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Key Note Speaker:Tiffany Norwood

Serial Entrepreneur | Inventor | Author |  Global Public Speaker

When she was 27 Tiffany Norwood raised over $670 million dollars to fund a startup to build the first global digital radio platform and launch three satellites into space. The capital helped to establish XM Radio. As one the first successful black female tech entrepreneur, Tiffany's career has spanned 52 countries, 30+ years and seven startups. 

Tiffany established her first start-up as a teenager and had been granted a patent by the age of 23. Her ventures have ranged from the first one-strap backpack to the automation technology behind self-install kits for broadband internet, and a virtual reality gaming platform. She also led some of the first digital content licensing deals, including Bloomberg News and CNN International. She was also an early collaborator with the Fraunhofer Institute on their MPEG technologies.

Tiffany is the Founder and CEO of Tribetan, a company that teaches entrepreneurship and innovation literacy as a life skill and the human science of success. Venues with which she has shared her insights have included the European Parliament, Yale, the USPTO, KMPG and the South African Embassy.

"Innovation literacy is for everyone," she says. "Storytelling, collaboration, and a cultivated imagination are primary skills for learning the science of turning imagination into reality.”

Her dream is that the science of turning imagination into reality is as well-known as reading, writing, and math. Tiffany received an MBA from Harvard and a Bachelor’s in Economics with a concentration in statistics and electrical engineering from Cornell.


Featured Speaker: Jonathan Taplin

Film Producer; Director Emeritus, Annenberg Innovation Lab at University of Southern California; Author

Jonathan Taplin is an film producer, author and scholar. He is the Director Emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California and was a Professor at the USC Annenberg School from 2003-2016 in the field of international communication management and digital media entertainment. Jon began his entertainment career in 1969 as Tour Manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973 he produced Martin Scorsese's first feature film, Mean Streets, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between 1974 and 1996, Taplin produced 26 hours of television documentaries (including The Prize and Cadillac Desert for PBS) and 12 feature films including The Last Waltz, Until The End of the World, Under Fire and To Die For. His films were nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe awards and chosen for The Cannes Film Festival five times.


Jon's 2017 book, Move Fast and Break Things, documented the rise and impact of BigTech. His most recent book, The Magic Years, is about his life and the music industry in the 1960s and 1970s. Jon has written for the Wall Street Journal and many other publications and worked for a period in the 1990s in mergers and acquisitions for Merril Lynch.  He developed the first video streaming-on-demand platform and sued YouTube over it for patent infringement. 


Bruce Berman

Managing Director, Brody Berman Associates; Founder & Chairman, CIPU; Author

Bruce Beman is Managing Director of Brody Berman Associates, a management consulting and communications firm that serves innovative businesses. Brody Berman has supported more than 200 innovative businesses and portfolios since 1988, as well as many law firms and their clients. In 2016, he founded CIPU, which serves as chairman. Bruce is responsible for five books about the business of IP, including From Ideas to Assets. His articles have appeared in Nature BiotechnologyNational Law Review and The New York Times. 'Understanding IP Matters,' a podcast series that he hosts, gives guests the opportunity to share their IP story, typically the journey from creator ro entrepreneur. 
The Intangible Investor column he writes currently appears on IP Watchdog; 97 of these columns appeared in IAM magazine between 2003 and 2019. IP CloseUp, a weekly update on trends that he publishes, is read in more than 60 countries and has been visited more than 320,000 times. Bruce holds a Masters’ Degree film scholarship from Columbia University, where he taught for four years, and completed course work and comprehensives for the Ph.D.

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Jeremiah Chan

Associate General Counsel and Head of Licensing at Meta (formerly Facebook); Member, Patent Public Advisory Committee, USPTO

Jeremiah Chan is Head of Patents, Licensing and Open Source at Meta. He and his team are responsible for the strategic development of  the company's worldwide patent portfolio, intellectual property transactions, and risk mitigation initiatives, as well as industry-wide efforts to promote greater diversity in innovation. Facebook’s approach to patents and innovation is described in this 2019 blog post ( Jeremiah is also a member of the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), where he serves on subcommittees for artificial intelligence, information technology and innovation expansion.
Prior to joining Facebook, he led an international team at Google that was focused on portfolio strategy, operations and data science. Before Google, Jeremiah served as Head of IP for JDSU, where he managed a department that was responsible for all IP issues. Jeremiah started his career in private practice with the law firm of Fish & Neave. Jeremiah graduated from UC Berkeley with highest honors while working as a marketing assistant at the University of California Press; and he received his JD from Cornell Law School while working as a law intern at Cornell’s Legal Aid Clinic.


