IP for Successful Worldwide Business Strategy




Conference October 24 | Master Classes October 26, 2021

Sheraton Hotel, Tel Aviv

 BPIP 2021

Intellectual Property is, by definition, a cornerstone of your business. 


The BPIP Annual Conference brings global decision makers and international IP stars to Tel Aviv ensuring you are updated on the IP global issues, trends and legislation that affect your company’s IP.

  • ​​​Keynote Speakers 2021:

    • Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

    • Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice

    • Dave Kappos, Former USPTO Director

  • Guest Speakers 2021 include:

    • Kevin Kehoe, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft

    • Craig Zajac, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Clicksoftware (now acquired by Salesforce)

    • John Nevard, Consultant, formerly IP Director Cambridge Display Technology Ltd and Chief IP Counsel for the Alere group of companies.  

    • Malcolm T. Meeks, President Director General, Valotoire Ventures

    • Jonathan Barnett, Professor, Gould School of Law, University of Southern California


Master Classes with internationally acclaimed experts:

  • BIG DATA and AI: IP Protection, Transactional and Regulatory Considerations

  • Funding David to Slay Goliath: Litigation Financing for Patent Suits

  • Presenting a Winning Case to the EPO Boards of Appeal:  How to Build a Best Case for Appeal

  • Competitor Analysis: IP Landscaping and Beyond 

  • Intellectual Property Litigation Before the ITC

Learn practical tools, methods and new ideas that you can then apply to your own company and practice.


  • Daniella Atzmony, CIPO & Chief Innovation Strategy Officer, Syqe Medical, Chairperson Advisory Board Forum of In House IP Managers and Counsel, Israel

  • Shlomo Armony, Vice President Corporate Intellectual Property, Elbit Systems

  • Rachel Ben Tov, Director of IP, Pointgrab

  • Ori Buberman, Head of Intellectual Property, Mobileye

  • Suzanne Erez, IPLaw Counsel, EMEA IPLaw - Research, Israel, IBM

  • Michael Faibisch, Senior IP Counsel, Marvell Israel

  • Sharon Hausdorff, Vice President Corporate Intellectual Property, TEVA

  • Yoav Prager, IP Manager Elbit Systems

  • Rimma Pugatsch Shendelzon, IP Manager, Landa Digital Printing

  • Einav Zilber, Chairperson, Israel Patent Attorney Association (IPAA), former Counsel of Applied Materials Israel & India 

