As the Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), John Cabeca carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for establishing and leading the Silicon Valley satellite office. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Cabeca ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the Silicon Valley's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Cabeca most recently served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role he oversaw the staff of the Office of the Under Secretary, and worked closely with fellow members of USPTO’s Executive Committee to implement the policies and priorities for the Agency. He began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from Widener University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Cabeca later became a supervisory patent examiner, supervising examiners in the fields of computer memory access and control and graphical user and operator interfaces. He then joined the Senior Executive Service (SES), serving at the helm of the Patent Technology Center overseeing the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies until his assignment in the Office of the Under Secretary and Director.
Mr. Cabeca has dedicated much of his career to inventor outreach and assistance programs. He also had the unique opportunity to work in a variety of organizations across the USPTO and throughout the federal government. Over the years, John served in the Office of Petitions, the Office of Patent Legal Administration, the Office of Governmental Affairs and the Office of the Under Secretary. In 2006, Mr. Cabeca was appointed a Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow and served on special assignment to the Executive Office of the President in the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR’s) Office for Intellectual Property and Innovation and the Office for Japan, Korea, and Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum Affairs. At the USTR, he worked with multiple agencies on a variety of international intellectual property rights issues and played an integral role in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the Republic of Korea.
David Highet VP & Chief Counsel – IP & Operations Becton Dickinson and Company
David Highet currently serves as Vice President and Chief Counsel – IP & Operations of BD, a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. David was recently appointed to this new expanded role after having served as BD’s Chief Intellectual Property Counsel since 2002, and is responsible for the Company’s global intellectual property strategy including freedom to operate, patent procurement and portfolio management, and enforcement, as well as all aspects of legal operations, including budgets, outside counsel spend management, and systems used for document, matter, IP and contract management. David joined BD in 1993 and has held progressively more responsible positions in the Intellectual Property Department of the Law Group. Before joining BD, David was an associate with the Venable firm. David holds a BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and a JD degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. David is also a member of the Amicus Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the immediate Past President of the Board of Trustees of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation.
Michael Degn SVP of Sales MultiLing
As Senior Vice President of Sales, Michael Degn is responsible for the management and output of the global sales strategies for MultiLing. His management scope includes the global sales, client services and account management teams. Degn has more than 20 years of experience in sales leadership. Prior to joining the MultiLing team, Michael led sales efforts in the software and certification industries. He is known for his ability to build relationships with partners and clients and for successfully managing and growing sales teams. He has vast knowledge and experience in contract preparation and review. Degn is particularly valued at MultiLing for his motivational management style. Michael holds a Bachelor’s from Brigham Young University and an MBA from San Diego State University. He is a native English speaker and is also fluent in Spanish.
Harriet Strimpel Chief Patent Counsel New England Biolabs
Harriet Strimpel has been Chief Patent Counsel at New England Biolabs in Beverly, Massachusetts for over 13 years. In this capacity, she has managed trademark and patent prosecution and global IP strategy for the company which has subsidiaries in Europe, Canada, China, Japan and Singapore and sells product world wide. Harriet also manages Freedom-to-Operate opinions for the company and advices on licenses and other corporate matters related to IP.
Prior to New England Biolabs, Harriet was special counsel to Bromberg & Sunstein (now Sunstein Law) where she specialized in the strategic planning of patent portfolios and the preparation and prosecution of patents in the areas of medicine, chemistry and biotechnology, rendering opinions concerning freedom to operate, validity of patents and infringement.
Harriet's business experience, prior to joining Bromberg & Sunstein as founder and principal of HMS Biosciences proved useful in working with law firm clients and as in-house counsel at New England Biolabs. This experience included: providing expert testimony relating to patents, science and biotechnology in business creation and licensing in the Federal Court; working extensively with venture capitalists on the East and West coasts of the United States including reviewing business plans, visiting companies, advising on business strategy and creating business plans for a broad range of opportunities in the biotechnology industry. In her capacity as consultant, she has been an independent technical advisor to universities, companies and to the United States Jockey Club.
Harriet has been involved in the biotechnology industry since the 1970s when she was a graduate student at Oxford University, UK. At that time, she was an advisor to Imperial Chemical Industries and the Institute of Strategic Studies with respect to field distribution of viruses of agricultural importance. She continued this work at the Hebrew University in Israel. Returning from Israel, Harriet joined the laboratory of Dr. Richard Flavell FRS, at the Institute for Medical Research, London, UK where she worked on gene structure and expression. After Dr. Flavell became Chief Scientific Officer at Biogen Corporation, Harriet joined him in Cambridge, Massachusetts to work on a project to produce clinical amounts of recombinant Tissue Plasminogen Activator in collaboration with Smith Kline Beecham. She subsequently obtained a law degree from Suffolk University in Boston.