Mark Allen Cohen

Senior Counsel, US Patent and Trademark Office

Mark Allen Cohen(柯恒} is a Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Guest Professor at Renmin University, China. He has served as the Senior Counsel, China for the USPTO. Formerly, he was Director of International Intellectual Property Policy at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to that time he was Of Counsel to Jones Day's Beijing office. Before then, he served as Senior Intellectual Property Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as Attorney-Advisor in the Office of International Relations at USPTO.

In total, he has nearly 30 private, public sector, in house and academic experience on IPR issues in China. His private blog is China IPR ( This blog represents the opinions of the author(s) only, and should not be construed as the position of any employer, client, or other party, including (and especially) the US government.

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James Conley

Clinical Professor of Technology, Kellogg School of Management; Member, National Academy of Inventors

James Conley is clinical professor of technology at Northwestern University. He serves on the faculty of both the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. He is a faculty contributor in the Kellogg Center for Research in Technology & Innovation and serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Segal Design Institute (NU IDEA). Beyond academia, Professor Conley is an inventor, ad active advocate of IP education for business and other students, and leads seminars globally for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He is an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Trademark Public Advisory Committee of the Patent and Trademark Office. Professor Conley’s research investigates the strategic use of intangible assets and intellectual properties to build and sustain competitive advantage. Professor Conley and Kellogg partnered with CIPU on the 2021 IP Awareness Summit.


Jesse Fenty

Patent Attorney; Former USPTO Examiner; Director, Society of Black Engineers

Jesse Fenty Director of the Intellectual Property Special Interest Group for the non-profit National Society of Black Engineers. Jesse is a seasoned patent attorney, and has worked on numerous trademark and copyright matters. He served as an examiner in the semiconductor arts for nine years at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In 2019, Fenty founded Endless IP, a non-profit that delivers instruction, lesson plans, educational services, consulting, and other programs in the Intellectual Property space serving pre-K to grade 12, college students, and professionals. Endless IP leverages the legal and engineering backgrounds of their team members to produce educational content that is essential to today's high tech professions. Endless IP supplements traditional STEM programs by providing comprehensive course content to help students understand the nuances of Intellectual Property Law and how it affects their lives. Jesse served as Programs Chair for the Intellectual Property Group of the National Society of Black Engineers. In that role he developed courses and lectures to be presented at local, regional, and national NSBE conferences. 


Mark Kokes

Senior Vice President Xperi; ex-Chief IP Officer at Nantworks; ex-licensing director, Blackberry

Mark Kokes is senior vice president and head of the media business of Adeia (an Xperi brand).  Previously, Dr Kokes was chief intellectual property officer of the Nant family of companies. Prior to Nantworks, Dr Kokes was entrusted with the monetisation of the BlackBerry patent portfolio. Dr Kokes is a 15 year veteran of the mobile industry. Dr Kokes held the position of vice president of corporate development and intellectual property licensing at Intertrust Technologies Corporation.


Dr Kokes was on the management team of a number of the Intertrust portfolio companies. Dr Kokes has held a series of senior engineering, corporate strategy and IP related positions at Nokia Research Center, Sony Ericsson’s Corporate Technology Office and HTC’s Corporate Strategy Group. Dr Kokes is an inventor on 14 US and international patents, has co-authored several additional international patent applications and has published over 20 academic articles on various research topics.


Bo Heiden

Center for Intellectual Property, Sweden; Tusher Center for the Management of Intangible Assets 

Bowman Heiden is Co-Director of Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is also Executive Director of the Tusher Center at UC Berkeley. Previously, he was a Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institute's IP2 initiative.
Dr. Heiden's background is in engineering and technology management and economics with a current focus on the intersection of law, economics, and innovation. He is developer of the CIP FORUM – one of the leading knowledge-based business events worldwide. Professor Heiden is co-developer of the Intellectual Capital Management master’s programme, a graduate education programme for business, engineering and law students focused on knowledge-based business development and management. He has served as the innovation director for the Qatar Science and Technology Park where he was responsible for driving innovation strategy and IP policy. Earlier in his career he played and coached professional basketball.


