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Future Patent Wars – Beyond the Smartphone Battles and Bloodbath

January 28, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm



With the latest truce between Apple and Google, the smartphone patent wars appear to have come to an end. This conflagration was expensive and left many of the players bruised. It also fundamentally seems to have changed the laws of the land.

What technologies are next in line, and what are the warning signs for the start of the *next* patent war?

Join experts from Google, Samsung, Lenovo and IAM Magazine for an open examination of which technologies are prime for new patent battles (Wearables? Internet of Things?) and what tools have emerged for companies to protect their freedom to operate.


Craig Smith, Business Development and Innovation Manager, Sandia National Labs


  • Fergal Clarke, Director, IP Analysis, Lenovo
  • Pramath Malik, Presenting Dolcera Analytics
  • C. Eric Schulman, Director, Patents, Google, Inc.
  • Ida Shum, Senior Manager of Business Development, Samsung
  • Joff Wild, Managing Editor, IAM Magazine


Fergal Clarke, Director, IP Business Analysis, Lenovo
Fergal Clarke is the Director of IP Business Analysis at Lenovo, the world’s largest PC firm, which has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Clarke is responsible for providing business context to all IP-related activities and for ensuring that such activities are consistent with and supportive of the overall business strategy. His specific responsibilities include patent acquisitions, supporting organic patent development, supporting inbound and outbound licensing and communicating the IP business strategy. Mr. Clarke was previously director of IP strategy at Rambus. Before this, he held multiple technology and engineering management roles at Applied Materials, in addition to managing its corporate trade secret management initiative. Mr. Clarke obtained his physics degree from Dublin City University and his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Pramath Malik, Presenting Dolcera Analytics
Pramath Malik is an Engagement Manager with Dolcera. He has worked with several Fortune 500 companies inindustries like Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Packaged Goods, Chemicals, Food &Beverages, Electronics and hi-tech to design innovative solutions and frameworks that aid their R&D teams focus on white spaces and IP teams to formulate their IP strategies.

He has a Masters degree in Management from the Management Development Institute, a top management school in India and also has a Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is also an author at TechRawr.

C. Eric Schulman, Director, Patents, Google, Inc.
Eric Schulman is a legal director on the patents team at Google. Eric joined Google in 2005. Prior to joining Google, Eric worked as Of Counsel in the intellectual property group at Mintz Levin Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo and as an associate with the intellectual property group at Fenwick & West. Eric received a B.S. in physics from MIT, a M.S in physics from B.U. and a J.D from Boston College Law School. He also previously worked on a cranberry bog in Massachusetts.

Ida Shum, Senior Manager of Business Development, Samsung
Ida is the Senior Manager of Business Development for Samsung in San Jose, California where her primary role is to identify intellectual property assets for the company. Ida’s career began as a patent attorney where she then moved onto licensing and commercialization. For the last ten years, she’s worked at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) creating technology partnerships with industry, private entities, nonprofits and academia.

Ida earned her B.S. in biochemistry from UCLA (1999) and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame (2003). While at Notre Dame Law School, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Legislation. She is admitted to practice before the California State Bar and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

She is a Trustee at Large of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada, Inc.) Board of Trustees.

Craig Smith, Business Development and Innovation Manager, Sandia National Labs
Craig Smith is the Business Development Manager for Emerging Technologies at Sandia National Laboratories where he develops key commercialization strategies for the US Department of Energy, specializing in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Research, Cyber Security and Information Technologies. Craig is head of business development and licensing for commercial and open source software at the DOE Laboratory and business lead on Software development programs for the Computational Simulation Laboratory, Cognitive Recognition Program and DHS Cyber Security Transition-to-Practice.

Craig holds a B.A. in Asian History from University of Puget Sound, M.B.A. in International Finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, studied Cleantech Economics at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University Graduate School and US Energy Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.

Joff Wild, Managing Editor, IAM Magazine
Joff Wild has been the editor of IAM Magazine since it was established in 2004. As a journalist, he has specialized in covering intellectual property since the early 1990s.

Before IAM, Mr Wild was editor of Managing Intellectual Property, Patent World and Copyright World, and assistant editor of Trademark World. He has written on IP-related subjects for publications including The Times, The Financial Times, Euromoney magazine, The American Lawyer and Latin Finance, and has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4 to talk about intellectual property.

He is also editor in chief of the IP Media Group and is responsible for the content of the IP Business Congress.”


January 28, 2015
11:30 am - 2:00 pm


Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Road
Pal Alto, CA 94301 United States
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