Sang-Seung Yi is a Professor at the Department of Economics, Seoul National University. Professor Yi received his Ph. D. from Harvard University in 1992. He taught at Dartmouth College from 1992 to 1998 before returning to Korea. Professor Yi is the first recipient of the Kim Taesung Memorial Prize in 1998, awarded annually by the Korean Econometric Society to a Korean economist under 40 for academic excellence. In 1984, while a junior at SNU, he was the youngest successful contestant in the Higher Senior Civil Service Examination. Instead of joining the government when he graduated Summa Cum Laude from SNU, Yi pursued his academic interests in economics.
Professor Yi’s academic research is in the area of applied microeconomic theory and industrial organization. He has published highly-cited papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Rand Journal of Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of International Economics.
Professor Yi’s current research focuses on the economic analysis of competition law, with particular interest in the interface between antitrust and intellectual property laws (e.g., standard setting and FRAND commitments). He has authored numerous papers (including a publication in Competition Policy International) and consulted on key antitrust cases in Korea since early 2000’s when the KFTC began enforcing competition law in earnest, including abuse of dominance (such as tying, refusal to deal and loyalty rebates), mergers, and damages estimation from collusion. In recognition of his contribution to the development of antitrust policy in Korea, the Korean government awarded him the Hongjo Order of Merit in 2017.
Ken (Jianmin) Dai
Ken is co-chairing the Practice Group of Antitrust & Competition within Dentons China, a team which is consistently among the top in the sphere. As one of the first who practices antitrust law in China, he has advised on a number of high profile antitrust investigations as well as litigations and has assisted a significant amount of foreign and domestic undertakings with merger filing and antitrust compliance over the past decade. Ken has extensive experience in advising clients on the legal issues on the IP & Antitrust, including without limitation reviewing the licensing agreement & policy, antitrust investigation against the abuse of IP to restrict or eliminate competition, private antitrust litigation against monopoly pricing. Further, Ken has actively involved in the legislation process of relevant antitrust regulations and guidance, including but limited to Antitrust Guidelines on Abuse of Intellectual Property Rights.
Ken earned his LLM in 2004 from Bristol University and his LLB in 2002 from China University of Political Science and Law. He is an adjunct professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University. He has published widely in the antitrust law and is the columnist of Forbes China. He is the vice-chair of Competition & Antitrust Committee of Shanghai Bar Association and the executive council member of Competition Committee under Shanghai Bar Association. He is also a member of several international Antitrust and Competition Committees such as IBA and IPBA and a counsellor of Asia Competition Association.
With his solid reputation and close contact with government officials, judges, and scholars, Ken was ranked as one of the “2017 Client Choice Top 20 Lawyers” by Asian Legal Business (ALB) and as Competition Lawyer of the Year in China by Corporate INTL in 2017. He was commended as “In-House Community External Counsel of the Year” at the In-House Community Counsel of the Year Awards 2016. He was also recognized as Leading Lawyer by Asialaw Profiles in Antitrust & Competition field in 2016 and as Competition Lawyer of the Year by Lawyer Monthly in 2013.
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Thane is a recognized IP defense attorney who has served as Lead Counsel in patent trials where damages allegedly exceeded $1B. He has substantial litigation experience with standard essential patents, including on behalf of large companies like Sony and MediaTek. He has been Lead Trial Counsel in Inter Partes Reviews. He has managed IP portfolio analysis teams, identified standard essential patents, and secured licensing opportunities exceeding $500M.
Thane has appeared as an expert witness on patent law and was an IP Advisory Board Member to the George Washington University Law School. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Wilson A. Cowen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to becoming an attorney, Thane was an electrical design engineer for The Boeing Company.
He received his LL.M. with highest honors from The George Washington University Law School, was a Centennial Scholar at the Chicago-Kent College of Law where he received his J.D., and obtained his engineering degree magna cum laude from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Thane completed post-graduate studies at Max Planck Institute in Munich.
After twenty-five years of experience in global law firms, Thane founded Bauz IP Law, an alternative law firm. He replaced quota driven rank and file U.S. billing teams with experienced IP professionals armed with cutting-edge analytics and software. This alternative law firm model has proven to be extremely effective with efficiency and results. Thane assists in-house teams with IP matters, patent litigation and patent portfolio analysis.
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Owais Siddiqui is Executive Patent Litigation Director at HTC America, Inc. He manages patent litigation and works on patent licensing and acquisition matters. Before joining HTC, Owais worked at large global law firms, where he focused on litigation for both large and small companies. He has litigated patents in numerous technologies, including semiconductor manufacturing and design, user interface design, communications protocols, and speech coding. He has over fifteen years of litigation experience, including seven years managing patent litigation and directing litigation strategy and eight years of hands-on litigation work. He has spoken at conferences in the United States and Taiwan.
Prior to his legal career, Owais obtained practical engineering experience in the computer and aerospace industries. He earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was president of the IP law society and national champion of the Giles S. Rich IP moot court competition. Owais has earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Hon. Cathy Ann Bencivengo
U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California
Judge Bencivengo was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California by President Barack Obama, and confirmed on February 10, 2012. Prior to her confirmation, she served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District since December, 2005. Judge Bencivengo is a participant in the Southern District’s Patent Pilot Program and a member of the District’s Criminal Justice Act Advisory Committee.
Before joining the bench, Judge Bencivengo was a partner with the law firm of DLA Piper LLP (formerly Gray, Cary), where she specialized in intellectual property litigation and was National Co-Chair of the firm’s Patent Litigation Practice Group. As a patent litigator, Judge Bencivengo represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of technologies, including computer hardware and software, chemistry, immunology, semiconductor chip manufacturing, medical devices and consumer products. She was also the lead trademark and copyright litigation counsel for Dr. Seuss Enterprises, LLP.
Judge Bencivengo attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, earning a B.A. in journalism and political science and an M.A. in political science as a Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude.
Judge Bencivengo is a Master in the J. Clifford Wallace Chapter and the Louis M. Welsh Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She just completed her term as Chair of the Ninth Circuit Education Committee. She is currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Ninth Circuit District Judges Association and as a Judicial Advisor for the San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Sedona Conference.
Legal Director, Nordic Semiconductor
Marianne Frydenlund is the Legal Director and acting Secretary to the Board of Directors at Nordic Semiconductor. Nordic Semiconductor specializes in ultra-low power wireless technology such as cellular modules for internet-enabled devices.
Over the course of her career, Marianne gained a unique in-house perspective on IP-related business practices within the wireless ecosystem. She has shared her insights with peers by giving presentations at legal conferences, including addressing the commercial ramifications associated with the refusal to license standard essential patents.
In 2019, Marianne was elected to the Board of the Fair Standards Alliance in Brussels. The Fair Standards Alliance works to ensure that wireless technology companies of all sizes are given access to standard essential patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms.
Marianne is on the “GC Powerlist” of the Legal 500. She was also elected to the Board of the Norwegian Company Lawyers Association (NCLA). She has been involved in their mentoring programs aimed at helping women advance in business and technology-related careers.
Marianne graduated from the University of Oslo School of Law and the University of North Dakota. Prior to joining Nordic Semiconductor, Marianne worked for Huawei Technologies and Nexans Norway AS where she focused on legal issues associated with technology-related commercial transactions.