Mr. Phelps is CEO of Article One Partners, the largest crowd sourced IP research firm in the world. He is and has been a consultant and advisor to many companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers, SAP, Waggener Edstrom, Samsung, GE and Boeing. He also serves on the Intellectual Property Committee of the National Academies of Science and seven boards of directors. He is a recognized expert on the management and monetization of intellectual and intangible assets, entrepreneurship and innovation. He has written and spoken extensively on these subjects at numerous business forums and universities, including Duke Business and Law Schools, The University of California at Berkeley, Cornell Law School, The University of Washington, and Keio and Waseda Universities in Japan. He recently served as Executive in Residence at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and served on its Board of Visitors. He was recently named Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Cornell Law School. In 2006, he was elected to the initial class of the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame. His book, “Burning the Ships, Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft”, was published in 2009.
Most recently, Mr. Phelps was Corporate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Licensing and Assistant Secretary, Microsoft Corporation. At Microsoft, his duties entailed worldwide management of Microsoft’s intellectual property portfolio, patent prosecution, licensing, standards and business development. Microsoft is one of the world’s largest intellectual property companies with over 60,000 patents extent or applied for, countless trademarks and extensive copyright holdings.
Mr. Phelps holds a B.A. and D.HL from Muskingum University, an M.S. from Stanford University School of Business, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.