About us


March 2014 through present Alfred Consulting LLC

Joe Alfred
Founder & General Manager
Location: WORLD HEADQUARTERS Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
Developing and licensing mobile patents, providing consulting services to the telecom industry


Member European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)


Member Licensing Executives Society (LES)

IEEE (1)

Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

a. Alfred Consulting Patents

b. AT&T background & patents

  1. AT&T background
    1. Telecom experience since 1972, 41 years in positions of increasing responsibility at AT&T. Intellectual property experience since 1990. 17 years of negotiating corporate and research licenses for AT&T involving U.S., European and Asian businesses and universities. Extensive experience with large and small spin-offs from AT&T that have occurred since 1990 and creating policies and programs for the new services AT&T starting in 1996. Director of the patent pools project for AT&T.Specialties: Skilled leader of legal, technical, finance and portfolio teams to produce complex license agreements. A distinguished toastmaster, able to articulate clear, meaningful goals and focus team efforts to achieve results.
  2. AT&T patents
    1. 5,894,504 EP 0835015
    2. 6,393,275 EP 0858233
    3. 6,744,383
    4. 8,010,369
    5. 8,155,583
    6. 8,244,543
    7. 8,527,884
    8. 8,811,889
    9. 8,935,614
    10. 9,390,420

c. Market need

  1. There are many people in law and business who license patents, but few who also attend standards meetings in the United States and Geneva
  2. There are many people in standards, but few who also develop and license patents
  3. There are many people in telecom, but few who have worked for a network provider
  4. It is the combination of these skill sets that Alfred Consulting offers to the marketplace

d. References

  1. Developing a practical approach to patent negotiation involves legal as well as business skills, one source of these is Charles Cravers, Legal Negotiation and Settlement
  2. Developing contracts as well as writing a business letter to start a negotiation requires precise legal words. Before consulting an attorney, check out Black’s Law Dictionary.
  3. This new age requires constant reading to understand the direction of technology. One source for this is Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age by Robert P. Merges.
  4. Staying up to date with patent law involves constant reading, not only in the many new cases unfolding every day, but in the overall context of case law. One source for this overall approach is Cases and Materials on Patent Law, by Adelman, Rader and Thomas.
  5. Writing a good contract, how to prepare for and engage in negotiation are subjects that the Licensing Executives Society works on constantly. They regularly update their Licensing Best Practices: The LESI Guide to Strategic Issues and Contemporary Realities.
  6. Even if you never engage in the practice of litigation, it is good for the licensing professional to understand a good closing argument to win a case. Such is the focus of Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury by Ben Bycel.
  7. How to develop a company with a focus on knowledge creation is the subject of The Knowledge-Creating Company by Ikujiro Nanaka.
  8. Litigation takes place in the context of a court system. Understanding how the courts work and how to proceed to the appeals court is the focus of The Federal Courts and The Federal System by Fallon, Manning, Meltzer and Shapiro.
  9. Many cases involve the laws beyond the United States. One place to start in your understanding of European telecom law is Telecommunication Laws in Europe by Joachim Sherer.

e. Articles in les Nouvelles, the global magazine for the Licensing Executives Society

  1. Licensing Standards Essential Patents
  2. Licensing SEPs – round two
  3. Licensing SEPs – round three


Director - Patent Licensing & Sales
LocationsBedminster, Florham Park, Murray Hill, Liberty Corner in NJ
17 years of negotiating corporate and research licenses, 24 years in intellectual property licensing patents and software to US, European and Asian businesses and universities. Worked with industry experts to develop LTE, WiFi and WiMAX patent pools and recruit licensing experts from telecom corporations for these patent pools. Extensive experience with creating policies and programs for the new services only AT&T starting in 1996. Innovative in structuring agreements, a skilled negotiator with strong management, sales and marketing background.

Alfred-Consulting LLC
Alfred-Consulting LLC

July 1996 through December 2008
AT&T Intellectual Property
District Manager - Patent & Software Licensing

Location: Florham Park, NJ

Managed projects for US, European and Asian businesses and universities. Extensive experience with large and small spin-offs from AT&T that have occurred since 1990:

  • 2003 AT&T Broadband
  • 2001 AT&T Wireless Services
  • 1997 Submarine Systems
  • 1996 Lucent Technologies, NCR
  • 1993 UNIX Systems Laboratories


Locations: South Plainfield,Whippany, Parsippany, NJ

Large Business Systems Staff, Advanced Decision Support Systems

Locations: Miami Shores,Coral Gables, FL

Traffic Facilities, Operator Services, Marketing Staff, Marketing – Distribution District, Commercial Branch

January 1990 through July 1996, Network Services Division, AT&T Corp 

Network Operations Manager

Location: Bedminster, NJ
Manager of Standards, International Telecommunications Union - routing, traffic engineering

1. Telephone Network and ISDN Numbering, Routing and Mobile Service, volume II, Blue Book, Geneva, 1996

  • a. E.170 Traffic routing, 1990-1992
  • b. E.172 Call routing in the ISDN era, 1992-1996
  • c. E.700 ISDN Traffic engineering, 1992-1996

Manager of Standards, US Committee T1

1T1S1 - Signalling System No. 7 (SS7) - Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), 1990-1992

2T1M1 - Operations, Administration, Maintenance, and Provisioning Security Requirements for the Public Telecommunications Network, 1992-1996

3. T1M1 – Technical Report on Security Management Guidelines to Support Personal Communication Service, 1994-1995

Manager of Standards, American National Standards Institute

  • ANSI Intellectual Property Board, 1994 Manager of Standards, AT&T Network Services Division
  • Manager of the budget for the standards process for US and international standards, 1990-1996  Manager of Intellectual Property
  • Network Services Division representative to the AT&T Intellectual Property Board, 1990-1996  

Education & Military

  • Captain Air Force Reserve 1972 – 1982
  • MS in Mathematics – University of Florida 1972
  • BS in Mathematics – Florida State University 1970