Presented by the Faber Entrepreneurship Center at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

The key to business performance is effectively leveraging your assets.

Intangible assets represent approximately 80 percent of the value of the Standard & Poor 500 and dominate the ability of companies to compete on both a global and regional landscape. Successful operating executives often outperform their competition through better innovation and through better legal protection of their intangible assets to leverage them as intellectual property.

This summit is for senior operating executives and will address current best practices for developing, strategically positioning, and leveraging innovation and intellectual property to increase business performance, as well as fostering and promoting innovation in the organization.

April 19 - 21, 2016

Wild Dunes Beach Resort
Isle of Palms, SC

$595

Topics

How companies manage innovation and IP
Developing a framework for IP Strategy
Finding solutions through open innovation
Innovation and IP changes in China
Corporate Systems for IP Protection
Data security: lessons learned from famous breaches
Commercializing IP Porfolios: A NASA case study
Innovation in education
Convergence! Markets, cybersecurity, patents, other IP rights, and future law

Speakers

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Dirk Brown

Dirk Brown is the Director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center and a faculty member at the Darla Moore School of Business and College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Brown is a seasoned executive with a strong track record of developing, marketing, and licensing disruptive, proprietary technologies. He is the founding CEO of Pandoodle Corporation, a digital media technology company with offices in California, New York, and South Carolina.

Previously, he was CEO of Neoconix, a venture capital-funded electronics technology company serving Fortune 100 customers with worldwide sales and manufacturing. Earlier in his career, Dr. Brown was Executive Vice President of Operations and Marketing at High Connection Density (HCD), with P&L responsibility for all of the company's product lines, and before that a Member of Technical Staff at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

He holds over 25 patents, has written over 30 technical papers and journal articles, and is an active member in a number of professional societies including the Aspen Global Leadership Network (as a Liberty Fellow) and the C100. Dr. Brown holds an M.B.A. from San Jose State, a Ph.D. (Materials Science) and M.Eng. (Applied Physics) from Cornell University, and a B.Sc. (Eng) in Applied Physics/Electrical Engineering from Queen's University in Canada.

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Albert Wai-Kit Chan

Attorney

Dr. Albert Wai-Kit Chan is a partner of the Law Offices of Albert Wai-Kit Chan, PLLC. He is a former research scientist who forged his legal career by combining his training as a molecular biologist with the emerging legal needs of the biotechnology industry in the late 1980s. Dr. Chan handles all areas of intellectual property law (including technology transfer, patents, trademarks, copyrights, business transactions, and trade secrets), and his specialty is biotechnology patents. He is well-versed in all aspects of prosecution and litigation and is experienced in licensing, technology transfer and the evaluation of intellectual property portfolios. Dr. Chan works extensively with both U.S. and international companies. He has helped scores of scientists and inventors obtain the intellectual property protection they need to be competitive in their fields. His clients range from individual inventors to up-and-coming companies to well-established prestigious research institutes.

Dr. Chan has been frequently involved in transactional work in China, which includes facilitating joint ventures and contracts between East and West companies and building up clients’ intellectual property portfolios. For those clients looking to expand their business in China, he has not only provided patent procurement services but also, equally important, patent enforcement. He has performed analysis and evaluation of clients’ intellectual property to determine the scope and securement of the protection of their intellectual property.

Since 1996, Dr. Chan has taught as an adjunct professor of law at The City University of New York School of Law. His classes include intellectual property law, patent law, technology transfer, Internet and the law, food and drug law, and international business law. Dr. Chan is active in a number of legal organizations including, among others, United States-China Intellectual Property Institute. He is also past president of the United States-China Lawyers Society, which aims to promote the free exchange of legal ideas between professionals in the United States and China.

Dr. Chan received his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York. He was awarded his Ph.D. in virology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and he completed his postdoctoral training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Chan is a graduate of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and he was born and raised in Hong Kong.

