SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—June 3, 2014—MultiLing, the innovative leader in intellectual property (IP) translations and related support services for foreign patent filings, today announced the promotion of vice president of sales operations, Michael Degn, to vice president of global sales. In his new role, Degn will support Michael Sneddon, MultiLing founder, president and chief executive officer, in growing the company’s IP services for Global 500 legal teams.
“It is clear that Degn is capable of expanding our sales strategies on a global basis,” Sneddon said. “Not only does he have the natural talent to understand the complex challenges Global 500 enterprises face when protecting their critical IP globally, but he is able to develop solutions and communicate the best practices that help speed time to grant and reduce risk within our client’s patent portfolio.”
Degn brings more than 13 years of sales management experience to his new role at MultiLing. Before joining the company in 2013 as vice president of sales operations, he held positions as vice president at Cero Systems and as director of channel sales for Certiport. Degn developed sales channels for both Microsoft and Adobe’s certification programs and established distribution channels on all four major-market continents. Degn is a native English speaker and is also fluent in Spanish. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from San Diego State University.
“MultiLing has a solid reputation among Global 500 legal teams – and the industry as a whole – for not only delivering quality work, but for demonstrating integrity, compliance and adherence to both global and local business standards,” Degn said. “Beyond translated words, MultiLing provides in-house counsel and their in-country foreign agents with business intelligence, customized technologies, workflow management solutions, and process enhancements that solve complex problems inherent to foreign patent filing.”
Founded in 1988, MultiLing is the innovative leader in IP translation and related support services for foreign patent filings by Global 500 legal teams. The company defined and continues to drive best practices for foreign patent filings, which include in-country native linguists, scientists, engineers and legal specialists who interact through processes and technologies that increase quality, consistency and on-time delivery. After partnering with MultiLing, multinational clients such as Procter & Gamble, Yokohama Rubber and Dow Corning experienced increased patent filings, decreased office actions, reduced invalidation risk and faster time to grant.