Former Apple Chief Patent Counsel Richard Lutton, Jr. Joins Nest as Vice President and General Counsel
Palo Alto, California — April 12, 2012 — Nest Labs, Inc. (nest.com) announced today that former Apple Chief Intellectual Property Officer Richard “Chip” Lutton, Jr. has joined the company as vice president and general counsel.
“Chip has provided invaluable counsel as an advisor to Nest, and we couldn’t be happier that he’s decided to join us full time,” said Tony Fadell, Nest founder and CEO. “New, disruptive companies are often at a disadvantage when it comes to defending their innovations, especially when established competitors are desperate to maintain the status quo. At Nest, we understand the importance of having a general counsel who is also an established, seasoned and well-respected intellectual property expert.”
“I’ve worked with Tony for more than a decade – first at Apple and more recently as an advisor to Nest,” said Lutton. “What he and the Nest team have built is incredibly inspiring – the company has been disruptive from day one and has no plans to slow down. I’m excited to help Nest drive and defend its innovative products and business culture.”
Lutton is the former chief intellectual property officer of Apple Inc. In his ten years in the role, he was involved in all aspects of Apple's patent development, acquisition, licensing, enforcement and dispute resolution. He has testified before Congress and the Federal Trade Commission, and is a recognized expert in the legal field. Prior to Apple, he served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and he was an attorney for Sun Microsystems, Micron Technology, and Arnold, White & Durkee. Mr. Lutton holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rice University.
Nest is focused on addressing home-energy consumption with an elegantly designed solution – one that people will actually enjoy using. Founded by Apple alums Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, Nest brings together a world-class team with the broad backgrounds needed to deliver an amazing product that blends technology with ease of use. Nest is privately funded and based in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information, visit nest.com.