• Chief Patent Counsel
  • IBM Corporation

Manny W. Schecter is Chief Patent Counsel and Associate General Counsel at IBM. Mr. Schecter leads IBM’s worldwide intellectual property law organization on patent matters and advises on intellectual property strategy and policy. Mr. Schecter has worked his entire legal career in various business units of IBM, during which time IBM generated over $20B of income from IP and sustained 24 consecutive years as the top annual US patentee. He has been the Chief Patent Counsel since 2009 and his office is at IBM corporate headquarters in Armonk, NY.

Mr. Schecter is active in several IP related organizations. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the IPO Education Foundation (where he serves as treasurer), and Allied Security Trust (AST), and he completed a 3 year term on the board of directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) in 2016. Mr. Schecter organized the patent quality initiative which became the Peer-to- Patent prior art crowdsourcing project that was successfully piloted in the US and several other countries, elements of which are now incorporated into the USPTO patent examination process in accordance with the America Invents Act. He also chaired the Patent Mediation Task Force for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. He frequently speaks at IP related events, lectures at various universities, co-authors amicus briefs, publishes articles on patent quality, and he can be found on Twitter at @MannySchecter. In 2015 Mr.Schecter was named to the list of the 50 most influential people in IP by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Mr. Schecter is a graduate of Cornell University and the George Washington University Law School.