Active in the field of intellectual property management software since 1999, Rupert has worked with a large variety of players in the IP field on all aspects of the IP management process, ranging from docketing to IP workflow automation to inventor incentive programs, strategic reporting and portfolio management. After filling various roles at Unycom in Munich and Graz for a decade, he led the spinoff of IPfolio into an independent, California-based company in 2012.
Rupert holds a Master's degree in industrial engineering from the Vienna University of Technology and has lived in Denmark, Austria, Germany, Spain and the United States.
Tanuja Garde VP IP and Deputy GC BASF Corporation
Tanuja Garde is the Vice-President for Intellectual Property and Deputy General Counsel at BASF Corporation. Before joining BASF, she was the Chief IP Counsel and General Counsel for Engineering at GE Aviation. Previously, Ms. Garde worked in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President of the United States, where she was the Deputy Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation. She has also worked in law firms and in academia, with fellowships at the University of London’s Queen Mary IP Research Institute in London, England and the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich, Germany, where she was also the Head of the U.S. Department. Ms. Garde is admitted to practice to the State Bar of California and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Chris Agnew Chief IP and Patent Counsel Genesys
Chris manages all aspects of IP for private international software company Genesys, including IP litigation, patent and trademark prosecution and portfolio management, IP due diligence for M&A, and IP issues arising in software licensing. Chris manages multiple outside counsel and a multi-million dollar IP budget. Genesys was founded in 1990 and is the global omnichannel customer experience and contact center solution leader. Chris has nearly 15 years of law firm and in-house experience and hails from Boston, and has earned five degrees, including a J.D. from Stanford University Law School and an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester.
Eric Schulman Principal Fish & Richardson
Eric Schulman is a Principal in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson. His practice is primarily focused on patent prosecution and counseling, patent strategy and analysis, and development and management of patent portfolios. Mr. Schulman also has experience in trademark portfolio development, IP licensing and acquisition, patent post-grant proceedings, patent and trademark litigation, standards bodies, copyright, open source, M&A, commercial transactions, collaborative structures, broad IP strategy and legal management.
He serves on the advisory board of the LOT Network, which he conceived in 2013 and founded in 2014. LOT is an industry-led and independently-run non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the number of lawsuits and licensing requests its members receive from patent assertion entities.
Prior to Fish, he was Head of Intellectual Property at Uber Technologies, Inc., where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s IP program, including strategy, team management, and execution. Before Uber, Mr. Schulman spent more than 9 years in-house at Google Inc., where he served most recently as Legal Director and received the General Counsel Award for a complete win of the Oracle v. Google patent litigation. Mr. Schulman has been recognized in the IAM 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategist for 2016.
Lori Gordon Director Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
Lori Gordon is a Director in both the Litigation and Electronics practice groups, focusing on inter partes matters, including district court litigation and contested case proceedings at the USPTO. She has been involved in over a dozen district court patent litigations since joining the firm, acting as lead counsel for the claim construction, infringement and validity aspects of these cases. In addition, she is currently acting as lead counsel in over 110 AIA contested case proceedings at the USPTO. Ms. Gordon also has extensive experience handling reexamination proceedings, acting as counsel in over 40 inter partes and ex parte reexaminations. Ms. Gordon has handled contentious matters in a wide variety of technical fields, including telecommunications systems, software, radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, Voice over IP, security, cryptography, Internet applications, databases, and backup and replication technologies.
Prior to working at Sterne Kessler, Ms. Gordon spent nine years working as an engineer for Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), the research and development organization for the regional telephone companies. While at Bellcore, she worked on the development of industry requirements and applications for various technologies including wireless, Voice over IP, alternate billing services, operator services, local number portability, and network signaling. She also worked on the development of fraud prevention and network security measures for domestic and international wireline and wireless carriers.
Herbert Kunz Managing Principal Fish & Richardson (Germany)
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, and the European Patent Office (EPO).
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 trademark 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).
David Bender Special Counsel, Data Privacy GTC Law Group
Dave specializes in Privacy and Data Protection matters, elucidating for corporate clients the thicket of privacy laws that are proliferating in the US and abroad. Examples include implementing cross-border transfers of personal data, handling data security breach notification matters, advising clients on diverse privacy issues under various federal and state laws, developing a scheme of uniform privacy practices and policies for multinational corporations, and drafting privacy policies. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and at Pace University Law School, where he teaches Privacy and Data Protection Law. He is the author of Bender on Privacy and of Computer Law, both published by LexisNexis.
Before joining GTC, Dave headed the Privacy practice at White & Case LLP. Prior to that, he headed the IP Litigation Department at AT&T, where he was responsible for all IP litigation brought by or against any Bell System company. Before turning to the law, he served as an engineer with the aerospace division of the Ford Motor Company, and as a mathematician with Hughes Aircraft. He has an Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, an LL.B. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an LL.M. in Patent Law from George Washington University Law School, and an S.J.D. from George Washington. He is admitted to practice in New York, and before the US Patent and Trademark Offic
Michael Masterson Deputy Global CEO EverEdgeIP
Michael is Deputy Global CEO of EverEdge and an expert in high growth businesses and intangible assets. As the eighth hire and part of the senior management team at a start-up, Michael was fundamental in the company’s growth to over 7,500 people throughout Australasia in just over eight years. As the CEO of Asia and New Zealand (and one of the region’s youngest major CEO’s), Michael guided the business to become one of New York stock exchange listed Omnicom Group’s (NYSE:OMC) most successful and profitable acquisitions. Since then he has founded a number of successful start-ups and turned around two mid-sized companies in logistics and FMCG, taking both from significant losses to profit within nine months. He is also on the board of Cure Brain Cancer, recently named the most Innovative Charity and 25th most innovative organization. Michael’s ability to critically evaluate innovations and opportunities from a commercial perspective is key to his contribution to the EverEdge team and it’s growth from New Zealand to the US, UK, Australia, and soon Asia to become the largest Intangible Asset Strategy company globally.