Dr. William Ralston is Chief IP Counsel for ViaSat, a disruptive innovator in the satellite and telecommunications industries. He provides strategic direction to ViaSat’s intellectual property program, manages an international portfolio of over 1000 cases, provides advice to ViaSat on a range of IP issues, and guides successful assertion of ViaSat patents (recoveries in excess of $100M). Dr. Ralston’s career has included roles as a product developer, project lead, program manager, corporate executive, outside consultant, trainer, and law firm partner. He received 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 published numerous legal and technical articles.
Lukas Grabiec AGC GoDaddy
Lukas Grabiec is Assistant General Counsel at GoDaddy and was for 10+ years prior Corporate Counsel in various capacities at Microchip Technology Inc., Intel Corporation and Honeywell International. Lukas was recognized in the legal community as the “Up and Comer” Attorney of the Year for 2012 by the Association of Corporate Counsel and Arizona Business Magazine and also was selected to the prestigious School for Leaders (SzkołaLiderów) program in Warsaw, Poland.
He is the Chairman of the State Bar of Arizona In-House Counsel Committee, current Director and founding member of the US-Poland Trade Council (USPTC) Office in Arizona, mentor at the US-Poland Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley, and frequent lecturer across the U.S. and Europe including at the Stanford Center for Professional Development at Stanford University, the University of Arizona School of Law, the IP Strategy Summit in New York City, and the London IP Summit.
Lukas received his Juris Doctorate (JD) from Case Western Reserve University, his MBA from École de Hautes Études Commerciales (EDHEC) (France). During law school he worked with the U.N. Special Court for Sierra Leone and wrote briefs helping prosecute War Criminals. This UN project which was organized by Case Western, American University and the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Dana Rao VP of IP and Litigation Adobe
Dana Rao is Vice-President of Intellectual Property and Litigation at Adobe. He oversees all aspects of Adobe’s intellectual property and litigation matters. Previous to Adobe, Dana was at Microsoft Corporation and Dana began his legal career at the law firm of Fenwick & West, where he practiced patent prosecution, licensing and litigation. Dana received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in Electrical Engineering, and received his law degree from The George Washington University School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif.
Daniel Shulman Chief IP Counsel Reynolds Group Holdings
Dan H. Shulman is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Reynolds Group Holdings, Ltd. and UCI-Fram Autobrands, a $13 billion global packaging and automotive parts company comprised of Reynolds Consumer Products, Pactiv, Closure Systems International, Evergreen Packaging, Graham Packaging, Fram and Autolite. Dan is responsible for managing the global patent and trademark portfolio of those combined companies, setting IP strategy, managing all IP litigation and acting as lead counsel in appellate work before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and leading corporate initiatives in which IP drives significant value. Dan was with Pactiv prior to its acquisition by Reynolds Group Holdings in 2010. Prior to joining Pactiv in 2007 as its Chief IP Counsel, Dan was Senior IP Licensing Counsel for Motorola. Prior to that, Dan was an associate at Mayer Brown LLP from 1999-2006.
Dan received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1999, and is a graduate of Northwestern University (1996) with degrees in Mathematics, Physics and the Integrated Science Program.
Dan has been recognized as one of the Top Forty Lawyers Under 40 in Illinois (2013) by The Law Bulletin, and as a Managing IP In-House IP Star 2015. Dan is a frequent speaker on topics of IP law, and has authored numerous articles on various IP topics and Federal Circuit jurisprudence.
Sid Venkatesan Chief IP Counsel GE Digital
Sid Venkatesan is Chief IP Counsel at GE Digital, the world’s premier digital industrial company. Sid was an aerospace engineer and software developer prior to transitioning to the legal field and is also a veteran of numerous high stakes high tech IP trials as a former partner at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
Vaishali Udupa VP, AGC IP Litigation Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Vaishali is currently the Vice President, Associate General Counsel for IP Litigation at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She leads the team that handles all of HPE’s IP litigation, including patent, copyright, IP licensing and trade secret claims. Just last year, Virginia Lawyers Weekly named her as one of the “Influential Women of Virginia.” This awards program recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is given to individuals who are making notable contributions to their chosen professions, their communities and society at large. Additionally in 2015 and 2016, Managing Intellectual Property named her a “Corporate IP Star.” The Federal Circuit Bar Association invited her to be a Federal Circuit Global Fellow in October 2014. The Federal Circuit Bar Association selects 26 lawyers from around the world to attend two weeks of seminars in Washington, DC and Munich, Germany. The fellows are selected as up-and-coming IP lawyers who have achieved recognition as potential future leaders. Prior to joining HP in June of 2011, Vaishali was an associate at Jones Day and Pennie & Edmonds. Vaishali earned her J.D. in 2000 from American University's Washington College of Law, and her B.S., in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.