TOPIC: Innovation and IP changes in China

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Albert Wai-Kit Chan

Attorney

Dr. Albert Wai-Kit Chan is a partner of the Law Offices of Albert Wai-Kit Chan, PLLC. He is a former research scientist who forged his legal career by combining his training as a molecular biologist with the emerging legal needs of the biotechnology industry in the late 1980s. Dr. Chan handles all areas of intellectual property law (including technology transfer, patents, trademarks, copyrights, business transactions, and trade secrets), and his specialty is biotechnology patents. He is well-versed in all aspects of prosecution and litigation and is experienced in licensing, technology transfer and the evaluation of intellectual property portfolios. Dr. Chan works extensively with both U.S. and international companies. He has helped scores of scientists and inventors obtain the intellectual property protection they need to be competitive in their fields. His clients range from individual inventors to up-and-coming companies to well-established prestigious research institutes.

Dr. Chan has been frequently involved in transactional work in China, which includes facilitating joint ventures and contracts between East and West companies and building up clients’ intellectual property portfolios. For those clients looking to expand their business in China, he has not only provided patent procurement services but also, equally important, patent enforcement. He has performed analysis and evaluation of clients’ intellectual property to determine the scope and securement of the protection of their intellectual property.

Since 1996, Dr. Chan has taught as an adjunct professor of law at The City University of New York School of Law. His classes include intellectual property law, patent law, technology transfer, Internet and the law, food and drug law, and international business law. Dr. Chan is active in a number of legal organizations including, among others, United States-China Intellectual Property Institute. He is also past president of the United States-China Lawyers Society, which aims to promote the free exchange of legal ideas between professionals in the United States and China.

Dr. Chan received his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York. He was awarded his Ph.D. in virology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and he completed his postdoctoral training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Chan is a graduate of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and he was born and raised in Hong Kong.

TOPIC: Innovation and IP changes in China

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Adam Kelly

Attorney

Adam Kelly is a nationally-acclaimed counsellor in intellectual property law with extensive experience in the U.S. and abroad. Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Kelly assists clients with due diligence, strategic technology procurement, and transactional negotiations. He also counsels corporate executives on how to competitively use intellectual property to increase market share, revenues, and the overall value of a business.

Inside the courtroom as a first chair, Mr. Kelly has successfully enforced and defended against patent infringement actions in various jurisdictions throughout the world. He has represented clients through all litigation phases, from pre-suit due diligence through trial and appeal. He has also successfully obtained and defended against various types of preliminary injunctive relief associated with design and utility patent infringement actions.

TOPIC: Strategic Global Intellectual Property Management

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Emile Buzaid

Attorney

Mr. Buzaid currently serves as Associate Counsel for Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”), where is in charge of all legal matters involving the purchase, sale, licensing, and other disposition of goods, property, and services. Mr. Buzaid also serves as the President of RA Brands, LLC, which is an intellectual property holding company of Remington. Mr. Buzaid graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2000, and obtained his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2008.

TOPIC: So You've Been Hacked -- What Now?

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Al Kwok

Co-founder & Vice Chairman, Asia Pacific Cloud Apps Alliance

Mr. Kwok has been working in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley since 1979, with extensive trend-setting and start-up (among which being the founding team-member of the last 3 companies) experiences at IDT, Quality Semiconductor Inc., PMC-Flash and NetLogic Microsystems Inc. – 3 IPO’s & 1 M&A, covering business developments, cutting-edge technology developments and applications, IP portfolio developments and licensing, manufacturing operations, as well as product developments and product engineering.

He played a critical role bringing 2 foundation-disruptive technologies mainstream (>90% global market share), laying the foundation for the Information Technology Era: CMOS addressing Hardware platform for Moore’s Law scalability at Integrated Device Technology, Inc. as the “Yield Guru” and Network Search Engine/Knowledge Based Processor addressing Network Real-time Interactive “QoS” platform for Metcalfe’s Law scalability at NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. as its “Founding Chief IP Officer” and “Product Development Champion”.

