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

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

With over a billion dollars in patent deals under his belt, Mark is the founder and CEO of PatentBridge LLC, a privately held technology development firm specializing in bringing to market select patented technologies covering extraordinary software and Internet-related breakthroughs. He is also the CEO and Co-Founder of RavenWhite Cybersecurity, Inc., selected as one of the top 10 cybersecurity startups worldwide at the RSA Conference. He was a Founder and Executive of Business Development for the DeCaf Co. which for over 20 years attempted to create the world’s first consumer instant decaffeination product. He was also the co-founder of a successful telecommunications startup which sold to a portfolio company of a large state employee pension fund. Mark is an angel investor both as Managing Director of Sand Hill Private Investments and as a Band of Angels member. He has advised such technology savvy entities as Sony, Visa, Applied Materials, University of California at Berkeley and many startups. He lectures nationally on pressing issues facing tech startup. In the past few years, he has spoken nationally over 50 times for Renaissance Weekend, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Washington State Patent Law Association, Oregon Patent Law Association, Licensing Executive Society (LES), PLI and other organizations. He holds an engineering degree from Brown, is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Software Society and wrote the book PATENT LICENSING AND SELLING: STRATEGY, NEGOTIATION & FORMS. He earned his law degree from Tulane Law School.

Chitra Kalyanaraman
Senior Patent Counsel
Johnson & Johnson

Chitra Kalyanaraman, Senior Patent Counsel, Johnson & Johnson LinkedIn

Chitra Kalyanaraman is Senior Patent Counsel in Johnson & Johnson’s Digital Health Technology group, providing intellectual property counseling and deal support for high-tech computing projects across J&J’s various healthcare sectors. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Chitra spent 12 years in private practice in San Francisco and Washington DC, working with a variety of technologies, including artificial intelligence, autonomous aviation, computer vision, image processing, medical devices, and the Internet of Things. She has a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

   Efrat Kasznik
   President
   Foresight Valuation Group
   LES-SVC Chair, LES Board Member

Efrat Kasznik, President, Foresight Valuation Group LinkedIn

Efrat is an IP valuation and strategy expert with more than 25 years of consulting experience assisting clients with the valuation, strategic management and monetization of their intellectual property and technologies. She is president of Foresight Valuation Group LLC – a Silicon Valley-based IP valuation and litigation consulting firm – as well as a start-up advisory firm. Efrat is also an appointed lecturer on IP management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), as well as a lecturer in accounting at Stanford Law School. She also lectures on IP issues at the GSB’s various local and international executive education programs. Efrat specializes in analyzing IP and technology portfolios for a range of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, technology commercialization and business liquidations. She frequently testifies as an expert witness in legal cases involving damages or valuations of intellectual property and start-ups, as well as in high net worth divorce cases involving the valuation of intangible assets and technology startups. Efrat has been listed on the IAM 300 list of World Leading IP Strategists every year since 2013. She is actively involved in leadership roles with LES USA-Canada, where she currently serves as a board member, in addition to serving as Chair of the LES Silicon Valley chapter.

Michael Pierantozzi
Principal/Owner
Andiamo Associates, LLC

Michael Pierantozzi, Principal/Owner, Andiamo Associates, LLC LinkedIn

Based in Silicon Valley, Michael is a technology and intellectual property (Tech/IP) entrepreneur, strategist and transaction expert. Andiamo Associates is a management consulting firm that specializes in Tech/IP business catalyzing and monetizing matters. Previously, Michael was responsible for strategic business development, including sales, acquisitions, and licensing for the IP Licensing group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Previously, Michael held executive leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) including HPE, Intellectual Ventures (IV), IPotential, and an IP transaction data services startup that he co-founded. Since 2009, Michael has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine in their IAM 300 rankings as one of the “World’s Leading Intellectual Property Strategists”. He is a frequent speaker at Tech/IP industry events in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has delivered IP management seminars at Stanford University.

   Samir Raiyani
   CEO
   Dolcera

Samir Raiyani, CEO, Dolcera LinkedIn

As the Chief Executive Officer of Dolcera. Samir brings more than a decade of leadership in high-tech and knowledge service innovation. Prior to Dolcera, Samir was Director at SAP Research in Palo Alto, California. At SAP, he helped launch several new initiatives in the areas of metro wireless networks (WiFi-mesh/WiMax), RFID, sensor networking and mobile multimodality. He was instrumental in setting up partnerships with Intel, Motorola and several other companies. Samir was co-founder of MediSpark (iScribe), a mobile healthcare start-up that is now part of Caremark Inc. He designed and led the software development and architecture at iScribe. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication from Gujarat University.

