Software IP 2019


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Carl Bowers
Senior Counsel, Patents, Lyft Inc.
Carl Bowers is Senior Counsel, Patents at Lyft, Inc. where he focuses on the strategic protection of its IP. He is also Head of Patents for Lyft's autonomous vehicle technology group, including Lyft's Level 5. Prior to joining Lyft, Mr. Bowers worked at two multinational law firms in San Francisco. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law.
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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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Jonathan Burns
Senior Patent Counsel, Google
Jonathan Burns is Senior Patent Counsel at Google, the Patent Lead for the Google Cloud Platform and storage and data processing tools, and serves as a legal point of contact for open source issues. Previously, Mr. Burns was an Associate at Faegre Baker Daniels and Hunton & Williams, where he focused on patent litigation and prosecution. He has a bachelor’s in chemistry and computer science from DePauw University and a JD (magna cum laude) from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.
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John Cabeca
Director, West Coast Region, United States Patent and Trademark Office
John Cabeca is Director of the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, Mr. Cabeca carries out strategic direction and advances the policies of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. He established and leads the USPTO's West Coast regional office in San Jose and oversees stakeholder engagement on IP policy matters and IP education for the seven-state region. Mr. Cabeca ensures that the USPTO’s programs and initiatives are tailored to the needs of the region's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders. He has worked at the USPTO for more than 29 years and has dedicated much of his career to its outreach and education programs, focusing on small businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs.
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Mark Campagna
Vice President, Patent Enforcement, TiVo
Mark Campagna is Vice President of Patent Enforcement at TiVo in San Jose, California. He specializes in outbound patent licensing deals. He manages an international team of 12 legal professionals responsible for patent assertion and licensing activities for Tivo’s worldwide patent portfolios. He reviews and presents offensive patent claim charts and rebuttal arguments to customers in Asia, the United States and Europe. Before going in-house, he was a Partner at Jones Day.

Mr. Campagna was named an In-House Corporate IP Star in 2015 and 2018. He has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences on the topic of patent litigation and licensing.

He has a JD, cum laude, from UIC John Marshall Law School (1997) and a Bsc in electrical engineering from Florida State University (1994). He is admitted to practice in Illinois, Georgia, California, the District of Columbia, and the USPTO.
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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
Kanda Ishihara’s responsibilities at Veritas Technologies LLC include portfolio development, risk mitigation, client counseling, portfolio review and classification, management of outside counsel, and education of engineering teams.

Previously, Ms. Ishihara was a Partner at Patent Law Works, where she focused on patent prosecution, client counseling, and patent management, including all stages of the patent prosecution process, as well as patent portfolio management and performing due diligence for patent assets. Prior to this, Ms. Ishihara was an Associate at Fenwick & West and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where she covered a variety of technology areas, including computer software, web-based software applications, and telecoms.

As co-founder, past president and board member of Leading Women in Technology, a non-profit organization dedicated to unleashing the potential of professionals who advise technology businesses and executives, Ms. Ishihara is also dedicated to helping empower female professionals in the tech industry through mentorship, skills development, and networking.
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Richard Lloyd
Editor, IAM
Richard Lloyd is the Editor of IAM based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining IAM in February 2014, he was a Contributing Editor to The American Lawyer and a freelance journalist. Before moving to the United States in 2011, Mr. Lloyd was the Editor of Legal Business and prior to that was Chief European Correspondent for The American Lawyer.
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Rakesh Michael
Senior Counsel, Patents and IP, Uber
Rakesh Michael is a Senior Counsel on the IP team at Uber Technologies, Inc. His practice touches all aspects of IP, including patent portfolio development and management, tech transactions and licensing, IP litigation, and open source, with a focus on the tech domains of autonomous vehicles and mapping.
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Julian Moore
Associate Director, Legal, Twitter
Julian Moore is an Associate Director of Legal at Twitter in San Francisco, where he leads the open source and third-party IP legal functions and advises on patent prosecution, patent and trademark litigation, inter partes review, cross-licensing, acquisitions, portfolio management, trade secrets, and copyright matters.

Prior to joining Twitter, Mr. Moore spent more than eight years at the New York offices of Weil, Gotshal LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP, where his practice focused primarily on patent litigation in the computer software, electronic engineering, and telecoms fields. Before law school, Mr. Moore spent two years designing hardware and software prototypes as a Research Fellow at Media Lab Europe and the MIT Media Lab, and several years in various roles for a software company that he co-founded. He has four degrees in engineering and law.
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Joe Mutschelknaus
Director, Sterne Kessler
Joseph E. Mutschelknaus is a Director in Sterne Kessler’s electronics group, where he prosecutes post-issuance proceedings and patent applications before the USPTO. Mr. Mutschelknaus has extensive experience before the PTAB, challenging and defending already-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. Mr. Mutschelknaus’s areas of technical expertise include object-oriented software design, web technologies, data security, graphics, imagery, panoramic photography, geographic information systems, networks, and internet engineering. Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, he worked in industry, providing software engineering and consulting services.