His “IP” experiences covered in 1989 at Quality Semiconductor Inc. with tech transfers to Japanese strategic partners, then extended to technology licensing to top-tier companies at Programmable Microelectronics Corp. from 1996 to 1998. The highlight of his IP experiences was being the Founding CIPO at NetLogic Microsystems Inc. (NMI) to conceive and establish the IP portfolio development strategy and blueprint making NMI, though a SME, a dominating IP powerhouse in Silicon Valley (recognized by IEEE in 2006) – IPO in 2004 for ~US$250M & M&A in 2011 by BRCM for US$3.7B.

He returned to Hong Kong/PRD in 2002 and has been promoting application/modern service platform developments and Innovation/IP management in China. Mr. Kwok was the co-editor of “Handbook of Best Practices In Intellectual Property Management” in Chinese. He served on the HKSAR IP Working Group from 2013 to 2015.

He has a BSES and a MSEE from the University of Texas at Austin.

PANEL: Innovation and IP Changes in China

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Rachel Reinitz

CTO of IBM BlueMix Garage

Rachel Reinitz is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO of IBM BlueMix Garage.  The Bluemix Garages are new consulting labs housed in startup communities that partner with clients of all sizes to design and develop engaging apps and transform how development is done. You can learn more about The Garages and the IBM Bluemix Garage Method. You can follow her on Twitter at @rreinitz.

TOPIC: Changing the way companies manage innovation and IP

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Scott Kieff

Commissioner –  U.S. International Trade Commission

F. Scott Kieff, a Republican of Illinois, was sworn in on Friday, October 18, 2013, as a Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission. Nominated by President Barack H. Obama, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 1, 2013, for the term expiring on June 16, 2020.

Before being sworn in, Commissioner Kieff took a leave of absence from his post as a Professor at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, which he joined in the summer of 2009. He came to George Washington University from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was a Professor in the School of Law with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine's Department of Neurological Surgery. He was named Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School in the fall of 2012.

Also before being sworn in, Commissioner Kieff resigned his roles at the Stanford University Hoover Institution, where he was the Ray & Louise Knowles Senior Fellow. He also served as Director and a Member of the Research Team of the Hoover Project on Commercializing Innovation; as a Member of the Steering Committee and Research Team of the Hoover Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity, or IP2; and as a Member of the John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity.

Commissioner Kieff previously served as a faculty member of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany's Max Planck Institute; a visiting professor in the law schools at Northwestern, Chicago, and Stanford; and a faculty fellow in the Olin Program on Law and Economics at Harvard.

TOPIC: TBD

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Dr. Michael Baker

Chief IP Counsel – Qorvo

Dr. Michael Baker is the Chief IP Counsel for Qorvo, a semiconductor company that designs and manufactures radio frequency systems for wireless and broadband communications. Dr. Baker is responsible for managing IP litigation in various forums including the ITC. He also develops patent strategies for Qorvo’s business units and frequently conducts IP generation workshops.

Dr. Baker chairs the patent committee and routinely negotiates licensing and joint development agreements. Prior to joining Qorvo, Dr. Baker was the Director of IP Operations at IPValue. Here, Dr. Baker managed a team of engineers and analysts responsible for commercializing Xerox’s worldwide patent portfolio. These commercialization activities yielded millions of dollars in licensing revenue. Dr. Baker worked as an IP strategist for Sharp before joining IPValue. In this capacity, he worked collaboratively with R&D teams to identify and protect inventions that strategically aligned with Sharp’s business strategies. Much of the skillset used at Sharp was developed at Hewlett-Packard (HP). Dr. Baker joined HP after completing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech. While at HP, Dr. Baker worked as an R&D engineer where he developed semiconductor processes used in the manufacture of inkjet print heads. He also wrote and prosecuted patent applications related to these processes.

PANEL: So You've Been Hacked -- What Now?

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Chris Hewitt

Science Relations Manager, North America – BASF

An executive with 28 years of experience providing the interface between chemical technology and business initiatives, Chris Hewitt was appointed Science Relations Manager, North America in April 2014.

In this function, Dr. Hewitt has the responsibility for BASF's relationships with strategic universities in North America.

