Jordan joined USAA in 2010 as AVP, Intellectual Property and is responsible for the strategy, development, protection, enforcement, and ongoing management of USAA’s portfolio of intellectual property rights (such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks), intellectual property litigation, and related licensing. Prior to joining USAA, Jordan most recently served as the Intellectual Property Counsel of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (CBOE), the largest options exchange in the United States. Before CBOE, Jordan was in private practice, focused on the procurement of intellectual property rights, intellectual property litigation, and licensing. Jordan has received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Kansas, a M.S. in Biology (concentration in population genetics) from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from the University ofKansas School of Law. Jordan and his wife (Maria) have two children (Jack and Ellie).
Ira Blumberg VP, IP Lenovo
Ira Blumberg joined Lenovo as Vice President of Intellectual Property in 2012. His responsibilities include managing the IP group and overseeing all patent licensing and management of Lenovo’s patent portfolio as well as providing advice and counseling on all IP matters. Prior to joining Lenovo, starting in 2010, Ira was a Licensing Executive at Intellectual Ventures focused primarily on Japan. Before IV, Ira was Vice President of Licensing at Rambus Inc. Ira joined Rambus in 2004. During his tenure at Rambus, Ira negotiated, drafted and closed patent licensing deals for Rambus valued in excess of $1.5B. Prior to Rambus, Ira was Director of Licensing at Intel. Ira joined Intel in 1997. While at Intel, Ira negotiated, drafted and closed the patent license agreement between Intel and LG Electronics that became the basis of the U.S. Supreme Court case Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. Ira has also worked at the law firms of Hughes Hubbard and Reed and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati. Before beginning his legal career, Ira was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Ira has a J.D. from the University of Virginia and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Science and Computer Science respectively from the University of Pennsylvania.
Anthony Decicco Member GTC Law Group
Tony is a Member in GTC’s IP Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Business & Technology Transactions groups. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, strategic development of patent portfolios, valuing and commercializing intellectual property assets, and licensing and other technology-related transactions. In addition, Tony oversees the firm’s computer code audit and due diligence practice and has extensive experience advising clients regarding the use of open source software. He has reviewed the results of literally thousands of code scans.
Tony’s clients range from individual inventors to Fortune 100 companies. Given his extensive experience on both the buy and sell sides of mergers and acquisitions, patent purchases/sales and IP/technology licensing transactions, he is a trusted advisor to clients on all sides of the table. For acquirers, a key strength is his ability to leverage this experience to quickly identify and assess IP-related risks. On the sell side, this experience translates to grooming clients and positioning IP assets to maximize value and minimize issues during rigorous due diligence.
Prior to joining GTC, Tony was a member of the IP & Technology, Internet & E-Commerce and M&A practice groups at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where he advised clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups. He began his career advising investment companies, also at Skadden, and was involved with bringing several mutual funds to market. He has research and professional experience in a diverse range of fields, including patent valuation, law and economics, molecular evolution, apoptosis, and lipid biochemistry.
Tony holds an Honors B.Sc. in Biochemistry from McMaster University, an M.A. in Economics and a J.D., both from the University of Toronto, where he was a law review editor. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, Ontario, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (with Limited Recognition).
Mark Davis Senior IP Counsel Microchip Technology
Mark C. Davis is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Microchip Technology Inc., a leading manufacturer of microcontroller, memory and analog semiconductors based in Arizona. At Microchip, Mr. Davis oversees the worldwide portfolio of intellectual property assets, including over 7000 active patents and pending applications. Mr. Davis also manages Microchip’s IP-related litigation matters, and supports the company’s patent and technology licensing programs. Prior to working at Microchip, Mr. Davis was Senior Litigation Counsel for BlackBerry where he managed patent litigation matters before the U.S. federal courts, the ITC and the USPTO, and he actively participated in industry-led patent reform efforts. Before working at BlackBerry, Mark served three years as Patent Counsel for Samsung Electronics in South Korea where he was responsible for preparation, prosecution and strategic development of Samsung’s patent portfolio related to visual display technology. Mark began his legal career at the Washington DC-based IP firm Sughrue Mion.
Larry Buckley Division Counsel, Director The Toro Company
Larry heads up the intellectual property department for The Toro Company, a Minnesota-based manufacturing company. His practice focuses on IP counseling, procurement, enforcement and transactions.
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf, snow and ground engaging equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. Its sales reached $2.4 billion in fiscal 2015.
Prior to joining Toro in 1986, Larry was an associate at Merchant & Gould, handling various IP matters. Larry has mechanical engineering degrees from Michigan State University and University of Wisconsin (Madison); and a law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law (formed from recent merger of William Mitchell College of Law, and Hamline Law School).
