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Lew Zaretzki

Lew Zaretzki

Hamilton IPV
Managing Director
Los Altos, CA, USA

Lew founded Hamilton IPV and is recognized as an industry leader who has appeared in leading business publications and academic journals, spoken at major IP industry events, and published a number of studies of the patent transaction market.

Lew focuses on buy and sell-side IP due diligence and transaction execution for major M&A transactions and financial investments, as well as the valuation and evaluation of IP transactions including licenses, acquisitions and divestitures. Lew also develops IP strategies, benchmarks best practices, and develops licensing strategies.

Prior to establishing Hamilton IPV, Lew served as EVP of Advisory Services for ThinkFire, an IP industry boutique, and as a principal in Regis McKenna’s strategy consulting firm where he led marketing strategy development for  high tech clients and investment due diligence for private equity and venture capital funds. Before that, Lew served as a management consultant in PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Telecom Strategy practice and Andersen Consulting’s Technology practice.

Relevant publications include:

  • A New Dataset on Mobile Phone Patent License Royalties”, The Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Galetovic, Haber & Zaretzki, Sep 25, 2016
  • The Patent Transaction Market at a Crossroads”, IAM Magazine, Zaretzki & Richardson, March/ April 2009
  • Rising Prices and Changing Strategies”, IAM Magazine, Zaretzki, February/ March 2008
  • Awards include: IAM Magazine’s “IAM 250/ 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists”- 2009 - 2016
  • Citations include: The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, The Deal, The University of Chicago Law Review, The Toronto Globe & Mail, The Hastings Law Journal, The EE Times, The Hoover Institution at Stanford University
  • Speaking Engagements include: The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, The CIP Forum, The Gathering 2.0, Duke University, The Licensing Executives Society, Ropes & Gray


MBA, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, 1999

BA Economics, University of Michigan, 1992


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