- IP management consultancy
- Technology transfer
Managing Director at Sherpa Technology Group
Ralph Eckardt is co-founder and managing partner of Sherpa Technology Group (formerly 3LP Advisors) – a firm founded in 2008 that focuses on IP strategy development, patent portfolio transactions and IP-based investments. Sherpa has offices in Boston and Silicon Valley.
Mr Eckardt works with companies to develop and implement IP strategies, acquire strategic IP assets and monetise intellectual property through patent sales and licensing. He has provided professional services relating to corporate strategy and transaction advisory work for more than 15 years, advising both large and small companies across a wide variety of industries.
Before founding Sherpa, Mr Eckardt served as head of the Boston Consulting Group’s IP strategy practice, where he developed IP strategies for leading corporations in the technology, telecoms, pharmaceutical, biotech, automotive, basic materials and industrial sectors. In addition, he has developed proprietary and patented tools for IP analysis and visualisation.
Mr Eckardt is co-author of The Invisible Edge: Taking Your Strategy to the Next Level Using Intellectual Property, which was named the best strategy book of 2009 by a leading business journal. He has also authored a number of papers and articles on intellectual property and has spoken on IP strategy at a variety of forums, including the IPBC, the Centre for Intellectual Property Forum, the Licensing Executives Society 100 Executive Forum, the Advanced Patent Law Institute and the Conference Board.
Before joining the Boston Consulting Group, Mr Eckardt was a senior consultant at Arthur Andersen Worldwide.
Mr Eckardt received his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and a BS from Messiah College, Pennsylvania (both summa cum laude).