Senior Licensing Specialist and Patent Analyst, Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP
Curt Dodd is a veteran of patent monetization, enforcement and portfolio management in the telecommunications and consumer electronics spaces with twenty years of industry experience. After some summer stints with Nortel and brief career as a patent litigator and prosecutor, Curt joined Nortel Networks as IP counsel in 2003 and, amongst other things, managed its 4G wireless portfolio (and was twice named as an inventor), which portfolio sold to a consortium led by Apple and Ericsson in a multi-billion-dollar transaction in 2011. Curt joined Wi-LAN in 2007 and, as Vice President of Patents and Counsel, helped Wi-LAN generate hundreds of millions of dollars in licensing revenue from its core WiFi and CDMA patents, and grow its portfolio from approximately one hundred fifty assets to well over a thousand, primarily wireless, assets. Curt moved to Acacia in 2011, and as a Senior Vice President and Licensing Executive, helped Acacia and its partners, including leading industry players such as Nokia, generate significant licensing revenue from their patents, and greatly increase Acacia’s wireless position through acquisitions. Curt currently works for Fitch, Even, Tabin and Flannery LLP and is primarily focused on monetizing wireless 3G and 4G wireless standards essential patents.
Before resorting to litigation, prospective licensors and licensees regularly engage in negotiations regarding the licensing of one or more patents. These negotiations may, in some cases, involve face-to-face meetings between the parties to hash out the issues, including the parties’ respective strengths and weaknesses in their cases, and what a mutually acceptable royalty would be […]