general counsel and chief IP counsel, Tenneco Inc.
John Cheek is associate general counsel and chief IP counsel for Fortune 500 company Tenneco Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of clean air and ride performance products and systems for the automotive, commercial truck, and off-highway markets and the aftermarket. Before joining Tenneco, Mr. Cheek was deputy IP counsel and senior corporate counsel at Caterpillar Inc. From 2010 to 2017, he served as a director and vice president of Prairie State Legal Services. He has an undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from Wabash College, a JD from the University of Dayton, and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is a regular lecturer on IP strategy and management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Mr. Cheek serves on the executive committee of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, and on the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s board of directors.
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James Dottavio
Senior IP counsel, Ford Motor Company
James Dottavio is senior IP counsel at the Ford Motor Company, where he is responsible for all IP matters relating to transmissions and design patents and assists with mobility solutions. Before joining Ford, he was senior IP counsel at Owens Corning, where he was responsible for IP matters in the composites and building materials businesses and managed the trademark group. Before Owens Corning, Mr. Dottavio worked as an engineer at the Ford Motor Company, then in its IP group as a patent agent and IP counsel.

Mr. Dottavio holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the General Motors Institute, an MBA from Bellarmine College, and a JD from Wayne State University. He is registered to practice law in Michigan and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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Brent A. Hawkins
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Brent Hawkins focuses his practice on IP litigation, counseling, and procurement. He has significant experience litigating trademark and breach of contract matters and has served as trial counsel in numerous patent, trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, and copyright matters, representing clients in jurisdictions throughout the United States. He has served as lead counsel in ex parte and inter partes proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Hawkins also serves as co-chair of McDermott's racial and ethnic diversity sub-committee.
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Richard W. Hoffmann
Shareholder, Reising Ethington
Richard W. Hoffmann has vast experience in IP litigation, having been lead counsel in more than 70 IP litigation matters in federal courts and argued more than a dozen cases before federal courts of appeal. He has litigated on behalf of a diverse range of clients, from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Hoffmann received his bachelor of science with honors in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University, where he was president of Phi Lambda Upsilon, a national honorary chemical society. He graduated magna cum laude from the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University College of Law), where he served on his college’s law review as a note and comment editor.
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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
John S. LeRoy’s practice focuses on patent, trade secret, and copyright litigation and licensing in the software and electrical fields. He has represented automotive original equipment manufacturers and suppliers on a variety of complex issues. He has also successfully tried patent cases in federal courts throughout the United States and handled appeals before the Federal Circuit. Mr. LeRoy is also chair of the firm’s open source software compliance and FRAND practice. He regularly consults automotive clients on developing customized corporate policies, strategies for compliance with applicable open source license terms, and licensing standard-essential patents for wireless communication technology. With over 15 years of litigation experience, he brings a creative approach to his practice to solve the most complex issues.
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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

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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Pramath Malik
Vice president, business development, Dolcera
Pramath Malik leads the U.S. patent analytics and strategy team of Dolcera. They consult with some of the most innovative companies in the United States, such as P&G, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Intel, Colgate, and L’Oréal, on how to use machine learning on patent data and develop offensive/defensive patent strategies.

Mr. Malik has had strong global experience working with clients across 21 countries. He has spent a fair amount of his life in Dearborn, Silicon Valley, Stuttgart, and Shenzhen, and believes that there are many geographic blind spots in people’s idea of where innovation will come from as we head towards a Mobility as a Service world.

In his free time, he loves tinkering with app development. His team ‘Eyes on Demand’ won the Start-Up Weekend in Silicon Valley with over 400 participants from major tech companies. He also designed Keep Cities Weird, an app to help reduce gentrification.
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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
Rubén H. Muñoz is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he practices IP law with an emphasis on patent infringement litigation. Mr. Muñoz has represented companies in litigation involving a wide array of technologies, including medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and electronics. He has represented clients in federal and state court, before the International Trade Commission, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in inter partes review proceedings. Before attending law school, Mr. Muñoz spent five years at Ford Motor Company’s Scientific Research Laboratory, where he worked as an engineer on the development of advanced engine technologies. Mr. Muñoz is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds a certificate in business and public policy from the Wharton School. He has a master’s in mechanical engineering and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University.
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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
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 & 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
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 commercialization from the University of Texas, and obtained his JD from the University of Houston Law Center.
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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.
Erin Wiggins is general counsel and chief compliance manager for TS Tech Americas, Inc. TS Tech is a tier-one supplier of automotive seating and interiors headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The company has manufacturing facilities spread across five states and four countries, and has approximately 9,000 associates. In his role, Mr. Wiggins is responsible for all of the company’s legal affairs, including IP, employment, contract, and litigation matters. He also manages and oversees the company’s ethics hotline and supports all of its manufacturing facilities. Mr. Wiggins began his legal career as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (New York), Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison (New York), and Hahn Loeser (Columbus), where he focused on patent and general commercial litigation. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 2008.
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Jon Wood
Executive Director, Innovation and Collaboration, Bridgestone Americas
Jon Wood is the executive director of innovation and collaboration at Bridgestone Americas. For over 10 years, he was the chief IP counsel at Bridgestone Americas, Inc.; prior to joining Bridgestone, he was senior counsel, IP at Eastman Chemical Company, an associate at Workman, Nydegger and at Michael A. Mann, PA.

He has a law degree from the University of Arkansas, a master’s in organic chemistry from the University of Alabama, and a B.S. in chemistry from Harding University.

Mr. Wood is co-chair of the Board of National Inventors Hall of Fame; on the Board of Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation; and adjunct professor at Case-Western Law. He was named one of the top 300 IP professionals in the world by IAM.
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