Prior to this role, Dr. Hewitt was the Global Business Manager for BASF's Inorganic Intermediates business. Earlier in his career, Hewitt held a number of leadership roles at Sigma-Aldrich, including Director of Business Development for Chemistry and Vice President, Marketing and R&D. At Sigma-Aldrich, he led a successful team to improve external collaborations and the impact on their R&D initiatives.

He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Durham University in United Kingdom and is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

He resides in Michigan.

TOPIC: Best practices for managing innovation and IP

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Peter Brews, Ph.D

Dean - Moore School of Business

Peter J. Brews, Ph.D., is the dean of the Darla Moore School of Business. Brews, a native of South Africa, brings more than 25 years of international business education experience to the position, having taught at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business before UNC. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, Brews taught global context to full-time and executive MBA students and global strategy to students in the OneMBA, a program he suggested to the school soon after joining in 2000. In 2006 he was named associate dean of OneMBA and served in this capacity for seven years. Prior to UNC he was assistant professor at Duke University for six years, teaching strategic management and global business strategy in Fuqua’s full-time and executive MBA programs.

TOPIC: Innovation in Education

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John Scully

Executive - Bank of America

John Scully is Managing Director, Global Reporting and Receivables Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Scully is responsible for designing and managing the Bank’s corporate and commercial digital channels reporting and receivables systems. He is a pioneer in the internet banking space and helped launch CashPro® at LaSalle Bank in the late 1990’s. CashPro Online is now Bank of America’s flagship commercial offering and one of the top transaction banking applications in the world.

Scully currently holds two patents for his work in global information reporting systems and the bank’s Accelerate platform; and has six patents pending for a variety of digital channel services.

Scully works extensively in the LEAN Agile space and is responsible for helping the bank’s product teams adopt the LEAN Agile methodology.

TOPIC: Innovation in Banking

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Ted Claypoole

Partner - Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

As a Partner of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Ted leads the firm’s IP Transaction Team, as well as data breach incident response teams in the public and private sectors. Ted addresses information security risk management, and cross-border data transfer issue, including those involving the European Union and the Data Protection Safe Harbor. He also negotiates and prepares business process outsourcing, distribution, branding, software development, hosted application and electronic commerce agreements for all types of companies.

Ted currently serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Cyberspace Committee in the Business Law Section, and has recently co-authored the books Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights and Protecting Your Family and Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online? with Theresa Payton.

His practice includes media and advertising issues, especially online, mobile platforms and on social networks. He solves legal problems in payment systems and financial data processing. Advising clients on complex intellectual property development and licensing programs, he builds strategic technology and marketing alliances.

TOPIC: Lessons learned from famous data breaches

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T. Bond Calloway

Associate Laboratory Director – Savannah River National Lab

Bond Calloway, Jr., is the Associate Laboratory Director, Clean Energy Directorate at the Savannah River National Laboratory. Mr. Calloway leads a dynamic team of scientists and engineers conducting basic and applied research related to renewable and nuclear energy. He is also responsible for leading strategic and innovation planning for SRNL.

Mr. Calloway has more than 25 years of industrial experience in the research and development, design, construction, and operation of DOE’s nuclear/chemical process systems. This work includes both the Defense Waste Processing Facility and the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant. Mr. Calloway has previously been a National Science Foundation invited peer reviewer and has served as an invited proposal reviewer for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and DOE’s Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy.

Mr. Calloway received the American Institute of Chemical Engineer (AIChE) Herb Epstein and Robert E. Wilson Award for meritorious contributions to AIChE and demonstrated dedication to the chemical engineering profession. He was awarded the 2011 DOE Energy Sustainability (EStar) award for his collaborations in renewable energy research. Mr. Calloway was elected to the AIChE Board of Directors for 2011 – 2013, and is the author of more than 50 papers on various aspects of nuclear waste and energy research. Mr. Calloway has won the prestigious R&D 100 Award for innovation in advanced sensor technology. He is also the President-elect for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

PANEL: Best practices for managing innovation and IP

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Rebecca Silveston-Keith

President - Techinfusers

Rebecca Silveston-Keith is President and Co-Founder of Techinfusers, a team of expert consultants from multiple industries, technologies, academic institutions and start-ups with hands on experience in designing, initiating, running and commercializing products with external partners. With extensive and diverse innovation management skills and experience in co-development in industrial research, university spin-offs, tech transfer and innovating with government labs, Techinfusers provides a variety of services to corporate R&D groups for open innovation.

