The steep growth in IP acquisitions, sales and settlements has transformed IP into a company's key revenue stream and the basis for its valuation. As a result, IP executives are under increased pressure to generate ROI from their organization's portfolios. A strategic approach is essential to build a balanced monetization plan that delivers immediate results,while also creating future opportunities.
IP Monetization: SFfocuses on giving you the tools and knowledge to build a successful strategy to harvest your IP: portfolio benchmarking, evaluation, enforcement, licensing, selling, managing internal stakeholders and many more topics.
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KEY TOPICS DISCUSSED
Evaluating your IP assets
How best to work with internal and external stakeholders
Monetization within your wider IP strategy
Running a successful licensing program
Best practices for selling IP assets
Enforcement& Monetization for operating companies
The road from IP generation to monetization
Chief IP Counsel
VP & Director of IP Strategy
Chief, Deputy and Associate General Counsel
Intellectual Property, Trademark and Copyright Counsel
Head of Litigation
Director of Business and Legal Affairs
Director/VP of Intellectual Property
Director/VP of Licensing
VP & Director of Intellectual Asset Management
Mark Stignani is a registered patent attorney and serves as Of Counsel at Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. Mark has patent experience in various technology areas, including software, information systems, mobile devices, computer hardware and design, telecommunications, and mechanical. His practice includes prosecution, reexamination, patent and portfolio analysis, freedom to operate, patent strategy and planning and strategic counseling.
Prior to joining SLW, Mark served as an Assistant General Counsel for Thomson Reuters for over ten years. While at Thomson Reuters, Mark’s responsibilities included the harvesting and protection of intellectual property associated with software and high value content as well as providing primary intellectual property legal support for business development, contracts, editorial, technology area in the legal, healthcare, and financial services information market groups. As an integrated team member, Mark also served on various executive committees that drove investment in acquisitions, emerging business development and new product development across a multiple set of marketplaces.
Mark received his Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law while working for Alliant Techsystems. He had previously done post graduate work in robotics and control systems at the University of Minnesota and National Technological University while working at Honeywell, Inc.
Fergal Clarke is the director of IP business analysis at Lenovo, the world’s largest PC firm, which has major research centres in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mr Clarke is responsible for providing business context to all IP-related activities and for ensuring that such activities are consistent with and supportive of the overall business strategy. His specific responsibilities include patent acquisitions, supporting organic patent development, supporting inbound and outbound licensing and communicating the IP business strategy.
Mr Clarke was previously director of IP strategy at Rambus. Before this, he held multiple technology and engineering management roles at Applied Materials, in addition to managing its corporate trade secret management initiative.
Mr Clarke obtained his physics degree from Dublin City University and his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Stuart has driven next-level growth and turnaround initiatives as an Internet startup CEO and senior executive at both private and public software companies. Skillful at understanding market dynamics, he has created enduring strategic alliances/partnerships for the companies he has lead and represented.
Stuart turned around BayTSP, an 11-year old anti-piracy firm, by driving heightened and more consultative interaction with customers, re-focusing current and emerging services, increasing internal collaboration and negotiating customer and supplier agreements to support profitable growth. He identified Global partners and led the sale of the Company to Irdeto in 2010. Previously, Stuart was VP, Media & Entertainment of Digimarc where he was responsible for Intellectual Property Licensing, market development and strategic partnership development. He was also responsible for the joint venture between Digimarc and Nielsen (2009). Earlier in his career, Stuart founded and was CEO of Sequel Technology which specialized in Internet access control software for Fortune 1000 customers.
Recognized for establishing best practices in safeguarding digital content, Stuart is the creator of “The Piracy Continuum,” a framework for understanding consumer behavior in digital media consumption. The Piracy Continuum has been called “the most comprehensive security overview,” and is becoming widely adopted as a strategic foundation for planning next generation copyright programs by creators and distributors around the world. Stuart is also an inventor with patents in content identification, internet access control and mobile content consumption and an author with contributions to publications such as The New York Law Journal.
Stuart has completed the Executive Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Manitoba in Canada.
Specialties:18+ years of experience in technology infrastructure and security, digital media, digital media management and security and Intellectual Property development and commercialization: s Executive Leadership s Market Development, Strategic Planning s Strategic Relationship Development & Management s Technology Commercialization, Product Direction & Product Development s Sales and Marketing Strategy s P&L Management, Operational Planning.
With more than 30 years of legal and business experience, Richard Abramson manages all of SRI’s legal affairs, its contracts and procurement organizations, its intellectual property office, the office of Corporate Secretary, and other duties in support of SRI’s research, development and commercialization activities.
Prior to joining SRI in 2001, Abramson was Senior Director of Litigation and Intellectual Property for Immersion Corporation in San Jose. From 1992 to 1999, he was a partner in Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group in Palo Alto, California. From 1984-1991, Abramson was a litigation associate and partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella, where he also specialized in technology-based intellectual property litigation.
Abramson served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) from 1999-2001, where he taught a course in patent litigation. Since 1998, he has also served as a court-appointed mediator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Abramson graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 1978. He received his J.D. from Boalt Hall, where he was Senior Articles Editor of the California Law Review, in 1981. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the late Hon. William H. Orrick, United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Scott Trask is Director of Intellectual Property at Newport Corporation in Irvine, CA since 2004. His work includes IP portfolio development, licensing, enforcement, mergers & acquisitions and IP landscape analysis.
Scott has his BA in Physics from Kenyon College, his BSME from Washington University in St. Louis, and his J.D. from Western State University College of Law. Prior to working in an intellectual property role, Scott worked for 20 years in design engineering, project engineering, and engineering management in the aerospace, marine, and photonics industries.
