I’ve worked for over 30 years in IP law, virtually all of that with IBM, in a variety of managerial/executive leadership roles within their IP Law department. Most recently, I was the senior IP counsel for IBM’s $25B Software Group. I just recently joined DRM’s IP practice group, where my focus is on counselling clients on a broad range of IP matters.
While at IBM I worked on all sorts of matters pertaining to IP.
- IBM has received the most patents in the US for over 20 years in a row. Therefore I have a lot of experience in determining strategies for a patent portfolio, and in filing and prosecuting those patents in ways targeted to maximize their value.
- IBM earns hundreds of millions of dollars annually in IP income from strategic joint IP development agreements, technology licensing agreements, and in licensing its portfolio of IP assets. Therefore I have a lot of experience in supporting such agreements, and in particular supporting ongoing patent licensing programs.
- In recent years IBM’s Software Group was one of the most acquisitive software businesses in the world. Therefore I have a lot of experience in conducting due diligence on the IP assets of acquired companies, which has given me insights into how to grow a portfolio of software products and patents that stand up to that level of scrutiny.
I particularly enjoy counselling clients on software IP matters. The issues at play (use of open source; use of API code; the extent to which the “first sale” doctrine applies to software licenses, and how that differs around the world) are just fascinating. My full biography is available on the Downs Rachlin Martin website.
After graduating from Boston College Law School in 1990, I began my law career at Nutter McLennen & Fish in Boston. I relocated to Vermont in 1992 and joined what was then, and still is, Vermont’s largest law firm – Downs Rachlin Martin.
I focus my practice on general commercial litigation, IP litigation, and the defense of products liability, premises liability, and personal injury claims. I have an active trial practice in the state and federal courts of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine. I also serve as an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, where I teach the trade secrets section of the Introduction to Intellectual Property Law course. In addition to my posts, I have authored or edited numerous publications, including several publications on trade secrets and non-competition law.
I serve on the board of the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education, a non-profit advocacy group that promotes the continuing education of art teachers and arts education in Vermont schools, and the Concord Academy (Mass.) Alumni Council.
I’ve been practicing law for 10 years, all at the Burlington office of Downs Rachlin Martin. As a kid I spent much of my free time on the golf course, and ironically enough, it was on the way from law school in New Hampshire to a golf trip in Lake Placid that I discovered Burlington. Before I became a lawyer, I lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area, first in a well-known “think tank” and later in a regulatory consulting group. I don’t miss being in the “big city,” but all those softball games in the shadow of the Washington monument were a lot of fun!
Outside of work I enjoy playing guitar, golf, watching the Red Sox, coaching youth sports, and doing anything with my kids.