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 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 American Lawyer described Mr. Sammi’s 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, and also has been selected for inclusion in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
Mr. Sammi, as lead trial counsel, recently obtained a $500 million jury verdict for leading video game studio clients ZeniMax Media and id Software against Facebook subsidiary Oculus VR and its executives. The case was tried to a jury over three weeks in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and involved virtual reality technology. The trial included the first-ever cross-examination of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in open court and received widespread media coverage. The verdict is the sixth-largest ever awarded for copyright, trademark and/or trade secret claims and the 12th-largest intellectual property verdict including patent claims.
Mr. Sammi also obtained a multimillion-dollar jury verdict, damages award and permanent injunction for trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement on behalf of a technology company in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In another action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Mr. Sammi successfully defended a software development firm against a preliminary injunction for copyright infringement sought by a global technology firm.
Bill McSpadden Partner Baker McKenzie
Bill McSpadden is a Chambers-recognized lawyer whose practice encompasses all aspects of patent law: litigation, prosecution, opinions, and portfolio counseling. Mr. McSpadden has litigated numerous cases, most of which have been in the Eastern District of Texas. He has prepared and prosecuted many patent applications, and has counseled clients on international portfolio management. He has also prepared legal opinions regarding patent infringement, validity, and enforceability issues.
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 Steinberg 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 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.
Brett Alten SVP, Deputy General Counsel & Intellectual Property Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Brett Alten is SVP, Deputy General Counsel, & Intellectual Property Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Before that, he was DGC & Head of IP at SolarCity Corp, until it was acquired by Tesla. Previously he served as Head of IP at Dropbox and acted as Director of Patent Enforcement and Director of Patent Development at Apple. Brett also practiced with several well-known law firms, including Morrison & Foerster in Tokyo (primarily patent litigation, adversarial licensing, strategy, and counseling), Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner in Washington DC and at Fish & Neave in New York City. Brett also received a Ph.D. in physics from The Johns Hopkins University and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, where he taught physics and started a vocational school.
Chad Evans Director of Sales Anaqua
Chad has been providing Intellectual Property SaaS solutions to corporate legal departments and law firms for more than 15 years. As the director of Sales at Anaqua, Chad is responsible for implementing ANAQUA for some of world’s largest IP holding companies and AM Law 100 firms in order to improve efficiencies while delivering significant ROI.
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 of the 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 Chief Counsel 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 Director, 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.
Sharon Lai Intellectual Property Counsel Americas at 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.
Geoff Baker AGC – IP Sears Holdings
Geoff Baker is currently the Assistant General Counsel – Intellectual Property for Sears Holdings. In his current role he works to; manage and monetize the IP portfolio, drive IP strategy across six continents, collaborate with and advise senior management on IP decisions, assess business and litigation risk and create and improve IP-related processes for significant productivity increases and cost reduction.
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.