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April 25 MEETING POSTPONED: “From Problem to Profit: AI-Driven Innovation and Licensing”

  • 25 Apr 2024
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • KPMG

The April 25, 2024 meeting has been postponed.
Watch for the new date!

Valuable insights into the emerging
AI-enabled world 
of invention and licensing!

April LES Silicon Valley Chapter In-Person Event
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“From Problem to Profit:
Innovation and Licensing”

Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into the emerging AI-enabled world of invention and licensing across the lifecycle. Explore Hyundai’s New Horizon Studio, deep tech from startup Owl AI, Iprova's invention capability, leverage IP Author by Dolcera, and IP royalty compliance from KPMG. Discover how to transform problems into profit. Join us for an engaging and informative event!

Thursday, April 25, 2024


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Networking, Registration, Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Program
0 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Networking

Location: KPMG
3975 Freedom Circle, Mission Tower 1, Santa Clara, CA

Thank you to our meeting sponsor:

Learn how AI is helping to accelerate innovation and commercialization by re-shaping problem-solving, invention, and licensing, impacting research, development, manufacturing, and supply chain ecosystems.

Join us for an insightful event hosted by the Licensing Executive Society, Silicon Valley Chapter (LES-SVC), featuring seasoned industry experts, including representatives from Hyundai New Horizon Studio, Owl Autonomous Imaging, Iprova, Dolcera, and KPMG. Together, they will guide you through the journey from identifying problems areas (or opportunities to innovate) and novel solutions to turning them into profitable licensing opportunities. This event is perfect for professionals in the technology and intellectual property licensing field, as well as inventors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders seeking innovative 

PANEL:  (Meet the Panel below)John Suh, Vice President, Hyundai Motor Company and Founding Director, New Horizons Studio
Joel Rosenberg, Managing Director, Iprova - North America
Samir Raiyani, CEO, Dolcera
Chuck Gershman, President and CEO, Co-Founder at Owl Autonomous Imaging
Braden Weatherhead, Managing Director, KPMG IP Compliance
Michael Pierantozzi, Moderator and Board Member, LES-SVC (IAM Strategy 300)


1.       Identifying Problems / Opportunities: Learn effective strategies for identifying problem areas (or opportunities to innovate) within your industry or business.

2.       Discussing the Innovator’s Dilemma: Explore how innovation and creativity, with a special focus on Iprova's invention capability and Dolcera’s IP Author, play a crucial role in problem-solving and licensing.

3.       Success Stories: Hear real-life success stories from businesses that have turned problems into profitable licensing ventures, including:

a.     Hyundai’s New Horizon Studio: Pushing the extreme limits of vehicle development, building vehicles to traverse off-road terrains with unprecedented mobility, through a combination of robotics and wheeled locomotion technology.

b.     Owl Autonomous Imaging (Owl AI): For Automotive OEMs and their Tier 1 suppliers, Owl AI designs, develops and sells intelligent 3D imaging for autonomous vehicles.

c.     Iprova's Invention Studio: Discover how Iprova's cutting-edge invention capability has empowered businesses to create novel solutions, SEPs and drive high value licensing opportunities.

d.     KPMG IP Contract Compliance: Discover how KPMG helps IP owners manage royalty contracts over the lifecycle, including the recovery of royalty revenues lost due to inaccurate and incomplete self-reporting by licensees.

e.     Dolcera’s IP Author: Gain insights into how Dolcera's IP Author enhances intellectual property management and strategy, providing valuable tools for maximizing licensing potential.

4.       Networking Session: Connect with fellow professionals, speakers, and potential collaborators during the networking session.

When you leave the program, you will know more about:

  1. What is the role of AI technology and Tech / IP licensing models in re-shaping innovation ecosystems, e.g., automotive?
  2. How do inventors and licensing executives use AI to solve problems, support decision-making, and accelerate deals to profitability?
  3. How can corporate venture and innovation partners collaborate to accelerate innovation in R&D, manufacturing, and supply chain ecosystems? 

Who Should Attend: Licensing Professionals, Intellectual Property Managers, FFRDC Managers, Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Business Development Executives, Investors, and Legal Professionals

CLE: 1.5 hours California CLE available.

