2011 Speakers Included:

Huang Jing
Huang Jing
Director of IPR Department
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Huang Jing, currently Supervisor of IPR of Beijing huaqi Information (aigo) digital technology Co., LTD, responsible for the management of corporate intellectual property, master of intellectual property infringement litigation .Graduated from Beijing University Intellectual Property Institute, and a former Beijing University Founder Group, Knowledge Management Director, Technical Development Director, founder of intellectual property rights management systems. Joint Beijing Intellectual Property Office jointly issued the "Intellectual Property Rights Lecture Theatre" CD-ROM; the national intellectual property development research center "overseas exhibition IPR dispute" subject research co-author experts, to cope with” the German exhibition intellectual property dispute guidelines”; Beijing Intellectual Property youth volunteer corps lecturer; founder and Co-Chairman of Beijing Intellectual Property Rights Sharon.

Dr. Liao Cheng Wei
Taiwan Intellectual Property Office
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Cheng-Wei Liao received his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan. In 2008, he also completed the Executive Leadership Program organized by the Executive Yuan and Harvard University. His academic interests focus on biomedical engineering, biosensors and its applications. He completed 6 articles published in international scientific journal papers and presented 8 articles at international scientific conferences. He has been employed by the Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) since November 1993, and is currently Director of Patent Division I. Previously at TIPO, he had the titles of Assistant Patent Examiner, Patent Examiner, Section Chief, Senior Patent Examiner, and Deputy Director of Patent Division. Dr. Liao also recently served on the committee for developing a draft amendment to the Patent Act. Moreover, he is an editing committee member of Intellectual Property Journal (Publishing Agency: TIPO). His working experience includes prior art searches, patent examinations and re-examinations, patent amendment and invalidation examinations, and appeal and administrative litigations. Dr. Liao was invited as the moderator for the Session 2 of Liquidation of IP at the “APEC IPEG Seminar on the Exploitation of Intellectual Property” (September 9, 2010 in Sendai Japan). He enjoys giving lectures in “Practices on patent filing and examination” for several universities and academic institutes and is also an adjunct assistant professor at Ching Yun University.

Nicholas Brooke
Nicholas Brooke
Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation
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Nicholas Brooke is Chairman of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation and also Chairman of the Professional Property Services Group which is a specialist real estate consultancy, based in Hong Kong, providing a selected range of advisory services across the Asia Pacific Region.  He is also Chairman of the Hong Kong Harbourfront Commission.

The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation was established in 2001 with the objectives of fostering Hong Kong’s role as a hub for innovation and technology and R&D and to take advantage of Hong Kong’s unique position as the historic gateway to Southern China.  Since its inception, the Corporation has built, and now manages, a wide range of leading edge specialized R&D facilities including its own Secure Virtual IP Chamber designed to enable partner companies in the Park and also external organizations to develop their intellectual property and programmes in a secure environment.

Mr. Brooke is a past President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a former member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority and the Hong Kong Town Planning Board.  He currently sits on the General Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and is also a member of the Innovation and Technology Steering Committee and the Steering Committee on the Promotion of Electric Vehicles in Hong Kong.  He is also a Trustee of the International Valuation Standards Council which is responsible for the setting and policing of valuation practices and standards worldwide. 

He is the Chairman of VinaLand Limited, the first Vietnam property fund listed on the AIM Board of the London Stock Exchange and he also sits on the Board of Shanghai Forte Land, one of the largest residential developers in Mainland China as well as Top Spring International Holdings Limited.

Robin Cefai
Patent Attorney
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Robin Cefai currently practices licensing and works as an IP counsel in patent strategy. He has been involved in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications since late 2000 in the electrical, electronic and computer fields.

Mr. Cefai has an extensive amount of prosecution experience, as well as experience in drafting freedom-to-operate studies and counseling clients on intellectual property issues. Mr. Cefai practiced Patent law In France (Cabinet LAVOIX and Cabinet Plasseraud), the USA (Mc Kenna, Long and Aldridge LLP), Korea (LG Electronics) and Hong Kong (Sisvel Ltd). As a result, Mr. Cefai acquired an extensive experience in compared law.

Since 2006, Mr. Cefai is also involved in the EPI and ASPI programs for training candidates for the European Patent Attorney Examination.
Prior to practicing patent law, Mr. Cefai was an engineer in Research and development in the fields of telecommunications.


