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Ask Peter Detkin about his former job at Intel Corp. and he is ready to talk. Detkin spent eight years as assistant general counsel at the California-based chipmaking company. “Intel was never shy about enforcing its intellectual property rights, and that’s a tradition I was proud to uphold,” he says. When it comes to discussing his new post at Intellectual Ventures, Detkin is shy. Of his new job he told The Recorder, an IP Worldwide sibling publication and law.com affiliate, “I know what I plan to do, not too many people are doing.” What he plans to do is anyone’s guess. Intellectual Ventures was founded in 2000 by Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft’s former chief technology officer. Myhrvold, who reportedly left Microsoft two years ago with $650 million in his pocket, is joined in Intellectual Ventures by Edward Jung, Microsoft’s former chief software architect. The nine-person company, which is based in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, Wash., is difficult to describe. Its responses to media queries are as opaque as the smoked-glass windows at its offices. Intellectual Ventures is “an umbrella company” that is “involved in various projects involving invention, innovation, and intellectual property,” says Gregory Gorder, managing director. Gorder, a former partner at Seattle’s Perkins Coie, has spent much of his career in mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings. Earlier this year, Myhrvold told Technology Review that he was forming something tentatively called the Invention Factory, which would provide an IP support system for independent inventors. Inventors who sign on with the Invention Factory would receive a small salary plus licensing fees and royalty income, which would be shared with the company. Intellectual Ventures has also created ThinkFire, a Clinton, N.J.�based IP management company headed by Daniel McCurdy, former head of Lucent Technologies Inc.’s licensing business. Detkin is known for litigation more than licensing. But he says that at Intel he worked on both. Intel may have not been listed among the front-runners in terms of patent-licensing revenues, but Detkin insists that’s merely a matter of the way the chip company did its accounting. “I think on a per-patent basis, Intel generates as much income as any other company,” he says. Detkin will be establishing a Silicon Valley office for Intellectual Ventures. He has already been out making sales calls for the company, according to Valley lawyers. Detkin says he knows the field of IP asset managers is getting crowded. “Just about every Tom Dick and Harry [is telling] people how to get more money for their patents.” The difference, he says, is “they have never read, licensed, or analyzed a patent in their lives. I have done all of this. I have the credentials.”

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