Joseph R. Klinicki
Charles R. Macedo
Helen Li, PhD
Joe Kozhaya, Ph.D
DJ Nag, Ph.D., MBA, CLP, RTTP
Lee Cheng is the Chief Legal Officer of eForCity Corporation, a leading e-commerce company focused on electronic and mobile accessories and is Of Counsel at The Webb Law Firm, the oldest intellectual property boutique law firm in America. Prior to these roles, Lee served as the Chief Operating Officer and EVP of Gibson Brands, Inc., a global music and lifestyle-oriented company based in Nashville, Tennesse, and Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, and Corporate Secretary of Newegg Inc., the second-largest online-only retailer in the United States. He has also served as the Vice President and General Counsel of GeneFluidics, Inc., a medical diagnostics company, and as the Vice President of Administration and Legal Affairs at LightCross, Inc., an optical networking components company.
Lee entered private practice at the law firm of Dow, Lohnes & Albertson (now Cooley) and also worked as an Associate with leading law firms Gray, Cary, Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) and Latham & Watkins.
Lee's work has been recognized on a number of occasions over the years. The National Law Journal named him one of America's 50 Outstanding General Counsel in both 2014 and 2016 and an IP Pioneer and Trailblazer in 2014. He has also received the In-House Impact Award from The Recorder in 2015, the Vanguard Award from the State Bar of California-IP Section in 2014, and the Top 10 Law Department Innovation Award from InsideCounsel Magazine in 2011. In 2011, he received the NYU-Polytechnic Innovation Award. Lee is perhaps best known as a leading advocate of patent law reform and one of the foremost opponents of patent abusers colloquially known as "patent trolls." Lee earned his JD from UC Berkeley School of Law and an SB, magna cum laude, in History and Science from Harvard University.
Ron is the lead commercial attorney for Gillette, a global $5 billion dollar business and has a dual role as lead patent counsel for the Gillette chemistry organization. In these roles, Ron blends technical capability with understanding of global CPG manufacturing industries to provide actionable legal guidance for senior commercial and technical management. Before relocating to Boston, Ron supported P&G's global Fabric and Home Care businesses as a patent attorney.
Prior to pursuing a career in law, Ron worked several years in the New York area as a management consultant for Accenture. Ron has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University in MA and a J.D. from UNH School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center.)
Yuri Kruman is a Fortune 500 Personal Development Consultant and CEO of Master The Talk Consulting, as well as speaker, author, board member, startup advisor and official member of the Forbes Coaches Council. A Forbes contributor, Yuri has also been published or featured on Inc., Fast Co., Time, Mashable, PBS, BBC and numerous top blogs. He is likewise a regular guest on top podcasts such as Entrepreneur on Fire, As Told By Nomads, Conscious Millionaire and The Blind Entrepreneur, as well as TV and radio.With experience in law, finance and health tech, Yuri holds a JD from Yeshiva University and a B.A. with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dalia Asterbadi hails from a family of technology entrepreneurs. Dalia is the CTO of Verve.ai, Chief Data Scientist at JONES and Chair of CriticalStateLabs, focused in machine learning and augmented intelligence since 2012. As a respected marketing technologist and inventor of a patented augmented intelligence platform, she believes in pioneering the democratization of data science. Based in Toronto, she is committed to enabling Canadian startups to make a dent in the technology and business ecosystem through collaboration and value creation.
