Russell Binns is CEO & General Counsel for Allied Security Trust, a Delaware Statutory Trust that identifies, analyzes and purchases high-technology patents being sold on the market. Binns has over 20 years’ experience with all facets of Intellectual Property, including global IP strategy, litigation, licensing, M&A, patent prosecution, trademark oppositions and prosecution, commercial contracts, open-source, government affairs, and IP department management. Prior to AST, Binns served as head of IP Law, Litigation, and Licensing for Avaya Inc., a global leader in telecommunications. Responsible for all aspects of Avaya’s worldwide intellectual property legal operations, including patent procurement and portfolio management, intellectual property monetization, IP litigation, IP transactional matters, trademarks, open-source, and management of both internal and external legal counsel performing such functions. Prior to joining Avaya, he was an IP litigator with Goodwin Procter in New York and Boston, and before that was with an IP boutique, Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Hayes in Boston, doing transactional, patent prosecution and litigation work.