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Software Monetization & Anti-Piracy Summit

October 28-29

Keynote and Speaker List


Help a Good Cause


The Cylynt Software Monetization and Anti-Piracy Summit is the premier event for software monetization, anti-piracy, cybersecurity, license compliance, and data privacy technologies. It brings together key technologists, attorneys, and executives in the private and public sector to discuss the critical issues and best practices for protecting software intellectual property (IP) from piracy and unauthorized use and leveraging usage data and analytics to generate additional revenue. 

Now in its seventh year, the summit is an annual two-day event focusing on the latest technologies, business issues, and legal insights through in-depth presentations, case studies, and panel discussions. Download the agenda here.

In this challenging year, Cylynt invites you to help us as we give back by donating a portion of the registration revenues to charity. When you register you will be asked to chose which charity you would like your registration fee donated to. To learn more, visit our Helping a Good Cause Together page. 



Starts 8:30 AM Los Angeles, 3:30 PM London, 11:30 PM Singapore, 11:30 AM New York

Who attends?

The conference is attended by the world’s leading software companies involved in enterprise software, electronic design automation (EDA), computer-aided design (CAD), scientific computing, building information modeling (BIM), geographic information systems (GIS), computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM), visual effects (VFX) and many other high-value software applications. The conference covers multiple disciplines, including technology, business, legal and marketing. Attendees include: license compliance professionals, software developers, corporate attorneys and other senior executives in sales, marketing, finance and operations.


The agenda consists of two days of presentations from leading experts on software piracy, noncompliance, cybersecurity, and data privacy, as well as presentations presented by Cylynt experts. The Cylynt user group meeting for clients only is held the day before the summit.

2020 Speaker list

Dave DiMillo, Thales

VP, Global Solution Sales

Keynote: SaaS-ification of On-Premise Software

Dave is responsible for global sales execution, which includes leading the solution sales organization and sales enablement team, as well as the business development team. He is transforming the Thales enterprise sales process to a value-based process for the sales teams and ensuring they get beyond selling and start helping companies realize the financial value of having their business problems addressed. 

Mike Robinson, Siemens PLM Software

VP, License Compliance

Roundtable: Legal Process, Successful Cases, and Recommendations for Protecting IP in China

As VP and global head of license compliance at Siemens, Mike Robinson brings substantial experience in developing and executing global license compliance capabilities and programs to this year’s summit.


Michael Gallagher, Hexagon

Chief Compliance Officer

Roundtable: Legal Process, Successful Cases, and Recommendations for Protecting IP in China

Michael is the chief compliance officer for Hexagon Manufacturing.

Kathy Allen, Dassault Systèmes

VP, License Compliance

Roundtable: Legal Process, Successful Cases, and Recommendations for Protecting IP in China

Kathy is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. She is a CPA with 24 years of business experience in industry-leading global corporations. She is skilled in transforming businesses to accelerate growth in revenue and profitability while putting in place processes to protect core company assets. 

Glenn Forbis, Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.


Presentation: Anti-Piracy Guide to U.S. Legal System

Glenn is a first chair trial attorney specializing in intellectual property litigation with over 24 years of practice. He leads a team of litigators and IP lawyers to achieve the business objectives of the firm's clients in the most cost-effective manner possible and has successfully defended multiple patent infringement claims in excess of $75 million. On the plaintiff's side, he has twice achieved recoveries for clients in excess of $30 million.

Chris Bailey, Rouse & Co. International


Presentation: Overcoming Corruption Challenges: IP Enforcement in Southeast Asia and China

Chris has been involved in the management of IP in China, including advising on IP portfolios, enforcement, litigation, licensing, and technology transfer. He helps technology-rich companies of all sizes that want to commercialize their IP assets in China through licensing, joint-ventures, or investment opportunities. His specialties include IP management, IP commercialization, IP litigation, patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, China, and SE Asia

Denise Mingrone, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


Presentation: Piracy Litigation

Denise has led numerous software piracy matters, obtaining full relief in all such litigations that have reached resolution. Her work in this area encompasses both confidential as well as public investigations, all designed to assist clients in securing the protection of their intellectual property rights and ensuring they receive appropriate relief when those rights have been infringed.