Ivan Kirchev is an IP Sales and Licensing Business Strategy Manager with Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney with a wide variety of intellectual property experience, including patent development and portfolio management, analysis and monetization of intellectual property, patent sales, licensing and divestiture, software licensing, software open source, tech transfer, and opinion work. He is a member of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Intellectual Property Sales and Licensing group responsible for monetizing HPE's intellectual property by executing all activities around identifying, analyzing, and closing various IP related deals, software licensing, tech transfers and other business transactions involving HPE IP rights. He was previously Patent Counsel and Portfolio Manager for the Software and Analytics Lab in Hewlett Packard Labs, and before that he was an Intellectual Property attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Mr. Kirchev earned his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his B.S. in Computer Information Systems from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Neel Patel is an experienced Patent and Technology Counsel within Aetna's Intellectual Property & Technology Law group, where he partners with the business on a broad range of IP and technology issues related to patents, software (including open source), trade secrets, M&A, technology alliances, commercial agreements and other technology-related assets. Prior to Aetna, Neel was at Hewlett-Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he served in various roles, such as a Patent Portfolio Manager for Big Data and an IP Sales and Business Strategy Manager. Neel started his legal career as a patent associate at Harness, Dickey & Pierce, a Virginia IP boutique firm. He graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and has a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
David Andrews is the founder of Legal Analytics, a legal data science company specializing in patent portfolio management, valuation, and transactions. David spent 8 years as a Microsoft software developer before starting evening law school and joining the Microsoft patent team in 2004. After graduating and a one-year federal district court clerkship, David returned to work in Microsoft's patent department as a patent attorney. David continued to write code and develop technologies throughout his experiences as in-house counsel for Microsoft, which included writing widely adopted IP-related tools and winning Microsoft Hackathon awards at company-wide events. After a string of successful hackathons, David decided to apply his passion for technology and data science to a new venture and left Microsoft to form Legal Analytics. Legal Analytics applies the latest in data science to the most common tasks in post-issuance patent analysis. Using data science tools including deep learning and advanced visualization techniques, Legal Analytics presents large patent portfolios in ways that drive immediate decision-making capability. www.linkedin.com/in/davidandrewsjd/
Sree is currently and MBA candidate at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a Member of the BlueTree Allied Angels Investment team, where he assists with due diligence analysis, especially focusing on the Intellectual Property, Legal, and Technical aspects. BlueTree focuses on investing in early stage companies and has recently seen an uptick in Artificial Intelligence focused companies. Previously, he was Assistant Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Dynamics, Inc. In that role, Sree primarily focuses on managing the Dynamics, Inc. intellectual property portfolio, focused on the next generation of smart cards. While at Dynamics, Sree was also involved in various other aspects of the business from operations to sales. Prior to joining Dynamics, Inc., Sree was an associate attorney at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. His experience centered around challenging and defending patent validity before the USPTO. In addition, he assisted clients with both preparing and prosecuting patent applications in front of the PTO, particularly those involving electrical, computer, semiconductor, and Artificial Intelligence technologies. Prior to entering the legal field, Sree received his Bachelors and Masters from Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as a Bachelors in Cognitive Science. While at CMU, Sree focused on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Robotics. After graduating, Sree joined Intel, where he helped automate pre-silicon microcode validation.
For the last 3 years, Carole was the Associate General Counsel - Chief IP Counsel for the nuclear energy start up company, TerraPower, building its IP strategy and compliance to successfully execute collaborations, supplier relationships, and government grants, and recently closing a joint venture with a Chinese state-owned-entity. Prior to TerraPower, Carole was Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft and led the patent team supporting Microsoft Research, managed the UI and media portions of the Windows patent portfolio, and lived in the UK where she supported Microsoft Research efforts in Cambridge, Aachen and Cairo. Prior to joining Microsoft, Carole was in private practice with Wolf, Greenfield, & Sacks LLP, in Boston, MA, where she focused on patents in medical devices, telematics, software, and children's products and trademarks. Carole has managed attorneys, paralegals and processes to provide in-house application preparation and prosecution, global IP strategy development, and compliance programs. Carole received her B.S. from the US Air Force Academy, M.S. from MIT and J.D. from Harvard.
Matthew Lamons is the founder of Skejul, the cloud-based artificial intelligence platform that takes the guesswork out of organizing and scheduling any activity. Skejul has recently been named a "Cool Vendor in Unified Communications, 2017" report by Gartner, Inc. Drawing upon a background in Behavioral Science and a magnetic enthusiasm for Applied Artificial Intelligence, Matthew looks to empower people with exciting new technologies in Artificial Intelligence and the data we create to simplify the future. Matthew has been honored as an invited speaker on A.I. Topics at conferences and to contribute to global publications. You can follow him on twitter: @mlamons1 to get daily news and commentary on Data Science and A.I. He's an incurable Sci-Fi fan and lives in the mid-west of the U.S.A. With his wife Kristine, of 29 years.
Joseph R. Klinicki
Joseph R. Klinicki is a partner at IP boutique Condo Roccia Koptiw LLP based out of Philadelphia, PA. Joe has managed his client's domestic and international patent portfolios that range in size from a few core filings to thousands of assets worldwide. Joe has a range of experience advising start-ups, established firms, and large multi-nationals in several different industries. Joe's practice is focused on advising clients regarding patent portfolio development and portfolio monetization. He understands that there are different ways patents and other IP can be used to support a company's business objectives and believes that it important to understand a client's business and strategic goals before an effective portfolio management strategy can be established. In addition to portfolio management, Joe has extensive experience in patent prosecution, patent licensing, and patent litigation. Joe's practice has involved diverse work in many industries such as telecommunications, computer software, machine learning, data security, cloud computing, cryptography, financial services, video compression, and more.
Charles R. Macedo
Charles R. Macedo, a physicist by training, litigates in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark and copyright law, with a special emphasis in complex litigation and appellate work. Companies and individuals from a wide range of industries turn to him to develop offensive and defensive strategies for the development and enforcement of their patent and trademark portfolios. Mr. Macedo specializes in advising with respect to computer implemented inventions and products. Mr. Macedo writes prolifically and lectures regularly as he tracks and analyzes in real time the most important developments affecting IP strategy and litigation. As Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Mr. Macedo has been principal counsel or additional counsel on amicus briefs in some of the leading patent cases of recent years. He also served as Counsel in a Patent Litigation Arbitration resulting in the Prius being able to enter into the U.S. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in physics from The Catholic University of America and a law degree from Columbia Law School, all with honors. He was the sole law clerk to Hon. Daniel M. Friedman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1989-1990.
Bhupinder Randhawa is a partner, lawyer, and patent and trademark agent with Bereskin & Parr LLP. He is head of the Electrical & Computer Technology practice group, and co-leader of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) practice group. Bhupinder’s practice focuses on patent and technology law, particularly obtaining, evaluating and leveraging intellectual property rights for high technology clients.
Rich DeCristofaro is Senior Counsel for IP and Software at GE Digital and has been focused on GE's software business since its inception. Rich has been involved professionally with software since the early 90's, first as a database designer and administrator for a small company, then as part of the development team at Parametric Technology Corporation. In his current role at GE Digital, Rich manages the patent portfolio for GE Digital's technology, and is involved in many aspects of technology protection. In addition to patents, Rich has been extensively involved in the legal issues around GE-wide policy for open source software use, IP clearance, and data rights. Before becoming part of GE, Rich was an associate at Knobbe, Martens, Olson and Bear, LLP in Irvine, CA, where he handled US and international patent preparation and prosecution, including design patents, in a variety of technical fields. Rich also provided client counseling related to licensing, opinion drafting for patent assertion and infringement defense, and litigation support. Rich attended Georgetown University Law Center, and received his undergraduate degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from MIT. Rich is admitted to practice at the USPTO and in California.
John R. Schiffhauer is a vice president of Law and Policy Group and serves as associate general counsel for the Business Legal organization at Intel Corporation. He leads the legal team responsible for intellectual property (IP) support for Intel's business units and activities. He also oversees the legal teams that support Intel Labs, Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group, and Intel Federal LLC, a role that encompasses Intel’s worldwide manufacturing operations and research activities and its contracting and related work with the U.S. government.
Earlier in his Intel career, Schiffhauer served as director of the IP and Licensing and the Business and Technology Legal organizations. In 2002, he earned an Intel Achievement Award for his contributions to strategic flash memory sales agreements.
Schiffhauer came to Intel in 1998 from Applied Materials. Previously, he was a principal at Fish & Richardson, where he specialized in litigation for 9 years. He started his legal career in 1985 as an associate attorney practicing litigation at Morgan & Finnegan. Schiffhauer has a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering and a master's degree in engineering, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his law degree from Union University’s Albany Law School.
