Intellectual Ventures’ global head of technology Dr. Patrick Ennis will serve as plenary session speaker on Monday, June 3 at the IEEE MTT-S 2013 International Microwave Symposium (IMS), kicking off a full schedule of 160 technical sessions and more than 550 exhibitors.

In his opening keynote, “Invention Capital: Why the World Needs More of It,” Ennis will address how researchers from a variety of scientific and technical fields can optimize the value-creation chain. With his diverse expertise and more than 25 years of experience as a scientist, engineer, businessman and venture capitalist, Ennis will draw upon his broad reach across fields to connect the dots on the need for invention and creativity, and how to bring it all to life.

“Dr. Ennis’ diverse background provides him with a well-rounded vision of microwave technology and insight into commercializing technology in a highly competitive market,” said Tom Raschko, IMS2013 symposium general chair. “His blueprint for the value-creation chain will help researchers improve the success rate of collecting much needed funding to bring products and solutions to a range of global challenges.”

At Intellectual Ventures, Ennis focuses on the intersection of innovation and technology to set and implement investment strategy for a global invention capital fund. Researchers rely heavily on these funds to supply labs with equipment, staff and to finalize their scientific research. Ennis leads an international group of more than 50 interdisciplinary professionals who help deploy invention capital funds in excess of $5 billion to researchers around the world.

Prior to his current role at Intellectual Ventures, Ennis was the managing director of ARCH Venture Partners, where he was responsible for identifying, funding and building startups. Preceding his time in the venture capital industry, he held senior technology positions with Lucent Technologies, AT&T and Bell Labs.  Ennis also conducted research in nuclear physics from 1984 to 1992 at universities and national labs in North America and Europe.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School; a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science and Master of Philosophy in Physics from Yale University; and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics from the College of William and Mary. Additionally, Ennis is a member of the Visiting Committee of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington (UW), a member of the TechNet Executive Counsel and an advisory board member at UW’s Center of Commercialization.

IMS2013 will be held June 2-7, 2013 in Seattle. As the centerpiece of Microwave Week 2013, IMS2013 will also share the stage with the RFIC Symposium, ARFTGConference and the symposium’s first ever Wireless Industry Day, which will showcase emerging wireless technologies in the Pacific Northwest.


Early Bird registration for IMS2013 is available until May 6 at a discounted rate. Online registration continues through the advance registration phase from May 7 until May 31, followed by onsite registration after that date. For more details on IMS2013 registration visit: