Micky Minhas is Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel for Microsoft in Redmond, Washington. Since 2012, Micky has managed the Microsoft patent group and is primarily responsible for outbound and inbound intellectual property licensing, patent strategy, patent acquisitions and divestitures, and managing patent preparation and prosecution of patents. He has also had responsibilities for Microsoft’s conflicts, indemnification and prelitigation practice. Prior to joining Microsoft, Micky served as the Vice President of Patent Strategy at Qualcomm in San Diego, California, where he was responsible for developing patent and licensing strategies for their multi-billion dollar patent licensing program. During his tenure at Qualcomm, he held a variety of roles including having worldwide responsibility for preparation and filing of patents, litigation preparation and arbitrations, acquisitions, and head of their European Patent Oppositions practice.
Micky received a JD and an LLM focusing on intellectual property from the Franklin Pierce Center (UNH), an MS in electrical engineering from George Washington University, and a BS in electrical engineering from Marquette University.
Micky is a frequent speaker on patent and patent licensing topics worldwide.