Auto IP USA 2019


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Salvador M. Bezos
Director, Electronics Practice Group, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
Salvador M. Bezos is Director of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox’s electronics group, where he provides services in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the USPTO. Mr. Bezos develops enforceable patent portfolios capable of withstanding scrutiny in America Invents Act proceedings before the PTAB and helps inventors to navigate tricky post-Alice statutory subject matter (101) issues in the business method and software spaces. He is also part of the firm's patent office litigation practice. Mr. Bezos has represented patent owners and petitioners in numerous inter partes review and covered business method review proceedings before the PTAB. His practice covers a range of technical areas, including automotive technology, databases, user interfaces, financial software products, computer graphics, networking, and computer architectures.
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Kelly Burris
Founder, Burris Law, PLLC
Kelly Burris is an IP attorney and founder of Burris Law PLLC. Before starting her own firm, Ms. Burris was a partner with nationally recognised IP boutique firms and has been practicing law since 2000.

Ms. Burris has a BS in aeronautical engineering and an MS in materials science, and she earned her law degree while working full-time as an aeronautical engineer with McDonnell Douglas and Boeing. She is also an adjunct professor and has been teaching IP law since 2010.

She focuses her practise on patents in the design, mechanical, materials science, and electrical arts. She also performs IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and manages corporate IP portfolios and policies.

Ms. Burris has significant experience with design patents, and has twice testified before Congress in opposition to proposed legislation that would significantly affect the term of those patents.
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Arthur W. Coviello
Special Counsel, WilmerHale
Arthur W. Coviello focuses his practice on IP and appellate litigation. He has litigated cases involving a variety of technologies, including microprocessors, automotive technologies, WiFi chips, smartphones, smartphone apps, cloud computing and data storage, computer and network security, and remote access software. He has litigated before the district courts across the country, the PTAB of the USPTO, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court. Mr. Coviello has experience litigating at all stages of patent disputes—from the filing of complaints through to Supreme Court appeals.
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Mark Duell
Principal Counsel, Honda Patents & Technologies North America, LLC
Mark Duell is Principal Counsel at Honda Patents & Technologies North America, LLC in Raymond, Ohio, where he specializes in IP law. Prior to joining Honda, Mr. Duell worked at Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur in Columbus, Ohio and Emerson and Associates in Akron, Ohio. He has worked extensively in matters involving patent preparation and prosecution, litigation, opinions, and counseling, export controls, international patent law, development agreements, and licensing. Mr. Duell has spoken on legal topics relating to patents and the automotive industry. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the IPO Patent Law Committee, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. He has a JD from the Ohio State University and a BS in physics from the Ohio State University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He is admitted to the Ohio Bar and is registered to practice before the USPTO.
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Jim Hines
Director, Automotive Products, TechInsights
Jim Hines is Director of Automotive Products at TechInsights. He is a semiconductor industry expert specializing in automotive and smart mobility innovations. Mr. Hines has advised clients throughout the world on semiconductors and related technologies, supporting autonomous driving systems, data connectivity in vehicles, human-machine interface, and powertrain electrification.
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Richard W. Hoffmann
Shareholder, Reising Ethington PC
Richard Hoffmann has vast experience in IP litigation. He has been the lead counsel in more than 80 IP litigation matters before the federal courts and has argued more than a dozen cases before the federal courts of appeals. Mr. Hoffmann has litigated on behalf of a diverse range of clients—from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. He has a BSc in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University, where he graduated with honors. He also graduated magna cum laude from the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University College of Law). Mr. Hoffmann is co-author of Cases and Material on Patent Law Including Trade Secrets, which was published by West Academic Publishing in 2017.
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Ben Husband
Senior Associate, Carpmaels & Ransford
Ben Husband’s expertise includes patent prosecution across a variety of technical fields, including medical devices, mobile communications, consumer electronics, micro-fabrication, microelectromechanical systems, and network devices and architectures. He also has experience in the automotive sector. Mr. Husband often advises clients on the patentability of computer-related inventions and enjoys devising filing and prosecution strategies to fully utilise a patent portfolio. He has also handled many oppositions and appeals (as opponent and defendant) before the EPO.

Mr. Husband’s interest and capability in the automotive sector, combined with his expertise and knowledge of the electronics and mobile communications sectors, enables him to advise original equipment manufacturers and suppliers as the automotive sector moves towards electrification and connected vehicles.

Mr. Husband entered the profession at a top-tier patent firm in 2007 after completing a PhD in electrical and electronic engineering in the microelectromechanical systems field and joined Carpmaels & Ransford in 2013.
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Rob Kowal
Director, IP Licensing, Microsoft Corporation
Rob Kowal is Director of IP Licensing at Microsoft Corporation. He manages several programs, including Microsoft’s exFAT file system program and portfolio licensing. Microsoft invests in R&D totaling more than $11 billion annually, resulting in a patent portfolio of 85,000 active patents. Microsoft takes an open, active stance toward licensing most of its technologies, reflected by more than 1,200 licensing agreements with more than 700 of the world’s most dynamic and innovative companies worldwide.

Prior to his role in IP licensing, Mr. Kowal worked in Microsoft’s original equipment manufacturer and phone business development. He has an MBA from Washington State University and an BA in biology from Oakland University.
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John S. LeRoy
Shareholder, Brooks Kushman P.C.
John S. LeRoy’s practice focuses on patent, trade secret, and copyright litigation and licensing in the software and electrical fields. He has represented automotive original equipment manufacturers and suppliers on a variety of complex issues. He has also successfully tried patent cases in federal courts throughout the United States and handled appeals before the Federal Circuit. Mr. LeRoy is also chair of the firm’s open source software compliance and FRAND practice. He regularly consults automotive clients on developing customized corporate policies, strategies for compliance with applicable open source license terms, and licensing standard-essential patents for wireless communication technology. With over 15 years of litigation experience, he brings a creative approach to his practice to solve the most complex issues.
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JD Marple
Partner, Latham & Watkins
JD Marple is a Partner in Latham & Watkins’ San Francisco office and a member of the firm's technology transactions and emerging companies practices. Mr. Marple advises clients on a wide variety of commercial transactions, including joint ventures, strategic alliances, IP development arrangements, patent and other IP licenses, and manufacturing, supply, and distribution agreements. Mr. Marple’s clients range from start-ups to established public companies and their customers worldwide, particularly in the fields of software, hardware, software-as-a-service offerings, semiconductor design and manufacturing, autonomous vehicles and related technologies, and data privacy. Mr. Marple also represents numerous clients in U.S. and international outsourcing deals, ranging from traditional IT outsourcing arrangements to focused business process deals.
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Peter J. Mattei
Associate General Counsel, Patents and Innovation, Tenneco Inc.
Peter Mattei is Associate General Counsel, Patents and Innovation for Tenneco Inc., a leading manufacturer of clean air and ride performance products for the automotive industry. He is responsible for patent portfolio management, R&D agreements, and IP transactions, and supports innovation activities for Tenneco’s global aftermarket and ride performance divisions (soon to spin-off as DRiV Incorporated).

Prior to Tenneco, Mr. Mattei was IP Counsel at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America. Mr. Mattei is a member of the Michigan Bar and is a registered Patent Attorney with the USPTO. He has a JD from Wake Forest University and a BSc in engineering from Western Michigan University.
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Rubén H. Muñoz
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Rubén H. Muñoz is a Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he practices IP law with an emphasis on patent infringement litigation. Mr. Muñoz has represented companies in litigation involving a wide array of technologies, including automotive, medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and electronics. He has represented clients in federal and state courts and before the International Trade Commission. He has been Counsel of Record in more than 50 inter partes review proceedings—nearly half of them as Lead Counsel—before the PTAB of the USPTO. Before attending law school, Mr. Muñoz spent five years as an Engineer at Ford Motor Company’s Scientific Research Laboratory. Mr. Muñoz is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has a certificate in business and public policy from the Wharton School. He has a master’s in mechanical engineering and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University.
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Fred Owens
Global Legal Director, IP and Patents, Harman International
Fred Owens leads a talented global team in which spans the United States, Europe, Israel, and China and supports a diverse range of IP matters for Harman International. The team manages 7,000 patents and supports the IP and technology strategies of each of Harman’s diverse businesses to leverage synergies and create added value for the company.

