Joseph F. Villella, Jr.

Joseph Villella


As Director & Chief Licensing Officer, Joe Villella is responsible for maximizing the value of Longitude’s portfolio of 3,500 semiconductor and storage solution patents. He is also focused on broadening the business to encompass patent portfolios in related technologies, such as wireless communications and consumer electronics.

With experience in Europe, the United States and Asia, most recently Mr. Villella was Vice President, Head of Patent Department for Infineon Technologies AG in Munich. In this role, he oversaw Infineon’s global intellectual property protection, licensing and litigation activities for a portfolio totalling 17,000 patents and applications. Over the last 15 years, Joe has spoken extensively in Europe at conferences and universities. He is a past chair of the IP section of the European Semiconductor Industry Association.

Prior to Infineon, Mr. Villella was Executive Director, Intellectual Property and Chief Patent Counsel with Seagate Technology in California. He led and supported all of Seagate’s global intellectual property matters, including managing a worldwide portfolio of more than 3,000 patents and applications. Mr. Villella was also a partner at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. He enjoyed a 20-year career in the IP Group at IBM Corp., holding a series of increasingly senior counsel positions around the United States and in Asia. During his time in Asia, he worked with government officials around the region in strengthening IP protection.

Mr. Villella earned a Juris Doctor (JD) from George Washington University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from Purdue University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from University of Notre Dame.