Frank DeCosta, Ph.D., is a partner in Finnegan’s Washington, DC office. He has significant experience in patent litigation, client counseling, and providing opinions related to computers, consumer electronics, software, medical devices, and information systems. As a first chair litigator, he directed litigation teams that obtained jury and bench judgments of more than $100 million. He frequently defends clients against patent infringement charges directed to complex technologies, including AI. Frank lectures on U.S. patent litigation practice, patent standards, patent pooling, and due diligence for patent matters. He also speaks at programs for engineers and engineering students on intellectual property legal issues.
Susan Tull is a partner in Finnegan’s Washington, DC office. She focuses her practice on patent litigation, appeals, and post-grant proceedings related to AI, consumer products, medical devices, automotive, and other mechanical and electrical system technologies. Susan represents clients before U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She also participates in contentious patent proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including post-grant proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA), reexaminations, and interferences. Susan has written and spoken extensively on the intersection of artificial intelligence and intellectual property, including on the use of artificial intelligence in drug development and medical devices.
Nathan Robinson is a product manager at Keller Williams Realty Inc, focusing on applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to the technology that the organization is building for their agent base of 180,000+ realtors. At Keller Williams, Nathan has managed and worked on owned various products on the Keller cloud, including Kelle, the first virtual assistant in the real estate industry. Kelle is praised by media outlets across the country including Forbes, and won an award for being the most innovate real estate technology. Prior to joining Keller Williams, Nathan worked in product at IBM Watson and attended the University of Central Oklahoma, graduating with honors.
Ingrid M. Foerster is IP Counsel for IBM Watson Health Group, established in April 2015, where she provides guidance on IP strategy and all other aspects of intellectual property support. Prior to that, she served for 9 years as Division Counsel for IBM’s Big Data & Analytics Division, managing a team of attorneys at Silicon Valley Labs in San Jose, CA. She began her IBM career as an electrical engineer in the Storage Systems Division. Prior to that, Ingrid was a database consultant for a small start-up in Basingstoke, UK. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Ingrid graduated with distinction from Illinois Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, including a year abroad attending Robert Gordon Institute of Technology in Aberdeen, Scotland. She earned her law degree in 1993 from Santa Clara University, and finished her degree at Oxford University (Magdalen College).
Helen Li, PhD
Dr. Helen Li is a senior patent attorney at Intel, managing the patent portfolio of system and AI software technologies. Helen has a PhD of Computer Engineering and a JD both from Santa Clara University. Her PhD research was on video compression and image processing. Before Intel, she was a patent agent/attorney at the law firm Fenwick & West LLP for 10 years, where she provided clients strategic patent counseling, and prosecuted patents in computer engineering technologies. She also has extensive experience in due diligence and freedom to operate analysis for patent acquisition, cross licensing negotiation and open source licensing.
Caeden Drayton is an experienced Intellectual Property Counsel with Stanley Black & Decker’s patent legal department, where he manages multiple domestic & foreign patent portfolios and partners with the business on a broad range of intellectual property, brand, and technology issues relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, M&A, commercial agreements, and other company assets. Prior to Stanley Black & Decker, Caeden was in private practice focusing on both transactional and litigation matters. He holds a BS in Computer Information Science from Florida A&M University and a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law.
Joe Kozhaya, Ph.D
Joe Kozhaya is an IBM Master Inventor and a Watson Data & AI Subject Matter Expert enabling IBMers, partners, and clients on designing AI and cloud solutions. Joe joined IBM in 2001 after earning his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His work has focused on AI/ML solutions as well as design automation techniques for designing high performance processors. Joe has several publications and patents in design automation, software applications, and AI/ML solutions and applications.
DJ Nag, Ph.D., MBA, CLP, RTTP
Dr. Dipanjan “DJ” Nag is the Global head of Academic and Non-Profit Sector, at IPwe Inc.
IPwe is the first global patent registry with a block-chain based patent transactions
platform supported by artificial intelligence-based analytics. DJ previously led The Ohio
State University’s startup, entrepreneurial ecosystem and licensing initiatives as the
Associate Vice President of Technology Transfer. As the head of Technology
Commercialization Office (TCO) his team managed 78 active startups which attracted more
than $300 M in capital. The TCO successfully led the efforts for commercialization from
nearly $1B in research expenditure, managing 4,000+ patents and 2,000+ technologies.
