Patent Licensing 2019


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Vicki Barbur
Senior Director, IP and Technology Commercialization, Battelle
Vicki Barbur is Senior Director of IP and Technology Commercialization at Battelle. She has expertise in science and business and is responsible for growing innovation relating to technology commercialization and IP management. Her primary focus are the health and medical device, genomics and biosecurity, and energy and environment fields. Dr. Barbur also streamlines the process for securing IP and licensing to allow external organizations and companies to put innovation to use quickly, as well as developing collaborative and strategic partnerships through university and academic institutions, tech hubs, and incubators.

Previously, Dr. Barbur was Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Concurrent Technologies Corporation and Vice President of Research and Development at Cardinal Health. She also supports The MITRE Corporation’s technology transfer office. Dr. Barbur has a PhD and a BSc in physics from Imperial College, University of London, and an MSc in applied statistics from the University of Oxford.
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Rob Braun
Head, Patent Licensing, US and Americas, Nokia
Robert Braun leads the mobile devices licensing program for the patent business at Nokia. With more than 100 licensees, Nokia has one of the industry’s broadest and strongest IP portfolios—reporting around €1.6 billion in patent and brand licensing revenue in 2017.

Mr. Braun joined Nokia in 2014 as Head of Licensing for the United States and the Americas before assuming his current role in 2017. He has almost 30 years’ experience in patent licensing, working in related roles for Discovision, Intellectual Ventures, and Microsoft before joining Nokia.

Mr. Braun has a degree in computer science from Clarkson University and a JD from Syracuse University School of Law. He is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney licensed to practice in California, Washington, D.C., and New York. He has taught licensing at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and spoken at venues including IPBC and the California state Bar conference.
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Craig Burnett
Director, Patent Licensing, Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
Craig Burnett joined Dolby Laboratories, Inc. in 2015 as a Director of Patent Licensing in San Francisco, California. He is part of Dolby’s patent licensing group, which is responsible for licensing Dolby’s patents in its patent licensing programs. Previously, Mr. Burnett was a Senior Licensing Attorney at Intellectual Ventures. He has also held patent licensing roles at San Disk, Acacia, and Discovision Associates. Mr. Burnett began his career in patent litigation at Arnold, White and Durkee in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Burnett has a JD from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC, a BSCE and an MSME from the University of Illinois, and a MSCS from the University of Texas at Dallas.
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Alma Chao
Director and Associate General Counsel, IP, Facebook
Alma Chao is Director and Associate General Counsel at Facebook, which he joined in 2010 to help build the open source legal team. Mr. Chao now leads the IP licensing team and focuses on open source, standards, patent transactions, patent pools, academic research collaborations, and early-stage technology development. He has helped scale open source at Facebook from just a handful of projects in 2010 to now more than 475 active projects. Mr. Chao also led Facebook’s efforts to establish the Open Compute Project and the Telecom Infra Project standards organizations.
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Sean Clark
Director, IP Licensing, TiVo
Sean Clark is a Director of IP Licensing at TiVo—one of the pioneering companies in delivering entertainment experiences—where he promotes and supports business partnerships relating to TiVo’s extensive digital entertainment patent portfolio. Among its licensees, TiVo counts leading manufacturers of smart video products and solutions, including Vizio, Sony, Roku, Panasonic, and TCL. Mr. Clark has also held IP licensing positions at Lattice Semiconductor, Intellectual Ventures, Xperi, and Microsoft. He has been recognized by the IAM Strategy 300.
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Lawrence Davis
Managing Director, Licensing, GE Licensing
Lawrence Davis is Managing Director of Licensing at GE Ventures, responsible for monetizing a wide range of complex IP assets. Previously, Dr. Davis led IP program development across GE’s diverse technology portfolio. He built the electrical systems licensing platform, driving end-to-end patent licensing programs, including investment, acquisition, patent analysis, and negotiations for partnerships and innovative business models.

Dr. Davis’ career began at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, developing advanced electro-optical components for mil-aero applications. Subsequently, he was an Engineering Director at fiber optic networking start-up Ciena. Dr. Davis later joined Intel, leading technology development and product management for communication modules.

