Meet our speakers and moderators

Joachim andresJoachim Andres has been the head of IP for Automotive Schaeffler since 2008. Before his current position, Joachim was the head of IP Power, Automation, and Medical between 2004-2008, and Patent Counsel from 1996-2001 at Siemens.  In between jobs at Siemens, from 2001-2004, he was head of IP for Power Generation (fossil power plants, gas and steam turbines). Joachim has been a European Patent Attorney since 2001 and a German Patent Attorney since 2007.  He studied Physics at the University of Marburg and Mainz and earned a Ph.D. in Berlin in 1996.

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As counsel within Intel Corporation's Patent Transactions Group, Brandon Antoni structures and negotiates patent purchases, patent sales and patent  license agreements. Brandon’s responsibilities include forging industry connections in support of these goals; program managing internal processes and strategies; coordinating outside counsel and subject matter expert support; and deal consummation and closing logistics. 


David David CainCain is the Director of Patent Generation for GlobalFoundries.  His team is responsible for filing hundreds of patents each year on semiconductor device and process inventions.  David began his career as a circuit design engineer at IBM before leaving to attend Pepperdine Law School.  After a year clerking for Magistrate Judge Jerome Niedermeier of the US District Court for the District of Vermont, he returned to IBM as a patent attorney.  He has been with GlobalFoundries since they acquired IBM’s microelectronics division in 2015.

John Cheek

John Cheek is a transformative legal and business leader, strategist, brand builder, and innovation facilitator with more than 25 years of experience in general corporate, technology, branding, and intellectual property matters plus broad experience in Corporate Transactions, Patent Procurement, Patent Enforcement, Patent Litigation, Trademark Law, Brand Protection, Anti-Counterfeiting, Brand Management, Copyright Law, Open Source Software, Design Law, Intellectual Property Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property Strategy, Technology Strategy, Brand Strategy, Corporate Governance, New Product Introduction, Offshore Outsourcing, and Law Department Management. John is Chief IP Counsel for Fortune 500 technology and manufacturing leader Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN), one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and distributors of clean air and ride performance products and systems for the automotive, commercial truck and off-highway markets and the aftermarket. Prior to joining Tenneco in 2017, John was Senior Corporate Counsel/Managing Attorney with Caterpillar, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, locomotives, and industrial gas turbines, where he served in leadership roles in the United States and Europe. John is also an active supporter of civil legal aid, most recently serving as Vice President of Prairie State Legal Services. Prior to joining Caterpillar in 1997, he was in private practice in Dayton, Ohio. John received an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics from Wabash College and completed additional undergraduate studies in Physics and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dayton and Bradley University. He also received a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is a regular lecturer on intellectual property strategy and management at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Michael Cromwell is Executive Counsel at Exxon Mobil Corporation where he has been for over 20 years in a variety of intellectual property and commercial legal roles. He is currently responsible for overseeing legal support for ExxonMobil’s Information Technology operations. Michael is currently in Houston, TX but is a native of South Louisiana. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Law Degree. When he’s not on the golf course, you’ll probably find him with a glass of red wine cooking up dinner.

Robert Deberardine

Robert DeBerardine is Worldwide Vice President, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of Johnson & Johnson where he manages a group of about 270 IP Professionals, of whom about 110 are patent and trademark attorneys. Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Robert was Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Sanofi. Prior to Sanofi, Robert served as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Abbott Laboratories. Prior to working in-house, Robert practiced at two international law firms where he handled transactional intellectual property matters and intellectual property litigation. Robert has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College and a J.D. from Cornell University. 


Gauri DhavanGauri Dhavan, Ph.D., J.D., is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at ZOLL Medical Corporation, a company offering and developing novel medical devices and software solutions in the resuscitation and acute critical care fields.  Gauri leads ZOLL's IP team in managing all aspects of ZOLL's intellectual property, including patent portfolio development, charting IP strategy and policy, best practices, IP litigation and risk management.  Before joining ZOLL, Gauri was a patent litigator in the Boston area at the law firms Goodwin Proctor and Fish & Richardson, where her practice included patent litigation and post grant proceedings.  Gauri has a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University.

