Hon. Sharon Barner
, United States Patent and Trademark Office; Foley & Lardner LLP
Robert Barr, Executive Director of BCLT
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP
James Bessen, Boston University School of Law
Will Chuang, RPX Corporation
Mark Cohen, Microsoft Corporation
Diana Fu, Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP
Ron Laurie, Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC
Yabo Lin, Sidley Austin LLP
Katherine Linton, United States International Trade Commission
Robert P. Merges, Berkeley Law & BCLT
Paik Saber, IBM Corporation
Mark D. Selwyn, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP
David Simon, Intel Corporation
Richard Suttmeier, University of Oregon (Emeritus)
Vivek Wadhwa, Senior Research Associate, Harvard Law School and Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley
Xiang Wang, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Karen Wong, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Elaine Wu, USPTO Office of Policy and External Affairs
Janet Xiao, Morrison & Foerster LLP & President-elect, Chinese American Biotechnology Society

Hon. Sharon Barner, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office (2009-2011); Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Robert Barr is the executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Formerly, he was vice president for intellectual property and worldwide patent counsel for Cisco Systems in San Jose, California, where he was responsible for all patent prosecution, licensing and litigation. Barr has taught at University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and at Hastings College of the Law, where he was an adjunct professor of patent law from 1994 to 1999. A frequent speaker on patent reform, Barr has testified twice at the Federal Trade Commission hearings on Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy. He was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 25 intellectual property lawyers in California in 2003, and as one of the top 10 in-house intellectual property lawyers in 2004.

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky is WilmerHale’s Senior International Partner. She joined the firm after serving as the US Trade Representative—the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States—from 1997 to 2001, and acting and deputy USTR from 1993 to 1996. As the USTR and a member of the President’s Cabinet, she was responsible for the negotiation of hundreds of complex market access, regulatory and investment agreements with virtually every major country in the world. She is best known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China’s historic WTO Agreement, as well as global agreements in financial services, telecommunications, intellectual property rights, high-technology products and cyberspace. She is recognized as a central figure for international business and international economic and trade issues. Her 25-year legal career in the field has encompassed international litigation, commercial negotiations, investment and regulatory advice, and dispute resolution, and she has written and lectured extensively both here and abroad.

James Bessen is a scholar on the economics of innovation and patents who has also been a successful innovator and CEO of a software company. In 1983, Bessen developed the first commercially successful “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” PC publishing program, founding a company that delivered PC-based publishing systems to high-end commercial publishers. Currently, Mr. Bessen is Lecturer in Law at the Boston University School of Law and Fellow at the Berkman Center on Internet and Society at Harvard. His work on patents has influenced policymakers in the US, Europe and Australia. He is the author (along with Michael J. Meurer) of Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk (Princeton 2008). Mr. Bessen is currently part of an international project evaluating Chinese patents.

Robert Burns, focuses on patent litigation in the U.S. district courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has managed large, complex litigations before the Eastern District of Virginia, the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of California, and the District of Delaware. Mr. Burns has jury trial experience as a first-chair and a second-chair litigator. With experience in over 60 district court litigations, Mr. Burns has developed a proficiency in handling major patent litigations in terms of strategy, discovery, oral argument, and trial management. He has also successfully enforced intellectual property rights in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Germany.
Mark Cohen, Microsoft Corporation
Mark Flanagan, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP
Diana Fu, Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP
Yabo Lin, Sidley Austin LLP
Katherine Linton, United States International Trade Commission
Paik Saber, Paik Saber is Assistant General Counsel, IBM Asia Pacific.  In this role, he is responsible for the IP Law operation throughout the entire region including transactions, licensing, patents, as well as discussing IP policy issues with government agencies. Prior to his current role, he was the Senior Counsel for IBM Systems and Technology Group where he had IP responsibility for a number of IBM’s business units including Storage Systems Division, Printer Division, Linux Technology Center, and Tivoli. He received his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from University of Minnesota and Oregon State University, respectively, and is a member of California Bar, Oregon Bar, and United States Patent and Trademark Office Bar. Paik returned to U.S. in February of 2011 after working in Tokyo for 3.5 years. He continues to manage the Asia Pacific operation from IBM Research Center in San Jose, California.  
Mark D. Selwyn, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP. Mark Selwyn is the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Palo Alto office, a partner in the Litigation/Controversy Department and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1994.
David Simon, currently the Associate General Counsel for IP Policy of Intel Corporation and has been involved over the last fourteen years in running the Intellectual Property matters for Intel Corporation.  Prior to joining Intel in 1997, David was in private practice in Los Angeles for fifteen years, specializing in intellectual property matters, licensing and high technology law.  He has been a featured speaker in a number of intellectual property seminars including seminars at Stanford, Berkeley and University of Texas law schools and in China, Germany, Japan and Korea.  Mr. Simon holds a BSEE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a JD from Georgetown University.  Mr. Simon has testified before both the House and Senate IP subcommittees on the need for patent reform and has been an active participant in the industry and bar groups negotiations to arrive at a compromise bill.  He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the Coalition for Patent Fairness and is also a member of the IP Advisory Board for George Washington University Law School.    
Richard Suttmeier, is a Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, at the University of Oregon. He has written widely on science and technology development issues in China. His current research includes a study of China’s intellectual property strategy and an examination of the changing nature of China’s innovation system. His interests in the role of science and technology in China-US relations, the role of technical standards in China’s technology policy, and Chinese approaches to the management of technological risks have led to the following recent publications: “From Cold War Science Diplomacy to Partnering in a Networked World: 30 Years of Sino-US Relations in Science and Technology”, Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2010;  “‘The Sixth Modernization?’ China, Safety, and the Management of Risks.” Asia Policy 6 (June, 2008); “State, Self-Organization, and Identity in the Building of Sin-US Cooperation in Science and Technology.” Asian Perspective 32, 1, 2008; and Standards, Stakeholders, and Innovation: China’s Evolving Role in the Global Knowledge Economy. (with Scott Kennedy and Jun Su).  National Bureau of Asian Research. September, 2008. These and other recent papers are available at
Vivek Wadhwa, is a senior research associate with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, an executive in residence/adjunct professor at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and a visiting scholar at the School of Information at University of California at Berkeley. He helps students prepare for the real world, lectures in class and leads groundbreaking research projects. He is also an advisor to several start-up companies, a columnist for, a contributor to the popular tech blog, TechCrunch, and writes occasionally for several international publications. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa was a technology entrepreneur, who founded two software companies.         
Xiang Wang, Dr. Xiang Wang is the lead partner for Orrick’s China-focused intellectual property practice; he spends his time between three offices: Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Beijing, where he is the administrative partner-in-charge. Dr. Wang assists local and foreign-based multinational companies with all aspects of their intellectual property rights in China, Hong Kong and the United States. Dr. Wang has extensive experience representing both foreign and Chinese companies protecting their R&D and IP in global markets, including IP-related litigation in the United States and China. Dr. Wang has developed the region’s premier IP practice based on his reputation as one of the only IP lawyers who has a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering, a Chinese Certificate of Laws and admission to practice law in New York, Indiana and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Dr. Wang also has received four U.S. medical-technology patents in his name.  
Karen Wong, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Elaine Wu, USPTO Office of Policy and External Affairs
Janet Xiao, Morrison & Foerster LLP & President-elect, Chinese American Biopharmaceutical Society

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