3rd Annual Patent Law and Policy


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W. 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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Russell Binns
CEO and general counsel, Allied Security Trust
Russell Binns is CEO and general counsel at Allied Security Trust (AST). AST is a Delaware statutory trust founded in 2007 to mitigate the risk of lawsuits. AST identifies and analyzes high-technology patents sold on the market, and combines funds of interested member companies to purchase patents. Mr. Binns has over 20 years’ experience in intellectual property, most recently as chief IP counsel for Avaya, where he was responsible for its worldwide IP operations. He also served as a board member for the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
Previously, Mr. Binns was a litigator and licensing attorney for Goodwin Procter and Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Hayes. He received his JD from the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, and his BSc in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University.
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Scott Boalick
Deputy chief judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Deputy Chief Judge Scott Boalick was appointed as an administrative patent judge in April 2007. Before his appointment to the board, Deputy Chief Judge Boalick served as a patent attorney with the Department of the Navy at two different laboratories. Before that he served as an associate at law firm Fish & Richardson. Before entering private practice, Deputy Chief Judge Boalick served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Alvin A. Schall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Deputy Chief Judge Boalick earned a law degree, magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a notes and comments editor of The Georgetown Law Journal and received the Leon Robbin Patent Award. He earned an MSE in systems engineering and a BSE in electrical engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Chris Coons
U.S. Senator
Having spent eight years working in the private sector for an advanced materials manufacturing company in Delaware, Chris Coons knows first hand how important IP protection is to promoting investments in breakthrough technologies and supporting entrepreneurship. As a member of the appropriations, foreign relations, judiciary, ethics, and small business committees, Mr. Coons is uniquely positioned to nurture U.S. innovation and make the United States more competitive in the global market. On the Senate Judiciary Committee in particular, he has fought to strengthen and modernize the U.S. patent system and establish robust protections for U.S. innovation.
Mr. Coons is the author of the STRONGER (Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience) Patents Act which protects and supports inventors and ensures that the U.S. patent system protects this essential property right. The STRONGER Act builds on the STRONG (Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth) Patents Act which was introduced during the last Congress. He was also a lead co-sponsor of the bipartisan, bicameral Defend Trade Secrets Act, which was signed into law in 2016 and now helps U.S. companies to defend the trade secrets that drive their growth and innovation. In addition, Mr. Coons is a co-chair of the Congressional Trademark Caucus, where he works to highlight the value that this form of intellectual property brings to the economy and the role it plays in protecting the public from harm caused by counterfeit goods.
Mr. Coons graduated from Amherst College with a BA in chemistry and political science. He earned his law degree from Yale Law School and a master's in ethics from Yale Divinity School.
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Chris Dunstan
Director, licensing, Ericsson
Chris Dunstan is Ericsson’s director of licensing for North America. He is responsible for promoting the use and deployment of cellular technology through licensing Ericsson’s industry-leading portfolio of cellular standard-essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions. Previously, Mr. Dunstan was a senior litigation attorney at Ericsson and managed offense and defensive patent infringement lawsuits throughout North America, including the precedential Ericsson v. D-Link case. Before joining Ericsson, Mr. Dunstan worked at Baker Botts in Dallas. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BS in mechanical engineering and received his JD from Duke University.
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Henry S. Hadad
Senior vice president and deputy general counsel, intellectual property, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Henry S. Hadad is senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where his responsibilities include all aspects of IP procurement, counseling, litigation, and policy. Mr. Hadad has practiced IP law both in private practice and in-house, with a focus on the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. He is vice president of the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association and co-chair of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform, as well as a member of other leading IP industry groups.
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Alexander J. Hadjis
Partner, Oblon
Alexander J. Hadjis represents clients as lead trial counsel before the federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission. During his career of over 20 years, he has tried over a dozen noteworthy cases and litigated many more. As a result of his successes, Mr. Hadjis is consistently recognized by independent rankings outlets as a leading IP litigator. He is former judicial law clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Hadjis received an LLM in intellectual property from the George Washington University Law School, a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a BSEE from the Ohio State University. Before joining Oblon, Mr. Hadjis was co-chair of the IP group and chair of the International Trade Commission practice at another large international law firm.