BPIP 2021 Advisory Board


confirmed to date 


Yoav Alkalay
Yoav Alkalay is a Partner and Patent Attorney in the Patents Group at Pearl Cohen’s Tel Aviv office. For more than 15 years Yoav has been advising clients on various Intellectual Property matters, such as strategic patent portfolio development and management, patents monetization, IP due diligence for M&A deals, and more.
Shlomo Armony
V.P Corporate IP (Vice President for Corporate Intellectual Property)
Managing registration of patents and trademarks, oppositions to patents and trademarks registration and enforcement of intellectual property rights against infringing companies in various countries. Supporting IP rights protection in contracts and due-diligence for M&A.
Daniella Atzmony
Dr. Daniella Atzmony, CIPO and Chief Innovation Strategy Officer at Syqe Medical, is an advocate and a patent attorney. Daniella combines her intimate knowledge of business and the business plan, with her hands-on experience of a vast range of intellectual property and legal matters, making her an integral part of the company's management and all its aspects.
Daniella’s experience spans IP rights including patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property rights.
Ilja Bedner
Ilja Bedner joins LOT with over thirteen years of experience in the intellectual property industry. Ilja was previously at Technicolor, Intellectual Ventures, and Hewlett-Packard. At Technicolor, Ilja was a VP of licensing where he built licensing programs and engaged in patent licensing discussions. At Intellectual Ventures, Ilja was the Managing Director of Strategic Investors Relations where he focused entirely on the needs of strategic investors, licensees, and customers.
Jonathan M. Barnett
Jonathan M. Barnett is the Torrey H. Webb Professor of Law at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. He directs the law school’s program in Media, Entertainment & Technology Law. Barnett’s research covers a wide range of
topics in intellectual property and antitrust law, with a focus on the transactional and entrepreneurial aspects of IP law, policy and practice. Barnett has published in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review,
Jeffrey Berkowitz
Intellectual Asset Managment and The Legal 500 U.S. have recognized Jeff for his patent litigation practice. He has received several American Jurisprudence Awards: Legal Research and Writing (2); Civil Procedure; Jurisprudence; and Judicial Clerkship. Managing Intellectual Property named him as an “IP Star” in Virginia, and he was recognized as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology.
Ori Buberman
Head of Intellectual Property at Mobileye
Michael Cantor
For more than 30 years, Michael Cantor’s unwavering commitment to delivering the highest level of IP legal services at exceptionally competitive rates has fueled Cantor Colburn’s strategic expansion from a ten-lawyer firm in the 1990s into one of the largest IP law firms in the U.S. Michael oversees more than 100 attorneys and patent agents who counsel a diverse client base of international innovators in making the most of their IP assets.
Kurt G. Calia