Mr. Mutschelknaus has a JD (with honors) from The George Washington University Law School. He has a BS (with distinction) in computer engineering from the University of Virginia.
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Daniel Nazer
Senior IP and 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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Scott Pojunas
Lead Patent Counsel, Patent Portfolio Development, Google
Scott Pojunas is Lead Patent Counsel in Google’s patent transactions team. He leads the portfolio development team, which comprises a team of attorneys and technologists focused on supporting patent transactions and litigation and analyzing Google’s and competitors’ businesses, products, and patent portfolios. Prior to joining Google, Mr. Pojunas was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), where he led IP strategy teams supporting HPE’s enterprise software, services, and hardware businesses. Mr. Pojunas has an LLM from the George Washington University Law School and a degree in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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Marina Portnova
Partner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Technology innovators call on Marina Portnova for assistance in building and managing their patent portfolios—from identifying technical advantages to implementing programs that capture these advantages as patents. She provides a broad spectrum of patent-related services, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications (both in the United States and internationally), invention mining, patent validity and infringement analysis and opinions, freedom-to-operate analysis, IP due diligence work, IP licensing, and strategic IP counseling. Ms. Portnova’s practice focuses on IP protection in computer architecture, networking, video technologies, cryptography, virtualization, cloud computing, machine learning, image processing, natural language processing, and internet advertising.
Ms. Portnova’s outstanding record in these areas, combined with her technical background in engineering and computer science, helps her clients—from start-ups to industry leaders—to take full advantage of the opportunities in this quickly evolving market.
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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 and Tech Transactions, Cognizant

Cynthia Rosser is an Associate General Counsel in the IP and technology transactions group at Cognizant, a global IT services corporation headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey. She supports the accelerator division of the business, which leads the company’s development and investment of new technologies in emerging early-stage start-ups. Prior to her present role, Ms. Rosser worked in-house for various global IT companies, including Symantec and NetApp, where she led and managed teams responsible for developing and executing their respective global IP strategies, involving IP portfolio development, complex IP licensing, IP litigation matters, open source license compliance, IP enforcement, and IP due diligence in M&A transactions.

Ms. Rosser has a law degree from George Mason’s Antonin Scalia Law School and a BS in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech. She is admitted to the California Bar and is registered to practice before the USPTO.

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Roger Shang
Senior Director, Alibaba
Roger Shang is Senior Legal Director at the Alibaba Group. He jointed Alibaba in 2008 as its first Chief Patent Counsel and oversaw the development of its patent program. He also founded the legal department for Alibaba Cloud Computing. Mr. Shang is now based in Alibaba’s Silicon Valley office and works on international patent portfolio development, IP licensing, technology collaboration, open source, and non-practicing entity defense matters. Before joining Alibaba, Mr. Shang practiced patent law at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Knobbe Martens LLP. He received his JD from New York University.
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Jaime Siegel
Global Director, Licensing, Open Invention Network

Jaime Siegel has more than 25 years’ experience as an IP Attorney and business leader. He spent more than 15 years at Sony, ultimately as Vice President and Senior IP Counsel, where he was responsible for defending Sony around the world and leading its outward licensing activities in various technologies, including digital TV and standards licensing programs.

In addition to his work in support of the expansion of the Open Invention Network community, Mr. Siegel is also CEO of Cerebral Assets, LLC, an IP advisory firm based in Newport Beach, California. Cerebral Assets works with its international clients on diverse projects relating to IP matters, including strategic guidance, deal facilitation, buy and sell brokerage services, and executive leadership and execution on licensing programs. Mr. Siegel is also CEO of FlipTix, Inc., a rapidly growing tech start-up that is disrupting the event ticketing market.

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McCoy Smith
Former Chair, Intel Corporation
For more than 20 years, McCoy Smith handled all IP matters for Intel Corporation’s data center and software groups. In addition, for more than a decade he chaired Intel’s open source legal practice group. He is a former Co-Chair for the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Open Source Committee.
Mr. Smith taught a Patent Bar review course 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). He also authored the 2017-approved BSD+Patent license.

Prior to joining Intel, 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.
Mr. Smith retired from Intel in September 2019, and has founded a full-service IP law firm, with a subspecialty in free and open source licensing, based in Portland, Oregon.
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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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Ed White
Director, IP Analytics, Clarivate Analytics
Ed White is Director of IP Analytics at Clarivate Analytics. He began his career in 2001 as a Graduate Indexer and Abstractor in the team that created the Derwent World Patents Index before moving to the then-emerging field of professional patent analysis.

Mr. White has spent most of his career at Thomson Reuters and its divested IP and science business: Clarivate Analytics. He spent two years leading the analytics business of Landon IP/CPA Global before returning to Clarivate in 2018. In this time, he managed and built professional production teams and environments for the delivery of high-quality and high-accuracy work for large, small, and governmental clients across almost all industry sectors.

Mr. White has a degree in electronic engineering from the University of Nottingham. Earlier in his career, he specialized in the technical fields of instrumentation, measurement, and plasma and particle physics.
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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
Patrick Zhang is Head of IP at Atlassian, an enterprise software maker. He is responsible for all aspects of the company's IP portfolio, strategy and litigation. Prior to Atlassian, Mr Zhang was Vice President of Patent Strategy and Litigation at Technicolor. He began his legal career at Fish & Neave in New York and in the IP litigation group at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, where he was part of the courtroom trial team for Apple v Samsung I. Mr Zhang has a JD from Fordham Law School and an aerospace engineering degree from Cornell University.
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John Zhu
Senior IP Counsel, Cisco Systems
John Zhu is Senior IP Counsel at Cisco Systems. His practice touches on licensing, M&A, litigation, and policy. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Zhu was a member of the IP litigation groups at O’Melveny & Myers and Mayer Brown, where he worked on high-profile matters in the computer and electrical fields. He was also a Patent Examiner at the USPTO before he began his legal career. Mr. Zhu has a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has a JD from the George Washington University Law School.
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