Software IP 2019


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Keith Bergelt
CEO, Open Invention Network
Keith Bergelt is CEO of Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, created to support freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software. Funded by Google and IBM (among others), OIN has more than 3,000 community members and owns more than 1,300 global patents and applications. Mr. Bergelt is responsible for enabling, influencing, and defending the integrity of the Linux ecosystem. Central to his goals are the acquisition and transfer of patent rights designed to permit members of the Linux ecosystem to operate free of the threat of assertion and litigation from those whose business models are antithetical to innovation and global economic growth in information technology and computing.

Before joining OIN, Mr. Bergelt was President and CEO of two hedge funds—Paradox Capital and IPI—formed to unlock the considerable asset value of patents, trademarks, and copyright in middle-market companies.
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John Blake
Vice President, IP Strategy, TiVo
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Renee DuBord Brown
Associate General Counsel, IP, Knowles Electronics
Renee DuBord Brown is Associate General Counsel, IP for Knowles Electronics, a market leader and global supplier of performance audio, intelligent audio, and specialty components in the mobile communications, consumer electronics, hearing health, military and space, and other industrial end markets. She previously worked at Motorola Mobility as Senior IP Counsel and at Tessera Intellectual Property Corp. as Senior Vice President of Litigation.

Prior to going in-house, Ms. Brown was a Partner in private practice at Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder LLP and Howrey, LLP.

Ms. Brown’s practice focuses on all aspects of IP counseling, portfolio management, licensing, and litigation. She has strong expertise in patent prosecution and re-examination. Her litigation experience includes patents, IP-related antitrust litigation, trademarks and copyright, false advertising, and trade secrets. Her broad commercial licensing experience includes patent, technology, and software licensing, and operations support systems and standards issues.
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John Cabeca
Director, West Coast Region, United States Patent and Trademark Office
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Aaron Capron
Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Aaron Capron is a Partner at Finnegan’s Palo Alto office. A former Patent Examiner at the USPTO, he has a wide range of experience involving patent prosecution, portfolio management, post-grant proceedings, and patent litigation, including pre-litigation strategies. He also provides opinions regarding infringement, validity, and product clearances.

Mr. Capron has drafted and overseen the drafting of hundreds of patent applications for electrical, electronics, telecoms, and software-based technologies. The patent portfolios that he manages protect a range of technologies, including those relating to AI, image processing, hardware accelerators, quantum computing, semiconductor manufacturing systems, digital health, virtual and augmented reality systems, and Big Data analytics.
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George D. Chellapa
Manager, Technology Commercialization, University of Chicago
George D. Chellapa is Manager of Technology Commercialization at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the university, he worked at Washington University’s technology transfer office.

Dr. Chellapa works with university researchers on diverse and emerging technologies—ranging from AI and radiology to quantum computing. He analyzes and implements various IP protection strategies and identifies avenues to bring nascent technologies to market. He is also involved in negotiating agreements and assisting faculty-initiated start-ups. Dr. Chellapa is increasingly engaged with the growing computer science department at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Chellapa has bachelor’s degrees in computer science and chemistry and a PhD in computational chemistry from the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). He has also completed post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins University (United States).
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Caroline Day
Partner, Haseltine Lake Kempner
Caroline Day’s patent prosecution experience covers a wide range of physics, high tech, and communication-based technologies, ranging from ion engines used to reposition satellites in space to kitchen equipment used in the home. Further, she has worked on fiber optic sensors, quantum cryptography, optical apparatus, electronics, and all manner of computer implemented inventions. Having worked in-house, she has a strong understanding of both the strategic and operational challenges faced by in-house counsel. She is actively involved in shaping patent practice in the AI and machine learning fields.

Ms. Day has been involved with all stages of the patent lifecycle—including drafting, prosecution on paper and in person at the UK Intellectual Property Office and the EPO—and dealing with post-grant challenges and amendments before the EPO and UK courts.
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David Enzminger
Partner, Winston & Strawn
David Enzminger is a Partner and Co-chair of Winston & Strawn’s IP practice. He focuses his practice on technology litigation, particularly patent, trade secret, trademark, and antitrust matters. He has a nuanced understanding of cutting-edge technologies, as well as a track record of success as a “superb first-chair trial lawyer” (IAM Patent 1000).

Mr. Enzminger has participated in bench and jury trials, including serving as first chair in more than 15 matters. His extensive experience handling complex patent and trade infringement cases before the state and federal courts for clients in the telecoms, computer hardware and software, and manufacturing industries has earned him recognition among The Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California and the Top 75 California IP Litigators in 2013. Clients praise his “command of subject matters” and “excellent client service” (The Legal 500 United States, 2018).
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Isabella Fu
Associate General Counsel, Microsoft
Isabella Fu is an Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, where she leads the team of attorneys responsible for patent prosecution, counseling, and dispute resolution. She joined Microsoft in 2003 and, until recently, was responsible for IP litigation for the company worldwide. Before joining Microsoft, Ms. Fu was Director of Litigation at Intel Corporation. She practiced at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe before moving in-house. She has an AB in physics from Harvard-Radcliffe College and a JD from Columbia University.
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Kanda Ishihara
Director, Legal, IP, Veritas Technologies
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Joseph Kucera
Director, IP Strategy, Pure Storage
Joseph Kucera is Director of IP Strategy at Pure Storage, Inc., where he is responsible for building and strategically aligning Pure’s worldwide intellectual asset portfolio. Mr. Kucera is an experienced IP strategist and seasoned licensing professional with a decade of patent licensing experience engaging top-tier technology companies around the globe. In the three years that Mr. Kucera has worked at Pure, the company has twice been awarded Legal Department of the Year (Emerging Company category) for Patent Strategy by The Recorder.

