who we are Partner with some of the most respected names in IP
Inventergy is the brainchild of one of the IP world's most influential leaders, Joe Beyers. Having led global licensing for Hewlett-Packard for years, Joe knows first-hand the challenges of leveraging IP assets for technology powerhouses. That's why he has joined forces with a handpicked “A-Team” of professionals to assist corporations like yours in getting greater value from your inventions and ideas.
Our backgrounds span more than 100 years working for global companies (be sure to read our individual bios), handling more than $15 billion in IP and technology transactions. We have expertise in every aspect of IP business, from valuation to technical and legal analyses to successful deal making. We've had our share of media attention and industry awards. But what matters most to us are the results we've achieved and the potential to take the IP world to the next level.
Benefit from our reputation and expertise
Joe Beyers Founder, Chairman & CEO
Inventergy is the fourth IP-centric startup for Joe, after a 34 year career leading IP licensing for Hewlett-Packard. While at HP, he increased the IP income for the company by 20x in just six years. In addition to driving the IP strategy for HP, he reviewed and approved every IP transaction, including patent licensing, technology licensing, brand licensing, standards based licensing and patent sales & acquisitions. more [+]
A corporate veteran with an inventor's soul, Joe developed operating systems, was the lead inventor of the world's first single chip 32bit microprocessor and led M&A, technology partnership, and corporate strategy programs for HP. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois. Joe has been featured twice on the cover of IAM Magazine, most recently along with Steve Jobs and 22 others as the “Top people who helped transform the IP industry in the last decade”.
Wayne P. Sobon Co-Founder
As President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and a frequent speaker and lecturer on intellectual property issues, Wayne is at the center of what's happening in the IP world. Before joining Inventergy, he served as Vice President and Chief IP Counsel for Rambus Inc., where he led all global intellectual property development. more [+]
From 2000 to 2011, he was Associate General Counsel, and Director of Intellectual Property for Accenture's global IP programs. Wayne has also been a key player at a number of notable Silicon Valley law firms – including Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP (now DLA Piper), where, as a partner, he specialized in patent prosecution, litigation and general intellectual property counseling. He is currently a member of the USPTO's Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and a member of the board of InventNow.org of the National Inventor Hall of Fame.
Jon Rortveit SVP, IP Acquisitions & Licensing
Jon brings a wealth of expertise and experience in leveraging IP assets to turn startups into financially strong corporations. As the former CEO of TYNAX Inc., he led the global patent broker and technology trading exchange for the better part of a decade. more [+]
There, he grew TYNAX from a pre-revenue Silicon Valley startup to a profitable global organization with offices, JVs and partnerships throughout the US, Europe and Asian markets. He has also served as a Venture Partner with EuroUS Ventures and was President of US Operations for DAVIS A/S (a leading market maker for TI's DLP technology). Today, Jon serves on the board of directors for innovative companies including China International Intellectual Property Services (CIIPS), the Nansha International Science Park (a Guangzhou company) and as an advisor to CEO Clubs China.
Anna Johns VP, Licensing
With more than 15 years of experience in IP licensing and litigation at the world's most established telecommunications companies, Anna brings unparalleled expertise to the Inventergy team. As the former Director of Patent Licensing and Commercialization at Ericsson, she was responsible for all North American revenue-generating licensing activities and completed patent license agreements valued at more than $200M with major personal computer, telecommunications infrastructure, and cellular phone companies. more [+]
Additionally, Anna managed Ericsson's efforts to commercialize select Ericsson patents through divestment. Prior to joining Ericsson, Anna served as Senior Manager of Patent Licensing at Nokia, where she successfully managed and negotiated the settlement of numerous patent lawsuits and assertions directed at Nokia's handset products. She also founded Nokia's WLAN patent licensing program. Anna began her career in IP as a patent litigation attorney where she focused on the calculation of reasonable royalty and lost profit damages resulting from patent infringement in complex patent lawsuits involving major personal computer, semiconductor, telecommunications, and medical device companies.
Jukka-Pekka (JP) Hyvarinen Director, Technology
Jukka-Pekka (JP) is an internationally experienced heavyweight in technologies and IP used in the cellular and computer industry. As a result of spending his whole career with Intellectual Property, an atypical path for an engineer, JP has unique insight to the world of IP in the most lucrative technology domains. more [+]
During his career, JP has successfully participated and contributed to numerous multi-jurisdiction, high-profile litigation and licensing cases, technology of which ranged from LTE to audio and GPS to video coding. A life-long learner, JP brings deep and broad technology and IP understanding fundamental to successful IP business.
Clifford Loeb Director, Business Intelligence
Cliff utilizes his broad and unique background in business, licensing, R&D and technology to formulate detailed market and company analyses, forecasts and landscaping to enhance and support Inventergy’s licensing opportunities and strategies. A truly global player, Cliff has prepared business cases and negotiated and closed IP licensing deals throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. more [+]
During his 38 years at HP, Cliff rose from R&D Lab Director to Managing Director of Standards Licensing and, subsequently, Director of IP Analysis. In standards licensing, Cliff closed major IP licensing deals world-wide and led HP’s major expansion of its essential patent portfolio – and global influence – on a broad set of patent pools including: Blu-ray, LTE, WiMax, 802.11, OCAP, UHF-RFID, MPEG2 and H.264. As Director of IP Analysis, Cliff led the team that provided patent, portfolio and technology analysis and strategy to HP’s licensing organization and business units.