Kurt Calia is a trial and appellate litigator in Covington & Burling's Palo Alto office. His practice focuses on the firm's high technology clients in a wide range of areas, including pharmaceutical chemistry, biotechnology, biomedical devices, nanotechnology, mechanical devices, microprocessors, business methods, and software. He previously served as co-Chair of the firm's Patent Group and Vice Chair for the Trade Secrets Committee of the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association.
Elliot Cook
Elliot Cook, Partner at Finnegan, maintains a diverse intellectual property practice, including patent litigation, post-grant patent challenges, patent prosecution, and patent monetization. Mr. Cook focuses on helping clients strategically develop patent portfolios that effectively block competitors and build corporate value.
Makan Delrahim
Makan Delrahim was confirmed on September 27, 2017, as Assistant Attorney General for the
Antitrust Division. Mr. Delrahim previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and
Deputy White House Counsel. Mr. Delrahim’s rich antitrust background covers the full range of
industries, issues, and institutions touched upon by the work of the Antitrust Division. He is a former partner in the Los Angeles office of a national law firm.
Luigi Distefano
Luigi Distefano is a UK and European patent attorney whose practice focuses on patent prosecution, portfolio development and management, drafting, client counseling, and oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office (EPO). Luigi predominantly handles subject matter in the fields of electronic and mechanical engineering, and has extensive experience in dealing with the nuances of prosecuting computer implemented inventions in Europe.
Michael Fink
Michael Fink is a lead litigator in G&B’s litigation and trial group. He is also a registered patent attorney. Prior to joining G&B in 1988, Michael was a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to his extensive patent litigation experience, Michael has argued many appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit.
Michael Galai
Experienced executive, with extensive knowledge of the U.S., UK and Israeli capital markets; M&A transactions; IP policy, SEP licensing and strategy; investor relations; financial reporting; fund raising.

Have held a variety of positions in the full spectrum of capital market players: the Israel Securities Authority, a leading Israeli law firm, legal and financial executive positions in publicly listed companies (on Nasdaq, AIM and the TASE).
Aaron D. Hurvitz
At Kangxin, Mr. Hurvitz currently advises the firm’s North American, European, Indian, and Australian clients on different aspects of Chinese Intellectual Property Law. He specifically focuses on how best to introduce technology into China, and deals heavily with advising Kangxin’s clients on how best to effectuate positive enforcement of their Intellectual Property Rights.
Sharon Hausdorff
Experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the pharmaceuticals industry. Strong IP professional skilled in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Freedom to Operate (FTO), Life Sciences, Medical Devices, and Regulatory Affairs.
Ephraim Heiliczer
Ephraim Heiliczer is a Senior Associate in the Intellectual Property Group at Pearl Cohen’s Tel Aviv office. Ephraim has a strong background in medical science and has been involved in numerous life science oppositions and infringement actions as well as in patent prosecution.
​Andrei Iancu
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director
of the USPTO

