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Joe Dearing

Executive Vice President, IP Solutions


Joe Dearing is the Executive Vice President of Global Intellectual Property Solutions at UnitedLex Corporation.  Throughout his career, Joe Dearing has managed teams of in-house and outside counsel focused on achieving successful results in the most practical and efficient manner possible. Joe has over twenty years of experience managing complex litigation, including high stakes patent infringement lawsuits and cross border shareholder class action matters.

Joe leads the UnitedLex Intellectual Property business, which focuses on partnering with both corporations and law firms in order to drive value and advance our clients’ IP strategies. He is also active in the UnitedLex Academic practice area.

Joe has also been actively involved in M&A transactions, including Avaya’s $900M acquisition of the Nortel Enterprise business. Joe has negotiated multi-billion dollar licensing and technology procurement agreements with global companies such as Sprint, Telefonica and Telecom Italia. Joe also led Nortel’s arbitration, lobbying and mediation efforts in D.C. and Bogota that resulted in a successful settlement of a $600M lawsuit against the Colombian government.

Before joining UnitedLex, Joe served as Assistant General Counsel for IP at Toshiba Global Commerce, a Toshiba and IBM company, and before that as a senior lawyer at Avaya and Nortel, where among other things Joe had global responsibility for supervising and managing all of Nortel’s litigation. Joe began his legal career at Steel Hector & Davis in Miami, Florida after receiving his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1992.

Recent Articles by Joe Dearing

Automotive Patents: Brands are Wasting Millions of Dollars Annually in the United States Alone

The recent U.S. auto workers strike has had a wide reaching impact on the automotive industry, including spurring investors to review their current automotive investments. While significant events like the strike often cause this sort of reaction, more common practices from automakers should – but usually don’t – draw investor attention, including intellectual property management. Our recent three-part analysis on the financial impact of patent lapse strategies for major automotive manufacturers found, among other data points,that major auto brands overspend several million dollars annually by paying fees to renew non-strategic U.S. patents. Investors who understand the patent lapsing strategies of these automotive companies can more effectively evaluate their growth plans and innovation strategies.