LES Standards – Intangible Assets in the Boardroom; Managing Director, Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC
Ron Laurie has worked in Silicon Valley since before it had that name, initially as a missile systems engineer at Lockheed and later as an intellectual property attorney and patent strategist, an M&A lawyer and an IP investment banker.
Ron is the Chairman of InventionShare, a new kind of open innovation company that connects creators of broadly patentable, breakthrough technologies with leading product companies to globally deploy high social impact innovations in a minimum amount of time without having to build an operating company by using a variety of creative deal structures including technology spin-outs, joint ventures, exclusive field-of-use licenses and early M&A exits.
Ron is also on the board of Wi-LAN, Inc., one of the oldest and most successful publicly-traded patent licensing companies. He is on the advisory boards of the Hoover Institution Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity (IP2) at Stanford, the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, and the Certified Patent Valuation Analyst accreditation program. He has been listed as one of the world’s leading IP strategists by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine every year since the listing was created in 2008.
Prior to launching Inflexion Point, Ron was a founding partner of Skadden Arps’ Silicon Valley office, where he chaired the firm’s IP Strategy and Transactions Practice Group for six years and led IP teams in some of the largest high-tech and life sciences M&A, spin-out and joint venture deals ever done, worth over $50 billion in the aggregate. He was also a founding partner of the Silicon Valley offices of Weil, Gotshal and Irell & Manella.
Ron has taught courses on Patent Law and IP Strategy at both Stanford and Boalt (UC Berkeley) law schools.
How will organizations successfully navigate the continuously evolving landscape of intellectual property management? Today, across the world, innovation is the basis of advantaged products and services, and it is the engine of the economy. And yet, IP Management is not a focus in our Business Schools; IP is taught as a legal subject and the subjects of […]