2018 Speakers




eForCity Corporation

LEE CHENG

Chief Legal Officer
P&G / Gillette (Boston)

RONALD SIA

Senior Counsel
Rutgers Center for Innovation Education

YURI KRUMAN

CEO, Master the Talk & Advisory Board Member, CX Program at Rutgers Center for Innovation Education
Verve.ai

DALIA ASTERBADI

CTO
Amazon Web Services

JOSEPH MATTHEW

CEO, Software WORX & Solutions Architect for Amazon Web Services
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Caroline Pinkston

IP Strategist
IBM Corporation

Maharaj Mukherjee, Ph.D

Master Inventor, Program Lead- Analytics, Big Data & Internet of Things (IOT)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Ivan Kirchev

IP Sales & Business Strategy Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Michael Febbo

Senior Patent Counsel
Aetna

Neel Patel

IP Counsel- Technology & Patent
IBM Corporation

Leonora Hoicka

Associate General Counsel, IP Law Trademark Counsel, and IBM Watson
Visa

Tim Bedard

VP/Associate General Counsel, IP
Legal Analytics

David Andrews

Legal Data Scientist, Patent Attorney
Dynamics Inc.

Sreekar Gadde

Assistant Chief IP Counsel
Terrapower

Carole Boelitz

Former Associate General Counsel - Chief IP Counsel
Skejul - Simplify the Future

Matthew Lamons

Founder / CEO
Condo Roccia Koptiw LLP

Joseph R. Klinicki

Partner
Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP

Charles R. Macedo

Partner
Bereskin & Parr LLP

Bhupinder Randhawa

Partner
GE Digital

Richard DeCristofaro

Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property
Intel

John Schiffhauer

VP, Associate General Counsel, IP
Speakers Biographies


LEE CHENG

Chief Legal Officer
eForCity Corporation

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.

RONALD SIA

Senior Counsel
P&G / Gillette (Boston)

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

CEO, Master the Talk & Advisory Board Member, CX Program at Rutgers Center for Innovation Education
Rutgers Center for Innovation Education

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

CTO
Verve.ai

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.

JOSEPH MATTHEW

CEO, Software WORX & Solutions Architect for Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services

Bio: Joseph Matthew is the founder and CEO of Software WORX, a company that helps businesses using Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud with right-sizing of cloud machines thereby reducing costs and managing cloud spend. Software WORX leverages Artificial Intelligence with cloud data to make complex decisions in near real-time, that normally require highly trained specialists and engineers. Software WORX is in the process of patenting solutions using Artificial Intelligence for AWS, based on commercial validation. He has extensive experience with building machine learning and deep learning algorithms for the IT industry. His career spans Dell, Microsoft and as an entrepreneur has provided expert advice to News Corp, many retail brands, media and the government sector. Software WORX provides services in USA, Australia, and Canada. He has a BS in Information Technology and an MBA from St. Edward's University in Texas.

Caroline Pinkston

IP Strategist
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Maharaj Mukherjee, Ph.D

Master Inventor, Program Lead- Analytics, Big Data & Internet of Things (IOT)
IBM Corporation

Maharaj Mukherjee, a Master Inventor from IBM has a PhD in Computer and Systems Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B-Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur. He has been working for IBM Research for nineteen years. Before that he served as a faculty at the Electrical and Electronics Communication Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur. Currently he works at the IBM's corporate IP team leading the Bigdata and Analytics project. He is also the chair of IBM's Internet of Things Invention Development Team. He is also a member of IBM's Academy of Technology. His main areas of interest include: Deep Learning and Cognitive Analytics as applied to Internet of Things, Geometric Algorithms and its applications within the fields of Big data and Analytics, Block Chain and Open Ledger and its application on IOT, Smarter Planet and Internet of Everything, CAD/CAM/CAE, and Electronic Design Automation. He has been twice selected as a Master Inventor at the IBM and is also inducted at the IBM's Inventor Wall of Fame at the IBM East Fishkill site in New York. He holds 65 US patents and 30 US pending patents as well as 60 patents in other countries including, Germany, UK, France, Italy, China, Korea, Japan and Brazil. One of his patents on Predictive Traffic Modeling has been chosen by IBM as one of the best twenty patents from past twenty years. Maharaj has also received the valuable patent award - that is awarded to top 1% patents in IBM every year- five times. Maharaj has monitored several new inventors who had filed for patents and patent applications. Two of Maharaj's mentees have become Master Inventor in 2017. Maharaj has given several invited presentations including the Keynote presentation at the Computational Intelligence and Networking (CINE-2015) Conference in January 2015 and Center-force IP Conferences.

Ivan Kirchev

IP Sales & Business Strategy Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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.

Michael Febbo

Senior Patent Counsel
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Michael Febbo is a senior patent counsel with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a multinational Fortune 100 IT business. Michael manages HPE's server hardware patent portfolio, supporting HPE's industry leading line of server products, which includes industry standard, mission critical, and high performance servers, including servers designed to provide an infrastructure for deep learning and other AI applications. Prior to joining HPE, Michael worked for Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, an international corporate general practice firm, where he specialized in patent preparation & prosecution in various high-tech fields, including AI-assisted material design.

Neel Patel

IP Counsel- Technology & Patent
Aetna

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.

Leonora Hoicka

Associate General Counsel, IP Law Trademark Counsel and IBM Watson
IBM Corporation

Leonora Hoicka started in private practice in Toronto, specializing in intellectual property law, and joined IBM Canada Ltd. In 1993. With IBM, she has performed several global roles, including managing IBM's worldwide software patent portfolio, managing intellectual property teams negotiating IP issues in customer contracts throughout the Americas, and managing IBM's patent and trademark portfolios in Canada, Mexico and Latin America. As an Associate General Counsel with IBM Corporation in Armonk, New York, she now fills the role of IBM's Chief Trademark Counsel and lead IP Counsel for IBM's Watson Business Unit developing cognitive technologies and solutions. Leonora has a BIS from the University of Waterloo and her law degree (LL.B cum laude) from the University of Ottawa. She is admitted to the bars of Ontario and New York, and is a registered Canadian patent and trademark agent. She served as president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada during 2008-2009, and is also a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the International Trademark Association.

Tim Bedard

VP/Associate General Counsel, IP
Visa

Tim Bedard is currently Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel for Visa Inc. In this role, he is responsible for all of Visa's patent related matters including patent strategy and policy. Prior to joining Visa, he spent 10 years at Johnson & Johnson serving as the founding director of J&J's Intellectual Property Center of Excellence where he was responsible for developing and managing the patent strategies for seven of J&J's medical device operating companies. While at J&J, his patent portfolios earned recognition in the IEEE Patent Power Rankings and the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators. Prior to joining J&J, Tim was a patent litigator at K&L Gates LLP. Tim began his professional career in the U.S. Navy initially flying the P-3 Orion and later serving as an aide-de- camp to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Tim holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, a Juris Doctor from the Duquesne University School of Law and an MBA from Yale.

David Andrews

Legal Data Scientist, Patent Attorney
Legal Analytics

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/

Sreekar Gadde

Assistant Chief IP Counsel
Dynamics Inc.

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.

Carole Boelitz

Former Associate General Counsel - Chief IP Counsel
Terrapower

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

Founder / CEO
Skejul - Simplify the Future

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

Partner
Condo Roccia Koptiw LLP

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

Partner
Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP

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

Partner
Bereskin & Parr LLP

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.

Richard DeCristofaro

Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property
GE Digital

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 Schiffhauer

VP, Associate General Counsel, IP
Intel

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.