Ira Blumberg joined Lenovo as Vice President of Intellectual Property in 2012. He manages Lenovo’s worldwide IP group. The IP group is responsible for litigating, managing, licensing, creating strategies for and setting policy and processes for all IP including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. In addition, the IP group provides advice and counseling on all IP matters throughout Lenovo. Prior to joining Lenovo, starting in 2010, Ira was a Licensing Executive at Intellectual Ventures focused primarily on Japan. Before IV, Ira was Vice President of Licensing at Rambus Inc. Ira joined Rambus in 2004. During his tenure at Rambus, Ira negotiated, drafted and closed patent licensing deals for Rambus valued in excess of US$1.5B. Prior to Rambus, Ira was Director of Licensing at Intel. Ira joined Intel in 1997. While at Intel, Ira negotiated, drafted and closed numerous patent license agreements, including the agreement between Intel and LG Electronics that became the basis of the U.S. Supreme Court case Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. Before going in-house, Ira worked at the law firms of Hughes Hubbard and Reed, and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati. Prior to his legal career, Ira worked as a computer programmer and technical manager at a number of high tech companies including Bell Telephone Laboratories where he was a Member of Technical Staff. Ira has a J.D. from the University of Virginia and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Science and Computer Science respectively from the University of Pennsylvania.
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