Bruce Rubinger

Managing Director at Global Prior Art Inc

Bruce Rubinger is managing director and founder of Global Prior Art (GPA), a pioneer in the field of IP research and analysis and widely known as “the most trusted name in IP research”. The go-to contact for invalidity work, he supports leading companies, law firms and joint defence groups. Recent areas cover IP strategy, guiding start-ups to create strong patents, IP due diligence and more strategic and effective IP management. In the complex field of autonomous vehicles, his efforts have facilitated the identification of key opportunities for filing patents.

Dr Rubinger is a top strategist for IP defence and a well-known authority and speaker on effectively wielding the invalidity defence, aligning intellectual property with product development and tools for board members to monitor IP investments. He has worked closely with leading firms on high-stakes cases in fields such as wireless communications, software, business processes and speech recognition.

As managing director, Dr Rubinger oversees GPA’s engineering division, comprising the electronics, telecoms, software and mechanical engineering groups. He is also a member of GPA’s life science management committee. His team encompasses more than 60 full-time specialists, including staff in Japan, Germany and Russia. Dr Rubinger is also a pioneer in the field of IP strategy; the GlobalMap IP landscape analysis tool has received a US patent.

Dr Rubinger’s background comprises both technology and the science of decision making. He holds a BSEE, an MSEE and a PhD in systems science. His dissertation addressed non-linear filtering and its application to prediction and estimation, funded by a NASA fellowship. He began his career with Hughes Aircraft, where he was involved in digital signal processing.

Articles and presentations

  • “Who Owns the Future of Autonomous Vehicles” (IAM 89 March 2018)
  • “Best Practice in IP Management: Leaner & Smarter” (IAM March 2018)
  • “Locating Prior Art Gold: The Five Keys to Successfully Uncovering Strong Prior Art” (IP Today, July 2011)
  • “GPA’s Experts vs The Crowd: Setting the Performance Record Straight” (February 2014)
  • “IoT Security IP Landscape” (June 2016)

Professional associations

  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • LES
  • Sigma Xi


  • Defensive patent aggregation
  • IP management consultancy
  • Licensing
  • Valuation

Firm details

Global Prior Art Inc
21 Milk Street Sixth Floor
Boston MA 02109
United States

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