Kevin Jakel

Founder / CEO

Kevin Jakel is Founder and CEO of Unified Patents.  Prior to founding Unified Patents, Kevin served as Intuit’s Head of IP Litigation.  Kevin previously practiced as a patent litigator with Kaye Scholer LLP and Howrey LLP and advised clients on intellectual property strategy, litigation and patent prosecution.  Kevin began his career in IP as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.  Kevin has a JD from George Washington University Law School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA.

 
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Shawn Ambwani

COO / SVP Legal / Co-Founder

Shawn Ambwani is COO and co-founder of Unified Patents. He is responsible for running operations, counsel & docket management, analytics, and marketing.  Some call him "the most disruptive person in IP."  He has written law review articles on PTAB analytics and procedures (linked here).   Previously, he was VP of Licensing and Business Development at Intertrust, responsible for patent and technology licensing programs with over $500 million in revenue.  Prior to that he served as EVP at Nexstreaming (KOSDAQ) and co-founded Envivio (NASDAQ), bought by Ericsson. Shawn has a JD/MBA from Boston University and a BS in Mathematics from UCLA. He is a member of the California Bar.

 

Jonathan Stroud

Chief Intellectual Property Counsel

Jonathan manages litigation, appeals, PTAB proceedings, licensing, and settlement negotiations, legal strategy, and prior art analysis, and prepares, drafts, and files proceedings for Unified.  Previously, he litigated at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, before the PTAB, in district court litigation, and on appeal, and prior to that he examined implantable medical device patents at the USPTO for 5 years. He interned at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for Judge Robert K. Rogers, and earned his J.D. with honors from American University Washington College of Law; his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Tulane University; and his M.A. in print journalism from the University of Southern California.  He regularly speaks, writes, and lectures on patent law, and is an adjunct professor of law at American, teaching PTAB practice.

 
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Jennifer Gallagher

Vice President, Member Development

Jennifer’s role is to improve Unified’s membership value. She participates in managing events and has contributed though various IP-specific webinars and blogs. With nearly 15 years of experience in IP, she has worked for various companies such as LexisNexis, Darts-IP, RPX, Innography, and Freescale Semiconductor. Her background includes patent licensing, sales, competitive intelligence, and litigation support. A native Texan, Jennifer graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2002.

 

Sam Jaffna

General Manager, Standards

Sam has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation. Sam is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Rice University.

 
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Roshan Mansinghani

Senior Patent Counsel

Roshan initiates and litigates PTAB proceedings for Unified Patents. Previously, he practiced at Baker Botts LLP for over 9 years. There, he had a sophisticated intellectual property practice involving patent litigation, patent portfolio development & evaluation, and patent licensing, particularly involving electronics, software, telecommunications, mechanical arts and other cutting-edge technologies. Roshan interned for Judge William Justice in the Western District of Texas, and earned his law degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He also obtained a B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Rice University.

 
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Ashraf Fawzy

Senior Patent Counsel

Ashraf manages legal strategy, litigation, and licensing for Unified, including PTAB proceedings and appeals. Prior to joining Unified, Ashraf practiced at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP for nine years. There, he counseled clients and managed litigation in district court, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and before the PTAB. Ashraf also provided clients with strategic guidance, including in connection with patentability/freedom to operate, portfolio analysis, corporate transactions, and ownership disputes. In particular, he developed an expertise in telecommunications, software, mobile devices, consumer devices, and other electrical arts. Ashraf earned his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of law and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

 
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Jonathan Bowser

Senior Patent Counsel

Jon prepares and litigates post-grant proceedings before the PTAB, and manages litigation, appeals, licensing and legal strategy for Unified Patents.  Before joining Unified, Jon practiced at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney for 11 years.  At Buchanan, Jon litigated patent disputes before the PTAB, district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission.  Jon also provided strategic counseling to clients, including opinions on validity, infringement and freedom to operate, portfolio analysis and procurement, and licensing.  In addition, Jon prosecuted new patent applications in electrical, software and computer-related fields.  Jon earned his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, and his A.B. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Lafayette College.  Jon is active in bar associations focusing on post-grant proceedings, including the PTAB Trial Committee of the AIPLA and the USPTO Post-Grant and IPR Practice Committee of the American Bar Association.

 
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Alyssa Holtslander

Senior Patent Counsel

Alyssa prepares and litigates post-grant proceedings before the PTAB for Unified Patents. Prior to joining Unified, Alyssa practiced at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret & Dunner, LLP for over ten years. At Finnegan, Alyssa provided well-rounded intellectual property services by drawing on her experience in port-grant proceedings, proceedings before the International Trade Commission, district court litigations, due diligence investigations, patent prosecution, and opinions on patent infringement, patent validity, and freedom-to-operate. Alyssa worked on a broad range of patent matters and represented clients in a wide range of mechanical and electrical technologies including network systems, electric motors, cellular devices, vehicular, mining, aerospace, medical, chemical processes and equipment, and defense system technologies. Alyssa earned her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

 
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Jessica L.A. Marks

Senior Patent Counsel

Jess prepares and litigates post-grant proceedings before the PTAB for Unified Patents. Prior to joining Unified, Jess practiced at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret & Dunner, LLP for over ten years. At Finnegan, Jess litigated post-grant proceedings, district court cases, and International Trade Commission proceedings. Jess is also experienced in licensing negotiations, patent prosecution, due diligence investigations, and opinions on patent infringement, patent validity, and freedom-to-operate. Jess’ cases included electrical, business method, and biological technologies ranging from video surveillance systems, Blu-ray disc players, image processing, artificial intelligence, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. Jess earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland (now Francis King Carey) School of Law and her M.B.E. and B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

 
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Jung Hahm

Senior Patent Counsel 

Jung prepares and litigates PTAB patent review proceedings for Unified Patents. Prior to joining Unified, Jung practiced at Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP for over 16 years. There, he concentrated on PTAB trial practice, patent litigation, patent preparation and prosecution, non-infringement, validity, patentability and freedom-to-operate studies, patent portfolio management and licensing. While associated with Amster, he was seconded for 18 months to a multinational consumer electronics company in Japan where he advised on U.S. patent law and was actively involved in license negotiations, contract drafting and technical analyses. Jung earned his J.D. from Cornell University Law School; his A.B. in Physics from Cornell University; and his M.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 
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Robert Jain

Associate Attorney

Robert graduated with honors from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2015 with a certification in high tech intellectual property law. Prior to joining Unified, Robert clerked for Judge Paul S. Grewal at the U.S. District Court in San Jose. He is admitted to practice in California.

 

Zach Guo

Lead Software Engineer

Zach's work ranges from back-end APIs to front-end web apps, and from machine-learning to data visualization. Before joining Unified Patents, he did research in automatic text classification, data-driven linguistics and primate behaviour. He has a Master in Computational Linguistics from Indiana University.

 

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HISAO YAMASAKI

President, Unified Patents Asia

Hisao manages Asia for Unified.  He is Founder and CEO of Syndefense. Prior to Syndefense, he served as the President of RPX Asia. He also held a 25-year career at Hitachi as General Manager of IP Business Development and Licensing, responsible for all business aspects of intellectual property assets, including licensing strategies and operations, and patent portfolio balancing transactions such as acquisitions and sales. Hisao serves as Professor in the Faculty of the Graduate School of Intellectual Property at the Osaka Institute Of Technology. Hisao has a LLM from the University of Miami Law School and a LLB from the School of Law at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan.