Speaker Bios

Sang-Seung Yi

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.

Thane Bauz

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 trials where damages allegedly exceeded $1B. 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. He incorporated strategies aimed at delivering IP-related legal services in an effective and efficient manner. 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.

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Owais Siddiqui

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.

Marianne Frydenlund

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.

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.