Efrat Kasznik

Stanford Graduate School of Business; IP valuation expert 

Efrat Kasznik is President of Foresight Valuation Group, a Silicon-Valley based IP valuation and strategy consulting firm. Ms. Kasznik also serves as a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she has been teaching MBA and executive education classes for over a decade. Efrat has over 25 years of IP consulting experience, focusing on assisting IP holders across industries with the valuation, commercialization, and monetization of their intangible assets. She helps clients, ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups, with IP and business valuations in support of licensing deals, IP and technology acquisitions, M&A transactions, financial reporting, strategic planning, and fundraising. She also frequently serves as a testifying expert in disputes involving IP and startup valuations and damages, in civil litigation and in family court. 


Efrat currently serves on the Board of LES USA-Canada, as well as on the Board of the LES Silicon Valley Chapter. She is Chair of the upcoming LES 2022 Annual Meeting in San Francisco (October 2022).  Efrat has been recognized as one of the top IP strategists in the world by IAM 300 for 9 years in a row (2013-2021).  She has been a co-founder, CFO and Board member in several startups, and is an active mentor and advisor in the startup community, where she has worked with hundreds of startups, accelerators and incubators in Silicon Valley, Europe and Israel.


Stephen Key

Inventor, Entrepreneur & Product Licensing Strategist; Innovation Columnist, Forbes magazine

Stephen Key is an award-winning inventor, intellectual property strategist, lifelong entrepreneur, author, speaker, educator and columnist. The dozens of concepts he has brought to market have retailed in Walmart, 7-Eleven, and Disney stores and parks worldwide and been endorsed by Michael Jordan, Alex Trebek, and Taylor Swift.  In 1999, he co-founded inventRight to teach others his unique process for harnessing the power of open innovation and the licensing business model. 

His bestselling book about how to license an idea, One Simple Idea (McGraw-Hill), has been translated into six languages. He has written more than 1,000 articles about intellectual property strategy, product licensing, open innovation and entrepreneurship.


Ed Lee

Chicago-Kent College of Law; Center for Design, Law & Technology; founder

Edward Lee is a leading scholar of the IP law of Web3, metaverse, NFTs and crypto. He is founder of He joined Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent's faculty in 2010 as a professor of law and director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law.  Professor Lee's research focuses on the ways in which the Internet, technological development, and globalization challenge existing legal structures. In addition to numerous articles, he co-authored two casebooks—one with Daniel Chow titled International Intellectual Property: Problems, Cases, and Materials (2d ed. 2012) and the other with Mark McKenna & David Schwartz, titled The Law of Design: Problems, Cases, and Materials (2017). As Director of the IP Program at Chicago Kent, he founded the annual Supreme Court IP Review, The Power of PTAB conference, and BookIT talk series, and co-founded the new Center for Design, Law & Technology (cΔ).  He is author of The Bored Ape Business Model Decentralized Collaboration Via Blockchain and NFTs


Jiarui "Jerry" Liu

Center for Internet and Society of Stanford Law School

Jiarui ‘Jerry’ Liu focuses his research on the interactions between intellectual property protection, technological innovation, and the development of cultural industries. He is a fellow at the Center for Internet and Society of Stanford Law School. Before that, he was a tenure track assistant professor of law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He has published 32 academic articles in U.S., European, and Chinese law reviews. He obtained his JSD at Stanford Law School, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, a Microsoft Fellow in Intellectual Property and Antitrust, and a Stanford Program in International Legal Studies Fellow. He has also served as a senior editor of the Stanford Technology Law Review. He has a PhD in Jurisprudence from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has worked for Baker & McKenzie and Jones Day, practicing entertainment and media, computer and information technology, intellectual property litigation and transactions. He has been involved in several high-profile cases in China, including some designated as the “Top 10 Intellectual Property Cases of the Year” by the Supreme People’s Court of China.