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Hugh Hansen
Professor of law and director, Fordham IP Institute
Hugh C. Hansen teaches IP law and is an IP legal consultant. He founded and directs the Fordham IP Institute and Conference on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, which is now in its 25th year and has been called “the Davos of the IP world". Professor Hansen clerked for federal judges in the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit. He practiced as an assistant US attorney and as a litigation associate with Dewey Ballantine Palmer & Wood. He has been a lead counsel, consultant and expert witness before US, UK, German and Polish courts. Managing Intellectual Property named Professor Hansen one of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property in the world. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, per Chief Judge Michel, gave him an award for “his contribution to the legal community’s understanding of international intellectual property law”.
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Patrick C. Keane
Executive shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Patrick C. Keane is a globally recognized IP standout, blending technical, legal, and business expertise. He has significant electrical engineering and computer science experience and is an executive shareholder in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC’s firm-wide management team, assisting with diversity and inclusion initiatives. Mr. Keane balances patent litigation strategy, targeted use of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) post-grant America Invents Act proceedings, and strategic development of IP portfolios to optimize his clients’ business leverage, revenue, and product sales.
Mr. Keane’s expertise includes transactional skills relating to standard-essential patents and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory issues, as well as Internet of Things licensing models. He is active in the Federal Circuit Bar Association as co-chair of the USPTO Committee and interfaces with global initial public offering leadership to help to drive policy-based initiatives aimed at improving IP quality and efficiency.
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David Korn
Vice president, intellectual property and law, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
David Korn is vice president, intellectual property and law, for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). He focuses on IP issues in Congress, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other agencies, as well as in amicus briefs in cases of interest to PhRMA. He has degrees in biomedical engineering from Duke and Northwestern and a JD from Harvard Law School. Before joining PhRMA, he worked in private practice and clerked in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
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David R. Lund
John F. Witherspoon legal fellow, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
David R. Lund is the John F. Witherspoon legal fellow at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. His research focuses on the global impact of patent law on the innovation industries. He is also interested in the broader workings of the patent system and writes about these issues regularly for the CPIP blog and elsewhere. He holds a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and PhD in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University.
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Joseph Matal
Acting director and under-secretary of commerce for intellectual property, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
In his acting role as director and undersecretary of commerce, intellectual property of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Joseph Matal provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest IP offices in the world, with over 12,000 employees and an annual budget of over $3 billion. Mr. Matal also serves as principal advisor to the president, through the Secretary of Commerce, on domestic and international IP policy matters.
As an associate solicitor in the USPTO’s Office of Solicitor, Mr. Matal briefed and argued appeals of patent and trademark decisions before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the District Court, and assisted in the development of legal positions taken by the solicitor general in patent and copyright cases before the Supreme Court. Mr. Matal recently served as acting chief of staff for the agency, and has advised the director on legislative matters.
Mr. Matal previously served as general counsel of the Judiciary Committee for former Senator Jeff Sessions, and as a judiciary committee counsel to former Senator Jon Kyl. In that role, he was the principal staff drafter and negotiator of the legislation that became the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the first comprehensive patent law overhaul since 1952. Mr. Matal has a bachelor’s from Stanford University, and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
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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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Paul Morinville
Founder and president, US Inventor
Paul Morinville is an inventor with dozens of patents and pending applications. He is the founder and CEO of OrgStructure, LLC, and an early-stage enterprise middleware provider.
In 2013 changes in patent law stopped investment in his company, so Mr. Morinville started walking the halls of Congress in Washington D.C., educating over 350 offices about the damage caused by patent reform to inventors and companies such as his.
He founded US Inventor, a Section 501(c)4 company which continues to work to end anti-inventor patent reforms and promotes strong patent rights for inventors.
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James Myers
General counsel, Tristar Products, Inc.
James R. Myers is general counsel of Tristar Products, Inc. He was chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Inter Partes Patent Proceedings Committee (Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)) 2014-16; co-chair of the, AIPLA USPTO PTAB Bench and Bar Conferences in 2015 & 2016; and chair of the 13th Annual Patents for Financial Services Summit (New York, July 20-21 2016). Mr. Myers has been listed in the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers (IP litigation) and by the Financial Times as an innovative lawyer. Mr. Myers was a master in the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court for Intellectual Property Litigators; a member of the American Law Institute (ALI) Continuing Legal Education, IP Law Advisory Panel and a member of the ALI-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education.
