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Michael Noonan

Laird Technologies
VP of Intellectual Property
Michael Noonan has been vice president and chief IP counsel at Laird since 2008. Laird is a 195-year-old technology company, founded as a shipbuilder in Liverpool, England in 1824, transforming into an electronics components and systems manufacturer today. Laird is a leading supplier to many major consumer electronics manufacturers; no doubt your home, or perhaps even your pocket, has Laird products in it. Traded on the London Stock Exchange until 2018, Laird is now a portfolio company of Advent International, a Boston private equity firm.

Before joining Laird, Noonan was lead legal counsel to Motorola’s (and then Freescale Semiconductor’s) offensive patent licensing and technology transfer program. Noonan worked with a team of attorneys, IP & RE engineers, and market/business team members to leverage a several-thousand-strong patent portfolio to provide a primary revenue source for the company.

He has also worked in private law practice, first as a patent prosecutor and then as a technology transactions attorney at Silicon Valley-based law firms, assisting emerging growth technology companies establish and protect their product lines in preparation for individual success, public offering, or acquisition.

Noonan holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame (1991) and a juris doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law (1996).