Brian Yates is the Chief Executive Officer of iPEL, Inc. Prior to iPEL, Mr. Yates served as the President of Prognosis IP, where he successfully completed patent licensing agreements with nearly 1,000 companies across most major industries.
Before Prognosis IP, Mr. Yates spent the first decade of his legal career with prestigious law firms, where he represented technology companies as a patent prosecutor and litigator. Mr. Yates obtained his degree in Chemistry from Whittier College and his JD from Loyola Law School, where he graduated with honors and received numerous awards, including the American Jurisprudence awards for obtaining the highest grades in Constitutional Law, Advanced Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Trial Advocacy.
Mr. Yates has once again been included in the IAM Strategy 300 - The World's Leading IP Strategists, which identifies the leading patent professionals worldwide.
Rasheed McWilliams is the President of iPEL, Inc. Prior to iPEL, Mr. McWilliams served as the head of the Litigation Practice Group at Cotman IP Law Group in Pasadena, CA, where he tried many successful patent, trademark, and copyright cases in federal district courts across the United States. During his time at Cotman IP, Mr. McWilliams successfully resolved over two hundred patent infringement cases allowing his clients to effectively monetize their patent assets.
Mr. McWilliams’ passion for science led to him majoring in Chemistry at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude with Department High Honors in 1999. Mr. McWilliams graduated from New York University School of Law in 2003, and spent his entire legal career working as a business, entertainment, and intellectual property transactions and trial attorney with some of the most prestigious intellectual property firms in the United States. During his legal career, Mr. McWilliams specialized in combining legal knowledge with business insight to tailor optimal solutions to the business and legal needs of his clients.