Gary T. Bender is an Advisor to Ocean Tomo’s Strategy practice. The practice provides companies best in class tools, information, processes and policies to strategically integrate and optimize their IP operations and enhance the value of their IP portfolio. Ocean Tomo, LLC, is an integrated Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm providing an industry leading array of financial products and services related to intangible assets. Ocean Tomo offerings include expert testimony, valuation, strategy, investments, innovation management and transactions. Ocean Tomo assists clients – corporations, law firms, governments and institutional investors – in realizing Intellectual Capital Equity® value broadly defined. Subsidiaries of Ocean Tomo include: Ocean Tomo Capital, LLC -- publisher of the Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index (NYSE: OTPAT). Ocean Tomo is the founder of the Intellectual Property Exchange International, Inc.
Mr. Bender has comprehensive experience in diverse functions of IP strategy, development, management, licensing, risk mitigation, valuation and dispute resolution, both domestically and internationally. Particular industry experience includes: financial services, payments, research institutions, telecommunications, software, aerospace and defense, semiconductors and semiconductor equipment, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, mining, and energy. He is adept at building and energizing teams to promote individual talents, facilitate team productivity, and make a valuable contribution to the organization’s success.
Prior to joining Ocean Tomo, Mr. Bender led corporate IP strategies. He was the National Practice Leader for Intellectual Property Services at Ernst & Young LLP. Prior to Ernest & Young, Mr. Bender was the Economic & Financial Consulting Manger for Andersen LLP. Most recently Mr. Bender served as the Head of Intellectual Property Strategy of Visa, Inc.
Mr. Bender is a member of the Licensing Executives Society, Intellectual Property Society and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Environmental Science.