Susanne Hollinger Senior Counsel, Head of Patents, Global IP The Coca-Cola Company
Susanne Hollinger is currently the Head of Patents as Senior Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company. In that position, she is responsible for implementing the Company's global patent strategy ranging from developing effective plans for protection of its newly developed assets through ensuring adequate risk management procedures during product launch. Her team manages a global portfolio of several thousand active cases in all areas of technology. Prior to joining the Coca-Cola Company, Susanne was Chief IP Officer at Emory University, where she was responsible for advising on appropriate patent protection strategies to maximize licensing potential for new technologies, provided legal support to the Technology Transfer Office, and managed an in-house patent prosecution team. Prior to joining Emory, Susanne worked at the law firm of King & Spalding focusing on patent prosecution and intellectual property counseling. Susanne earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Georgia State University as well as a doctorate in neuroscience from Emory, where her graduate work focused on characterizing molecular and cellular properties of certain newly identified cell signaling proteins.
John Cabeca Director of the West Coast United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO
As the Regional Director of the West Coast 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 USPTO's west coast regional office located in Silicon Valley. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Cabeca ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
A veteran of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for over 26 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 the Agency's leadership to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. 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 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 served 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.
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.
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.
Vincent Brault SVP Anaqua
Vincent has 20 years of experience in the IP management software and services market. At Anaqua, Vincent is responsible for leading the US sales team and managed the integration of Anaqua's annuity payment operations. Prior to joining Anaqua in 2009, he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Business Development US and for eight years lead software development and client implementation services for CPA.
Robert M. Wawrzyn Chief IP Counsel GE Healthcare
Rob Wawrzyn is the Chief IP Counsel for Leading a team of talented IP professionals who work across GE Healthcare's $18.5 Billion hardware, software, and life sciences businesses. We are focused on partnering with business colleagues to support GE Healthcare's growth strategy to provide transformational medical technologies and services and to shape a new age of patient care. Prior to his current role, Rob was the Chief IP Counsel for GE Transportation located in Erie, Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2011. From 2003 to 2008, Rob was an IP Counsel for GE Healthcare supporting Surgery, X-ray, Interventional, Imaging Subsystems, and Global Services businesses.
Rob obtained his BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Geology and Geophysics. He received his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. Prior to joining GE, Rob was a licensing attorney at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, OR.
Paul-Johan Jean Co-Founder & Member GTC Law Group
Paul advises technology companies and their founders, executives and investors in connection with intellectual property strategy, privacy and information governance, IP-related transactions and exit readiness. He has a deep background in licensing and IP-focused M&A, and he has helped represent clients in such diverse fields as entertainment, mobile applications, information security, sports technologies, publishing, cloud computing, intelligent lighting, wireless telecommunications, brewing, wearable devices and online learning, among many others.
Paul served as GTC’s managing partner from its founding in 2002 until 2013. Prior to forming GTC, he was a member of the Corporate and M&A practice groups at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he had previously practiced securities litigation. He clerked for Justice Sherman D. Horton Jr. at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Paul is a member of the Board of Advisors of Massachusetts Appleseed. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. from American University. He has data privacy and security training from the SANS Institute and holds certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Global Information Assurance Certification organization.
Ellen Szymanski Senior Director of International IP U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center
Ellen Szymanski is senior director of international intellectual property for the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Concentrating on China and the Americas, Szymanski’s work at GIPC is dedicated to advancing intellectual property systems to incentivize creations and breakthroughs that benefit the global consumer.
Before joining the Chamber, Szymanski worked for eight years in the Office of China and Mongolia at the U.S. Department of Commerce where she managed U.S.-China trade policy development, negotiation, and implementation. She represented the Commerce Department on intellectual property matters, designed cutting-edge business advisory programs for companies, and engaged in government dialogues on IP-related matters.
Szymanski is also a graduate of the Executive Development Leadership Program at the Department of Commerce and served at SelectUSA, a federal program promoting inbound investment, and the Smithsonian Freer Sackler Galleries.
Previously, Szymanski practiced law at Graham and Dunn in Seattle and served as general counsel at Gene Juarez Salons and Spas.
Szymanski earned a law degree and master’s of Asian studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. She and her husband live in Northern Virginia with their three sons.
Michael Degn SVP of Sales & Marketing MultiLing
As the MultiLing Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Michael Degn is responsible for the company’s brand management, client services, and global business development strategies. Degn has more than 20 years of experience in business leadership. Prior to joining the MultiLing team, he led sales efforts in the software and certification industries. Degn’s greatest strengths include his ability to build relationships with clients and business associates. He thrives on providing clients additional value by helping to optimize the efficiency and cost of their patent management. Degn is particularly valued at MultiLing for his motivational management style. He holds a Bachelor’s from Brigham Young University and an MBA from San Diego State University.
