R Saha is a B Tech from IIT Kanpur in Aeronautical Engineering. He got his master's degree from Cranfield University in England. He served the Government of India for 35 years in different capacities and handling different responsibilities including research and development and retired as Scientist G and Adviser from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He has wide experience in technology evaluation and assessment, intellectual property rights management, regulatory processes and R&D policies and project implementation. He has been a pioneer in leading the national efforts in policy making and capacity building in IPR. He planned and conducted two training programmes on IPR for developing countries drawing a participation of about 30 countries. He was invited as an international resource person to speak on IPR in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Oman, Malaysia, China, Philippines, Mauritius, Mexico, and Uganda. He conducted more than 400 IPR workshops in India and other countries. 20 Patent Information Centers at state levels and 60 university IPR cells were set up in India under his leadership. He has been helping universities in developing their IPR policies. About 1000 patent applications were filed under his guidance on behalf of universities and R&D institutions. He represented India in discussions at WIPO and, was involved in negotiating international agreements on IPR in the context of scientific research and development.
He was appointed a consultant by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to
prepare a National Study on IPR and MSME in India as a part of WIPO's Development
Agenda. The study was completed in 2012.
He has been the Senior Adviser to CII since 2011, advising them on IPR policies and other substantial issues being faced by the Indian industry like preparing policy papers, conducting round table meetings with industries, international organizations etc. He is also the Chairman of the committee set up by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India for providing IPR support to start ups and conducting awareness programmes. He was the MHRD Chair Professor in IPR at the Tezpur University, a Central university. Presently, he advises many institutions like IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, C-DAC, NRDC, Indian Council of Medical Research and many government departments on IPR matter
Mr. K.R. Pradeep, Partner at Singh & Singh Law Firm LLP is a Graduate in Business Management, a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, a member of International Trademark Association, served on the Board of several companies, has practiced as a Chartered Accountant for 33years and presently practicing as an Advocate, who heads the Tax Law practice of Singh & Singh Law Firm. He has secured 10th Rank in Bachelor of Business Management, 22nd Rank in Inter CA and 8th Rank in Final CA, Secured the Presidents' Felicitation for scoring 100 on 100 in Advanced Accountancy in Final CA which is a fete unbroken till date. He has represented India in the World Moot Court Competition held at New York and secured 2nd Prize for the Country. His practice includes litigation and advisory in Tax related matters, including Taxation of Intellectual Property Rights and he regularly appears before the Supreme Court, High Courts, Income Tax Appellate Tribunals, Settlement Commission, and the like.
Martin Brassell's specialist area of expertise is in the use of intellectual property in finance, and the identification, scoring and valuation processes needed to facilitate it. He has worked extensively with banks, investors and policy makers across the UK, Europe, and Asia to develop new approaches that recognize the importance of this asset class for business growth.
Martin is best known as co-founder of Inngot Limited (www.inngot.com), established with Professor Iwan Davies (now Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University) in 2007. Inngot offers innovative online tools that 'unlock' IP value by enabling companies to identify, explain, value, and manage their intangible assets and intellectual property. These are currently optimized for use in 14 countries and have identified over $1bn in value to date, mostly for small and medium-sized businesses.
Martin has written and co-authored several influential publications on IP utilization. These include the 2013 Banking on IP? report and the 2017 Hidden Value report on IP valuation markets, both for the UK Intellectual Property Office. Most recently, in 2019, OECD published his latest paper, Fostering the use of intangibles to strengthen SME access to finance. Martin has also led two investigations into company intangible asset investment for ACCA (Innovation, Intangibles and Integrated Reporting and Accounting for Intangibles), and coauthored a book for Oxford University Press, Economic Approaches to Intellectual Property, with Dr Nicola Searle.
Martin is a member of the Commercialization Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and a Fellow of the RSA.
Nandita, with over 24 years of professional experience, has developed and leads the practice of valuation of intangibles, purchase price allocation and other valuations under US GAAP and IFRS. She has also developed and leads the practice of valuation of tangible assets and real estate.
Nandita has developed special expertise in merger valuations and has been associated with valuations in the infrastructure, banking, insurance, finance, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, agrochemicals, IT and ITeS etc. industries. Nandita has been a regular speaker at various national forums. Detailed below are few of her recent experiences:
Presented views on any India-specific departures required in IVS 400 - Real Property Interests and IVS 105 – Real Property Interests organized by IBBI
Brian Buss provides intellectual property solutions, including valuation, profit apportionment, expert testimony, economic analysis, and transaction advisory services for businesses, IP owners, attorneys, and licensees.
