Patent Law and Policy


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Ron Antush
Head, Litigation, Nokia

Ron Antush is Head of Litigation for Nokia’s patent business in the Americas, where he is responsible for all litigation matters involving Nokia’s industry-leading patent portfolio and other IP-related cases.

He has successfully managed numerous multi-jurisdictional and multi-national patent, FRAND licensing and antitrust disputes, and arbitration campaigns—including against Apple, Huawei, and Samsung.

Mr. Antush has been recognized by leading IP publications. He serves on the Intellectual Property Organization’s Board of Directors and is an active member of various associations, including the Federal Circuit Bar Association. Mr. Antush regularly advocates for Nokia’s interests in IP policy matters—including proposed U.S. patent legislation—to members of Congress and regulatory bodies worldwide.

Before joining Nokia, Mr. Antush was an IP Litigator at Jones Day. He holds a JD (magna cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a BS in engineering physics (cum laude) from John Carroll University.

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Todd Baker
Chair, Post-Grant Patent Practice Group, Oblon

W. Todd Baker is chair of Oblon’s post-grant patent practice group. With significant experience in both patent reexamination and interference cases, Mr. Baker is uniquely positioned to advise clients on post grant U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) proceedings, such as inter partes review and post-grant review proceedings, complementing traditional litigation-based patent validity challenges.

Mr. Baker has extensive experience handling all aspects of post-issuance proceedings at the USPTO, including reissue applications, ex parte reexamination, inter partes review proceedings, and appeals to the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Mr. Baker also advises clients on issues of priority, patentability, derivation, inventorship, and licensing related to patent interference matters before the PTAB.

Mr. Baker is a recognized leader in the IP community, having recently served on the American Intellectual Property Law Association board of directors.

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Scott Boalick
Acting Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Scott Boalick is Acting Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He leads the PTAB as it conducts post-grant trials—includinginter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews, and derivation proceedings—and as it hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and re-examination proceedings.

Judge Boalick was appointed to the PTAB in 2007. Before becoming Acting Chief Judge, he served as an Administrative Patent Judge, Lead Judge, Vice Chief Judge, and Deputy Chief Judge.

Before joining the USPTO, Judge Boalick served as a patent attorney with the Department of the Navy, advising clients on patent, trademark, copyright, technology transfer, administrative claims, and rights in technical data and computer software.

Judge Boalick earned a JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and an MSE in systems engineering and a BSE in electrical engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Melissa Brand
Associate Counsel and Director, IP Policy, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Melissa Brand is Associate Counsel and Director of IP Policy at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), a major trade association with over 1,000 members in the biotechnology industry. At BIO, Ms. Brand advises member and staff committees on domestic and international IP matters, with a particular emphasis on patent law and policy. Before joining BIO, Ms. Brand worked as a Patent Litigator at Latham & Watkins and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Kimberly A. Moore at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She holds a JD (magna cum laude) from the University of San Diego School of Law and a BE (cum laude) in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University.
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Doug Collins
U.S. Congressman

A Northeast Georgia native and graduate of the University of North Georgia, Doug Collins pastored Gainesville’s Chicopee Baptist Church for over a decade before serving the local community as an Attorney and the Representative for Georgia’s 27th State House District.

As a U.S. Air Force Reserve Chaplain, Mr. Collins has ministered to the U.S. military since 2002. He served a combat tour in Iraq in 2008 and was stationed at Balad Air Force Base. Mr. Collins is a Lieutenant Colonel who remains active in the Air Force Reserve and has represented Georgia's Ninth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2013.

In the 115th Congress, Mr. Collins’s colleagues elected him to serve as Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference and he is a leader on both the House Judiciary and Rules Committees.

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Frank Cullen Jr.
Vice President, U.S. IP Policy, Global Innovation Policy Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Frank W. Cullen Jr. is Vice President of U.S. policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). He directs the center’s domestic programs in promoting and protecting IP rights in the online and physical markets.

Prior to joining the GIPC, Mr. Cullen served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Mary Bono and Communications Director for Represenatative Sonny Bono. He also served as Director of Public Relations for the City of Palm Springs, California.

An accomplished communicator and writer, Mr. Cullen has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Larry King Live, ABC Radio, and CBS Radio and provided political analysis for TV and print media. He also worked for legendary director Francis Ford Coppola at his Zoetrope Studios in Hollywood, California.

Mr. Cullen graduated from the University of Southern California with a BFA from the School of Cinema and Television.

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Kalyan Deshpande
Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Kalyan Deshpande received his JD from The Ohio State University, Michael Moritz College of Law and his BSc in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Subsequent to his graduation from college, Judge Deshpande worked for Accenture. During and after law school, he worked at the early-stage food services company Viands Concerted, LLC. He then joined the USPTO as a Patent Examiner before joining the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in 2008 as a Patent Attorney.
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John F. Duffy
Professor of Law, University of Virginia

John F. Duffy is the Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law and the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He received an AB in physics from Harvard College in 1985 and a JD from the University of Chicago in 1989. Before entering academia, Professor Duffy clerked for Judge Stephen Williams at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor Duffy is co-author of Patent Law and Policy (7th ed 2017)—a casebook on patent law—and has published articles on a wide range of issues in prominent law reviews and journals. He has previously been identified as one of the most influential people in IP law by The American Lawyer and Managing Intellectual Property.

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Tanuja V. Garde
Vice President, IP and Licensing, Raytheon Company
Tanuja Garde is vice president, intellectual property and licensing at Raytheon Company. Previously, Ms. Garde has held IP leadership roles in other large companies. She has also served in the U.S. government as U.S. trade representative deputy assistant for intellectual property and innovation, where she was lead negotiator in several bilateral and multilateral IP and trade negotiations. Before this, Ms. Garde worked at large international law firms.

Ms. Garde taught and conducted research in international and comparative patent law at the University of London’s Queen Mary IP research institute, where she held a Herschel Smith Research Fellowship, as well as at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, where she was the head of the U.S. department. Ms. Garde is admitted to practice in California and is registered to practice as in-house counsel in Massachusetts. She is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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Kevin Hardy
Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP

Kevin Hardy concentrates his practice on IP and antitrust litigation, with a particular focus on matters at the intersection of those two areas. He has handled multiple matters involving the licensing and enforcement of standard essential patents relating to wireless technology and has been involved in the firm’s representation of pharmaceutical clients in ‘pay-for-delay’ and related cases. Mr. Hardy’s trial practice includes representing clients before the U.S. district courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, as well as in international and domestic arbitrations.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Hardy has represented clients in patent infringement and patent licensing cases involving a wide range of technologies, including smartphones, tablets, software products, computer networks, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. He joined Williams & Connolly LLP in 2000 and holds a BA from Cornell University and a JD from Columbia Law School.

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Charles Hawkins
Assistant General Counsel, IP and Litigation, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Charles Hawkins is Assistant General Counsel for IP and Litigation at Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA), located in Herndon, Virginia. In this role, Mr. Hawkins is responsible for managing a variety of IP issues for the company—including handling issues relating to patent litigation defense, post-grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and strategic patent portfolio management. Before joining VWGoA, Mr. Hawkins was an attorney in private practice, where he represented clients in patent infringement litigation before district court, the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission. Before entering the practice of law, Mr. Hawkins was a Production Engineer for Chevron.
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David Jones
Counsel, The Internet Association
David Jones is a Consultant and Outside Counsel who represents tech companies and trade associations on IP matters. He spent more than a decade as In-house IP Policy Counsel at Microsoft, as well as several years as IP Counsel and Chief Antitrust Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1997, Mr. Jones clerked for Judge Will Garwood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Chief Judge Sharon Prost of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
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Dmitry Karshtedt
Associate Professor, George Washington University Law School

Dmitry Karshtedt researches patent law. He has been published in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and Iowa Law Review, and cited in three leading patent law casebooks and a casebook on IP. His work has won several awards, including the Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize.