Ted Miracco, Cylynt


Presentation: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Ted’s high-technology experience spans 30 years in defense electronics, RF/microwave circuit design, semiconductors, electronic design automation (EDA), and cybersecurity. He is co-founder and CEO of Cylynt. Prior to Cylynt, Ted was a co-founder of the EDA company AWR Corporation, which was acquired by National Instruments in 2011. In addition, he has worked with several Fortune 500 software companies, including Cadence Design Systems and startup company EEsof Inc., which was acquired by Hewlett Packard in 1994 and is now Keysight Technologies. Ted holds a B.S.E.E. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Federico de la Mora, Ansys

Director, Global License Compliance Strategy & Programs

Presentation: How to Scale up Your License Compliance Program

Federico is director of global license compliance strategy and programs at Ansys. He specializes in building and transforming international sales organizations, from sales and channels to presales and operations. He has over 20 years of experience in networking and security. Prior to Ansys, Federico was the senior director and head of EMEA business at several software vendors, including Tripwire, a software company that develops IT solutions for security and compliance automation.

Jay Buck, Connor Consulting

Managing Director

Presentation: Lessons Learned During COVID: How to Leverage Data & Technology to Scale Engagement and Growth

Jay leads a team focused on expanding the company’s software license compliance and software advisory practice, including business development and client delivery for key accounts. Whether its organizations seeking to implement a compliance program or established programs looking to scale, his insights provide immense value to those organizations seeking fast results.

Prior to Connor Consulting, Jay was a senior director of license verification at Micro Focus, helping to drive the integration of the heritage Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Micro Focus compliance teams into one cohesive unit. His previous experience includes 11 years at Adobe Systems holding various positions in sales and leadership roles in compliance, including focused efforts in EMEA and APJ.

Evgeny Danilov, ITCA

Regional Director, Russia & CIS

Presentation: The Pros And Cons of License Compliance in Russia

Evgeny joined ITCA in 2017 after 20 years at Microsoft's Russia and Central and Eastern Europe headquarters. He has 10 years of experience managing the anti-piracy and license compliance managing initiatives for Microsoft in Russia and more than 20 in the Central and Eastern European offices. He is servicing ITCA in Russia and the CIS region to expand the company's presence and field operations, and to build a sustainable business model for software companies. 

Alex Pabiadzimski, Siemens Digital

Director of Software Engineering

Roundtable: Managing the Software IP Risks of Working Remotely

Alex is skilled in software telemetry and analytics, licensing and compliance, anti-piracy, delivery and fulfillment, software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), cloud solutions, and system architecture.

Chris Luijten, Cylynt


Presentation TBD

Chris has 15 years of experience in anti-piracy and software compliance enforcement. He is founder, CEO, and chief architect of IT Compliance Association (ITCA), as well as co-founder of Cylynt. His decade plus of experience in working for corporate IT groups has enabled him to develop ITCA’s software licensing and compliance services in new and creative ways. Since founding ITCA, Chris has taken a global leadership role in the fight against software piracy and non-compliance.

Guy Ruttenberg, Ruttenberg IP Law


Presentation: TBD

Guy has represented major corporate clients in federal and state courts, as well as before the international trade commission (ITC). his practice focuses primarily on patent litigation matters and other areas of intellectual property and counseling. Before starting Ruttenberg IP Law, he worked for 12 years (including 7 years as a partner) at the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He also spent six months as a visiting attorney in Beijing at the Chinese law firm of Broad & Bright and one year as an exchange attorney in Tokyo at the Japanese law firm of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. 

Andrew Clarkson, CJCH Solicitors

Managing Director

Presentation: TBD

Andy has led an illustrious career focusing on investigations and compliance. He spent 24 years serving in the UK law enforcement services as a career investigator working in organized crime and anti-corruption investigation and as a certified hostage negotiator. After leaving public service, he focused the last 18 years in the private sector in assisting the technology and software industry with the challenge of IP theft as a global thought leader, most recently as the global lead of license compliance for a french based software company before joining CJCH Consulting as managing director in 2019.

