Ep. 20 – Anniversary Episode with Special Marshall Phelps Interview

Leading IP Industry Podcast



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Your hosts, Brad Sheafe and David Pridham are thrilled and privileged to bring you an intimate and illuminating interview with the esteemed Marshall Phelps. Marshall in addition to being, truly, the father (or Godfather as the case may be) of the modern patent era, has graciously agreed to be a member of the Dominion Harbor Board of Advisors.

About Marshall Phelps

Marshall Phelps is one of the leading figures in the field of intellectual property management and performance. He has pioneered many of IP’s leading strategies and best practices, and generated unprecedented results as head of IP business and strategy for IBM in the 1990s and then Microsoft in the 2000s.

Marshall served as Vice President at IBM, and was responsible for overseeing standards, telecommunications policy, industry relations, licensing, intellectual property law and management of a worldwide intellectual property portfolio of more than 35,000 patents and 8,500 trademarks. He transformed a function that had previously been associated with overhead to a $2 Billion annual profit center. Prior to heading IP business, he served IBM as Director of Government Relations in Washington and as Vice President of Asia Pacific operations in Tokyo.

From 2002-2010 Marshall was Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Licensing, Microsoft Corporation. At Microsoft, his duties entailed worldwide management of the company’s intellectual property portfolio, patent prosecution, licensing, standards and business development. He facilitated Microsoft’s emergence as one of the world’s largest and most successful IP-related businesses with over 60,000 patents and applications, extensive copyright holdings and numerous trademarks.

In 2006, Marshall was elected to the initial class of the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame. In 2001 he was founding partner with Nathan Myhrvold of Intellectual Ventures, the largest acquirer of patents worldwide. His book, “Burning the Ships: Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft,” was published in 2009 to much acclaim.

Marshall has taught IP strategy at business, law or engineering schools at Duke, Cornell, UNC, Berkeley and in Japan. His latest academic foray will be teaching at USC this Fall. He also joined the first Dominion Harbor Board of Advisors in 2017.

He holds a B.A. from Muskingum College, an M.S. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School. Marshal serves as a director and advisor to multiple companies in and around tech and intellectual property.


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