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Peter N. Detkin is a founder and vice-chairman at Intellectual Ventures where he focuses on a variety of projects relating to intellectual property and invention.

Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Mr. Detkin spent 8 years at Intel Corporation where he was a vice president and assistant general counsel. As assistant general counsel, Mr. Detkin was responsible for managing the Intel patent and licensing departments, including all aspects of prosecution and claims management. In addition, Mr. Detkin managed the litigation and competition policy departments (including antitrust).

Before he joined Intel, Mr. Detkin was an intellectual property partner at the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, Calif. Mr. Detkin was the first patent lawyer hired at this firm and formed the basis of their highly-successful intellectual property practice. While at Wilson Sonsini, he had lead or second chair responsibility for a number of high profile litigations, including the seminal computer copyright case Lotus v. Borland.

In addition to his work, Mr. Detkin is the past president of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, an organization dedicated to providing legal services to low-income children and families, people with mental and developmental disabilities, AIDS patients, and victims of discrimination. Through his extensive involvement with the Foundation over the years, he has worked with others to provide free legal services to nearly tens of thousands of low income and poor families and children through a variety of programs. Mr. Detkin serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is also on the Parents Advisory Council for Sarah Lawrence College.

Mr. Detkin received his B.S.E.E. with honors in 1982 from the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering and a J.D. in 1985 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a member of the State Bars of California and New York, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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