Since 2012 Mr. Owens and the IP team have supported the integration of 13 technology acquisitions into Harman’s technology portfolio, including Denmark-based Martin Lighting, Israel-based iOnRoad Vehicle Safety, US-based AMX Controls, Australia-based SM Pro Audio, Canada-based Sentient Magnetics, Inc, and UK-based A&R Cambridge Ltd.

Mr. Owens has practiced for 20 years as both a Lawyer and a registered Patent Attorney before the USPTO. Prior to joining Harman, he held various legal roles at Ford Global Technologies, LLC, which owns, manages, and commercializes technology, patents, and copyright for Ford Motor Company.
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Antun Peakovic
Director, Intellectual Property Americas, Schaeffler Group USA Inc.
Antun Peakovic is Director of IP for the Americas at Schaeffler Group USA Inc., where he manages the in-house IP department. Schaeffler is in the top 150 companies filing patent applications in the United States and the second highest filer in Germany.

Mr. Peakovic oversees patent and trademark portfolio management and strategy, brand protection, and anti-counterfeiting work in North and South America as part of Schaeffler’s global brand protection team. He and his team perform and coordinate all prosecution and dispute management and resolution in the region. He has organized and implemented brand protection programs throughout the Americas, which have resulted in the removal of millions of dollars’ worth of counterfeit parts from the market. Mr. Peakovic was Committee Chair for the American Bearing Manufacturers Association anti-counterfeiting committee from 2013 to 2015, where he continues to represent Schaeffler. He was also Corporate Secretary for Schaeffler’s Canadian affiliates until 2016.
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Bryce Pilz
Director, Licensing, University of Michigan
Bryce Pilz is Director of Licensing for the University of Michigan office of technology transfer. His team works to transition innovations generated from the university’s $1.5 billion research enterprise to existing industry partners and venture-backable start-ups. In the 2018 fiscal year, the university’s technology transfer office entered into 218 license and option agreements, received 484 new invention reports, had 169 U.S. patents issued, and licensed 21 new start-up companies.

Mr. Pilz also co-chairs the university’s Mcity legal and insurance working group and recently co-authored a major publication on autonomous and connected vehicles.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Pilz was Faculty at the University of Michigan Law School, where he co-founded the entrepreneurship clinic and taught courses relating to IP strategy and venture capital. He previously practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis in its IP practice and clerked for the Honorable Amy St. Eve in the Northern District of Illinois.
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Daniel Potvin
Vice President, Licensing, GE Licensing & Technology Ventures
Daniel Potvin is Vice President of Licensing at GE Licensing & Technology Ventures. He joined the licensing team in 2012. Dr. Potvin leads the development and negotiation of IP licensing programs across a variety of fields, including electric vehicles and charging, wireless power transfers, and industrial and electrical systems. He has negotiated more than 40 complex licensing transactions and partnerships. His specialties include patent licensing, technology transfer, advanced technology commercialization, patent pools, and business development.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Potvin spent six years at the Johns Hopkins University, where he managed and licensed a portfolio of inventions and participated in the creation of eight new ventures. He started his career as a scientist and developed a deep and sustained interest in IP licensing. He has a PhD from the State University of New York at Albany and a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Dalpreet S. Saluja
Associate General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel, Visteon
Dalpreet Saluja is Associate General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel at Visteon, a tier-1 supplier of cockpit electronics solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles. He has global responsibility for strategy, IP portfolio management, transactions, litigation, open source, product counseling, and trademarks.

Mr. Saluja has substantial legal experience in the automotive industry. Early in his career, he was a patent prosecutor at the largest IP boutique in Michigan, where he handled the global infotainment patent portfolio for an original equipment manufacturer in the early days of this technology. He then moved in-house to a global automotive and audio company, where he served in various roles of increasing responsibility in the legal department, including leadership positions in IP and non-IP roles.

