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9th Annual Patent Law Institute

Speaker(s): Aaron R. Hand, Archana B V Bhuta, David L. Fligor, Eugene R Quinn, Floyd E. Anderson, Frances Marshall, George Simion, Hon. Matthew Clements, Hon. Paul R. Michel (Ret.), James A. Kovacs, Jeffrey I D Lewis, Joshua McGuire, Judson Cary, Kathy Ku, Ken Lustig, Kenneth Massaroni, Leah Christoforidis, Lesley Stolz, Marta Beckwith, Matthew P. Zinn, Michael C. Lee, Michael T. Moore, P. Anthony Sammi, Sarah Guichard, Scott M. Alter, Sona De, Susan A. Capello, Walter C. Linder, William L. LaFuze
Recorded on: Mar. 16, 2015
PLI Program #: 59457

Sarah Guichard is Vice President, Patents and Standards with BlackBerry. 

During her time at BlackBerry she has focused on various aspects of intellectual property (IP) rights.  She is currently responsible for all aspects of BlackBerry’s patent activities including patent licensing, patent development and prosecution, standards and patent strategy.  In 2013, Thompson Reuters named BlackBerry to their top 100 innovators list for the first time, citing a 38 percent surge in patent filings between 2010 and 2011 and a 17 percent growth in patent filings between 2011 and 2012.
Prior to Ms. Guichard's entry into the IP field, she spent five years as an electrical engineer, designing, building and testing satellite and terrestrial communication systems. 

In addition to her juris doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Ms. Guichard has a master's in electrical engineering with a focus on communication theory from University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  Ms. Guichard is licensed in California.

Walter Linder is a partner in the Minneapolis office of Faegre & Benson. He is a former group head and administrative partner of the firm's intellectual property practice.

Walt helps growing and established companies develop and manage their worldwide intellectual property portfolios. Prior to joining Faegre & Benson, he worked in-house as intellectual property counsel at 3M. Although the focus of Walt's practice is on patents, his breadth of experience allows him to act as IP general counsel. In this role, he regularly assists clients on a wide range of intellectual property legal issues, including counseling on trademark, trade secret and copyright matters.

Patent Experience
A substantial portion of Walt's practice is devoted to assisting clients on all aspects of patent-related legal issues encountered in their businesses. Services he regularly provides include:

Developing and implementing business programs to identify, evaluate and protect valuable inventions

  • Developing and implementing IP strategies
  • Assessing and rendering opinions on the patentability of inventions
  • Building worldwide patent portfolios
  • Assessing and rendering opinions on the validity and infringement risks of patents
  • Assessing and rendering opinions on patent design-around opportunities
  • Conducting interferences before the U.S. Patent Office
  • Prosecuting reexamination and reissue patent applications
  • Conducting freedom to operate evaluations
Representative projects include:
  • Evaluated extensive third-party patent portfolios and developed defensive strategies including invalidity and noninfringement opinions and infringement design-arounds for a computer component manufacturer developing a new manufacturing platform
  • Evaluated third-party patent portfolios and provided freedom to operate opinions for a financial services company developing an electronic negotiable instrument clearing system
  • Evaluated an extensive third-party patent portfolio and successfully advised a startup cardiovascular device manufacturer on design-around and non-infringement defenses
  • Initiated a worldwide invalidity patent search and successfully identified prior art minimizing patent infringement risk for a startup cardiovascular device manufacturer
  • Evaluated VoIP (voice over internet protocol) patents and provided noninfringement opinions for an optical network provider
  • Successfully prosecuted a reexamination of a coronary guide catheter patent'
  • Successfully prosecuted a reissue of a disk drive control system patent
  • Successfully terminated without loss of rights a patent interference declared against a computer component patent
  • Successfully initiated and resolved a patent interference involving computer-controlled manufacturing technology
  • Marquette University Law School
    • J.D. (1984)
  • University of Wisconsin
    • B.S. Electrical Engineering, with honors (1981)
  • 16-September-2011 - America Invents Act and Its Near-Term Implications
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

Jeffrey I. D. Lewis


Jeff Lewis is a partner in Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, New York City, where he focuses on patent litigation, for plaintiffs and defendants, as well as counseling, opinions and transactions. 