Michael Zunke, Thales

CTO, Software Monetization

Roundtable: Managing the Software IP Risks of Working Remotely

Michael “MiZu” Zunke is a software security and monetization expert, currently holding the position of chief technology officer for software monetization at Thales DIS CPL Deutschland GmbH, a Thales Group Company, based in Munich, Germany. Thales Software Monetization is the world leader in software licensing and protection.

MiZu has worked in the field of software protection and licensing over the last 25+ years, where he held various technology and research positions including technical advisor of the board at former Gemalto. He got his diploma in physics at the TU Munich. Research interests are in the field of software protection and reverse engineering where he is holding several patents. Today he is responsible for driving security and innovation in the software monetization business line of Thales.

Bob Smith, ESD Alliance

Executive Director

Presentation: Combat Software Piracy Through Industry Trade Organizations

Bob is responsible for the management and operations of the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance (a Semi Technology Community), an international association of companies providing goods and services throughout the semiconductor design ecosystem. Previously, he was senior vice president of marketing and business development at Uniquify, and began his career in high tech as an analog design engineer working at Hewlett Packard.

Doug Clark, Rouse & Co. International

Global Head of Dispute Resolution

Roundtable: Legal Process, Successful Cases, and Recommendations for Protecting IP in China

Doug Clark is the global head of dispute resolution at Rouse.  He studied law at Fudan University in Shanghai in the late 1980s and has been practicing as an IP lawyer in Hong Kong and China since the early 1990s.  He has handled hundreds of software enforcement cases through administrative, criminal, and civil cases in China.  He also has acted as an arbitrator and counsel in various high technology-related arbitrations. Doug is fluent in Chinese and Japanese.  He is the author of Patent Litigation in China as well as a history of extraterritoriality in China, Gunboat Justice.

Simon Davey, Cylynt

Customer Success Manager

Presentation: Usage Analytics - The Value to Customers and Using Your Data Today

Presentation: Creating Cases from Unmatched Events

Simon works with customers across the globe delivering end-to-end customer success, technical account management, and technical support in IT security, compliance, risk and asset management. He has over 13 years of experience in the IT industry specializing in customer success.

Rammy Issa, Cylynt

Application Engineer

Presentation: Creating Cases from Unmatched Events

Rammy provides application engineering support at Cylynt while pursuing a graduate degree in computer science. His specialties are artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Rory O'Connor, Cylynt


Presentation: Usage Analytics, the Value to Customers and Using Your Data Today

Roundtable: Managing the Software IP Risks of Working Remotely

Rory O’Connor is a cybersecurity consultant and former SVP of cybersecurity at Irdeto, where he was responsible for leading the company’s revenue assurance strategy and anti-piracy efforts. He is a vocal defender of intellectual property rights in the press and at conferences globally.

Adrian Allen, Cylynt


Cylynt New Product Launch

Roundtable: Managing the Software IP Risks of Working Remotely

Adrian has over 20 years of engineering and management experience building enterprise software products for highly demanding, large scale, mission-critical systems. As Chief Technology Officer he oversees the Cylynt technical and product strategy and roadmap in order to drive the company’s business worldwide. Adrian holds an M.Sc. in Technology Management and Innovation from the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School Dublin.

Graham Kill, Cylynt

Executive Chairman

Roundtable: Legal Process, Successful Cases, and Recommendations for Protecting IP in China

Graham returned to the UK in 2015 after 24 years abroad to develop a portfolio of activities, including directorships, investing in companies, charity trusteeships, and community service. He began his career in 1983 as a mining engineer and 1991 embarked on a 24-year international career in media and technology. For most of that period, he was CEO of Irdeto, a Netherlands software, technology, and security company. Graham earned his BEng in mining engineering from University of Nottingham and his MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in The Netherlands. He also holds a diploma in company direction from The Institute of Directors in the UK.

Kent Kedl, Control Risks


Presentation: Living the Headlines: The Impact of U.S./China Geopolitics on Business Operations

Kent has worked in Asia since the early 1980s and is responsible for Control Risks’ practices across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the Koreas, and Mongolia. He has consulted with multi-national and Asian corporations on a range of risk and strategy issues such as mergers and acquisitions and organic growth strategy, crisis management and operational business controls, and strategic and organizational development programs. 

