Jeffrey Lindsay

Title: Innovation, IP and sustainability in China: mystery, irony and progress

Jeffrey Lindsay Head of Intellectual Property, Asia Pulp and Paper, China

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Jeff works with groups across the Asia Pulp and Paper to advance IP strategy and innovation. In the past Jeff has been an innovation and IP consultant, Corporate Patent Strategist for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and a professor. He is a registered US patent agent and an inventor with over 130 patents.

With C. Perkins and M. Karanjikar, Jeff is lead author of Conquering Innovation Fatigue (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) which discusses the barriers to innovation that companies and governments unintentionally create. The book also treats proactive IP strategy and disruptive innovation.

Jeff has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University (BYU), where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. Jeff joined the faculty of the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (Georgia Tech campus) where he became Associate Professor. Later he joined Kimberly-Clark and eventually became Corporate Patent Strategist and Senior Research Fellow. Jeff helped K-C build IP in new areas and founded a Community of Practice that brings together Legal, management, and researchers to strengthen IP skills and systems.

Jeff followed K-C’s Senior VP Cheryl Perkins after she formed Innovationedge, where Jeff served as a Director for four years. Innovationedge is a consulting firm that helps companies with product development and IP strategy. While there, Jeff worked with a wide variety of clients, including some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies in advancing their strategy and innovation, and saw some of the opportunities he brought to clients result in commercial products and active partnerships.

Jeff is active in AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineering) and served as Chair of their Forest Bioproducts Division, 2007-2011. He is now a member of AIChE’s Technical Operating Council.