Brian Hinman


Brian Hinman is a seasoned intellectual property executive with over 30 years’ experience in the field, having held senior positions at some of the world’s leading companies, including Aon, Philips, IBM and others. He was inducted in 2023 to the IP Hall of Fame and was also the initial recipient of the Q. Todd Dickinson Award for Lifetime Achievement in Intellectual Property.

Brian has extensive experience in delivering IP solutions that enhance enterprise value through execution of IP-based value creation strategies and mitigating IP risk exposure. In his most recent role as Chief Commercial Officer for Aon IP Solutions, he was part an executive team that led the efforts to seize the generational opportunity to establish market-accepted standards for assessing and valuing the IP asset class for businesses and investors and led to securing over $2B in more than 30 IP-backed loans backed by insurance.

Previously, Brian served as Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Philips and CEO of Philips Intellectual Property and Standards, based in the Netherlands. In this capacity he led a worldwide team of over 400 intellectual property professionals in 9 different countries, formulating and executing a robust IP strategy for each of Philips’ business units. This included managing Philips’ IP portfolio, directing all IP litigation matters (both offensive and defensive), actively participating in the development of industry standards, and conducting all forms of IP monetization including patent, technology and brand licensing and formation of various IP Ventures. Prior to Philips, Brian was co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Unified Patents Inc. He was also Senior Vice President of IP and Licensing at IBM, Verizon and InterDigital, as well as the founding CEO of Allied Security Trust.

Brian has been extensively published on IP topics, is a frequent lecturer and conference presenter, and serves on a variety of industry advisory boards.

Brian holds degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Pittsburgh.