Tyron Stading founded Innography in 2006 with a vision of redefining the intelligence/analytics landscape. As President and Founder, Tyron believes insights matter, and his mission is to make those insights easier and more integrated into business processes. Prior to Innography, Tyron was an IBM worldwide industry solutions manager in the telecommunications and utilities sectors, and worked at startups focused on mobile communications and network security. He has published multiple research papers and filed over three dozen patents. Tyron has a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MS in Technology Commercialization from The University of Texas at Austin.
Miguel Iglesias started his career with Questel 9 years ago as a Sales Executive based in Paris, France. Prior to that, after obtaining a Master’s Degree in Technical and Economical Translation from the Sorbonne University, Miguel worked as a technical translator specialized in patents. In 2008, Miguel relocated to the United States and was promoted Questel’s Sales Manager for the Americas, his current position.
Diana joined HP and HP’s Intellectual Property Licensing team in October, 2006. She is Director, IP Licensing, and responsible for IP technology transfer and patent licensing. Prior to joining HP, Diana was on the corporate IP Licensing staffs of Microsoft and IBM with similar licensing responsibilities. When Diana joined the HP IPL group, she was the founding member of the Standards-based licensing team. During her tenure, the team grew to a Managing Director and three individual contributors who regularly generated between 40-45% of HP’s annual IP royalties. Diana supported the single largest HP licensing program, the Linear Tape Open (LTO) Consortium, as well as represented HP to a number of patent pools, including the world’s largest pool, MPEG-2. She also did bilateral licensing in technologies such as RAID-on- Chip (ROC), generating significant royalties and R&D funding. Diana has an MBA from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley.
VP-TS Intellectual Property, Cypress Semiconductor An IP strategist with a combination of technical, business and legal expertise, currently transforming the management of a portfolio of 3000+ patents and applications into a self-funding, business-driven, cross-corporate function delivering entitled ROI. David is also a prolific inventor with over 130 patents granted and pending, and a Patent Agent licensed to practice before the USPTO, reg # 69932. Daivd is responsible for management of a portfolio of ~2000 patents, ~1000 pending applications and the process of IP protection, generation and monetization. Directing systematic review processes to ensure comprehensive and cost-effective protection of strategic IP as it is created. Ensuring maximum ROI on IP$ by implementing systematic reviews of applications against business objectives. Creation, implementation and direction of processes to create and protect strategic IP in emerging technology areas adjacent to existing product lines and technologies.
Malcolm Duncan is Director of IP at SRI International, the pioneering research institute that has spawned scores of Silicon Valley startups. The seed asset of each startup is a patent portfolio that begins with SRI’s fundamental research. It is then built to capitalize on applications of the technology to the marketplace.
Mr. Duncan brings a diverse expertise to SRI’s commercialization ventures. His background includes a career as a professor and researcher in particle physics, litigation practice on Wall Street, and IP practice in New York and Chicago law firms. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical physics from Edinburgh, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Peter Ullmann is currently Manager of Intellectual Property at Prysm, Inc. as well as Patent Manager at the startup venture, zSpace, Inc. His previous position was at Adobe Systems, Inc., where over his eleven years tenure he architected the patent program, including the portfolio strategy, invention mining workshops, application filing/claim objectives and overall management/operations. Peter has also held technical and business positions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, The Boeing Company, Texas Instruments, Inc., Raytheon, and Schlumberger Limited.
In addition to his patent and development work, Peter’s over 25-year career has included positions as Standards Manager, University Collaborations Manager, Product Manager, Asia Business Manager, and Engineering Manager. He has worked across a broad range of technical domains from avionic systems to electron beam probing systems to integrated circuits failure analysis to software systems. An Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, Peter has published internationally, chaired several non profits including the Software Patent Institute, the Software Patent Coalition, as well as various community organizations. He also founded the Idea Parlor, volunteering time with the goal of helping individuals across all backgrounds (technical and non-technical) identify the patentable inventions within their ideas from garage shop hopefuls to small entities.
In addition, Peter has been active in the arts: performing with the Boston Opera; chairing an international film series; writing/producing a melodrama about an inventor pursuing a patent, entitled “The Claims of Fame”; and writing the libretto about the patenting experience entitled “The Passionate Patent,” ... the opera having been performed several times across the valley.
Mr. Eric B. Janofsky is currently Vice President of Intellectual Property for Lam Research Corporation. Prior to Lam’s merger with Novellus Systems Inc. he was Novellus’ Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property. He was Vice President and General Patent Counsel at Marvell Semiconductor Inc. Mr. Janofsky has over 20 years experience in the semiconductor industry. Prior to his career as an attorney, he was a practicing engineer for over 10 years.
He is a member of the Intellectual Property Inns of Court, Licensing Executive Society, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Janofsky holds senior member status with the IEEE. Mr. Janofsky holds a J.D. degree from St. John’s University School of Law, and is a member of the bars in California, New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Janofsky also holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Engineering in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also holds a Masters of Science in Management from Polytechnic Institute of New York.
David Fligor has held the role of Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy at TiVo Inc. in Alviso, CA since June 2012. In this role, he plans and executes various growth initiatives, including evaluation and pursuit of potential acquisitions, strategic alliances, strategic investments and patent monetization initiatives. Previously, he was Vice President & Associate General Counsel at TiVo, where he was responsible for commercial transactions and intellectual property strategy. Prior to joining TiVo in 2004, David was associated with the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he assisted technology companies at various stages of growth with transactional and intellectual property matters. Prior to law school, David worked as a technology consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton specializing in telecommunications and information technology. He received a BSEE from the University of Cincinnati and a JD cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and is a registered patent attorney.