Phyllis Turner-Brim

Phyllis Turner-Brim

Vice President - Chief IP Counsel, Intellectual Ventures

Phyllis T. Turner-Brim is Vice President, Chief IP Counsel of Intellectual Ventures headquartered in Bellevue, WA.  

In this role, Phyllis is responsible for managing and coordinating legal services supporting patent asset acquisitions and divestitures, licensing, prosecution and related transactions.  Phyllis’ current team consists of over fifty-five attorneys, para-professionals, assistants and clerks.  Immediately prior to this post, Phyllis was Licensing Attorney Director – Program Development at IV. 

Prior to joining IV, Phyllis had dual legal and business roles as IP Counsel and Director of RFID Strategy and Licensing at Intermec Technologies Corporation.  In her legal role as IP Counsel, Phyllis had responsibility for managing and providing a full spectrum of intellectual property services and related legal counseling including, managing the IP Legal budget, selecting and managing outside prosecution counsel, managing and developing licensing programs, docketing and litigation support.   In her business role as Director of RFID Strategy and Licensing, Phyllis had the general management responsibility for Intermec’s RFID BU.  In this regard, Phyllis was responsible for driving RFID revenue, developing and implementing product strategy and roadmaps, managing internal and external partner relationships, developing and managing budget, and managing all business unit functions and personnel.

From 2000 to 2004, Phyllis was Associate General Counsel – Intellectual Property at Cabot Microelectronics Corporation.  In this position, Ms. Turner-Brim established a full service intellectual property department as part of a corporate “spin-off,” and had responsibility for the corporate intellectual property function worldwide.  In addition, Phyllis was responsible for providing legal counseling in the areas of Labor and Employment, Product Stewardship, Environmental Law, and Immigration.

Prior to her post at Intermec, Phyllis served briefly as Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas.  She has also served as Intellectual Property Attorney for Amoco Corporation (now BP), and as an associate attorney at the IP boutique firm of McAndrews, Held and Malloy, Ltd.

Phyllis is a 1993 graduate of the University of Cincinnati Law School, and a 1986 honors graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology (B.S. Chemical Engineering).  She has served as a lecturer/presenter on several topics including, developing business focused licensing programs, diversity in the law, recruitment and retention of minorities and women in technical professions, chemical patent drafting, IP strategy development, career development and personal risk taking.   Phyllis accepted an invitation to join the Board of Trustees for the AIPLEF in 2013. She has also been a member of the Board of Trustees for the Snohomish County YMCA since 2012 and in 2011, she was elected to Board of Trustees for Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, WA. Prior to pursuing a career in the law, Ms. Turner-Brim held technical management positions with General Electric Co. and Procter and Gamble Co. 


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