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Michael Risch
Associate dean, Faculty for Research and Development, and professor of law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Michael Risch is the associate dean of the Faculty for Research and Development and a professor of law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Professor Risch’s teaching and scholarship focus on intellectual property and internet law, with an emphasis on patents, trade secrets, and information access. His articles have appeared in the Stanford Law Review and Duke Law Journal, among others, and have been cited by the Supreme Court. He contributes to the Written Description blog and is a periodic guest contributor at the Patently-O blog.
Before joining the Villanova faculty, Professor Risch was an associate professor at the West Virginia University College of Law. Before that, he was an Olin Fellow in Law at Stanford Law School and a partner at IP boutique Russo & Hale LLP in Palo Alto, California. He remains counsel with its successor, Computer Law Group LLP.
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Laurie Self
Vice president and counsel, government affairs, Qualcomm
Laurie Self is vice president and counsel of government affairs at Qualcomm Incorporated, where she specializes in intellectual property and related policy matters. Based in Washington, D.C., Ms. Self represents the company before Congress and a number of U.S. government offices, as well as within various professional and advocacy groups.
Ms. Self supports Qualcomm’s strategy and initiatives to promote strong IP rights in China and other emerging markets. Her particular focus is to ensure that U.S. IP and trade policies provide the necessary protections and incentives to support the company’s R&D-driven business model. Before her arrival at Qualcomm in July 2012, Ms. Self was a partner at top-tier law firm Covington & Burling, where she chaired the firm’s IP practice group.
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Ami Patel Shah
Managing director and head, IP analysis, Fortress Investment Group
Ami Patel Shah is managing director at Fortress Investment Group and a partner of Fortress’ IP Investment Group, a $70 billion dollar-plus hedge fund which provides the United States’ first structured patent debt financing platform, allowing companies unique access to capital based on the asset value of their patent portfolios. Before joining Fortress, she was head of patents at Global Wireless for Intel Corporation for over 10 years. Previously, she also worked as an associate at law firms Dorsey & Whitney and Fish & Richardson.
Ms. Shah began her career as an examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She holds a JD and degrees in electrical and computer engineering. She maintains an office in the Washington D.C. area with Fortress, where she is a member of the Maryland Bar and is registered to practice before the USPTO.
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Andrew Sommer
Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
Andrew (Drew) Sommer is a litigator with first-chair trial experience. While he enjoys the challenges of litigating a wide variety of disputes, he focuses his practice on patent litigation, where he can use his technical and teaching skills to simplify complex technical subject matter. He practices in all key forums for patent disputes, including district courts, the International Trade Commission, the Federal Circuit, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Mr. Sommer is a recognized authority and strategist when it comes to counseling clients on the interplay between litigation and trial proceedings before the PTAB. He has been involved in more than 60 PTAB trials, many as lead counsel. Mr. Sommer has authored, and regularly updates, two chapters in the Bureau of National Affair’s “Drafting Patents for Litigation and Licensing”, one relating to continued prosecution of a patent and the other to validity trials before the PTAB.
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Matthew Stack
Managing director, XLP Capital
Matthew Stack is founder and managing director at XLP Corp. He also heads the New York office of Devonshire Research Group, an investment advisory and fund manager. Mr. Stack has invested over $200 million in venture capital, and manages funds in equity and credit, focusing on high tech companies. Over the past decade he has acquired companies across North America, ranging from small university spin-outs to medium-sized industrial technology companies. Mr. Stack is an adviser on technology and high performance computing investment to a number of privately held companies. Mr. Stack also spent six years at The Boston Consulting Group where he worked on projects in the retail, IT, industrial goods, and strategy practice areas. Mr. Stack was recognized in 2009 by Hackaday as one of the top 10 most influential hardware hackers, and has been featured in Wired magazine and the Wall Street Journal for his hobby electronics projects.
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Ben Wang
Vice president and chief IP counsel, ZTE TX
Ben Wang is vice president and chief IP counsel at ZTE in the United States, where he provides strategic and tactical guidance relating to IP licensing and litigation issues. Before joining ZTE, Mr. Wang established and led Unilever’s patent group in Shanghai for over five years, building patent portfolios, managing patent litigation, and counseling on legal and IP policy issues in China and globally. Before relocating to China, Mr. Wang practiced law in the United States for over 10 years.
Mr. Wang obtained his BS from Fudan University, MS from Harvard University, and JD from Georgetown University. He externed for Chief Judge Archer at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and clerked for Judge Turner at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington D.C.
Mr. Wang is a registered U.S. patent attorney, and briefly worked at a German law firm in Munich.
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