George has been an IP lawyer for about 15 years.  He joined NetApp in 2013 from Oracle Corp, where he was a Senior Patent Attorney supporting Oracle Middleware and Database business groups.  Prior to Oracle, George was a Senior Patent Attorney and Assistant General Counsel at Sun Microsystems, which he joined in 2004.

As part of his current responsibilities at NetApp, George manages NetApp’s US and international patent portfolios, directs ongoing patent litigation matters, advises on open source-related issues and policy, and leads technology and IP licensing activities.  At Oracle and earlier at Sun, George managed patent and copyright activities for a broad range of Oracle/Sun product groups, including server and networking systems, Java mobile, enterprise and cloud computing, and virtualization. Prior to Sun, George was an associate at two large IP law firms where he focused on patent preparation and prosecution, opinion work and patent litigation support.  Prior to his law career, George held senior engineering positions at two large engineering companies and a US National R&D laboratory.