Arash Behravesh is an intellectual property attorney at Agilent Technologies Inc., where he works on mergers and acquisitions, negotiating agreements, developing in-house intellectual property programs, and managing patent preparation and prosecution portfolios of different business groups. Mr. Behravesh received his law degree from the University of New Hampshire (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) and has a background in chemical engineering and public health from the University of South Florida. He has over 19 years of experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in chemical, mechanical, electrical, and software-related arts, as well as preparing and prosecuting trademark and copyright applications. Additionally, he has been involved in transactional work, trademark opposition and cancellation, ITC proceedings, and patent litigation. Mr. Behravesh’s previous clients included Boehringer Ingelheim, Emergent BioSolutions, Cabot Corporation, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry, HP, and Accenture.
Counsel, General Counsel's Organization, American Express
Alexandra Bell is Counsel in the Technology & Digital Law Group at American Express. Alexandra supports Information Security, Technology and Procurement with respect to American Express’ various corporate development activities, including M&A, joint ventures, and venture investments, as well as related integration activities. She also negotiates complex technology transactions and supports ad hoc products for our global business services team.
Alexandra received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from Brown University. Prior to joining American Express, she was in-house counsel at Weight Watchers and an associate at Cleary Gottlieb. She also co-founded fleabg.com and is rarely seen without at least one of their bags.
Alexandra lives in Brooklyn with her husband Adam and toddler twins Solomon and Zoe.
IP Counsel, IP and Standards Philips
Mark Beloborodov is IP Portfolio & Counseling Manager at Royal Philips, N.V., based in Cambridge, MA. In this role, Mark is responsible for the intellectual property strategy, counseling and portfolio management of several business units of Philips in the domain of connected care & health informatics, and leads a global team of in-house patent attorneys. Prior to joining Philips in 2007, Mark was in private practice at two major Boston law firms, drafting and prosecuting patent applications for various technology companies, and then served as Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property at Color Kinetics, a pioneer in LED lighting, through its acquisition by Philips. Mark is a graduate of National Technical University of Ukraine and Boston University School of Law.
Chief Judge Scott R. Boalick was appointed to the Board in 2007. At the Board, he served as an Administrative Patent Judge, Lead Judge, Vice Chief Judge and Deputy Chief Judge prior to becoming the Chief Judge. Prior to joining the Board, Chief Judge Boalick served as a patent attorney with the Department of the Navy at two different research laboratories. Before that, he was an associate at Fish & Richardson and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin A. Schall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, Chief Judge Boalick worked as a radar systems engineer at Technology Service Corporation and served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Chief Judge Boalick earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center where he was a Notes and Comments Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal and received the Leon Robbin Patent Award. He earned both a M.S.E. in Systems Engineering and a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. Chief Judge Boalick is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, and is registered to practice before the USPTO.
Global Privacy Engineer CIPP/E, CIPM, OneTrust
Doug Boykin serves as a Privacy Engineer at OneTrust – the #1 most widely used privacy, security and third-party risk technology platform. In his role, Boykin advises many of the world's leading organizations on CCPA, GDPR and ePrivacy (Cookie Law) solution implementations, focused on formulating efficient and effective responses to data protection requirements as well as building and scaling global privacy programs.
With over eight years of professional technology experience, Boykin's background combines extensive cross-functional solution implementations, as well as program management and business process design.
Boykin is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E, CIPM) and earned a B.S. in Info Systems from Kennesaw State University. He's a Nation Science Foundation Scholar and member of the Technology Association of Georgia.
Vice President, Commercial Services, Office of the General Counsel TMX
Rebecca Brackley is currently the Vice President, Commercial Services at TMX Group Limited.
TMX Group is an integrated multi-asset class exchange group that provides listing markets, trading markets, clearing facilities, depository services, technology solutions, data products and other services to the global financial community. At TMX Group, Rebecca’s responsibilities include advising on a variety of commercial matters, including matters related to the development and commercialization of intellectual property and the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, IP portfolio management and IP and technology licensing. Prior to joining TMX Group, Rebecca was an associate at Torys LLP in Toronto. Rebecca holds an Honours Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Laws (LL.M) from Harvard Law School.
