Jon Putnam founded Competition Dynamics as a platform for economic research and testimony at the intersection of antitrust, intellectual property and international trade.
Jon Putnam holds BA, MA and PhD degrees in economics from Yale University, where he specialized in international, macro and R&D economics. He received fellowships at Yale and Columbia Law Schools, and a Yale International and Area Studies fellowship for the study of European patent systems. Dr. Putnam’s PhD thesis, The Value of International Patent Rights, was the first to measure the world value of patent rights.
From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Putnam held a professorship in the Law and Economics of Intellectual Property at the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, University of Toronto. Dr. Putnam has also held academic appointments at the Boston University Graduate School of Management, Columbia University Schools of Law and Business, Vassar College, and Yale College.
Among other publications, Dr. Putnam is the author of “Patent Valuation,” in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (2008); “The Law and Economics of International Intellectual Property: A Primer,” in Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, vol. 2: Intellectual Property, Growth and Trade (2008); and is the editor of and a principal contributor to Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in the Knowledge-Based Economy (2006).
Dr. Putnam has been retained in more than 100 consulting engagements, and has testified more than 20 times, in patent, antitrust, copyright, trade secret, and contract actions, in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, before the Federal Trade Commission and International Trade Commission, and in US and international arbitrations.
Dr. Putnam regularly testifies in large-scale intellectual property litigation. Cases with more than $500 million in controversy include:
- Tessera v. ASE et al
- MedioStream v. Microsoft et al
- TSMC v. SMIC
- LG Display v. AU Optronics
- SCO v. IBM
- Nokia v. InterDigital
- Eastman Kodak v. Sun Microsystems
- TM Patents v. IBM
- In re Paragon Trade Brands
Justin Latona joined CD in 2014. In his time with the firm, Justin has worked on and managed cases across an array of industries and technologies, including 3G and 4G mobile communications, location-based services, semiconductors, broadband technologies and pharmaceuticals.
Having consulted in complex disputes related to patents and patent portfolios, including F/RAND-encumbered standard-essential patents, as well as trade secrets, Justin has prepared expert reports and testimony in multiple U.S. court jurisdictions, at the ITC and the ICDR. Justin has also provided economic support to clients in their development of licensing strategy.
Justin has advanced analytical skills, and regularly performs and directs statistical and econometric analyses to value multi-component technologies, patents and patent licenses.
Justin has a BA in economics and philosophy from Boston College, where he was also active in varsity athletics. Prior to joining CD, Justin worked at Lionbridge Technologies in the Life Sciences department.
Yuxi Meng came to Competition Dynamics in 2017 from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she specialized in strategic business planning and intellectual property valuation and transfer for Fortune 500 and middle market clients. She holds a PhD in Energy Economics from Penn State University and has extensive experience in quantitative modeling, data analytics and visualization. Her research interests include intellectual property valuation, innovation strategy, industrial growth and competition. Her published papers include “Global Patent Chokepoints” (in Stanford Technology Law Review).
Since joining CD, Yuxi has managed projects and conducted independent analyses related to the valuation of patents, patent portfolios, and trade secrets, in the telecommunication, pharmaceutical, and energy sectors.
Hieu Luu joined Competition Dynamics in 2017 as an Associate. Currently a PhD candidate in Economics at Boston College, Hieu’s research interests lie in the areas of industrial organization and applied microeconomics. His dissertation is a study of consumer search behavior and its effects on competition and pricing in the mortgage market.
Hieu has served as a Teaching Fellow at Boston College where he taught undergraduate courses in Microeconomics and Econometrics. Prior to Boston College, he attended Colgate University and graduated magna cum laude in 2011 with a BA in Economics and Mathematics.
At CD he is undertaking economic research and data analysis in litigation support while he completes his doctoral dissertation. Hieu has developed new techniques related to intellectual property disputes in the areas of competition, patent portfolio valuation, and reasonable royalty rates in the telecommunications industry.
Siling Chen joined Competition Dynamics in 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a Master’s Degree in Mathematical Finance with high honors and membership in the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. In addition, Siling is a Certified Financial Analyst, having passed the CFA I.
Prior to CD, Siling worked at a financial technology start up which is building a cloud-based platform for financial options analytics, researching the applications of new pricing algorithms.
Since joining CD, Siling has worked on various matters including patent portfolio analysis and patent license modeling for wireless technology as well as event studies of litigation-related developments.
Danna Levin joined Competition Dynamics in 2017 after graduating from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Marketing.
As the holder of the Israeli women’s record for the 2000 and 3000-meter steeplechase. Danna attended college on a full athletics scholarship. Danna has also represented Israel at the World Championship games in Italy and Canada, and at the first European Games in Azerbaijan. Danna has also been the Israeli karate champion in her weight category for four consecutive years.
Prior to enrolling at BC, Danna served in the Israeli Defense Force as an Operations Sergeant in Army intelligence
Since joining CD, Danna has analyzed intellectual property licenses, supported expert deposition testimony, developed analyses for trade secret client pipelines, and assisted in fuzzy logic matching, in the telecommunications and financial sectors.
Jenni Quinlan came to Competition Dynamics in 2017 from Ernst & Young, where she worked in IT Risk Advisory, auditing financial institutions. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Managerial Economics from Bentley University, with a minor in Mathematics.
In addition to economic and statistical analysis, Jenni is interested in human rights and economic development. While a student, she participated as a Saha Global Fellow in Ghana, working on a project to support the start up of sustainable water treatment systems. She also did independent study evaluating the effects of land grabs on the GDP and the livelihood of the citizens of selected African countries.
Since joining CD, Jenni has analyzed reasonable royalty terms and conducted econometric analyses in the telecommunications industry.
Nana Amponsah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College, where she became highly interested in the intersection of law and economics. After graduating magna cum laude in 2016, she spent a year volunteering in faith-based initiatives and community outreach in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Nana enjoys her analyst role at CD, where she has helped to establish the existence of a domestic industry in testimony before the International Trade Commission, analyzed telecommunications licenses, and where she continues to learn about patent law and economics.
Following her career at CD, Nana plans to attend law school.
Nick Fucci joined Competition Dynamics in 2017 after graduating magna cum laude with a BA in Economics from Emmanuel College. During his studies, Nick developed an interest in the application of econometrics to real world problems.
In addition to economic analysis, Nick is interested in public policy and political theory. He enjoys witnessing the impact that CD’s work has on legal decision-making and market outcomes.
Since joining CD, Nick has consulted on projects in the telecommunications and energy industries. He has focused on data analysis related to proof of domestic industry, reasonable royalty terms, and competition-related claims.
Nick plans eventually to pursue a PhD in Economics.
Lou Zetes joined Competition Dynamics in 2016 as General Manager. Lou develops the firm’s organizational structure and capabilities, manages our strategic talent acquisition and oversees the firm’s day-to-day activities.
After a fifteen-year career in international banking at Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs, Lou founded Market People, an executive search boutique specializing in the recruitment of front office investment banking staff. Lou brings that wealth of experience in high-performance business environments to Competition Dynamics.
Lou holds an MA in International Business from the University of South Carolina and a BA in German from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Kerri Lavertu came to Competition Dynamics after spending nearly 8 years at Charles River Associates, where she worked in new business development/conflict administration. Before that, Kerri worked in client intake/conflict control at Ropes & Gray LLP.
Kerri has a degree in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s College in Maine. In addition, she operates a successful photography business, Dave & Kerri Photography (daveandkerriphotos.com).
At CD Kerri handles all aspects of firm management including human resources, financial administration, AR/AP, as well as day-to-day business operations.