Tom Marlow is the CTO for Black Hills IP, where he works tirelessly to drive IP legal services into that age of AI and automation. Relying on data wherever it can be found Tom and the Black Hills team build products to power internal staff and legal professional customers. Tom comes from a background of technology and analytics. Being exposed to massive amounts of patent data very early in his career, he learned techniques to quickly build data sets and evaluate the results to drive strategy. This work led to a corporate leadership position driving global IP operation and strategy for the renowned Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation. In addition to maintaining a portfolio of several thousand patents, Tom managed patent development, litigation, licensing and acquisition across the US, Europe and Asia. Around this time, Tom co-authored a desk reference for patent attorneys which provided an indexed analysis of appeals decisions for use in prosecuting patent applications (now in its 7th edition).
Tom is a registered patent attorney and electrical engineer with a passion for IP systems and previously served as co-chair of the patent analytics and portfolio management department at the Minneapolis patent firm Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. Tom has advised companies from startups to household name multinationals on IP strategy, operations and policy.
Tom has spoken before a diverse audiences from patent attorneys, to C-suite executives to engineers to startup founders on patent management, analysis, and strategy over the years. He received his law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center, and Bachelors of Science from the University of Notre Dame.
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