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Yuzhi IP brings together a talented group of IP pioneers and veterans from China, US, and Europe. The team has generated an unprecedented level of positive financial outcomes tied to patent monetization.
Globally Recognized Leadership
A Rich History of Asset Management Success Yuzhi IP Advisors’ management team brings a wealth of experiences and guidance to clients worldwide, enabling greater successes for clients seeking to create more value from their patent assets.
Erich Spangenberg is a Partner and Chairman of Yuzhi IP Advisors. Erich is the founder and former CEO of IP Navigation Group (IPNav). He is also the founder and former CEO of nXn Partners (predictive analytics). Mr. Spangenberg was previously a partner at the law firm, Jones Day, an investment banking executive at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, an executive at a telecommunications company, and a distressed asset manager.
Erich has received numerous industry and trade recognitions. In 2015 (and in previous years), Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine named Erich as #2 of the top 40 IP “market makers” whose “connections, decisions and actions drive the ever-expanding global IP marketplace.” In 2015 (and in previous years), Managing Intellectual Property listed Erich as one of “The 50 People Shaping the Future of IP.” He has received numerous other industry and trade recognitions.
Erich earned his BA from Skidmore College (Periclean graduate), M.Sc. from The London School of Economics (Distinguished graduate), and JD from Case Western Reserve University (Law Review).
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Min Ding, PhD, MBA
Dr. Ding is a Partner and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Yuzhi IP Advisors, specializing in technical evaluation, market/product analysis, and business development for IP transactions and corporation transactions in major high-tech industries. Min has developed many technology licensing projects, and negotiated complex legal, financial, regulatory, and organizational terms with domestic and foreign counterparties. He has also identified and developed IP cross-licensing opportunities through competition study, IP landscape analysis, patent portfolio evaluation, and technical intelligence analysis that generated multiple-million dollars in revenue. Prior to becoming an IP professional, Min was a seasoned engineer and project manager with over 10 years’ experience in high-tech business development and new product introduction.
Dr. Ding currently works for a major investment fund in China that focuses on technologies, equipment, and cross-border M&A. Prior to that, he served as an IP Specialist at a Fortune 500 tech company. Min holds a PhD in engineering and an EMBA, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jack Lu, PhD, CFA
Jack Lu, PhD, CFA is a Partner and Chief Economist of Yuzhi IP Advisors. An economist and financial analyst with an engineering background and research credentials, Jack specializes in economic study, financial analysis, assets valuation, and strategic advisory for IP transactions & litigation, and for IP-intensive corporate transactions and disputes in financing (VC & PE), M&A, equity investment, and distressed assets investment. Jack’s research and consulting services deliver valuation reports, pre-transaction studies, fairness opinions, market & competition analysis, pre-litigation & pre-assertion assessments, settlement & mediation packages, and damage estimates.
Prior to co-founding Yuzhi IP, Jack served as Senior Economist, Director of Economic Analysis, and the Chief Economist at another economic consulting firm, where he conducted economic damage analysis for IP and other commercial litigation, developed two generations of financial distress forecast models for a major turnaround management firm, and operated the financial distress forecast & advisory practice. Prior to that, he worked briefly at a Montreal-based investment consulting firm as an investment analyst, and interned with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington DC.
Jack is also an active researcher and publisher. His studies in intellectual property, patent markets, financial markets and other economic issues have been published by the Council on Foreign Relations, Cambridge University Press, Business Economics, Licensing Economics Review, IAM Magazine, and Les Nouvelles, the Journal of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) International. He was an expert speaker at IP forums organized by Duke Law School, LES, London IP Summit, and other entities, and his comments have appeared in CFA Magazine, Licensing Economics Review, and LES Insight. His most recent research can be found at his SSRN and author page.
After receiving his B.E. in electrical engineering and M.Ph. in technology management, Jack studied economic policy and received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Licensing Executives Society. He has been actively involved in supporting these organizations, including serving on the Executive Committees of 2011, 2014, and 2017 LES High Tech Royalty Survey.
Mr. Song is a Partner and COO of Yuzhi IP Advisors. A senior executive at SSIPEX (Shanghai Silicon Intellectual Property Exchange), he is a veteran IP expert in China. Prior to joining SSIPEX, Mr. Song was a Director of MPEG LA in China, supervising licensing and compliance services, including creation of new patent pools. Prior to that, He served various capacities with multiple organizations and companies, including China Representative of Ellicott Dredge, senior manager of Maryland and Pennsylvania representative offices in China, senior manager of China Merchants Development Corporation Shanghai Office, and officer of Shanghai Federation of Industry and Commerce.
He graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, and holds a MBA from the University of Queensland, Australia.