David Ruder is Vice President, Corporate Development at RPX Corp. Prior to RPX, Mr. Ruder established Terrier IP Investments, LLC, a private investment firm focused on intellectual property-based investments in firms backed by hedge funds and private equity. Mr. Ruder began his career working as an investment banker on Wall Street, helping companies in the consumer and entertainment sectors raise capital or engage in M&A transactions. He went on to practice intellectual property law for Kirkland & Ellis, working on M&A due diligence, patent licenses, and software development agreements.
He has significant intellectual property transaction experience as co-founder and CEO of River West Brands LLC as well as positions in the M&A advisory practice of Ocean Tomo and patent investment firm Altitude Capital Partners.
Mr. Ruder received his MBA from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, his JD from the Northwestern University School of Law, and his BA from Williams College.