This follows a 29 year career in corporate R&D management in different consumer products companies, countries and languages. She consistently implemented external research partnerships to get to the root of the development or manufacturing issues and commercialize products whether it was start-ups or Fortune 500 companies. She has expertise in manufacturing process optimization to fundamental property performance relationship in a variety materials systems: electrophotographic toner, ink, plain and photos paper, activated carbon, nylon fiber flame retardancy and dust retention in carpets, and consumer psychometric studies for quality metrics. She has a PhD in Physical & Surface Science from Uppsala University, Sweden and an undergraduate Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University, Canada.

TOPIC: Panel: Best practices for managing innovation and IP

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J. Thomas Ledbetter, Jr

Associate VP - Midlands Technical College

Tom Ledbetter is a management professional with forty years’ experience in the rapidly changing advanced manufacturing, technology development, and higher education sectors. His experience includes line, staff, and executive management responsibilities across a broad spectrum of organizational disciplines, in both public sector and private sector organizations, and in launching and running his own businesses. Since 2003, Tom has been an employee of Midlands Technical College in Columbia, most recently being named Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, and Executive Director of the Enterprise Campus.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Mr. Ledbetter is an engaged and proven advocate of local community development activities, entrepreneurial development, workforce development strategies, and larger-scale economic development efforts across the State of South Carolina. He is a Certified Economic Developer in South Carolina, and is certified as a Facilitator/Administrator for the FastTrac® series of entrepreneurial training courses. Mr. Ledbetter is a passionate advocate for education, and has been recognized within South Carolina and nationally for his work in career development activities within K-12 and higher education. He speaks frequently on issues surrounding workforce development and the demographics of the changing workforce.

Tom is the devoted husband of Cindy, and they are really enjoying “life after children.” He is an expert “Honey-Do List” completer, an accomplished “Mr. Fix-It”, and avid but not good golfer.

TOPIC: Training for IP

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John Warden

Founder & President – Venturist, Inc.

John Warden, founder and president of Venturist, Inc., has extensive experience in leadership, strategy, management, long-range planning, writing, and speaking in military, government, educational, and commercial enterprises. His diverse background includes leading a key Air Force organization in the Pentagon where he was the architect for the successful Gulf War 1991 Desert Storm air campaign, working as Special Assistant to the Vice President of the United States, restructuring the Air Force's Air Command and Staff College, and serving as the Commander of an F-15 fighter wing in Germany. After a successful career in the Air Force, John founded Venturist, Inc., a strategy consulting company. He has helped many domestic and international companies to become more successful by understanding and applying the principles of his unique strategic planning process to their business.

A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, John received his Master's degree from Texas Tech University, graduated from the National War College, and retired from the United States Air Force as a colonel in 1995. He is a recipient of numerous military awards and decorations to include: the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with ten Oak Leaf clusters.

As Special Assistant to the Vice President of the United States during the George H. W. Bush Administration, he worked on improving American competitiveness, speeding commercialization of technology, and promoting quality concepts inside and outside the Administration. John helped keep significant manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and was part of the process that led the President to direct elimination of several impediments to U.S. defense firm participation in the commercial market.

John is an internationally noted speaker and author with numerous published articles on planning the future, new strategy, aerospace power, and campaign planning. He authored a best-selling book, The Air Campaign and co-authored a business strategy book, Winning in FastTime.

John’s television appearances include a British Broadcasting Corporation production of Worldwatch and lengthy interviews in Public Broadcasting System shows. CBS featured him in an Eye on America segment of the nationally broadcast evening news, and CNN ran a segment on him as well. He also has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, Fox, Discovery, the History Channel, MSNBC, the National Geographic Channel, CNBC’s Kudlow and Cramer, Squawk Box, and Business Unusual.

