Speaker Bios

Earl Nied

Program Director of Standards and Intellectual Property Rights for Intel Corporation’s Global Public Policy Group.

Earl Nied is the Program Director of Standards and Intellectual Property Rights for Intel Corporation’s Global Public Policy Group. Earl is responsible for Intel’s worldwide policies on Intellectual Property Rights issues relating to Standards. He chairs the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee (IPRPC) and serves on the ANSI Board of Directors. He has served as vice chair of the IPRPC‚ chaired the ANSI Patent Group‚ and received a 2009 ANSI Meritorious Service Award.

He is an active participant in the: International Telecommunications Union Telecommunication (ITU-T) Standardization Sector IPR Ad Hoc Committee and has been heavily involved in drafting the ISO/IEC/ITU Common Patent policy and guidelines; Digital Europe trade association IPR and Interoperability subcommittees; European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) IPR Committee; Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Standards Setting Committee; and American Bar Association (ABA) Committee on Technical Standardization.

He participated in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Patent Policy Working Group in the formation of the current W3C patent policy. In addition‚ Earl has been a consultant to several international standards development organizations including the Audio Video Coding Standard Workgroup of China (AVS) and the China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI).

Dr. Igor Nikolic

Research Fellow, European University Institute

Dr Igor Nikolic is a Research Fellow at European University Institute, Florence and a Senior Fellow at University College London Centre for Law, Economics & Society. He specialises and writes on IP and competition law, standard essential patents (SEPs), innovation and the digital economy.

He is the author of a comprehensive book entitled Licensing Standard Essential Patents: FRAND and the Internet of Things which was published in late 2021 by Hart Publishing. He is frequently published in academic journals on various issues concerning SEP licensing, the meaning of FRAND commitment, the remedies for the infringement of SEPs, patent pools, and SEP licensing framework in the IoT ecosystem.

Dr Nikolic received a PhD in Law from University College London. He is often invited to speak at conferences on SEP-related matters and holds training courses on 5G and SEPs at the European University Institute. He taught competition law at University College London, King’s College London, and University of Turin, worked on a report by BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre entitled Digital Era Competition: a BRICS View. He frequently works as an external consultant for the World Bank.

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.

Thane Bauz

IP Partner, Bauz IP Law LLP

Over the course of his twenty-nine year legal career, Thane has gained substantial experience with standard essential patents, including on behalf of global companies such as Sony, Boeing and MediaTek.

He served as Lead Counsel in patent cases where demands exceeded $350M. He has managed IP portfolio analysis teams, identified standard essential patents, and secured licensing opportunities exceeding $500M. He has been Lead Trial Counsel in Inter Partes Reviews.

With twenty-five years of experience in global law firms and two years as in-house counsel, Thane founded Bauz IP Law. Thane assists in-house teams with all IP matters including litigation, counseling and portfolio analysis. He also serves as an in-house team member on an “as needed” basis.

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 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 project 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. degree, and obtained his engineering degree magna cum laude from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Thane participated in post-graduate studies at Max Planck Institute in Munich. His dedication to IP law has afforded him with international recognition.

Kurt M. Kjelland 

Vice President, Legal Counsel at Qualcomm Incorporated

Kurt Kjelland is a Vice President, Legal Counsel at Qualcomm Incorporated. Kurt represents the company in antitrust, patent, and licensing matters, including investigations and litigation.

Kurt led the inside/outside counsel team that obtained a full victory in a seminal antitrust case involving standard essential patents, FTC v. Qualcomm, 969 F.3d 974 (9th Cir. 2020).   He also managed an antitrust investigation and litigation with Taiwan Federal Trade Commission, including first of its kind settlement after it had issued a written decision.

He is a co-author of a book chapter “FRAND Licensing of Standard-Essential Patents” in Patents and Standards, first published in 2018, and has spoken extensively on on FRAND, SEPs, patent damages, and the interface between patent and antitrust law.

Kurt is a registered patent attorney and admitted to the California Bar. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. He was named Corporate Counsel of the Year in 2021 by Global Competition Review.

Hon.  James V. Selna

U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California

Judge Selna was appointed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California in 2003. Prior to his appointment, he served on the California Superior Court for the County of Orange for fours years. Before taking the Bench, he was in private practice for twenty-eight years, and handled complex civil litigations.

On the federal bench, he has presided over numerous complex civil matters, including the multidistrict proceeding In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, which involved over 200 economic loss class actions and over 170 individual personal injury/wrongful death cases. In the patent field, he has presided over complex patent trials, including Broadcom Corp. v. Qualcomm Inc., Broadcom Corp. v. Emulex, and Siemens AG v. Seagate Technology. Most recently, he presided over a major FRAND dispute, TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd. v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.

He received his undergraduate and legal education at Stanford University.  Judge Selna is a member of the Central District’s Patent Pilot Program.

Taraneh Maghamé

Vice President, Wireless Programs & Corporate Development, Via Licensing Corporation

Taraneh Maghamé is an IP business leader recognized for her expertise in strategic IP licensing, government relations, and patent policy issues. She is currently Vice President of Via Licensing where she is responsible for the company’s multi-party licensing programs for wireless and cellular technologies, including the LTE/LTE-Advanced and W-CDMA patent pools. She also represents Via before regulatory, industry and policy-setting organizations around the globe, and has participated in the European Commission Group of Experts on Licensing and Valuation of Standard Essential Patents.

Before joining Via in January 2017, Ms. Maghamé served as Senior Counsel in Apple’s IP and Licensing group, focusing on patent licensing strategy and standards. Her role included representing Apple in global standards-related organizations, including ETSI and ITU. Prior to Apple, she served as Acting General Counsel and Vice President for M&A, Patent Policy and Government Relations at Tessera Technologies in San Jose, California. She also helped found the Innovation Alliance, an organization representing patent holder’s interests before Congress. She has testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the Federal Trade Commission on patent-related issues. Ms. Maghamé started her career in global law firms where she specialized in IP licensing, counseling, and litigation.

Ms. Maghamé has held leadership roles in professional organizations such as the Association of Corporation Counsel, Intellectual Property Owners Association and California Women Lawyers. She frequently gives presentations to business and legal professionals concerning intellectual property. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to practice in California, Washington State and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

 Owais Siddiqui

 Executive Patent Litigation Director, HTC America

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.

Marianne Frydenlund

Senior Vice President Legal, Nordic Semiconductor ASA

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.

Sang-Seung Yi

Professor, Department of Economics, Seoul National University, Korea

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.