Inflexion Point Strategy
Ron Laurie has worked in Silicon Valley since before it had that name, initially as a systems engineer at Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., as an intellectual property lawyer for thirty-five years with several major law firms, and most recently as an IP investment banking advisor focused on extracting maximum value from “intellectual capital” assets in complex corporate transactions.
As a lawyer, Ron was a founding partner of Skadden Arps’ Silicon Valley office, where he founded and chaired the firm's IP Strategy and Transactions practice group and led IP teams in high-tech and life sciences M&A, spin-out and joint venture deals worth over $50 billion in the aggregate. Before that, he was a founding partner of the Silicon Valley offices of Weil Gotshal and Irell & Manella.
In 2004, Ron retired from Skadden to launch Inflexion Point Strategy, the first IP-focused boutique investment bank. With offices in Silicon Valley, Taiwan and Singapore, Inflexion Point advises technology companies and institutional investors around the world in acquiring, divesting and investing in IP-rich companies, business units, technologies, and strategic intellectual capital assets in the form of patent portfolios, exclusive field-of-use rights, and related know-how and data.
Ron is also the Executive Chairman and CIPO of InventionShare, Inc., a new kind of early-stage technology investment fund that transforms breakthrough inventions into globally deployed innovation with high social impact.
For the past six years, Ron has been an independent director at Wi-LAN, Inc. based in Ottawa, Canada, one of the oldest and most successful publicly-traded patent licensing companies.
Ron chairs the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society and is on the advisory boards of the Hoover Institution Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity (IP2) at Stanford and the Certified Patent Valuation Analyst accreditation program. He has been listed as one of the world’s leading IP strategists by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine every year since the listing was created in 2008.
Ron has taught courses on IP law and strategy at both Stanford and UC-Berkeley law schools.