Chambers USA described Mr. Lewis as “relaxed, gracious and exceptionally good in court.”  He also has been recognized in numerous publications including Super Lawyers and The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers.  Euromoney/Institutional Investor's Benchmark lists Mr. Lewis as a “National Star” for Intellectual Property, “Federal Circuit Star” for Appellate work, and New York “Litigation Star.”  Mr. Lewis is a frequent author and lecturer on patent and patent litigation issues. 

He is Past President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and AIPPI-US (the United States national group of the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle).  Mr. Lewis also is a Fellow of AIPLA, the criteria for being named a Fellow are outstanding service to the association, prominence within the intellectual property profession, learned contributions to the profession, and observance of the highest standards of ethical conduct.  He has represented AIPLA amicus curiae in several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. concerning infringement when multiple parties are responsible, Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. considering the patent exhaustion doctrine, and KSR Int'l Co. v. Teleflex Inc. on infringement under the doctrine of equivalents. 

Mr. Lewis, a patent attorney, received his B.S.E. in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut and J.D. cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he has served as an Adjunct Professor since 1999.  He has been an Alexander Judicial Fellow to Hon. Marion T. Bennett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a Trustee of the American Intellectual Property Law Educational Foundation, and currently is active in numerous professional and civic organizations. 


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Kenneth Lustig is vice president and head of the Client Engagement and Strategic Acquisitions, Monetization and Investment groups at Intellectual Ventures. Mr. Lustig leads the teams responsible for managing Intellectual Ventures' strategic client relationships, channel-based divestments, large complex acquisitions of intellectual property (IP) and the subsequent monetization of those portfolios. He is also a member of the company's Global Licensing leadership team, which is responsible for revenue generation across all the company's funds.

Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Mr. Lustig spent more than 11 years as an executive at Microsoft, where he served most recently as the managing director of IP Investments and Acquisitions. He was responsible for the Content Guard IP joint venture, as well as some of Microsoft's largest IP investments, licensing deals and patent litigation settlements.  Mr. Lustig closed over $3 billion of transactions at Microsoft, including creating and overseeing a $1 billion diversified IP investment portfolio. He also spent several years leading part of Microsoft's Corporate Development Group. Before his time at Microsoft, Mr. Lustig spent nine years as a global investment banker.

Mr. Lustig received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his master of business administration in finance from New York University.   

Bill LaFuze

William "Bill" LaFuze is a principal in McKool Smith’s Houston and Washington, D.C. offices. Bill’s practice has been directed to a broad range of intellectual property law issues, with a particular focus on patent litigation in the smartphone, computer, electronics, oilfield equipment, telecommunications, and internet-related fields. He has represented clients in many district courts throughout the United States and in cases appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. Bill has also served as arbitrator in many intellectual property cases, and has substantial experience in IP strategic counseling and licensing.

Mr. LaFuze currently serves as an officer of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Intellectual Property Law and is a delegate from that section to the ABA House of Delegates. Over the years, he has led many national and regional professional associations, including serving as the President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and Chair of the Section on Intellectual Property Law of the ABA. He has testified several times in hearings before Congressional Committees and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with regard to patent law reform issues.

Bill was selected as one of only two IP lawyers in the country to advise the Bush/Cheney administration through its Presidential Transition Team to counsel the then new administration on patent policy, the operation of the USPTO, and patent reform issues. By appointment of the U. S. Secretary of Commerce, he later served on the Patent Public Advisory Committee of the USPTO.

Bill has been ranked every year since inception as a "Band 1" intellectual property lawyer in Texas by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and has been ranked "Band 2" for U.S. intellectual property by Chambers Global. He is also highly rated in many other leading legal publications and directories.

Frances Marshall is currently Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property in the Appellate Section of the Antitrust Division at U.S. Department of Justice where she represents the Division in appellate matters. 

From 2002- January 2017, she was Special Counsel for Intellectual Property in Legal Policy Section.  In this role, she advised the Antitrust Division on matters in which competition and intellectual property law and policy intersect both domestically and internationally.  From November 2012- January 2017, she was Assistant Chief of the Division’s Legal Policy Section, which advises the Division about policy and legislative matters more broadly, including providing analysis of complex antitrust matters, developing and supporting the Division’s legislative programs, conducting long-range planning projects and programs of special interest to the Assistant Attorney General, and a engaging in advocacy to advance competitive principles with federal and state entities. 

