CHIEF IP STRATEGIST THE HUTTER GROUP
Jackie Hutter has been recognized by her peers for each of the last 12 years for her innovative insights in creating value from IP Strategy as a “Top Global IP Strategist” by Intellectual Asset Magazine. As someone who believes that the traditional outside IP counsel legal service model often does not fully serve the needs of innovators, she seeks to educate entrepreneurs and receptive legal professionals in proven strategies to create business value from IP. To this end, she shares her insights in her “Winning with Patents and IP” podcast, in online articles, and as a frequent speaker. While Ms. Hutter has represented companies of all sizes in her 25 years as a patent attorney and business counselor, today she primarily works as an IP Strategy consultant for startups and early-stage companies. In this role, she partners with business and technical management to design and execute IP Strategies focused on maximizing revenue and exit value. Ms. Hutter’s consulting clients are innovators in a variety of technologies such as computer vision, cloud computing, data privacy, data science, construction technology, medical imaging, medical imaging, water delivery, polymer chemistry, and consumer products. From 2011-2015, Ms. Hutter served as the CEO of a battery-related startup, experience that provides her with insider knowledge of Lean Startup business frameworks, a point of view that is typically absent from the advice given by traditionally-minded IP professionals. Prior to founding The Hutter Group in 2008, Ms. Hutter was Senior Patent Counsel at Georgia-Pacific LLC where she managed the Dixie® Consumer Products patent portfolio and, later, that of the company’s chemical business. In each of these roles, she interfaced closely with business and innovation teams to identify, capture, and protect the company’s innovation and product development efforts. Ms. Hutter was also a shareholder at the renowned IP boutique of Needle & Rosenberg (now Ballard Spahr) where she managed complex international patent portfolios for clients in diverse markets such as a large carpet manufacturer, a Fortune specialty chemicals company, U.S. government research laboratories, and several university technology transfer offices. Early in her legal career, she was an IP litigation associate at the large Atlanta law firm Powell, Goldstein (now Bryan Cave). Prior to attending law school in Chicago on a full scholarship, Ms. Hutter worked as a research scientist in the advanced technology group of a personal care company, where she deployed her M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences to develop innovative new hair and skincare products. Ms. Hutter continues to work as a chemist in her personal time at her Atlanta-area home as a bartender for her family and friends, a skill she learned while living and working in South Beach in the late 1980s after earning a B.S. in Chemistry in her hometown of Miami.