Harriet has been an invited speaker and fellow to the 21st Century Trust, UK, Boston Bar Association, MCLE, and numerous other legal forums. She has lectured at Imperial College London, UK as an adjunct professor of Biochemistry. She has spoken at numerous industry and academic meetings and has been a frequent contributor to industry publications and books.
Harriet is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and has been registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 1992.
Chris Holt VP Patent Analytics LexisNexis
Chris Holt is the Vice President of Patent Analytics for Reed Tech, a division of LexisNexis based in Horsham, Pennsylvania
Chris is a registered patent attorney and has experience preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patents in the electrical and mechanical fields, as well as for computer hardware and software inventions. Chris is the inventor of PatentAdvisor, the first-ever data-driven patent strategy tool.
Benjamin Jackson VP Legal Affairs Myriad
Ben Jackson has been with Myriad his entire career, from a student law clerk to his current position as Vice President of Legal Affairs. Ben oversees Myriad’s intellectual property portfolio and much of Myriad’s commercial legal matters. He was integrally involved in Myriad’s litigation surrounding the BRCA genes, including the AMP case that went to the Supreme Court in 2013. He is also active in IP policy, including life science industry think tanks and roundtables, amicus brief advocacy at the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit, and frequent speaking engagements regarding IP in life sciences. Ben received a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics and his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.
Michael Lawrence Senior Competition Counsel Google Inc.
Michael Lawrence is Senior Competition Counsel at Google Inc., where he primarily focuses on antitrust government investigations and litigation. He has handled matters around the world, including the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He also provides antitrust counseling, specializing in intellectual property/antitrust issues. Prior to joining Google in 2011, he was a competition attorney at Intel Corporation for six years. Mr. Lawrence began his career as an associate at Latham & Watkins, where he focused on IP and antitrust litigation. In addition to his work, he has taught IP courses as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School and Santa Clara University Law School.
Mr. Lawrence has been active in the ABA. He is a Vice Chair of the Section of Antitrust Law's Media & Technology Committee. He is also co-Project Chair for the forthcoming edition of the Intellectual Property and Antitrust Handbook. He also previously served as co-Editor-in-Chief of the Antitrust and Intellectual Property Newsletter.
Mr. Lawrence received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his bachelor’s degree from UCLA.
Pallavi Singh CEO and Founder Beacon Innovation Group LLC
Pallavi Singh’s multi-faceted experience and leadership in the patent research industry combined with her innovation-loving science background inspired her to found Beacon Innovation Group. Over the last decade she has observed a need for an organization to make the business side of IP more accessible to entrepreneurs, innovators and investors. Pallavi is raising the quality of patent research services with Collaborative Patent Search®, a method she developed with her team to ensure significantly more consistent work. She has hostessed numerous workshops, teaching business minded people the ins and outs of patent strategy and empowering them to make stronger IP decisions. Beacon has donated an average of 1,000 hours per year to entrepreneurs and startups, primarily in the Boston area, helping them figure out how to manage licensing, litigation and legal budget considerations.
Pallavi brings years of leadership and success in various facets of patent research. She began her career as a patent researcher, manually shuffling through patent shoes at the USPTO to complete landscape, freedom to operate and validity searches. Pallavi has held management level operations and business development roles in leading IP firms.
As someone who is energized through the next generation of innovators, Pallavi is both the Vice Chair of TyE and a mentor for BUILD, two organizations that teach entrepreneurship to high school students. TyE harnesses the teachings of local entrepreneurs and business leaders in it’s 9 month course culminating in a business plan competition (with a $5,000 award). Pallavi’s BUILD team, ReJean, is a group of 6 inner city girls identified as being at-risk for not completing high school or going on to college. They have learned how to start a business which sells products they have created from recycled fabrics.
Pallavi is also an active Charter Member of TiE, the Vice Chair of the Boston Chapter of LES (the Licensing Executive Society), and the hostess of several events focused on empowering women in business.
Thomas Fitzpatrick Partner & Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group Pepper Hamilton LLP
Thomas F. Fitzpatrick is partner and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Silicon Valley office. Mr. Fitzpatrick focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property, including litigating patent, trade secret, trademark, technology licensing and other related disputes. He has represented both patent owners and patent defendants in federal courts throughout the country, including in the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Delaware, the Northern District of Georgia and the District of Arizona. Most recently, Mr. Fitzpatrick has successfully represented internationally based and publicly traded companies in the computer database, telecommunications, semiconductor, Internet and power supply industries.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Fitzpatrick was a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Patent Litigation Group at Goodwin Procter. Then he was a partner in the Palo Alto office of Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP. Before that, he was a deputy district attorney at the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, Mr. Fitzpatrick obtained convictions through bench and jury trials. Mr. Fitzpatrick has written numerous articles on patent law and patent litigation. He has spoken on recent developments in patent law to various organizations in the United States and Korea.
