Dana Rao

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Appointed to executive vice president,  general counsel and corporate secretary in June 2018, Dana Rao is applying his more than 20 years of legal experience to lead Adobe’s Legal and Government Relations team and help take Adobe into its next chapter of industry leadership. Over the past two years, Dana has helped propel Adobe into its next chapter of leadership by driving industry-wide solutions like AI Ethics and the Content Authenticity Initiative.


Dana previously served as the VP of Intellectual Property and Litigation at Adobe for six years where he spearheaded strategic initiatives including the company’s litigation efforts; and its patent, trademark, and copyright portfolio strategies. 


Prior to joining Adobe, Dana was with Microsoft for 11 years, serving in a variety of roles including Associate General Counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing, where he oversaw all patent matters for Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division as well as the company-wide patent acquisition team.

Dana started his career as a patent attorney at Fenwick & West. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University and a J.D. from George Washington University. 


If Dana was not Adobe’s General Counsel, he would be finishing the book he started writing 15 years ago about teleportation, augmented reality, environmental disasters, and the end of the world.

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