Anthony Sammi | Partner | Skadden-Arps- Slate-Meagher & Flom LLP
P. Anthony Sammi is head of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group. He litigates complex, high-profile IP cases at the trial and appellate levels.
Mr. Sammi, a member of the Skadden team selected as a finalist for The American Lawyer’s 2018 Litigation Department of the Year, has widely been recognized in the legal and mainstream press. His cases have been reported on, and he has been quoted by, outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNBC, Bloomberg, Vanity Fair, BBC News, USA Today and The Hollywood Reporter, among many others. In the legal press, the National Law Journal named Mr. Sammi as one of its 2017 Winning Litigators and has also described his closing arguments in a jury trial as a “virtuoso performance.” Additionally, Mr. Sammi was named to the National Law Journal’s list of 2017 Intellectual Property Trailblazers for being an innovator in his field, was named as one of Law360’s 2017 MVPs for Trials and also has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
Bob Ghosh | VP Chief IP Counsel | IQVIA
Bob serves as Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for IQVIA and has been with the company since July, 2012. Prior to joining IQVIA, then known as IMS Health, Bob spent seven years at Avaya where he ended his tenure as Head of Intellectual Property Law – Transactions and Open Source. Before Avaya, Bob was a Senior Attorney at AT&T where he focused on transactions, patent assertion and monetization. Bob also spent 4 plus years as a patent litigator at Fish & Neave (now a part of Ropes & Gray). Bob is a graduate of Rutgers University - College of Engineering and Rutgers Law School and has a LL.M in Intellectual Property from George Washington University Law School.
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. Mr. Solomon holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a 10 year engineering career in the Missile Systems Design Labs at The Raytheon Company.
As a patent attorney, he has 18 years of experience working with a wide range of technologies, including telecommunications, microelectronics, circuits, display devices (LEDs), optics, automatic control systems, digital signal processing (DSPs), mechanical systems, blockchains, media and RTB advertising delivery systems, orange pulp processing, software, fashion, and many others. He has lead development of several large patent portfolios that are prosecuted globally. Mr. Solomon also supports his clients with IP transactional experience and high-stakes legal opinions.
Leon Sternberg | Managing Director-NA | Dennemeyer Group
Leon Steinberg is the Managing Director, North America for Dennemeyer Group. Dennemeyer Group manages patent annuities, trademark renewals, recordals, foreign filing and software solutions. Leon's focus is on expanding the company's business operations in North America. Prior to joining Dennemeyer Leon was the Chairman of the Black Hills Group and served as CEO of Black Hills renewals business and its technology businesses. Leon was previously the founder and CEO of Intellevate and the CEO of Foundation IP, both of which were sold to CPA Global. After the sale, Leon served as a member of CPA Global's senior management team.
Leon is a lawyer and a former partner at the Maslon law firm in Minneapolis. Leon founded and served as CEO of Meritas and was an owner and former President of Super Lawyers and Law & Politics magazine. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Institute on Law Firm Management. Leon is married, with four beautiful children, and one not so beautiful child. He enjoys running, skiing, tennis and is known to have an irreverent sense of humor.
Eric Sophir | Partner | Dentons
Eric Sophir, Partner of Dentons, counsels clients on protecting innovations, gaining market share, resolving patent disputes, and monetizing patents. His practice includes various aspects of patent law, including patent preparation and prosecution, infringement and validity analysis in patent litigation, due diligence, clearance and landscape analysis, and post-grant proceedings. He has a particular emphasis on patent strategy and portfolio development, including invention harvesting and filing strategies. Clients range from Fortune 50 companies to startup companies. His global patent procurement efforts and patent analysis involves technologies including software, semiconductors, telecommunications, internet technology, electrical hardware, cloud computing, financial systems, consumer products, and other arts.
Eric has been recognized by Chambers as one of the top 10 patent prosecution attorneys in Washington, DC since 2013 in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, by SuperLawyers magazine as a Super Lawyer in 2016 in Washington, DC, and by Euromoney as a Patent Expert since 2015. Eric's patent portfolio strategy has been recognized by Crain's when one of his client's portfolios was once rated the highest quality amongst Chicago-based companies. Corporate Counsel has often recognized Eric's firm as a "Go-To Law Firm" for patent prosecution for Fortune 500 companies based on Eric's management of patent matters for these companies.