Vice President of Development Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Betsy Burton-Strunk worked in higher education finance for 30 years, before joining Thurgood Marshall College Fund as the Vice President of Development. In her current role, she is responsible for creating and growing partnerships with a variety of constituents – discussing the programs and services offered by TMCF and what an impact their students can make to corporations, government agencies and other organizations.
She began her career with Wachovia Student Financial Services in 1989 and throughout her 30 years and eight acquisitions, she has helped college and university financial aid, business and enrollment management offices become more efficient. Betsy has been part of senior leadership teams for the past 20 years and has played a vital role in shaping the strategy and product development of each organization. She has led various departments throughout her career including customer service, relationship management, compliance, training and sales. In addition to her work within organizations, she has impacted the business of higher education through consulting, training and has presented at hundreds of industry events and conferences.
During her spare time, Betsy is committed to giving back to the community. She was a founding board member of Dress for Success Winston-Salem and helped DFS gain 501(C)(3) status and open its first location. She has volunteered with Crosby Scholars (an organization that helps middle- and high-school students prepare and plan for college) as a grade advisor and scholarship reader since 2003. Betsy is also an active volunteer at her son’s middle school and was recently recognized as a 2019-2020 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.
Betsy holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio. She lives in Winston-Salem, NC with her husband Elliot and teenage son Evan.
Head of Litigation and Data Protection Officer Via Transportation
Jon Cohen is the Head of Litigation and Data Protection Officer at Via Transportation Inc. He has degrees in computer science and operations research from Stanford University and M.I.T., and a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude. Jon spent over eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York. In 2012, he was named a "Prosecutor of the Year" by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation. In 2013, he was awarded the U.S. DHS Homeland Security Investigations "Executive Director's Award for Investigative Accomplishments" in connection with the prosecution of a mafia and Russian organized crime case. In 2017, Jon was part of the team that charged Behzad Mesri with the cyberattack and extortion of HBO. In 2018, Jon was part of the team that charged nine Iranian cybercriminals with state-sponsored hacking of over 150 universities and institutions across over 20 countries. Also in 2018, Jon was part of the team that reached a $613 million deferred prosecution agreement with U.S. Bank relating to compliance and anti-money laundering failures.
Counsel, IP Law Contracts and Licensing IBM Corporation
Ken Corsello is an IP Law Counsel at IBM. He currently focuses on drafting and negotiating IP licenses and assignment agreements. At IBM, he has worked on patent procurement, litigation, client counseling, product clearance, and IP transactional matters.
Before joining IBM, Ken was a law clerk to Chief Judge Glenn Archer at the Federal Circuit; an Associate Solicitor in the USPTO; and in private practice at law firms in Washington, D.C. He did his undergraduate work in Computer Science at SUNY Stony Brook, received his JD from the Catholic University, and obtained an LL.M. from George Washington University.
Ken has been the chair of IPO’s Trade Secrets Committee since 2016. His recent speaking activity on trade secret issues includes testifying in 2018 as a witness on behalf of IPO at a hearing on “Safeguarding Trade Secrets in the United States” held by the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.
Eastern Regional Outreach Director USPTO
As the Eastern Regional Outreach Director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Elizabeth Dougherty carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the USPTO's east coast stakeholder engagement. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Dougherty ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
A 27 year veteran of the USPTO, Ms. Dougherty previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, she worked closely across the Agency's leadership to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. She began her career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from The Catholic University of America with a bachelor's degree in physics. While a patent examiner, Ms. Dougherty went on to obtain her J.D. from The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America and served as a Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration for a significant part of her career. Over the years, she has also served in the USPTO’s Office of Petitions, the Office of Innovation Development, and the Office of Government Affairs.
Ms. Dougherty has dedicated much of her career to the USPTO's outreach and education programs focusing on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. In this effort she has developed, implemented, and supervised programs that support the independent inventor community, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the intellectual property interests of colleges and universities. Similarly Ms. Dougherty has spearheaded a number of special projects with federal, state and local governments, and private organizations to promote and support invention and innovation in the United States.
Ms. Dougherty is a member of the Virginia Bar, the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, the Pauline Newman American Inn of Court, the American Bar Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Patent and Trademark Office Society, the Supervisory Patent Examiners and Classifiers Organization, Women in Science and Engineering, Federally Employed Women, and the Network of Executive Women.
