He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S.E.E. in 1982 and J.D. in 1985. He worked as a patent attorney for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati of Palo Alto, becoming a partner in 1992.
Following this, he worked as Vice President and assistant general counsel in charge of patents, litigation, licensing and antitrust/competition law for Intel, and later became one of four founders of Intellectual Ventures. Detkin now allegedly owns approximately 20% of Intellectual Ventures Management Company, generating approximately $10-$20M annually in "management fees" for managing Intellectual Ventures Funds. This is ironic because Intellectual Ventures has been described as a "patent troll", and Detkin helped popularize this as a pejorative term while at Intel. Detkin and Intellectual Ventures were prominently featured in an episode of This American Life on patent issues.
Detkin serves on the Board of Overseers for University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science. He provided support for the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering to build a new principle teaching laboratory, The Detkin Lab.
He also contributed a major gift to Penn Law School to establish a leading-edge intellectual property and technology legal clinic, Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic.
Detkin is active with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, serving as a Board Member and past-President.
- Entry on the USPTO database of patent attorneys and agents Archived 2004-11-12 at the Wayback Machine. Consulted on March 31, 2007
- Entry on the http://www.intellectualventures.com/bio.aspx?id=03a52426-0419-449e-84b3-1f25d9c1d546 Biography on Intellectual Ventures' web site
- http://www.phonetel.com/pdfs/LWTrolls.pdf[permanent dead link]
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