Alexander Franco has over 15 years of experience developing and managing patent portfolios in the high-tech industry. As a patent attorney with a M.B.A., he brings a finance-oriented perspective to the protection of his clients’ intellectual property. With a passion for innovation, he thrives on engagement with creative technologists who are continually advancing the state of the art.
Alex began his legal career at Knobbe Martens Intellectual Property Law where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications in several technology areas including computer software/hardware, digital/analog electronics, engine controls and mechanical. Some of his clients included Amazon, Micron Technology, Real Networks and Yamaha.
Alex next served as AOL’s in-house patent counsel, managing the company’s patent portfolio, chairing its patent committees, handling incoming patent assertions and engaging in patent license negotiations. With an acumen for organization, he developed processes and systems, still in use today, for managing the harvesting, prosecution, maintenance and analysis of thousands of international patent matters. Alex also provided legal counsel for AOL’s participation in several standards-setting organizations.
More recently, Alex handled a diverse range of matters as intellectual property legal counsel for Accenture, a company of more than 250,000 employees. He focused on patent licensing operations, patent portfolio analysis, invention harvesting, management of outside patent prosecution counsel and open source software policy.
Alex received a BS with Distinction in Applied Physics from Cornell University, a Master of Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a joint JD/MBA from the George Washington University.
When he is not practicing law or under the hood of his 1961 MG, you might find him swimming, biking, running, or skiing. Alex lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Diana, and two children, Sabrina and Austin.