Four IP Virtuosos

Bill Coughlin: The Fortune 50 Entrepreneur: What Lawyers Can Do to Support Innovation

Janet A. Marvel

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William J. Coughlin is the president and chief executive officer of Ford Global Technologies, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. He is responsible for all intellectual property matters worldwide for Ford and its subsidiaries. Bill is also a member of the board of directors for the Intellectual Property Owners Association and an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he teaches graduate level courses including trade secret law and e-commerce law. In 2013, Bill received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Automation Alley, a Michigan-based technology business association. He was a finalist for the Crain’s Detroit Business General and In-House Counsel Awards in the Pro Bono category.

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