Ron Laurie

Managing Director,
Inflexion Point Strategy


Ron Laurie has worked in Silicon Valley since before it had that name, initially as a missile systems engineer at Lockheed-Sunnyvale, and then as an intellectual property lawyer and patent strategist. In 2004 he launched Inflexion Point Strategy, the first IP investment bank. With offices in Silicon Valley, Taiwan and Singapore, Inflexion Point advises technology companies and institutional investors around the world in acquiring, divesting and investing in IP-rich companies, businesses units and technologies, and IP assets in the form of patent portfolios, exclusive field-of-use rights and related know-how. Inflexion Point's mission is to extract the unrealized value of strategic IP by increasing corporate valuation in M&A transactions, by building a defensive shield against litigious competitors and by generating top-line revenue via creative exclusive field-of-use licensing programs.

Ron is also a director at Wi-LAN, Inc., one of the oldest and most successful publicly-traded patent licensing companies. He has been named as one of the World's Leading IP Strategists by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine and is on the advisory boards of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, and the Certified Patent Valuation Analyst accreditation program.

Prior to launching Inflexion Point, Ron was a founding partner of Skadden Arps' Silicon Valley office, where he chaired the firm's IP Strategy and Transactions Practice Group for six years and led IP teams in some of the largest high-tech and life sciences M&A, spin-out and joint venture deals ever done, worth over $50 billion in the aggregate. He was also a founding partner of the Silicon Valley offices of Weil, Gotshal and Irell & Manella.

As a lawyer, Ron advised clients in the semiconductor, computer, software, communications, media and financial services industries on IP strategy -- a subject he has taught at both Stanford and Boalt (UC Berkeley) law schools.

Ron was an IP litigator for ten years, handling high-visibility patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark infringement cases in federal and state courts, including representation of Hewlett-Packard in its successful defense of the 'look and feel' copyright infringement suit filed by Apple Computer against HP and Microsoft over the Macintosh graphical user interface.

Ron is a registered patent attorney, and a substantial part of his prior law practice involved strategic planning, competitive analysis and commercial exploitation of patents on leading-edge software-based technologies such as encryption, biometrics and internet telephony. He wrote the Priceline reverse-auction patent, which was the first Internet business method patent to attract national attention.

Ron has been an advisor to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, the National Research Council, the National Academy of Science and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He is on the Executive Council of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the editorial board of The Journal of Internet Law and co-edited a two-volume treatise titled International Intellectual Property.

Suzanne Harrison


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Suzanne Harrison is a widely read author, patent futurist, and economist. She has devoted her career to IP realization and exploitation and works with Inflexion Point's corporate clients to help them realize the true value of their intellectual property. She counsels technology-driven companies at both transactional and strategic levels. Her specialties are quantifying legal risk, forecasting patent trends and helping companies place IP bets now to ensure access to innovation and markets in the future.Suzanne Harrison is a widely read author, patent futurist, and economist. She has devoted her career to IP realization and exploitation and works with Inflexion Point's corporate clients to help them realize the true value of their intellectual property. She counsels technology-driven companies at both transactional and strategic levels. Her specialties are quantifying legal risk, forecasting patent trends and helping companies place IP bets now to ensure access to innovation and markets in the future.

Suzanne's background at the intersection of economics and IP gives her a unique view of the inner workings of the public market for patents, as well as the ability to see patterns and predict ways in which markets will fluctuate and develop. Her valuation expertise is a critical component of Inflexion Point's patent brokerage and IP-driven M&A practices.

Suzanne is a Co-Founder and Principal of Percipience LLC, a board-level advisory group focused on IP strategy and management, quantifying and mitigating IP risk, and focused innovation.

Suzanne's past work includes her role as CEO of Gathering2.0, the first peer group for IP professionals focused on quantifying legal risk and standardizing patent transaction processes and capabilities. She was previously a director of LECG (Law and Economics Consulting Group), where she led its intellectual asset management consulting practice.

Since 1995, Suzanne has led a group called the ICM Gathering, an invitation-only group of twenty leading companies that meet regularly to define, create, benchmark and test best practices in IP management. Her books draw on her work with the Gathering, and feature success stories of companies leading the way in innovative IP management.

Suzanne's books include:
Edison in the Boardroom Revisited (John Wiley & Sons, 2011)
Einstein in the Boardroom (John Wiley & Sons, 2006)
Edison in the Boardroom, (John Wiley & Sons, 2001).

