Patent Licensing 2017


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Brian Blasius
Vice president, business development, Marconi Group
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Joe Chernesky
Senior vice president, intellectual property and innovation, Kudelski Group
Joe Chernesky is senior vice president, intellectual property and innovation at the Kudelski Group, a Swiss public company and world leader in digital security and convergent media solutions. Mr. Chernesky manages the group’s IP and innovation strategies, and the IP business unit.
Previously, Mr. Chernesky was vice president and general manager of global licensing at Intellectual Ventures; co-founder, president and chief operating officer of IPotential; and vice president of Boeing Management Company, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company; and held several management positions at Intel Corporation.
Mr. Chernesky serves as a board director for the non-profit Village Enterprises and as both a board director and board adviser for several technology businesses in the United States.
Mr. Chernesky holds a BS and MBA from the University of Arizona and served for 10 years as a US naval officer in various active and reserve assignments throughout the world.
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Scott Elrod
Associate director, licensing, office of technology licensing, Stanford University
Scott Elrod is associate director at the Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing. Before joining Stanford he was vice president at the Palo Alto Research Center, where he led a division focusing on inkjet printing, biomedical systems, additive manufacturing, metamaterials, and cleantech. Dr. Elrod also directed the Environment, Safety, and Health (ESH) Division at SEMATECH, a consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, and co-wrote a chapter on the semiconductor industry's ESH performance. Dr. Elrod received his AB in physics from Earlham College (1981) and his PhD in applied physics from Stanford University (1985). While at Stanford he built the world's first low-temperature tunneling microscope. He holds 65 patents.
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Marc Frechette
Senior vice president and senior counsel, WiLAN Inc.
Marc Frechette is senior vice president and senior counsel at WiLAN Inc. He is responsible for patent licensing and business development for various technologies, as well as providing legal counsel. Before joining WiLAN, Mr. Frechette was senior vice president at Acacia Research Corporation, where he led licensing activities in many areas of technology and managed patent portfolios. Before Acacia, Mr. Frechette worked as a patent attorney at Crockett & Crockett and as an in-house attorney at Discovision Associates, a patent licensing division of Pioneer Electronics. Before becoming an attorney, he was an engineer at Boeing, Ducommun, and Conexant Systems. Mr. Frechette has a BS in manufacturing engineering from Boston University, a JD from Whittier Law School, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Frechette is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is a member of the California State Bar.
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Eeva Hakoranta
Head of patent licensing, patent business, Nokia Technologies
Eeva Hakoranta leads patent licensing at Nokia Technologies. In addition to managing licensing operations and strategy she is involved in enforcement, regulatory matters and business development.

Having joined Nokia in 2006 to establish an IP rights legal organization working with patent licensing and other IP rights-intensive business transactions, she assumed her licensing position in 2012. Before joining Nokia, she worked in private practice at the leading Nordic law firm Roschier Attorneys, advising international clients on transactional, IP and technology-related matters, including litigation and arbitration.

Working for many years at the intersection of business, IP and competition law, Ms Hakoranta has closed hundreds of agreements, managed complex enforcement projects and been deeply involved in defining terms for major transactions.

Ms Hakoranta holds a master's in law from Helsinki University. She is active in a number of positions of trust within professional organizations in the fields of intellectual property and licensing.
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Robert Heath
Chief strategy officer, RPX Corporation
Robert Heath joined RPX in 2011 and was chief financial officer from 2015 to May 2017. Before RPX, Mr. Heath was head of strategy and acquisitions at Technicolor, a leading supplier of technology and services to media companies, where he oversaw an acquisition and divestiture program that refocused the company from consumer electronics to services and technology licensing. Before Technicolor, Mr. Heath was chief operating officer and chief financial officer at iBahn, an internet service provider to the hospitality industry.