Isabella Fu

Isabella Fu is an Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, where she leads the team of attorneys responsible for patent prosecution, counseling, policy, and strategy.  She joined Microsoft in 2003, and previously was responsible for IP litigation for the company, worldwide.  Before joining Microsoft, Isabella was Director of Litigation at Intel Corporation.  She practiced at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe before moving in-house. 

Robert Glance

Rob Glance is SVP & Managing Counsel with Wells Fargo & Company.  He leads the team responsible for all patent matters at the bank.  Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Mr. Glance was in private practice and was also associate general counsel at Fannie Mae in Washington, DC. He has a J.D. from Cornell Law School and has a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Dan Griswold

Dan Griswold is the Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property at Deere & Company. In this role, Dan leads the function responsible for  managing and advising on intellectual property and rights across the enterprise, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. This includes developing and executing a global strategy to protect Deere’s innovations and brands, collaborating with external partners, managing IP risks and litigation with third parties, and supporting needs throughout the enterprise. Dan leads IP professionals in the United States, Germany, India, China, Brazil, and Mexico. 


Krish GuptaKrish Gupta is Senior Vice President for Litigation and Intellectual Property for Dell. Krish leads the litigation and intellectual property teams with global responsibility for managing and resolving business and intellectual property litigation and disputes, providing legal support for and developing the company’s policies for patents, trademarks and copyrights, open source and standards, building and managing the patent, trademark and domain portfolios, intellectual property licensing, driving patent and IP policy efforts and IP support for M&A activities and commercial transactions. Krish serves as Treasurer and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Krish is past President of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel (ACPC), a membership association of Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of businesses operating in the United States and serves on its Executive Committee. Krish also serves on the Board of the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations, and other private-sector organizations. Krish also serves as Trustee for The Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law. Krish also represents Dell on the Board of The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), a national organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.

Lauren Hauber

Lauren Hauber is a people-focused operations leader that has worked across industries including design, non-profit, healthcare, and legal. She has spent the last two years at Facebook leading the Community & Connections efforts for the Legal department, which includes diversity, equity, and inclusion programs within the org and with outside counsel. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys good design, volunteering, and adventures in food and travel.

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Susanne Hollinger is a registered patent attorney with strong domestic and international expertise in patent prosecution, risk management and development of IP strategy for a wide range of technologies and company types. Susanne has over a decade of experience managing mid-sized teams to work effectively across large and complex enterprises at Fortune 500 companies and a major research university. She excels at translating difficult issues and providing business relevant and actionable solutions for senior executives.

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Yendelela Neely Holston is a proven executive, attorney and change agent, serving as Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at one of the top law firms in the world. She has an extensive background defending clients and managing cases including employment discrimination, FMLA, occupational safety/welfare and wage and hour disputes. She is also a sought after and experienced Board Member with the ability to lead and advise the C-Suite, Board of Directors and leaders on transformational changes towards goals and objectives. Her commitment to the community is demonstrated through engagement as a leader within local and national non-profit, civic and professional organizations. Her hard work and dedication have been consistently recognized on the local and national stage as she is often a recipient of awards, recognition and accolades from peers, business leaders and organizations.

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George Kanabe joined the legal department of McAfee, LLC in January 2018, shortly after its spin out from Intel and re-emergence as a standalone device-to-cloud cybersecurity company.  He is Global Head of IP for the company, also overseeing Products, Marketing, and Tech Transactions legal affairs.  Prior to joining McAfee in Silicon Valley, George practiced at firms in New York City, Atlanta, and most recently San Francisco, where he was a partner in the IP group of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.  While in private practice, George represented startups to Fortune 10 companies on various aspects of IP law, including portfolio management, transactions, and disputes, with an emphasis on litigation.  In his personal time, George enjoys the outdoors and traveling with his wife and their six-year-old son.

