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Phyllis T. Turner-Brim

Phyllis T. Turner-Brim

Starbucks Coffee Company
Vice President, Assistant General Counsel IP and Technology
Seattle, WA, USA


Phyllis T. Turner-Brim is vice president, assistant general counsel IP and Technology at Starbucks Coffee Company headquartered in Seattle, WA.  As the head of Starbucks Intellectual Property and Technology legal team, Phyllis leads the legal support for the worldwide protection, enforcement and deployment of Starbucks intellectual property portfolio (including trademarks, patents and copyrights), for commercial transactions in the areas of information technology and digital ventures, and for global data protection and privacy.   She is a member of the Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs leadership team, as well as a strategic business partner and legal advisor to executives leading Starbucks Global Strategy and Starbucks Technology teams.

Immediately prior to joining Starbucks, Phyllis was Vice President, Chief IP Counsel at Intellectual Ventures Management LLC (“IV”) in Bellevue, WA where she led a large team responsible for legal services supporting patent acquisitions and divestitures, licensing, prosecution, and related transactions.  Prior to joining IV, Phyllis held in-house legal and business management positions at Intermec Technologies Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Cabot Microelectronic Corporation and Amoco Corp.   She began her legal career as an associate at McAndrews, Held and Mallow, Ltd. in Chicago, IL.

Phyllis is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Law School, and an honors graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology (B.S. Chemical Engineering).  She has served as a lecturer/presenter on several topics including, developing business focused licensing programs, diversity in the law, recruitment and retention of minorities and women in technical professions, chemical patent drafting, IP strategy development, career development and personal risk taking.  Phyllis has been named as one of IAM’s IP Strategy 300:  The World’s Leading IP Strategist for 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

Phyllis is a member of the Trustee Boards of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation, the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation, the Snohomish County (WA) YMCA, Bloodworks Northwest and Cornish College of the Arts.     

Prior to pursuing a career in the law, Phyllis held technical management positions with General Electric Co. and Procter and Gamble Co.
Phyllis T. Turner-Brim is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Global Patent Applications: Fact or Fiction? - Patent Law Institute 2018: Critical Issues & Best Practices, Thursday, April 05, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Patent Law Institute 2018: Critical Issues & Best Practices, Thursday, April 26, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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