Senior IP Counsel, Information Technology Bloomberg LP
Donald A. Gammon is Senior Counsel in the Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law group at Bloomberg L.P. in New York. He is Product Counsel for Engineering and the Chief Technology Office, leading a team that regularly counsels US, European and Asian business units engaged in software licensing (SaaS and on-premise); hardware and systems acquisition for global data centers; business-process outsourcing (BPO) and consultancy/services engagements; open source software development, deployment and licensing; procurement and supply chain logistics; newsroom and media management, and blockchain technologies. He serves as an Editor (IP Network) for the Association of Corporate Counsel, member of the Legal Committee at the Linux Foundation, and a charter member of the Legal Working Group at the Wall Street Blockchain Association.
Previously, Don practiced information technology and intellectual property law at JP Morgan Chase & Co.; Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., and Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP.
Jennifer Turner Harrigan
Chief Legal Officer Symphony Talent
Jennifer Turner Harrigan is Symphony Talent's Chief Legal Officer. In this role, she manages the company’s global legal department, partnering with the sales and product development teams to close technology licensing and professional services agreements. She also serves as a strategic legal advisor to the senior management team including in the areas of intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and data privacy and protection (GDPR and CCPA), among others.
Jennifer previously spent over a decade in the entertainment industry working in gaming, television and music. At Take-Two Interactive she worked on a broad range of commercial agreements in connection with the creation of video game and media content and music licensing including for the Grand Theft Auto and NBA 2K franchises. While at A&E Networks she was responsible for drafting and negotiating program, production and content acquisition agreements. As an attorney at major record labels, Jennifer worked on “360” deals for music talent, licensed artist content via digital downloading and streaming and provided strategic advice on music publishing related issues.
While in private practice, Jennifer was an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Shearman & Sterling. She began her legal career as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Tufts University.
Lance Hochhauser is Intellectual Property Counsel at IQVIA, overseeing their patent portfolio and handling a variety of day-to-day issues that arise in the global intellectual property program. IQVIA enables life science companies to innovate with confidence, maximize opportunities, and, ultimately, drive human health outcomes forward. Prior to his time at IQVIA, Lance spent more than two years at IBM, drafting and prosecuting patent applications covering a variety of computer and computer-enabled technologies.
Lance earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law and his bachelor degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University. Lance is admitted to practice law in New York, Georgia (inactive), Massachusetts (inactive), and as in-house counsel in New Jersey. He is also admitted to practice before the USPTO.
Matthew Jacobs was Vice President and General Counsel at Black Duck Software, Inc., recently acquired by Synopsys, Inc. He is now a director with the legal group at Synopsys. Organizations worldwide use Synopsys’ industry-leading products to secure and manage open source software, eliminating the pain related to security vulnerabilities, compliance, and operational risk. Matt’s work at Synopsys includes managing licensing and contract negotiation and advising senior management on day-to-day legal affairs. In addition to being a frequent speaker on open source–related topics, Matt routinely advises Synopsys’ customers with respect to leading-edge open source adoption, use, and compliance matters.
Prior to joining Black Duck in 2009, Matt was with Bernstein Shur, where he counseled companies on a variety of intellectual property matters, including open source compliance. Before that, he held in-house positions with Cabletron Systems and Standex International.
Matt earned his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and holds a master’s degree in business from Plymouth State University.
Joe Janas is Senior Counsel in the Intellectual Property (IP) Group at Wells Fargo. Joe leads Wells Fargo’s invention harvesting program, where he helps Wells Fargo’s businesses discover and protect new transformative, forward-thinking solutions in financial services. As an experienced patent attorney with substantial knowledge of the financial services industry, Joe is deft at designing and facilitating productive invention sessions that yield a significant number of robust patent applications for the company.
Before joining Wells Fargo, Joe engaged in private practice at Foley & Lardner, where he advised clients on intellectual property issues including U.S. and foreign patent prosecution and patent risk management. Prior to entering the field of law, Joe worked as a design engineer for Motorola and Continental Automotive.
He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub, which facilitates placement of qualified, under-resourced inventors with the pro bono legal assistance of licensed patent attorneys. He also served on the Board of Managers for the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.