Professor Karshtedt completed a PhD in chemistry from U.C. Berkeley and worked as a staff scientist for a semiconductor materials start-up. He is a co-author on five scientific publications and a co-inventor on ten U.S. patents. He received his law degree from Stanford Law School and edited the Stanford Law Review. Professor Karshtedt practiced in the Patent Counseling and Innovation Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and clerked for the Honorable Kimberly A. Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Professor Karshtedt was also a Fellow at the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School.

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Marc Marie
Senate Judiciary Committee, United States Senate
Marc Marie is Counsel to Senator Mike Lee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights. Mr. Marie handles patent issues and a range of other civil matters for the Senator. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and the University of Maryland School of Law.
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Robert C. Mattson
Chair, Litigation Practice Group, Oblon
Robert C. Mattson chairs Oblon’s litigation practice group and is a member of the firm’s management committee. He provides strategic counseling on patent issues, with a focus on standards-based and regulated technologies, and tries cases in the district court, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), and the USPTO.
Mr. Mattson litigates cases involving such diverse technologies as embedded systems, cloud computing, automotive powertrains, smartphones, communications protocols, robotics, and sporting goods. He regularly advises clients on the interrelationship between district court and ITC litigation and inter partes review proceedings at the USPTO. Mr. Mattson served as a patent examiner at the USPTO where he specialized in speech-signal processing and artificial intelligence, complex technologies affecting multiple industries.
Mr. Mattson was formerly an adjunct professor for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and continues to lecture domestic and international audiences on a variety of litigation-related topics.
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Mark McCarty
Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
Mark McCarty is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Alston & Bird LLP, where he focuses his practice on complex commercial and antitrust litigation in the telecoms, technology, and healthcare sectors. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in important worldwide strategic litigation—including litigation at the intersection between IP and competition law. He has also represented clients in legislative or public policy matters before federal, state, and local government officials. Mr. McCarty’s practice includes cases involving complex financial, accounting, and damages issues—including large-scale billing and healthcare reimbursement disputes. Before entering private practice, Mr. McCarty served as Vice President and General Counsel at Georgia Public Web, Inc., a non-profit, facilities-based provider of broadband services to suburban and rural communities for the purposes of education and economic development. Mr. McCarty is a graduate of Auburn University and received his JD from Georgia State University.
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Scott A. McKeown
Partner, Ropes & Gray

Scott McKeown is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s IP litigation practice group and chairs its Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) practice. He focuses his practice on post-grant patent counseling and litigation matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and related appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. McKeown is one of the United States’ most active PTAB trial attorneys, having personally handled more than 250 PTAB matters since 2012.

Mr. McKeown handles all aspects of post-issuance patent proceedings, specializing in administrative trials before the PTAB, such as inter partes and post-grant reviews. He also advises on USPTO post-grant proceedings concurrent with complex International Trade Commission and district court litigations.

Further, Mr. McKeown is recognized as a thought leader in the PTAB industry. He maintains an award-winning—which examines developments in patent litigation, including issues relating to USPTO post-issuance proceedings.

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Suzanne Michel
Senior Patent Counsel, Google

Suzanne Michel is senior patent counsel at Google, where she focuses on patent policy. Previously, she was deputy director in the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where she worked on patent policy and IP and antitrust issues and headed the “Evolving IP Marketplace” project, including drafting the FTC report released in March 2011. The FTC awarded her the Paul Rand Dixon award and the Excellence in Supervision award.