TOPIC: A framework for IP strategy

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Michael C. Elmer

IP Attorney

Mike Mann practices in the Intellectual Property practice group of Nexsen Pruet, focusing on the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, advising clients regarding patent, trademark and copyrights issues, licensing intellectual property and mediating disputes.

Mr. Mann has a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, a law degree from Duquesne University and has taken additional courses in computer engineering, dispute resolution and intellectual property mediation.

Following service in the US Army Signal Corps and graduate school, Mr. Mann worked as a nuclear design engineer for Westinghouse Electric. Upon graduation from law school in 1979, he left Westinghouse and joined Chem-Nuclear System as a regional in-house counsel, eventually becoming vice president and general counsel following the acquisition of Chem-Nuclear by Waste Management of Oakbrook, Illinois in 1982.

In 1987 Mr. Mann left Chem-Nuclear to set up an intellectual property law firm. In 1998, he merged his firm into Nexsen Pruet, LLC, where he has remained ever since.

Mr. Mann currently serves on the South Carolina Technical College System board and the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation board.

TOPIC: Panel: Corporate systems for IP protection

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C. Gregory Gramenopoulos

IP Attorney

C. Gregory Gramenopoulos is a partner with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner and is based in Washington, DC. He leads the firm's electrical and computer technology practice group and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of intellectual property law. A significant portion of Mr. Gramenopoulos' practice is devoted to patent litigation and strategic portfolio development for emerging and high-technology companies in areas including, for example, computer hardware, software, communication networks, digital signal processing, and control systems.

PANEL: Corporate systems for IP protection

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Andy Zynga

CEO – NineSigma

Andy Zynga joined NineSigma in February 2008 as CEO of NineSigma Europe where he established and grew the company’s presence across Europe. In late 2009, Andy assumed the role of global CEO and has focused his attention on increasing the company’s revenues and global presence by entering new markets and expanding its portfolio of Innovation Services. Working closely with clients and his global team, Andy has overseen the introduction of several new offerings that help innovation-driven organizations accelerate product development, reduce risk in their innovation program, and dramatically expand their capabilities.

Additionally, since 2014, Andy has been an Adjunct Associate Professor teaching Innovation Management to graduate students at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University.

Prior to joining NineSigma, Andy built, or turned around, four high tech businesses in the US and Europe. He earned a dual Master’s degree in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Andy grew up in West-Berlin, Germany, and immigrated to the United States in 1985.

TOPIC: Open Innovation

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John F. Morrow

Attorney – Womble Carlyle

John currently chairs Womble Carlyle’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, where for the past 17 years he has focused his practice on handling all aspects of patent infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition, copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, franchise litigation, false advertising, and antitrust lawsuits. John has vast experience in each arena, having served as first and second chair in state or federal courts sitting in north Carolina, Nevada, Teas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

John’s case management philosophy is straightforward – understand the client’s objectives at the outset of the case, and then make sound, pragmatic decisions that will enable the client to achieve those objectives in the most efficient manner possible.

TOPIC: TBD

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Dale Hogue

IP Attorney

Dale Hogue has practiced intellectual property law since 1972, primarily in Washington, D.C. Dale is an experienced licensing executive having sold and licensed patents and other intellectual property.

TOPIC: TBD

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Aaron Hark

Co-Owner - Maxient

Aaron is Co-Owner and Chief Software Architect at Maxient, a privately-held Virginia company specializing in student conduct records management software. More than 600 colleges and universities across North America rely on Maxient's SaaS platform to receive and respond to reports of issues involving their students, faculty, and staff.

PANEL: So You've Been Hacked -- What Now?

