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Q&A With: Moore's IP Manager

We talked with Mac Leckrone, who manages IP licensing for Silicon Valley's second most famous Moore--Charles Moore, whose inventions figure in almost every modern microprocessor. In the past year, Leckrone has made a mint for his firm and for Moore by licensing Moore's patents to a baker's dozen of major manufacturers

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Mac Leckrone is an intellectual property expert at Technology Partners Limited, generally known as the TPL Group, a technology development and licensing firm in Cupertino, Calif. His deal-making acumen made headlines last year when TPL started cashing in on its ownership of patents to technologies that figure in almost every microprocessor manufactured in the past decade. The asset has proved spectacularly lucrative for TPL and Patriot Scientific Corp., in Carlsbad, Calif. The companies are equal owners in a joint venture that combines their interests in a series of microprocessor patents known as the Moore Microprocessor Patent (MMP) Portfolio, named after the inventor Charles Moore. In 2006, the TPL Group sold licenses to Agilent Technologies, Casio Computer, Fujitsu, HP, Kenwood, Lexmark International, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Seiko Epson, and Sony, and earlier this year they added Funai Electric and NEC.

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His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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