Speakers / Authors:
Michael Chernoff is Chief Intellectual Property Officer for MDB Capital Group, where he oversees patent portfolio development for the IP Development Services division, Wall Street's only intellectual property investment bank.
Prior to MDB, Mr. Chernoff was the Director of Legal Services, Patent Operations, for Accenture, where he led the global patent legal team of the $28.6 billion, 280,000 employee company. He also served as an Associate Patent Counsel for WorldCom, where he managed patent prosecution for their Voice over IP (VoIP), SkyTel, and UUNET patent portfolios.
Mr. Chernoff began his career as a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, examining mobile phone and hybrid video/communication patent applications. He is continuously sought after for high-profile IP speaking engagements, and is a Registered Patent Attorney.
Mr. Chernoff has a J.D. from George Mason University and a B.S., Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
John F. Murphy
John Murphy if a partner in the firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP. He focuses his practice on patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and other intellectual property litigation. In spite of the prevalence of patent litigation brought by non-practicing entities, the great majority of John's experience is in disputes between business competitors. Consequently, John frequently goes beyond the courtroom to advise on the strategic business uses and implications of IP litigation.
Mr. Murphy represents both plaintiffs and defendants in district courts and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as the U.S. International Trade Commission, arbitration panels, and mediators. His representations have involved a variety of technologies, including orthopedic medical devices and materials, chemical and biological therapeutics, semiconductor manufacturing, commercial packaging, cryptographic and other software, as well as proprietary business information.
Mr. Murphy teaches Patent Litigation as an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law-Camden, using the patent litigation and strategy casebook that he co-authored along with Federal Circuit Judge Kimberly A. Moore and Emory Law Associate Dean and Professor Timothy Holbrook. He also speaks and writes regularly on developments at the Federal Circuit and in patent law.
Mr. Murphy received his J.D. in 2007 from Harvard Law School, his Ph.D, in 2004 from California Institute of Technology, and his B.S. in 1999, summa cum laude, from Cornell University.
E. Robert Yoches
E. Robert Yoches is a partner in the firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. He has extensive experience in patent infringement litigation, especially in the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas, and the International Trade Commission. He also has a great deal of experience representing clients from Asia, particularly, Taiwan, China, and Japan, often in complex cases involving electronic and computer technologies.
Mr. Yoches also counsels clients in intellectual property matters including portfolio management, licensing, trade secret protection and copyright protection of software. He writes frequently on patent-related topics, and speaks before academic, business, and legal communities in the U.S. and Asia on intellectual property issues.
Mr. Yoches is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Yoches received his J.D. in 1980 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and his B.S. in 1974 from the University of Boulder.