Marshall Phelps

Marshall Phelps

Marshall Phelps is Vice-Chairman of the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding, a non-profit dedicated to increasing IP awareness and improving attitudes. Phelps is a seminal figure in IP history, having established IP as a business unit at IBM in the 1980s, and helping to generate some $2 billion in annual patent and IP revenues. Recruited in 2003 by Bill Gates to build Microsoft’s IP department, he took the company from a handful of licenses to over 600 when he left in 2010 and helped to build one of the most productive patent portfolios in technology. Phelps, who co-founded Intellectual Ventures, was elected in 2006 to the initial class of the IP Hall of Fame. Named one of the “World’s Top 300 Intellectual Property Strategists” by IAM Magazine, Mr. Phelps also writes a regular monthly column for Forbes on the challenges business leaders face in developing and implementing innovation-driven growth strategies.


Posts by Marshall Phelps


America’s Patent System: An amazingly resilient philosophy and entity

Today, most Americans don’t realize how vital the patent system is to their standard of living. But the founding fathers certainly did. That’s why they …
By Marshall Phelps
2 months ago 20

Respect for IP can be Taught and Nurtured

IP rights are often viewed as barriers, not assets. No wonder respect for IP is at an all-time low, and pilfering of IP rights is widely acceptable. …
By Marshall Phelps
7 months ago 11

Innovation Lessons From a Billionaire

I did not start out to be an inventor,” writes the billionaire inventor and spinal surgeon Gary K. Michelson in the preface to a newly-published book entitled …
By Marshall Phelps
1 year ago 8