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Michael Lechter

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Michael Lechter is not only an attorney and an electrical engineer, but also a certified licensing pro. emeritus, an entrepreneur, a bestselling author, and owner of the Arizona Guest Ranch, Cherry Creek Lodge. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at ASU – teaching entrepreneurship.  His books include:  Technology Entrepreneurship – Taking Innovation into the Marketplace (Elsevier Academic Press, 2010, 2nd Edition 2014, 3rd Edition 2020); OPM, Other People's Money, -- The Ultimate Leverage, (2005, 2nd Edition 2010); Protecting Your #1 Asset, Creating Fortunes from Your Ideas (2001); and The Intellectual Property Handbook (1994). An internationally known expert in the field of intellectual property, he has lectured extensively throughout the world on intellectual property law and entrepreneurship.  Upon request of the House Judiciary Committee he has submitted testimony to the Congress of the United States, and has participated in various UN and foreign government proceedings on intellectual property law and technology transfer. During his 40+ year career, he has not only founded and built the intellectual property sections at a number of national and international law firms, but has also represented clients ranging from authors to publishing companies, from major software, semiconductor, medical device and alternative energy companies to breweries, fast food companies, casinos, cities and professional sports teams, and from startups to venture capitalists to Fortune 100 companies.  Michael has been the architect of strategies for building many successful businesses -- using both conventional and unconventional forms and sources of “Other People's Money and Resources”.  His experience in representing both venture capitalists and start up and emerging businesses, as well as his own experience as an angel investor, provides a unique perspective to the subject of building a business. He and his wife Sharon Lechter now help successful businesses become sustainable, scalable and salable.

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