Meet The TechPats Team
Providing superior patent monetization, IP protection and tear down services would not be possible without fielding the best team of IP legal experts, registered patent agents and technical staff. At TechPats, we have that team in-house, ready to serve our clients with a combination of speed and efficiency unmatched in the industry.
Browse through the bios of our team members below to learn more about our seasoned experience in IP portfolio management, patent analysis, intellectual property litigation support and reverse engineering.
Charles Eldering, Ph.D.
Charles has extensive experience in the electronics, telecommunications and optics industries as a researcher, engineer and inventor, having close to 20 years of industrial experience before founding Technology, Patents & Licensing in 1998 (now TechPats). Charles remains highly active in helping clients obtain and utilize patents by providing services that cover the combined technical, legal and business aspects of patents. Through Charles’ leadership, TechPats has created a patent mining methodology and proprietary software that allows for rapid and cost-effective mining of patents. Using this methodology and software, TechPats has assisted numerous companies in locating patents for acquisition and subsequent use in counter-offensive patent actions, cross-licensing and revenue generation.
- Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of California at Davis
- M.S., Solid State Science and Technology, Syracuse University
- B.S., Physics, Carnegie Mellon University
- From 2009 to 2011, Charles was named in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM 250: The World’s Leading IP Strategists and IAM 300 in 2012 and 2013.
- Registered Patent Agent
- Charles has more than 90 issued U.S. patents.
- Expert Witnessing and Expert Report
Chris began his sales and entrepreneurial career at the age of eight selling candles door-to-door in his hometown of Riverton, New Jersey. He began his professional career in the telecommunications field in Tampa Florida, and Philadelphia in the early 1990s. From there he joined a startup called Human Resource Alternatives (HRA) in Princeton, NJ, in 1994. As the first employee of the newly founded company, Chris became a partner and helped it grow from less than $500,000 in sales to over $70,000,000 in sales in less than five years. In 1999 Chris founded Javers Group as a human resources outsourcing and management company. Javers Group was acquired by Univest Corporation (Nasdaq: UVSP) in May of 2012. Chris joined TechPats in December 2013 to oversee its continued growth and to achieve the goal of making TechPats the most well known and highly respected patent consulting firm in the world. Chris holds several licenses and designations based on his previous work. He is a long time member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) of which he has served in many leadership positions locally and regionally, including past president of the Philadelphia chapter. Over the past five years, Chris has dedicated his time at a board level with several not-for-profit organizations.
- B.A., Political Science, Rutgers University
- Highly experienced in organizational development, program management and legal compliance.
Marek Wernik, Ph.D.
Dr. Marek Wernik has over 30 years of combined technical knowledge, business acumen and IP experience. Marek’s experience in technology and IP covers a broad range of technical areas, including all fields of telecommunications, wireless, mobile systems, information technology systems, digital media, and semiconductors. Before joining GIS, Marek held the position of Director, Intellectual Property Strategy at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Laboratories. Prior to this position, Marek was responsible for Technology Strategy and Licensing at Alcatel’s CTO office. Before Alcatel, he occupied various management positions at Nortel.
- Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Warsaw Technical University, Poland
- Program for Global Leadership (PGL) , Harvard Business School
- Member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES)
- Member of IEEE
- Named world leading IP strategist by IAM Strategy 300 in 2013
- Published more than 20 papers in scientific and conference proceedings
- IP Strategy development, patent portfolio valuation and monetization
Edward Ehrlacher, Ph.D.
Vice President, IP Services, USA (+)
Ed is a registered patent agent and works closely with clients in strengthening their intellectual property positions both through patent acquisitions and patent application development. He has assisted clients in enhancing their patent holdings through patent analysis using patent mining techniques coupled with technology assessment and market analysis. He has also developed strategic patent portfolios by working closely with inventors to patent their original ideas and also by developing new ideas aligned with the business objectives of the client.Before joining TechPats, Ed was a process development engineer in the semiconductor and photonics industries. He has more than 10 years of experience as a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Agere Systems, TriQuint Optoelectronics and CyOptics working on process development for fabrication of silicon integrated circuits and indium phosphide optical components. In addition to his industry experience, Ed has taught undergraduate physics as an assistant professor and has been a consulting science advisor at Elman Technology Law.