Mr. Heath has extensive experience as an investment banker, with a focus on technology and growth companies at Kidder Peabody, SG Warburg, and Robertson Stephens. He began his career as a litigation technology consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Heath received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his AB from Harvard University.
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Malcolm T Meeks
Vice president and patent director, France Brevets
Malcolm T Meeks, patent director at France Brevets, has over 17 years’ experience as a patent professional. He is responsible for due diligence and litigation management globally for France Brevets. He also manages the company's Patent Factory programme, in which it partners with innovative French small and medium-sized enterprises, universities and research institutions to aid them (including by providing funding) in building valuable patent portfolios.

Previously, Mr Meeks was director, corporate patent at Infineon Technologies. He was responsible for leading patent licensing efforts and advising on IP issues at the management board level.

Mr Meeks began his career with law firm Finnegan in the United States. He holds an electrical engineering degree from Clemson University, a law degree from Cornell Law School and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is licensed to practise law in the United States and is a registered US patent attorney.
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Tanya Moore
Chief licensing officer, Sonos
Tanya K. Moore is chief licensing officer of Sonos. Ms. Moore helps the company to leverage its extensive IP portfolio to advance its corporate strategy.
Ms. Moore has gained more than two decades’ IP and business development experience at IBM and Microsoft. In various executive roles at Microsoft, she led strategic IP deals, built licensing programs, helped to launch Microsoft's first patent litigations, and drove acquisitions and partnerships through M&A and IP asset licensing. At IBM, she began as an operating systems and supercomputing platform programmer, before transitioning to the company’s IP group, handling multimillion to multibillion-dollar transactions.
Ms. Moore serves on the board of governors for Certified Licensing Professionals. She is a past board member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the LES Foundation, as well as a past president and chair of the board of LES U.S.A. and Canada.
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Gil Ohana
Senior director, antitrust and competition, Cisco Systems
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Arvin Patel
Chief IP officer, TiVo Corporation
Arvin Patel is executive vice president and chief IP officer for TiVo, one of the world’s leading technology and innovation companies. He leads TiVo’s $500 million per year patent licensing business and develops the long-term strategy for its patent portfolio and licensing operation.
As the organization’s IP expert, Mr. Patel guides worldwide patent prosecution, strategic patent acquisitions, analysis, strategy, and monetization activities, as well as collaborating with senior leadership counterparts to craft business alliances and investments.
Mr. Patel is active with the American Intellectual Lawyers Association, the American Corporate Counsel Association, the State Bar of California, and the American Bar Association. He is a certified negotiator (Harvard Law School) and earned a micro-MBA from Stern Business School, an LLM in technology, intellectual property, and commerce from Franklin Pierce Law Centre, a JD from California Western School of Law, and a BA in legal studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Pat Patnode
President, licensing, GE Ventures
Pat Patnode is president of GE Licensing & Technology Ventures, leading a global team in developing new commercial opportunities for GE’s vast IP portfolio. The Licensing & Technology Ventures team provides business partners with access to GE’s technologies for them to use in innovative ways, helping them to accelerate their own technology development and differentiating them in the marketplace through licensing, joint development partnerships, and the formation of new companies.