Jeff Redman
Founder
Redman Disputes & Investigations 
LES-SVC Treasurer

Jeff Redman, Redman Disputes & Investigations Group LinkedIn

Jeff has forty years of experience in forensic accounting, royalty compliance analysis 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, insurance claims, construction claims, partnership disputes, 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 teaches forensic accounting and damages classes to PhD and Master’s degree accounting students at several major universities. Jeff also teaches MCLE approved courses on Royalty Compliance Analyses and Introduction to Accounting and Commercial Damages through the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the State Bar of California, LES, the Marin County Bar Association, and the Bar Association of San Francisco. For many years, Jeff has served as Treasurer for the Licensing Executives Society Silicon Valley Chapter and is a member of its Advisory Board. For over ten years, Jeff served on the Board of Directors for Bread and Roses as the Treasurer and then the Chair.

Darius Sankey
General Partner and Managing Director
Innovation Acceleration Capital
LES-SVC Vice Chair

N. Darius Sankey, General Partner and Managing Director, Innovation Acceleration Capital LinkedIn

Darius is a seasoned executive in the venture capital and technology. He is currently a Managing and founding member of Innovation Acceleration Capital (IAC). IAC’s mission is to fuel open innovation by connecting the right people at the right times to solve challenging problems while rewarding both commercialization and the soup to nuts innovation behind it. Prior to IAC he served as the Co-President of Ocean Tomo China, an Ocean Tomo division operating in China in partnership with Sinofaith IP from February 2018 to December of 2019. He also served as the Chairmen and Director of 3Discovered, Inc. Darius has served as a Managing Director at Sway Ventures, and Ocean Tomo, leading their Innovation Management Practice. Before his work with Ocean Tomo, Darius served as a Senior Director of Portfolio Management at Intellectual Ventures, a Managing Director at DFJ – Zone Ventures, and has served as a board member for several companies including Unium, 3Discovered, Siimpel Corporation and Neven Vision (acquired by Google). Darius is also a member of the Finance Advisory Committee for SPIE (the International Society for Optics and Photonics), the advisory board and investment committee for Luminate, the largest optics and photonicsaccelerator within the Rochester based NextCorp incubator. Finally, Darius is also a board member for LES (Licensing Executive Societies Silicon Value Chapter. He has worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc. and held strategic planning, consulting, and R&D positions at RAND and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Darius holds a Ph.D. in Optical Engineering from the Institute of Optics (1993), University of Rochester and B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT (1988). He is also has served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at the Rady School of Business at the University of California, at San Diego (UCSD) since 2008.

Nitin J. Shah
Principal Innovator
MITRE Engenuity
LES-SVC Vice Chair


Nitin J. Shah, Principal Innovator, MITRE Engenuity LinkedIn

Nitin is an inventor, innovator and strategist, with experience in technology development, corporate and product strategy, marketing, and business development. Currently Nitin is Principal Innovator at MITRE Engenuity, a not-for-profit tech foundation for the public good, based in Silicon Valley. He was the architect of a proposal for the National Semiconductor Technology Center, in support of the CHIPS Act and the resurgence of the U.S. semiconductor industry, working with corporations, start-ups, academia and financial institutions. He was also the lead for a proposal to the DoD Microelectronics Commons for 6G mobile communications. Nitin orchestrated a successful technology and business proposal to NASA’s Tipping Point program for an award to Nokia for deployment of the first ever 4G/LTE network on the lunar surface. Nitin was in Nokia’s Tech Ventures initiative, to commercialize IP and technology from Bell Labs via partners and incubators. Nitin’s career spans AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Nokia Bell Labs, several start-ups, and providing consulting and decision services for clients such as DoCoMo, Ericsson and Intel. He has expertise in mobile networking, digital media, consumer privacy and semiconductors. He has been an enthusiastic mentor and strategic advisor to founders and start-ups in the areas of cybersecurity and identity management, mobility AI/analytics for infrastructure and urban planning, datacenter cooling, design studio for complex r.f. and filter solutions, and next gen wireless infrastructure platforms. Nitin has a BA and MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Microelectronics from the University of Cambridge in England. Fun fact: Nitin is the sole inventor on a family of patents for “Airplane Mode.”

Soody Tronson
Founding Managing Counsel at STLG and CEO at Presque
Former LES Silicon Valley Chapter Chair 

Soody Tronson, Founding Managing Counsel at STLG and CEO at Presque, Former LES Silicon Valley Chapter Chair LinkedIn

Soody is a counsel, serial entrepreneur, inventor, and trusted advisor with over 25 years of interdisciplinary operational experience in innovation, technology, management, law, and advocacy in start-ups, Fortune 100 companies, and non-profits. Soody counsels domestic and international clients in intellectual property and technology transactions in various sectors, including hardware, software, medical devices, and alternative energy. Soody lectures on IP, licensing, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship domestically and internationally. She serves in a board, advisory, and leadership capacities with multiple organizations. She is the co-author of the book “Women Securing the Future with TIPPSS for IoT: Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security for the Internet of Things” and an inventor of several patents and applications. Soody is the CEO of Presque, a wearable health-tech platform in the maternity space. One of her most fun ventures has been as co-founder of HighNote Coffee.

