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Brett Alten, Ph.D

Brett Alten, Ph.D

SolarCity Corporation
Deputy General Counsel and Head of Intellectual Property
San Mateo, CA, USA


Brett Alten is currently the Deputy General Counsel and Head of Intellectual Property at SolarCity Corporation.  Previously, he served as Head of Intellectual Property at DropBox and Director of Patent Enforcement and Development at Apple. Before that, Dr. Alten was with Morrison & Foerster in Tokyo, and focused primarily on patent litigation, adversarial licensing, strategy, and counseling. Previously, he was with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner in Washington, D.C. and at Fish & Neave in New York City.  Dr. Alten was also a founding board member of the LOT Network, a coalition of technology companies created to reduce the number of NPE patent infringement suits, and currently serves on its board.

Mr. Alten received a Ph.D. in physics and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, where he taught physics and started a vocational school.

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