Johanna Dwyer

CEO at QipWorks

Johanna Dwyer is an IP specialist with more than 25 years’ experience leading intellectual property, research, development and innovation across a diverse range of technical disciplines. Ms Dwyer is the founder and CEO of QipWorks, a global IP business that partners with companies, innovators and investors to build, manage and utilise IP portfolios. QipWorks provides extensive expertise in IP strategy and patent portfolio development and management and their advanced data analytics capability offers a unique robustness to litigation support. Ms Dwyer has been a testifying expert in both the Eastern District of Texas and the High Court of England and Wales on true SEP determination, standard setting organisations, IP rights policies and FRAND calculations. She also serves as a technical expert for 3G, 4G and 5G wireless radio technologies. She is the co-author of “Survey of Mobile Cellular 5G Essentiality Rate” published in les Nouvelles – Journal of the Licensing Executives Society, March 2021.

Before creating QipWorks, Ms Dwyer founded the Innovation Lab for Saudi Aramco, where she developed IP strategy and management processes for a global network of R&D labs, advised on technology acquisitions and built collaborative engagements with universities and research institutes. As general manager of Federated Wireless she executed a turnaround and positioned the company for success in the spectrum-sharing market.

Ms Dwyer spent 12 years at BlackBerry, originally designing radios as a cellular wireless engineer and later participating and then leading a global radio standards team active in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the China Communications Standards Association. She worked closely with licensing teams developing processes for identifying, evaluating, managing, validating and monetising investments in intellectual property.

Ms Dwyer holds an MBA (Sloan Fellow) in innovation and global leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds degrees in applied mathematics, mechanical engineering and electronics and is a senior member of the IEEE. She is an inventor on more than 400 worldwide patents and patent applications, including 108 patents declared as standard essential.

IAM says

Johanna Dwyer’s intelligent IP strategies give clients great commercial impetus while also granting them flexibility to adapt quickly to changing business conditions and emerging opportunities. She’s a consummate professional and thought leader on SEPs.

Professional associations

  • IEEE


  • IP management consultancy
  • Licensing
  • M&A
  • Technology transfer

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