Ep. 26 – The Berkeley IP Law Master, Nick Gross

Leading IP Industry Podcast

IP Frequently – where, while always fair, nothing is off limits. We invite you to join the conversation.

Check in with Brad Sheafe, Chief Intellectual Property Officer (CIPO) and David Pridham, CEO of Dominion Harbor, respectively. And on this episode a special guest appearance by J Nick Gross – THE Berkeley IP Law Master.


Nick Gross IPWire Profile Picture Nick Gross

25+ years experience and involvement in IP/patent monetization pipeline, with tasks ranging from creation of new ideas, assisting with EOU and licensing, advising and legal consultation for enforcement in appropriate circumstances.

Developed/prosecuted and assisted with transaction of key patent portfolios over the past 15 years including among others assets sold to Seagate (magnetic memories), Realtek (xDSL communications), Transmeta (microprocessors), Synopsys (negative differential resistance devices), Mediaqueue (content distribution), Invensas (non-volatile memories) Facebook (recommender systems), Prophet (social networking), Intellectual Ventures (search engines, spam detection, mobile) and Nuance (speech recognition/natural language systems).

Named inventor on 45 issued patents and more than 50 pending applications, including in several key technology areas:

1) social networking: www.google.com/patents/US6571234 (sold to Prophet Financial Systems)

2) content filtering: www.google.com/patents/US6782510 (currently being licensed)

3) non-volatile memories: www.google.com/patents/US87787295 (sold to Invensas)

4) e-commerce site auditing/rating: www.google.com/patents/US8249955 (currently being marketed)

5) search engines: www.google.com/patents/US7685117 (sold to IV)

6) novel CAPTCHa using human voice: www.google.com/patents/US8380503 (available for marketing/licensing)

7) recommender systems: www.google.com/patents/US8301474 (sold to Facebook)

8) geo/temporal decoding of documents/messages, etc. for news, search engines: www.google.com/patents/US8442969 (available for marketing/licensing)

9) ad serving optimization: www.google.com/patents/US8417569 (available for marketing/licensing)

The ‘510 and ‘234 patents have been cited 75 and 130 times respectively by the PTO as authority in their respective areas of content filtering and social networking.

2014 update:

PTO Appeals Board found in my favor in 11/14 patent cases on appeal in 2013, almost 80%


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