Danielle Johnston Holmes – Associate General Counsel, Patent Portfolio Development Team, Microsoft
Danielle Johnston Holmes is Associate General Counsel for the Patent Portfolio Development Team in the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. Danielle leads the team of patent attorneys and paralegals responsible for harvesting inventions from Microsoft’s R&D groups, filing and prosecuting patents worldwide and determining the strategic value of Microsoft’s patent portfolio. Danielle joined Microsoft in 1998, initially providing patent support for the Windows group and later leading teams of attorneys and engineers responsible for identifying and analyzing patents to support Microsoft’s licensing and enforcement efforts and other strategic business initiatives. Prior to joining Microsoft, Danielle worked for the law firm of Marshall, Gerstein in Chicago, where she concentrated on patent litigation, patent prosecution and client counseling matters in the electrical, mechanical and computer science arts. Danielle received an electrical engineering degree from Loyola Marymount University and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame and is a registered patent attorney.