Peter Felder
Peter Felder
Honorary Advisor

Peter Felder is registered as a European Patent Attorney and admitted to practice before the Swiss and the European Patent Office. His activities particularly comprise developing and implementing client-specific patent strategies and consultancy concerning technology transfer. His technical expertise primarily covers chemistry, materials technology and analytics, but also medicine, pharmaceutics and medical device technology. Peter Felder is a lecturer at the University of Zurich, where he has a teaching appointment at the faculty of science on protection of intellectual property in physics, chemistry and biology. He is also involved as lecturer in short courses at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) in Lugano.

John Haller
John Haller
Honorary Advisor

John L. Haller was a San Diego patent attorney at Gordon & Rees and co-leader of the firm’s patent practice group. With more than 38 years of experience, Mr. Haller’s intellectual property practice focused on prosecution, counseling, and litigation for patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secret matters. Mr. Haller had been a registered patent attorney since 1975. With a Masters Degree in Physics, Mr. Haller was uniquely positioned to understand and apply this technological understanding to the patent prosecution and litigation process. Mr. Haller practiced IP litigation across the United States. In addition to his specific expertise in patent law, Mr. Haller had extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, including, copyright law, trademark law and related trade secret and unfair competition laws. Mr. Haller’s experience in these areas similarly extended to prosecution, counseling, licensing and litigation. Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Mr. Haller was a partner with the firm of Brown, Martin, Haller & McClain, San Diego’s first intellectual property firm. In addition, he was an adjunct professor of Intellectual Property at California Western School of Law in San Diego and was a visiting co-instructor in Intellectual Property at University of California, San Diego. Mr. Haller was the first president of the Science & Engineering Dean’s Advisory Committee for San Diego State University. Mr. Haller was selected to serve a three-year term as a Lawyer Representative for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His duties included participation in the annual Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and the annual District Conference of the Southern District. Mr. Haller also participated as a member of the committee to revise the local patent rules for the Southern District of California.

Riyon Harding
Riyon Harding
Honorary Advisor

Riyon is a world-renowned patent strategist who develops portfolios to maximize the business value of the assets. She focuses on next-generation education technologies including augmented and virtual realities. She is also a mentor for WXR fund accelerator program, Boost VC and a licensing executive for the LOT Network. She has years of experience as a global IP consultant, innovation trainer and public speaker. Having prepared and prosecuted many patent applications, she is also a named inventor on several US Patents and applications. Riyon has over 20 years of patent portfolio development experience. She most recently was the leader of innovation at TiVo Solutions to create new products and features, which were then protected for competitive advantage or as licensable IP. She played a key role in ensuring portfolio relevance for future success. Prior to joining TiVo in 2017 she managed the Coca-Cola Freestyle team’s IP strategy and portfolio development efforts. She executed on that strategy to ensure business alignment, protection from competition and create customer value. She led the engineering teams through the inventive process, managed the patent portfolio and continuously analyzed the competitive IP landscape. Previously she worked with IBM’s Technology and IP Licensing group as an executive IP Strategist. There she worked with companies (from start-ups to fortune 100’s) and research organizations around the globe to create strategic IP programs and enable them to maximize the value of their IP. Riyon also spent several years developing an intellectual asset management software tool, Advance IP, to enable organizations to better build, manage and commercialize their IP.

Harit Mohan
Harit Mohan
CEO & Founder

Harit Mohan is Founder & CEO of Signicent LLP in India and Signicent LLC in Delaware, USA. The company employees 80 full time experts in the area of IPR (patents, trademarks and copyrights). As an IIT Madras 2008 post grad, research and technology has always been close to his heart. He has also done course on ‘entrepreneurship – launching an innovative business from University of Maryland College Park. He has given 12 years of his career solving problems and overcoming hurdles faced by research companies and institutes. He with his company has been a technology and IPR consultant to over 400+ businesses globally spread across 15 countries. He has been a torchbearer for promoting Innovation & IP in India with MHRD (Govt. of India), Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), Department of Science and Technology (DST) – Govt. of Rajasthan, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) – NITI Aayog, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), TiE Chandigarh and National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Delhi and Institution Innovation Council (IIC) at IIT Ropar. At global stage, he is a member of PIUG & Licensing Executive Society (LES), USA.

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