The IP Software Summit


Jimmy Ahlberg
Defensive IP strategist, IP rights and licensing, Ericsson
As defensive IP strategist, Jimmy Ahlberg is primarily involved in Ericsson’s various external R&D engagements as they relate to intellectual property, including standardization, open source, and R&D collaborations with both the private and public sector. With over 39,000 granted patents, Ericsson has emerged as one of the companies holding the strongest radio communication patent portfolios in the industry covering 2G, 3G, 4G and soon 5G cellular standards.

Mr. Ahlberg is also an appreciated guest lecturer at Stockholm University, University of Gothenburg, and Chalmers University of Technology, where he provides the students with an industry insight into topics such as open source and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory policy.

Mr. Ahlberg holds a law degree, an LLM, and a master’s in intellectual capital management from the University of Gothenburg.
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Scott Asmus
Chief IP counsel, BAE Systems
Scott Asmus is chief IP counsel for BAE Systems, managing IP matters for Electronic Systems, headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire. Previously, Mr. Asmus was an IP manager at GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York, and a former partner at Maine & Asmus in New Hampshire.

Mr. Asmus is a graduate of Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire) with a JD and a master’s in intellectual property. He is a former engineer, having worked at Analog Devices, Raytheon, and Grumman Aerospace.
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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, which supports freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software. OIN has over 1,900 community members and owns more than 1,100 global patents and applications. The OIN patent licence and member cross-licences are available royalty free to any party that joins the OIN community.

Before joining OIN, Mr Bergelt served as CEO of two hedge funds formed to unlock the considerable asset value of intellectual property in middle-market companies.

Previously, Mr Bergelt served as a senior adviser to the technology investment division at Texas Pacific Group. He also headed business development, intellectual property and licensing at Cambridge Display Technology. In addition, he established and served as general manager of the strategic intellectual asset management business unit at Motorola and served as Motorola’s director of technology strategy.
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Shailendra Bhumralkar
Global head, intellectual property, Naspers Group
Shailendra Bhumralkar is based in Amsterdam and is the global head of intellectual property at Naspers, a global internet and entertainment group and one of the world’s largest technology investors. Mr. Bhumralkar began his legal career in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area with Townsend and Townsend and Crew, then with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He subsequently moved to in-house positions in Silicon Valley with Netscape Communications Corp and ONI Systems, Inc. More recently, he was vice president of IP portfolio development with SAP AG. Before legal practice, Mr. Bhumralkar was a design engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation.

Mr. Bhumralkar has a BS in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. He has been named in the Intellectual Asset Management’s Strategy 300 list of the world’s top IP strategists for the past two years.
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Kurt Brasch
Head, patent transactions, Uber
Kurt Brasch is head of patent transactions for Uber. Before joining Uber in October 2016, Mr Brasch led strategic initiatives and patent divestitures for Google’s patent transactions team, in addition to heading up multiple patent license negotiations. In 2015 he developed, launched, and managed Google's patent purchase and patent starter programs and was later named as one of the Top 10 IP Personalities of the year by Intellectual Asset Management for his work on those initiatives.

In 2016 he helped the Allied Security Trust to develop and launch the IP3 industry purchase program. Mr Brasch was also Google's lead negotiator on the Cisco cross license that was signed in early 2014. He came to Google in 2012 after it acquired his former employer, Motorola Mobility.

He has a bachelor’s in finance from Arizona State University and a master’s in business administration from Northern Illinois University.
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Aaron Capron
Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Aaron Capron is a partner with Finnegan and resident in the Palo Alto office. A former patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 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, telecommunications, and software-based technologies. The patent portfolios he manages protect a range of technologies, including those related to network virtualization, web content optimization and traffic management, internet services, digital health, and big data.
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Terry Carroll
Copyright counsel, IBM
Terry Carroll is copyright counsel for IBM, where he counsels clients and other attorneys on copyright matters. Previously, Mr. Carroll held a number of positions in IBM’s IP law group, advising clients on a variety of IP matters. Before joining IBM nearly 10 years ago, Mr. Carroll served as director of intellectual property for Borland Software and Creative Labs.

Before becoming an attorney Mr. Carroll had a technical career in the computer industry, including as senior computer architect for Amdahl Corporation. He attended law school at the Santa Clara University School of Law, where he occasionally teaches copyright law.
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Marcia Chang
Managing director, IP sales and licensing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Marcia Chang is managing director of IP sales and licensing at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP). Ms Chang is responsible for managing strategic patent sales, patent licensing, technology licensing, business divestitures, standards, and patent pools in various areas of technology.

Ms Chang joined HP in 2010 as patent development counsel for HP Labs, until she was asked to lead the HP Labs’ IP team in 2013. As director of patent development she led a team that managed the prosecution and harvesting of HP Labs’ intellectual property.

Before joining HP, Ms Chang was an associate at Cooley LLP. She graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law, received a PhD in electrical engineering from Cornell University and undergraduate degrees in computer engineering and economics from the University of Kansas. She was named as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders in technology law by The Recorder in 2014.
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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; cofounder, president and chief operating officer of IPotential; 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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Sean Damon
Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Sean D. Damon is an attorney at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Washington, DC office. He focuses on patent litigation, prosecution, and client counseling, with an emphasis on electrical and computer technologies such as computer hardware and architecture, software, communication networks, signal processing and content management systems. Mr. Damon works closely with open source software and standards, advising companies regarding risks when using and distributing open source software, when they are creating open source software policies or contemplating participation in various standards setting organizations. He has appeared before U.S. district courts, the Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Before joining Finnegan, Mr. Damon worked for at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, designing and developing system architectures, primarily focusing on signal processing and sensing technology.
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Q. Todd Dickinson
Senior partner, Polsinelli

During his long career in intellectual property, Q. Todd Dickinson has worked in-house as head of intellectual property at General Electric and in private practice as co-chair of the Howrey IP practice group. He also held office in the U.S. government as undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office during the Clinton presidency. In 2014 Mr. Dickinson stepped down as executive director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, a role in which he continued to be a driving influence in U.S. IP policy making.

Mr. Dickinson is a senior partner at Polsinelli where he chairs the IP public policy group. He is a 2012 inductee of the IAM IP Hall of Fame.

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Sri Divakaruni
Senior director, innovation business development, United Technologies Corporation
Sri Divakaruni is senior director, innovation business development (IBD) at United Technologies Corporation (UTC). IBD was formed as a corporate function in 2012 to leverage and monetize UTC's vast portfolio of intellectual property into non-core markets and to develop business innovations for core markets. As senior director, Mr. Divakaruni engages with senior executives across UTC business units, technology companies and financial firms—including venture capital and private equity—to identify potential customers, develop business models and financial frameworks, and negotiate deals that include IP licensing or sales, third-party incubation, and technology development partnerships.

Before UTC, Mr. Divakaruni spent 24 years with IBM in executive and technical management roles across the company’s hardware, software, and services businesses, and with IBM research. He earned an M.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, and holds a ‘major deal maker’ certification from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Philadelphia.
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Michael Elkin
New York office managing partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
Michael Elkin is the managing partner of Winston’s New York office and chair of the firm’s copyright, entertainment, and digital media practice. Mr Elkin is a widely recognized trial lawyer who has earned two Litigator of the Week honors from The American Lawyer as a result of his successful defense in two ‘bet-the-industry’ digital media copyright disputes. Mr Elkin and his core team have collectively tried more than 100 cases to verdict representing the defense of billions of dollars in liability and the recovery of massive awards for Winston clients. In addition to being one of the most sought-after media and entertainment attorneys in the country, he is also an experienced patent and trade secret litigator. As lead counsel in numerous complex commercial actions, his counseling and dispute resolution experience has enabled him to successfully resolve trademark, copyright, and unfair competition matters that are currently shaping the law.
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D. Bartley Eppenauer
Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Bart Eppenauer rejoined Shook Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. after serving as Microsoft’s chief patent counsel for over a decade. Under Mr. Eppenauer’s guidance, Microsoft’s high-quality patent portfolio resulted in an extremely successful IP licensing programme and received top rankings in IEEE Spectrum, BusinessWeek, and The Patent Board.

Mr. Eppenauer’s practice at Shook focuses on strategic IP counseling and analysis, pre-litigation and litigation strategy, complex multilateral IP transactions and license agreements, and IP policy advocacy. Mr. Eppenauer is a frequent author and speaker on a range of IP issues, with particular expertise in the patent subject matter eligibility of computer implemented inventions. He has been published on the IAM blog, and wrote the most-read articles of both 2014 and 2015. He has also been published and quoted in Morning Consult, Inside Counsel, Patently-O, Managing Intellectual Property, IP Watchdog, and Law360.
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Michelle Holoubek
Director, electronics group, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
Michelle Holoubek is a director of the electronics group at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. With a background in relativistic physics, she specializes in software, digital healthcare, and optical technologies. Having handled hundreds of software and business method applications at the US Patent and Trademark Office, she specializes in patent-eligible subject matter. In addition to the preparation and prosecution of patents to develop portfolios for start-ups and Fortune 100 companies alike, she has been lead counsel in inter partes reviews and covered business methods and re-examinations for both patent owners and challengers. She has also provided infringement and invalidity analysis in opinions for a variety of technologies.

Ms Holoubek works with clients in a number of technical fields, including web interfaces, internet communications systems, software development, telecommunications systems, lasers, photolithography, cryptographic messaging, semiconductor fabrication and devices, electronic design automation, biometric devices, implantable medical devices, and catheter location systems.
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Anubhav Kapoor
General counsel and company secretary, Tata Technologies Limited
Anubhav Kapoor is Tata Technologies’ general counsel and company secretary. He is responsible for Tata Technologies’ global legal, IP, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance practices and policies. Mr. Kapoor has 21 years’ experience; before joining Tata Technologies, he worked with companies including Polaris Software, Domino’s Pizza, and Allied Nippon in a similar role.

Mr. Kapoor’s in-house counsel experience spans industries including automotive, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, food, banking and insurance, software, and engineering. He has helped corporates to devise their IP strategy, including setting up an IP department and leading IP teams in large corporates. Mr. Kapoor has also handled contracts and litigations involving complex IP issues and patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark infringement cases. He has been involved with IP issues during M&A, spin-out and joint venture deals during his long career, and has spoken on several national and international forums on topics related to intellectual property.
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John LaBarre
Head of patent transactions, Google
John LaBarre is head of Google's patent transactions team. As a leading provider of various technologies relating to search, artificial intelligence, networking, and computing, Google maintains a large, diverse patent portfolio. The patent transactions teams is involved with nearly all inbound, outbound, and cross-licensing deals for Google as well as divestitures and strategic acquisitions. Before joining Google's transactions team in November 2014, Mr. LaBarre was a member of Google's patent litigation team for five-and-a-half years, where he helped defend the company from a large number of patent cases, including various matters that went to trial. Before joining Google in 2009, Mr. LaBarre was a patent litigator in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
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Dan Lang
Vice president, intellectual property, Cisco Systems Inc.
Dan Lang is vice president, intellectual property at Cisco Systems and leads a global team responsible for Cisco’s IP strategy, including portfolio development, licensing, patent policy, standards and IP rights, disputes, marketplace activity, and acquisition IP due diligence. Before joining Cisco in 2004, Mr. Lang was a partner at the patent boutique firm Ritter, Lang and Kaplan. He previously practiced at Ritter, Van Pelt, and Yi, as well as Townsend and Townsend and Crew.

Mr. Lang received a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1993, an MS from Stanford University in 1987, and a BS from Case Western Reserve University in 1986. He is a member of the California Bar and is registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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Elvin Lee
Product and IP counsel, Mozilla Corporation
Elvin Lee is product and IP counsel at Mozilla Corporation, a company dedicated to building and protecting the open Internet, and developing the free and open source web browser Firefox. In addition to providing legal support to product, development, and engineering teams within Mozilla, he also works on open source and open standards licensing between Mozilla and other parties.

Before his position at Mozilla, Mr. Lee was in-house counsel at a privately-held video game developer and spent several years practicing as a patent litigator at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
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David Marr
‎Vice president, legal counsel, Qualcomm Technologies
Dave Marr is vice president, legal counsel at Qualcomm Technologies, where he currently leads the Open Source Group. Mr. Marr writes and speaks regularly on free and open source software-related issues, their interaction with standard-setting, technology transfer best practices, licensing business models, and other subjects at the intersection of law and high technology.
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Gregory Miller
Co-founder and chief development officer, Open Source Election Technology Institute
Gregory Miller is a co-founder of the Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Institute. He leads resource development, corporate alliances, public outreach, election official relations, government relations, and legal affairs. In 2016, Mr. Miller was a volunteer elections technology subject matter expert to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and continues to advise Congress.

Mr. Miller has over 30 years of technical and business experience with several internet and technology pioneers, including Netscape. He is a trained computer scientist, with graduate business education, and his law degree focused on corporate law, intellectual property, and public policy. His technical background includes user interface design, object-oriented development, and distributed systems. Mr. Miller has been active in the American Bar Association on cyberlaw, information privacy and security, and Internet governance. He is a member of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, and a sustaining member of the Internet Society.
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Sunjay Mohan
Vice president and head of global patent group, SAP
Sunjay Mohan is vice president and head of the global patent group at SAP, leading a global team responsible for managing SAP's worldwide patent portfolio. Mr Mohan is also a member of SAP’s IP leadership team, which oversees SAP’s strategy related to IP risk management, litigation, transactions and portfolio development. Previously, Mr Mohan held various positions within SAP, including as the head of its in-house team of patent specialists providing various patent-related services including drafting, prosecution, searching and other patent analysis.

Before moving to SAP, Mr Mojan was an associate at Klarquist, LLP in Portland, where he had a diverse practice advising clients on patent prosecution, litigation, and some trademark and technology licensing issues. Mr Mohan holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, and a JD from the University of Georgia School of Law.
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Joseph Mutschelknaus
Director, electronics group, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

Mr. Mutschelknaus is a director in the electronics group, where he prosecutes post-issuance proceedings and patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also assists with district court litigation and licensing issues.

Mr. Mutschelknaus has extensive experience before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), challenging and defending issued patents. In particular, he handles post-grant review, inter partes review, and covered business method review proceedings under the America Invents Act, representing both petitioners and patent owners. In addition, he has handled reexamination proceedings, winning several high-stakes appeals before the PTAB. To these cases, Mr. Mutschelknaus brings his ability to clearly explain the relevant technology in the light most favorable to his clients.

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Christian Platzer
Director, European Patent Office
Christian Platzer is director in the joint cluster Information and Communication Technology at the European Patent Office (EPO), managing the operational area which deals with applications in the field of administrative data processing. He studied electrical engineering and computer science at the Technical University in Vienna, Austria. After developing microcontroller designs for industrial applications, he joined the EPO in 1990 as an examiner in the field of computer-implemented inventions and examined patent applications in the fields of processor architectures, memory management, medical informatics, and business methods. Mr Platzer represented the EPO in cooperation activities with various European countries and in China, Taiwan, Singapore, India, USA, and Canada. He lectured at the ETH Zurich on the topic of patentability of business methods and computer-implemented inventions at the EPO.
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Michael Platzöder
Michael Platzöder is a partner at WALLINGER RICKER SCHLOTTER TOSTMANN (WRST), a renowned German law firm covering all fields of IP law, where he chairs the firm's high-tech practice group. He is qualified as both a German and European patent attorney.

He represents clients from all over the world and in all areas of patent law, particularly in patent prosecution, litigation, oppositions and IP-related transactions, predominantly in the fields of information technology and communications, software, electronics, and security solutions. He has been involved with software patents for over 20 years.

Mr. Platzöder has extensive international experience as both a long-time head of an IP department in the IT and telecommunications industries, and as outside counsel. Before joining WRST, Mr. Platzöder practiced law in another German IP law firm, focusing on building and defending several high-tech patent portfolios and on patent litigation, including several high-profile disputes during the smartphone patent wars.
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Dana Rao
Vice president, intellectual property and litigation, Adobe Systems Inc.
Dana Rao is vice president, intellectual property and litigation at Adobe, where he oversees all of Adobe’s IP and litigation matters. Before Adobe, Mr. Rao was associate general counsel of patents at Microsoft, supporting the Windows Phone and Xbox businesses. Mr. Rao began his legal career at Fenwick & West, focusing on patent prosecution, licensing, and litigation. He received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in electrical engineering, and received his law degree from The George Washington University School of Law, where he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif.
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Puneet Sarna
Patent counsel, Google, Inc.
Puneet Sarna is a seasoned attorney with experience in developing patent strategy, building patent portfolios, and negotiating licenses. Mr. Sarna is currently responsible for all things patents at YouTube, a Google Inc. company.

Before YouTube, Mr. Sarna oversaw LinkedIn’s patent strategy and portfolio development for various products including Recruiter, Sales Navigator, and Learning. Mr. Sarna also managed various aspects of licensing negotiations.

Mr. Sarna has contributed to patent groups at Dolby Labs and Fenwick & West, LLP in the past. During his engineering days, Mr. Sarna worked as a software engineer for companies solving cutting edge issues. In addition to his JD, he has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a minor in computer architecture.
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Ken Seddon
CEO, LOT Network
Ken Seddon is CEO of LOT Network, a non-profit community of companies across vertical markets protecting each other against costly patent assertion entity litigation. Its members include industry leaders such as Slack, Google, PureStorage, Uber, and Dropbox, as well as innovative venture-backed start-ups. Mr. Seddon was with some of the largest patent holders the world, including Apple, Micron, Motorola, and Intel, and was most recently vice president of intellectual property at ARM. He has expertise across intellectual property, including patent applications, patent prosecution, strategic IP licensing, and IP strategy.

Mr. Seddon has a BS in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s in solid state device physics, and a JD from Arizona State University. He is a regular speaker at conferences for professional organizations and has chaired several committees for both the US Patent and Trademark Office and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
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Tamany Vinson Bentz
Partner, Venable LLP
Tamany Vinson Bentz focuses her practice on IP litigation, including patent, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyright litigation. As a former federal law clerk, Ms. Vinson Bentz has particular experience in federal litigation. As a litigator she has appeared before various jurisdictions around the country, including federal district courts in California, New Jersey, New York, and Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the International Trade Commission. On numerous occasions she has represented clients in the District of Delaware. She also dedicates a substantial amount of her time to pro bono activities.
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