Andrew Kopelman Senior IP Counsel Medidata Solutions, Inc.
As Senior IP Counsel, Andrew Kopelman is responsible for all intellectual property and IP strategies for Medidata Solutions, Inc., the leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for clinical research in life sciences. His responsibilities include patent and trademark litigation and prosecution, IP and OSS licensing, and trade secrets. Mr. Kopelman also manages various domestic and international data privacy matters for Medidata.
Prior to joining Medidata in 2012, Mr. Kopelman was an associate in the patent group at Jenner & Block, LLP, where he focused on patent litigation and client counseling involving pharmaceutical, computer and mechanical patents. Mr. Kopelman was previously an associate at Frommer, Lawrence & Haug LLP, where he focused on Hatch-Waxman litigations. He is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO.
Mr. Kopelman received his BA in chemistry from Carleton College in 1994 and his JD from the Benjamin J. Cardozo School of Law in 2006, where he was as associate editor of the Cardozo Law Review and an extern for the Hon. Richard M Berman, S.D.N.Y. Prior to law school, Mr. Kopelman was a lead developer and technology consultant for software and ERP companies.
Paul Adams Chairman and CEO EverEdge IP Global Ltd
Paul Adams is the Chairman and CEO of EverEdge IP, a global strategic consultancy specialising in intellectual property.
Since embarking upon his technology commercialisation career in the late 1990s, Paul has worked with some of the world’s leading technology companies.
Before founding EverEdge IP in 2003, Paul served as Intellectual Property Manager for Brunswick New Technologies (formerly Navman). As one of the world's leading manufacturers of GPS technology and consumer electronics devices, Brunswick New Technologies’ revenues exceeded US$500 million. During this time Paul was responsible for a multi–million dollar intellectual property portfolio and budget and he managed the intellectual property outputs of more than 500 engineers and scientists.
Other career highlights include developing and managing The Icehouse Incubator, the University of Auckland's technology incubator. He developed the incubator from an empty warehouse to hold 15 high technology companies. The Icehouse incubator has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 technology incubators in the world and was the only incubator to make the list from outside the United States.
Paul has also worked in Silicon Valley, where he co-founded a technology start-up company and raised venture and development capital.
Paul has three times been named as one of the top intellectual property strategists in the world by IAM Magazine, the world’s premier intellectual property magazine. This is an unranked list of the world’s top intellectual property strategists based on client and peer practitioner feedback. In March 2012 he led EverEdge IP to win the New Zealand International Business Award for Best Commercialisation of Intellectual Property and in September 2012 he was awarded the “Global IP Leader” Prize at the Intellectual Property Focus Forum in Shanghai, China.
Vincent Brault US VP of Sales Anaqua
Vincent has nearly 20 years of experience in the IP management software and services market. Prior to joining Anaqua in 2009, he held a series of executive roles with CPA North America. He was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for four years, and later Vice President of Business Development. He also managed CPA's US software development and client implementation services for eight years. At Anaqua, Vincent was responsible for European business development and the integration of Anaqua's annuity payment operations. After a year at Beacon IP, he rejoined Anaqua in 2014 to lead the US sales team. Vincent was born in France and educated in both France and the US.
Bryan Zielinski VP, AGC Pfizer Inc.
Bryan C. Zielinski is Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Pfizer Inc. where he has been an attorney for over 20 years. He leads a team of Pfizer attorneys who are the lead IP attorneys for the small molecule therapeutics portion of Pfizer’s Global Innovation Pharma Business Unit and advises senior management regarding IP matters associated with this Business Unit’s clinical candidate and product portfolio.
Bryan also represents Pfizer on the IP committees of various policy-focused industry organizations, including BIO and PhRMA. Prior to joining Pfizer in 1994, Bryan was an associate at the New York IP firm Davis, Hoxie, Faithfull and Hapgood which he joined in 1989 and where he focused primarily on patent litigation.
Christopher Scharff Shareholder McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.
Christopher Scharff’s practice includes all areas of intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent litigation through discovery, trial and appeal, as well as inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office. Chris was recognized by Docket Navigator as being one of the top 100 most active IPR practitioners in the U.S. for 2014, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star Lawyer in each year from 2013-2015. He has represented clients in large-scale patent disputes on technologies as varied as orthopedic implants, infusion pumps, spinal surgery devices, GPS hardware, chemical products, advanced materials, automotive technology, food processing and computer software. He also has experience litigating Lanham Act, unfair competition, false advertising, and antitrust disputes, and regularly assists clients with mergers and acquisitions, licensing negotiations, patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate opinions, trademark portfolio management, and other matters. Chris regularly represents both plaintiffs and defendants in disputes ranging from small cases to ones involving hundreds of millions of dollars.
Thomas Wimbiscus Shareholder McAndrews Helds & Malloy Ltd.