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Marcia Greci

Attorney – Sonoco

Marcia Greci is the Corporate Intellectual Property Attorney for Sonoco.  In that role, she is responsible for global IP strategy development and implementation, as well as global management of intellectual property.  Previously, Marci was the Senior Group IP Counsel, Materials Group for Avery Dennison and responsible for global IP management and strategy.  Marci was also a partner in the IP group of the Greenville, SC office of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough.  She received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Erskine College, her Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from University of Southern California, and her J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

PANEL: Corporate systems for IP protection

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John F Morrow

Attorney – Womble Carlyle

John currently chairs Womble Carlyle’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, where for the past 17 years he has focused his practice on handling all aspects of patent infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition, copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, franchise litigation, false advertising, and antitrust lawsuits. John has vast experience in each arena, having served as first and second chair in state or federal courts sitting in north Carolina, Nevada, Teas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

John’s case management philosophy is straightforward – understand the client’s objectives at the outset of the case, and then make sound, pragmatic decisions that will enable the client to achieve those objectives in the most efficient manner possible.

TOPIC: TBD

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Alex Butler

VP - Bloomberg BNA

At Bloomberg BNA, Mr. Butler serves on the legal division's executive team supporting Bloomberg Law, an all-in-one technology platform that helps law firms grow their top line revenue, provide world-class counsel by getting the right answer fast and efficiently, and maintain and increase their profitability. Mr. Butler and his team are responsible for multiple legal practice areas including Intellectual Property, Privacy & Data Security, and Technology & Telecommunications.

Representative Bloomberg BNA IP offerings include the well-established Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, the U.S. Patents Quarterly, and a range of daily coverage and updates on courts, regulations, legislation, and law practice and business developments.

Mr Butler’s experience includes senior executive positions in early and growth-stage businesses with responsibilities for operations, sales, marketing and strategy in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia at firms such as Information Holdings and Thomson Reuters. He is a passionate strategist recognized for his ability to synthesise complex legal, financial and technical perspectives into actionable insights and programmes.

Mr. Butler's academic background includes a BA in international service from the American University in Washington DC and an MBA (system design focus) from Villanova University. He is active in multiple professional organizations and frequently presents to executive, academic and professional audiences on corporate and IP strategy, technology commercialization, mergers and acquisitions, capital investment decisions and program management.

TOPIC: Convergence! Markets, Cybersecurity, Patents, Other IP Rights and Future Law

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Kevin Weir

Innovation & New Business Platform Development Leader – Milliken & Company

A dedicated professional focused on innovation management and the development of new, sustainable, business and technology platforms.

Mr. Weir received a chemistry degree from Cambridge College of Arts and Technology in the United Kingdom and a Master of Business Administration from City University Frankfurt.

After 22 years with the Dow Chemical Company in international new business development, innovation, and new product development, he joined Milliken & Company where he is the Innovation & New Business Platform Development Leader. In that role, his mission is identification of and strategy development for new business and technology platforms.

TOPIC: Opportunity to Market, a Milliken case study

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Michael C. Elmer

Litigation Attorney

Michael C. Elmer has more than 40 years of litigation experience at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, in virtually every aspect of intellectual property law. While most of his career has been focused on litigating high-profile patent cases, he has also litigated trademark, trade secret, trade dress, copyright, and related antitrust matters. Since becoming Senior Counsel at Finnegan in 2006 after opening the firm’s Palo Alto, California, office in 1998, Mr. Elmer recognized the need for the development of global patent litigation win rate data and created the Global IP Litigation Project. The centerpiece of the project has been the development of data containing win-rate statistics on international patent litigation provided by a network of participating law firms from 30 countries.

Mr. Elmer has lectured extensively both in the United States and abroad on global patent litigation, including the resolution and evaluation of international patent disputes.

He is also an adjunct Professor at the University of Washington Law School in Seattle where he teaches Global Patent Litigation.

In Who’s Who Legal’s Most Highly Regarded Firms: Patents 2013, Mr. Elmer is recognized as being “first rate at coordinating global patent litigation, in particular implementing global offensive and defensive strategic plans.”

Prior to joining Finnegan in 1973 Mr. Elmer served in the U.S. Army JAG Corps where he spent two years as Secretary of the Armed Services Patent Advisory Board and assisted the Department of Justice defend patent infringement claims against the U.S. Government. In his last two years he served as Chief Trial Counsel at Ft. Ord, California, where he prosecuted criminal cases under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

TOPIC: Panel: The Global Landscape for IP – Things are changing fast!

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