Previously, Mr. Patnode was GE Ventures’ general counsel, managing the team responsible for all legal and compliance needs for the various GE Ventures business units. His experience spans numerous industries and subject areas including securities, intellectual property, complex commercial and licensing transactions, and litigation. Mr. Patnode joined GE Ventures from GE Global Research, where he was chief compliance officer. Mr. Patnode received his JD from Albany Law School and his bachelors in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.
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Natasha Radovsky
Director, IP licensing, Boeing Intellectual Property Licensing
Natasha Radovsky has over 15 years’ experience in valuating, commercializing, and marketing various IP assets. She has overseen extensive licensing negotiations, developed business strategies, and planned patent portfolio strategies. She has also been extensively involved in identifying and developing new business opportunities in Boeing’s core and adjacent markets with external partners, leveraging Boeing’s technology and intellectual property.
Ms. Radovsky has in-depth experience in technology assessment, marketing, corporate contracting, and negotiations, and interacts with customers, suppliers, subsidiaries, joint partners, start-up companies, and private equity firms to support their growth objectives. She is responsible for the licensing program of Boeing’s patent, technology, and software portfolio, as well as developing strategies for the monetization of Boeing’s intellectual property.
Ms. Radovsky’s business development and licensing experience includes positions at Linksys/Cisco, USWeb, and the University of California, Los Angeles. She has an MBA and JD, and degrees in computer science, physics, and engineering.
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Frank Reiner
Vice president, licensing, Internet of Things solutions, InterDigital Communications
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Michael Renaud
Division head, IP section, Mintz Levin
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Matteo Sabattini
Director, IP rights policy, Ericsson
Matteo Sabattini is director of IP rights policy at Ericsson and is based in Washington D.C. He is responsible for IP rights advocacy and promotion.
Mr. Sabattini has years of expertise in technology and IP-related matters, and his background combines business, policy, and technical skills. He holds an MBA from the George Washington University, a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna.
Before joining Ericsson, Mr. Sabattini was chief technology officer of the Sisvel Group until February 2017. He also worked at InterDigital and Global Prior Art, a boutique IP consulting firm based in Boston. He has held several teaching and research positions in wireless and mobile communications at the University of California, San Diego and at the German Aerospace Center.
Mr. Sabattini is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
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Stefan Tamme
Vice president, IP strategy and licensing, Rambus
Stefan Tamme joined Rambus in 2004 and is vice president of worldwide licensing and IP strategy. He leads the strategic development of Rambus’s patent portfolio and the implementation of its IP monetization strategies through its licensing programs and solutions businesses. His responsibilities include outbound licensing, as well as acquisitions and divestitures. He has been involved in successfully negotiating and closing transactions that have generated over $1 billion in revenues for Rambus. Previously, he served as Rambus’s director of global business enablement, where he led the strategic alliance partner program and the worldwide reseller channel.
Mr. Tamme has over 20 years’ technology and licensing experience in the electronics industry, ranging from semiconductors to systems and software. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and is chair of the Licensing Executive Society’s high-tech sector. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and an MSEE from the Leibniz University of Hanover.
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Cory Van Arsdale
Chief revenue officer, Intellectual Ventures
Cory Van Arsdale is chief revenue officer at Intellectual Ventures (IV) and a member of IV's senior management team and its Corporate Operations Council. He manages all licensing and divestiture monetization for IV. His team focuses on large transactions with major industry licensees, long-tail licensing programs, leveraged and strategic divestitures, and overall monetization strategy. He has 31 years of experience serving as a CEO, business development, and revenue-generating professional, acquisitions integration specialist, and IP and technology transactions lawyer. He has held roles at Microsoft, Apple, Sun Microsystems, and his own business consultancy, Van Arsdale Yeager LLC.
Mr. Van Arsdale received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California and his juris doctor from the Santa Clara University School of Law. He is on the board of advisers of Parllay, and has lectured in law at the University of Washington School of Law.
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Shival Virmani
Assistant general counsel, intellectual property and licensing, SanDisk, a Western Digital Company
Shival Virmani is assistant general counsel, IP and licensing for Western Digital, by way of Western Digital’s acquisition of SanDisk. Before this, he held senior licensing executive roles at Rockstar Consortium and InterDigital. He has also worked abroad in Munich for Infineon Technologies, in both licensing and litigation roles, and as a U.S. International Trade Commission staff attorney and a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examiner.
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Ben Wang
Vice president and chief IP officer, ZTE (TX) Inc.
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Brian H. Way
Senior director, patent licensing, Dolby Laboratories
Brian Way is senior director of patent licensing at Dolby Laboratories, where he oversees the patent licensing team. In addition to direct patent licensing and negotiations, he is involved in patent litigation, patent pool activities, and working with standards-based technologies. Before joining Dolby, Mr. Way was head of the IP law department at Altera, where he led the IP department and managed a team overseeing the development of over 3,000 patent portfolios, as well as the company’s patent litigation, licensing, and other activities.
Before Altera, Mr. Way managed patent litigation activities at Apple and oversaw prosecution for the company’s server, developer technologies, and advanced computation groups. He was in the patent litigation groups at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York. Mr. Way has a BS from the University of Michigan and a JD from Columbia Law School.
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