Tony Clayton is visiting Research Associate in the Business School at Imperial College London and recently completed a term as Chief Economist of the UK Intellectual Property Office from 2009 to 2015, leading economics research strategy, research programmes, and delivering policy analysis. His work is focused on the ‘knowledge economy’, developing frameworks to understand IP in innovation, and the impact of IP reform in digital markets. Before this he was Director of Economic Analysis in the UK National Statistics Office. He has completed a range of research projects on innovation and growth for the European Commission.
Tom Wong is Assistant General Counsel in the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. In this role, Tom serves as the Lead Patent Attorney of the Office Product Group (OPG) where he is responsible for managing a team of patent attorneys who develop, manage and utilize patent portfolios associated with OPG. Tom also serves as Chair of American Bar Association’s Corporate Intellectual Property Attorneys Committee and a Board Member of the Washington State Patent Law Association.
David Kappos is a partner at Cravath and leader in the field of intellectual property, including IP management and strategy, the development of global IP norms, laws and practices and the commercialisation and enforcement of innovation-based assets. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he advised the U.S. Administration on IP policy matters. He was instrumental in achieving the passage and implementation of the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. From 2003 to 2009, he served as IBM’s Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property.
Haydn has 20 years’ experience in the IP industry. He has worked with many of the world’s largest multinationals in technology, electronics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology – as well as law firms – helping find solutions to their IP challenges. Previously Haydn was IP Strategy Manager for GE where he was involved in corporate portfolio strategy and the alignment of GE’s IP and business processes.
Nigel Swycher is the CEO of Aistemos, an IP strategy and analytics company with headquarters in London. Nigel was formerly head of the intellectual property practice at leading law firm Slaughter and May and of the technology practice at Olswang. Nigel is committed to greater transparency of IP related data and was part of the team that established the Open Register of Patent Ownership (ORoPO). Nigel currently serves as a director of ORoPO.