Wolf Mountain IP, LLC
Scott Hicks, member manager of Wolf Mountain IP, registered US Patent Agent and patent analyst, has over 15 years of experience working in the mobile communications industry for companies such as Ericsson, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, and OZ Communications. He has contributed in a variety of roles, as a wireless parametric integration and verification engineer, a mobile device firmware engineer, a cellular base station firmware engineer, a systems engineer, a standards representative, a software sales engineer, and a software team manager. Scott has written software/firmware that was commercialized in the following: dozens of wireless phone models, accounting for millions of units; cellular base stations; numerous Android, BlackBerry, J2ME, and BREW mobile applications; and multiple websites. He acted as direct interface to wireless telecommunications customers to drive successful completion of design, implementation, and commercialization of mobile device software features.
With his extensive background in developing, documenting, researching, and analyzing innovative and patentable inventions, Scott holds 14 US patents covering wireless communications, mobile devices, and smart cards. He was the sole inventor of the solution claimed by the first utility patent assigned to Sony Ericsson in the USA. For the past several years Scott has been performing various patent-related analyses including claim chart creation and patent and invention searches — searches include patentability, landscape, and freedom to operate. Scott has published numerous blog posts covering patent analysis and search best practices. As a US Patent Agent, he has coordinated all patent-related activities at a mobile messaging company and at an intellectual asset management software and services company, where these activities comprised, among others: patent portfolio management, invention disclosure and review leadership, freedom to operate projects, patentability searches, patent analysis, and internal corporate patent training. Scott has years of invention disclosure and patent application drafting, filing, and prosecution experience, and has coordinated the activities of patent attorneys at several external patent law firms globally as well as assisted with patent portfolio acquisition due diligence. Scott's analysis includes review of industry standards and existing products/services to determine invention relevance and potential patent infringement and licensing opportunities; and he reviews invention and patent documents to ascertain relative value.
Scott holds a Master's degree in Technology Systems with a concentration in Digital Communications from East Carolina University, and he received a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, graduating with honors and participating as a member of Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Societies. Wolf Mountain IP performs patent analysis and searches in scenic Asheville, NC.
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