Ms. Marshall speaks frequently on IP-antitrust issues and has taught antitrust law as an adjunct professor.  Most recently, she has written a chapter on U.S. Antitrust Aspects of FRAND Disputes in Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law, Vol. 1: Antitrust and Patents (Jorge L. Contreras, ed., forthcoming 2017 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press) with Renata Hesse.

Before joining the Antitrust Division in 1994, Ms. Marshall was an Attorney-Advisor in the General Counsel=s Office at the U.S. International Trade Commission and worked in private practice.  She clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Clevenger, III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 1991 to 1993.

Ms. Marshall received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 1988, after graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Carleton College and spending two years in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. While at Berkeley Law, she was Managing Editor of the International Tax and Business Lawyer.

Ms. Marshall is admitted to the bars of California, the District of Columbia, the Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and the founder of Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website in 1999, and since then it has become one of the leading IP publications on the Internet. has been recognized multiple times by the American Bar Association as a top 100 legal blog, has 3 times been voted the top IP blog, and in 2014 was retired from voting and inducted into the ABA Blawg Hall of Fame. 

Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus, he frequently advises on patent matters relating to software, computer implemented methods, business methods, and Internet innovations.

Between 2003 and 2007 Gene wrote a monthly column for Patent World and served on the Patent World editorial board. He has also previously taught a variety of intellectual property courses at the law school level, including patent law, patent claim drafting, patent prosecution, copyright law, trademark law and introduction to intellectual property. Gene taught at Syracuse University College of Law, Temple University School of Law, The University of Toledo College of Law, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Whittier Law School, and John Marshall Law School.

Gene is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent Office and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Katharine Ku is Executive Director of the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) at Stanford University.  OTL is responsible for the licensing of various state-of-the-art university technologies and industry sponsored research agreements, material transfer agreements and collaborations.  In FY2015, Stanford received $95M in gross royalty revenue from licensed technologies.

From 1994-98, in addition to her OTL responsibilities, Ku was responsible for Stanford’s pre-award Sponsored Projects Office. Ku was Vice President, Business Development at Protein Design Labs, Inc. in Mountain View, California from 1990-1991.  Prior to PDL, Ku spent 12 years at Stanford in various positions, worked at Monsanto and Sigma Chemical as a research scientist, administered a dialysis clinical trial at University of California, and taught chemistry and basic engineering courses.

Ku has been active in the Licensing Executive Society (LES), serving as Vice President, Western Region and Trustee of LES, IP100 Advisory Board and various committee chairs.  She also has served as President of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) from 1988-90. She received the AUTM 2001 Bayh-Dole Award for her efforts in university licensing. In 1999, Stanford OTL received the Licensing Executives Society Achievement Award for licensing, the Society’s most prestigious award.  Ku was a committee member of the NAS study entitled Management of University Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research, and Dialogue.  She also served on the Board of Governors for the Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc. (CLP) and the BIO Board. She is currently a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director of Intramural Research.  She recently joined the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Industry Advisory Board.

Ku has a B.S. Chemical Engineering (Cornell University), an M.S. in Chemical Engineering (Washington University in St. Louis) and is a registered patent agent.


Leah Christoforidis is a member of Red Chalk Group's Intellectual Property Brokerage and Licensing practice and has a proven track record assisting clients in monetizing their intellectual property portfolios.  Ms. Christoforidis has experience in a wide range of sectors and technologies including consumer electronics, wireless telecommunications, mobile handsets, data networking, digital imaging, and medical devices.  

In addition to working closely with clients to monetize their portfolios through creative sale and licensing agreements, Ms. Christoforidis also assists clients in acquiring critical IP assets, including the identification of target assets, negotiation of patent sale agreements, and final due diligence and closing.  Ms. Christoforidis has worked with a broad range of clients including operating companies, research institutions, universities, start-ups, law firms, and individual inventors.

Ms. Christoforidis earned a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois.  She is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is licensed to practice law within the state of Illinois.  Prior to becoming an attorney she was an extern for the Honorable John Darrah, United States District Court, N.D. Ill.