In his role as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu provides leadership and oversight to one of the
largest intellectual property offices in the world, with more than 12,000 employees and an annual budget
of over $3 billion.
Darren Jiron
Relying on extensive experience in both patent procurement and patent litigation, Darren Jiron focuses on building strategically developed patent portfolios. With a special interest in helping high-tech and fast-growing companies craft patent plans to block competitors and build corporate value, Darren works closely with clients to ensure their patents align with and support their business goals.
David Kappos
David "Dave" J. Kappos is an attorney who served as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from 2009 to 2013. Prior to being confirmed to this post by the U.S. Senate on August 7, 2009,[3] Kappos was the vice president and assistant general counsel, intellectual property law, for IBM Corporation.[
Sammy Katz
Director of Patents for Synamedia Ltd. Sammy is responsible for global patent portfolio maintenance and development. Encouraging innovation and creating an aggressive but efficient patenting program to ensure robust protection of the cutting edge technology being developed by Synamedia.
Keven Kehoe (LCA)
Kevin Kehoe is an Assistant General Counsel in Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs group
(CELA). He has served in Microsoft’s legal department for over seventeen years in various roles. Kevin
currently leads the patent conflict and licensing team in Microsoft’s Intellectual Property Group where
his work focuses on advancing licensing and governance structures to facilitate organizational data
William B. Kezer
Bill has a business-savvy, product-driven approach to patent prosecution. He provides clients with strategic advice on patent portfolio development, conducts due diligence reviews of targeted companies and technology, and handles comparative evaluations of competitive patented technologies. His experience includes serving as in-house patent counselor for a life sciences company and working as a senior research scientist for two global chemical companies.
Asa Kling
Asa Kling chairs the NBA's intellectual property practice handling litigation and registration prosecution in courts and before the Israel Patent Office. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kling was the Director of the Israel Patent Office and Commissioner of Patents, Trademarks and Designs (2011–2017).
Christopher Maierhoefer
As partner and member of our Intellectual Property Practice Group, I advise an international range of clients, with a special focus on life sciences and telecommunications technology. Since joining our firm in 2011, I have constantly broadened my practice from patent litigation, which still makes up the major part of my work, to protection and enforcement of trade secrets and know-how and contractual IP work.
Malcolm T."Ty" Meeks
Malcolm T. “Ty” Meeks is President Director General and General Partner of Valotoire Ventures. Valotoire Ventures is a venture capital firm based in Paris focused on investing in early-stage (seed and series A) French companies in the deep tech space having the ability to generate multiple high-quality patents per year.
Daniel Melman
Daniel Melman is a Partner in the Patent Litigation and Post Grant Proceedings Groups at Pearl Cohen’s New York office. He is an experienced intellectual property litigation and trial attorney, with a focus on patent, trade secret and other complex matters across various technologies, including telecommunications, computer hardware and software, medical devices, electro-mechanical devices, biotechnology, financial services, e-commerce, and the internet.
David Mirchin
Heads Meitar’s Technology Group. David is a leading expert on data protection and privacy issues, as well as on software, open source issues, licensing, trademarks and intellectual property transactions. He represents technology companies, including software developers, SaaS companies, information aggregators & life sciences companies, & advises on establishing privacy compliance programs, as well as on internet, copyright, trademark & intellectual property issues in M&A & other transactions.
Micaela Modiano
Micaela Modiano is a senior partner at Modiano & Partners.
She is a qualified European patent and trademark attorney. Micaela holds a BSc in chemistry from Harvard University (USA), an MSc in IP law from Queen Mary University of London (UK) and a post-graduate degree in European patent litigation from the University of Strasbourg (France).
Micaela is a member of the EPI Council (Council of the Bar Association of European Patent Attorneys) and of the European Patent Practice Committee.
Yossi Moscovitz
President of Products & Solutions at Telit, a leader in enterprise-grade IoT products and software. Previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Telit Automotive Solutions and held other executive positions with Telit, Cell Data Ltd. and Microkim.
John Nevard
Since July 2018, John has been a “fractional” IP advisor to a number of SMEs and micro
companies helping them with the management of their IP portfolios, developing their IP
strategies and preparing them for their next transition whether that be a funding round,
sale or acquisition. John is a non-executive director of TLIP Ltd (a UK based firm of patent
attorneys) and a senior advisor to Tianhao Intellectual Property Firm in Hangzhou.
Yoav Oestreicher
Dr. Yoav Oestreicher is a partner in Meitar's Litigation Group, and is responsible for the firm’s intellectual property and technology litigation practice. Yoav has substantial experience in commercial, business and intellectual property litigation and arbitration and was recommended as a litigator by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, WTR 1000 and IAM Patent 1000.
Yael Riemer
Mrs. Riemer is a partner in FBC's Litigation Department. She specializes in intellectual property litigation, data and privacy protection, commercial disputes, and class actions.