Joe is a member of the Illinois bar and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He graduated with a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
Andrew Kopsidas, a Principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Fish & Richardson, leads and tries intellectual property cases and offers strategic counseling to clients. He has successfully litigated cases in many federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
A lead trial lawyer recognized for producing positive results for his clients, Mr. Kopsidas serves his clients by getting to know their business, developing creative and effective solutions, and conducting litigations with uncompromising efficiency. His clients are among the most prominent U.S., Korean, and European companies.
Mr. Kopsidas is at the forefront of Fish & Richardson’s ITC practice. He has first-chaired ITC trials, litigated dozens of cases in that venue, and is a regular speaker on ITC practice and procedures, including the strategic use of ITC litigation in parallel with district court litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Mr. Kopsidas speaks regularly and advises clients on trade secrets, standard-essential patents and Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (“FRAND”) licensing issues as they arise in litigation
Diane Gabl Kratz
Senior IP Counsel Seagate Technology
Diane Gabl Kratz, an IAM 300 World's Leading IP Strategist, is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Seagate Technology in California. She is a USPTO-registered patent attorney and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) through IAPP. At Seagate, Diane manages all aspects of the patent portfolios for the Consumer Products and Media business units, advising on strategy, prosecution, and IP-related transactions. She also leads Seagate’s global trademark portfolio, developing strategy across 100 countries, handling enforcement, and combatting counterfeits worldwide.
A four-time Super Lawyers Rising Star, Diane was previously in private practice at the Silicon Valley offices of international law firms Morrison & Foerster LLP and Sidley Austin LLP. There, she focused on IP litigation in industries such as semiconductors, software, telecom, consumer electronics, and medical devices.
A well-regarded speaker, Diane frequently presents at conferences throughout the United States. She has been featured as a guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Management Science & Engineering Department and the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is also a regular faculty member for the Practising Law Institute (PLI). Diane received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University.
Brad Lawrence focuses his practice on intellectual property (IP) counseling
including the protection of clients' inventions through carefully planned patent
procurement, integrated with other strategic considerations, including
development of licensing strategies and analysis of the IP and product positions
of others. Brad also devotes a significant amount of time to performing
product clearances in the form of non-infringement and/or invalidity opinions.
He also has significant prior litigation experience that includes many aspects of
patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation as well as licensing and other
extrajudicial resolution of IP disputes.
Sophia oversees IEX’s legal, compliance, securities, corporate governance, and intellectual property matters. She notably led IEX’s heavily-scrutinized SEC application process to become a licensed national stock exchange, which culminated with IEX’s approval and launch.
Prior to joining IEX, Sophia was deputy general counsel for Liquidnet, where she liaised with global regulators to set up block trading venues around the world and managed all corporate transactions. Previously, she served as associate general counsel at ITG where she managed public company matters, commercial transactions and ITG’s patent portfolio. Sophia began her career at Paul, Weiss where she practiced in the M&A and private equity groups for several years. Sophia received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. and her J.D. from NYU Law; she is a registered U.S. patent attorney and a CFA charterholder.
Mr. Levett was born and raised in Upstate New York. He attended the US Naval Academy, graduating in 1988 and serving as a Surface Warfare Officer and Intelligence Officer with an F-14 Fighter Squadron aboard the carrier USS Saratoga. He finished his nine years as a Naval Officer, serving the final three years as the Intelligence Department Head at SEAL Team Eight. Upon resigning his commission, Mr. Levett served as a Contracting Agent with General Electric Transportation in Erie, PA.
Mr. Levett entered on duty as a FBI Special Agent in November 1998 and upon completion of training at Quantico, was assigned to the New York Office. While assigned to New York, Mr. Levett worked a variety of cases, to include Organized Crime and Intellectual Property Theft. The majority of his time in New York was focused on the Foreign Counterintelligence Program and the associated threat within the diplomatic establishments and United Nations. Mr. Levett took a pause from working Counterintelligence, and was part of the New York FBI surge working Counterterrorism in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, DC. Mr. Levett returned to working Counterintelligence and was the case agent overseeing an investigation resulting in a 20 year espionage sentence.
In November 2003, Mr. Levett was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ), Washington, DC. Mr. Levett program managed special projects and technology exploitation programs, providing investigative and analytical support to field offices as well as collaborating with the intelligence community (IC) on multiple cases and source handling opportunities. In 2006, Mr. Levett was promoted to a field SSA in Washington Field Office (WFO). While at WFO, Mr. Levett’s squad established a robust program to address foreign targeting and theft of U.S. Intellectual property to include both commercial sector and DOD technology.