John Suh, Vice President, Hyundai Motor Company and Founding Director, New Horizons Studio    LinkedIn
John has over 30 years of experience in automotive and emerging technology. John Suh is currently vice president and founder of Hyundai New Horizons Studio (“NHS”). NHS leading a team focused on in creating new vehicle platforms augmented by robotic technology. NHS seeks to advance Hyundai Motor Group’s vision of Progress for Humanity by developing solutions that allow anyone to travel safely anywhere.  NHS’ current focus is the development of ultimate mobility vehicles (UMV), which can travel over terrains challenging for conventional ground vehicles. UMVs can serve a broad range of applications including, but not limited to public safety, natural resource management, military applications, surveying, and space resource development.  John has held several leadership roles at Hyundai Motor Group. In 2011, he served as the founding director of Hyundai Ventures, which was HMG’s first corporate venture capital office outside of Korea. In 2017, John created Hyundai CRADLE (Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences) and established the Silicon Valley office. CRADLE combined corporate venture capital operations with open innovation programs in multiple areas of technology impacting HMG’s automotive businesses. He has also worked at the Palo Alto Research Center (now part of SRI) and General Motors Company.  John is a member of the Board of Directors for the Montana Chamber of Commerce and a member of Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) Technology Council. John is also on the advisory council at Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) Art+Technology Lab. 

Joel Rosenberg, Managing Director, Iprova - North America  LinkedIn
Joel leads Iprova’s North America business development, where we use the inventive power of the world’s information to invent with unprecedented speed, disruption, and efficiency. As a 40-year Silicon Valley technology executive and entrepreneur, he is a business consultant, angel investor and mentor to start-up and growth stage companies. He has held senior IP licensing roles at ARM and Virage Logic (acquired by Synopsys) and several other leading Semiconductor companies. Joel founded IPbiz2biz in 2015 to help technology startups build and launch their companies and help foreign technology companies launch in the US.  He heads business development and strategy for VC Taskforce, an organization dedicated to promoting the interests of the Venture community. As an advisor to Silicon Catalyst, Joel works with semiconductor and other technology startups to build strategic partnerships and identify licensing opportunities.  Joel’s portfolio companies include AI, semiconductor, and other technology licensing enterprises.

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.

Chuck Gershman, President and CEO, Co-Founder at Owl Autonomous Imaging  LinkedIn
Chuck brings over 30 years of technology and semiconductor industry experience in executive management, marketing, engineering, business development, sales, consulting, and executive advising. Including Owl Autonomous Imaging, he has served as CEO/COO and a Board Director for three companies, he knows what it takes to lead a vision to reality having led successful exits with acquisitions by Intel and PMC Sierra.  Previously as President & CEO of Bay Microsystems (now Vcinity), Chuck guided the company through two high-tech recessions and from a pre-revenue start-up to a thriving profitable industry leader with over $100M in aggregate sales.  He is a Drexel University College of Engineering inductee into the Alumni Circle of Distinction, the highest honor bestowed upon alumni. He has been honored as a finalist for CMP publications (EE Times) prestigious ACE award as High Technology Executive of the Year and was previously named a Top 40 Healthcare Transformer by Medical Marketing & Media for his work on Clinical AI Decision Support for cancer patients. Chuck holds four US patents for his contributions to Microprocessor Architecture.

Braden Weatherhead, Managing Director, KPMG IP Compliance  LinkedIn
Braden is a Managing Director and KPMG’s commercial line of business leader for contract compliance. He has over sixteen years of experience in providing royalty audit services to multinational organizations in a variety of industries including High Technology, Semiconductors, Consumer Products, Diagnostics, and Pharmaceuticals.  Braden has deep experience in helping to establish and execute global contract compliance programs combining elements of data analytics, royalty monitoring, audit targeting and remediation. He has led the development of cloud-based data aggregation, monitoring and executive dashboard tool to help better identify licensee compliance issues which range from erroneous reporting, low royalty payment and fraud. He has significant experience successfully managing relationships between potentially contentious third parties in an audit environment. Braden is also well versed in performing advanced data analytics and has developed analytical tools to implement proactive monitoring solutions leveraging third party data.  All together, these programs have resulted in the identification of over $300 million in overpaid rebates & discounts while strengthening contract lifecycle management and strategy.  Braden is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the AICPA.

Michael Pierantozzi, Moderator and Board Member, LES-SVC (IAM Strategy 300)  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.

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