Mr. Fitzpatrick is a member of the San Mateo Bar Association and a past member of the California District Attorneys Association.
Ann McCrackin President Black Hills IP
Ann McCrackin is as a patent prosecution process expert and a highly accomplished patent attorney with extensive experience in both U.S. and international patent prosecution. Ann is a former partner and now of counsel at the Minneapolis patent firm of Schwegman, Lundberg and Woesner, P.A. Ann is also President of Black Hills IP which is a US based IP paralegal and docketing services company. Before becoming President of Black Hills IP Ann was a Professor of Law and the Director of the nationally recognized Patent Prosecution and Procedure Program at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law). At Franklin Pierce, Ann directed the program and taught courses in advanced aspects of practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ann has also taught dozens of continuing legal education courses and seminars on various aspects of patent process and prosecution and has edited and authored a number of legal texts on patent law. Ann is also attorney of record for several Amicus Briefs filed in patent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ann has an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center.
Rod Wittenberg Director of Sales LexisNexis
Rod Wittenberg is the Director of Sales for Reed Tech, a division of LexisNexis based in Horsham, Pennsylvania.
Rod has worked in the Reed Elsevier organization for 20+ years, and has served in several organizational capacities with positions in sales, marketing, product development and strategy. In his current role, Rod is responsible for developing market strategy, sales strategy and alliance models, in addition to managing key business activities and assisting with product development. Under Rod’s leadership, his team has helped IP professionals develop and retain quality intellectual property, bring it to life in the most efficient and comprehensive manner, deliver high-value insights and better understand the competitive landscape.
Toni Hickey Deputy General Counsel & Chief IP Counsel for Global Transactions & Strategy Cummins Inc.
Toni Hickey is Deputy General Counsel & Chief IP Counsel for Global Transactions & Strategy with Cummins Inc. where she is responsible for managing the company’s intellectual property portfolio and related transactional activities, including developing contracts, terms, licenses, processes, and policies that are in alignment with the company’s intellectual property strategy. Prior to joining Cummins, Ms. Hickey was a Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. Office of Foley & Lardner LLP. Ms. Hickey began her career with the United States Patent and Trademark Office where she was a trademark examining attorney, an intellectual property rights attaché to the United States Embassy in Mexico and deputy chief of staff for the Agency. In 2012, Ms. Hickey was recognized by the Legal 500 for her work in trademarks: non-contentious and was honored by the National Bar Association & IMPACT as one of the 2012 Nation’s Best Advocates. Ms. Hickey earned her Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she was a President’s Leadership Class Fellow, with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accounting
David Hricik Professor Mercer University School of Law
Professor Hricik graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law in 1988. He then began practicing with the multi-national law firm of Baker Botts, where he focused on patent litigation, legal malpractice, and legal ethics. After 14 years in practice with it and other firms, Professor Hricik joined the faculty of Mercer University School of Law in 2002. He teaches and has written books on legal ethics, patent law, federal civil procedure, and statutory interpretation. He has served as the chair of ethics committees for the AIPLA and the ABA IP Section, served as an expert for the PTO, represented clients before the PTO, and given over 100 public and private legal education seminars for bar associations, Fortune 50 corporations, and law firms. He recently authored and co-authored the second editions of two books on ethical issues in patent practice and litigation. He also serves as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases, and in 2013 completed service as Clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In 2014, he began working part-time as Of Counsel to Taylor English Duma.
Inger Eckert SVP, GC Assurex Health
As Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Assurex Health, Inger provides strategic thinking and guidance on matters of corporate importance, developing and executing the company strategy, identifying opportunities to drive growth and competitive advantage, and forming the organization structure and policies needed to drive sustainable and profitable growth.
Inger is a business-minded corporate lawyer with over 20 years of experience at Fortune 500 global manufacturing companies. She has broad experience in all aspects of intellectual property strategy and management, leading large corporate departments, multi-jurisdictional M&A, complex commercial and government contracts, risk management and fostering innovation for competitive advantage. Most recently, Inger served as Chief Counsel, Global Intellectual Property and General Counsel for the Corporate Technology Division of International Paper, a $29 billion Fortune 150 company where she developed strategy and drove tactics for the acquisition, maintenance, enforcement, and monetization of International Paper’s global intellectual property. Previously, she was Director of Intellectual Property at Owens Corning, where she led a global team including Europe and Asia. She started her career as an engineer at the Ford Motor Company, and later as an intellectual property attorney.