Michael Webber Member GTC Law Group
Mike is a Member in GTC Law Group’s M&A and Business and Technology Transactions Practice groups, focusing on licensing and joint ventures, domestic and cross-border M&A, and general commercial transactions. In his M&A practice he advises clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies in both the IP and corporate aspects of buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions. In his commercial transactions practice, he represents clients in the IT and life sciences sectors with respect to inbound and outbound licensing, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, sponsored research and development agreements, and the formation of industry consortia. Mike also has a great depth and breadth of experience representing issuers and investors in both IP and corporate aspects of venture capital and debt financing transactions.
Before joining GTC, Mike was a member of the corporate and venture capital practice groups at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. Mike is fluent in German and has extensive experience with U.S. – Europe cross-border transactions. He received a B.A. in German from the University of Massachusetts in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review.
Mahlet Getachew Senior Legal Counsel GoPro
Mahlet Getachew is Senior Legal Counsel at GoPro, Inc., the maker of wearable and mountable cameras and accessories, where she leads the mergers and acquisitions team for GoPro Legal in addition to advising the company on strategic IP transactions, including collaborations with government institutions and universities. Formerly, she was Corporate Counsel at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., a leading provider of EDA and semiconductor IP, where she negotiated, managed and closed over $700 million in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. Mahlet started her legal career as a corporate attorney at Jones Day, an international law firm, where she represented large and small tech companies on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions in the software, internet, renewable energy, media, education and semiconductor industries. She holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Lewis & Clark College and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Eric Lamison VP of IP Litigation Cisco Systems
Eric is the Vice President of IP litigation for Cisco. His IP litigation team is responsible for overseeing Cisco’s patent litigation worldwide. His team’s responsibilities include managing Cisco’s legal strategies and outside counsel teams. Eric and his team work horizontally across all businesses at Cisco given the prevalence and importance of IP issues to the company. Before joining Cisco in July 2014, Eric was an equity partner with the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he practiced for nearly two decades as a patent trial lawyer. He began his legal career as an associate with Kirkland in its Los Angeles offices in August 1995. In January 2003, Eric was one of five Kirkland partners who relocated to San Francisco to open the Firm’s Bay Area offices. There, Eric was responsible for founding and leading the Firm’s Bay Area IP litigation practice. By 2014, K&E’s Bay Area presence had grown to over 100 attorneys including more than 30 IP litigation attorneys. While at K&E, Eric represented many high technology companies (and particularly Cisco) in high stakes patent litigation brought before courts all over the country as well as the International Trade Commission. Eric earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1995 and his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 1992.
Jochen Herr Partner Baker & McKenzie
Jochen Herr studied mechanical and process engineering as well as law. He is one of the few lawyers in Germany who are admitted both as attorney-at-law and as German and European patent attorney. He has more than 10 years’ experience in patent litigation proceedings before the German infringement courts, the German Federal Patent Court and the German and European Patent Office. He is also experienced in license agreements, research and development contracts as well as matters of know-how protection. He advises companies on all matters of patent strategies.
Ivan Chaperot VP Licensing & Corporate Development The Kudelski Group
Ivan Chaperot is vice president of licensing and corporate development at the Kudelski Group, a Swiss public company and world leader in digital security and convergent media solutions. In this role, Mr Chaperot develops IP licensing programmes and develops and manages the acquisition of patented technologies and innovative companies.
Most recently, Mr Chaperot was vice president of licensing at Finjan Holdings, a cybersecurity company. In this role, Mr Chaperot led Finjan’s global licensing activities, negotiated and closed global outbound licensing transactions and managed a team of business, technology and IP professionals.
Before Finjan, Mr Chaperot held various management positions at Intel Corporation. He led large-scale and complex technology and IP acquisitions. He also developed new IP and licensing strategies.
From 2008 to 2012 Mr Chaperot served as a licensing executive at Intellectual Ventures. In this role, he managed investment and outbound licensing programmes.
From 2004 to 2008 Mr Chaperot served as senior licensing manager at Alcatel Lucent. In this role, he managed outbound licensing programmes and patent divestitures.
Mr Chaperot has authored and lectured on financial valuation and licensing activities – in particular, real-option valuations for complex IP transactions.
Mr Chaperot is a European patent attorney and a French patent attorney.
Eve Saltman Deputy GC & Assistant Corporate Secretary GoPro
Eve Saltman is the Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary at GoPro, Inc., where she works on corporate securities and corporate governance matters with the General Counsel. Eve manages a team that supports intellectual property, human resources, disputes, product development, and supply chain/operations. She was recently awarded The Recorder 2015 In-house Impact Award for her legal product counseling leadership at GoPro and was nominated in 2016 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a public company “Rising Star.” Eve previously held in-house positions at Autodesk, Siebel Systems, LiveOps, OnLive, and started her career at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. At Cornell, Eve majored in History and graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University where she graduated cum laude.
