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Kazushige Yamamoto, Dr. Eng

Kazushige Yamamoto, Dr. Eng

Kazushige Yamamoto, Dr. Eng
Licensing Consultant

A technology engineer and strategist with more than 25 years of experience, Yamamoto has been at the cutting edge of the latest solutions driving wireless technology. He brings expertise in the areas of research and development, partner integration and verification, new business development and patent licensing. As a consultant supporting Avanci’s new one-stop marketplace, Yamamoto will help drive the connection of new devices for the Internet of Things in Japan.

In his role at Ericsson, Yamamoto built the company’s patent licensing business in Japan, working closely with the telecom and IT players in the region. Yamamoto also held several leadership positions in Ericsson’s mobile platform and research groups where he led teams focusing on research and development, sales and business growth. Earlier in his career, he was deeply involved in creating telecom system devices and holds 40 patents in that space.

Yamamoto received a bachelor of science in electronics & telecommunications as well as a doctorate in engineering from Waseda University in Tokyo. He is a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and IEICE (Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers).

Qudus Olaniran

Qudus Olaniran

Qudus Olaniran
Vice President

Qudus brings to Avanci more than a decade of experience in intellectual property management and strategy, representing patent owners and technology implementors. He is an attorney with expertise in patent portfolio strategy, patent licensing, patent acquisitions and divestures, and patent conflict resolution. At Avanci, he is helping to transform and simplify how patent licensing is done, finding solutions that work for all involved in the development and production of Internet of Things (IOT) products, including connected vehicles.

Prior to Avanci, Qudus was a senior corporate counsel in Microsoft’s Intellectual Property Group, responsible for patent portfolio strategy, management, and conflicts related to Microsoft Surface and Gaming products. Before Microsoft, he practiced law as a patent litigation attorney at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe and Perkins Cole in Silicon Valley and helped resolved disputes involving high tech companies. In his career before his legal practice, Qudus was an electrical engineer and held hardware design positions at Intel, Sun Microsystems, and a couple of Silicon Valley start-ups.

Qudus holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law.

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Max Olofsson

Max Olofsson

Max Olofsson
Vice President, European Markets

Max has more than 20 years of broad experience in the patent licensing business for the wireless communications industry. His history of partnering with patent holders and device makers to drive new innovations will be instrumental to Avanci as the marketplace and its licensing programs grow.

Prior to joining Avanci, Max was Director of Patent Licensing at Ericsson, where he negotiated licensing agreements with American, European, Indian and Japanese corporations during his 18 years there. He also participated in setting up patent platforms, and negotiated both technology as well as trademark license agreements.

Before Ericsson, Max held positions with the Swedish Patent Office and World Patent Technology.

Max received his bachelor of business administration and Master of Science degree in physics from Stockholm University. He also studied one semester at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Besides Swedish and English, Max speaks German and French. He enjoys exercise and running, as well as traveling with his family, cooking and collecting wine.

Alex Fasell

Alex Fasell

Alex Fasell
Vice President – Marketplace Operations

Alex is an inventor, researcher and patent licensing expert with more than 25 years of experience in the cellular wireless industry. He brings to Avanci a deep understanding of the investment required to bring new technology to market, as well as a passion for the possibilities enabled by wireless technology.

Prior to Avanci, Alex was an independent consultant assisting clients around the world within the field of wireless patent licensing. Before that, he was with Ericsson where he held leadership positions across the globe on the both the engineering and business sides of the organization. As a research engineer, Alex was a member of the core team that created the foundations of 3G technology and developed Ericsson’s 3G radio access network systems. He is an inventor on numerous patents, including patents important to the 2G, 3G and 4G standards, and has authored many academic publications. Later, as a senior member of Ericsson’s global patent licensing team, Alex participated in hundreds of patent license negotiations and worked on strategic licensing matters and business development.

Alex received his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology at Linköping University in Sweden. He is multi-lingual and has lived and worked in many different countries, including Japan and China. Besides enjoying his work, Alex enjoys sports, music, reading and spending time with his family.

Laurie Fitzgerald

Laurie Fitzgerald

Laurie Fitzgerald
Senior Vice President

A patent licensing professional and IP attorney, Laurie has more than a decade of experience in resolving disputes between patent owners and technology developers. Her expertise spans licensing transactions, patent acquisitions and divestitures, portfolio strategy and valuation, and patent litigation.

Laurie joins Avanci from its affiliate Teletry, where she facilitated the licensing of BlackBerry’s extensive portfolio of patented technologies to smartphone and telecom infrastructure manufacturers around the world.

Before her career as a licensing professional, Laurie practiced trial law as a Principal in the US-based law firm of McKool Smith. Her practice spanned all aspects of patent law, with a focus on disputes relating to standards development organizations and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms.

Laurie earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Southwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. She is based in Dublin, Ireland.

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Luke McLeroy

Luke McLeroy

Luke McLeroy
Senior Vice President – Business Development

Luke is an intellectual property attorney with 15 years of experience negotiating collaborative solutions for patent holders and technology developers. Luke brings to Avanci a commitment to ensuring that all participants in the company’s marketplace receive efficient and transparent access to the technology they need to fuel their devices for the Internet of Things. He is excited about the opportunity to simplify and improve the patent licensing process in a way that works for today’s fast-evolving world of connected products.

Luke joins Avanci from Ericsson where he led the company’s North American patent licensing business. In this role, he helped develop and license Ericsson’s patent portfolio, analyzing and valuing patent portfolios in multiple technology areas such as wireless connectivity, codecs, data networks, and security, and advocating policy positions to legislative bodies, competition agencies, standard-setting organizations, and other forums.

Luke is a frequent speaker on patent licensing, and the importance of licensing patents on terms that are fair and reasonable for all parties, at industry conferences including those hosted by the American Bar Association, the Berkley Center for Law and Technology, IAM, the International Telecommunications Union, Stanford Law School and University College London.

Prior to joining Ericsson, Luke was an associate and then a principal at the law firm McKool Smith in Dallas, helping to resolve major patent disputes between some of the world’s largest technology companies. Luke received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. When he’s not at work, Luke enjoys playing soccer, reading history books, and coaching his kids’ sports teams.

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Kasim Alfalahi

Kasim Alfalahi

Kasim Alfalahi

Kasim Alfalahi is the Founder and CEO of Avanci, where he is leading the mission to simplify patent licensing and make technology available for everyone’s benefit. An engineer by trade, Kasim is driven by the philosophy that great ideas happen when all parties contribute to the technology ecosystem.

In his previous role as Chief Intellectual Property Officer for Ericsson, Kasim led the company’s intellectual property business where, under his direction, patent licensing became fundamental to Ericsson’s global success – generating $1.7 billion in revenue in 2015.

Kasim left Ericsson after more than 20 years with the vision of a new way forward for patent licensing. His goal of bringing fairness, transparency and predictability to the process is reflected in his new platform, Avanci, which provides the first one-stop marketplace for IoT devices. The market’s overwhelmingly positive response to Avanci’s transparent model triggered requests for more industry-wide licensing solutions, spurring the creation of Avanci.

A true global citizen, Kasim has lived in six countries and speaks four languages. He received his Master of Science degree in Engineering and Management from Linköping Institute of Technology in Sweden.