Ian M. Hughes, Esq., President, IP Legal Services LLC

Mr. Hughes counsels clients for IP business, IP portfolio management, and IP licensing, as well as for preparation and prosecution of invention disclosures based on defensive, assertion and licensing experience. Mr. Hughes began his professional career at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of technical staff. At Bell Laboratories, Mr. Hughes was a practicing engineer in design of telecommunication network equipment, concentrating in optical device and signal processing, digital access technology, satellite communication, voice and data compression, and packet network design. Mr. Hughes also spent a period in market management, coordinating activities and funding for telecommunications equipment research and development related to Frame Relay, ATM and SONET product lines. Mr. Hughes left Bell Laboratories to pursue a career in IP law, where he immediately became associated with a Philadelphia-area Intellectual Property law firm. Mr. Hughes subsequently helped form a specialty IP firm providing patent preparation and prosecution for a select group of corporate clients in wireless communications, optical devices/terminals, and video/audio compression/transmission. When Agere Systems, Inc., was formed by one of his clients, Mr. Hughes joined as Corporate IP Counsel, where he concentrated in patent portfolio management. As in-house counsel, his responsibilities included invention disclosure creation/evaluation, patent sales, portfolio mining, patent assertion, oversight of outside counsel for litigation/arbitration, oversight of outside counsel for patent preparation/prosecution, and both outbound and defensive IP licensing. In 2007, upon the merger of Agere Systems, Mr. Hughes left Agere to found IP Legal Services LLC with Scott McLellan.

Mr. Hughes received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Villanova University School of Law, contributing as a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society and Environmental Law Journal. Mr. Hughes received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Tulane University, summa cum laude, and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hughes is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law, American Bar, and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.