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Management of Technology: Formulating Data Informed Global IP Strategies

May 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$10 – $20

Venue: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP | 525 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

High-tech and Internet-based businesses around the world compete to create new (and often disruptive) technologies, products and services. Many of these innovations result from technology convergence—where previously unrelated technologies are combined into a new product or service. An example of technology convergence is the self-driving vehicle, which combines automobile technology with GPS tracking, machine learning, cloud and mapping technologies, computer vision and data analysis, among others. Through a long history of innovation and commitment to R&D and the securing of patented inventions, many Japanese companies are well-positioned to compete globally in this environment. For such organizations, the key challenge may be formulating a comprehensive IP strategy to maximize the value of their patents and other IP assets.

Please come hear our speakers explore the topics of technology convergence and IP monetization through case studies involving Digital Health, Self-Driving Vehicles and other products in the Internet of Things space. Don’t miss the chance to explore strategies for your organization to create value from its IP.


Ken D. Kumayama
Counsel, Intellectual Property and Technology; Cybersecurity and Privacy, Skadden

Ken Kumayama is a counsel in Skadden’s Intellectual Property and Technology group. He concentrates his practice on IP transactional matters and privacy. Mr. Kumayama is fluent in Japanese and worked for more than four years in Japan, both as an attorney at a Japanese law firm and for a Japanese company.

He represents clients in technology and commercial transactions relating to the ownership, protection and exploitation of intellectual property, including IP monetization strategies, development and license agreements, co-development agreements, pharmaceutical collaboration agreements, patent and other technology license agreements, trademark and copyright license agreements, and patent and other intellectual property asset sales and acquisitions. He also counsels clients in a broad range of industries on privacy-related matters.

Mitchell Rosenfeld
Director, Houlihan Lokey

Mr. Rosenfeld is a Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Tech+IP Advisory practice. He has over 25 years of patent experience representing clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to Silicon Valley startups, with an emphasis on litigation, portfolio evaluation, complex licensing and sales transactions, and development and implementation of patent licensing campaigns.

During his career, Mr. Rosenfeld has transacted in excess of $150 million in IP assets. He has been involved in every stage of the patent process, from initial invention to patent prosecution, to exercising patent rights through licensing, sale, and litigation. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Rosenfeld was a Managing Director at Black Stone IP, a boutique investment bank focused on valuing and trading Tech+IP assets, which was acquired by Houlihan Lokey in 2017.

Jiyoung Choi
Chief Operating Officer, VALUENEX Inc.​

Jiyoung Choi is a Chief Operating Officer at VALUENEX Inc., managing operations of VALUENEX Inc. in the US. VALUENEX is an AI and predictive analytics pioneer and industry leader in the world’s largest business-to-business enterprise software market, providing the most dynamically visualized and precise analytics software solutions, along with the highest-quality consulting expertise and technical support. Jiyoung has over 7 years of capital market experience through Morgan Stanley building portfolio optimization strategies for financial institutions and operating entities. During the recent financial crisis, she worked for Joint Venture project, performed financial and business analysis for senior managements of Morgan Stanley to negotiate with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, resulting in mutually beneficial outcomes for both parties. She is also passionate about creating a network for scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs so she co-founded STeLA (Science and Technology Leadership Association) Japan and organized the first STeLA Leadership Forum in 2007. Jiyoung is versed in Korean (native), Japanese (native), English (fluent) and Chinese (intermediate).​


David Makman
Attorney, Law Offices of David A. Makman 

He has experience in high stakes patent infringement litigations involving electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, software, and other technologies. He also has intellectual property consulting experience with copyright, trademark, and Internet law. Since 2007, he has expanded his practice and is handling commercial litigation and corporate governance issues. Mr. Makman is bilingual; he reads and speaks Japanese.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Makman worked for several years for Matrix Kabushiki Kaisha in Tokyo marketing U.S. software products to Japanese companies. In Japan, Mr. Makman represented companies marketing AI, CAD CASE and object oriented software.


  • 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Networking & Registration
  • 6:15 PM – 8:00 PM Presentation with audience Q&A
  • 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Networking & Reception

Light appetizers and drinks provided.
– No refunds after Wednesday, April 25.
Online registration closes at 12PM on May 2
– Walk-Ins not accepted.

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May 2, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$10 – $20


(415) 986-4383
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