  • Law degree in Patent law in Strasbourg, France 2004
  • Engineering degree in Electronics and elecommunication, Paris, France 1999


  • Patent Agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2007)
  • French Patent Attorney with the French Patent Office (2006)
  • European Patent Attorney with the European Patent Office (2005)
Prof. Kei Biu Chan
Prof. Chan Kei Biu
MH, Chairman & Managing Director
Surface Mount Technology (Holdings) Ltd
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Professor Kei-Biu Chan is Chairman and Senior Managing Director of Surface Mount Technology (Holdings) Limited. Professor Chan received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a doctoral degree and an honorary fellowship from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London in 1968, 1972 and 1998, respectively. He plays an active role in the public services, including chairmanship of the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKEIA) and chairmanship of Group 27 (Automobile components) under the Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI). In 2001, Prof. Chan was named an Honorary Citizen of Dongguan City and was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in 2008 for his valuable contribution to the local electronics industry.

Peter Cheung
Peter Cheung
Director of Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Department
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Peter Cheung is the Director of the Intellectual Property Department, Hong Kong, China.  As a WTO Dispute Settlement Panelist, he settled two intellectual property disputes(US v EU and Australia v EU) 2004 - 2005.

Mr Cheung provided policy advice for Hong Kong during the GATT-TRIPS negotiations from 1989 to 1994.  He has been representing Hong Kong in WIPO law-making conferences.  He ensures Hong Kong’s domestic intellectual property regimes are compatible with international standards.  On free-trade agreements, he is Hong Kong’s lead intellectual property negotiator.

Mr Cheung was recognized as Japan’s Asian Copyright Expert in 1998. He spoke about “Re-establishing Respect and Affection for Copyright – the Global Solution” at the 2004 CISAC World Congress.  He was the keynote speaker in a “Technology Transfer Under TRIPS” Symposium, celebrating Fudan University’s centenary.  He spoke in INTA’s Forum on “Emerging Issues on Brand Protection”.  He was twice an invited speaker in Harvard’s Asia Business Conferences 2005, discussing “Mission Impossible? – Copyright and Trade Marks Protection in Asia” at Cambridge, and “Get Real or Take Fake – How Can Luxury Brands Win The Game?” at Tokyo.  He was the Deputy Head of the Chinese delegation in the 2007 WIPO/UNESCAP High Level Policy Forum on Intellectual Property Rights and Trade.  He was a Panelist in the 2008 Shanghai International IP Forum on Intellectual Property Transactions and Services.  He spoke about “Leverage Technological Innovation in the Intellectual Property Economy” in a 2009 Exchange Forum between Italy and China on Biotechnology and Nanotechnology.  He gave opening remarks in an EU/HK Conference on Intellectual Property in Capital Markets, Green Economy and Digital Environment in 2010.  He shared his intellectual property trade insights with the US Secretary of Commerce’s 2010 Clean Energy Trade Mission to China.

Mr Cheung was Senior Crown Counsel of the Attorney General’s Chambers.  He holds a BA in Philosophy (Lond), an LLB (HK), a PCLL (HK), an LLM (Lond) and an LLM in Public International Law (Lond).  He is a Barrister of the High Court of Hong Kong and a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program of Harvard Kennedy School.
Dr. David Chung
Chief Technology Officer
Hong Kong Cyberport
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Dr. David Chung joined Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited as the Head of IT Operations leading three core public functions of Cyberport, namely IT&T services operations, Digital Media Centre and Cyberport IncuTrain Centre. Under his direction, Cyberport is continuing to focus significant resources on fostering the local digital entertainment industry and technology innovation. Dr. Chung holds Engineering Management Doctorate from City University of Hong Kong, Master Degree of Business Administration from Open University of Hong Kong and Bachelor of Science (Engineering) in Computer Science from Imperial College London.

Marcello Dini
Marcello Dini
General Manager
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Marcello Dini is currently the General Manager of Sisvel Hong Kong.  He began his career as a patent specialist at Metroconsult, an Industrial and Intellectual Property consultancy firm, where he gained extensive expertise in patent protection and intellectual property management. Mr. Dini joined Sisvel in 2004 and was heavily involved in the licensing program of the MPEG Audio technology (including MP3 codecs and players), which provides, if needed, enforcement of patent rights, with for example  border seizures at European Customs. He was then involved in the research and development of new licensing programs and was subsequently responsible for the DVB-T  licensing  program.  Mr. Dini also operated as deputy Licensing Manager at Sisvel Hong Kong as second-in-command for licensing operations in  the  Asia- Pacific area.  Having gained great exposure in Europe and Asia, Mr. Dini is currently the General Manager of the Sisvel Hong Kong office.

