About Us

Foresight Valuation Group is an intellectual property (IP) valuation, strategy, and economic consulting firm. We help our clients understand the value of their intellectual property by thinking strategically about how to manage and extract value from their innovation.

In today′s competitive marketplace, smart companies – from Fortune 500 firms to early stage startups – rely on innovation to keep them one step ahead of the game. They need to effectively leverage the knowledge, technologies, trade secrets, patents, trademarks, and copyrights that are critical to their success.

Our principals and affiliates have been involved in analyzing and commercializing cutting edge innovation for some of the world′s most prominent technology companies. As IP experts based in Silicon Valley, we help organizations across a range of industries manage and grow their IP as a strategic business asset.

What Makes Us Different?

Innovation

Drive innovation through smart management of intellectual property.

Growth

Implement vision and exceed goals in today′s competitive markets.

Trust

Rely on expert advisory based on state of the art methodologies and data driven analysis.

Global

Leverage Silicon Valley insights and approaches to connect technologies and markets across the world.

Meet The Team

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Efrat Kasznik

President & Founder

As Foresight’s President, Efrat is in charge of the firm’s business development, thought leadership and professional services activities. She brings over 20 years of diversified experience as an IP valuation and strategy expert, having assisted companies of all sizes and across a range of industries with valuing, commercializing and monetizing their innovation. Efrat is a Lecturer on IP management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, is listed on the IAM 300 list of Leading IP Strategists, and is a member of the LES High Tech Sector leadership committee. Prior to Foresight, Efrat was a practice leader at two consulting firms, where she ran the IP Valuation and Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) practices. Efrat has also been a co-founder, CFO and adviser of several startups in Silicon Valley and in Europe. She holds an MBA from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Accounting & Economics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. In the early mornings you will often find her hiking the Stanford Dish, where she finds inspiration for great ideas.

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Michael Craner

President & Founder, MediaComm Innovations

Michael Craner is a technology executive and registered patent agent with over 30 years experience in cutting-edge systems development, integration, deployment, and management; and over 15 years experience in licensing and intellectual property analysis/assertion/protection. His background spans concept-to-revenue with a broad range of products: from advanced telecommunications and military systems, to high-volume consumer multimedia and CATV digital appliances, and more recently renewable energy and home automation management. Mr. Craner held the positions of Intellectual Property Architect at Comcast/Guideworks as well as Director of Licensing at Motorola’s Broadband Communication Sector (BCS) where he was responsible for all licensing in and out for BCS, as well as management of a patent portfolio of over 500 patents covering digital compression, secure multimedia transport, video on demand (VOD), voice over IP (VOIP), cable modems, optical transport, and personnel video recorders. He also participated in standards-related groups including MPEG LA – the licensing administrator for the MPEG digital video standard IP pool.
Mr. Craner holds investments and serves as patent counsel for both a home automation and an energy storage/management startup firm. He holds a masters degree in electrical and computer engineering from SUNY Buffalo and has taken postgraduate coursework at VPI & Johns Hopkins universities. He is a registered patent agent with the USPTO, a member of the Licensing Executive Society high-tech sector “Internet of Things” and “Clean Tech” committees, member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, and president of the Philadelphia Chapter of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Society.

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Lynn Dudinsky

Vice President

Lynn Dudinsky, is a graduate of the Santa Clara Law School, where he was awarded the High Tech Law Certificate with a specialization in intellectual property. As Foresight’s Vice President, Lynn provides our clients with IP strategy and analysis expertise. Prior to joining Foresight, Mr. Dudinsky worked for the Patent Department of Samsung Research America in Silicon Valley, where he performed research and evaluated inventions originating from the Samsung scientists and supported provisional, non-provisional and foreign filings. While at Samsung, Lynn was exposed cutting edge technology, many of which was in the wearable, software and IoT space. Mr. Dudinsky also drafted patent applications and interacted with the USPTO while working for a patent prosecution firm during his time at Santa Clara School of Law. Mr. Dudinsky brings a rich scientific background, holding a B.S. in Biology and having also attended graduate school at Texas A&M prior to starting law school, and having worked at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston as a microbiologist. When not at work, Lynn can be found exploring the trails and beaches of the Bay Area with his Chocolate Lab Bailey.

