LES Silicon Valley Chapter

Larry Udell
LES Silicon Valley Chairman Emeritus and Chapter Co-Founder
Chapter Chair


Lawrence Udell serves as Executive Director of:
California Invention Center – founded with a Federal Grant in 1995
Center for New Venture Alliance – founded in 1990 as part of California State University
Intellectual Property International, Ltd. – founded in 1998 with 50 colleagues worldwide
Founder of Licensing Executive Society (LES) Silicon Valley Chapter in 2000 and serves as Chairman Emeritus

Larry has devoted a half-century to entrepreneurial endeavors, lecturing, and teaching as a Professor of New Ventures since 1982 with over 40 published articles
Left his last employer in March of 1964
Has created more than thirty-five corporations (none of which have ever went bankrupt)
Teaches accredited courses in New Ventures & Entrepreneurship at leading universities throughout the US and Canada
Has lectured throughout the US for the USPTO, clients, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Consults to Fortune 500 companies, small firms, and new ventures
Serves as a Board Member and/or officer of several corporations. Founding member of Jump Sport, Eye-Com Corporation, and C4Cube
Has been quoted in: Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Time, USA Today, Associated Press, The World Almanac, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Forbes Magazine, Inventors Digest, Licensing Journal, etc.

Soody Tronson
Founder and Principal, STLGip Intellectual Property Law Firm
Former LES Silicon Valley Chapter Chair


Soody is the founder and the principal of the STLPip, an intellectual property law firm. She is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience combining law, science, engineering, and business management in start-ups and established environments. Prior to starting her firm, Soody practiced law as IP Counsel at Silicon Valley office of HellerEhrman as well as Townsend and Townsend and in-house at the Hewlett-Packard Company. She was General Counsel and VP of Intellectual Property at a successfully acquired medical device start-up company where she was responsible for all legal matters.

Prior to starting her legal career, Soody spent several years in the industry holding technical and management positions at companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Schering-Plough Corporation. Her extensive and diverse experience enables the counseling of clients on intellectual property and transactional matters in a range of technologies including life sciences, software, medical devices and diagnostics. Based on the range of her experience and having founded several companies of her own, she is well accustomed to challenges facing emerging as well as mature companies.

Soody instructs courses in IP and licensing at the University of California and Stanford University and is a mentor with several entrepreneurship-focused courses/programs at Stanford University. She is a speaker at legal & innovation forums and domestic and international events, and volunteers and donates her services at local non-profit organizations. During her tenure, Soody has worked with companies and government organizations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Soody also consults in non-legal capacity on select projects with both domestic and international sectors including company assessment and market positioning. She is engaged by European universities to consult and establish technology transfer programs and policies. She is an inventor on patent applications and issued patents. Soody holds a J.D., M.S. in industrial chemistry, and B.S. in chemistry, and is licensed to practice before the State of California and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Craig Smith
Chief Executive Officer at Dhahran Techno Valley
Former LES Silicon Valley Chapter Chair


Craig Smith is Chief Executive Officer of Dhahran Techno Valley Company in Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dhahran Techno Valley Company operates one of the world’s largest Energy Science Parks devoted entirely to early stage R&D for the petroleum industry, renewable and sustainable energy, water management, energy efficiency and IT, including cyber security that supports the global energy infrastructure.

Previous to his work with Dhahran Techno Valley Company, Craig was Licensing and Intellectual Property Manager at Sandia National Laboratories.

Craig is a Licensing Executives Society International Distinguished Fellow, and is a Past Chair of LES Silicon Valley Chapter.

Jeff Redman
Founder, Redman Disputes & Investigations Group
LES Silicon Valley Chapter Treasurer


Jeff Redman has over twenty-five years of experience in forensic accounting, royalty compliance auditing and calculating damages in commercial litigation. Jeff has provided consulting and expert witness services in many types of projects, including royalty compliance audits, product liability, breach of contract, intellectual property infringement, business interruption, business failure analysis, antitrust (including below-cost pricing – California BPC Section 17043), employment matters, internal investigations, and fraud investigations.

Jeff graduated from Purdue University in 1983 with a degree in Management. Jeff teaches courses on Royalty Compliance Investigations and Introduction to Accounting and Commercial Damages through the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the State Bar of California, LES and the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Jeff currently serves as Treasurer for the Licensing Executives Society Silicon Valley Chapter and is a member of its Advisory Board.

Jeff is a past President of the Board of Directors for Bread and Roses. He has been an active coach in youth sports for over ten years, coaching basketball, baseball and soccer.

Nader Mousavi
Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP


Nader A. Mousavi is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Palo Alto office and is co-head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group and the Firm’s Cybersecurity Group. A leader in the field of technology and intellectual property transactions and strategy, Mr. Mousavi has been recognized as one of the “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 (2012-2015) and as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by Daily Journal (2012). He is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School (2015, 2016) where he teaches a course on Patent and Technology Licensing.