In 2008, Mr. Levett was promoted to Unit Chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBIHQ, Washington, DC. Mr. Levett’s Unit addressed issues of IP theft and worked closely with business and academic partners to protect U.S. technology from illicit acquisition by foreign adversaries. In 2012, Mr. Levett headed the FBI’s Foreign Investment Unit and was the senior FBI representative to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). During his time with CFIUS, Mr. Levett led an investigative and analytical team responsible for protecting U.S. IT assets critical to U.S. National Security interests.
In March 2014, Mr. Levett was promoted to Assistant Section Chief of the Clandestine Operations Section for the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. In this role, Mr. Levett established Hybrid Commercial Threat Initiative, and was recognized for his work with the 2016 Director’s Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence Investigations, and two 2016 U.S. Intelligence Community Awards for Supply Chain Protection and CI/Cyber investigations.
In July 2017, Mr. Levett was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Washington Field Office for Counterintelligence where he leads a team of over 75 Special Agents, embedded Intelligence Analysts and Forensic Accountants investigating Foreign Intelligence efforts to undermine US national security. Mr. Levett has over 25 plus years of Intelligence, Counterintelligence, Security and Cyber experience in both the U.S. Navy and the FBI.
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.
Fluent in technical jargon spoken by inventors and clients, patentese spoken at the PTO, legalese spoken by courts and attorneys, business jargon spoken by management, and plain English, he seeks to translate complex subject matter into terms all can understand.
The author of The Corporate Insider's Guide to U.S. Patent Practice, Mr. Macedo has been cited as an authority on intellectual property issues by the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, BNA, Bloomberg, Inside Counsel, Managing Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer Tactics, IP Law 360, JIPLP and other media.
His patent experience encompasses a broad range of industries and products including Internet, e-commerce, content delivery and computer-enabled inventions; financial services, transaction processing, electronic wallets and virtual or synthetic currency, including Bitcoins and all other Alt-coins; Software-As-A-Service; social media; semiconductor and photomasks; green energy and power, including wind generators and batteries; construction materials and structures; life sciences; and apparel, to name a few. Mr. Macedo also has enforced and defended against trademark assertions and/or opposition proceedings for financial service providers, casinos and resorts, non-profit organizations, celebrities; cosmetic companies, luxury retailers of designer handbags and retail chains. He also advises clients on IP contracts, licensing, confidentiality agreements, terms of services and IP acquisitions and transfers.
By identifying vulnerabilities and considering variations on design concepts, Mr. Macedo helps clients develop strategies to maximize protection and prevent infringement challenges. He frequently serves as special counsel to companies seeking an IP strategy, not just a patent; to IP holders in anticipation of litigation and as coordinating counsel for multiple law firms.
He is consistently at the forefront of complex and emerging patent issues in the financial services and transaction processing industries. Clients ranging from international banks, broker dealers and new business ventures call on Mr. Macedo to develop patent strategies, prepare patents, assert rights and defend against infringement claims. His work includes developing and implementing patent strategies associated with such cutting edge financial innovations like bitcoins and other synthetic currency or math-based assets. His experience includes successfully defending the Discover Card division of Morgan Stanley from one of the earliest business method patent assertions, and leading the team to implement and enforce the deposit sweep patent portfolio for Island Intellectual Property LLC. He has also helped clients implementing insurance related products seek patent and other intellectual property protection.
His experience before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board and its predecessor Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, including acting as leading counsel in inter partes review and covered business method proceedings, as well as advising and analyzing in the background. He also has represented patent owners in ex parte appeals, including reversals of obviousness rejections in Ex parte Buarque de Macedo.
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, including Cuozzo (at Federal Circuit en banc petition, Supreme Court petition for certiorari and merits brief stage), Highmark and Octane (at the Supreme Court), Kimble v. Marvel (at the Supreme Court), Mayo v. Prometheus (at the Supreme Court), Association of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc. (at the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit), CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice (at the Federal Circuit en banc and at the Supreme Court in the petition and merits brief stage), and Akamai (at the Federal Circuit on remand). His appellate experience also includes petitions for mandamus, for rehearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of various clients.