James Pooley

Deputy Director General (ret) of  WIPO; Member of CIPU

James Pooley represents clients in patent, trade secret, and technology-related commercial litigation.  His treatise Trade Secrets has been a standard for twenty years. His most recent business book is Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage. The U.S. Senate relied on him for expert testimony and advice regarding the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Act. He is a former Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He has served as Chairman of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Selection Board, and has taught trade secret law at UC Berkeley Law School.

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Laurie Self

Senior Vice President & Counsel, Government Affairs at Qualcomm

Laurie Self is vice president and counsel of government affairs at Qualcomm Incorporated, where she specializes in IP and related policy matters. Based in Washington DC, Laurie represents the company before Congress and a number of US government offices, and within various professional and advocacy groups. She also supports Qualcomm’s strategy and initiatives to promote strong IP rights in China and other emerging markets. Her particular focus is to ensure that US IP and trade policies provide the necessary protections and incentives to support the company’s R&D-driven business model. Prior to her arrival at Qualcomm in July 2012, Laurie was a partner at law firm Covington & Burling, where she chaired the firm’s IP rights practice group.

“If you look at the gender gap in entrepreneurship, that same gender gap exists in the patent system,” Laurie says. “So, one of the issues we’ve been thinking about is how do you make sure that we maintain a strong, inclusive patent system that encourages women inventors to seek patent protection."


Talal Shamoon

CEO, Intertrust Technologies; PatentShield

Talal Shamoon is the CEO of Intertrust, which he joined in 1997 as a member of the research staff. After holding a series of executive positions, he was named CEO in 2003 when Sony and Philips acquired the company. As an early pioneer of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology in the late 90s, Talal led Intertrust’s business and technology initiatives in the entertainment and media industries, which includes significant licenses with with most IT, consumer electronics and mobile manufacturers and service operators. Prior to joining Intertrust, Talal was a researcher at the NEC Research Institute in Princeton, NJ, where he focused on digital signal processing and content security. Talal sits on the boards of  iwhiteCryption and Kiora, and he chairs the board of directors of Planet OS. A recognized inventor and published author, Talal holds B.S., M. Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University.


Erich Spangenberg

CEO of IPwe and steward of IPwe-IBM

Erich is the CEO and co-founder of IPwe, a company using blockchain and AI to create the patent asset class by making it easy and less expensive to analyze, interact with and transact in patents. In April 2021 IPwe and IBM announced plans to begin representing patents as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) or digital assets by working to create the infrastructure for representing patents as NFTs and storing the records on a blockchain network.

Erich is regularly recognized as one of the world’s top 50 IP strategists, credited with being one of the people that is changing the way people think about and use patents. After an early career that included law firm partner, investment banker and business executive, Erich had a very successful 10+ year run as one of the world’s leading global “patent trolls,” followed by a $1.7 billion-dollar hedge fund partnership using the AIA to invalidate weak drug patents.

He has been involved as a principal in over 1,000 licensing transactions that generated over $500 million in revenue and as a principal and advisor on over $2 billion of patent financing and acquisition transactions. Starting with the Global Patent Registry as a single place to find and learn basic information about the world’s patents free of charge, the IPwe business has evolved globally to facilitate a marketplace where information and analytics can be obtained without charge and transactions can be completed at the lowest possible cost. 


David Teece

Professor in Global Business at the Haas School of Business; Chairman, Berkeley Research Group

David J. Teece is the Thomas W. Tusher Professor in Global Business at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Dr. Teece is founder of the Tusher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital and Berkeley’s Institute for Business Innovation. His areas of interest include corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, competition policy, and intellectual property. Dr. Teece has testified in many seminal IP cases, including Napster and Apple v. Samsung, and founded with other Berkeley faculty members the Law and Economics Consulting Group (LECG). Dr. Teece has authored over 30 books and 200 scholarly papers, and is one of the most recognized economics scholars, having been cited more than 120,000 times. He has received five honorary doctorates and has been recognized by Royal Honors. Journal of International Business editor, John Cantwell, noted that Dr. Teece is perhaps the only person in the world that could qualify today as both an eminent scholar and business leader.

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