With core skills in valuation, profit apportionment and financial analysis, Brian Buss leads strategic consulting and expert testimony assignments focused on intellectual properties and intangible assets, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, publicity rights, trade secrets, brand assets and technology assets. As a valuation expert, Brian has valued copyrights, brands, patents and business interests across a wide range of industries, including: apparel, technology start-ups, aerospace, transportation and logistics, entertainment, airlines, wireless communications, education, software, not-for-profits, consumer products, agricultural technology, biotech and pharmaceuticals, sporting goods, food & beverage, publishing, furniture, construction equipment, restaurants, music, retail, and more.
Often engaged to analyze unique and proprietary assets and their economic impact and contribution to financial results, Brian works closely with clients and counsel to develop thorough yet clear and understandable analyses and strategic recommendations.
As an expert witness, Brian provides expert opinions and testimony regarding damages, profit apportionment, lost profits, reasonable royalty, unjust enrichment, and valuation. Brian has testified in Federal, State and US Tax Courts, and in arbitration proceedings; providing opinions on patent infringement damages, trademark infringement damages, copyright infringement damages, trade secret misappropriation damages, IP valuation, business valuation, breach of contract damages, impact of online and social media endorsements, defamation damages, and reasonable compensation.
Brian Buss graduated from Claremont McKenna College and earned an MBA from San Diego State University. Brian is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Patent Valuation Analyst (CPVA). Prior to launching Nevium, Brian worked at San Diego-based consulting firms, a technology start-up, Westpac Institutional Bank, and Deloitte & Touche's Financial Advisory Services group in both New Zealand and San Francisco.
During his career Brian has provided valuation opinions and transaction advisory services for clients across the United States and overseas, including projects in South Korea, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, Sweden and Australia. Brian has provided advisory services and financial analyses for acquisitions, corporate lending, start-up financing, business valuations, intellectual property infringement and economic damages claims.
Pauline is a managing director in the Disputes practice and leader of the Intellectual Property practice in EMEA and Asia. She has nearly 25 years of experience in the analysis of damages related to intellectual property infringement matters and commercial disputes, forensic accounting issues as well as the assessment of license and contract compliance. She has worked with clients across a wide range of industries and geographic regions, including U.K., USA, Canada, Asia, and Europe.
Pauline has served as a testifying and consulting quantum expert in IP infringement, licensing, joint venture, and commercial disputes in various dispute fora, including in State and Federal Courts of the USA. and Canada and various international arbitration institutes. She also serves as Independent Accountant under Settlement Agreements resolving IP infringement disputes and assists with the negotiation of such agreements.
She assists owners of intellectual property to protect and maximize the benefits of licensing. She works with clients to assess the risk of IP and revenue leakage in IP portfolios, performs royalty audits to identify both monetary and non-monetary compliance issues. She has valued IP for bankruptcy and licensing purposes and has assisted with transaction negotiations and strategy. She has also assessed parties' compliance with various types of revenue, cost, and profit-sharing contracts.
Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Pauline was a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal Global Forensic & Dispute Services and a director with the Advisory Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Pauline is a frequent instructor at various associations, firms and academic institutes in the USA and Asia, on intellectual property, licensing, and contract compliance issues. She serves as Treasurer, Director and Executive Committee Member of the New England Legal Foundation, a member of the Finance Committee and past Chair of the Audit Committee of the Association of University Technology Managers and as a member of the Advisory Board of the YMCA Education and Training Branch.
Educated in Scotland, Ms. Booth earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a concentration in management. She is a fellow of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the Chartered Governance Institute (formerly the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators), the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers, the American Bar Association and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Professor Jay P. Kesan's academic interests are in the areas of technology, law, and business. Specifically, his recent work focuses on patent law and policy, cybersecurity and privacy, and biofuel regulation. He is best known for employing empirical, computational, and analytical methods in his research. His recent publications can be found on SSRN (Social Science Research Network).
At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor Kesan is appointed in the College of Law, the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI), the Information Trust Institute (ITI), the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL), and the Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics. At the College of Law, he directs the Program in Intellectual Property & Technology Law and co-directs the NSF-sponsored Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP). At CIRI, he is the Principal Investigator of a research effort studying cyber insurance and cyber risk assessment.