- Ph.D., Physics, Lehigh University
- M.S., Physics, Lehigh University
- B.S., Physics, Bucknell University
- Ed is an inventor on ten issued patents, many pending patents and has co-authored seven technical papers
- Registered Patent Agent
- Speculative Portfolio Development
- Strategic Patenting
- Internet Technologies
- Consumer Products
Marc Pépin, Ph.D.
Vice President, IP Services, Canada (+)
Dr. Marc Pépin is has over 14 years of experience in the field of IP (Intellectual Property). Prior to joining TechPat, Dr. Pépin worked as a technical consultant at an Ottawa-based IP law firm, drafting and prosecuting patent applications. At TechPats, he is responsible for client and project management and leads projects involving, IP licensing, IP licensing strategies, Valuations, Patent Brokerage, EoU (Evidence of Use) analyses, and prior art searches. Dr. Pépin is also head of the IP and Engineering groups at TechPats. He leads various programs for developing IP skills for the technical staff and for managing TechPats own patent strategies, as well as managing R&D activities.
- Post-Doctoral, Polymer Physics, University of Ottawa
- Ph.D., Physics, Memorial University of Newfoundland
- M.Sc., Physics, Queen’s University
- B.Sc.H., Physics, Queen’s University
- Member of the Licensing Executives Society
- 10+ years of patent drafting and patent prosecution experience
- 8 years of experience in reverse engineering, and testing
- 8 years of experience in licensing and licensing related activities
- Reverse engineering: systems, packaging, circuits
- Testing: systems, circuits, wireless
- Packaging (chip)
- Graphics processing
- High Performance Computing
Chief Counsel, Patent Consulting Services (+)
Kevin is a registered patent attorney with experience in patent protection, prosecution and litigation in a wide variety of technologies and legal issues. Kevin combines his legal knowledge and his passion for technology in preparing and prosecuting patent applications, claims analysis, infringement investigation, validity inquiries and other reports in support of litigation or due diligence. Kevin is a member of the Pennsylvania state bar, has appeared in court for both civil and criminal matters and successfully combines his legal talents with his technical knowledge in his writing and analysis to help TechPats’ clients. Kevin’s patent prosecution experience has attracted a variety of large and small inventors from various technological subject areas, including inventions such as business metric dashboards, rotating image displays, role-playing games and methods of pad printing. Kevin thoroughly understands and is keen to discuss newly created law and precedent such as the America Invents Act and the resulting patent rules.Since joining TechPats, Kevin has continued his path of technological diversity with mechanical, electrical and computer-related projects that range from broadband cable connectors to scalable graphics to internet advertising. His inter-disciplinary skill set meshes well with small inventors, large portfolios and litigation teams alike.
- J.D., Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University
- B.S., Physics, Georgetown University
- Registered Patent Attorney
- Bar & Court Admissions: Pennsylvania, New Jersey
- Internet Technologies
- Electronic Commerce
Director, International Business Development (+)
After more than three decades of Business Development, coaching, managing and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches customer experiences, his view is quite different. Ray appreciates that customers’ time is precious so he uses it to focus only on them and the business problem they need to solve. The development part can only occur when the business fit is mutual. That’s how every customer engagement should work.
Ray is sometimes referred to as “The Coach” in his approach to Business Development; for his ability to organize account teams and bring out the best in people; or as the “Customer Whisperer” for his street-savvy style and ability to appear to be in two places at the same time.
Prior to TechPats, Ray served for five years as Director, International Business Development at Global Intellectual Strategies (GIS). There he helped to expand their intellectual property monetization consulting business into Europe and Asia, serving customers in the semiconductor, electronic systems, legal and broker markets. Over the five years prior to joining GIS, Ray served in similar roles at Semiconductor Insights (now Techinsights) and Mosaid Technology (now Conversant).]