Ms. Christoforidis is also active in numerous professional and charitable organizations including the Chicago Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Chicago Fashion Foundation.


Mr. Moore is the Vice President, Products and IP at Pure Storage in Mountain View. He has responsibility for product counseling, product transactional support, trade compliance, patents and intellectual property strategy, open-source software, and other matters. Mr. Moore is a seasoned attorney with more than a decade of software and hardware counseling and patent and IP experience, which follows his technical experience in digital logic design and software engineering. 

Pure Storage has been recognized twice by The Recorder for In House Legal Department of the Year in 2016 and 2017 for IP Strategy, and also recognized for Litigation (2016) and for Data Security (2017), which fall into Mr. Moore’s area of responsibility. In 2018 Pure Storage was named by the Association of Corporate Counsel as Value Champion Award Winner.

Before joining Pure Storage, Mr. Moore was the Vice President, Intellectual Property and Deputy General Counsel, of Rambus. He has also worked in-house at Symantec, and he started his attorney career as an associate at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius involved in patent prosecution and trade secret litigation. Prior to this Mr. Moore spent almost a decade in the semiconductor industry as an engineer and patent agent.

Mr. Moore holds a JD and MBA from Santa Clara University, and BSEE (B.Eng) from the University of Limerick, Ireland.  He speaks at PLI, ACC, and other events and has published in Law360, ACC Docket, Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Asset Management, and other legal journals.  He holds 10 US issued patents from his engineering work, and numerous technology publications in electronics trade journals. 

P. Anthony Sammi
Patent and Other Complex Intellectual Property Litigation

P. Anthony Sammi concentrates his practice on litigating intellectual property cases, particularly high-technology patent and trade secret cases, at the trial level.

With a background in electrical engineering and physics, Mr. Sammi has litigated a broad range of matters involving software, hardware, business method and e-commerce patents and trade secrets, as well as computer source code copyrights. His practice also includes counseling both U.S. and multinational clients on evaluating, licensing and protecting intellectual property portfolios.

Representative technologies that Mr. Sammi has litigated include: digital electronics and hardware; computer software and source code (HLASM, C++); mobile telephone and VoIP technology; blood centrifuge devices; satellite on-board computer stability systems; medical implant devices; sporting equipment; pharmaceuticals; cosmetics; MPEG video technology; Ethernet connectivity hardware; and digital imaging and storage systems in the financial industry.

He is a member of the Skadden group recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s leading IP practices in its 2013 “IP Hot List.”

Selected engagements include:

  • lead trial counsel on technology claims in a U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement jury trial representing plaintiff, a leading software technology company; obtained a jury verdict, multimillion-dollar damages award, and permanent injunction for infringement and misappropriation;
  • lead trial counsel in a U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, patent infringement jury trial representing defendant, one of the largest national archives of check images and electronic content for multi-bank infrastructure solutions; lead counsel in successfully defending against a preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in a U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation action representing a leading global software development firm;
  • trial counsel in a U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, patent infringement trial representing defendant, a leading sports equipment manufacturer, in which judgments of non-infringement and patent claim invalidity due to obviousness were obtained;
  • arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit representing the defendant-appellee, a leading sports equipment manufacturer, in the plaintiff’s appeal of district court post-trial judgment of invalidity and non-infringement; District Court judgments in favor of client were affirmed;
  • representing a world-leading satellite manufacturer in defending against claims of patent infringement involving complex satellite guidance, stability, and station-keeping circuitry and control systems;
  • leading the patent aspects of a multibillion-dollar acquisition of a social networking and VoIP service provider company; and leading the patent aspects of a multibillion-dollar merger and settlement relating to mobile device manufacturers.
  • Representative clients have included: JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Bank One Corporation; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Motorola, Inc.; Virgin Mobile USA, LLC; Rocket Software, Inc.; AstraZeneca PLC; Benetton Sportsystem USA, Inc.; Compaq Computer Corporation; Viewpointe Archive Services L.L.C.; Trish McEvoy, Inc.; Infra+ S.A.; and Aspen Technology, Inc.


