Mark S. Holmes
With over $500,000,000 in patent deals under his belt, Mark S. Holmes is the founder and C.E.O. of PatentBridge LLC a privately held technology development firm in Silicon Valley that specializes in bringing to market select patented technologies covering extraordinary scientific and industrial breakthroughs. Recently PatentBridge sold a single patent for more than $4,000,000.
Mr. Holmes was named to the IAM Strategy 250 - The World's Leading IP Strategists -- and has advised such technology savvy entities as Visa, Sony, Applied Materials, University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley Lab), Biosite, Fairchild Semiconductor, Intergraph (in its settlement of Intergraph vs. Intel), Rigel Pharma and Yamanouchi Pharma as well as startups.
He has negotiated numerous patent licenses, as well as represented patent owners in the sale of their patents. Having been on both sides of the table -- as licensor and licensee … buyer and seller -- he has a unique understanding of both perspectives and the negotiating tactics employed by licensors and licensees as well as buyers and sellers.
Mr. Holmes possesses first hand business startup experience from being the co-founder of a successful telecommunications startup which was sold in the late 1990s to a portfolio company of the Alabama state retirement fund (RSA).
He is also an active angel investor with Band of Angels, an advisor to technology startups, and serves as co-chair of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES).
He is a registered patent attorney, holds an engineering degree from Brown, is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and wrote the book Patent Licensing: Strategy, Negotiation & Forms.
He co-chairs the Advanced Patent Licensing program of the Practising Law Institute (PLI) and speaks on software and technology licensing in the PLI Advanced Licensing program in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. He lectures nationally on the pressing issues facing licensors in the commercialization of their intellectual property. In the past few years, he has spoken nationally over 40 times on the commercialization of intellectual property for such bodies as Renaissance Weekend, Practising Law Institute, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Washington State Patent Law Association, Oregon Patent Law Association, Hawaii State Bar Association and other organizations.