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Marc A. Ehrlich

Marc A. Ehrlich

IBM Corporation
Senior Counsel
Armonk, NY, USA


Marc is Senior IP Counsel for Patent Enforcement at IBM Corp., He manages the patent licensing and sales legal team responsible for generating IP income for IBM. In support of IBM's annual attainment of over $1B in IP income, the team focuses on the development and deployment of innovative patent monetization strategies including managing creation and presentation of infringement and sales collateral.

With over 15 years of experience spanning all areas of intellectual property practice, Marc's previous IP management responsibilities have included oversight of the IP law department for IBM's semiconductor design and manufacturing business as well as the patent portfolio management group tasked with the development and management of IBM's global patent portfolio.

Prior to assuming these management roles Marc was a member of IBM's corporate IP licensing team where he negotiated patent cross licenses and other IP agreements for the company. He also served on IBM's Systems and Watson Research IPLaw teams addressing the general IP needs of those business clients including prosecution, litigation, technology licensing, and general advice and counsel.

Throughout his career Marc has been actively involved in developing and deploying IP strategy at IBM including IBM's founding role in the Peer to Patent project (enacted as law as part of the AIA), IBM's open source and other patent pledges, amicus activity at the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court as well as co-developing the "Innovation Cycle" approach to IP management that informs IBM's balance of open and proprietary innovation. Marc currently serves as the Chair of the Lawyer's Committee for Open Invention Network and as a member of the Legal Affairs Committee for OpenStack.

Marc is frequently asked to speak publicly and has done so in many fora and on many topics including patent quality, patent portfolio management, patent monetization, and collaborative innovation.

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