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Welcome to the online home of the IAM Strategy 300 2013

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the fifth edition of IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists, Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual listing of those individuals identified by our research team – with a great deal of help from the wider IP community – as offering operating companies and other IP owners world-class advice on maximising the value of their intellectual property.

With the rise of intellectual property as a business asset of central strategic importance showing no signs of slowing down, the roles that IP strategists of whatever sort have to play are becoming ever more demanding. From creation, protection and management through valuation and monetisation to financing – with a whole lot more in between – the demand for top-flight advice on IP strategy has never been greater. A growing number of senior corporate executives are beginning to realise that IP value can be created in so many ways. Further, they understand that it is incumbent on them to ensure that all available options are explored, and the viable ones implemented. As events over the last year have shown, those who fail in this task run the risk of provoking shareholders into taking action.

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the fifth edition of IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists, Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual listing of those individuals identified by our research team – with a great deal of help from the wider IP community – as offering operating companies and other IP owners world-class advice on maximising the value of their intellectual property.

With the rise of intellectual property as a business asset of central strategic importance showing no signs of slowing down, the roles that IP strategists of whatever sort have to play are becoming ever more demanding. From creation, protection and management through valuation and monetisation to financing – with a whole lot more in between – the demand for top-flight advice on IP strategy has never been greater. A growing number of senior corporate executives are beginning to realise that IP value can be created in so many ways. Further, they understand that it is incumbent on them to ensure that all available options are explored, and the viable ones implemented. As events over the last year have shown, those who fail in this task run the risk of provoking shareholders into taking action.

This year, the IAM Strategy 300 has been researched from scratch. As always, it names individuals who the market and our investigations have told us offer world-class services related to the development and implementation of strategies which enable IP owners to maximise the value of their rights portfolios. While many people may call themselves IP strategists, we have searched for those who, through their records of achievements, stand out from the crowd. The individuals listed in this guide don’t just talk a good game, they play one – and not once, but over and over again.

At the root of the research undertaken is a strict policy of only beginning to consider an individual’s possible inclusion in the IAM Strategy 300 after he or she has received three nominations from people who work outside that individual’s own organisation. All those who received three nominations were invited to submit references, examples of the work they have done and other material that they felt was relevant. We then assessed their qualifications for inclusion, not in isolation, but in comparison to all other candidates. This involved telephone interviews, email exchanges and the scrutiny of references. Most nominees did not make it through; those who did are listed in the following pages. The selection procedure is always strictly applied because our overriding aim is to ensure that only those individuals who possess exceptional skill sets - as well as profound insights into the development, creation and management of IP value - feature in the IAM Strategy 300. We cannot say for certain that we have identified every single elite IP strategist in the world – in fact, the chances are that we have not – but we can say with some confidence that every individual who is featured in the IAM Strategy 300 deserves to be there.

All individuals who made the final list, and who stated that they wished to be included, are featured in this publication. Although it is not possible to buy a place in the IAM Strategy 300, everyone listed has been offered the opportunity to take out an enhanced biography for a fee. All enhanced biographies have been edited into IAM house style by our sub-editors - the content of the biographies, however, was supplied by the individuals concerned.

A detailed index lists the world’s leading IP strategists by areas of specialisation. All of those featured in this guide were asked to identify which areas applied to them. However, it is not always the case that there are easy fits. Therefore, it is important to note that the categories are for guidance purposes only. They are not intended to provide definitive information and should not be used as if they do. If you wish to get a better understanding of what an individual in the IAM Strategy 300 does, it is strongly recommended that you contact that person directly.

Researching and compiling IAM Strategy 300 - The Guide to the World’s Leading IP Strategists is a time-consuming task. But it is also a worthwhile one. On the following pages you will find the names of individuals who have demonstrated time and again that they can make a considerable overall difference to the performance of the businesses of the IP owners with which they work. At a time when intellectual property is more important than ever before, that is vitally important information.

Joff Wild
Editor

Intellectual Asset Management

Featured strategist

Efrat Kasznik

President - Foresight Valuation Group LLC
Efrat Kasznik

Efrat Kasznik is an IP valuation and strategy expert, with close to 20 years’ consulting experience of assisting clients with the valuation, commercialisation and monetisation of their intellectual property and technologies. She is president of the Foresight Valuation Group, a Silicon-Valley-based IP, valuation and start-up advisory firm.Ms Kasznik is a lecturer on IP management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), and mentors on IP issues at the GSB's Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies. Ms Kasznik is a member of the Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada), where she chairs the Content, Communications and Cloud Crossroads Committee and is a member of ... View full biography