Douglas R. Nemec | Partner | Skadden-Arps- Slate-Meagher & Flom LLP
Douglas R. Nemec concentrates on intellectual property litigation and related counseling, including providing intellectual property advice in connection with corporate transactions. Mr. Nemec has litigated numerous cases in a wide range of technologies, from pharmaceuticals and other chemicals to IT and electronics. He has particular experience in life sciences matters, including patent litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Mr. Nemec also is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he represents clients in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and other matters.
He is a member of the Skadden group recognized by BTI Consulting Group as one of the top legal advisers general counsel turn to for pharmaceutical work; by Law360 among its 2015 Technology Practice Groups of the Year for courtroom victories in the technology sector; and by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s leading IP practices in its IP Hot List for multiple years. Mr. Nemec also was named as a 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group. He also has been recognized as a leader in IP by Managing IP, LMG Life Sciences and Intellectual Asset Management. He is frequently involved with life sciences matters that the group handles, including defense of patent infringement claims, enforcement of patent and other IP rights and inter partes reviews related to the treatment of a variety of ailments and diseases.
Erwin Cruz | Director-Intellectual Property Strategy and Management | W.W. Grainger Inc.
Erwin Cruz is an executive leader with specific focus on intellectual property strategy and management at W. W. Grainger, Inc. In this global role, Erwin is responsible for leading and managing a subsidiary, an intellectual property holding company through the development of robust intellectual property practices and asset creation that aligns and protects the intellectual capital of the organization’s strategic initiatives ensuring overall alignment to emerging trends and corporate strategies.
Erwin has over 25 years of MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) industry experience and have held a variety of leadership roles at W. W. Grainger, Inc. which includes; sales, customer service, supply chain, information technology, ecommerce, business development, strategy, innovation, research & development, product development, human capital management, and in his current role of intellectual property strategy and management. Erwin is also an inventor of United States Patent and Trademark granted patents and is recently recognized as a 2018 IAM (Intellectual Asset Management) Word’s Leading Intellectual Property Strategist. Erwin earned multiple graduate degrees in business, technology, and law and is currently a doctoral candidate where his research will focus on emergent technologies.
Erwin is passionate about the rapid pace of technologies and the emergence of new business models where the intersection of business/technology/law is becoming more profound and critical to an organization’s strategic advantage. Erwin’s professional experience and educational background has given him the opportunity to lead many industry initiatives from conception to commercialization allowing him to align emerging trends into organizational execution effectively.
James Grogan | Deputy Administrator and Chief Counsel Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission | Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC)
James Grogan is the Deputy Administrator and the Chief Counsel of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC). For almost 40 years, he has investigated and prosecuted hundreds of charges of lawyer misconduct and has argued dozens of disciplinary cases in the Supreme Court of Illinois. He is a Past President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), the bar association of lawyer regulators. For over 30 years, Mr. Grogan has taught legal ethics, first at the DePaul University College of Law and then at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where he is an Adjunct Professor. Over the course of his career he has presented over twelve-hundred speeches, lectures and workshops to law firms, bar associations, corporations and judicial and governmental groups and agencies on various professional responsibility and lawyer regulation topics.
John Cabeca | Director | Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office
As the Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), John Cabeca carries out the 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 located in San Jose, and oversees stakeholder engagement on IP policy matters and IP education for the seven state region. John ensures the USPTO’s programs and initiatives are tailored to meeting the needs of the region's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
A veteran of the USPTO for over 29 years, Mr. Cabeca previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, he worked closely across Agency leadership to implement the policies and priorities of the USPTO. John began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from Widener University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1997 and joined the Senior Executive Service in 2008 serving as a Patent Technology Center Director over the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies.
Mr. Cabeca has dedicated much of his career to the USPTO's outreach and education programs focusing on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. Over the years, he 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 was on special assignment to the Executive Office of the President in the United States Trade Representative's Office. At 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.
Robert Braun | Head of Licensing | Nokia
Robert Braun leads the Mobile Devices licensing program for the Patent Business at Nokia. With more than 100 licensees, Nokia has one of the industry’s broadest and strongest IP portfolios – reporting around €1.6 billion in patent and brand licensing revenue in 2017.
