Innovation Insourcing: Commercializing Global IP in the US



  • Find out how global IP is being imported into the US to create bleeding-edge technology companies. Hear from our panelists who will share their experiences in commercializing foreign technologies in Silicon Valley.

    Pre-registration is no longer available.
    Please regsiter at the door.


    This event is generously supported by:

    State Government of South Australia     Silicon Valley Bank


    Hosted by ANZA, CSPA, SiliconFrench, Silicon Vikings and SDForum.



    Stephen Anderson (bio), President/Founder, Six Sigma Group, Inc.
    Markus M. Moisio (bio), Sales Manager - North America, Ekahau
    Jean-Yves Tripier, (bio) Marketing Director, ILOG
    Bo Yan (bio), Vice President & COO,ExperExchange, Inc


    Richard Allan Horning (bio), Partner and Chair, Technology Practice Group Tomlinson Zisko LLP


    Program Overview

    Globalization is a two-way street. While some companies are outsourcing various functions, other companies are being created right here in the U.S. from 'foreign born' global technologies. This commercialization of foreign IP has created a whole new wave of opportunity. How can Silicon Valley capitalize on this new world of technology opportunities?

    This third Passport Program event will explore these exciting technologies from research labs and universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The panel of executives and entrepreneurs will share their experiences with actively sourcing or transferring innovative technology IP into the Silicon Valley environment.

    Find out how global IP is being imported into the US to create bleeding-edge technology companies. Hear from our panelists who will share their experiences in commercializing foreign technologies in Silicon Valley. Join us for an interesting discussion on this new area of opportunity for Silicon Valley executives.

    Passport Program events are designed to provide a global perspective on Silicon Valley issues. Passport Program member organizations are ANZA Technology Network, CSPA, SDForum, Silicon-French, and Silicon Vikings.


    Speaker Bios


    Stephen N. Anderson, President and Founder of Six Sigma Group, Inc.

    Six Sigma Group has been actively involved in migrating technologies from Australia and New Zealand to the United States for the last ten years. Six Sigma has engagements with the Queensland University, Sydney University and other technology centers in Australia and New Zealand to commercialize technologies in the USA.


    Markus M. Moisio, Sales Manager, Ekahau

    Mr. Moisio is in charge of sales, marketing, and overall channel promotion of Ekahau's software products to major OEM's and VAR's within the Wi-FI industry. He has established the online sales channel for Ekahau and has been directly involved in the development of solid OEM partnership with key vendors such as Symbol. He has been in the wireless industry for the past five years most recently holding a business development position in Sonera, the largest mobile operator in Finland. Markus has a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business and Marketing from the University of Northern British Columbia and has completed numerous courses in RF telecommunications.

    Ekahau is a spin-off company from University of Helsinki and provider of a unique software-based location finding solution for standard 802.11 and other wireless networks. Ekahau's patented positioning technology and software products are developed in Finland and are now commercially available globally. Started up in Finland, nowadays based in Saratoga,CA, Ekahau combines the strengths of North European technical leadership in wireless solutions and commercially most potential WiFi market - North America. Ekahau and Ekahau's solutions are born global and in addition to the Saratoga, CA the company has offices also in Helsinki, Finland (R&D, EMEA Sales and Marketing) and Hong Kong, Asia (APAC sales rep).


    Richard Allan Horning, Partner and Chair of the Technology Practice Group at Tomlinson Zisko LLP

    Richard Allan Horning is a Partner and Chair of the Technology Practice Group at Tomlinson Zisko LLP in Palo Alto, California. He specializes in counseling high technology and e-commerce companies in all stages of development, from start-up to Fortune 50, with particular emphasis on intellectual property, contract and antitrust issues. He also has substantial experience in representing high technology companies in litigation and arbitration matters, in both international and domestic venues. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the International Who's Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Computer Law Association, and formerly served on the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Committee of the State Bar of California. He serves on the Advisory Board's of BNA Electronic Information & Policy Law Reporter, E-Commerce Law Report, E-Commerce Law Journal, Valley Capital Report, and World E-Business Law Report. He is a frequent speaker at industry and legal conferences, and has authored numerous articles on Internet law, arbitration and technology law. He also serves as a member of the ICC Working Party on International Small Claims Arbitration, Judge Pro Tem of the San Francisco Superior Court, Discovery Referee in high technology cases in the Santa Clara and Contra Costa Superior Courts, and has been involved in over 50 domestic and international high technology arbitrations.


    Jean-Yves, Marketing Director, ILOG

    Jean-Yves is Marketing Director in charge of telecommunications and media industry ILOG brought to this industry new standards to visualize networks, business rules technology to automate routine tasks and optimization technology to engage less resources when deploying bigger networks. Its telecom customers portfolio reads like a who's who of the industry: 15 of the first service providers, all major leading equipment vendors and most telecom software platforms.

    For more than 10 years, ILOG's innovative enterprise-class software components and services have helped companies maximize their business agility and improve operating efficiency. Over 1,000 global corporations and more than 300 leading software vendors rely on ILOG's business rules, optimization and visualization technologies to achieve dramatic returns on investment, create market-defining products and services, and sharpen their competitive edge.


    Bo Yan, Vice President & COO, ExperExchange, Inc

    Bo Yan is the Vice President and COO of ExperExchange, which provides software engineering services, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology and services. The company's OCR technology, originally developed at Nankai University in China, has been the foundation for products currently offered by Cardscan, Fujitsu, Ricoh, and Sharp, among others.

    Mr. Yan oversees the company's daily operation, including sales and marketing, as well as the design and development of the core OCR products: TypeReader and OpenRTK, and have established strong OEM partnership with key vendors. He is among the first OCR development team from Nankai University that came to the US from China in early 1990's, and oversaw the commercialization of the OCR technology in the U.S. and other countries. Bo has a Bachelor in Computer Science from Nankai University in China, and has completed the course requirements for his Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence.


    Event Logistics


    Silicon Valley Bank
    3003 Tasman Drive
    Santa Clara, CA 95054


    6:00-6:30pm Registration/Networking/Appetizers
    6:30-8:30pm Panel Discussion



    $20 Passport members
    $25 SDForum, ANZA, SiliconFrench, CSPA, Silicon Vikings & Churchill Club members
    $40 Non-members

    Pre-registration is no longer available. Please register at the door.