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Melissa  Finocchio

Melissa Finocchio

Intellectual Ventures Management LLC
VP, Chief Litigation Counsel
Bellevue, WA, USA


Melissa Finocchio is Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for Intellectual Ventures.  Ms. Finocchio joined IV in May of 2010 to build and lead IV’s patent enforcement program.  Ms. Finocchio and her in-house team of litigators manage a large and complex portfolio of domestic and international patent matters.  Successes in those matters have driven many settlements over time, resulting in significant revenue for the company and its investors.  Ms. Finocchio is also in charge of the company’s substantial body of post-grant work before the Patent Trials and Appeals Board of the USPTO.

Ms. Finocchio serves as a key legal advisor to Intellectual Ventures’ senior executive team in support of the company’s licensing efforts and in devising and executing strategies to monetize its IP assets.  In addition, Ms. Finocchio participates in the company’s policy and legislative efforts to strengthen and improve the US patent system, and is a regular speaker at significant IP conferences across the country.

Ms. Finocchio came to Intellectual Ventures from Micron Technology, Inc., where she managed Micron’s high-stakes litigation, including patent, antitrust, and securities matters.  Before joining Micron, Ms. Finocchio had a long and successful career litigating technology cases in Silicon Valley. In 1998, Ms. Finocchio joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Menlo Park where in addition to representing companies of all sizes in a wide variety of IP litigation matters, she also served as hiring partner for the Silicon Valley Office and Partner-In-Charge of the firm-wide Associate Mentoring Program. Upon graduation from Santa Clara School of Law in 1990, Ms. Finocchio joined Jackson, Tufts, Cole & Black of San Francisco, and then Cooley Godward of Palo Alto.

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