Inger holds her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Dayton, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from The Pennsylvania State University.
William Ralston Chief IP Counsel ViaSat
Dr. William Ralston serves as Chief IP Counsel for ViaSat, where he provides strategic direction to ViaSat’s patent program, manages internal and external prosecution counsel, contributes to the management of IP dispute resolution, and advises on open source software and other IP issues. Dr. Ralston was previously a shareholder at Kirton & McConkie, a premier law firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before becoming an attorney, he enjoyed a 20-year engineering career in the telecommunications industry. Dr. Ralston was awarded the Juris Doctor from the University of Utah, the Doctor of Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, the MSEE from the University of Southern California, and the BSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has extensively published in both legal and technical journals.
Eric Sophir Partner Dentons
Eric Sophir is a member of Dentons' Intellectual Property and Technology team, focusing on all aspects of patent law, including patent preparation and prosecution, patent analysis, post-grant challenges and assisting with patent litigation. Eric Sophir has been engaged by companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to early stage companies to protect their inventions, gain market share, resolve patent-related disputes and monetize their patents. Eric specializes in patent portfolio strategy, though his clients often call upon his assistance with contentious matters due to his experience with the industry and patents, as well as post-grant challenges, due diligence, clearance and landscape analysis and opinions. Over the past year, Eric has worked with dozens of companies to develop strategies, including those companies that did not have an existing strategy or portfolio, and he has supervised the preparation and filing of hundreds of patent applications.
Eric counsels clients on protecting their innovations and managing worldwide patent procurement efforts, as well as patent analysis in the computer hardware, computer software, business methods, electrical, mechanical and material arts. Eric advises clients on the risks and value associated with acquiring, licensing or otherwise commercializing a patent portfolio. This advice includes clearance or freedom-to-operate analysis, clearance and landscape analysis and patentability analysis. He also provides advice on prosecution strategies to better protect a product or more effectively deter competitors. He has litigation experience and works with Dentons’ Patent Litigation practice team in complex disputes involving patents, including federal district court and appellate litigation, arbitration and post-grant proceedings. He has also conducted analyses and prepared opinions regarding patent infringement, invalidity and enforceability. Eric’s practice also includes counseling clients in defending allegations brought by non-practicing entities (NPEs). He has represented companies in district courts around the United States.
Eric has been ranked by Chambers for the last three years as one of the top 10 patent prosecution lawyers in Washington, DC. In 2015, Eric was named an "Expert" in Euromoney's Patent Expert Guide. Eric serves on Law360's IP editorial board, the advisory board for Patents for Financial Services Industry Summit and on the board of directors for InvenTank. His portfolio strategy for PowerMag has been recognized by Crain's as one of the highest quality patent portfolios for Chicago-based companies. Corporate Counsel has often recognized Dentons as a “Go-To Law Firm” for patent prosecution for Fortune 500 companies based on Eric's management of patent matters for these companies.
Gary Solomon Partner Dentons
Gary Solomon is a member of Dentons' Intellectual Property and Technology practice, specializing in patent preparation, prosecution and strategic protection of intellectual property assets, and patent litigation, as well as licensing, due diligence and intellectual property transactional matters. Mr. Solomon holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and has significant experience working with microelectronics, circuits, light emitting diodes and displays (LEDs), liquid crystal displays (LCDs), communications systems, optics, automatic control systems, digital signal processing (DSPs), and software.
He drafts and prosecutes a wide range of patent applications for inventions in high-tech, business, finance and fashion sectors. With over 13 years as a patent attorney, 10 years as a practicing engineer and many years in working with startup companies, Mr. Solomon has combined his skill sets to be an effective counselor for developing strategic patent portfolios for his clients.
Say Sujintaya Partner Baker & McKenzie
Ms. Say Sujintaya is a Partner in Baker & McKenzie's Bangkok office, where she is Co-head of the Intellectual Property practice group and Head of the Media and Entertainment sub-group. She is also the Regional Chair of Baker & McKenzie's Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Steering Committee.
Ms. Sujintaya manages the trademark and patent portfolios of some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical, software, and consumer goods companies and in this capacity, advises on trademark and patent related issues and licensing. She has extensive experience in infringement and anti-counterfeiting matters involving trademarks, copyrights, and patents and is regularly called upon to give advice on trade secrets, trademark and patent prosecution, and all aspects of IP-related litigation.