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Ron Kasznik, Ph.D.

Paul L. and Phyllis Wattis Professor of Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Director of the Mergers and Acquisitions Executive Program

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Lynn Dudinsky

Vice President

Lynn Dudinsky, is a graduate of the Santa Clara Law School, where he was awarded the High Tech Law Certificate with a specialization in intellectual property. As Foresight’s Vice President, Lynn provides our clients with IP strategy and analysis expertise. Prior to joining Foresight, Mr. Dudinsky worked for the Patent Department of Samsung Research America in Silicon Valley, where he performed research and evaluated inventions originating from the Samsung scientists and supported provisional, non-provisional and foreign filings. While at Samsung, Lynn was exposed cutting edge technology, many of which was in the wearable, software and IoT space. Mr. Dudinsky also drafted patent applications and interacted with the USPTO while working for a patent prosecution firm during his time at Santa Clara School of Law. Mr. Dudinsky brings a rich scientific background, holding a B.S. in Biology and having also attended graduate school at Texas A&M prior to starting law school, and having worked at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston as a microbiologist. When not at work, Lynn can be found exploring the trails and beaches of the Bay Area with his Chocolate Lab Bailey.

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Sebastian Custodia

Senior Financial Analyst

Sebastian Custodia is a graduate of Santa Clara University as a LEAD Scholar with a BS in Finance. During his time at Santa Clara, he was a member of the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, focusing on the growth and improvement of small business in low-income communities, as well as a Hero Projects disaster relief volunteer. As the Senior Financial Analyst at Foresight, Sebastian focuses heavily on research and the preparation of valuation models and reports for clients. Prior to joining Foresight, Sebastian interned at a boutique, Silicon Valley investment bank, where he focused on business development, and sell-side M&A due diligence for small and large businesses. He also worked as an Analyst in compensation for Barracuda Networks, where he focused on market research, benchmarking, and analytics in the high-tech compensation and workforce analytics space. In the evenings you can find him watching and playing sports around the Bay Area.

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Luca Escoffier

CEO and Co-Founder, Innoventually

Luca graduated in law from the University of Parma (Italy), he then earned a Master of Laws in intellectual property law in 2003 (WIPO). After several years spent in law firms and in an Italian nano-biotech company, he moved to Seattle in 2008 to work as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Washington where he has also earned in 2010 a Certificate in Business Administration from the Foster Business School. Luca is a Fellow of the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum, Invited Researcher at Waseda University, and a Singularity University alumnus (GSP’10). Luca is the co-founder of Impact HUB Trieste, and works as CEO, mentor, and advisor for several companies around the world.

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Ella Halevi

Office Manager

Ella Halevi is Foresight’ Office Manager, in charge of our corporate administrative support across all areas of services and operations. Ella supports all activities of our professional team, including the maintenance of our Lead-to-Engagement client database and process. She coordinates all administrative and logistical aspects of our speaking and educational events, and facilitates the daily activities and operations at our Palo Alto office.

Prior to joining Foresight, Ella held office management and administrative assistant positions in various organizations, from non-profits to start ups. She started her career as an educator, holding teaching positions in the Bay Area and in Southern California. Ella holds a B. Ed. Degree in Creative Education from Seminar Hakibbutzim College, Israel.

In her spare time, Ella likes to spend time with her kids, cook or hike with playlist-of-the-moment in the background.

Team
Efrat Kasznik – President & Founder
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Lynn Dudinsky – Vice President
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Sebastian Custodia – Senior Financial Analyst
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Ella Halevi – Office Manager
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Advisors & Affiliates
Ron KasznikProfessor of Accounting at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
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Luca Escoffier CEO and Co-Founder, Innoventually
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Michael Craner President Founder, MediaComm Innovations
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Careers

Foresight is growing. We are looking for talented professionals to expand our team. To learn more about Foresight, we encourage you to review our Experience and Services pages.

Current Openings

Business AnalystAssociate

How to Apply

Submit your resume via email to info@foresightvaluation.com, and we will contact you if your credentials match our openings. No calls please.