Joe Villella

Chief Licensing Officer at Longitude Licensing

Joe Villella joined Longitude Licensing Ltd in 2014. Longitude is an IPValue Management Group company. IPValue is one of the world’s most successful patent licensing companies and has generated more than $2 billion of patent licensing revenues to date.

As chief licensing officer of Longitude, Mr Villella is responsible for maximising the value of Longitude’s portfolio of 3,500 semiconductor and storage solution patents, which originally came from Elpida Memory. This portfolio has generated more than $250 million of licensing revenue to date. He is also currently the principal negotiator for many of IPValue’s licensing programmes in the areas of semiconductor and display technologies.

With experience in Europe, the United States and Asia, most recently Mr Villella was vice president, head of patent department for Infineon Technologies AG in Munich. In this role, he oversaw Infineon’s global IP protection, licensing and litigation activities for a portfolio totalling 17,000 patents and applications. Over the last 15 years, Mr Villella has spoken extensively in Europe at conferences and universities. He is a past chair of the IP section of the European Semiconductor Industry Association.

Prior to Infineon, Mr Villella was executive director, intellectual property and chief patent counsel with Seagate Technology in California. He led and supported all of Seagate’s global IP matters, including managing a worldwide portfolio of more than 3,000 patents and applications. Mr Villella was also a partner at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. He enjoyed a 20-year career in the IP group at IBM Corp, holding a series of increasingly senior counsel positions around the United States and in Asia. During his time in Asia, he worked with government officials around the region in strengthening IP protection.

Mr Villella earned a JD from George Washington University, an MSEE from Purdue University and a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame.

IAM says

Experienced across multiple continents, Joe Villella brings worldly wisdom to the discipline of patent licensing. The depth of his commercial expertise, cultivated over the course of a high-flying IP and business career spanning in-house and private practice roles, is immense.

Professional associations

  • State Bar of Texas


  • IP management consultancy
  • Legal
  • Licensing
  • M&A

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Longitude Licensing
Blackthorn Exchange
Bracken Road
Dublin D18 P3Y9

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