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 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 SVP & General Counsel
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.
Stephen B. Huang Chief Financial Officer
A natural born leader and numbers whiz, Stephen has been at the finance helm of many successful public and private companies. With over 20 years of extensive financial and operational experience, his accomplishments span several key areas, including preparing companies for IPO, managing SEC reporting and SOX compliance programs, leading debt and equity financings, completing M&A transactions and post-closing integrations, executing turnaround programs, and restructuring companies to profitability. more [+]
Prior to joining Inventergy, Stephen served as Chief Financial Officer for a number of leading technology companies, including Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc., Unigen Corporation, and Penguin Computing, Inc. He was also VP of Finance and Corporate Controller for Candescent Technologies Corporation. Stephen began his career as a Banker at Great Western Financial Corporation, now part of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and held financial management positions at Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and Intel Corporation. Stephen is on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Chapter of Financial Executives International.
Paul Roberts VP & Chief Patent Counsel
For over 20 years, Paul has been leading the charge as an IP attorney in the high-tech industry. Most recently, he was VP of IP Law and Commercialization at Rovi Corp (formerly known as MacROVIsion), and prior to that, Paul spent eight years at Accenture, where he became Lead Patent Attorney. Paul is also Secretary of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) and a patented inventor (USPN 8,140,980). more [+]
Paul’s earlier experience includes leading the patent operations team at MCI. There, he managed the patent assets through the merger of MCI with WorldCom and subsequent Chapter 11 bankruptcy (third largest in US), which leveraged the patents as key collateral for financing. Paul was also an associate at McDermott, Will & Emery’s DC office and a US patent examiner in the computer graphics area.
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.
Saxon Noh VP, IP Counsel
Silicon Valley veteran and strategist Saxon is an accomplished IP attorney with a keen focus on patent licensing and litigation and strategic IP portfolio development. As former Principal Litigation Counsel at Rambus Inc., he managed the company's complex patent and antitrust litigation matters, which led to more than $1 billion in settlement and forward licenses. more [+]
He was a key advisor on the company's semiconductor IP licensing business, where he oversaw portfolio development and licensing engagement strategies. Saxon has been a key player at Theranos, Inc. and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., where as Senior Litigation Counsel and Senior IP Counsel, respectively, he managed and negotiated settlement of patent litigation matters, managed third party disputes, and advised on strategic portfolio development. Saxon began his career in the IP litigation groups of national law firms, representing clients from startups to Fortune 50 companies.
Charlie Bedard Director, Technology
A technology man, through and through, Charlie holds 11 patents for his work with previous employers. This includes Cisco Systems – where Charlie was Director of Software Engineering, responsible for software design and development, and a member of Cisco's patent review committee. more [+]
He also drove the development of real-time voice applications for Cisco's Integrated Services Routers. Earlier in his career, Charlie was Senior Manager, Macintosh Operating System at Apple, Senior Manager at BNR Inc., the R&D arm of Nortel and VP of Engineering at Onlive! Technologies, which pioneered social and collaborative networking using VoIP technologies. Charlie also co-founded Starlight Local Area Networks.
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 Director, 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.
Christopher M. Camarra Director, Investor Relations
A communicator at heart, Chris has built a career on strategically representing public companies. He joins Inventergy with more than a decade of experience in managing investor relations and corporate communications programs. Specializing in connecting public companies with their investors and the media, Chris has successfully placed numerous articles in major media outlets, as well as hosted meetings for investors, prospective investors and industry analysts. more [+]
Prior to joining Inventergy, Chris was a Partner at Alliance Advisors, LLC, a boutique investor relations and corporate communications company headquartered in New York City. He began his career in the investor relations world at a publicly traded consumer goods company, where he regularly communicated with investors to keep them informed of the company's current state of affairs. Chris has also served as a member of Ernst & Young's finance team gaining valuable experience in financial reporting and engagement economics.
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.
Robb Knie has served as a director of Inventergy since December 17, 2013. Mr. Knie is the Founder of Equity Advisory, a consulting company dedicated to providing capital markets counseling and forging relevant industry relationships. Mr. Knie has served as the general partner of Lifeline Ind. Inc., since its inception in 1995. Mr. Knie has over 20 years of equity markets experience. From 2002 to 2008 he was the semi conductor and telecommunications analyst for the hedge fund, PAW Partners, which managed more than $2 billion in assets. more [+]
Mr. Knie served as a Regional Manager for American Express Financial Advisors from 1993 to 1995. He has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine as an Independent Equity Analyst. Mr. Knie is a member of the American Chemical Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Market Technicians Association as well as The National Alliance for Youth Sports.