John Lee

John Lee is the Republican counsel for intellectual property to the House Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. In that capacity, John is the principal advisor to Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan and Subcommittee Ranking Member Darrell Issa on intellectual property issues. He has also served as an Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for seven years. In that time, John has presided over hundreds of cases, from trials under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act to appeals from prosecution and re-examination. He has also advised senior officials at PTAB and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on a range of policy issues. Before entering public service, he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis where he spent over a decade representing a wide range of clients in a variety of areas, including IP, antitrust, and regulatory issues. John also clerked for then Chief Judge Paul Michel of the Federal Circuit. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and technical degrees in biomedical engineering and biology from the University of Pennsylvania.


Elizabeth Lester is Assistant General Counsel of Intellectual Property at Equifax, where she oversees all intellectual property and related matters, including mergers and acquisitions, domain names, open source, software audits, and intellectual property terms in contracts. Elizabeth is actively involved in the intellectual property community, serving a two-year term as an at-large member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, is Vice chair of the Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance’s Awareness & Education Pillar, and recently stepped down as Vice Chair and co-founder of the Atlanta ChIPs Chapter. 

Joe Matal

Joseph Matal is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Washington, D.C. office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Joe has served as both the U.S. Patent and Trademark’s Acting Director and Acting Solicitor. As Acting Solicitor, he defended the agency in intellectual property cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. In his role in the Solicitor’s Office, Joe participated in briefing almost every major case involving PTAB trials that has come before the Federal Circuit, including cases that have defined the Board’s powers and the evidence that it may consider, the content of final decisions, and the burdens and scope of motions to amend.  Recent cases include Uniloc v. Hulu, Thryv v. Click-to-Call, and Aqua Products v. Matal.  Previously, Joe served in senior legal roles for more than a decade for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. In that capacity, he negotiated and drafted many of the key provisions of the America Invents Act. In his roles at the USPTO, Joe briefed and argued numerous appeals of patent and trademark decisions before the Federal Circuit; oversaw the management of the USPTO and its 13,000 employees; and advised the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office in key IP cases before the Supreme Court. His practice focuses on USPTO post-issuance proceedings and Federal Circuit appeals.

Scott Miller

Scott Miller has served as Vice President, Deputy Chief IP Counsel of Thermo Fisher Scientific since July 2017.  In this role, he supports high value IP initiatives and IP dispute resolution across the company and helps coordinate the IP corporate function with other company functions including M&A, Finance, and Compliance.  Additionally, he leads the business facing IP support of the Specialty Diagnostics, Sequencing, and Life Science Solutions Groups. From 2010-2017, Scott was the IP leader for the Biosciences Division in the Life Sciences Solutions Group supporting science critical technologies including bioproduction, cell culture media, gene editing, sample preparation, PCR, transfection and protein expression, stem cells, flow imaging, and antibodies.  Prior to that, Scott worked as a law firm IP associate in New York City.  Scott is a creative problem solver who finds pragmatic solutions that are consistent with the goals and mission of Thermo Fisher Scientific and provides meaningful impact.  He earned a B.A. in genetics from U.C. Berkeley, a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Columbia University, and his J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law.  Scott enjoys reading fiction, coaching youth soccer, skateboarding, and going to local concerts.

Sunjay Mohan

Sunjay Mohan is the Global Head of Patents & Trademarks for SAP. Mr. Mohan has more than 13 years of experience in building and running high-performance in-house legal teams with special emphasis in growing and managing global IP portfolios and developing and executing IP strategies tailored to meet business objectives in dynamic financial, regulatory, and legal environments. He has a special interest and a proven record in leveraging data, analytics, and process automation tools to run efficient in-house legal operations. He has broad-based experience in nearly all aspects of IP Law including Patent & Trademark Portfolio Management, Licensing, Monetization, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Risk Management, Open Source, Trade Secrets, and Brand Protection. Prior to joining SAP, Mr. Mohan was an associate with Kilpatrick Townsend, LLP in Atlanta, GA, and Klarquist, LLP in Portland, OR. Mr. Mohan is admitted to practice Law in Georgia, Oregon, California (Limited, Reg. In-House Counsel), and the U.S. Patent Office. He earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from The University of Georgia Law School and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Antun Peakovic is Director of Intellectual Property, Americas at Schaeffler.  Antun manages the company’s intellectual property portfolio, including patent portfolio management, dispute management and strategy and brand protection and anti-counterfeiting work in North and South America as part of Schaeffler’s global Brand Protection team.  He is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Ontario, Canada.

