LICENSING EXECUTIVES AND ATTORNEYS

Boaz Brickman, Esq.
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Vice President, IP Counsel

Boaz joined IPVALUE in February 2012 as Vice President, IP Counsel. Boaz came to IPVALUE from Alcatel-Lucent, where over the past ten years, he held the role of Sr. IP Counsel and Head, Assertion. In this role, Boaz was responsible for leading a worldwide team of attorneys who asserted and licensed Alcatel-Lucent patents. Before leading the Assertion Team, Boaz managed Lucent's complex, multi-jurisdictional patent cases. Prior to Alcatel-Lucent, Boaz was a litigation associate and partner in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis where he specialized in patent litigation.

Boaz received his J.D. degree from UCLA (Order of the Coif) and his B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Boaz is registered to practice in the State and District courts in California, and before the Federal Circuit as well as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mark Kurisko, Esq.
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Vice President, IP Counsel

Mark joined IPVALUE from Agere Systems Inc. in January 2006. He has nearly sixteen years of experience as an Intellectual Property attorney as well as experience as an electrical design engineer.

Prior to joining IPVALUE, Mark acted as Corporate Counsel to Agere Systems. During the course of his tenure at Agere, Mark supported the intellectual property needs of various business groups and worked as part of a team that aggressively generated patent licensing revenue for Agere. As part of this patent licensing work, Mark managed patent litigations on behalf of Agere, mined Agere's patent portfolio, actively participated in patent assertion efforts, and negotiated and drafted patent licensing agreements. Prior to joining Agere, Mark worked as an attorney at Lucent Technologies and at the law firm of Lahive & Cockfield.

Mark holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a J.D. from Boston University. He is a member of the Patent Bar (USPTO) and is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

George S. Park, Ph.D.
Silicon Valley, California
Director, Business Development

George joined IPVALUE in July 2005. Prior to IPVALUE, George was a Managing Scientist at Exponent, a national science and engineering consulting firm, where he managed the Menlo Park branch of the Technology Development practice. In that role, he led a number of national security related projects involving robotics, sensors, wireless communications, and biometrics technologies.

George also worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he provided leadership and problem solving skills to develop corporate strategy on a wide range of issues, including the identification of IP acquisition targets for an enterprise software vendor, development of a new product line for a portable IT hardware manufacturer, and formulation of a growth strategy for a major networking company. Earlier in his career, George served as a Senior Scientist for Arete Associates and a founder of MPPY, a 4-member UCLA-based consulting team. He also served as an analyst at the RAND Corporation, a think tank conducting policy and technology analyses for government and commercial clients.

George holds an MBA degree from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University.

Stephen Pomraning, MBA
Phoenix, Arizona
Vice President, Licensing

Steve Pomraning joins IPVALUE as Vice President, Licensing, with over two decades of experience in acquiring and leveraging corporate intellectual property. Most recently, he was Vice President, Licensing for Honeywell International Inc. and led the worldwide enforcement and licensing of patents across that corporation's four strategic business units.

Steve joined Honeywell in 2004 after spending four years as a Director in the licensing organization at Agere Systems, a $2B spin-out microelectronics company from Lucent Technologies. Prior to Agere, Steve held a variety of positions in technology & patent licensing and new venture development for AT&T, Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies. Steve began his professional career as an engineer and then product manager of optoelectronic compound semiconductors.

Steve holds a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering/Materials Science and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from Lehigh University.

Celia Rankin, Esq.
Denver, Colorado
Vice President, Licensing

Celia Rankin joined IPVALUE in January 2009 as Vice President, Licensing. Celia brings over twenty years of experience in technology transactions to IPVALUE with extensive experience in technology licensing. Celia was most recently a Partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Faegre & Benson. In this role, Celia successfully handled complex high-value licensing deals in a broad scope of industries, including two multi-billion technology collaborations in 2007 as lead outside counsel for BASF.

Prior to Faegre & Benson, Celia was a Partner in the Technology Group at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison where she developed and managed the Colorado Technology Practice Group.

Celia also brings deep technology experience to IPVALUE from her eight years at Texas Instruments (a Fortune 100 technology company) where she served as Senior Counsel.

Celia holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude from Brandeis University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. Her professional recognition includes being listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Technology Law area, 2007–2009.

Paul J. Riley, Esq.
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Vice President, Licensing

Paul Riley joined IPVALUE in 2004, and currently serves as Vice President of Licensing. Paul has significant experience in conducting adversarial patent license discussions, and in drafting, negotiating and concluding complex intellectual property transactions with U.S., Asian and European companies.

