Renowned Voice Strategist Joins HarQen as Chief Intellectual Property Officer

Jim O'Shaughnessy adds HarQen to his storied career in global IP positioning

Nov 16, 2011, 11:47 ET from HarQen

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HarQen today announced the appointment of Jim O'Shaughnessy as its chief intellectual property officer responsible for expanding HarQen's patent portfolio to maximize market opportunities globally.  O'Shaughnessy brings more than three decades of strategic expertise to HarQen's intellectual property initiatives.


As a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP in the 1990s, O'Shaughnessy helped grow Foley's practice into the then largest intellectual property practice worldwide. Recruited away by Rockwell International to be its Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, he was responsible for successfully compiling and then selling Rockwell's expansive voice-patent portfolio to Aspect Technologies in 2004 among a range of other duties in the intellectual property space.

"I have had the good fortune to know and work with Jim since my earliest days as an entrepreneur," said HarQen CEO E. Kelly Fitzsimmons.  "Jim understands the global nature of the unfolding competitive landscape and possesses the rare expertise necessary to align HarQen's intellectual property strategies and portfolio with the extraordinary market conditions today."

In little more than the past 90 days alone, more than $18 billion has been spent acquiring not companies, but voice-related intellectual property.  These transactions have included Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings for $12.5 billion; the purchase of Nortel patents at auction for $4.5 billion by Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Ericsson and others, and IBM's sale of more than 1,000 voice patents to Google for $1 billion.

"We view Voice 3.0 – which distinguishes itself from Voice 2.0 by the ability to monetize voice as content -- as an emerging trillion dollar market," said Fitzsimmons. "And it's clear we are not alone."

"HarQen is a trifecta for me — smart and highly energetic people who are defining new market opportunities," commented O'Shaughnessy. 

"Were any one missing, I would be too," joked O'Shaughnessy.

O'Shaughnessy views intellectual property as the DNA of the organization and has played a vital role in its development and positioning for many Global 500 companies throughout the Americas, Europe and Austral-Asia. He has also served as an expert witness in several patent-infringement cases, including the Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing LP litigation.  

O'Shaughnessy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before earning his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977.  Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of Rovi Corporation and the Council of Advisors of The National Institute for Play.  

About HarQen

HarQen unleashes the richness of information trapped inside conversations – transforming talk into actionable insights.  HarQen's award-winning Intelligent Voice Service enables conversations to be captured, enriched, organized, navigated, shared and analyzed – improving collaboration and adding a new layer of business intelligence to existing data management systems. Midwest-based HarQen was founded in 2007 and is privately funded.

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