Kurt Brasch leads Patent Transactions for Uber. Before joining Uber in October 2016, Kurt led strategic initiatives & patent divestitures for Google’s Patent Transactions Team in addition to heading up multiple patent license negotiations. He developed, launched and managed Google's Patent Purchase Program (PPP) in May and Google's Patent Starter Program in 2015 and was later named as one of the Top 10 IP Personalities of 2015 by IAM Magazine for his work on those initiatives. In 2016, he took the structure and lessons learned from PPP to help the Allied Security Trust (AST) develop and launch the IP3 Industry purchase program in 2016. Kurt was also Google's lead negotiator on the Cisco cross license that was signed in early 2014. He came to Google in 2012 after the Google acquisition of his former employer, Motorola Mobility (MMI). At MMI, he was Director of outbound patent licensing for the Connected Home Division and also led the Intellectual Asset Management team of 15 technical patent experts. Kurt also drove major initiatives, including the company’s position on patent reform (AIA) and the overall strategy for the IP business.
Before joining Motorola’s Mobile Device business (later MMI) in 2008, Kurt created and led a start-up consulting business focused on training technical managers. Prior to that endeavor, he was with Motorola’s government business for 18 years, 9 of which was spent in product management. Kurt holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Arizona State University and a master’s in business administration from Northern Illinois University.
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