Mr. Saluja graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and has a master’s in computer science from The George Washington University.
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Andy Shieh
Senior Counsel, IP, Uber Technologies
Andy Shieh is IP Counsel at Uber Technologies in San Francisco. His work focuses on strengthening Uber's patent portfolio and addressing IP issues relating to autonomous vehicle technologies and the deployment of autonomous vehicles on Uber's mobility platform. Mr. Shieh has a JD from Georgetown Law, a PhD in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University. Mr. Shieh is admitted to practice in Washington D.C. and is a registered In-House Counsel in California.
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Jason Skinder
Global Patent Counsel, Aptiv
Jason Skinder is an IP professional with more than 15 years’ experience. He has a BS in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego, a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan, and a JD from the University of Illinois.

Mr. Skinder had an in-house role at Walker Digital, where he built a patent portfolio around gaming, vending, and various business methods. Mr. Skinder then joined WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., where he focused on patent litigation, primarily in the International Trade Commission. In 2011 he joined Apple and coordinated its global litigation strategies. He grew Apple’s Siri portfolio from three assets to a globally recognized portfolio with more than 1,500 assets in five years.

In 2017 Mr. Skinder joined Aptiv as Global Patent Counsel, where he is responsible for IP strategies, litigation, licensing, and patent portfolio development relating to autonomous vehicle technology.
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Teemu Soininen
Head, Automotive Licensing Program, Nokia
Teemu Soininen is Head of the automotive licensing program for Nokia’s patent business. With more than 100 licensees—mostly for SEPs—Nokia has one of the industry’s broadest and strongest IP portfolios, with reported revenues of more than €1.5 billion for licensing in 2018.

After working in private law practice, Mr. Soininen joined Nokia in 2004 as Legal Counsel for the Nokia Research Center. He moved to Nokia’s IP department in 2007 and subsequently worked on dozens of patent licensing agreements and other patent transactions. In his current role, Mr. Soininen works with companies in the automotive sector, where vehicles are becoming increasingly connected, using patented Nokia innovations.
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Nigel Swycher
CEO, Aistemos
Nigel Swycher is CEO and Founder of Aistemos, the home of Cipher, a market leading patent analysis software. Prior to Aistemos, Mr. Swycher had a long legal career and led the IP practice at Slaughter and May in London. He is a regular speaker and commentator on the significant benefits of AI for the legal and IP profession. Mr. Swycher is also an advocate for openness and transparency and is a Director of the Open Register of Patent Ownership, which is committed to building a global database of who owns the world’s patents. Mr. Swycher has been recognized by the IAM Strategy 300 for many years as a leader in the field.
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Dean Tomazic
Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, FEV North America, Inc
Dean Tomazic is Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at FEV North America Inc. in Auburn Hills, Michigan. His is responsible for base engine design and controls, simulation, calibration, combustion, and aftertreatment system development for light and heavy-duty diesel and gasoline engines, as well as transmissions and vehicle driveline systems. Dr. Tomazic has worked at FEV for 22 years. He has a master’s from the Technical University in Aachen, Germany, where he also received his PhD in 2001. Dr. Tomazic has authored and co-authored more than 170 publications, holds five patents, and has served as chair during various technical conferences.
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Tao Zhang
Associate General Counsel, IP and Technology, ANSYS, Inc.
Tao Zhang is Associate General Counsel of IP and Technology at ANSYS, Inc. Her main responsibilities include patent portfolio development, product and license compliance, trademark and copyright management, and IP transactions. Prior to ANSYS, Dr. Zhang was Senior Director of IP strategy at Huawei Device U.S.A. Before Huawei, Dr. Zhang worked at Hewlett-Packard for 23 years.

Dr. Zhang is a member of the California Bar and a registered Patent Attorney with the USPTO. She is co-author of the book Mining Ideas for Diamonds—Comparing China and U.S. IP Practices from Invention Selection to Patent Monetization, which is being translated into Chinese for publication in China. Dr. Zhang also co-authored the article “Call for Standardization in Patent Claim Drafting” in the Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal. Dr. Zhang has been recognized by the IAM Strategy 300 in 2015, 2017, and 2018.
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