Sears is an authority on digital media technologies, including content
management, digital rights management, cross-media publishing, and content
production systems, as well as on issues related to intellectual property
in the online world. Michael is also an expert in copyright and media
law as it relates to rights management.
has over 25 years of professional experience. He understand that it's
about the business, not how hot the content, or how cool the technology.
It's about your customers using your products in the way you expect
them to. It's about a fair and equitable trade of goods and services
(from you) for some form of compensation (to you).
is an engineer, a lawyer and a business man. He's worked at silicon,
system hardware, application software and digital media companies. He
has experience in technology business development, architecture, and
marketing; publishing and new media. He has had profit and loss responsibility
as a CEO in small companies, and as a General Manager/Corporate Officer
in large public companies. He has introduced new technologies into emerging
markets, shipped products that generated multi-million dollar returns,
and done deals with the largest and most prestigious brands and companies
operating today. He has consulted with technology and media companies
worldwide. Michael currently has eight patent filings at the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office.
the legal and public policy front, Michael has been a leader from the
earliest days of the digital revolution. He co-founded the Stanford
Law and Technology Association, he currently serves on the executive
board of Stanford Law School, and he has been a member of numerous standards
bodies and associations, including as a sponsoring member of the Congressional
Internet Caucus of the United States House of Representatives.
has expertise in digital media technologies such as content management,
digital rights management and streaming media; and he has written, spoken,
and been quoted in the press on many subjects. He is a member of the
holds a B.S. in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, a
Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School, and an Master of Business
Administration (MBA) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.