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Peter Spours

has extensive board-level experience in leading multinational technology companies and directing their intellectual property activities. Before joining ClearViewIP he served as Chief Intellectual Property Officer (CIPO) at TomTom. In this role, Peter spent 7 years leading intellectual property, including directing strategy, licensing, risk mitigation, claims and litigation, patent acquisitions and technology-based deals across the TomTom Group. Peter’s international experience at TomTom includes management of litigation, arbitrations and transactions in Europe, Japan and US.

Prior to TomTom, Peter spent two years with ThinkFire Inc, a US based consultancy, directing its European activities; advising major companies and investors on business aspects of intellectual property. Previously, Peter led worldwide patent licensing for BT Group plc. where he was responsible for the commercialisation and management of a 12,000 strong patent portfolio through licensing, enforcement and sales. Earlier, he managed business development for BT’s internet business and set up mobile ventures in Asia. He was a director of several mobile phone and internet companies.

Peter started his career in Government and aerospace having read Applied Physics at Durham University. He has written on IP strategy for the International IP Strategists Association (INTIPSA), Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM) and Lexology and been invited to speak at many events, including: CIP Forum, IP Business Congress (IPBC), Global IP Exchange (GIPE), Global Patent Congress (GIPC) and Imperial College’s ‘Best Practice’ series.

Recent Articles by Peter Spours

Open Innovation for the Electric Vehicle Market

Ford and Tesla have offered their patents for licensing in the hope of increasing electric vehicle (EV) adoption and improving the supporting infrastructure. In contrast, Toyota is banking on fuel cell vehicle (FCV) technology. The broader automotive innovation game is being won by “connected cars” at the moment because consumers are unwilling to pay more for physical car features, but they are influenced by software related innovations. Technology companies are now entering the car sector with their own EVs. This is leading to competition to access the talent needed to drive innovation and a willingness to open up technology investments. By opening their patent portfolio, Ford could be sharing their existing inventions in the hope that their technology is adopted more quickly and of acquiring the talent needed to be at the forefront of innovation.