Jim O'Shaughnessy


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Jim O'Shaughnessy is a seasoned IP executive with thirty-five years of varied experience. He has channeled his professional activities into consultation and advisory services to a worldwide clientele interested in his intellectual property and innovation strategy services.

He is a founding principal of Percipience, LLC, a board-level business advisory firm specializing in corporate IP value capture and risk-reduction, patent valuation and focused innovation.

Previously, Jim was a senior partner in the international law firm of Foley & Lardner and an officer of Rockwell International, where he was responsible for the entire intellectual asset portfolio of that multinational corporation. Jim launched Rockwell's highly successful IP monetization program, out-licensing IP and technology from the company's many independent businesses and its corporate science center. He also led the litigation teams that defended Rockwell from claims of infringement and developed successful strategies for dealing with "trolls" that attacked the company.

Jim was a co-founder of Lake Street Holdings, LLC, which focused on valuing and brokering technology on behalf of clients striving to monetize their intellectual assets. He also founded Donges Bay Group, LLC, a consulting firm that advised large, multinational enterprises on intellectual property and innovation strategies. Jim has considerable experience as an expert witness in intellectual property- related litigation matters and is an accomplished witness on the stand. He also serves frequently as an arbitrator in complex intellectual property disputes, including service on international arbitration panels.

Eugene Shteyn


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Eugene Shteyn advises technology companies on implementing structured invention creation processes and innovation development strategies. Eugene has also designed and taught four different courses on model-based invention and innovation at Stanford University. He applies his ground-breaking methods across a broad range of technology domains and has facilitated corporate invention development programs that have resulted in the filing of hundreds of patent applications relating to nanotechnology, digital media, internet services, software architecture, security, high-performance networking, gaming and medical devices.

Eugene is a named inventor on 28 U.S. patents and more than 50 pending patent applications. He has guided and motivated high-impact interdisciplinary teams, and has established standards alliances among major global companies. Much of his work is embodied in current products and industry standards. He was a Director of Intellectual Property Licensing at Hewlett Packard and a Principal Scientist at Philips Research in Silicon Valley. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Laboratory for Nanostructured Energy Conversion Devices (LNECD) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering and computer science.

Stuart Soffer


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Stu Soffer has been involved as a testifying and consulting technical expert in over 120 IP cases since 1993. His primary focus is on the analysis of patent validity and infringement via the lingua franca of claim charts. Stu is the co-author of the Thesaurus of Claim Construction published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and 2012, the comprehensive guide to the analysis of patent claims, used by prosecutors, litigators and the courts. He also frequently consults on IP development, licensing and commercialization, including serving as a member of corporate patent review committees and advising startups on approaches to incorporating IP strategies into their business plan.

In 2009, Stu was recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the world's 250 leading IP strategists. Since 2006, he has been a Non-Resident Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. He has a degree in Computer Science and has served as VP of software development for a public company. He has hands-on experience in standards development, real-time process control, clinical information systems, library automation and networked information and retrieval systems.

Richard Wu Director,

Asia Operations,

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Richard Wu is based in Taipei, and manages Inflexion Point's operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Richard has more than twenty years of design engineering and management experience with both Taiwanese and foreign semiconductor, systems technology, and medical device companies.

Prior to joining Inflexion Point, Richard was Regional Sales Director for Chipworks, a leading technical and patent intelligence and analytics firm based in Ottawa, Canada.

Richard has expertise in patent validity and infringement analysis, product and process reverse engineering, market sizing, licensing negotiations and patent litigation support across a broad range of markets and technologies.

Daniel Collopy


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Dan Collopy is based in Singapore. He is also Special Counsel to the law firm of Spruson & Ferguson ( which provides intellectual property legal services across Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, and is an Adjunct Fellow and Instructor at the Singapore IP Academy.

Dan has extensive experience in designing, negotiating and executing complex corporate transactions in which IP plays a central role, including M&A, joint ventures, and IPOs. He has also prepared and/or prosecuted more than 300 patents in semiconductor technologies (including memory technologies and semiconductor processing), communication technologies, electric automobile engine control systems, avionics and other software / electronics / mechanical / design areas.

Dan's corporate IP experience includes more than a decade as an IP attorney with Motorola and several years as Associate General Counsel for Advanced Micro Devices. More recently, Dan served as an IP Consultant for Exploit Technologies, the technology commercialization arm of A*Star, (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), the Singapore government's lead R&D agency. Before succumbing to the allure of intellectual property law, Dan worked as a criminal prosecutor.

Over 200 years of collective experience in
Technology, High-Tech Business, and
Intellectual Property Transactions.
Leadership Team
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