Co-Programming Chair – Yvette Thornton
Director Intellectual Property, Comcast Corporation
Yvette Thornton is the Intellectual Property Manager in the Strategic IP Department of Comcast. As part of the Patent Development Team, Yvette works closely with Comcast Engineers and Senior Leaders to capture the innovation that is occurring at every level of the company. Yvette also serves as a liaison between the inventive community and the Legal Department. Yvette has been instrumental in developing the internal patent development process including establishing the Patent Review Committee and the Employee Recognition Program. Yvette also supports the acquisition team by performing due diligence research.
Prior to joining Comcast, Yvette worked as a Patent Agent for Sedna Services where she managed a portfolio of over 1,000 active matters. Yvette also worked at the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office as a Primary Patent Examiner in the area of Photoresist Compositions. Yvette holds a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Norfolk State University where she was a Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences (DNIMAS) Scholar. Yvette lives in the Philadelphia area with her two children. She is an active supporter of the National Down Syndrome Society and sponsors a Buddy Walk team in honor of her daughter. Yvette is also a member of WICT, ACS, SWE and AIPLA.