James has over 20 years of executive and technical experience in invention, development, and licensing of important global technologies and products ranging from semiconductor fabrication, chip sets, aerospace systems, wireless and wired communication systems, imaging systems, and digital signal processing. He has experience at all phases of the technology lifecycle including development, commercialization, manufacturing, and licensing. In today’s new and challenging legal environment for businesses that require protection of their investments in inventions and intellectual property rights, James also has established a strong track record for successfully developing, perfecting, and licensing foundational patent portfolios. Prior to joining Headwater, as Associate General Counsel at Rambus, James was instrumental in keeping the company’s core intellectual property portfolio strong as new AIA-inspired processes were instituted in the USPTO. Prior to Rambus, James was an engineering leader at Texas Instruments where he developed technology and products for the aerospace industry. James then went to law school and subsequently held intellectual property development and licensing positions at Texas Instruments, Marger Johnson & McCollom, Haynes and Boone, and then his own firm. James holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Brigham Young University, and a J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) from Southern Methodist University. He is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney and a member of the Texas State Bar.
The extended Headwater team includes some of the most successful and pioneering inventors, entrepreneurs, and invention licensing professionals in the world. Many important and valuable inventions and products have been created, commercialized, and licensed by Headwater team members. These inventions provide foundational technology that helps to power a growing combined market of over a trillion dollars per year in industry revenues for chips, devices, services, equipment, and licensing. At Headwater the team has established a proven track record for inventing, commercializing, forming product companies, and licensing important products and technology that underpin today’s global communications industry.
Charlie Giancarlo, Chairman, is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the communications industry. He was a Managing Director with Silver Lake Partners from 2008 to 2013 and a Senior Advisor from 2013 to 2015. Before joining Silver Lake, Charlie spent 14 years with Cisco Systems, where he led the company’s product development, business development, and other management activities. Among the variety of senior executive roles held, he was executive vice president and chief development officer, responsible for all 38 of the company’s business units and divisions.
James Harris, in addition to his GC duties, serves on the Headwater oversight board.
John O’Farrell is a General Partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, where he works with late-stage growth companies and selected early-stage ventures.