Mr. Mousavi focuses his practice on the intellectual property and technology aspects of high-stakes transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, spin-outs, joint ventures, collaborations, financings, licenses and settlements. He has extensive experience in the licensing and transfer of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, know-how, content, pharmaceuticals, data, software and other technology.

Prior to joining S&C, Mr. Mousavi was a partner at WilmerHale where he co-founded the firm’s Palo Alto office. Earlier in his career, he served as the general counsel to a telecommunications software (SaaS) company through its acquisition by a leading broadband equipment company.

Damon Matteo
CEO Fulcrum Strategy
Former Chair LES Silicon Valley Chapter


Mr. Matteo is CEO of Fulcrum Strategy™, providing strategic guidance and tactical execution to realize maximum commercial advantage from innovation and intellectual property assets: from invention through monetization.

His career spans over twenty years across all facets of the strategic creation, funding, management and commercialization of high-value innovations and IP assets – all in an international context. With an emphasis on creating commercial impact, he focuses on developing advantaged technologies that command profitable market positions, then fortifying that advantage through comprehensive intellectual property protection. Regularly employing vehicles such as new business creation (start-ups/spin-outs), M&A, licensing, assertion, venture/strategic funding, and novel business models, he also ensures optimal returns from these assets. To that end, he has successfully completed transactions representing organizations in the US, Europe, and Asia, ranging from Fortune 500® companies to start-ups, universities and national laboratories. Aside from their strategic benefits, a number of these transactions were valued at over US$100 million.

Mr. Matteo operates across industry and technology domains spanning: mobile computing & smart-phones, big data, social-networking, energy and clean-tech, web and e-commerce, computer and consumer electronics, networking and telecom.

Professional distinctions include being named one of the “Fifty Most Influential People in Intellectual Property” by both Intellectual Asset Magazine and Managing Intellectual Property Magazine.

Additional leadership roles include: two-term Chairman of the US Patent & Trademark Office’s Advisory Board; Board of the Stanford University Hoover Institution for Intellectual Property & Innovation; and the Board of the Tsinghua University IP Center.

A recognized thought leader, Mr. Matteo is an author, subject of frequent interviews, teaches at Stanford University and Tsinghua University (清华大学) in Beijing as well as serving as an expert for the U.S. Congress, Department Of Commerce, at trial and for corporations world-wide.

Ron Laurie
Managing Director, Inflexion Point Strategy
LES Silicon Valley Chapter Vice-Chair


Ron Laurie has worked in Silicon Valley since before it had that name, initially as a missile systems engineer at Lockheed-Sunnyvale and then as an IP attorney, a patent strategist, and an M&A lawyer. He is Managing Director at Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC, the first IP investment bank, which he founded in 2004. With offices in Palo Alto, Taiwan and Singapore, Inflexion Point works with technology companies and institutional investors around the world in acquiring, divesting and investing in IP-rich companies, businesses units and technologies, as well as IP assets in the form of patent portfolios, exclusive field-of-use rights and related know-how. Inflexion Point’s mission is to extract the unrealized value of strategic IP by increasing corporate valuation in M&A transactions, by building a defensive shield against litigious competitors and by generating additional top-line revenue via creative exclusive field-of-use licensing programs.

Ron is also a director at Wi-LAN, Inc., one of the oldest and most successful publicly-traded patent licensing companies. He has been named as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine and is on the advisory boards of the Certified Patent Valuation Analyst accreditation program and IP Management and Valuation magazine.

As a lawyer, Ron was a founding partner of Skadden Arps’ Silicon Valley office, where he chaired the firm’s IP Strategy and Transactions practice group for six years and led IP diligence teams in some of the largest high-tech and life sciences M&A, joint venture and technology spin-out deals ever done, worth over $50 billion in aggregate. He was also a founding partner of the Silicon Valley offices of Weil, Gotshal and Irell & Manella. He is a registered patent attorney and has taught IP strategy courses at both Stanford and Boalt law schools.

Mark Holmes
Founder & CEO, PatentBridge
Former Co-Chair LES Silicon Valley Chapter


With over a billion dollars in patent deals under his belt, Mark Holmes is the founder and CEO of PatentBridge LLC, a privately held technology development firm in Silicon Valley that specializes in bringing to market select patented technologies covering extraordinary software and Internet-related breakthroughs. PatentBridge has sold a single patent for more than $4,000,000.

Mr. Holmes is also the CEO and Co-Founder of RavenWhite Security, Inc. which was selected as one of the top 10 security startups worldwide at the RSA Conference.

He was the co-founder of a successful telecommunications startup which was sold in the late 1990s to a portfolio company of the Alabama state retirement fund (Retirement Systems of Alabama).