Marcello Dini is also a member of the Young Entrepreneur Committee at the Unione Industriale di Torino (Industrial and Services Companies Association of Turin - Italy) and LES Italy.

Dr. James Fok
Dr. James Fok
Head of Asia Intellectual Capital Alliance / Executive Director
Group Sense
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Dr. Fok is an Executive Director of Group Sense (International) Limited (GSI), an electronics company listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Exchanges. He is responsible for the strategic operations of GSI. Before joining the GSI, he was the Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Productivity Council, an organisation for which he has served for thirteen years. Dr. Fok has more than forty years of experience in many areas, including academic research, industrial research, production management, product development, business and investment consulting and strategic business development.

Gu Xiaoman
IP Director
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Ms. GU specializes in patent drafting, patent prosecution, FTO analysis, patent validity analysis, infringement opinion, patent portfolio management, IP strategy making, IP due diligence, trade secret protection with a focus on pharmaceutical and chemistry & biochemistry sector.   She is qualified as a patent attorney in China with 5 years practice in a patent firm and 6 years in-house experience in multinational companies including managing global IP portfolio. 

Ms. GU started her career in DSM as IP director to provide consultation forum for the business activities in China with respect to IP matters including managing patent portfolio, advising and counseling on IP issues in cooperation, acquisition, venturing and licensing activities in China.  Her responsibility also covers the trade secret management, IP value maximization in business, IP strategy making, and supporting IP litigations in China. 
Dr. Don Merino
Dr. Don Merino
Senior Vice President, Licensing
Intellectual Ventures
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Dr. Don Merino is senior vice president of licensing at Intellectual Ventures, where he leads the company’s licensing efforts in Asia. Intellectual Ventures (IV), an investment fund with $5B under management, invents, acquires and licenses patented inventions. Dr. Merino has acquired a deep knowledge of the acquisition, licensing, and commercial monetization of intellectual property, which he combines with an understanding of the High Tech business. He is experienced in investing, deal-making, and setting up companies and executive boards.

Dr. Merino joined Intellectual Ventures in 2004 and ran the acquisitions team, which reviewed more than 100,000 invention assets and was involved in more than 1,500 patent transactions that represent a cumulative value of $1.5 billion. Dr. Merino has been instrumental in developing programs that work with individual inventors, companies and universities to help them understand the value of their inventions and the potential paths toward monetization. Since 2009, Dr. Merino has focused on licensing intellectual property first starting up and running divestiture activities and more recently focusing IV’s activities in Asia.

Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Dr. Merino spent four years at Intel Corporation where he was director of strategic business development. In this position, Dr. Merino was responsible for managing the Intel licensing program, which produced more than $250 million per year in revenue. Before he joined Intel, Dr. Merino was director of licensing for General Instrument where he participated in the development of the MPEG Licensing Authority (MPEG-LA), an organization founded to license essential patents on a core standard-based technology.  In that role, he was responsible for the successful divestiture of General Instrument’s fiber optics patent portfolio to Corvis Corp. for over $230 million in cash and equity.

Upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Merino served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, first as an engineering officer on the Battleship New Jersey (BB-62) and also as the navigator on the Cruiser Arkansas (CGN-41). He received a Navy Commendation Medal and a Navy Achievement Medal for his service. Dr. Merino received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984 and his M.E.M.E and Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Waltraut Ritter
Waltraut Ritter
Research Director
Asia Pacific Intellectual Capital Centre
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Waltraut Ritter is director, Knowledge Networks and Innovation, at the Asia Pacific Intellectual Capital Centre and specializes in applied research projects relating to innovation and intellectual capital development in emerging knowledge economies in Asia Pacific. Her focus is on knowledge creation and innovation initiatives for national and international agencies in the public sector, among others on open innovation and science commons projects.  She also worked on knowledge networks and exchanges in science – and technology parks since 2006. 

Besides her work, she holds research assignments on knowledge economy and innovation at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the International School of Information Management at the University of Mysore, India. She holds an MA in Information Science and Sociology from the Free University of Berlin and an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She is a founding member and ambassador of the New Club of Paris, a knowledge economy agenda developer, and a councillor of the Hong Kong Foresight Centre, a public policy “do-tank”, where she is leading a project on innovation through open government data. She is also a member of the Digital21 strategy advisory committee of the Hong Kong SAR government.