Before moving to Columbus, OH, he was an entrepreneur in Princeton, NJ and led a number of startups in the intellectual property strategy, artificial intelligence and medical device space. There he worked as a consultant in patent monetization and intellectual property strategy for Fortune 500 companies, universities and national governments. From 2009- 2012 he was the Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, at Rutgers University where he successfully led the overall commercialization efforts. DJ was a Vice President at ICAP Ocean Tomo, a subsidiary of ICAP Plc. Prior to that as a Director at Ocean Tomo, he led patent auctions, IP markets, and was an inventor of the first IP exchange (IPXI). He led technology transfer as the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Operations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He served on the Board of Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) responsible for professional development globally (2012-2014). He is currently on the Licensing Executive Society’s (LES) Board for Standards Development Organization. In 2005, he received the prestigious Howard Bremer Scholarship in technology transfer. He is currently a Professor of Practice at Rutgers University and Visiting Faculty at Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker and has delivered keynote addresses in USA, Japan, Poland, Brazil, Korea, Turkey and many other countries on topics of patent monetization, technology commercialization, intellectual property and innovation strategy. He holds a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry and instrumentation, a MS in chemistry and computer sciences, an MBA all from UNL, and a Bachelors in pharmaceutical engineering from India.
Milin specializes in patent procurement, licensing, litigation and opinion and manages portfolio management at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., VA as Corporate Counsel and before the USPTO. Milin received his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center, magna cum laude, and has a B.S. in ComputerEngineering from Penn State.
Diane Holt, Bloomberg Law’s Team Lead-Transactions, develops analysis and tools for transactional lawyers. Previously, she worked for many years as a corporate lawyer in Europe, including as international transactional counsel for Enel, SpA, the Italian electric monopoly, in Rome, Italy. She has also worked with a number of Central European regional operations in transition, and she managed Central European Advisory Group, the regional legal and business consultancy. Diane speaks Spanish, Italian, French and Czech.
Bloomberg Law leverages leading technology and a global network of experts to deliver a unique combination of news and authoritative analysis, comprehensive research solutions, innovative practice tools, and proprietary business data and analytics.
Dan Bork is the CTO and Co-Founder of IPwe. He has been architecting complex software applications in a variety of technologies for over 25 years. Dan has spent the last ten years designing, collaborating, and creating one of the most massive AI-driven innovation databases in the world. Before IPwe, he led the development of a state of the art matching engine that utilized data mining and machine learning techniques to help users quickly and easily find content that describes products, information, services, and suppliers.
John Wright is a Corporate Attorney at Tyler Technologies, Inc., the largest software company in the United States solely focused on providing integrated software and technology services to the public sector. Prior to joining Tyler, John practiced at a boutique intellectual property law firm in Detroit. He began his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General at the Michigan Department of Attorney General. He is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit and received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. At Syracuse, John studied philosophy and learned about theories of minds and machines. Recently, he has developed a podcast focused on the legal, ethical and social issues related to the development of artificial intelligence technologies.
Ed Walters is the CEO of Fastcase, a legal publishing company based in Washington, D.C. Fastcase is one of the
world’s fastest-growing legal publishers, serving more than 900,000 subscribers from around the world.
Before founding Fastcase, Ed worked at Covington & Burling, in Washington D.C. and Brussels, where he advised
Microsoft, Merck, SmithKline, the Business Software Alliance, the National Football League, and the National
Hockey League. His practice focused on corporate advisory work for software companies and sports leagues, and
intellectual property litigation.
Ed earned an A.B. in government from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He served as an editor of The University of Chicago Law Review. From 1996-97, he served as a judicial clerk with the Hon. Emilio M. Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He worked in The White House from 1991-93 in the Office of Media Affairs and the Office of Presidential Speechwriting.
He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and at Cornell Tech, where he teaches The Law of Robots, a class about the frontiers of law and technology. He is the editor of Data-Driven Law (Taylor & Francis 2018).