Previously, Ms. Michel worked at the U.S. Department of Justice as a patent litigator. She received her BS with honours from Northwestern University and her PhD in chemistry from Yale University. Ms. Michel graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley, where she was a member of the order of the coif. She served as law clerk to Paul R Michel (no relation) at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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Steven M. Purdy
Senior Counsel, IP Enforcement, IBM
Steven Purdy is Senior Counsel for IP Enforcement at IBM, where he leads a department of four full-time attorneys in the United States and several additional IP attorneys worldwide on discrete projects relating to the protection and monetization of IBM’s IP assets. Previously, Mr. Purdy was a member of IBM’s corporate litigation group, managing a variety of contentious matters involving all types of IP, commercial disputes, and labor relations. He also oversaw all litigation and arbitration matters in the Asia-Pacific and served as IBM’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act agent for copyright disputes in the United States. Before joining IBM, Mr. Purdy practiced patent litigation at Locke Lord and Morgan & Finnegan in New York City.
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Karl Renner
Prinicpal, Fish & Richardson
Karl Renner is Principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Mr. Renner co-chairs the firm’s post-grant practice group, and he serves on the firm’s management committee. His practice emphasizes client counseling, strategic patent prosecution, and contentious inter and ex parte post-grant and reissue work. In this practice, Mr. Renner has provided direction for well over 330 America Invents Act post-grant matters, challenging and defending patents, most commonly in coordination with litigation counsel amidst co-pending disputes. Recently, he was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Bar Association, the first national Bar association of its kind to form in more than 30 years. Mr. Renner is a frequent lecturer and author on IP matters, regularly speaking at University of Maryland events, in conjunction with their engineering schools and Hinman CEO program.
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William Rinner
Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, The United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division
William Rinner is Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. Among other responsibilities, he has advised the Assistant Attorney General for the Division on matters in the appellate, healthcare and consumer products, and competition policy and advocacy sections, as well as on policy issues involving technology and IP. He also has overseen merger and non-merger investigations. Before joining the Division, Mr. Rinner was an antitrust litigator in private practice in Washington, D.C. Mr. Rinner previously clerked for the Honorable Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Rinner is a graduate of Yale Law School and the University of Notre Dame.
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Matthew J. Rizzolo
IP Litigation Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
Matthew J. Rizzolo works extensively with technology companies to enforce clients’ IP rights and defend clients from patent infringement claims. He has significant experience litigating patent cases in varying jurisdictions, including federal district courts throughout the United States and in Section 337 unfair competition actions before the United States International Trade Commission. Mr. Rizzolo has counseled clients in cases involving a wide variety of technical fields, including smartphones, video gaming devices, computer software and hardware, telecoms, and Internet-related services. He has additional experience in drafting and negotiating patent and technology licensing agreements, and is registered to practice before the USPTO. Mr. Rizzolo also frequently speaks and publishes on numerous IP and patent issues, and advises clients regarding strategies surrounding IP policy and legislative proposals.
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Brian Scarpelli
Senior Global Policy Counsel, ACT
Brian Scarpelli is Senior Global Policy Counsel at ACT | The App Association, where he works on a variety of legal and policy issues affecting mobile app development companies, including IP (e.g., patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets), privacy, cybersecurity, accessibility, and connected health companies. Prior to joining ACT, Mr. Scarpelli worked for over five years at the Telecommunications Industry Association, a trade association representing telecoms equipment manufacturers and vendors that is also an American National Standards Institute-accredited standards developer. He has also spent time with the Federal Communications Commission, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions.
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Jamie Simpson
Counsel Detailee, Senate Judiciary Committee, United States Senate
Jamie L. Simpson serves on detail to the Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Chris Coons (District of Delaware), where she works on IP policy. Previously, she was Senior Adviser to the undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and an Associate Solicitor at the USPTO. Before that, she clerked for the Honorable William C. Bryson of the Federal Circuit and was an associate at Williams & Connolly and Kirkland & Ellis, specializing in patent litigation and licensing disputes. Ms. Simpson graduated from Harvard Law School and has a MSc in philosophy, policy, and social value from the London School of Economics and a BA in biochemical sciences from Harvard College.
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John M. Yun
Associate Professor, Law, George Mason University
John M. Yun is an Associate Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University and Director of Economic Education at the Global Antitrust Institute. Before joining the Scalia Law School, he was the Acting Deputy Assistant Director in the Bureau of Economics, Antitrust Division at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Over an 18-year career at the FTC, Professor Yun presided over a number of high-profile matters and investigations in various industries, including consumer products, retail, intermediate goods, and technology. He has been published in various academic journals, including the International Journal of Industrial Organization, Economic Inquiry, International Review of Law and Economics, and Review of Industrial Organization. Professor Yun has taught economics at Georgetown University, Emory University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his BA in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and his PhD in economics from Emory University.
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