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. The recipient of the prestigious AIPLA Robert C. Watson Award, Mr. Macedo is included in Super Lawyers, IP Stars and Million Dollar Verdict. He also was a member of the Editorial Board for the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal and currently serves on the Editorial Board for Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice published by Oxford University Press.
Ceyda Maisami is IP Director at HP. She leads a team of IP attorneys in managing patent portfolios, counseling on IP transactional matters and supporting pre-litigation efforts for HP's Personal Systems organization. She is also responsible for managing recruitment efforts and outside counsel management for the team. Ceyda is a member of HP Legal team’s Diversity and Inclusion group.
In her previous roles at Finnegan and Chadbourne & Parke, Ceyda worked on high profile patent prosecution and litigation matters in addition to a host of opinion work. Moreover, prior to her career in Intellectual Property law, she was an Electrical Engineer for Osram Sylvania (Siemens Holding).
Ceyda graduated from Bucknell University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Economics. She obtained her JD from Suffolk University Law School. She is licensed before the USPTO and State of New York and District of Columbia.
David Quinn is an intellectual property attorney with a passion for law and technology. David is a trusted advisor to clients in rapidly developing technologies such as blockchain, quantum computing, semiconductors, and artificial intelligence. He is dedicated to the success of his client’s transactional, product clearance, and open source matters. David received a JD from the University of Richmond School of Law and a BS from Virginia Tech. Before joining IBM, David worked in private practice.
Acting as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality USPTO
Daniel Ryman is acting as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As acting Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, Mr. Ryman provides executive leadership to the Office of Patent Training, the Office of Patent Quality Assurance (OPQA), the Office of Process Improvement (OPI), and the Office of Stakeholder Outreach and Patents Ombudsman. Along with acting as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, Mr. Ryman is also the current Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality.
Prior to becoming Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality, Mr. Ryman served as the director of OPQA. In this role, he oversaw USPTO’s efforts to assess and analyze the quality of its patent examination processes and work products. Mr. Ryman also held the positions of senior advisor to the Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO, senior advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, and as supervisor in both the USPTO’s Central Reexamination Unit and Technology Center 2400. Mr. Ryman started his USPTO career as a patent examiner focused on applications related to multiplex communication.
Mr. Ryman has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a law degree from the George Washington University Law School.
Chief Patent Counsel IBM Corporation
Manny W. Schecter is Chief Patent Counsel and Associate General Counsel at IBM. Mr. Schecter leads IBM’s worldwide intellectual property law organization on patent matters and advises on intellectual property strategy and policy. His office is at IBM corporate headquarters in Armonk, NY.
Mr. Schecter serves on the board of directors of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the IPO Education Foundation (where he serves as the president), Allied Security Trust, the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding, and he served on the board of directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association from 2013-2016. He can be found on Twitter at @MannySchecter. Mr. Schecter has been named a Corporate IP Star and one of the 50 most influential people in IP by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
Mr. Schecter is a graduate of Cornell University and the George Washington University Law School.
Director, Patents in the Legal Division SAS Institute
Tim Wilson is Director of Patents in the Legal Division at SAS Institute Inc., the world’s largest private software company, where he leads the patent practice. He also provides advice on all types of intellectual property law matters and competitive intelligence issues. Prior to joining SAS, Tim was an associate at Brown Raysman in New York, where he advised clients on all manner of licensing and outsourcing transactions. Tim began his legal career as a patent and intellectual property litigator with Jones Day in Cleveland. Tim received his JD from Syracuse University College of Law in 1992 and a BS from Pennsylvania State University in 1989. Tim is a member of the Editorial Board of Intellectual Property Magazine.
Scott P. Zimmerman has nearly 25 years’ experience as a patent attorney. Scott focuses his practice on IP counseling and sophisticated patent prosecution for high-value, targeted claims. He has obtained over 1,000 patents for clients, including Fortune 10 companies, emerging startups, and garage inventors. Having both mechanical and electrical engineering degrees, Scott has deep technical knowledge of mobile communications, computer software, computer hardware, blockchaining, automotive, and mechanical technologies. Prior to becoming a patent attorney, he spent several years as a chassis engineer for General Motors.