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Tracey R Thomas is co-founder and CEO of the IP Zone, a New York-based global marketplace that facilitates the commercialisation of intellectual property and technology and provides consulting services to companies regarding their IP strategy.
As CEO, Mr Thomas oversees three IP Zone businesses. The IP Zone platform business has a marketplace and integrated workflow component that allows clients to manage deals in a secure, integrated environment. The IP Zone Accelerator advises start-up companies on commercialisation strategies and investment funding. The IP Zone Educational Institute offers educational training in IP matters, processes and transactions to corporations, entrepreneurs and other entities.
Previously, Mr Thomas was chief IP strategist at American Express in New York City. Before that, he practised in the Chicago offices of McDermott, Will & Emery focused on IP licensing, litigation and patent preparation and prosecution. While in private practice he also focused on sports and entertainment law, representing top draft picks and free agents in the National Football League, as well as other athletes and artists.