Dr. Peterson Tien
Dr. Peterson Tien
Chimei Innolux Corporation
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Peterson Tien is Vice President & General Counsel of Chimei Innolux Corp., a panel manufacturing company based in Taiwan.  He received a bachelor’s degree in law at National Taiwan University and a J.D. degree from New England School of Law.  He’s a member of Massachusetts Bar Association.  

Since 1988, he has worked as in-house counsel and served various renowned companies such as Acer, Inc., Industrial Technology Research Institute, TSMC, and Xintec Inc.  Due to his plentiful in-house experience, he has well knowledge to make risk control strategy for high-tech industries and specializes in patent portfolio management, defense & offence strategies for IP litigation, anti-competitive promotion, and merger & acquisition.

Jin Xiunan
Dr. Jin Xiunan
IP Management Director
Evonik Degussa
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Dr. Jin Xiunan obtained the Ph.D. degree in chemistry and Master's degree in intellectual property at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland and Dr. Jin has worked in Evonik Degussa (China) Co. Ltd. for more than 6 years and established the IP department for the Greater China Region of the company. Dr. Jin is not only very much experienced in IP consulting and IP management, but also familiar with the business operation which is great of importance to provide tailor-made solution to the business people. Since 2011, Dr. Jin was elected as the board member of Licensing Executive Society China. Dr. Jin is also a frequent speaker in many international and domestic IP related conferences.

Alan Choy
Music Powerhouse Limited
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Alan Choy is a forerunner of bringing innovative digital music solutions and models to the music industry in the region. He founded Music Powerhouse in 2007 to develop a Music Discovery & Recognition System that won the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2009 – Best Lifestyle Grand Award and Best Lifestyle (Creative & Free Living) Gold Award. He also set up HifiTrack.com, the 1st high definition digital music download website in Greater China for the audiophiles in 2008. The Company was honored with the Asia Pacific ICT Awards – 2009 Start Up Company Merit. Prior to establishing Music Powerhouse, Alan architected and propelled the 1st legitimated digital music download portal, EOLAsia.com, in Hong Kong and launched a digital music community website, YesYule.com, to promote independent artists and bands in China when serving as the COO of I-Content Technology Limited and Projector Director of Yes TV (Hong Kong) Limited respectively.

Li Zhonghua
Li Zhonghua
Assistant President
China Technology Exchange
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Mr. Li received his BS in Medicine and MS degree from Peking University Health Science Center. He also received his MBA from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. As a research scientist, Mr. Li has worked at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Nijmegen University, University of Tennessee and Cleveland VA Medical Center for more than 6 years. After getting his MBA, Mr. Li first worked in a venture capital firm in US for one year. After coming back to China, he is dedicating to promoting technology transfer in China. He was once the Deputy Director of Intellectual Property Rights Exchange Center at China Beijing Equity Exchange (CBEX), and currently works in China Technology Exchange as the Assistant President. Mr. Li is experienced in IP valuation, technology licensing and M&A, and has provided value-added consultation services to a number of domestic and foreign companies.

Fabrice Mattei
Fabrice Mattei
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Professional Qualifi cation

  • Baccalaureate in Biology
  • LLM, (International Business Law and Tax), University of Pantheon-Assas (Paris II), France
  • Postgraduate Degree in Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition Law, University Pantheon-Assas (Paris II), France
  • Postgraduate Degree in Industrial Property Law, Queen Mary and Westfi eld College, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Thesis on”the doctrine of patent equivalents in Europe” 1994, University of Pantheon-Assas (Paris II), France
  • South East Asian Patent Drafting Training Course (SEAD), European Patent Office and International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), 2005, Singapore
  • 18 years experience in the fi eld of intellectual property, 4 years practicing in London and Paris, and 14 years practicing in Bangkok
  • Consultant for the European Patent Offi ce (ECAP) and WIPO

Scope of Work

  • Team leader in conducting patent and design litigation cases
  • Advising on patent and design litigation matters (cancellation actions, infringement actions etc)
  • Supervising the management of patents and designs portfolios
  • Training & lecturing activities
  • Postgraduate Diploma, IP Law, Queen Mary and Westfi eld College, University of London
  • Certifi cate in Drafting Patent Claims, South East Asian Drafting (SEAD) 2005, Singapore

Practice Areas
Life Science, Pharmaceutical, Semi-Conductor and Glass Technolgoy and HDD

Canadian and French

Harris Gao
Morrison & Foerster
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Based in Shanghai, Harris Gao coordinates Morrison & Foerster’s IP and litigation practices in China.  His practices concentrate on defending Chinese companies in U.S. courts, including IP litigation, security litigation, product liability, complex commercial litigation, and international arbitration.  He also helps multinational companies protecting their IP rights and resolving litigation issues in China.  Mr. Gao is also frequently involved in corporate transactional works, particularly those relating to IP assets, such as IP due diligence in M&A and private equity transactions, venture capital (VC) investments, and IP licensing.