Javier Leija Senior Corporate IP Counsel ON Semiconductor
Javier Leija currently works as the Senior Corporate IP Counsel for ON Semiconductor. Javier provides global counsel related to IP transactions, patent portfolio management, and M&A activities. Javier has assisted with the acquisition of companies and IP valued at over $3B. The practice of law is Javier’s second career having spent over 15 years working as an engineer in the government, space, semiconductor, and computing technologies. Javier also has prior legal experience working as a clerk at Bryan Cave and a patent analyst and business unit legal representative at Intel Corporation. Javier holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University, an MBA-Finance from the University of Colorado, a Juris Doctorate from the Arizona Summit School of Law, and is an alumni of the 2011 - 2012 Arizona Bar Leadership Institute.
Raymond Ferrell EVP, GC & Corporate Secretary Dex Media
Raymond R. Ferrell has been the Executive Vice President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Dex Media, Inc. since July 2013. Prior to that, he was V.P. Associate General Counsel at Dex. Mr. Ferrell provides legal services and advice regarding I.P. transactional matters, securities compliance, financing, board-related matters, M&A, operations, employment, corporate compliance, litigation, and public policy. He maintains particular focus on digital issues, and works with his business partners to enhance and create high-performance digital products and services for advertisers and consumers. Prior to Dex Media, he was Senior Counsel – Vice President in the American Express General Counsel’s office for more than eight years. Ray is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School.
David Ruschke Chief Judge Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)
David P. Ruschke is Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He was appointed to the position in May 2016.
As Chief Judge, Dr. Ruschke leads the PTAB which is authorized to conduct post grant trials following the passage of the American Invents Act in 2011. Dr. Ruschke manages the PTAB as it conducts trials, including inter partes, post grant, and covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings, and renders decisions in interferences.
In his previous role, Dr. Ruschke managed the intellectual property portfolio of Medtronic’s CSH business unit, with sales in excess of $3 billion. As Chief Patent Counsel, Dr. Ruschke participated in numerous patent appeals, reexamination proceedings, interferences, post grant reviews, inter partes reviews, and covered business method patent reviews. He gained extensive experience in post grant proceedings in Europe and participated in third-party contested proceedings before administrative agencies and courts around the world. He has significant experience in shaping and integrating teams of professionals, as well as managing a workforce that is geographically dispersed.
Prior to joining Medtronic, Dr. Ruschke practiced with Covington & Burling in Washington DC, where he litigated claims of patent infringement. Dr. Ruschke’s judicial experience includes clerking for Chief Judge Glenn L. Archer, Jr. and Circuit Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Dr. Ruschke received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and holds a PhD in organometallic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in chemistry from the University of Minnesota.
Bryan Geurts Chief Patent Counsel NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Bryan Geurts has worked in the Office of Patent Counsel at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) since 2002 and has served as Chief Patent Counsel for GSFC since 2007. As Chief, he is responsible for the identification, protection and strategic management of all intellectual property at GSFC.
Mr. Geurts has over twenty five years of experience in the field of intellectual property (IP). As a government attorney, he practices all aspects of IP law as it pertains to government rights, such as in the areas of subject inventions, including patent prosecution and licensing; intellectual property procurement, including data and invention rights; software development and trademarks.
Mr. Geurts holds Bachelor Degrees in Civil Engineering and German from the University of Utah (1986), and a Juris Doctor Degree from Brigham Young University (1989). He was recently awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.
Bernard Greenspan Senior Director IP Prometheus Laboratories
Dr. Greenspan is the Senior Director of Intellectual Property at Prometheus Laboratories, a Nestlé Health Science Company, located in San Diego, CA. The company develops diagnostic tests in the area of gastrointestinal diseases. Bernie is responsible for IP portfolio strategy and management, due diligence on new ventures, working with scientific staff to capture new innovations, working with marketing to identify and register trademarks, and for training employees on the importance of IP protection to the success of the company.
Prior to joining Prometheus, Bernie held positions as Director of IP Strategy Management for Pfizer La Jolla Laboratories, Senior Director of Intellectual Property at Verus Pharmaceuticals, and as an independent consultant to life science and medical device companies.
Bernie's research and development career has included positions as Director of Aerosol Technology at Dura Pharmaceuticals and Elan Pharmaceuticals and Staff Scientist at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Bernie holds a BA in physics with honors from Clark University, and an MS and Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is registered to practice at the USPTO as a patent agent.