Senior Director, Licensing and Strategy
at Via Licensing Corporation
Nicholas Dudziak is the senior director of worldwide licensing and IP strategy at Via Licensing Corporation, a subsidiary of US audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories. An experienced licensing executive and patent attorney, he is passionate about connecting the dots to accelerate innovation and knows how to establish valuable IP deals in order to achieve a company’s business goals.
With more than 14 years’ experience, Mr Dudziak has expertise in managing the whole IP lifecycle, including portfolio development and management, litigation, licensing, patent divestiture and acquisitions, valuations, and strategic opinion and counselling work – always with a clear view of the relation between intellectual property and business objectives.
At Via, Mr Dudziak’s responsibilities include the development and implementation of multi-party licensing programmes based on standards-essential technologies on behalf of, and in partnership with, many of the world’s leading technology companies. He has successfully negotiated key license deals for both Via’s wireless and audio patent pools, including breakthrough deals with several of the world’s largest companies.
Before Via, Mr Dudziak was most recently a partner in the private law practice at Global IP Law Group LLC, a firm recognised as the best IP law firm in North America by World Finance Magazine in 2015. Mr Dudziak was named by Super Lawyers Magazine an Illinois Rising Star in 2015 and 2016, by the IAM Strategy 300 as one of the world’s leading IP strategists in 2017 and 2018, and is a frequent speaker on IP issues at Bloomberg BNA and other venues.
Mr Dudziak holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, a JD from The John Marshall Law School and is registered to practice before the USPTO.
Nicholas Dudziak “seems to know everyone and has a great head on his shoulders for getting things done”. “He is a unique individual with the right balance of legal and business know-how who uses his outstanding leadership to draw parties together.”
- IP management consultancy
- Technology transfer
Via Licensing Corporation
456 Montgomery Street
San Francisco CA 94104