Thomas J. Wimbiscus is an experienced intellectual property attorney specializing in patent and other IP litigation, as well as inter partes review and other post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. With over 30 years of experience, he has appeared in over 90 litigations and as lead counsel in over 60 inter partes review proceedings. Mr. Wimbiscus was responsible for numerous multi-million dollar victories, including lead counsel in patent litigations on behalf of Broadcom Corp. against Qualcomm, Inc. (global campaign settled for $890 million); a patent infringement award of over $80 million; sequential trial victories in the U.S. International Trade Commission, and numerous other successful awards and settlements. Mr. Wimbiscus also works closely with his clients to protect and defend their patent, trademark, trade dress and other intellectual property rights. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Mr. Wimbiscus has been designated a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American attorneys; he was named as “recommended” intellectual property counsel by Practical Law Company (2002 – 2015); and named as a “Leading Lawyer” (2004 – 2015). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chuck Fish VP & Chief Patent Counsel Kudelski Group
Chuck Fish is Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) -- the world's leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions. He is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. After commissioning, he served on a destroyer and a Patrol Wing Staff in the Western Pacific until “President Reagan won the Cold War and we ran out of targets.” He then attended Wayne State University Law School, graduating cum laude. In the 20+ years following graduation Chuck worked at four corporations (Sony, General Instrument Corp., Motorola Inc. and Time Warner Inc.) and three law firms (Morgan & Finnegan, Chadbourne & Parke and Perkins Coie) prior to beginning his current job in September of 2012. On a leave of absence from the patent world, he also participated in the unfortunately unsuccessful effort to elect the country’s second USNA-grad president, which he says was more fun than patent attorneys ought to have. In addition to testifying twice before Congress on patent reform, he has written and spoken on legal and patent topics for groups including the AIPLA, DC Bar Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Federalist Society, Fordham IP Law Institute, IPO, Philadelphia IPLA, Pittsburgh IPLA, SIFMA and the Anne Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series of the Pennsylvania GOP.
David Shofi VP, IP Strategy Solutions CPA Global
David Shofi is Vice President, IP Strategy Solutions for CPA Global. He assists clients in assessing and identifying opportunities for process improvement, cost management and efficiency implementation throughout their IP lifecycle. Before joining CPA Global, David was Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for ATMI where he developed and managed all aspects of IP generation, protection, management and enforcement. He has broad experience in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets and his areas of expertise span IP strategy and portfolio management, trade secret best practices, open source software, standards, IP licensing and M&A. Throughout his career, he has practiced in the prosecution, transactional and litigation areas and has managed various teams of IP professionals. Prior to joining ATMI, David was IP Counsel for IBM Corporation and was an associate at the law firm of Baker Botts. David earned his law degree from Pace University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.
Herbert Kunz Managing Principal Fish & Richardson (Germany)
Dr. Herbert Kunz is the Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Munich office. Dr. Kunz is a European and German Patent Attorney with a particular focus in mechanics, electronics, software, and medical devices. In addition, Dr. Kunz is a qualified European Trademark and Design Attorney, and also represents clients at the German Patent and Trademark Office, the German Patent Court, and the European Patent Office (EPO).
Dr. Kunz has extensive experience helping clients with intellectual property issues such as patent drafting as well as prosecution, and represents startup inventors to large global corporations. He also frequently assists with trademark and patent litigation matters at the EPO, as well as the German Civil Courts, and is qualified to represent clients at the Federal Supreme Court in nullity proceedings.
Prior to joining Fish, Dr. Kunz was a partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Olswang, after having merged with his boutique IP firm, Dr. Kunz & Kollegen. Dr. Kunz qualified as a German Patent Attorney in 1997, a European Patent Attorney in 1999, and in 2001 was one of the first German attorneys to combine his patent experience with his legal expertise to provide an integrated IP service to his clients. He has also been appointed as an Honorary Judge of the Social Court (Munich).
Judy Yee AGC Microsoft
Judy is an Assistant General Counsel within Microsoft’s Intellectual Property Group. She leads a team of patent attorneys responsible for worldwide patent portfolio development and strategy of the Windows and Devices Group, creator of some of the world’s most popular devices and platforms. Additionally, she counsels the Windows and Devices business on patent risk mitigation, licensing and standards activities. Prior to joining Microsoft, Judy was an associate in the patent practice group at Perkins Coie LLP and, before entering into patent practice, Judy was an engineer at Intel Corporation
Howard Pollack Managing Principal Fish & Richardson
Howard G. Pollack is the Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley office. Mr. Pollack joined the firm in 1994 after serving as judicial clerk to the Honorable H. Robert Mayer, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1992-1994). His litigation experience is primarily in the electronics, semiconductor and computer software fields and he has represented major clients in both patent and trademark infringement cases relating to those areas of technology. He has represented clients in patent litigation matters in several U.S. District Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Michael Webber Partner GTC Law Group
Mike is a partner in GTC Law Group’s M&A and Business and Technology Transactions Practice groups, focusing on licensing and joint ventures, domestic and cross-border M&A, and general commercial transactions. In his M&A practice he advises clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies in both the IP and corporate aspects of buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions. In his commercial transactions practice, he represents clients in the IT and life sciences sectors with respect to inbound and outbound licensing, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, sponsored research and development agreements, and the formation of industry consortia. Mike also has a great depth and breadth of experience representing issuers and investors in both IP and corporate aspects of venture capital and debt financing transactions.