Michael Sandonato

Michael Sandonato is co-chair of Venable's IP Litigation - Technology Group.  A seasoned trial lawyer, Michael has served as lead counsel in patent litigations in district courts across the country, before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and in arbitrations.  He is equally adept at representing both patent owners and accused infringers. Some of the technologies Michael's litigation work has involved include digital cameras, laser toner cartridges, smartphones, dental imaging systems, graphical user interfaces, financial products, and electronic test equipment.  Michael has lectured on patent law at conferences around the world, and has spoken on panels with such notable individuals as the chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the chief administrative law judge of the ITC, and judges from the Intellectual Property High Court in Japan and the IPR Tribunal of the Supreme People's Court of China.  Before joining Venable in 2018, Michael was a partner at the IP boutique firm Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where he chaired the firm’s Electronics and Computer Technologies Practice Group, and served as a member of the Management Committee.


Jean SilveriJean Silveri is an attorney with more than twenty-seven years of legal experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Jean is presently the Global Head of the Research & Development Intellectual Property Team as well as a member of the Leadership Team at the Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research, Inc. (NIBR).  In her role as Global Head of Research & Development Intellectual Property, she oversees a team of 100+ patent practitioners, paralegals, and searchers who work together to create the patent portfolio around the entire Novartis pipeline of products to develop and execute on risk mitigation strategies related to this portfolio, and to perform due diligences on potential new assets through licenses, collaborations, and acquisitions. The patent portfolio we create protects the product candidates resulting from Novartis’ investments of more than $12 billion in research and development. In her role on the NIBR Leadership Team, she represents the intellectual property function as well as provide support for the general legal function of NIBR. In her many years of legal experience, Jean has demonstrated, as a General Counsel at two companies and Associate General Counsel at a third, success in strategically directing all aspects of company legal matters including corporate, contract, and intellectual property matters. She possesses strong analytical and managerial skills with unique background and deep experience in strategically developing worldwide patent portfolios and managing large teams of patent attorneys, searchers, and paralegals.

David Simon

David Simon is the Sr. Vice President for Intellectual Property of, inc. where he is responsible for its worldwide intellectual property. Prior to joining in 2013, David was the Chief Patent Counsel for Intel Corporation, where he led Intel’s involvement in one of the early successful Economic Espionage Act prosecutions. David is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Georgetown University Law Center. He has spoken on a variety of IP matters before both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees and has spoken at multiple international IP conferences. David is currently a board member of the High Tech Inventors Alliance. He has previously served as a board member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the IP Advisory Board for George Washington Law School.

Russ SliferRuss Slifer is a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. He has focused exclusively on intellectual property law since 1994 helping a wide variety of clients build patent portfolios to protect their innovations, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies. Russ served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and trademark Office under the Obama Administration. As Deputy Director, Russ managed all day-to-day operations of the USPTO. He was also the first Director of the Rocky Mountain Region Patent Office, prior to his appointment as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce, serving as the agency’s primary liaison with the innovation community in the Rocky Mountain Region. Prior to his government service, Russ was the Chief Patent Counsel for Micron Technology where he managed one of the world’s largest patent portfolios. Russ started his professional career as a design engineer for Honeywell.

