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Brad Close

Executive Vice President of Licensing and Transactions

Transpacific IP Group Limited

As the Executive Vice President of Licensing and Transactions at Transpacific IP Group Limited, Brad Close adds to the strength of the transactions team with his years of experience on patent prosecution and transactions. He is primarily responsible for transacting large patent deals and identifying monetization opportunities. As a patent attorney he had prosecuted hundreds of patent applications prior to moving on to licensing and transactional work. He has also worked on patent sales for companies of various sizes and stages, ranging from young start-ups to multinational companies and conglomerates.

Brad resides in the United States of America and actively engages with clients in the other parts of the world, including Asia and Europe. Fortune 50 companies are amongst Brad’s extensive network of clients.

Within the broad range of technology specialities that Transpacific IP has built up, Brad’s work primarily focuses on high-tech and consumer electronics. He is responsible for identifying opportunities in the intellectual property space, helping clients understand their strategic technology position in the global arena, and moving deals from conception to closing. In addition, Brad performs various types of IP acquisition and valuation.

A known speaker, Brad has spoken on topics such as patent brokering, deal making pitfalls and patent monetization. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, a Juris Doctorate, and a Masters of Intellectual Property from Franklin Pierce in New Hampshire, U.S.A. He is admitted to the bar in Virginia, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and the USPTO.

Recent Articles by Brad Close

Winning Strategies at the PTAB, Part II: Common Pitfalls That Patent Owners Should Avoid

Part I of this article discussed how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is a very different tribunal from district courts. It is a venue where fact and issues of law are decided by technical specialists, who are also highly trained in patent law, instead of lay judges and juries. It also discussed the formidable challenge presented to patent owners by the PTAB, where inter partes review (IPR) institution rates are about 67% and final written decisions find all challenged claims unpatentable up to 70% of the time. Part II will discuss strategies that give patent owners a better chance at successfully navigating the IPR process.

Winning Strategies at the PTAB, Part I: Bring Your Game

Litigating the validity of claims in an inter partes review (IPR) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is vastly different from litigating validity in district court. PTAB judges are scientists and engineers, and they are also patent attorneys. They have significant technical training, and most have advanced technical degrees. You can assume they know substantive patent law cold. PTAB judges represent a very different audience from a lay judge or a jury in district court.

Past Events with Brad Close

PTAB Masters™ 2024

Held January 29-30, 2024

Patent Litigation Masters™ 2023

Held May 15-17, 2023

PTAB Masters™ 2023

Held on 1/31/23 - 2/01/23

IPWatchdog LIVE 2022

September 11-13, 2022

IPWatchdog LIVE 2021

September 12-14, 2021