Our Mission

We are a Member-driven cooperative that provides patent risk mitigation services to some of the world’s most innovative and recognized technology companies.  Our unique non-profit model means that Members come first every day. We are singularly focused on helping global companies analyze patent purchase opportunities and complete defensive patent acquisitions in a fully transparent, efficient and cost-effective way.


We act with integrity, trust, respect and transparency in the work that we do.
This ensures a positive first impression and a lasting reputation to be your trusted advisor.


Being open-minded involves being receptive to a wide variety of viewpoints, information and ideas. It means being flexible and adaptive to allow us to solve a problem in more ways than one.


Each person is empowered to take responsibility for their own job and strive for excellence. Fostering this culture of employee accountability helps yield a high-performing organization at AST.


Providing excellent service to our Members is the cornerstone of our business model. It means going the extra mile in making sure all interactions with AST is positive and completed in a timely fashion.


We value a holistic and balanced work environment. Employees who have a positive work-life balance do a better job at work, so promoting this balance is beneficial to individuals and the company.

AST Through the Years

“We began as an experiment by a handful of our nation’s biggest tech leaders who sought a more effective way to combat unwanted patent assertions and litigation. Nothing like this had ever been done before. The result was AST, a thoroughly groundbreaking Member-driven cooperative where representatives from various industries could work together to mitigate risk and promote a better functioning IP marketplace. Today our mission is more significant than ever, and AST now includes Member companies from across multiple industries including information technology, software, semiconductors, communications, automotive, health tech, and social media. Please take a look below at how we have grown into one of the industry’s most unique and innovative providers of patent risk mitigation solutions.”

Russell Binns
Chief Executive Officer, AST

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