  • Speaker, “US Round Table: Best Practices Post AIA,” MIP Global IP & Innovation Summit, September 4-5, 2013, Shanghai
  • Presenter, “Litigating Against Non-Practicing Entities,” Sixth Annual Patent Law Institute, February 16, 2012
  • Member, Steering Committee; Speaker, "Building Client Relationships," The New Partner Forum, The American Lawyer, New York City, October 11-12, 2011
  • Presenter, "The Role of the Specification in Claim Construction: Is It a Guidepost or a Fence?" BNA webinar, June 15, 2011
  • TV Interview, “How ‘Gesture Technology’ Like Microsoft Kinect Will Change the Way We Live,” PBS’ Need to Know, April 8, 2011
  • Presenter, “Litigating With An Eye Toward Trial,” Fifth Annual Patent Law Institute, February/March 2011
  • Presenter, “Reexamination: Be Careful What You Wish For,” AIPLA 2011 Mid-Winter Institute, February 2011
  • Speaker, “Strategic Xenophobia: Fighting Litigation Techniques that Vilify Origin and Ethnicity,” 2010 National South Asian Bar Association Annual Convention, June 26, 2010
  • Panelist, Morning Plenary Session, 2010 Asia Society Diversity Leadership Forum, May 17, 2010

Bar Admissions
New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


J.D., Cornell Law School, 1998
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, 1995

Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, New York Intellectual Property Law Association
Past President and Director, South Asian Bar Association of New York
Past Director, National South Asian Bar Association


Co-Author “Good Clean Fun: Using Clean Room Procedures in Intellectual Property
Litigation,” Intellectual Property and Technology Journal, October 2013 (Vol. 25, No.
“Trade Secrets,” (Chapter 15) New York Business Litigation, New York Law Journal, 2013



Related Practices

  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Litigation
  • Patent and Other Complex Intellectual Property Litigation

Scott Alter is an experienced intellectual property attorney whose practice focuses on software, electronics, internet, telecommunications, cloud computing, medical device, financial, and semiconductor technologies. A skilled global patent strategist, he also has significant expertise in patent eligibility, joint and indirect infringement, and indefiniteness. In every matter he handles, Scott strives to obtain practical results for his clients.

Scott has served as an expert witness in litigation concerning data encryption technology. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked at IBM as a LAN systems developer and computer programmer. Prior to joining the firm, Scott was a partner in the Colorado office of a national IP law firm.

Sona De is an experienced patent litigator with numerous victories in claim construction, at summary judgment, at trial and on appeal before the Federal Circuit. Her work spans a wide range of technology sectors, with a focus on Hatch-Waxman litigation, medical devices and biologics, and further includes cases involving crop science, chemicals, computer chips, telephonic systems and consumer products. Sona has handled numerous multi-party litigations, argued before the Multi-District Litigation Panel, represented clients in arbitration and has defended witnesses overseas under the Hague Convention. Her prior work experience in the pharmaceutical industry enables Sona to advise clients on various patent issues with an understanding of how companies operate with an eye towards their business needs. Clients have included Bayer Healthcare, Becton Dickinson, Purdue Pharma, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Nova Biomedical, Schering-Plough, Sanyo and Oral B.

Sona has been featured as American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” and received the Financial Times’ highest ranking for her innovative strategies and success in the landmark Therasense case that created a new legal standard for the inequitable conduct doctrine. She is recognized among The Top Women Attorneys in the New York Metro Area and was recently profiled by Inside Counsel for helping Bayer Healthcare win its patent trial against a generic drug company. Sona is recommended in Healthcare: Life Sciences in The Legal 500 US and is recognized for her patent litigation work by the IAM Patent 1000. She is also the recipient of the In Motion Commitment to Justice Award.


David Fligor is Vice President, Licensing, at the Kudelski Group, in Mountain View, CA. In this role, Mr. Fligor leads licensing and business development activities of Kudelski’s Intellectual Property & Innovation Team with a focus on advanced television. Mr. Fligor also leads patent litigation settlement negotiations on behalf of the Kudelski Group, most recently negotiating a product relationship and dismissal of pending patent litigation with Netflix.



