Harlan, Jim

InterDigital Communications | Director, Standards and Competition Policy

Jim Harlan joined InterDigital in 2015, where actively represents the company and its interests before policy makers at governmental agencies, administrations and enforcers, as well as with policy committees for various SDOs, Consortia and Associations. Prior to joining InterDigital, Jim was a licensing executive with various bespoke patent investment firms. Prior to that, Jim was Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at Xtera Communications, a once publicly traded telecommunication equipment manufacturer for long-haul terrestrial and submarine optical technologies but has since become private in a leveraged buyout by private equity. Prior to that, Jim spent several years working at cellular equipment manufacturers specializing in standards, licensing, and patent management. Jim began his career in 1999 prosecuting patent applications and litigating issued patents before federal courts.

In addition to his duties at InterDigital, Jim not only sits on the board of the Media Coding Industry Forum where he is also the Treasurer, but he also chairs the legal committee at oneM2M. Further, Jim works with the State Department as an industry representative to the ITU-T Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group.

Mr. Harlan earned a JD from Wayne State University Law School, an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Master’s in Computer Science as well as a Bachelor’s in Chemistry, both from Wayne State University.

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