He has received numerous, external research grants and awards for his work in the areas of patent/intellectual property policy and cyber security and privacy regulation from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), The National Academy of Sciences—Board of Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP), the private sector, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Energy Biosciences Institute, the Federal Judicial Centre, the Net Institute, the Coleman Foundation, and the University of Illinois Campus Research Board.
Professor Kesan served as one of the inaugural Thomas A. Edison Scholars at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He has been actively involved in virtually every aspect of patent litigation as counsel, technical expert, legal expert, Special Master, and appellate counsel. He is an inventor and patentee himself, and he serves on the boards of directors/advisors of start-up technology companies.
He has published extensively in both peer reviewed journals and the law reviews and his research work has been cited extensively. He has testified before Congress and agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). His books include: Adopting Open Source Software, A Practical Guide (with Fitzgerald, Russo, Shaikh and Succi), MIT Press (2011); The Commercial Law of Intellectual Property (with Alces, Frisch and See), Aspen Publishing Co. (2003-2018 Cumm. Supp.) (treatise); Transactional Intellectual Property (with Ghosh and Gruner), Lexis-Nexis Publishing Co. (3d ed. 2015) (unique and first-of-its-kind casebook on transactional IP); Defining Values for Research & Technology (Greenough, Mc Connaughay and Kesan (eds.)), Rowman & Littlefield Publishing (2006); Intellectual Property: Private Rights, the Public Interest, and the Regulation of Creative Activity (with Ghosh, Gruner & Reis), West Publishing Co. (3d ed. 2016) (casebook); Agricultural Biotechnology and Intellectual Property: Seeds of Change, Kesan (ed.), CABI Publishing Co., Oxford (2007).
Professor Kesan was a JSPS Invited Fellow and visiting associate professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan and has also served as a Foreign Research Fellow at the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP) in Tokyo, Japan. He is also a Visiting Professor at the National Law University (NLU) in Delhi, India. He has also taught as a visiting faculty at Georgetown University, DePaul University, Florida State University, and Seattle University.
He serves as faculty editor-in-chief of the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy, which published its inaugural issue in Spring 2001. He has also developed an online course on "Legal Issues in Technology Entrepreneurship," supported by a grant from the Coleman Foundation.
Professor Kesan received his J.D. summa cum laude from Georgetown University, where he received several awards including Order of the Coif and served as associate editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Prior to attending law school, Professor Kesan – who also holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering – worked as a research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York. He is a registered patent attorney and practiced at the former firm of Pennie & Edmonds LLP in the areas of patent litigation and patent prosecution. In addition, he has published numerous scientific papers, and he has obtained several patents in the U.S. and abroad.
Gillian McColgan is the CTO of Hilco IP Merchant Banking. Previously, Ms. McColgan was CTO of Marquis Technologies. Prior to Marquis, Ms. McColgan was the CTO of the Rockstar Consortium, where she led the reverse engineering and technical functions, generating assertion packages in support of roughly 100 licensing engagements across four distinct market areas. Ms. McColgan also led Rockstar's Market Analysis function. Prior to joining Rockstar, Ms. McColgan was with Nortel Networks for 25 years in a variety of roles in Europe and North America, the last of which was as CTO of the IP business where her responsibilities included supporting the bankruptcy auction process. Ms. McColgan, during her career, has held senior R&D, Business Analysis, and Product Management positions across wireless, optical, and data networking businesses.
Mr SUGIURA Jun is a graduate from Yokohama National University Graduate School, Division of Engineering coastal engineering and masters from Yokohama National University - Master of Engineering, Hydraulic engineering. He is a qualified patent attorney. He has a research career in the application of IP for Industry-academia collaboration & OITP. He has made several presentations on Japanese Patent examination Practice for AI and IOT field at International conference, Japanese IP Policy at International conference ALSA Iin OSAKA , Technology transfer practice of OIT at International conference WIPO IP tech transfer and Technology transfer and IP at International conference WIPO President's Summit for Intellectual Property.
