COO and General Counsel, Nuelle
Earl “Eb” Bright, J.D. /M.B.A., Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Eb has many years of experience as a business advisor and patent attorney including being a founder and serving on the executive management teams of four medical device start-up companies (Acclarent, NeoTract, Vibrynt and Moximed). Eb was Director of Intellectual Property West Coast Operations at Guidant Corp. where he directed a 9 member team involved in litigation and the strategic development of over 1300 patent and trademark applications related to the Vascular Intervention, Cardiac Surgery and Endovascular Solutions divisions as well as handling legal issues for Guidant Japan and the Compass Group, the unit responsible for Guidant’s venture capital and merger and acquisition activities. He began his Guidant career by helping to establish the legal department for a newly formed Cardiac and Vascular Surgery division. Eb began his career as a design engineer for the F-16, F-22 and A-12 aircraft. After law school, he worked at intellectual property firm Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis for about five years.
Eb has been a guest speaker at various events, such as the Food and Drug Administration’s public meeting regarding Strengthening The 510k Review Process, Joint U.S. Patent and Trademark Office-Patent Public Advisory Committee sponsored Public Roundtable on Enhancement in the Quality of Patents, Medical Device Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting, American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Mid-Winter Institute, Medtech Insight’s In3, Ocean Tomo’s Live IP Auction and Conference, and Federal Trade Commission’s Hearing on the Evolving IP Marketplace. Eb holds M.B.A.s from Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley, and Juris Doctorate and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He has earned the Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) designation from the Licensing Executives Society, USA and Canada