Mr. Gao’s IP practice focuses on patent prosecution and patent litigation in the high-tech areas for Chinese companies and is experienced with a variety of technologies, including computer hardware, computer software, semiconductor, wireless networks, Internet and e-commerce, Cleantech, medical devices, chemical and pharmaceutical technologies, especially in touch screen display, wireless communication and software architecture.  Mr. Gao has a master’s degree in physics, and worked as a software engineer for a global financial institution before law school.  Mr. Gao has detailed knowledge about both the American and the Chinese patent systems, and regularly advises Chinese companies on their global IP strategy based on their particular needs.  

Mr. Gao’s litigation practice broadly encompass a variety of cross-broad disputes, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, security litigation, antitrust, product liability, complex commercial litigation, and international arbitration.  He is experienced with the various litigation forums in the U.S., including multi-jurisdiction litigation and proceedings before the International Trade Commission (ITC).  He is also familiar with the Chinese legal system, and advised clients on a wide range of legal issues before various judicial and regulatory agencies in China.  Mr. Gao has good understanding of the cultural and legal differences between the U.S and China, and is particularly experienced in helping Chinese clients understand the nuances of the US legal system.  

Mr. Gao received his B.S. in Applied Physics from Tsinghua University in 1994, his M.S. in Physics from Catholic University of America in 1997, and his J.D. from Columbia University in 2002.  Before relocating to Shanghai, Mr. Gao practiced with international law firms in New York City and California.

Mr. Gao is admitted to practice in New York, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Representative Matters

  • Representing Huawei Technologies in patent litigation in the United States.
  • Assisting ZTE with patent procurement relating to its strategic technologies on wireless networks.
  • Represented Motorola in multi-district litigation against its competitors in the mobile computer business.  The technologies involved include touch screen, user interface, operating system, signature capture, wireless communication, network management, bar code decoding, and ergonomics.
  • Represented Pfizer before the Federal Circuit regarding the written description requirement for pharmaceutical inventions.
  • Argued cases before New York appellate court on behalf of the Brooklyn DA’s Office.
Paolo Garavelli
Paolo Garavelli
Managing Director
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Mr. Paolo Garavelli began his career in 1983, as production manager and then product manager, with Olivetti S.p.A., a company specialized in the design and production of computers and other office equipment. In 1988 he worked as commercial logistic manager for Iveco S.p.A. (FIAT Group), an international manufacturer and supplier of commercial trucks.

He then moved to Interpatent, wherein he gained an extensive expertise in filing, prosecuting and obtaining patents, designs and trademarks in Italy and throughout the world, processing search reports and providing assistance in the enforcement and protection of Intellectual Property rights.

Thanks to his strong industrial and IP background, in 1998 Mr. Garavelli founded Abremar S.r.l., an Intellectual Property consultancy firm. Following the merging between Abremar S.r.l. and Metroconsult S.r.l., a new IP company - Dini, Garavelli & Partners S.p.A. - was created in 2011.

Mr. Garavelli is a Member of the Italian Industrial Property Consultants Association, and a registered Patent and Trademark Attorney within the European Patent Office. 

Born in 1958, Paolo Garavelli has a degree in Electro-technical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin.
Dr. Michael Factor
JMB, Factor & Co.
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Born in the UK, Dr. Factor immigrated to Israel in 1994. He is a licensed Israel Patent Attorney with numerous professional affiliations including LES, the IPA, the AEA and the AIPPI. Dr. Factor has a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.Eng. in Materials Science & Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, and an LL.B. from the Ono Academic College, Israel. Dr. Factor has conducted surface engineering research at the UK National Physics Laboratory and at Israel's Soreq Nuclear Research Center.

Dr. Factor is experienced in drafting and prosecuting patent, trademark and design applications in all fields. In addition to being widely recognized as one of Israel's finest patent attorneys, he is considered something of an authority on Israel IP developments, writing Israel jurisdiction reports in a number of leading IP journals including Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), Managing Intellectual Property
(MIP) and World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) where he also serves on the editorial board. He also writes The IP Factor, Israel’s leading blog on IP-related subjects with about 5000 hits a month, and has recently launched a Hebrew Language blog that covers international IP developments for an Israeli audience. Dr Factor also regularly reviews new IP publications for the Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice in peer reviewed papers.