Prior to joining the Kudelski Group, Mr. Fligor was Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy at TiVo where he developed and executed M&A, IP and investment strategy. Previously, Mr. Fligor was Vice President & Associate General Counsel at TiVo where he helped manage the legal function and was responsible for IP and commercial transactions. While at TiVo, Mr. Fligor negotiated commercial agreements with pay television operators in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Fligor also oversaw and directed patent litigation and negotiated patent litigation settlements with DISH Networks, EchoStar, AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, Google, Cisco and Arris recovering $106 million in judgments and generating more than $1.45B in settlement proceeds for TiVo. 

Prior to his 9 years at TiVo, Mr. Fligor was an Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he practiced in the areas of corporate and securities, patent litigation and technology transactions. Mr. Fligor earned his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Fligor is a member of the State Bar of California and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.


 Michael Lee

Senior Director, Intellectual Property

Cisco Systems, Inc.


Mike Lee is a Senior Director of Intellectual Property at Cisco Systems.  Mike leads a team that focuses on patent licensing, patent purchases, IP policy, standards IPR, open source, patent pools, and IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.  Prior to Cisco, he was at Yahoo! and in private practice focusing on patent litigation.  He received a bachelor of science degree in materials science engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a law degree from The George Washington University Law School.  In 2014, Mike was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Ambassador to serve on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) on Intellectual Property.


Aaron Hand's practice focuses on Patent Litigation. He has experience litigating patents in a wide range of technical areas, including: semiconductor processing, computer software, electronic and internet commerce, biometrics, computer hardware components, and biotechnology. In addition to his work in federal courts, he coordinated litigation-focused reexamination proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and assisted in arbitration proceedings involving trade secret misappropriation. Mr. Hand began his litigation career at Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder, a prominent Silicon Valley patent litigation boutique. During law school, he completed an internship at the United States Attorneys’ Office, Civil Division, in San Diego.


Before entering the practice of law, Mr. Hand worked as a computer consultant and network engineer, obtaining certifications in wireless network design and hardware repair. In addition, he worked as a graphic designer and web developer, where he gained familiarity with interactive web programming and database connectivity. He is passionate about emerging technology, including computer and wireless hardware and software.


Mr. Hand earned his bachelor of science, cum laude, in Chemical Engineering, with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering, from UCLA. In addition to his coursework, he worked as a research assistant in the department’s aerosol and nanotechnology laboratory.

Archana Bhuta
Director of Patents
Juniper Networks


Archana Bhuta is currently Director of Patents at Juniper Networks.  Juniper Networks delivers innovative software, silicon and systems that transform the experience and economics of networking.  Ms. Bhuta currently manages the overall patent program at Juniper as well as counseling all of Juniper’s software, routing and switching business groups on patent portfolio growth and management.  Ms. Bhuta is also involved in handling patent litigation, standards and IP licensing matters at Juniper.  Prior to this role, Ms. Bhuta acted as chief counsel for Juniper's security related business group where she led the IP due diligence and IP integration of the $95M acquisition of Altor Networks, $70M acquisition of SMobile Systems, Inc. , IP asset acquisition of Blackwave, Inc. and the acquisition of patents from Bitgravity, Inc.  In that role, she also counseled business group clients on the development, release and protection of proprietary IP (including the management of the patent portfolio), negotiated complex inbound technology license agreements, partnership agreements and joint development agreements and counseled clients on the use and inclusion of open source technology.


Prior to joining Juniper Networks, Ms. Bhuta was at Sun Microsystems where she was responsible for patent litigation, patent portfolio development, copyright counseling and IP licensing.  Prior to joining Sun, Ms. Bhuta was in private practice at Weil Gotshal & Manges focusing on IP litigation and at Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman focusing on patent prosecution, due diligence and opinion work.


Ms. Bhuta obtained her J.D. degree from the John Marshall Law School and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.


Floyd Anderson
Avago Technologies, Ltd.
Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel



Floyd Anderson, Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel for Avago, received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Arizona in 1992, and received a Master in Microelectronics Technology from Arizona State in 1983. After working as semiconductor circuit design engineer in Motorola’s R&D labs, Mr. Anderson started his legal career as a patent attorney, working first for Motorola and then for IBM. Mr. Anderson later worked as an Assistant General Counsel for Verizon in Boston, and more recently as Corporate Counsel for Agilent Technologies in Colorado. Agilent sold its semiconductor business to private investors in late 2005 and Avago was formed, where Mr. Anderson took his current position as Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel.

