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Welcome to PatentBridge®

Preeminent Silicon Valley Patent Broker Since 2003

PatentBridge: The cure for lazy patents.

PatentBridge is a full service privately-held patent broker located in the heart of Silicon Valley that specializes in bringing to market select technologies covering extraordinary software, Internet and technology breakthroughs.

As patent broker, PatentBridge turns patent portfolios into capital-producing divestitures or revenue-generating licenses.

With over a billion dollars in patent deals under his belt, Mark S. Holmes is the Founder and CEO of PatentBridge. Recognized as one of the world’s leading intellectual property strategists he has been named to the “iam 300” by Intellectual Asset Magazine.

PatentBridge has brokered the sale of a single patent for more than $4 million.

Patents offer a legal monopoly to make, use and sell products and services claimed by the patent.  But unless they are sold, licensed, enforced or used for blocking purposes, patents offer little value to their owner. Collecting dust in a forgotten drawer or proudly displayed in the inventor's office produces no revenue.

PatentBridge offers a turn-key patent brokerage service for patent owners seeking to sell or license their select patents on a success-fee basis.

We broker the portfolio. PatentBridge takes all steps necessary to turn the patents into capital-producing divestitures or revenue-generating licenses.

PatentBridge's turn-key patent brokerage is especially attractive to inventors and corporations which do not have the expertise, personnel or inclination to broker their patent portfolios on their own.


PatentBridge represents software, mobile, computer, Internet and cybersecurity technologies.

About PatentBridge

PatentBridge was formed in 2003 to represent patent owners in the brokering of their select patents. We work with inventors, corporations, law firms and venture capitalists.

The founder and CEO of PatentBridge is Mark Holmes.  Mr. Holmes is experienced in all aspects of patent brokering and patent licensing.  He has negotiated numerous patent deals, both inbound and outbound, as well as represented patent owners in the brokering of their patents.

For half a decade from 2006 to 2011, Mr. Holmes served as co-chair Silicon Valley Chapter of LES (Licensing Executives Society).

Mr. Holmes has advised some of the largest companies and academic institutions in the world such as Visa, Sony, Applied Materials, Intergraph (in its $675,000,000 settlement of Intergraph vs. Intel), University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley Lab), Biosite, Fairchild Semiconductor, Rigel Pharma and Yamanouchi Pharma, as well as sole inventors.  He has been on both sides of the table -- as buyer and seller -- which has given him a unique understanding of both perspectives and the negotiating tactics employed by each party to the deal.

Mr. Holmes also possesses strong business experience from many years of negotiating patent deals. He also has first-hand business startup experience from being the co-founder of a successful telecommunications startup which was sold in the late 1990's to a portfolio company of the Alabama state retirement fund (RSA).

He is an angel investor both individually and as a Band of Angels member and an adviser to technology startups.

Mr. Holmes earned his engineering degree from Brown University.  He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Computer Society.


Mr. Holmes is the author of the book Patent Licensing and Selling: Strategy, Negotiation & Forms, Practising Law Institute*, New York.  Please click the button entitled "Book" at the top of the screen for more information.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Holmes lectures nationally on the pressing issues facing patent owners in the commercialization of their intellectual property. In the past few years, he has spoken nationally over 75 times on the commercialization of intellectual property for such bodies as Renaissance Weekend, Practising Law Institute, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Patent Law Institute, Washington State Patent Law Association, Oregon Patent Law Association, Hawaii State Bar Association and other organizations.

He also serves as co-chair of the PLI’s Advanced Patent Licensing annual program where he speaks on software and patent deals.

Since 2002, Mr. Holmes has been a member of the faculty of the PLI’s “Advanced Licensing Agreements” annual two-day programs in San Francisco, Chicago and New York where he speaks on software licensing and moderates a panel on the analysis of a complex technology deal.

He is the author of numerous articles and sits on the Board of Editorial Advisers for the Intellectual Property Counselor, published by West Publishing.

* PatentBridge is not a law firm and does not provide legal services or advice.

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