Prior to joining Pure, Mr. Kucera was Director of Licensing and Technology Partnerships at Rambus. He also worked at Intellectual Ventures. Prior to his transition to a career in IP, Mr. Kucera was a Design Engineer at Spansion. Mr. Kucera holds several patents relating to NAND flash memory. He is a registered U.S. Patent Agent and has a BS in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.
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Dan Lang
Vice President, IP, Cisco Systems
Dan Lang is Vice President of IP at Cisco Systems and leads a team responsible for Cisco’s patent program, including portfolio development, licensing, disputes, and policy. He frequently speaks on patent issues and is a member of the US Patent Public Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Cisco in 2004, Mr. Lang was a Partner and Co-Founder at the patent boutique firm Ritter Lang & Kaplan. He also previously practiced at Ritter, Van Pelt & Yi and Townsend and Townsend and Crew (now part of Kilpatrick Townsend).

Mr. Lang has a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was Senior Articles Editor of the High Technology Law Journal. Prior to beginning his legal career, he worked in the defense electronics industry after receiving an MSEE from Stanford University and a BSEE from Case Western Reserve University.
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Ceyda Maisami
Senior Counsel & Patent Development Director, HP
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Rakesh Michael
Senior Counsel, Patents and IP, Uber
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Julian Moore
Associate Director, Legal, Twitter
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Daniel Nazer
Senior IP & Product Counsel, Mozilla Corporation
Daniel Nazer is Senior IP and Product Counsel at Mozilla Corporation and a Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. Before joining Mozilla, Mr. Nazer was a Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he worked on patent policy with a focus on software innovation. He has also practiced at Keker & Van Nest LLP and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Mr. Nazer is a graduate of Yale Law School. He clerked for Justice Susan Kenny of the Federal Court of Australia and Judge William K. Sessions, III of the US District Court for the District of Vermont.
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Jonah Probell
IP Strategist, SoundHound
Jonah Probell is an IP Strategist at SoundHound, a leader in voice AI technology. He develops a valuable IP portfolio by challenging conventional approaches in technology and law. Mr. Probell has worked in engineering, marketing, and legal roles at six small companies over the past 21 years. He is author of the book Patenting for the Small Company and leads the monthly Discussion of Patents meet-up for inventor-entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.
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Cynthia Rosser
Associate General Counsel, IP & Tech Transactions, Cognizant
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Roger Shang
Senior Director, Alibaba
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McCoy Smith
Chair, Open Source Legal Practice Group, Intel
McCoy Smith handles all IP matters for Intel Corporation’s data center group. For more than a decade he has chaired Intel’s open source legal practice group. He is a former Co-Chair for the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Open Source Committee. He also is on the Editorial Committee of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review.

Mr. Smith taught a course on Patent Bar review for Patent Resources Group from 1999 to 2008. From 2006 to 2007, he was on a discussion committee drafting the GNU General Public License (version 3), which was published in June, 2007. He is also the author of the BSD+Patent license, which was approved by the Open Source Initiative in 2017.

Prior to joining Intel in 1999, Mr. Smith was an Attorney in private practice at Kenyon & Kenyon in New York and Washington, D.C., where he specialized in IP litigation and patent prosecution.
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Leslie Spencer
Partner, Ropes & Gray
Leslie Spencer is a Partner in Ropes & Gray’s IP litigation practice at its New York office. She is also Co-Chair of the firm’s diversity committee. Ms. Spencer counsels clients on IP matters involving software, computer networks and security, semiconductors, fintech, blockchain, and AI, among other technologies. She has more than 15 years’ experience litigating patent disputes in the federal district courts, including at Markman hearings, trials, and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Ms. Spencer is a registered Patent Attorney and appears before the PTAB. Her practice also involves advising clients on IP asset protection, IP transactions, and freedom-to-operate opinions. She has been recognized by New York Law Journal as one of the Top Women in Law 2016 and is regularly listed among New York Metro’s Super Lawyers.
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Gilbert Wong
Associate General Counsel, Patents, Facebook
Gilbert Wong is an Associate General Counsel of Patents at Facebook. He leads the patent operations and analytics team, which develops processes and analytic tools to help Facebook’s patent counsel effectively and efficiently manage their patent portfolios. Previously, Mr. Wong managed the development of the augmented and virtual reality, advertisement, infrastructure, and search patent portfolios at Facebook.
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Patrick Zhang
Head, IP, Atlassian