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Douglas B. Luftman

Douglas B. Luftman

NetApp Inc
Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel
Sunnyvale, CA, USA


Douglas Luftman serves as Vice President of Innovation Services and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for NetApp, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, where he is responsible for the company’s worldwide intellectual property strategy.  NetApp's innovation and intellectual property program has been nationally recognized including by Fortune as one of the Fastest-Growing Companies in California and Nationwide; Forbes as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies; the Intellectual Property Owners Association as one of the top 300 patent holders and IEEE Spectrum as having one of the highest quality patent portfolios in the computer peripherals and storage industry.  

Prior to joining NetApp, Mr. Luftman’s roles have included Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel for CBS; Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Palm, Inc.; Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Caspian Networks; West Coast Counsel of CIENA Corporation; and Senior Intellectual Property Group Counsel for Intel’s Communications Group.  Prior to working in-house, Mr. Luftman was an attorney at Fenwick & West LLP, Silicon Valley Office.  He also externed for The Honorable Randall R Rader of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  

Based on his accomplishments, Mr. Luftman has had the honor of being recognized by such organizations as the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times as a Best Bay Area Corporate Counsel - IP Lawyer, Finalist, by the International Law Office as an ILO Global Counsel Awards Finalist and by Law360 as one of the Most Innovative Corporate Counsel.

Mr. Luftman earned his J.D. with honors from The George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.  

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