Molly McAuliffe VP, Operations
Molly is the brains behind the operations and human resource functions of Inventergy. An unstoppable Type A personality, Molly is the go-to-person for the CFO and CEO. She brings over 20 years of experience in establishing corporate infrastructure, strategic planning, finance, fundraising, and market launches for start-ups in Silicon Valley and New York City. more [+]
A natural entrepreneur, she has helped launch over 10 new companies. In addition, Molly orchestrated marketing, events and media relations for American Express, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, YES Network and several non-profits.
Marshalll Phelps was appointed to Inventergy, Inc.'s Board of Directors on May 17, 2013. Mr. Phelps is a leading figure in the field of intellectual property management and performance, pioneering many of its leading strategies, generating unprecedented results and heading IP business and related activities at IBM and Microsoft. As CEO and Board Member of Article One Partners, he is actively engaged in helping businesses and governments improve patent quality and improve the Patent System. Mr. Phelps served as Corporate Vice President at IBM in the 1990s, responsible for overseeing standards, telecommunications policy, industry relations, licensing, intellectual property law and management of a worldwide intellectual property portfolio of more than 35,000 patents and 8,500 trademarks. By actively licensing these and other IP rights, such as trade secrets and copyrights, he transformed a function that had previously been costly overhead to a $2 Billion annual profit center. Prior to heading IP business, he served IBM as Director of Government Relations in Washington and as Vice President of Asia Pacific operations in Tokyo. more [+]
From 2002-2010 Mr. Phelps served as Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Licensing, Microsoft Corporation. At Microsoft, his duties entailed worldwide management of the company's intellectual property portfolio, patent prosecution, licensing, standards and business development. He facilitated Microsoft's emergence as one of the world's largest IP companies with over 60,000 patents and applications, extensive copyright holdings and numerous trademarks. In 2006, Mr. Phelps was elected to the initial class of the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame. In 2001 he was founding partner with Nathan Myhrvold of Intellectual Ventures, now the largest acquirer of patents worldwide. His book, “Burning the Ships”, Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft, was published in 2009. Mr. Phelps has taught IP strategy at business, law or engineering schools at Duke, Cornell, UNC, and Berkeley and in Japan. He holds a B.A. and D.H.L from Muskingum University, an M.S. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School.
Fran Barton was appointed to Inventergy, Inc.'s Board of Directors on December 16, 2013. From 2008 to present, Mr. Barton served as Chief Executive Officer in the consulting firm Barton Business Consulting LLC. Prior to this, Mr. Barton served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of UTStarcom, Inc. from 2005 through 2008 and as a director from 2006 through 2008. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Barton was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Atmel Corporation. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Barton was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Broadvision, Inc. more [+]
From 1998 to 2001 Mr. Barton was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Barton was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Amdahl Corporation. From 1974 to 1996, Mr. Barton worked at Digital Equipment Corporation, beginning his career as a financial analyst and moving his way up through various financial roles to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Digital Equipment Corporation's Personal Computer Division. Mr. Barton holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Chemical Engineering from Worchester Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a focus in finance from Northeastern University. Mr. Barton served on the board of directors of ON Semiconductor from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Barton will also serve as the Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Governance, Compensation and Nominating Committee. His experience as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer as well as his extensive financial background qualify him for the position.
Robert Gordon was appointed to Inventergy, Inc.'s Board of Directors during the summer of 2014. Mr. Gordon is the Founder and President of R. Gordon & Associates, Inc. (RGA), a wireless telecom equipment and new business development services consulting firm. He is also currently the Principal and Founder of Mobicel Systems, Inc., a design, import and distribution company for in-building wireless technology. Mr. Gordon served on the Board of Directors of eOn Communications. more [+]
From 2008-2013, Mr. Gordon was the Director of North America for Quanta Computer, a Taiwan-based global ODM manufacturer of notebook computers and industrial servers. From 1983-1991, he was VP, Product Management of Vodavi Technology Corporation, a business telephone equipment software design company with offshore manufacturing in South Korea and Thailand. Mr. Gordon earned a B.S. in Engineering Technology from the University of Central Florida. He holds U.S. Patents pertaining to telephone set design, as well as a FCC First Class Radiotelephone Operators License. He has also been awarded the CES Innovations Award for Design & Engineering Excellence.
Frank King was appointed to Inventergy, Inc.'s Board of Directors during the summer of 2014. Dr. King is a private investor, and over the past 20 years has served on the Boards of Directors of more than ten public and private technology companies including Sybase, iBasis, State of the Art, Macromedia, eOn Communications and Aleri. His entire career has been focused on software and hardware development. more [+]
From 1992 to 1998, Dr. King was President and CEO of Concero, Inc., a company he joined as a startup and led through an IPO in 1997. Prior to joining Concero, Dr. King was Senior VP of the Software Business Group at Lotus Development Corporation, where he was responsible for the development of Lotus 123, graphics and Lotus Notes. Before Lotus, Dr. King held several positions at IBM starting in 1969. During his tenure at IBM, he was involved in several critical projects, including the invention of SQL language, the worldwide standard for accessing relational databases. His last position at IBM was VP of Development responsible for the IBM Personal Computer product line, both hardware and software. Dr. King earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University, a master's degree from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida. From 1963 to 1967, he served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.