Mr Braun joined Nokia in 2014 as Head of Licensing US and Americas before assuming his current role in 2017. Rob has almost 30 years’ experience in patent licensing, working in related roles for Discovision, Intellectual Ventures and Microsoft before joining Nokia.
Rob’s undergraduate degree is in Computer Science from Clarkson University, with a Juris Doctorate degree from Syracuse University School of Law. A registered US Patent Attorney licensed to practice in California, Washington DC and New York, he has taught licensing at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and spoken at venues including IPBC, LES, USC, Whittier Law School, and the California State Bar conference.
Rod Wittenberg | Senior Director-Patent Workflow Tech | LexisNexis
Rod Wittenberg is the Senior Director of Patent Workflow Technology for LexisNexisIP, a division of RELX Corp.
Rod has worked in the RELX organization for 25 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.
Sharon Lai | Intellectual Property Counsel- Americas | Volvo Car Corporation
Sharon is Intellectual Property Counsel for the Americas at Volvo Car Corporation. She works at the intersection of business, law and science. In her role, she works closely with engineering, business, and intellectual property teams to protect, license, develop, and monetize intellectual property. She joined Volvo because she was inspired by the company’s focus and dedication to safety – after all, Volvo was the company that dedicated to the public their patented three-point harness system (used in every car today). Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a JD and MBA from Syracuse University.
Tao Zhang | Assistant General Counsel of IP and Technology | Ansys Inc.
Tao Zhang is assistant general counsel of IP and Technology at Ansys, Inc. Her main responsibilities include patent portfolio development, product and license compliances, copyright management and IP transactions. Prior to Ansys, she was senior director of IP strategy at Huawei Device USA. Before Huawei, Dr, Zhang was with Hewlett-Packard for 23 years.
Dr. Zhang is a member of the California Bar and a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office. She is also co-author of the book Mining Ideas for Diamonds – Comparing China and US IP Practices from Invention Selection to Patent Monetization, which is being translated into Chinese for publication in China. She also co-authored the article “Call for Standardization in Patent Claim Drafting”, Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal, Volume 34, Issue 3 (April 2018). Dr, Zhang was recognized by the IAM Strategy 300 in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
William Ralston | Chief IP Counsel | Viasat, Inc.
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.
John Merkling | Chief Patent Counsel | Terumo BCT
John is currently Chief Patent Counsel for Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies serving customers in more than 130 countries worldwide. Prior to Terumo BCT, John held the role of Senior Patent Counsel at Intermedics, a Texas based medical devices organization specializing in pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and heart valves.
Karl Fazio , Senior Counsel for Global Products and Intellectual Property, and Chief Patent Counsel, Pearson Education
As Pearson’s Chief Patent Counsel, Karl manages their international patent program, develops and implements effective open source and trade secret practices, and provides IP guidance regarding defensive litigation, enforcement, M&A, strategic partnerships, and licensing matters. Before joining Pearson, Karl headed GoDaddy’s IP group and helped guide GoDaddy from startup through private equity investment through IPO. He previously spent 10 years litigating cases in courts throughout the U.S., most recently as a partner with Bowman and Brooke. Karl’s technical experience includes 3 years as a hardware engineer at Digital Equipment Corp. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a JD, both from the University of Arizona.
Sean Radcliffe, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, R1 RCM Inc.
Sean Radcliffe joined R1 RCM Inc. in February 2017 and serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Sean has over two decades of experience guiding corporations through a wide range of business and legal matters, including strategic transactions, intellectual property protection, client and vendor engagement, human resources, mergers and acquisitions, and all aspects of public company compliance.
Prior to joining R1, Sean served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Ciber, Inc., a public company providing global information technology consulting and outsourcing to commercial clients. Prior to that, Sean spent eight years as Chief Corporate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at IHS, helping to build a global intellectual property portfolio from its initial public offering through dozens of acquisitions. Before joining IHS, he worked as a senior attorney at WilTel Communications, a major telecommunications company. Prior to his in-house career, Sean was in private practice with a focus on securities law, M&A, and intellectual property transactions.
Christine Reddy | Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Deputy Corporate Secretary | Fannie Mae
Christine Reddy is Fannie Mae's Vice President and Deputy General Counsel and Deputy Corporate Secretary. Reporting to the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Reddy is responsible for corporate secretary and governance operations and counsel, in particular, facilitating governance by the Fannie Mae Board of Directors. Reddy is also responsible for managing the legal team that provides support to the technology, operations, and procurement divisions and for managing the corporate intellectual property team.
Prior to joining Fannie Mae in 2006, Reddy held several positions of increasing management responsibility at PBS (Public Broadcasting Service). At PBS, she was Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and was responsible for corporate governance and corporate secretarial functions for PBS and its subsidiaries. She also was responsible for managing the provision of legal services to a diverse portfolio of PBS business and corporate divisions, including technology & operations, treasury, finance, compensation & benefits, brand management & media affairs, sponsorship & development, labor & employment, and internal audit.
Before that, Reddy provided transactional, corporate governance, and regulatory legal counsel as a corporate associate with the law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP; as Counsel, Legal and Government Affairs, with the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations; as Assistant General Counsel/Manager of State and Local Government Relations for United Way of America; and as a corporate associate with the law firm of Patton Boggs, LLP. Education: Reddy has a bachelor of arts with distinction in English from the University of Virginia, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Raven Society and was also selected as an Echols and Virginia State Scholar. She has a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a Dillard Fellow.
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.
Patrick Zhang | Head of Intellectual Property | Atlassian
Patrick Zhang is Head of Intellectual Property at Atlassian, a fast-growing enterprise software company aimed at bringing out the best in all teams with its suite of productivity tools, which include Jira and Confluence. In this role, Patrick is responsible for Atlassian's IP functions, including patents, trademarks, and related litigation. Prior to Atlassian, Patrick was in-house at Technicolor as its VP of Patent Strategy & Head of Litigation and spent his law firm years at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and Ropes & Gray in New York.
Say Sujintaya | Partner | Baker McKenzie
Say Sujintaya is a partner in Baker McKenzie's' Bangkok office and the regional chair of the firm's IPTech team in Asia Pacific. She also heads the Intellectual Property and Media & Entertainment teams in Bangkok and was responsible for establishing the Intellectual Property practice of the Firm's Yangon office
Say manages the patent and trademark portfolios of some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical, software, and consumer goods companies. In that capacity, she regularly advises on a variety of patent and trademark prosecution matters, licensing, and all manner of intellectual property rights enforcement, including the coordination of anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy campaigns, as well as IP-related litigation.
Aside from working directly with clients on IP-related matters, Say is quite active in lobbying and public policy work, having served a number of professional organizations throughout her career. She currently serves as Secretary of the Thai Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). She is also the newly-elected President of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) Thailand Group and a longstanding member of INTA.
Scott Hayden | Vice President Intellectual Property and Associate General Counsel | Amazon.com
Scott received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, his Masters Business of Administration from Illinois University, and his JD from Saint Louis University. After 13 years with Emerson Electric in the engineering and corporate legal departments, Scott joined Armstrong Teasdale in St. Louis Missouri as an intellectual property attorney. In 1999, Scott became the division IP counsel for General Electric in Melbourne, Florida. Following several years as General Counsel of a GE business, Scott returned to IP as the global leader of GE’s corporate patent operations in Fairfield, Connecticut. In 2006, Scott joined Amazon.com as the Vice President of the intellectual property group with responsibility for all patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and domain issues.
Vincent Brault | SVP Product & Innovation | Anaqua
Vincent has over 20 years of experience in the IP management software and services market. Prior to joining Anaqua in 2009, he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Vice President of Business Development at CPA Global. While at CPA, he led the software development and client implementation services for nearly a decade.
Dr. Herbert Kunz | Managing Principal | Fish & Richardson
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, the European Patent Office (EPO), and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
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 patent opposition 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).
John Flaim | Partner | Baker & McKenzie LLP
John Flaim is Chambers rated and leads the Global Intellectual Property Practice Group of Baker McKenzie. His practice encompasses intellectual property litigation, counseling, and licensing and prosecution matters. He has significant experience in patent litigation infringement actions in federal district courts and before the US International Trade Commission.
