Brian Hinman - Royal Philips

Chief IP Officer - Royal Philips

Brian Hinman has over 28 years’ experience in the field of intellectual property, having held senior executive positions at some of the leading worldwide corporations.

Mr Hinman is chief IP officer at Royal Philips and CEO of Philips Intellectual Property and Standards, where he leads a worldwide team of IP professionals in developing and executing a global IP strategy for each of Philips business units. Mr Hinman is tasked with conducting all aspects of IP management, strategy, IP litigation and enforcement activities, standards activities, patent portfolio development and management and IP monetisation. IP monetisation activities include patent and technology licensing, as well as global brand licensing. The formation and execution of IP ventures are also a critical part of IP monetisation activities.

Before this position, Mr Hinman co-founded Unified Patents Inc, a patent defensive entity, and also served as vice president of intellectual property and licensing at InterDigital Communications. Mr Hinman has also served as vice president of intellectual property and licensing at Verizon Communications, where he formed Verizon Patent Licensing Inc, a wholly owned business unit of Verizon Communications Inc. Before Verizon, Mr Hinman served as the founding CEO of Allied Security Trust (AST), which was tasked with providing a unique and effective mechanism for operating companies to address the threat of non-practising entities. Before AST, Mr Hinman was vice president of intellectual property and licensing at IBM Corporation, responsible for developing and executing IBM’s worldwide IP strategy. Mr Hinman also served as director of licensing at Westinghouse.

Mr Hinman has degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Professional associations

  • IPO
  • LES


  • Electronics
  • Media
  • Medical devices
  • Semiconductors
  • Software
  • Telecommunications

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