Dr. Roberto Moro Visconti is a Associate Professor of Corporate Finance at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy and BA in Economics (Milan, 1986), MA in Finance and Investment (1990) and PhD in Economics 1997,University of Exeter, UK. He was formerly Assistant professor of Corporate Finance - Università di Ancona from 1996 to 1998, and Assistant professor of Corporate Finance - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, since 1996. National Academic Qualification as Full Professor of Corporate Finance. He is Fluent in English and French. He is Member of the Italian Association of Banking & Finance professors (ADEIMF) and of the Italian Association of IP (AIPPI). Prof. Moro Visconti is also a chartered accountant and senior consultant of a boutique firm (www.morovisconti.com/en) Research interest:
Koji Watanabe has majored biochemistry and biophysics in Tokyo Univ. and Graduate School of Tokyo Univ. He received perfect scores in all classes in Graduate School of Tokyo Univ. and received Master’s degree in Science from the graduate school in 2004. He joined an IP Law Firm located in Tokyo as a patent engineer in 2005 and left doctor’s course of Graduate School of Tokyo Univ. without completing the program in 2006.
After being certified as a Japanese patent attorney in 2006, he has been representing patent applications for domestic and overseas applicants in the fields of foods and beverages, medicines or medical equipment, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, semiconductors, software, or the like in several IP Law firms. He was also certified as an IP litigation patent attorney in 2018.
From Feb. 2016 to May 2018, he was appointed as the Deputy President in charge of the chemical department, overseas business department and accounting department at an IP Law Firm located in Tokyo, Sakamoto & Partners. He has also represented several conflict cases in the fields of patent law and unfair competition law, as well as several oppositions and invalidation trials at the JPO, and appeal cases at the IP High Court in the field of patent law.
Since 2019, he is working as a Japanese Patent Attorney in IP division, Innovation and IP department at JETRO.
Doug Bania is a founding principal of Nevium Intellectual Property Consultants. Nevium is an intellectual property consulting firm specializing in developing IP strategies, IP valuation and monetization as well as providing expert testimony related to IP damages and licensing customs and practices. Doug specializes in calculating damages for copyright, trademark and publicity rights infringement. He is also experienced with social media and Internet disputes, defamation, marketing strategy analysis and royalty rate determinations.
Doug Bania is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), a Google Analytics Certified Individual (GAIQ) and is a committee member for the International Trademark Association (INTA) Internet Committee, the ICANN Compliance and Domain Name Industry Subcommittee and the American Bar Association (ABA), Copyright & Social Media Committee. Doug Bania has been the named expert for approximately 75 cases, deposed 20 times and has provided trial testimony 5 times.
David is the CEO and founder of Brand Finance plc. David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London, graduated from Bristol University with an English degree, and obtained a Post-graduate diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
David has worked in the area of branded business, brand and intangible asset valuation since 1991. He specialised entirely in the field after becoming the Director of Brand Valuation for Interbrand in 1995. David, subsequently, left Interbrand in 1996 to launch Brand Finance.
David has been involved in many projects of over the years, and has an extensive clients list which includes notable names such as; Shell, Vodafone, BT, Orange, SABMiller and Barclays.
David is a passionate writer and has written many articles for the marketing and financial press on branded businesses and brand valuation and is the author of numerous publications, such as; The Financial Times, The Times, Accountancy Age, and Investors Chronicles. He has also lectured on the topic of brand valuation for Harvard, Chicago, and London Business Schools.
Umakanta is a managing director in Duff & Phelps based in Mumbai. In his current capacity, he is responsible for the overall financial valuation practice in Mumbai.
Umakanta joined Duff & Phelps in 2015 through the firm’s acquisition of American Appraisal. He has over 15 years of experience in financial advisory services including valuation, fairness opinion, disputes, equity research, credit research and other advisory services. Umakanta has managed a range of mandates including business valuation, intellectual property valuation, complex capital structure valuation.
He has also advised several clients on swap ratio determination, corporate finance, business plan development and review, exit strategies and dispute consulting.
Umakanta has managed and executed a range of financial advisory engagements for energy, utilities, infrastructure, private equity, insurance and financial services healthcare, telecom, media and entertainment, retail and IT and ITES industries for mergers & acquisitions, accounting and tax reporting, transfer pricing, litigation, dispute resolution and strategic purposes.
His specialization includes valuation of complex financial instrument (such as complex convertible instruments, earn-out and contingent payments, cross-currency interest rate swaps, options and other hedging instruments). He has also advised several companies on distress debt transaction, earn-out structuring and ESOP structuring.
Prior to joining American Appraisal, Umakanta has worked with the Financial Advisory Services practice of Deloitte and Investment Research & Valuation team of Evalueserve.
Umakanta holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Umakanta is also a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) under Valuation of Business and Intangible Assets pathway, and holds the Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuations™ (CEIV™) credential from the American Society of Appraisers.