Alyssa Harvey Dawson is Vice President, Global Intellectual Property and Licensing, at Harman International Industries. She is a seasoned business, licensing and legal executive with extensive experience developing and leading strategic initiatives at global corporations, especially in the areas of licensing, high technology, business development, intellectual property, new media and communications. At Harman, she is responsible for developing and implementing the global intellectual property and outbound licensing strategy at this audio and infotainment company that features brands such as JBL®, harman/kardon®, AKG®, Infinity®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. Alyssa leads the licensing business and IP monetization efforts; oversees strategic IP enforcement; structures and negotiates technology transactions (including licensing, development deals and M&A); establishes policies and procedures for working with standards-setting organizations and open source software; manages the IP legal budget (about 70%-80% of the overall legal budget); manages a global team of business development professionals, attorneys, paralegals and technology specialists; is responsible for management of the company’s patent, trademark and copyright portfolios; manages IP litigation; oversees IP due diligence efforts; and provides general business and intellectual property advice and counseling. Prior to Harman, she was at Netflix, eBay and Autodesk, where she was the lead legal partner to multi-million dollar business divisions and sales teams and where she worked on strategic licensing transactions, complex mergers and acquisitions, technology and product development counseling, including advising on general corporate law, product marketing, patents, trademarks, copyright and open source matters. She also worked at the law firms of Cooley Godward and Latham & Watkins on transactions, venture capital financings, public company counseling, and general corporate law, SEC and FCC matters. Alyssa is on the Advisory Board for the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law. She received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the Georgetown Law Journal and Book Reviews and Essays Editor. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism and graduated, cum laude, from the Honors College at Michigan State University.
Quello recollection: While I did not have the opportunity to meet Mr. Quello, I do recall that on a visit to the FCC for a client when I was a young associate at Latham, I was walking through the office and someone noted that we were walking by Jim Quello’s office. My recollection is that the office showcased his Spartan pride, including featuring vibrant green carpeting, and as a fellow Spartan, I was very proud to be in such esteemed company.