Quatela Lynch McCurdy

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Our Principals

 
Laura Quatela

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Laura Quatela

In addition to being a Principal of Quatela Lynch McCurdy, (of which she was a co-founder in 2014), Laura is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Lenovo which she joined in October 2016. She is responsible for Lenovo’s overall legal strategy.
 
Previously, Laura served as executive vice president of intellectual property for Alcatel-Lucent SA, reporting to the CEO, and was responsible for leading the company’s efforts to monetize its patent portfolio.
 
Prior to her role at Alcatel-Lucent, Laura was President of Eastman Kodak Company, where she held various other leadership positions including Chief Intellectual Property Officer and General Counsel, and Co-Chief Operating Officer.
 
Currently, Laura also serves on the board of directors of Technicolor SA, where she chairs the strategy committee.

 
 
 

 
 
 

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Timothy Lynch

Tim is the co-founder of Quatela Lynch McCurdy.  Prior to forming QLM, Tim was Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company, positions he held throughout the pendency of the Company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in the Southern District of New York.  Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2012 and emerged 20 months later after having sold its digital imaging patents through a §363 sale process for $525 million.

Tim joined Kodak in 1997 as a member of the company’s Legal department supporting merger, acquisition, joint venture and investment transactions.  In 2004, he transitioned into Kodak’s Corporate Commercial Affairs division, the unit responsible for IP transactions.  In 2006, Tim was named Vice President of Kodak’s Legal department, leading the team charged with supporting intellectual property licensing, trademark and patent litigation activities. In 2008, he was named Managing Director, Intellectual Property Transactions, managing a team of attorneys and licensing professionals with specific accountability for achieving the company’s 9-figure annual intellectual property revenue goals.  In 2010, he was elected a corporate Vice President and later named Chief Intellectual Property Officer.  During Tim’s tenure in Kodak’s intellectual property organization, the company generated more than $4.0 billion in revenue from more than 40 intellectual property transactions, resulting in agreements with Sony, Motorola, Nokia, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, and many others.

Prior to joining Kodak, Tim held positions at GE Capital and Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle (now Nixon Peabody).

Tim has been identified as one of the world's leading IP strategists by IAM Strategy 300 - The World’s Leading IP Strategists in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

From 2007 through 2009, Tim served as President of the Board of the Otetiana Council, Boy Scouts of America.  He successfully led the council through a merger creating the Seneca Waterways Council.  He continues to serve as a Board member of the new Council. 

Tim holds a B.A. in Communications and Political Science from St. John Fisher College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law.

 
 
 

 
 
 

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Daniel P. McCurdy

Dan joined Quatela Lynch McCurdy on January 1, 2017.  Previously, he was a senior vice president of RPX Corporation from July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016.  From 2008 through June 2014, he was CEO of Allied Security Trust, and Chairman and CEO of PatentFreedom.  In June 2014, PatentFreedom was acquired by RPX.

Previously, Dan was founding CEO of ThinkFire; President of Intellectual Property of Lucent Technologies and Bell Laboratories; a Vice President of IBM responsible for the creation of its Life Sciences business unit; a Vice President of Ciena Corporation where he directed merger, acquisition and corporate development; Director of Business Development for IBM Research; and Manager of Technology and Intellectual Property Policy for IBM worldwide.

Dan graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina.  He served on the Intellectual Property Policy committee of the United States’ National Academies, in 2011 was named CEO of the Year by Intellectual Property Magazine, and in 2014 was named one of the 40 most influential “movers and shakers” in IP transactions and acquisitions by Intellectual Asset Magazine.  He has been named in the IAM Strategy 300, honoring the leading 300 IP strategists worldwide, every year since the annual list has been published.