Mr. Holmes has advised such technology savvy entities as Visa, Sony, Applied Materials, University of California at Berkeley as well as many startups and was named to the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists. He served as co-chair of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) from 2006 to 2011.

He is a registered patent attorney, holds an engineering degree from Brown, is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and wrote the book PATENT LICENSING: STRATEGY, NEGOTIATION & FORMS.

He co-chairs the Advanced Patent Licensing program of the Practising Law Institute (PLI) and speaks on software and technology licensing in the PLI Advanced Licensing program in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, Patent Licensing Today 2014: Marketing Money Without Getting Sued, Intellectual Property Law Institute, and Patent Law Institute.

He lectures nationally on the pressing issues facing patent owners in the commercialization of their intellectual property. In the past few years, he has spoken nationally over 50 times on the commercialization of intellectual property for such bodies as Renaissance Weekend, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Patent Law Institute, Washington State Patent Law Association, Oregon Patent Law Association, Hawaii State Bar Association, Practising Law Institute and other organizations.

Joe Beyers
Chairman & CEO, Inventergy


Inventergy is the fourth IP-centric startup for Joe, after a 34 year career leading IP licensing for Hewlett-Packard. While at HP, he increased the IP income for the company by 20x in just six years. In addition to driving the IP strategy for HP, he reviewed and approved every IP transaction, including patent licensing, technology licensing, brand licensing, standards based licensing and patent sales & acquisitions.

A corporate veteran with an inventor’s soul, Joe developed operating systems, was the lead inventor of the world’s first single chip 32bit microprocessor and led M&A, technology partnership, and corporate strategy programs for HP. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois. Joe has been featured twice on the cover of IAM Magazine, most recently along with Steve Jobs and 22 others as the “Top people who helped transform the IP industry in the last decade”.

Frank Bernstein
Partner, Singularity LLP
Former LES Silicon Valley Chapter Chair


Mr. Bernstein has a rare combination of extensive US Patent and Trademark Office experience, in both pre-grant and post-grant patent matters, and substantial US Federal district court experience in all phases of courtroom proceedings in patent infringement litigation, from pre-filing investigations, through claim construction (Markman) hearings, trial and appeal. He has represented Apple, Sony, IBM, Yahoo!, Cadence Design Systems, j2 Cloud Services, Renesas, Xyratex, Marvell Semiconductor, Neato Robotics, NEC, Koito, and CNH Global, among others. His experience spans a wide range of high technology areas, including computers, software, electronics, semiconductors, wireless, and e-commerce, as well as numerous areas of mechanical engineering.

Mr. Bernstein has served as the California managing partner of two national intellectual property firms: Sughrue Mion PLLC and Kenyon & Kenyon LLP. He opened Sughrue’s Silicon Valley office. Mr. Bernstein has been recognized in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the IAM 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners for California. He also was named a 2013 and 2014 Managing Intellectual Property “IP Star”.

Mr. Bernstein is a frequent panelist and speaker, both locally and nationally, covering topics such as recent patent precedent and legislation, open source software, and patent portfolio development and management. He is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and holds a JD and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Julie Alsing
LES Silicon Valley Chapter


For over 25 years, Julie Alsing has run the business functions for various small companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. These businesses represent various industries such as education, advertising, electronic security, insurance, real estate, investments, manufacturing, construction, distribution, medical and dental.

Over the last 15 years, Julie has been an integral part of the Larry Udell team, devoted to stimulating entrepreneurial ventures, growth, teaching and research. In addition to working with individuals and small businesses, Larry and Julie have developed a variety of programs and workshops offered to the public. Some examples are the Inventor’s & Entrepreneur’s Workshops; the National Innovation Workshop in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy; the Partnerships for Profit Conference focusing on technology transfer with the national laboratories; and Technomania, an exhibit of new technologies displayed at the California State Expo.

Currently, Julie uses her diverse background to focus on research to aid in the development and licensing of new products. Many projects have involved identifying and analyzing potential markets and funding opportunities; searching patent, trademark, and copyright documents; and developing partnership and licensing relationships. Clients include inventors of medical devices and small consumer products.

Michael Zachary
Partner, Andrews Kurth Kenyon

Zachary photo 2017

Michael Zachary focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and enforcement, and regularly represents clients in patent infringement, trade secret, trademark and other intellectual property litigation cases. He also counsels clients on a variety of technology and intellectual property agreements, including design and development, manufacturing and supply, product evaluation, and patent and trademark license agreements. He has represented large, mid-size, and start-up companies based in the United States, Japan and Europe, including Volkswagen, Skype, Amazon, Wacom, PRISM Pharma and Boston Scientific. In 2014, he was recognized as a California “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property.