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Wayne Sobon is Vice President of Intellectual Property at JUUL Labs, Inc., based in San Francisco, California.  Prior to joining JUUL, Wayne served as Associate General Counsel, Chief IP Counsel at Accenture, Inc. for 10+ years, and was in private practice in the Silicon Valley, focusing on intellectual property counseling, patent prosecution and IP litigation. Wayne graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with Bachelor degrees in Physics and German Studies; and the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 with joint JD and MBA degrees. Wayne served two consecutive terms on USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (USPTO PPAC), earning the Commerce Department’s Gold Medal. Wayne also served the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), as board member and President, among other key IP organizations.

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For more than 35 years, John Vandenberg has been litigating patents around the country for technology clients including Microsoft, SAP, ETAP, Nautilus, and Siemens. Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals: John has argued more than a dozen appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He successfully argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., No. 13-369, for rejection of the Federal Circuit’s “insolubly ambiguous” and “amenable to construction” test for enforcing the Patent Act’s mandate that patent claims “particularly point[ ] out and distinctly claim [ ]” the patent’s invention. Court Trials: John has first-chair tried patent infringement suits, copyright infringement suits, trademark infringement suits, and product-configuration trade dress suits. He and a team at Klarquist obtained an $8.42 Million jury verdict in a false advertising action. PTAB Trials: John has been Lead Counsel in patent office trial proceedings. Patent-Law Training and Advocacy: Since 2004, John has been the primary editor of an extensive summary of substantive defenses and related strategies in patent infringement suits, posted at He speaks throughout the nation on patent law, district-court patent litigation, PTAB patent trials, and patent appellate practice. He emphasizes untraditional approaches to successfully defending against a patent infringement suit while improving the law and patent system in the process. To the same end, he has authored many Amici briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit on behalf of scores of technology companies and associations. John joined Klarquist in 1989 as an associate and became partner in 1991.

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Akshay Verma is a recovering lawyer who spent 7 years practicing in the environmental field before transitioning into a legal consulting and business development role at Axiom Global.   He spent another 7 years at Axiom helping large legal departments strategize on a variety of issues around resourcing, spend, technology implementation and process improvement.  In 2018, he moved in-house to Facebook, where he currently heads up the Legal Operations team for the department. As part of his role, Akshay leads diversity initiatives with Facebook’s outside counsel, including the collection of annual diversity data and pushing law firms to improve their diversity profiles.  In addition to the diversity efforts with law firms, Akshay also helped develop and launch a number of diversity pipeline initiatives.  He serves on the legal department’s Diversity Steering Committee and is passionate about leveraging data and metrics to improve diversity in the legal profession. Akshay is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, where he is currently an Adjunct Professor, and a proud California Golden Bear.

Dragon Wang 1Dragon Wang is a patent attorney qualified by CNIPA, and a patent litigator qualified by the Supreme People’s Court of China. He has more 20 years’ experience in the field of patents and has provided counseling and strategic planning in the creation, enforcement, and commercialization of Chinese patent portfolios for numerous Fortune 500 corporations.  Mr. Wang specializes in managing patent matters in a variety of technical areas including automotive and automation, wireless technologies and IoT, Telecommunication, and more.  He handles a full spectrum of patent-related work, including patent prosecution, re-examination, invalidation actions, and administrative and civil litigations, with a recent two-year focus on patent monetization.  A frequent speaker at IP seminars and academic events, Mr. Wang has also written many articles regarding the protection and enforcement of Chinese patent rights.

Philip Warwick

Philip Warrick is an Associate Solicitor at the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia, where he serves as legal counsel to the USPTO on intellectual property matters and represents the agency in federal court. Since early 2019, he has been on detail to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee with Senator Christopher A. Coons, where he handles the intellectual property portfolio and supported the Senator’s role as Ranking Member of the IP Subcommittee last Congress. Previously, Philip worked in private practice at the Kirkland & Ellis and Klarquist law firms, where he focused on patent litigation and appeals. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Linn at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Philip attended The George Washington University Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The George Washington Law Review. He also holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Akron.