James O. Robarts
Founder ▪ Intellectual Property Strategist
▪ Training Specialist
James O. Robarts James has pursued the business of high technology for more
than 25 years. He is a prolific inventor, an experienced high-tech IP manager,
and an engaging teacher.
In the early 1980’s, he developed software-driven business processes for
Hewlett-Packard. In the 1990’s, as a Program Manager, he had an insider’s view
of Microsoft as it became the world’s most powerful software company. In
between, he started a successful technical publishing company (eventually
acquired by Microsoft) and served as CTO for a software-driven advertising
James’ interest in intellectual property developed at Microsoft, where he was
instrumental in developing patents in the printing group and leveraging them to
extract licensing revenue. He was also responsible for both strategy and
invention for the Advanced Consumer Technology Group’s patent portfolio.
When James left Microsoft, he decided to focus exclusively on helping
technology companies view their intellectual property as manageable business
assets. In 1997, he founded the Excelsior Bonifico Company to teach practical IP
management methods to innovative software, telecommunications, and bio-tech
companies. He has also continued inventing, and now has more than 25
granted U.S. patents and more than 30
published U.S. patents to his credit. The majority of these patents
constitute a portfolio on context-aware computing, which was acquired recently
In addition to advising private-sector clients, James enjoys training
high-tech engineers and business managers in practical IP management techniques.
He also teaches in the University of Washington’s Intellectual Property
Management Certificate Program and lectures for the Licensing Executives
Society’s Professional Development Series.
James lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest; he finds amusement in
sailing the Puget Sound, playing with his tractor on a remote San Juan island,
and making bad rock-and-roll (during the rainy season when the neighbors keep
their windows closed).
A talented staff that includes individuals rich with experience in technology
development, financial analysis, and intellectual property management supports
James’ strong strategic skills.