Brian Hinman is a well-seasoned, experienced senior IP executive with over 27 years experience in managing all aspects of intellectual property for some of the world’s leading high-technology companies. Brian was most recently the Chief Intellectual Property Officer of Royal Philips and CEO of Philips Intellectual Property and Standards, where he led a large multi-national team tasked with creating and executing a robust, company-wide IP strategy which included IP portfolio management, offensive and defensive IP litigation, standards activities, and IP licensing. Before Philips, Brian was co-founder of Unified Patents Inc., a patent defensive entity, and before that he was VP of IP and Licensing for InterDigital. Brian also served as the VP of IP and Licensing for Verizon, and was the founding CEO of Allied Security Trust. Prior to this, Brian was the VP of IP and Licensing for IBM and he started his career in IP at Westinghouse where he led their IP and Licensing operations.
Brian has degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ray Strimaitis served as vice president of intellectual property and deputy general counsel for Yahoo! Inc. and vice president of Excalibur IP, LLC. He led a global team of IP professionals and was responsible for all IP matters at Yahoo! and Excalibur. As part of his role, Mr. Strimaitis was responsible for setting patent strategy, monetizing the Yahoo! and Excalibur patent portfolios, managing patent risk, guiding patent advocacy and overseeing all trademark/copyright matters. During his tenure at Yahoo!, Mr. Strimaitis successfully established and led a program to monetize Yahoo! patents that generated $600 million in patent sales and license transactions. In 2016 he led the effort to form Excalibur IP, LLC – a wholly owned Yahoo! subsidiary that was created to further optimize patent value to Yahoo! shareholders. Under Mr. Strimaitis’s leadership, the Yahoo! IP department was recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being among the industry’s top IP law departments and nominated for a Global Counsel Award in 2016. Before joining Yahoo!, Mr. Strimaitis served in various legal, management and patent monetization roles at IBM. He holds a BS in electrical engineering and a JD from Cleveland State University.