Aharon Factor
JMB, Factor & Co.
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Aharon Factor was born in the UK and moved to Israel in 1994. He has a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Westminster and an LL.B from Queen Mary College, University of London. Admitted to the Israel Bar in 1996, Factor has extensive experience in commercial law. He manages the firm’s burgeoning Trademark Department which, in addition to managing trademark filings and prosecution, is also very active in enforcement with the Customs Authorities and in the Courts.

Charles Ng
Mr. Charles Ng
Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong
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Mr Charles Ng was appointed as the Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) in July 2007. He heads up one of two divisions that is responsible for helping overseas and Mainland companies to establish or expand their business presence in Hong Kong. His teams are responsible for Financial Services, Innovation and Technology and Information and Communications Technology.

Mr Ng is also in charge of the international operations team which oversees 21 key business cities in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Mr Ng has extensive experience in the private sector, having worked for companies in the manufacturing and trading sectors, as well as for multinationals in the financial services and banking sectors in Mauritius, Canada and Hong Kong. He also has experience setting up and managing his own business and running a major international chamber of commerce in Hong Kong.

Mr Ng is a part-time lecturer at The University of Hong Kong’s School of Professional and Continuing Education. He speaks English, French, Cantonese, Putonghua, Hakka and Creole, and holds an MBA degree jointly conferred by the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (US) and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s School of Business.

Ellen Kim Sein Aye
Ellen Kim Sein Aye
Chairperson of AIPEC & Managing Partner of Cabinet Plasseraud China
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Ellen specializes, notably, in matters of US patent prosecution and litigation, in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as software patent protection. 

Associate of Cabinet Plasseraud, Ellen Sein Aye joined the firm in 2005, after working as an associate at a major French patent firm and at Fish & Richardson, PC in Boston. At F&R, Ellen’s practice emphasized patent prosecution and opinion work in the various fields of electronics such as computer software and encryption. She has handled validity and non-infringement opinion work, due diligence, and client counseling in broad areas of intellectual property.

Prior to working at F&R, Ellen was an associate in the patent department of Loeb & Loeb PC, in Century City, California, where she prosecuted applications in laser printer, charged-couple devices and aerospace electronics, primarily for Hughes Aerospace. 

Prior to that, Ellen began her patent firm experience with a small firm in Sacramento, California, where she was a law clerk and associate of Lothrop & West, managing the firm’s patent infringement litigation, trademark prosecution and actions (TTBA oppositions) as well as patent prosecution in the mechanical arts (consumer products).

Mrs. Uma Parameswaran
Mrs. Uma Parameswaran
SciTech Patent Art Services
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Mrs. Uma Parameswaran is the CEO of SciTech Patent Art Services Pvt. Ltd., based out of Hyderabad, India. Mrs. Uma holds a post graduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Mumbai and Post Graduate Diploma in Patent Law from the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. Prior to joining SciTech Patent Art, Uma was a Manager- Research at the Research & Consultancy Directorate of The Associated Cement Companies Ltd. (ACC) at Thane near Mumbai. She worked in the area of adsorbents and heterogeneous vapor phase catalysis for 26 years and was involved in several projects from concept to commercialization.

Some of the home-grown technologies that were commercialized during her tenure as a researcher include zeolite based xylene isomerization catalyst and Thorium oxide based dehydration catalyst for the manufacture of Diphenyl Oxide. While development of xylene isomerization catalyst was an example of successful public-private partnership, Thorium oxide catalyst was an example of private-private partnership.

Uma joined SciTech Patent Art as the first employee in 2002 when SciTech was one of the first few companies in India to offer patent research services. She helped build the organization to the present level. Under Uma’s leadership, SciTech has been serving global companies in US, Europe and Asia. SciTech won an award for innovative services from its Fortune 50 client during the very first year of operations. While Uma is primarily responsible for operations, she also helps with marketing.

SciTech currently has over 70 employees who hold advanced level degrees in Science and Engineering. The employees are from different domain areas such as Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacology, Biotechnology, Materials Science etc. SciTech’s services include patentability assessment, invalidation studies, technology landscaping, white space analysis, freedom to operate studies, patent alerts etc. SciTech’s patent research helps identify key patent filers, competing technologies, potential licensing partners, open innovation opportunities and several other information which helps its global clients take informed business decisions.