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Wenjie is the Site IP Counsel for the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, the headquarters for IBM Research and home of close to 2000 Researchers. He manages a team of twelve attorneys and additional support staff, providing support on all aspects of IP Law for the T.J. Watson Research Center, the IBM Corporate Headquarters, and several non-US IBM Research Labs, including the Australia, Brazil, Kenya and Ireland Research Labs. 

Previously he was Senior Attorney at IBM’s IP Law headquarters where he negotiated a variety of IP transactions including IBM’s world-wide licensing and sale of IP assets such as patents, know-how and software, as well as the IP agreements/components of major M&A transactions (including IBM divestiture deals with Lenovo and GlobalFoundries). Wenjie also supported the IBM Systems & Technology Group where he was the lead attorney in several patent enforcement and licensing activities, drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications, and supervised outside counsel in patent prep and prosecution. Prior to joining the IBM IP Law department in 2007, Wenjie worked as a summer associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, LLP.

Before his legal career, Wenjie was an engineer involved in semiconductor materials R&D at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies and IBM Microelectronics Semiconductor Research and Development Center. He was a prolific inventor and holds 27 issued US patents.

Wenjie received his B.S. in chemistry from Peking University, China, his Ph.D. in organic and polymer chemistry from the University of Chicago, and his J.D. from Pace University School of Law, where he graduated as the valedictorian of his class.

IP Counsel

IBM Corporation
1101 Kitchawan Road
Yorktowns Heights, NY 10598

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Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property



Law School

Pace University School of Law

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