Jim Weisfield

Principal at Ascend IP LLC
Ranked in Brokering, Defensive patent aggregation, Finance, IP management consultancy, Legal, Licensing, M&A, Valuation
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Jim Weisfield's Profile

Jim Weisfield is a principal and founder of Ascend IP.  Ascend IP is a full-service IP monetisation firm specialising in acquiring, selling, financing, prosecuting, licensing, brokering and managing patent portfolios. Currently managing thousands of patent assets across multiple tech sectors, Ascend helps patent owners of all sizes implement leading portfolio monetisation programmes.  Ascend delivers extraordinary results for patent inventors, owners and investors through world-class strategy, execution and service.

Prior to co-founding Ascend IP, Mr Weisfield spent nearly 15 years leading Intellectual Ventures’ Invention Investment Funds. At IV, he served as vice president of patent sales, licensing, Asia and partnerships. He was head of divestitures for over a decade; led partner and channel licensing; and licensing in Asia. Early at IV Mr Weisfield was a licensing executive and senior acquisitions manager. He and his teams led hundreds of deals for IV’s IIF acquiring and selling of tens of thousands of assets; investing billions in capital; and producing billions in licensing revenue for IV’s Global Licensing team. 

Prior to Intellectual Ventures, Mr Weisfield served as executive VP of Global Market Insite, Inc (Kantar) a global market research software company where he led worldwide licensing, business and corporate development and M&A. He has been general counsel of three companies (including a public toy company), CEO of his own branded merchandise company and senior vice president of licensing, merchandising and legal affairs for a global consumer products company. 

Mr Weisfield holds a BA in business administration from the Foster School of Business at University of Washington, and a JD from the University of Washington School of Law where he graduated Order of the Coif and served as editor of the Washington Law Review. He has been an active member of the Washington State Bar for over 30 years, is licensed to practice in the state of Washington and has been ranked by IAM Strategy 300 for most of the past decade.

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