Mrs. Riemer provides legal counsel to individuals, private companies, and public companies with respect to intellectual property, information technology, and Internet law, including with respect to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, privacy protection, and database usage.
Felix Roediger
I am one of the founding partners of Bird & Bird Germany. As a patent litigator, my practice focuses on patent law. For years now I have been active in all technical areas and advised on all manner of patent law issues, in particular patent litigation before civil courts and arbitration on complex licensing agreements.
Mark Ruberto
Mark Ruberto is a U.S. Patent Agent leveraging 20+ years of industrial experience. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Solid-State Engineering from Columbia University in New York. Mark worked as an RF and Millimeter-wave design engineer first at RAFAEL and then at Intel’s Haifa Design Center in wireless communication chip design. Mark transitioned into Patent law in 2012. Mark’s current practice at Greenberg Traurig includes Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Fintech patents.
Adam Samansky
Adam’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. He handles patent, trademark, and trade secret matters on behalf of innovators and investors in a range of industries. His core practice includes patent and trade secret litigation involving complex technologies in the pharmaceutical, medical, high-tech, and defense industries.
Ken Seddon
Ken Seddon joined LOT in April of 2015, bringing over 20 years of experience managing all areas of intellectual property. Previously, Ken was with some of the largest patent holders the world including Apple, Micron, Motorola, Intel and most recently as the Vice President of IP at ARM.
Ken drafted over 300 patent applications while at Motorola and Intel, and managed all US patent prosecution at Intel.
Adam Snukal
Adam Snukal’s practice is primarily focused around the centrality of technology across many verticals and industries, with an emphasis on health care, FinTech, privacy, cyber-security, Ad-Tech, entertainment, IT/cloud infrastructure, outsourcing and Aerospace/ New Space. Mr. Snukal also regularly counsels clients on their global privacy and data security compliance obligations, such as GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, PCI and more. Adam’s clients range from large multi-nationals to emerging growth companies.
Ranganath Sudarshan
Ranganath (Ranga) Sudarshan is a trial and appellate lawyer at Covington & Burling's Washington DC office. He has particular expertise in advising clients on cross-border intellectual property issues, whether in providing strategic portfolio advice, defending against infringement allegations, or enforcing intellectual property rights.
Ziv Rotenberg
Dr. Ziv Rotenberg is a partner at the law firm Gornitzky & Co. and leads the firm’s intellectual property practice and chairs the firm’s China Desk. Ziv’s practice covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property law, and intellectual property strategy. Ziv has unique expertise in Chinese intellectual property law. Ziv holds a Ph.D. in international law from China University of Political Science and Law. He was also a special adviser to the State of Israel.
Goran Stankovic
Goran is part of the Consulting & Customer Success team. His experience in consulting, the retrieval
and processing of big data, especially in the field of patent analytics, has helped in successfully
completing many different projects delivered to Fortune 500 and DAX companies. He is an integral
part of LexisNexis PatentSight’s customer success team, which is the market leader when it comes to understanding customer needs, and ongoing as well as new challenges.
Barry Schindler
Barry J. Schindler is the Chair of Greenberg Traurig's Global Patent Prosecution Group -- a group of over 100 attorneys/agents, who are registered with the USPTO, and handling over 4,000 domestic and foreign applications. Barry has over 30 years of legal experience in all aspects patent prosecution and IP protection, representing numerous major companies and start-ups regarding patents/trade secrets relating to AI in such relevant areas of AgriTech, FinTech, Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Medical.
Daniel Thomas
Daniel X. Thomas has been working in the field of intellectual property since 1971. After starting as search examiner in The Hague, he later transferred to Munich as substantive examiner, and since 1989 he headed various directorates in the fields of electronics, medical physics and mechanics at the EPO. He has a great experience in Oral Proceedings at the EPO having chaired around 300 of those in opposition procedures.
Daniel left the EPO in 2012 working now as consultant.
Anna Maria Villa
Anna Maria Villa, QPIP, is a patent analytics specialist and patent search professional at the Swiss Federal Institute of
Intellectual Property (IPI). Before joining the IPI, she has been working for 19 years at the EPO as a patent examiner in
pharmacy and cosmetics, and 2 years with a patent analytics software provider.
Manuel Wirz
Manuel Wirz is a patent examiner and patent search professional at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
(IPI). Besides his role as customer relations manager, he provides commercial patent search services to law firms and
Prior to his specialization in intellectual property at the IPI, he gained industrial experience working in crop protection,
pharmaceutical industry and medical device technology.
Craig Zajac
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at ClickSoftware, Inc.
Einav Zilber
Adv. Einav Zilber, Patent Attorney, holds a BSc in Physics & Mathematics, is the former IP counsel for Applied Materials Israel and Applied Materials India. Einav has private law firm experience encompassing IP counseling to entrepreneurs as well as small, mid-size and well-established companies. Einav’s experience spans IP-related legal work including patents, copyright, trade secrets, trademarks, collaborations, competition, licensing, supply chain and funding.
David Zviel
Senior Patent Agent at Mellanox, David has been a patent professional for over 25 years. He is a US Patent Agent and an Israel Patent Attorney. Most of David's career has been spent in-house at varous high-tech companies in Israel, where his responsibilities have included: patent drafting and prosection; supervising outside counsel; dispute management; and litigation support.
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2021 Conference Program*

