Name: Alexander I. Poltorak

Title/Position: Chairman & CEO

Company: General Patent Corporation

Business Description: General Patent Corporation International (GPCI) is a premier contingency IP licensing and enforcement company, the oldest in the US. GPCI provides patent, trademark and copyright licensing and enforcement on a contingency basis. In addition, through our affiliates General Patent Corporation (GPC) and IP Holdings LLC, we provide IP strategy and valuation, IP portfolio audit and management, technology transfer and expert witness services, and IP-related financial and IP brokerage services.

Chapter: Entrepreneurial


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Alexander I. Poltorak is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of General Patent Corporation (GPC), an intellectual property (IP) management company focusing on patent licensing and enforcement, IP strategy and valuation. He is also a managing director of IP Holdings LLC, an IP-centric merchant banking organization.

Dr. Poltorak has taught at Cornell University Medical College, Touro College, The Globe Institute for Technology and has guest-lectured at the Columbia University School of Business.

Dr. Poltorak has co-authored two books, Essentials of Licensing Intellectual Property (John Wiley & Sons Publishers, Inc., 2004) and Essentials of Intellectual Property (John Wiley & Sons Publishers, Inc., 2002), and contributed a chapter to Making Innovation Pay - Turning IP into Shareholder Value (John Wiley & Sons Publishers, Inc., 2006). He wrote an op-ed “U.S. Can't Afford to Mar Innovation: Proposed patent reforms mean less protection for the underdog.” in Christian Science Monitor (Jan. 28, 2008) He also authored and co-authored several articles, including: “What You Need to Know About Patents and Their Value” (, April, 2005); “A ‘Real World’ Risk-Adjusted Patent Valuation Model” (Patent Strategy & Management, November 2004 and January 2005); “Valuing Patents as Market Monopolies” (Patent Strategy & Management, September 2003); “Valuing Individual Patents Comprising a Portfolio” (Patent Strategy & Management, October 2003); “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Intellectual Property Law but Couldn’t Afford to Ask” (American Venture magazine, August 2003); “Are Patents Bad for the Economy?” (New York Business Focus, August 2002); “Introducing Litigation Risk Analysis” (Managing Intellectual Property, May 2001); “Corporate Officers and Directors Can Be Liable for Mismanaging Intellectual Property” (Patent Strategy & Management, May and June 2000); “Grain, Grain, Go Away” (Intellectual Property Worldwide, February, 2000); and “Patent Enforcement: To Sue or Not to Sue?” (Inventors’ Digest, November/December 2000).

Alexander Poltorak was profiled in New York Times feature article (Teresa Riordan, “Trying to Cash in on Patents,” June 10, 2002) and in IP Investor cover story “He Wrote the Book,” Apr. 2007. Dr. Poltorak has been interviewed on CNNfn, Tokyo TV, Fortunes SB,,, EE Times and Bloomberg Radio. Dr. Poltorak serves on the advisory board of Patent Strategy & Management. Dr. Poltorak is an Adjunct Law Professor at the Globe Institute for Technology. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the New York Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society. He was a U.S. co-chairman for the Subcommittee on Information Exchange of the US-USSR Trade and Economic Counsel.