Mr. Flaim’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. He has significant experience representing multinational clients, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in patent litigations in District Courts throughout the United States and before the International Trade Commission in Washington, DC. Many of the patents litigated by Mr. Flaim cover electrical and computer related technologies, such as software, voice messaging, semiconductor processing and circuitry, smart cards, wireless and wireline telecommunications systems, and digital image editing. In the course of his practice, Mr. Flaim counsels clients regarding the infringement, validity and enforceability of patents, including the preparation of formal opinions concerning those issues. Mr. Flaim is also experienced in licensing, acquisition, development, and co-development transactions and agreements involving various technologies. In addition, he also advises clients on copyright, patent and trademark matters, including the protection of intellectual property assets and infringement assessments.
David Westergard | Senior Director of Patent Licensing and European Litigation | Micron Technology, Inc.
W. David Westergard is the Senior Director of Patent Licensing and European Litigation at Micron Technology, Inc. In that capacity, Mr. Westergard has led or played a major role in virtually every major IP litigation naming Micron as plaintiff or defendant since 1995. Since 2006, Mr. Westergard has been heavily involved in Micron’s merger and acquisition activity, and has played the leadership role in connection with IP licensing, technology transfer, joint development and industry collaboration deals ranging in value from tens of millions to multiple billions of (U.S.) dollars.
Prior to joining Micron in 1995, Mr. Westergard worked for the law firm Arnold, White & Durkee (now Winston & Strawn) in Houston where he was actively engaged in patent litigation on behalf of Fortune 100 companies. He is a past law clerk to Randall R. Rader, former chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and graduated cum laude from the law school at Brigham Young University in 1988. Mr. Westergard has been an ardent enthusiast of sound, Constitutionally-informed, patent policy for his entire career. He has spent the past fifteen years actively participating at all levels of the patent reform debate, testifying before Congressional committees and speaking as an invited speaker at thought-leadership symposia and other industry conferences. He remains active in industry coalitions, and continues amicus participation at the Federal Circuit and at the Supreme Court.
Mr. Westergard was appointed in September of 2006 by Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez for a three-year term as a member of the Patent Public Advisory Committee. Expertise includes: litigation in US Federal courts and in foreign countries, public policy, contracts (both negotiation and litigation), licensing and acquisition, technology transfer, and merger & acquisition.
George Kanabe | Senior Director, Legal | McAfee, LLC
George joined McAfee, LLC early this year, following its spinout from Intel in 2017. He is responsible for managing all intellectual property matters, and also oversees products/marketing counseling and technology transactions. Before joining McAfee, George was in private practice at firms in New York, Atlanta, and most recently in San Francisco, where he was a partner in the intellectual property group of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Before turning his focus to internal clients, George represented individuals and companies—from various technological fields, and ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies—on all aspects of IP law and disputes, with an emphasis on litigation, due diligence, portfolio management and licensing. Prior to completing law school, George put his engineering background to use as a registered patent agent. His diverse background has enabled him to develop a 360-degree view of IP matters and craft more effective strategies. He enjoys applying a process-oriented approach tailored to defined business goals, while carefully delving into critical details to give his clients effective solutions and peace of mind.
Philip Ducker | Of Counsel | Mintz
Philip’s practice is primarily focused on intellectual property matters with an emphasis on patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and trade dress. These matters involve a wide and diverse range of complex technologies, including electronics, mobile telecommunications, mobile devices, and medical devices. Philip has successfully represented clients in District Courts across the United States and before the US International Trade. In addition to litigation matters, Philip also regularly counsels clients on intellectual property acquisitions and divestitures.
Stephen Akerley | Member | Mintz
Steve is a seasoned intellectual property trial lawyer who has successfully represented clients in District Courts across the United States and before the US International Trade Commission and international tribunals. He is regularly called upon to defend companies in critical intellectual property disputes involving damages claims of hundreds of millions of dollars. Steve has also represented patent owners and secured individual settlements of more than a hundred million dollars.
His insights and views on intellectual property issues are frequently sought and have been featured in publications such as the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, PC World, Red Herring, IP Law & Business, and Law360.
Nick Soter | Senior Sales Director | Anaqua
Nick joined Anaqua in 2010, and brings 15+ years of legal and IP consultative sales experience. Nick has worked with some of the largest IP owning companies in the world to improve productivity and competitiveness, while also delivering unparalleled return on investment (ROI).