Dr. Davis has a BS in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Peter Detkin
Founder, Intellectual Ventures
Peter Detkin joined Sherpa Technology Group in 2017. He is also a Founder of Intellectual Ventures (IV), a multi-billion dollar fund that invests in invention and holds more than 40,000 patents. He remains involved with the company. IAM recently named Mr. Detkin the second most influential “IP market maker” in the world. Prior to joining IV, Mr. Detkin spent eight years at Intel Corporation as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, where he was responsible for managing Intel’s patent and licensing departments, including all aspects of prosecution and claims management. Mr. Detkin also managed the litigation and competition policy departments (including antitrust). Before he joined Intel, Mr. Detkin was an IP Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, California.

Mr. Detkin has a BSEE (with honors) from the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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Evan Elder
Licensing Associate, Stanford University
Evan Elder is a Licensing Associate at Stanford University’s office of technology licensing. He has spent the past six years working in the Stanford technology transfer office managing a broad portfolio of inventions from Stanford and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Mr. Elder has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Stanford, he spent more than 10 years in alternative energy and power systems research and development. He is a certified licensing professional.
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Fred Farina
Chief Innovation and Corporate Partnerships Officer, Caltech
Fred Farina is the California Institute of Technology’s (Caltech’s) Chief Innovation and Corporate Partnerships Officer. His responsibilities include commercializing inventions made at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL/NASA) through the creation of new start-up ventures and partnerships with established companies. His office is responsible for evaluating inventions, supervising patent prosecution and portfolio management, negotiating licensing deals with industry, assisting Caltech/JPL entrepreneurs with the creation of new start-up companies, and establishing research collaborations with industry.

Previously, Mr. Farina was a Research Engineer in the GPS field at JPL and the University of Miami. He subsequently joined a law firm where he prosecuted patent applications on various technologies before the U.S. and European patent offices. Mr. Farina has a diplôme d'ingénieur in electrical engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquees, Lyon, France, and a master’s in electrical engineering from Caltech (1992). He is a registered Patent Agent with the USPTO.
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Michael Garrabrants
Director, IP, Lattice Semiconductor
Michael Garrabrants directs Lattice Semiconductor’s IP function, where his work ranges from trademark strategy, open source, and standards-setting organization engagements to patent licensing and litigation. Before joining Lattice, Mr. Garrabrants was Senior IP Counsel at Imagination Technologies and started his legal career in the patent group at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Mr. Garrabrants graduated from the Santa Clara School of Law with various honors and has BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering.
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Sarah Guichard
Lead Patent Counsel, Transactions, Google LLP
Sarah Guichard is Lead Patent Counsel for transactions at Google LLC. She leads a team responsible for Google’s patent licensing, transactions, and competitive intelligence.

Before joining Google, Ms. Guichard worked in-house at GE Ventures and was Vice President at both RPX Corporation and Blackberry. Her experience spans leading global teams, developing patent portfolios, and negotiating strategic licensing deals, technology transfers, patent acquisitions, joint venture formations, and series A financing. She began her legal career as a Patent Agent and then worked in private practice focusing on patent litigation before moving in-house.

Before starting her legal career, Ms. Guichard spent five years working as an Electrical Engineer, primarily focused on satellite and terrestrial communication systems. She has a BS in electrical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
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Phil Hartstein
President and CEO, Finjan Holdings, Inc
Phil Hartstein is President and CEO of Finjan Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNJN), a cybersecurity company with a rich 20-year history. He oversees the direction and management of current assets and future investments and works with Finjan’s executive management team to implement the shareholders’ vision of a public technology company and advance its position as a global leader in proactive behavior-based cybersecurity technologies.
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Ricardo Nunes
Partner, Daniel Law
Ricardo Nunes is a Partner at Daniel Law and head of the firm’s patents practice. He leads the firm’s patent litigation and patent prosecution teams and is licensed in both New York state and Brazil. For more than a decade, he has advised multinationals on their most critical matters, including high-stakes complex patent deals and disputes. He has represented clients in a broad array of technology-related fields, including telecoms, software, electronics, oil and gas, and mechanics.

