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Scott W. Burt

Scott W. Burt

Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc.
Senior Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Officer
Ottawa, ON, CAN


Scott leads Conversant’s legal professionals, including the corporate counsel and secretary functions, litigation, and patent prosecution. In that role he keeps his eye on the overall business objectives of any matter and keeps the legal issues in that business context.  Scott also heads Conversant’s public policy initiatives, and in 2013 led the development of its Patent Licensing Principles. As a participant in many patent licensing negotiations, Scott understands Conversant’s responsibility to be involved in the conversation about the principles underlying responsible patent licensing and to be a part of the solution to the problems caused by the bad apples. Scott joined Conversant in 2012 and was named to his current role in 2014.

Scott is a 21-year veteran of Jones Day, one of the top IP firms in the United States and globally. At Jones Day, he led a diverse IP and technology practice focused on complex litigation, IP counselling, and IP transactions.  In the patent enforcement and litigation area, Scott’s practice emphasized patent analysis, global litigation and dispute resolution for clients in electronics, software, communications and other industries.  In 1992, he drafted the complaint for what is believed to be the first patent infringement case filed in the now-renowned United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, specifically to take advantage of that court’s procedures.

Scott holds a JD, Order of St. Ives, from the University of Denver, and a BA in Mathematics with Computer Science from the University of Colorado.  He regularly publishes in professional journals and frequently speaks at conferences.  Scott belongs to the Licensing Executives Society, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and was named an Illinois Super Lawyer – Intellectual Property Litigation, in 2005 and 2006.
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