6th Annual Conference. June 04, 2014. San Francisco

Intellectual Property Strategy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Cloud

Session Details

Date: June 4th 2014
Time: 14:30
Location: Washington Room

Session Abstract

The role of intellectual property (IP) as a strategic business asset has been punctuated by the recent multi-billion dollar deals and acquisitions involving patent portfolios, as well as the fierce Mobile market patent wars raging in courts around the world. Is Cloud becoming the next Mobile market? Is the Cloud industry headed for collaboration, as indicated by some recent initiatives, or is it just a matter of time before it becomes the next frontier of global patent litigation?

This session will explore the characteristics of the patent landscape in the Cloud ecosystem, who the key IP holders are, what are the patenting and litigation trends, and how to implement a successful IP strategy in this environment. This interactive workshop will provide a set of tools and best practices for managing IP portfolios as strategic business assets in the emerging Cloud market, across the lifecycle of a company, with a special emphasis on IP strategy for new players entering a field dominated by large IP holders.


Efrat Kasznik, President & Founder, Foresight Valuation Group LLC
Efrat Kasznik is an intellectual property (IP) and valuation expert, with over 20 years of consulting experience, focusing on assisting clients with the management, commercialization and monetization of their IP and technologies. She is a Lecturer on IP Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). Efrat is the founder and president of Foresight Valuation Group, a Silicon-Valley based intellectual property, valuation and start-up advisory firm. She is a frequent speaker and author on IP valuation and strategy topics. She is listed on the IAM 300 list of leading IP strategists for 2013. Efrat is Chair of the Content, Communications, and Cloud (3CX) Committee of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), as well as a member of the leadership committee of the LES High Tech Sector. Throughout her career, Efrat also served as a co-founder and held several positions with Silicon Valley startups, including serving as Chief Financial Officer at a telecom start-up. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors of several startups in the US and Europe. She is a mentor at the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Stanford GSB and is a member of the screening committee of the Astia Angel Fund. Efrat holds an MBA from UC Berkeley.

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