2021 speakers

Bill LaFontaine


Dr. William LaFontaine is a recognized leader in the areas of technology licensing, technology partnerships and intellectual property (IP).  

In his current role as General Manager of Intellectual Property at IBM, Dr. LaFontaine and his team work at the intersection of IBM Research, IBM business units, and clients to accelerate market introduction of new technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Quantum Computing and Blockchain.  Dr. LaFontaine is responsible for delivering more than a billion dollars annually in joint development, technology transfer, patent licensing and government income.  

In his 30-year career at IBM, Dr. LaFontaine has held several management positions including Chief Operating Officer for IBM’s Research Division, General Manager of Global Technology Services in Middle East and Africa, and General Manager of Worldwide Semiconductor and Technology sales.

For the last two years, Dr. LaFontaine has been ranked in the top three on the global IAM Market Makers list for his substantial leadership of high-value IP deal making across multiple jurisdictions. Dr. LaFontaine was recognized as having one of the largest jobs in the corporate patent world and he’s maintained IBM’s status as the leading recipient of U.S. patents for 28 consecutive years.

Dr. LaFontaine is currently on the advisory board of Solar Inventions, a leading solar cell innovator and on the board of directors of ROWEN-TELS, a technology enabled legal services company.

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