Founder & CEO
Mr. Carbonneau is the founder & CEO of TANGIBLE IP, LLC, the leading patent brokerage and strategic intellectual property advisory firm, focusing on IP sales & licensing along with strategic IP advisory services. Since he founded the firm in 2011, Mr. Carbonneau has brokered the sale or license of over 5000 patents, returning tens of millions of dollars to patent owners and inventors and has helped several technology companies with various advisory engagements. Mr. Carbonneau is one of a handful of individuals in the world who has been recognized by the prestigious British magazine Intellectual Assets Management (IAM) as one of the World’s Leading Intellectual Property Strategists for the 12th consecutive year. He was also named in the first edition of the IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders Guide 2021. Mr. Carbonneau publishes a regular newsletter, IP Market Updates, that is read by over 20,000 IP and business professionals around the world.
Prior to founding Tangible IP, he was the General Manager of IP Licensing at Microsoft Corporation where he spent 15 years. At Microsoft, he was also the lead business and intellectual property legal counsel to various business units and to the Microsoft Research organization worldwide, while leading the International IP team. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a patent litigator with the national IP boutique firm Smart & Biggar.
Mr. Carbonneau is also an adjunct professor for the University of Washington’s Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law & Policy since 2009, where he teaches courses on IP Licensing. He has served for several years on the Executive Committee of the Washington Bar Association Intellectual Property Section.
Finally, Mr. Carbonneau is a Venture Partner and strategic advisor to Cycle Capital Management, a large clean tech venture capital firm with over $500M under management, and a mentor to a large startup accelerator. He also regularly sits on the Board of Directors for startups with disruptive technologies.
Mr. Carbonneau is a frequent guest speaker locally and internationally on the subjects of intellectual property strategy, patent monetization, valuation, innovation and licensing and how they relate to business. Mr. Carbonneau is also an inventor himself and holds US international patents around multimedia technology. Mr. Carbonneau studied economics at McGill University and received his law degree from the University of Montreal. He is a member of the Washington State Bar.