She is a member of the Pharmaceutical practice group, and advises numerous global pharmaceutical companies on the protection of data exclusivity, compulsory licensing, labeling and advertising laws, enforcement measures against counterfeit drugs and look-alikes, and drug regulations.
Ms. Sujintaya was also responsible for establishing the Intellectual Property practice of Baker & McKenzie's recently launched Yangon office. She is active in lobbying/public policy work and serves as a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on South-East Asia, the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, and the International Trademark Association.
Tyron Stading President and Founder Innography
Tyron Stading is the President and Founder of Innography, where he is responsible for product strategy and partnerships. Under Tyron's product leadership, Innography has received three CODIE awards and much recognition from industry analysts. Tyron founded Innography in 2006 with a vision of bringing intelligence to decisions along the IP business process.
Prior to Innography, Tyron was an IBM worldwide industry solutions manager in the telecommunications and unitizes sector, architecting SmartGrid and Intelligent Planet solutions. Before IBM, Tyron worked at several startups focused on mobile communications and networks security.
Tyron has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University, a Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization from The University of Texas at Austin, and advanced degree specialization in machine learning from The University of Texas at Austin. He further has published multiple peer-reviewed research papers on security and distributed computing. Over his career, Tyron has filed over 50 patents, a number of which that have been licensed or sold.
Liz Bui Vice President and IP Counsel ViaCyte
Liz Bui, J.D., Ph.D. oversees all matters related to intellectual property at ViaCyte, Inc. a leader in the emerging field of regenerative medicine headquartered in San Diego, California focused on improving the way patients with diabetes are treated. Prior to ViaCyte, Liz was as associate at DLA Piper in the Global Life Science Sector.
Dina Kallay Director IP and Competition Ericsson
Dina Kallay is Director of Intellectual Property and Competition at Ericsson, a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and services.
Prior to joining Ericsson in 2013, Dina served over six years as Counsel for Intellectual Property and International Antitrust at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). As Counsel for I.P. at the FTC, Dina focused on worldwide antitrust-intellectual property matters, including standard-setting issues, as well as on Asian and multilateral competition matters. She worked closely with the three Chinese antimonopoly agencies and has also spent a year with the FTC Bureau of Competition, working on antitrust conduct and merger enforcement matters in high-tech industries.
Prior to joining the FTC, Dina practiced antitrust and intellectual property law at a couple of law firms, most recently with the Washington DC office of Howrey LLP. She also worked as in-house antitrust counsel for Microelectrónica Española, where her work focused around the I.P. policy of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
Before that she clerked at the European Commission Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP) unit for Information Industries and Consumer Electronics, where she worked on antitrust investigations and policy matters involving intellectual property.
Ms. Kallay holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, where her doctoral dissertation focused on antitrust-IP interface issues, and was later published as a book [The Law and Economics of Antitrust and Intellectual Property (Edward Elgar, 2004)].
Dina has written and spoken extensively on antitrust and intellectual property, and has also taught both subjects as an adjunct professor at the Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University. She is a member of the District of Columbia, New York, England and Wales (Solicitor) and Israel bars.
Eric Siecker Managing Director, Patents Novagraaf (UK)
Eric is a registered European Patent Attorney, a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and a registered Trademark Attorney (UK). He holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Machinery Engineering & Manufacturing from Cranfield University, and in IP Law & Management from Queen Mary, University of London.
Eric Siecker joined Novagraaf’s Patent Practice in April 2015 from his previous role of Corporate Counsel at the Caterpillar Inc group of companies. This enables him to bring a strong commercial and interactive focus to his work with clients. He is experienced in all aspects of patent management and practice, including: proactive management of complex IP portfolios around high value products; IP strategy; large-scale patent clearance projects; freedom-to-operate and validity opinions; IP agreements; and EP opposition and appeal proceedings. He is also experienced in performing due diligence evaluations to support M&A and licensing opportunities.
Milan Patel VP, Lead Patent Counsel Rovi Corporation
Milan is a Patent Attorney with 18+ years of progressive experience in patent portfolio development, management and transactions. Currently, Milan is Vice President, Lead Patent Counsel in charge of Rovi’s global patent portfolio. Previously, Milan was in charge of Apple’s wireless patent portfolio, led the development of Qualcomm’s LTE patent portfolio and led the development of Nokia’s CDMA patent portfolio. Milan enjoys working with business leaders and engineers to develop strong portfolio with emphasis on litigation and licensing. In addition, Milan serves a board member advisor for startup companies.