Before joining GTC, Mike was a member of the corporate and venture capital practice groups at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. Mike is fluent in German and has extensive experience with U.S. – Europe cross-border transactions. He received a B.A. in German from the University of Massachusetts in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review.
Mark Suddaby Patent Advisor Novagraaf (UK)
Mark Suddaby practised as an Australian patent and trademark attorney for 10 years before relocating to London. He holds a BEng in Electronics Engineering from the University of Western Australia.
Mark's patent practice is focused on software, electronic and microwave engineering, as well as ICT technologies, where he has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications globally.
In addition to his work in private practice, Mark built up considerable commercial expertise in IP from his time managing a technology company with licensing and sales in the US and EU defence and metrology sectors. This background enables Mark to bring a highly commercial approach to his work. In particular, he is passionate about helping technology companies ensure that their IP strategies support their business goals.
Paul-Johan Jean Co-Founder & Member GTC Law Group
Paul advises technology companies and their founders, executives and investors in connection with intellectual property strategy, privacy and information governance, IP-related transactions and exit readiness. He has a deep background in licensing and IP-focused M&A, and he has helped represent clients in such diverse fields as entertainment, mobile applications, information security, sports technologies, publishing, cloud computing, intelligent lighting, wireless telecommunications, brewing, wearable devices and online learning, among many others.
Paul served as GTC’s managing partner from its founding in 2002 until 2013. Prior to forming GTC, he was a member of the Corporate and M&A practice groups at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he had previously practiced securities litigation. He clerked for Justice Sherman D. Horton Jr. at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Paul is a member of the Board of Advisors of Massachusetts Appleseed. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. from American University. He has data privacy and security training from the SANS Institute and holds certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Global Information Assurance Certification organization.
Eve Saltman Deputy GC & Assistant Corporate Secretary GoPro
Eve Saltman is the Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary at GoPro, Inc., where she works on corporate securities and corporate governance matters with the General Counsel. Eve manages a team that supports intellectual property, human resources, disputes, product development, and supply chain/operations. She was recently awarded The Recorder 2015 In-house Impact Award for her legal product counseling leadership at GoPro and was nominated in 2016 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a public company “Rising Star.” Eve previously held in-house positions at Autodesk, Siebel Systems, LiveOps, OnLive, and started her career at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. At Cornell, Eve majored in History and graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University where she graduated cum laude.
Raymond Ferrell EVP, GC & Corporate Secretary Dex Media
Raymond R. Ferrell has been the Executive Vice President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Dex Media, Inc. since July 2013. Prior to that, he was V.P. Associate General Counsel at Dex. Mr. Ferrell provides legal services and advice regarding I.P. transactional matters, securities compliance, financing, board-related matters, M&A, operations, employment, corporate compliance, litigation, and public policy. He maintains particular focus on digital issues, and works with his business partners to enhance and create high-performance digital products and services for advertisers and consumers. Prior to Dex Media, he was Senior Counsel – Vice President in the American Express General Counsel’s office for more than eight years. Ray is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School.
Javier Leija Senior Corporate IP Counsel ON Semiconductor
Javier Leija currently works as the Senior Corporate IP Counsel for ON Semiconductor. Javier provides global counsel related to IP transactions, patent portfolio management, and M&A activities. Javier has assisted with the acquisition of companies and IP valued at over $3B. The practice of law is Javier’s second career having spent over 15 years working as an engineer in the government, space, semiconductor, and computing technologies. Javier also has prior legal experience working as a clerk at Bryan Cave and a patent analyst and business unit legal representative at Intel Corporation. Javier holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University, an MBA-Finance from the University of Colorado, a Juris Doctorate from the Arizona Summit School of Law, and is an alumni of the 2011 - 2012 Arizona Bar Leadership Institute.
Ivan Chaperot VP Licensing & Corporate Development The Kudelski Group
Ivan Chaperot is vice president of licensing and corporate development at the Kudelski Group, a Swiss public company and world leader in digital security and convergent media solutions. In this role, Mr Chaperot develops IP licensing programmes and develops and manages the acquisition of patented technologies and innovative companies.
Most recently, Mr Chaperot was vice president of licensing at Finjan Holdings, a cybersecurity company. In this role, Mr Chaperot led Finjan’s global licensing activities, negotiated and closed global outbound licensing transactions and managed a team of business, technology and IP professionals.
Before Finjan, Mr Chaperot held various management positions at Intel Corporation. He led large-scale and complex technology and IP acquisitions. He also developed new IP and licensing strategies.
From 2008 to 2012 Mr Chaperot served as a licensing executive at Intellectual Ventures. In this role, he managed investment and outbound licensing programmes.
From 2004 to 2008 Mr Chaperot served as senior licensing manager at Alcatel Lucent. In this role, he managed outbound licensing programmes and patent divestitures.
Mr Chaperot has authored and lectured on financial valuation and licensing activities – in particular, real-option valuations for complex IP transactions.
Mr Chaperot is a European patent attorney and a French patent attorney.