Gordon Stewart

Gordon has 20 years of diverse experience in intellectual property licensing, business development, and patent portfolio management, in both corporate and university settings. He has training and expertize in both the physical and life sciences. Prior to entering the business of intellectual property he was a researcher in pediatric genetics at the University of Michigan.

As Director of Global IP Strategy and Portfolio Management at Bell-Labs (Alcatel-Lucent), he managed a global portfolio of over 50,000 patent assets, interacting with attorneys, inventors, technical experts, and business units to ensure the portfolio was aligned to maximize value. He developed and implemented strategies to protect the IP of the company by monitoring the most important technologies and the most relevant geographies. He led teams in evaluating the portfolio to identify patents for use against third parties, both defensively and offensively, and those to be pruned for cost-savings purposes. In this role he also worked with Finance to help secure loans against the portfolio, and with M&A when portfolios were acquired or divested. He negotiated patent swaps, sales, and other ownership transactions with third parties. He worked with the company’s New Ventures Group on the intellectual property aspects of venture spin-offs.

Prior to that role, he managed the Data Processing and Multimedia portfolio segments, supporting deals in excess of $500M with major multinational companies. Gordon has personally negotiated licenses for patents and technology transfers in the areas such as superconductivity, imaging, biological research tools, and telecommunications.

Joining Bell Labs a licensing manager in the New Business Development group, he mined the deep and diverse patent portfolio for monetization opportunities in medical and other non-core areas. Gordon started his career in Technology Transfer at the University of Michigan (UofM) as an Associate Licensing Specialist.

Prior to moving to this business role Gordon was a research scientist in the department of pediatrics at UofM where he was also an associate at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research was focused on the genetics of chromosome 21 and the development of genetic research tools. He has publications pertaining to chromosome 21, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and murine situs inversus.

Gordon has an MBA from the University of Chicago, a PhD in Medical Genetics from the University of Glasgow, and a BSc in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from the University of Edinburgh. He also received postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School.

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