Prior to joining IPVALUE, Paul was a trial lawyer at Morrison & Foerster, an international law firm recognized for its expertise in handling intellectual property issues. Paul specialized in patent litigation for clients in the high-technology, medical device, biotech and consumer electronics industries, and tried cases before judges, juries, arbitrators and the International Trade Commission. Paul also prosecuted patent applications and handled intellectual property–related transactional matters for his clients.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in biomedical engineering from Tulane University, where he was Dean's Honor Scholar, and a Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. He is a member of the United States Patent Bar, and is admitted to practice law in California, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Paul is a frequent lecturer both domestically and abroad on topics relating to intellectual property commercialization strategies and tactics.

Steve H. Shin, Esq.
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Vice President, IP Counsel

Steve joined IPVALUE in June 2008. He has eight years of experience as a patent attorney. Prior to joining IPVALUE, Steve was an Associate in the Litigation department at Patterson, Belknap, Webb, and Tyler LLP. Before that, Steve was at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr, LLP and Clifford, Chance, Rogers and Wells. At these firms, Steve's work included patent litigation, opinion work, client counseling and patent prosecution.

Steve received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Dartmouth College, a Masters and PhD in Chemistry from UCLA and a JD from Columbia University School of Law where he was the Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar. Steve has six publications in the area of solid-state photochemistry. He is admitted to practice in New York as well as Federal Court in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Jonathan Takei, Esq.
Silicon Valley, California
Vice President, IP Counsel

Jon joined IPVALUE in March 2005, bringing more than ten years of experience in patent and intellectual property litigation to his role at IPVALUE. Prior to IPVALUE, Jon was Of Counsel at Fenwick & West LLP, where he litigated and managed patent and other intellectual property cases. Previously, Jon was an associate at Cooley Godward LLP. Jon has counseled clients in a range of technology industries, including semiconductors, mechanical devices, laser optics, biotechnology, fitness equipment, and medical devices. Jon's experience encompasses all stages of litigation, from pre-filing investigations, discovery, dispositive motion practice, claim construction, trial, through appeals. His experience also extends to licensing and settlement negotiations, as well as strategic patent counseling.

Jon earned his undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of California at Berkeley, and his law degree from Santa Clara University. He is admitted to practice in California, the Federal District Courts of the Northern and Southern Districts of California, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Andrew Wu, Esq.
Silicon Valley, California
Vice President, IP Counsel

Andrew joined IPVALUE in October 2009 with over 13 years of experience as a patent litigator. Prior to joining IPVALUE, Andrew was a partner for 6 years at Morgan Lewis. Before joining Morgan Lewis, Andrew practiced all aspects of patent and intellectual property law at Pennie & Edmonds and Sidley & Austin. Over his career, Andrew has led litigation for numerous patent and intellectual property cases in federal and state courts around the country as well as before the U.S. International Trade Commission and foreign courts. His practice has included pre-litigation counseling, patent analysis, devising and implementing substantive and procedural litigation strategy, and managing litigation teams. His litigation experience included arguing summary judgment motions, arguing claim construction, conducting direct and cross examination of fact and expert witnesses at trial, and preserving favorable rulings on appeal. He has extensive experience negotiating patent licenses in various contexts, including settlement of litigation.

Andrew received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, where he took first place in the Nathan Burkan Competition and was an extern for United States District Judge Donald Lee. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Aerospace) from the University of Michigan. Before law school, he was an engineer in the naval nuclear program at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Andrew has published articles on intellectual property law in the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal, AIPLA Quarterly Journal, and numerous IP and trade journals. He is admitted to practice in California and Illinois, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Rowena Young, Esq.
Silicon Valley, California
Vice President, IP Counsel

Rowena joined IPVALUE in February 2011 as Vice President, IP Counsel from the Intellectual Property Group of King & Spalding's Silicon Valley office. She joins IPVALUE with over twelve years of legal experience in intellectual property, including practicing with the IP group of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and serving as Director of Intellectual Property of Atmel Corporation. Rowena also clerked for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Rowena is a registered patent attorney whose primary focus has been on patent infringement litigation, in both Federal Court and before the International Trade Commission and intellectual property counseling.

Rowena holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Stanford University, a Masters Degree in Physics from Cornell, with a concentration in Experimental Solid State Physics, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an editor for the Yale Journal of International Law. She is admitted to practice in California and the US Patent and Trademark Office. Rowena is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

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