Erich Spangenberg is a serial entrepreneur and industry luminary in the patent business. He founded IPNav, a pioneer and leader in patent monetization, a company that generated over half a billion dollars in licensing, settlement, or enforcement revenues for its clients. He’s a former investment banker (Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette) and corporate lawyer (partner at Jones Day).
Prior to joining IPwe, Pascal co-founded France Brevets where he led the licensing and development group for the first sovereign patent fund in Europe. His experience with France Brevets and Technicolor has given him deep connections in the IP world in the EU and Asia. Pascal’s focus is on global operations, patent owner relationships, and new risk management product offerings.
EVP of Strategy and Business Development
Prior to joining IPwe, Professor Dr. A. Christal Sheppard was the first Director of the first United States Patent and Trademark Office regional office. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Nebraska, teaching Patent Law and International I.P. Dr. Sheppard has an M.S. and Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School. She has almost three decades of IP law and policy experience including as a practicing attorney at Foley & Lardner and the US International Trade Commission.
Vince comes to IPwe from CPA Global, a leader in the IP Management space, where he spent seven years driving global strategy, sales and operations performance. During this time, Vince spent over two years resident in Hong Kong, where he co-lead the launch of Asian operations and the acquisition of key regional accounts. Vince has an impressive track record in guiding organizations through periods of hypergrowth and a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the Global IP ecosystem. Vince is responsible for scaling IPwe’s operations and sales and expanding its presence globally.
Professor George Karypis is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and an ADC Chair of Digital Technology in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. George is a globally recognized expert in big data, PA and AI—all of which are critical to Zuse Analytics. George’s focus is on solving new and interesting problems using computerized analytics.
Michael is recognized for leading programs focused on brand management, marketing and public relations. As customer experience expectations rise, Michael’s focus will be delivering true, authentic value of IPwe’s Platform globally and linking the innovations of the products to the customer-focused operations of the business units to build the IPwe global brand, create consumer awareness and advocacy, and drive customer preference for the brand through all channels every day.
Michael joined IPwe in June of 2018 to take on the newly created EVP Marketing role. He previously served as VP, Senior Marketing Communications Manager of Sterling National Bank and other lead marketing roles at EY, Dun & Bradstreet and Chase Bank.
Sai Chen is an expert on software and database management. Sai studied under George Karypis for her master’s degree in Computer Science after obtaining her B.E. degree in Automation from the University of Science and Technology of China. Sai has been part of the development of Zuse Analytics for the past 10 years and this continues to be her focus.
Brian Berman has a deep understanding of the patent ecosystem as a former Patent Examiner and previous executive positions he has held where he had extensive interaction with global patent owners and national patent offices. He has been involved in blockchain projects since 2015. Brian’s mission is to educate and inform the market on the Global Patent Registry, Zuse Analytics and the IPwe Platform.
With much of his work focused on intellectual property as capital, since 2003, Bob has been focused on strategic marketing and corporate development in the high-tech space. He joins IPwe focused on developing and driving new engagements to success. Bob is an inventor and patent holder, and a testifying expert witness in IP cases, recognized for his expertise on memory semiconductor markets.
Danielle’s interest in the intersection of law and finance is reflected by her diverse set of work experiences. She worked for The Economist and then proceeded to conduct transfer pricing research at Procter & Gamble. After P&G, Danielle worked at Gerchen Keller Capital, a litigation finance firm. Danielle most recently worked for Judge Richard Posner. Danielle is a graduate from the University of Chicago with a dual degree in Economics and Political Science. Her Honors B.A. Thesis was on Institutional Corruption.
Founder & Executive Chairman of Silicon Valley Blockchain Society (SVBS). Former Chairman of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System (US$20B). Founder and Managing Partner, Emory Capital Group and Co-Founder and President at GridSpeak Corporation. Extensive public/private Board experience. Has lived, worked or studied in Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, London, Mumbai (Bombay) and Paris. Based in San Francisco.
Pioneered financial futures and began investing in hedge funds in 1982. Focused on bitcoin for 6 years and invested in first ICO in 2013. Passionate crypto evangelist. Investor, advisor and keynote giver.
Co-Founder and BOD of Entanglement Research Institute, Inc., Vice Chairman of Rivetz, Mayor of Clarksville, California, Extensive Board experience in public and private companies, including Homeseekers, Dignity Patners, Sequella, Halo Maritime Defense Systems. Cybersecurity geek: Founded AirPatrol and Cybersecurity which were acquired.
Global Supply Chain Management Leader at Facebook with applied experience across multiple industries. Co-founder of one of the largest blockchain syndicates in Silicon Valley, with strong connections to all major FANG companies. Served in the US Marine Corps as an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Specialist.
Professor, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry UK.
Previously Patent Analyst and Engineer at JC IP Group. Mei is the author and editor of ‘Law, Politic and Revenue Extraction on Intellectual property” and ‘Law, Policy and Monetization on Intellectual Property’ published and commissioned by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
President and Partner at Avasense Inc/Avasant LLC. Former owner of Global Equations LLC and Co-Founder of Inventes. A recognized thought leader and business executive in the emerging tech areas of AI, ML, RPA, Blockchain and IoT. Leads Avasant’s Digital Transformation and Global Strategy practice.
Mark Schankerman is Professor in Economics at the London School of Economics and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He is also the Ronald Coase Visiting Professor at the University of Tilburg (Holland, 2017-18) and Senior Visiting Professor by Special Appointment at Tel Aviv University (2017-20). He has a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, formerly taught at New York University, and was Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research for ten years.
Internationally Renowned Social Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Best Selling Author – Wendy Diamond is CEO and Founder of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)/#ChooseWOMEN, a non-governmental philanthropic volunteer organization with chapters in 144 countries and 112 Universities/Colleges on a global mission to empower women in business to alleviate poverty.
She is an Investor/Advisor in social impact disruptive technologies and women led businesses in Health Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology, Fintech and Virtual Reality, including Producers Market, IPWE, Blocktower Investments, Infinigon Group, Redeem Global, Farma Trust, Altair Breathometer, Simply Vital and Snakt.
Patent Advisory Board Members
Research Fellow at the Tsinghua-Microsoft Innovation and IP Research Center and teaches at Tsinghua University School of Law advanced IP law seminars with qualifications to practice law in both China (mainland) and New York. Formerly practiced as an IP litigation attorney at KWM, Hao published numerous articles in the fields of silicon nanowires, patent law, antitrust law and data protections
Patent Advisory Board Members
Chief IP Counsel for over 10 years, over 20 years practicing IP Law in both corporate and law firm settings. Consistently listed in the IAM Strategy 300 – The Worlds Leading IP Strategists. Jon has an MS in Organic Chemistry.