Ira has 25+ years of experience as an attorney focused on patents and patent licensing in high-tech. Ira was Lenovo’s Vice President of Intellectual Property from 2012-2019. He was responsible for overseeing all aspects of patent licensing, including management of Lenovo’s patent portfolio and patent filings, and advising on and managing significant litigation matters. Ira was also the lead negotiator on all IP issues for Lenovo’s acquisitions of Motorola from Google and the x86 server business from IBM.
Before Lenovo, Ira was a Licensing Executive at Intellectual Ventures, based in Tokyo. Prior to IV, Ira was Vice President of Licensing at Rambus Inc. During his tenure there from 2004-2010, Ira structured, negotiated, drafted, and closed patent licensing deals valued in excess of $1.5B.
Before Rambus, Ira was Director of Licensing at Intel where he managed Intel’s team responsible for all aspects of patent licensing. He joined Intel in 1997. While at Intel, Ira negotiated, drafted and closed the patent license agreement between Intel and LG Electronics that became the basis of the US Supreme Court case Quanta Computer Inc v LG Electronics, Inc.
Before going in-house, Ira was an associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, CA and Hughes, Hubbard and Reed in Washington, DC. Prior to his legal career, Ira was a computer engineer, holding engineering and management positions, including as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Ira earned his JD from the University of Virginia and his MS in Computer Science and BS in Applied Science, both from the University of Pennsylvania.