October 24th

08:00 - 09:00

Registration, Networking and Breakfast


09:00 - 09:15


Kimberly Lindy, Founder and Director Intellectual Property Resources and BPIP


Opening Remarks

Daniella Atzmony, Co-Chairperson BPIP Conference, Chairperson of the Israel IP Managers and Counsel Forum and Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Chief Innovation Strategy Officer, Syqe Medical

Opening Remarks & Introduction to morning keynotes: 

Jeffrey Berkowitz, Co-Chairperson BPIP Conference, Partner Finnegan


09:15 - 09:45

Keynote Address 

New Directions at the USPTO

Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

09:45 - 10:30

Acquiring a Company with an IP Portfolio: Buyer's and Seller's Perspective


Moderator: Micaela Modiano, Partner, Modiano & Partners


  • Kevin Kehoe, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft

  • Craig Zajac, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Clicksoftware (now acquired by Salesforce)

  • John Nevard, Consultant, formerly IP Director Cambridge Display Technology Ltd and Chief IP Counsel for the Alere group of companies.  

  • Malcolm T. Meeks, President Director General, Valotaire Ventures
  • Sharon Hausdorff, Vice President Corporate Intellectual Property, TEVA

10:30 - 11:00

Networking Break

11:00 - 11:45   


Mock Infringement Case


Jeffrey Berkowitz, Partner Finnegan 

Barry Schindler, Partner Greenberg Trauig


Daniel ThomasFormer Director of the

European Patent Office

11:45 - 12:00   

12:00 - 12:45   

Addressing the PAE Problem

Patent Litigation Trends and Effective Resistance

Ken Seddon, LOT Network

Keynote Addresses


Anti Trust and IP


Introduction and Moderator: Adam Samanksy, Partner Mintz


Current Developments in US Antitrust Law and Enforcement

Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General,

for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice


Remedies and Other Key Issues for Standards-Essential Patents that are Subject to a RAND or FRAND Licensing Commitment

Dave KapposFormer USPTO Director, Partner Cravath

12:45 - 13:45   


Special Luncheon Seminar

The Reality of Trade Secret Protection: Recent Developments and Risk Mitigation


Where: Topaz Room (Kum Kum Restaurant)


Kurt Calia - Covington

Ranganath SudarshanCovington





13:45 - 14:30

The Role of IP Managers in the R&D Process, Promoting Innovation and IP Training. Effective Implementation



Barry Schindler, Greenberg Traurig

Sammy Katz, Director of Patents Synamedia Ltd.

John Nevard, former IP Director Cambridge Display Technology Ltd and Chief IP Counsel for Alere.



Einav Zilber, Chairperson, Israel Patent Attorney Association (IPAA), former Counsel of Applied Materials Israel & India 



Attacking Patents in the Patent Office, EU & IL Oppositions, PTAB 




Ephraim Zachary HeiliczerPearl Cohen

Elliot Cook, Finnegan

Felix RoedigerBird and Bird




Moderator:  Asa Kling, Partner NBA, former Israel Patent Commissioner

Subject Matter Eligibility and updates on Prosecution US, EU, China


Luigi DistefanoFinnegan

Ziv Rotenberg, Gornitzky

Kurt CaliaRanganath Sudarshan, Covington

Moderator: David Zviel, Senior Patent Agent, Mellanox 

14:30 - 15:15

IP Landscaping and Competitor Analysis


Speakers:  Manuel Wirz and Anna Maria Villa, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property  

Michael Cantor, Cantor and Colbourn 


Moderator: William Kezer, Mintz Levin   

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15:15 - 15:30

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15:30 - 16:15

IP Clauses in Joint Ventures (including R&D and Licensing)



Kevin Kehoe, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft

Malcolm T. Meeks, President Director General, Valotaire Ventures

Michael Fink, Greenblum and Bernstein

David Mirchin, Meitar


Moderator: Shlomo Armony, Vice President Corporate Intellectual Property, Elbit Systems  

Regulatory Issues – Industrial Standards, FDA, Anti-Trust



Adam Samansky, Mintz Levin

Jonathan Barnett, Gould School of Law,University Southern California 

Micaela ModianoModiano & Partners 


Moderator: Sharon Hausdorff, Vice President Corporate Intellectual Property, TEVA

16:15 - 17:00

Big Data – Fair Use, Commercialization, GDPR


Speakers:  Adam Snukal, Greenberg Traurig

Goran Stankovic, LexisNexis PatentSight

Yoav Oestreicher, Meitar


Moderator:  Ori Buberman, Head of Intellectual Property, Mobileye

Global Litigation Strategy




Daniel Melman, Pearl Cohen

Yael Reimer, FBC

Christopher Maierhöfer, Bird & Bird

Yossi Moscovitz, Telit


Moderator:  Yoav Alkalay, Pearl Cohen  

* Conference program subject to change


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Ranganath Sudarshan

Ranganath (Ranga) Sudarshan is a trial and appellate lawyer at Covington & Burling's Washington DC office. He has particular expertise in advising clients on cross-border intellectual property issues, whether in providing strategic portfolio advice, defending against infringement allegations, or enforcing intellectual property rights.

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