Mr. Nunes earned his LLM in IP law (summa cum laude) from The George Washington University and his master’s in regulatory law from Fundação Getulio Vargas.
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Natasha Radovsky
Director, IP Management, The Boeing Company
Natasha Radovsky has more than 15 years’ experience in establishing and managing key business relationships with suppliers in various industry verticals, including valuating, commercializing, and marketing various IP assets. She has conducted extensive contract and license negotiations, developed business and IP strategies, and identified and developed new business opportunities in Boeing’s core and adjacent markets, leveraging its technologies and IP. She has in-depth experience in technology assessment, marketing, corporate contracting, negotiations, and interactions with customers, suppliers, subsidiaries, joint partners, start-ups, and private equity firms to support growth objectives.

Ms. Radovsky is an Attorney at Boeing, having previously been Director of IP Management for more than 10 years. She has also worked at Linksys/Cisco, USWeb, and the University of California, Los Angeles. She has a BS in computer science, an MS in physics and engineering, an MBA, and a JD. She is a licensed Attorney and member of the California Bar.
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Kit Rodgers
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Technology Partnerships, Rambus
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Elias Schilowitz
Senior IP Counsel, Philips
Elias Schilowitz joined Philips in 2015 as Senior IP Counsel as part of its IP and standards group. He is responsible for patent licensing activities across a range of technologies. Previously, Mr. Schilowitz worked in the patent litigation group at Proskauer Rose LLP in its New York office. He has broad experience in patent litigation, IP development, licensing, M&A, and IP portfolio development.

Mr. Schilowitz has a JD from the Boston University School of Law and a BS in materials science and engineering from Cornell University.
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Nicole Shanahan
CEO, ClearAccessIP
Nicole Shanahan is an Attorney in California and CEO of ClearAccessIP, a leading Silicon Valley solution for AI-centric IP services. She has been named a Stanford CodeX Fellow, a joint fellowship between Stanford Law School and the Department of Computer Science. As a legal technologist, she specializes in the legal applications of neural networks, structured databases, application program interfaces, user interface and user experience, automation, and software as a service. Ms. Shanahan has been named to the Business Times Top 40 Under 40 list and continues to drive ClearAccessIP as a must-have enterprise solution, recently earning the company a spot on Outsell's 300 Companies to Watch list.
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Christopher Smith
Shareholder, Brooks Kushman
Christopher Smith’s practice focuses on IP litigation, with a primary emphasis on patent litigation. He is also involved with the prosecution of patent and trademark applications, and the preparation of invalidity and infringement opinions. Mr. Smith’s experience in patent prosecution has helped him to better understand the process of obtaining a patent, including analyzing file histories, which has been invaluable during litigation, especially in formulating claim construction and invalidity positions.

Mr. Smith has represented clients from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individual inventors in a variety of industries. He is experienced in a wide range of technologies, such as automotive (including infotainment), medical devices, Internet (including content delivery networks), and telecoms (including fiber optics).

Mr. Smith has a BSE in materials science and engineering from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Jim Wodarski
Member, Mintz
Jim Wodarski is a seasoned trial lawyer who concentrates his practice on IP litigation. He skillfully represents clients in the federal district and appellate courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the International Trade Commission. He handles disputes involving smartphones, core processor circuits, digital imaging software, telecoms devices, light-emitting diode lighting systems, and many other technologies. Mr. Wodarski is an experienced litigator known for his business approach to creating value in patent assets. His success on behalf of clients comes from his ability to identify the value drivers in a portfolio and execute programs to optimize the value of their patent holdings. Mr. Wodarski is a frequent speaker on FRAND and SEP-related matters.
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David Yurkerwich
Senior Managing Director, IP Strategy, Transactions and Disputes, Ankura
David Yurkerwich is a Senior Managing Director of Ankura Consulting Group, LLC’s IP team. His team of seasoned experts assist clients in navigating the challenges and capitalizing on opportunities associated with assessing, valuing, and managing IP assets in today’s global innovation economy. He combines timely competitive information and state-of-the-art valuation methodologies using advanced data and analytical tools to deliver practical business solutions. He has been recognized by the IAM Strategy 300 since its launch in 2008.

Mr. Yurkerwich works closely with inventors, owners, and attorneys to assess patentability and markets for technologies to build and maintain competitive IP portfolios. He actively negotiates IP-based transactions and manages joint development, licensing, and enforcement activities. Mr. Yurkerwich also provides expert valuation testimony in patent infringement cases, international arbitration, and other business disputes involving companies in Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States.
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