Don’s professional background includes serving as the Chief IP Counsel & VP, Global IP Operations for Alcatel-Lucent’s intellectual property & Standards organization having worldwide responsibility for the licensing and business development, patent prosecution, and patent portfolio management, IP law services, and IP strategy functions. In this capacity, he managed a diverse group of professionals consisting of IP lawyers, business and technical personnel. He began his career with AT&T as a manufacturing engineer thereafter holding positions in the Intellectual Property Division as a Licensing Manager and Law Division as a patent attorney. In 1996, he joined Lucent Technologies where he handled a wide variety of IP legal assignments including IP transactional matters and patent prosecution. In 2006, with the merger between Alcatel and Lucent Technologies, he was named VP, Licensing, intellectual property & Standards.
Don holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, an M.S. in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Brigham Young University, and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Don is a Registered Patent Attorney admitted to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice law in the New Jersey Bar, Pennsylvania Bar, and the United States District Court (D. N.J.).
In his free time, Don likes to enjoy golfing, watching sports, listening to music, meditating, and walking on the beach with his wife.
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