George has been an IP lawyer for about 15 years.  He joined NetApp in 2013 from Oracle Corp, where he was a Senior Patent Attorney supporting Oracle Middleware and Database business groups.  Prior to Oracle, George was a Senior Patent Attorney and Assistant General Counsel at Sun Microsystems, which he joined in 2004.

As part of his current responsibilities at NetApp, George manages NetApp’s US and international patent portfolios, directs ongoing patent litigation matters, advises on open source-related issues and policy, and leads technology and IP licensing activities.  At Oracle and earlier at Sun, George managed patent and copyright activities for a broad range of Oracle/Sun product groups, including server and networking systems, Java mobile, enterprise and cloud computing, and virtualization. Prior to Sun, George was an associate at two large IP law firms where he focused on patent preparation and prosecution, opinion work and patent litigation support.  Prior to his law career, George held senior engineering positions at two large engineering companies and a US National R&D laboratory.

Susan A. Capello
Intel Corporation
Senior Intellectual Property Attorney



Susan A. Capello is a Senior Intellectual Property Attorney for Intel Corporation. She graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biology and Business Administration and worked in scientific research capacities with Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. and the Rorer Group, Inc. . Ms. Capello received her Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law in 1989 and spent several years in private practice before becoming an in-house IP attorney. As in-house counsel she has worked for Becton, Dickinson and Company; Lipid Sciences, Inc. and Connetics Corporation.

Judson Cary is Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at CableLabs, a non-profit research and development organization owned by the global cable industry.  He also serves as General Counsel of the Society of Cable and Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), the ANSI-accredited standards body for the cable industry. 

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Cary worked as an engineer in the Artificial Intelligence Group of U S WEST (now CenturyLink).  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Math and Computer Science, and Masters in Engineering, both from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  After law school (Santa Clara University, cum laude), he worked as a patent attorney for the Silicon Valley-based law firm of Fenwick & West focusing on startups and pre-IPO companies, patents, and general intellectual property protection and counselling.  Mr. Cary returned to Colorado and followed the legal chain of title from U S WEST, to MediaOne, to AT&T Broadband, now Comcast. After a short stint at an e-insurance “.bomb” company, Mr. Cary returned to the cable industry at CableLabs.

He provides general advice and counsel on a wide range of topics including technology policy, strategy  patents, patent pools, licensing, standards, antitrust, security, content protection, complex multi-industry agreements, and the laws and regulations governing cable operators in these areas.

He is also President of Media Coding Industry Forum (MC-IF), and Treasurer of the Open Connectivity Forum (OCF, a forum for IoT).

Hon. Matthew Clements
Lead Administrative Patent Judge
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Matt Clements is a Lead Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in the Silicon Valley office.  He earned his law degree from Columbia Law School.  He also earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University.  Prior to his appointment in March 2013, Judge Clements served with the law firm Ropes & Gray LLP where he practiced intellectual property law with broad experience in patent litigation, patent prosecution, and technology transactions.

Judge Michel served for more than 22 years on the Federal Circuit, retiring on May 31, 2010.  From December 25, 2004 until his retirement, he also discharged the duties of Chief Judge of this national court, serving simultaneously on the U.S. Judicial Conference -- the Judiciary's governing body -- and by appointment of the Chief Justice on its seven-judge Executive Committee.

He judged several thousand appeals and authored more than 800 opinions, one third concerning intellectual property law.  Intellectual Asset Management magazine inducted him into its Hall of Fame and he was designated one of the 50 most influential leaders in intellectual property law in the world.  His contributions were also recognized by lifetime achievement and similar awards by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation (IPO); the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section; Managing Intellectual Property magazine; the Sedona Conference; the Patent and Trademark Office Society (PTOS); the New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Associations; and the William C. Connor, the Giles S. Rich, and the Richard Linn Intellectual Property American Inns of Court.  In 2010 the Los Angeles IP Inn was renamed in his honor as the Paul R. Michel IP Inn.

