Marshall Phelps Jr.
Executive Consultant & Senior Advisor
Marshall Phelps is and has been a consultant to many international companies, including General Electric, Price Waterhouse Coopers, SAP, Samsung and Boeing. He has served on the Intellectual Property Committee of the National Academies of Science and seven Boards. He is a recognized expert on management and monetization of intellectual and intangible assets, entrepreneurship and innovation. He has written and spoken extensively on these subjects at numerous business forums and universities, including Duke Business and Law Schools, Cornell Law School, University of California at Berkley, The University of Washington, Oxford University, Gothenburg University/Chalmers University of Technology and Keio and Waseda Universities in Japan.
He is a monthly columnist for Forbes. His book, “Burning the Ships, Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft,” was published in 2009.
He has served as Executive in Residence at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and on its Board of Visitors. He was recently named Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Cornell Law School. In 2006, he was elected to the initial class of the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame.
He has received numerous awards including IBM’s Career Achievement Award and The Distinguished Service Award and a Doctorate of Human Letters from Muskingham University.
After serving as a Confidential Clerk to the New York State Supreme Court and as Assistant to the President of the Chicago Board of Trade, he joined IBM where he was employed for 30 years, retiring as IBM Corporate Vice President.
Following IBM, he was a venture capitalist until 2003, when he joined Microsoft as Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Licensing.
Mr. Phelps holds a B.A. and D.HL from Muskingham University, an M.S. from Stanford University School of Business and a J.D. from Cornell University School of Law.