Larry Udell
LES Silicon Valley Chapter Founder
LES-SVC Past Chair
LES-SVC Chair Emeritus

Larry Udell, LES Silicon Valley Chair Emeritus & Founder, LES-SVC Past Chair LinkedIn

Larry joined LES in 1982 and founded the Silicon Valley chapter in 2000. He has a long history of innovation with over 60 years of new venture start-ups. He began by creating the California Invention Center in 1986 with a $100,000 federal grant from the DOC, DOE, and the USPTO. The Center is the only inventor educational organization federally funded. As a consultant to many Fortune 100 companies, he has mentored inventors creating over 40 new ventures and is always on the look-out for new inventors. He serves as a Board Member and/or officer of several corporations, and a founding member of Jump Sport, Eye-Com Corporation, and C4Cube. He currently serves as Executive Director for: The California Invention Center; The Center for New Venture Alliance, founded in 1990 as part of California State University; and The Intellectual Property International, Ltd. – founded in 1998 with 50 colleagues world-wide. Larry’s teaching career began in 1984 at Cal State University Hayward where he served as a Professor of New Ventures. He teaches accredited courses in New Ventures & Entrepreneurship at leading universities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has lectured throughout the U.S. for the USPTO, clients, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He serves as an adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship at New Mexico Tech. Larry is now writing his autobiography entitled “55 Years Without a Boss (Except My Wife).” Many world-famous inventors who he mentored will be in the book.

Joseph Yang
Tech & IP Transactions Partner
PatentEsque Law Group. LLP

Joseph Yang, Tech & IP Transactions Partner, PatentEsque Law Group LLP LinkedIn

Joe is a partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP, specializing in tech/patent transactions & strategic partnerships. He has led hundreds of deals worth tens of billions of dollars for IT, electronics, entertainment, consumer, healthcare, automotive, manufacturing & energy clients. Joe is especially active in SEP patent licensing, cross-industry deals & U.S./Japan deals. He is also an expert witness in high stakes litigations involving patents, licensing, and strategic alliances. Joe is a long-time Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, and chair of 3 nationwide licensing conferences at PLI. He has developed landmark corporate patent portfolios, worked on 100+ M&A deals, overseen complex patent litigation, and served as an arbitrator. Joe was formerly General Counsel of Cryptography Research and handled its IP licensing (10+ billion devices/year) and eventual M&A ($400M+). He also co-founded and later led the IP Strategy & Transactions practice in the Silicon Valley office of Skadden, Arps. Joe is profiled by SuperLawyers, and in various Intellectual Asset Management experts’ guides (IP Strategy, Patent Professionals, and Global Leaders). He has also authored book chapters, and been cited by courts & law reviews. In his early career, Joe was a research engineer in the aerospace and energy industries.


    MIchael Zachary

     Partner

     Bunsow De Mory LLP

Michael Zachary, Partner, Bunsow De Mory LLP LinkedIn

As a partner at Bunsow De Mory, Michael focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and licensing, and regularly represents clients in patent infringement, trade secret, trademark and other intellectual property litigation cases. He 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, Bradium, Skype, Amazon, Wacom, PRISM Pharma and Boston Scientific. In 2016 and 2017, he was recognized as a California “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property. He is also a cellist who performs with two local orchestras and with area chamber groups.


Silicon Valley Chapter Committees
Participate in your organization – The SV Chapter Board has established several active committees to further strengthen our chapter’s mission and goals. Your continued involvement is encouraged through your participation, not only attending programs and events, but perhaps on one of the SV Chapter’s committees. Click here to complete the form to indicate your interest in participating on one of the LES-SVC committees in 2023, or contact Casey, casey@les-svc.org.

Current Committees:
Chapter Sponsors - Help to develop and implement annual chapter sponsorship campaign with Board guidance and consent;  engage, along with all board members in the development process including sponsor benefits, maintaining prospective sponsor lists, tracking commitments and reporting results while maintaining relationships with existing chapter annual sponsors throughout the year.

Education - Enrich and interact with local communities through pro bono programs providing educational content and advice to our community at large, including collaborating and curating programs with the USPTO and regional bar associations; transforming knowledge into impact, drive innovation and change in our community.  This educational aim is separate from our monthly programs.

Marketing/Communications/Outreach - Help to identify and develop messaging to potential markets and promotion of chapter programs; work with the Program Committee to ensure programs attract attendance from corporate audiences and sector-specific audiences; represent LES-SVC to other IP community organizations to enhance the organization's image; develop outreach strategies to provide program value to desired growth markets; represent the LES-SVC to other IP community organizations.

Program - Develop and oversee program strategy, new program development, impact, outcomes, subjects to attract identified specific as well as wider audiences; help to engage speakers that will be a draw to desired audiences through at least nine to ten programs annually.

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