Patrick Jenevein, Pointe Bello


Presentation: Litigating PiracyAgainst the Communist Party of China

By leveraging over three decades of executive experience and insight in the global business arena, Patrick has positioned Pointe Bello to be a disruptor in understanding and balancing risk. From the United States to Asia to South America, he has developed noteworthy expertise building businesses in power generation and electric infrastructure, including companies providing sustainable energy solutions in China. A number of organizations have recognized Patrick’s business leadership through the years, including Ernst & Young, the Dallas Regional Chamber, and the U.S. Department of State. His speaking engagements have included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Council on Foreign Relations, The Aspen Institute, and the Milken Institute, and Patrick has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Chinese investment in the United States. Patrick is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has been a featured commentator for The Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, and other news organizations.

Norm Kelly, Synopsys

Director of License Compliance

Presentation: TBD

Norm has been with Synopsys for over twenty years, spending most of that time in the IP Group at Synopsys in various roles including director of business development, corporate applications director, and marketing director. For the past five years, he has been the director of license compliance for Synopsys with responsibilities for ensuring that all users of Synopsys IP and tools are compliant with their Synopsys agreements. This includes responsibility for IP usage and royalty customer audits, including foundries, IP OEMs, and end users, as well as Synopsys’ anti-piracy programs for both software and IP.


Kevin Yang, Siemens

License Compliance, Greater China

Roundtable: Accomplishing Piracy Revenue Recovery in China and Recommendations for Protecting IP

Kevin has been in the software compliance area for more than 13 years and leads a team with 40 experts to fight software piracy for Siemens Digital Industry Software. Kevin is experienced in dealing with all types of license compliance cases and is involved in developing a healthy ecosystem to grow the business continuously. His next project is to design a red-carpet program to convert non-compliant organizations to loyal customers.

Steve Papazian, Ruttenberg IP Law


Presentation: TBD

Steve is an attorney with extensive experience litigating and resolving software piracy and other intellectual property disputes, many of which include multinational parties. In addition to his litigation practice, he also actively counsels clients—including Fortune 500 companies and startups—across a range of strategic intellectual property and business decisions, including licensing discussions, patent portfolio assessments, and other intellectual property strategy. Prior to joining Ruttenberg IP Law, Steve was an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Viresh Chana, Connor Consulting

Founder and Managing Partner

Presentation: Lessons Learned During COVID: How to Leverage Data & Technology to Scale Engagement and Growth

Viresh is a leading industry expert in licensing compliance and brand protection. He has leveraged his experience working closely with more than 30 licensors and 1,000 licensees in more than 30 countries to become an innovative solutions provider currently advancing the field of compliance. 

Viresh is also the founder and CEO of RUVIXX INC., providing technology to the IP management and brand protection space, as well as its flagship SaaS application helping organizations maximize customer engagement and conversion through a multi-channel, data centric approach.

Peter Jones, Siemens

Technical Operations Manager, License Compliance

Presentation: Beyond Piracy: Capitalize on Missed Opportunities with Proven Revenue Growth and Value Creation Strategies

As technical operations manager for license compliance at Siemens, Peter brings his previous experience as an IT manager and consultant to improving and shaping the global license compliance program.

Lee Taylor, Quest Software

SVP Software License Compliance and Strategic Partnerships

Presentation: Beyond Piracy: Capitalize on Missed Opportunities with Proven Revenue Growth and Value Creation Strategies

As technical operations manager for license compliance at Siemens, Peter brings his previous experience as an IT manager and consultant to improving and shaping the global license compliance program.

Saurabh Bose, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Senior Director and Head- License Compliance APAC

Presentation: Lessons Learned During COVID: How to Leverage Data and Technology to Scale Engagement and Growth

Saurabh has over 15 years of experience in license compliance, anti-piracy, IP protection, regulatory affairs compliance, and sales management. He has worked extensively in the Asia Pacific region on anti-piracy with companies like GE, KPMG, and Microsoft at postings in the USA, India, and China prior to his current role. Saurabh has initiated, incubated, and led license compliance programs in many countries in the region, notably India and China, with multi-million dollar revenue recoveries being generated through them. He is also a member of the policy committee of the BSA Software Alliance in Asia. 



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