Currently Vice President, Intellectual Property for Juul Labs, Wayne Sobon leverages a wide-ranging legal and business background and skill set to deliver results-oriented intellectual property solutions. With over 30 years of technology, business, and legal experience across a range of corporate and client settings, from start-up to Fortune 500 global companies, Wayne connects the key drivers of organizational success in a global virtual and digital marketplace. Wayne combines a particular focus on intellectual property, corporate process, and finance, with demonstrated leadership skills, entrepreneurial mindset, and deep corporate and not-for-profit board experiences.
Wayne graduated from Stanford University with bachelor degrees in Physics and German Studies, with honors and distinction. After working as an optical engineer in Southern California at Hughes Aircraft, Wayne returned to the Bay Area to complete his joint JD law and MBA business degrees at University of California, Berkeley (Boalt School of Law and Haas School of Business) in 1992, graduating in the top ten percent of his graduating JD class, and as the overall top MBA student. Working first as a technology attorney at several Silicon Valley law firms, where he practiced an interdisciplinary mix of patent development, litigation, and corporate law, Wayne was recruited to found Accenture’s global intellectual property department, helping then-Anderson Consulting transform itself from private partnership to global public corporation, and structure and manage Accenture’s global team of intellectual property legal and business professionals.
After leading Accenture’s IP team for over 10 years, Wayne was brought to Rambus as its Vice President, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel to manage Rambus’ patent and intellectual property portfolio, a core set of assets driving over $200 million in licensing revenue annually. And recently, Wayne was one of three founders of Inventergy Global, Inc., a Silicon Valley intellectual property licensing start-up company, focused on bringing better, corporate-style licensing to the global intellectual property marketplace. Wayne served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, advising Inventergy’s CEO, senior leadership team, and board of directors, and helped take Inventergy public in 2014. Wayne now serves as Vice President, Intellectual Property for Juul Labs, the world’s leader in vaporizer technology (and provides correspondeing intellectual property leadership for Pax Labs as well).