Judge Michel received the Jefferson Medal, the Eli Whitney Award, and the Katz-Kiley Prize as well as Honorary Doctor of Law degrees from the Catholic University of America and the John Marshall Law School.  He is a lifetime Member of Honore of FICPI, the international association of private practitioners of intellectual property law.  Williams College granted him the Kellogg Award for "outstanding leadership in law and public service."

Judge Michel has written numerous articles on patent law and advocacy, taught related courses and master classes at George Washington University, the University of Akron, and John Marshall law schools, serving as well on their IP advisory boards and on counterpart boards at the universities of California (Berkley), Washington, and Maryland.  He co-authored a casebook, Patent Litigation and Strategy (West, 1999) and an August 2010 editorial in the New York Times on strengthening the patent system to promote prosperity and create new jobs.

A frequent speaker at conferences and law schools during his judicial tenure and since, he retired from a lifetime appointment to be free to speak out on the national need for better patent policy and protection of intellectual property and the vital, unmet resource needs of the courts, the PTO, the International Trade Commission, and other IP-related agencies.  He was appointed Distinguished Scholar in Residence by IPO, following his retirement.  Judge Michel also consults for law firms and their clients in intellectual property litigations, conducting moot courts, mock trials, case evaluations, editing briefs, advising on strategy and providing mediation and arbitration services.

At TiVo, Matt has overall responsibility for the Company's legal, government relations and privacy matters. Prior to joining TiVo, Matt was Senior Attorney, Broadband Law and Policy for MediaOne in Denver, Colorado. During his tenure there, he developed strategies and advocacy positions on video and high-speed data issues, negotiated carriage deals with television programmers, and provided legal support to MediaOne's corporate marketing, operations, engineering, commercial sales and regional counsel. 

Before joining MediaOne, Matt served as Corporate Counsel for Continental Cablevision's Western Region, based in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he was an associate with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Cole, Raywid & Braverman, where he represented cable operators before the FCC.

Matt holds a juris doctorate from the George Washington University National Law Center and a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont. Matt is a frequent speaker at conferences addressing legal issues confronting multi-channel video providers.

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Dr. Stolz has 17 years of business and corporate development experience working for companies that have been both technology platform and therapeutics focused.  Prior to joining the transactions group within Johnson & Johnson Innovation, she held executive positions with BioTime, Inc., Sutro Biopharma, Inc., and Sunesis Pharmaceuticals where she was responsible for corporate strategy, fundraising and all aspects of partnering.  Earlier in her career, she served as Senior Director, Business Development for Aerovance, Inc. and for GPC Biotech AG in Munich, Germany from 2002 to 2006.  She also served in senior management positions at Cell Genesys, Discovery Partners International and Axys Pharmaceuticals.  Dr. Stolz received her Ph.D. in chemistry, and conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.

James Kovacs is the Director of Licensing and lead’s Intel’s Patent Licensing Group, which focuses on counseling and advising in connection with worldwide patent transactions, such as licenses, cross-licenses, acquisitions and sales, as well as related corporate patent strategy. Prior to joining Intel, James was in private practice at leading Chicago law firms, focusing his work on technology transactions and outsourcing.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Harvard Law School. 

Ms. Beckwith is a member of the PacTech Law firm where she focuses on intellectual property matters including RAND and other IP disputes and licensing, patent analysis and IP policy.  Prior to joining PacTech Law, Ms. Beckwith was Vice President, Legal at Aruba Networks, Inc. where she was chief intellectual property and chief litigation counsel.  She also managed certain regulatory, compliance and licensing areas, participated on Aruba’s SEC disclosure committee and oversaw the legal side of Aruba’s participation in various standard setting organizations.   Prior to joining Aruba, Ms. Beckwith spent over eight years at Cisco Systems, Inc., supervising Cisco’s worldwide intellectual property litigation. Before that, Ms. Beckwith was Senior Director, IP Litigation and Litigation for Applied Materials, Inc. 

Ms. Beckwith began her legal career at what was then known as Pillsbury Madison & Sutro and also practiced law at Limbach & Limbach and Fenwick & West.  Ms. Beckwith received her law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.  She also has an M.A. in Mathematics from UCLA and a B.A. in Mathematics with Honors from UC Santa Cruz.