Before his ten years in the patent monetization business, Ray worked in Business Development for a variety of Fortune 100 companies, including Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Xerox. In addition, for the past twenty years Ray has served as President of Nepean Outreach to the World (NOW), a non-profit charity that delivers humanitarian assistance to developing countries. In Sierra Leone, West Africa where many of NOW’s projects were delivered, Ray holds the distinction of Honorary Paramount Chief of Bo District.
- B.A., Electrical Engineering, Algonquin College
- 30+ years Business Development experience
- 10+ years IP monetization
- Highly experienced in business strategies, organization and management
- Cultural and geographical expertise in North America, South America Europe, Middle East and Africa
Marketing Manager (+)
Chris joined TechPats in January of 2012 and has nearly a decade of marketing and project management experience. Initially hired as a project manager working on research, client on-boarding and assisting the executive team, Chris now leads TechPats’ marketing and communications efforts, and is part of the overall business development team. His blend of experience with TechPats makes him intimately familiar with the needs of our clients and of the industry as a whole.
Through Chris’ programs, the TechPats team is able to express its industry expertise and insights through robust social media programs and blogging, offering value-added content which enhances client relationships and keeps its digital community informed on current events and industry happenings.
Chris graduated from the University of Vermont and has worked for various companies and organizations including a NJ state senator’s office, a prominent online retail company and several start-ups in New York City.
- B.A., Political Science & History, University of Vermont
- Nearly a decade of experience in marketing, project management and communications.
- Inbound marketing certification.
Senior Analyst (+)
Bernardo is a registered patent agent and has extensive industrial experience in taking system level concepts and turning them into products. During his 25-year career in engineering, he has developed and directed the development of numerous system-level and VLSI silicon solutions for telecommunications systems including satellite terminals, digital cable set-tops and PSTN/WAN subsystem components. He has served in executive, managerial and engineering roles at Plantronics Corporation, COMSAT CTP Inc. General Instrument Corporation, NxtWave Communications Inc. and TranSwitch Corporation. Since joining TechPats, Bernardo has combined his technical expertise with patent analysis skills to help TechPats’ clients understand patent portfolios being considered for acquisition and to determine potential uses for those portfolios. Bernardo has analyzed thousands of communications, consumer electronics and microelectronics patents and performed detailed analyses on many of those patents to determine the extent to which the patents cover commercial products. His practical experience allows TechPats’ clients to better understand if a patent truly holds value.
- M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland
- Bernardo is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Licensing Executives Society and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). He holds one U.S. patent and is an author or co-author of a number of technical articles in the field of communications.
- Registered Patent Agent
- Electronic Commerce
- Standards & Protocols
Senior Analyst (+)
Scott brings more than 20 years of diverse technical engineering experience to TechPats. As a senior analyst, he contributes his technical knowledge of high-speed circuit design, analog circuit design, networking and data storage protocols, closed loop control systems, biometrics, magnetics, thermal and stress analysis, mechanical and packaging design, PC board layouts and wireless communications and protocols (3G, WCDMA, GSM, CDMA, TDMA, WiMax, WiFi, etc.). In the area of network and data storage, Scott has developed InfiniBand compliant products encompassing InfiniBand, HT, PCI, DDR memory and Fibre Channel interfaces. In the area of analog circuit design, Scott has 15 years of experience that includes the design of DC-DC converters (flyback, forward and resonant), custom magnetics, sensor interface and signal conditioning, linear and PWM motor drives, constant current/voltage sources and EL and CCFL backlighting for LCD displays. Scott has extensive experience in controls that range from high-speed servos for avionics to closed-loop hydraulic position and force systems for agricultural applications.In addition to product development, Scott has successfully taken products and systems through FAA, FCC class A & B, CE and UL Safety testing and compliance certification. Scott has also functioned as the engineering liaison to a major aircraft manufacturer and had a significant role in the evaluation and selection of contract manufacturers.Before joining TechPats, Scott managed engineering projects for InfiniCon Systems, Ametek Aerospace Corp. and GE Astro Space Division. As a Project and R&D manager, Scott successfully developed products for the aerospace and telecommunications markets — on both the industrial and commercial side.
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, Drexel University
- Scott is co-inventor on three issued U.S. patents and one foreign patent.
- Control Systems
- Consumer Products
- Standards & Protocols
Senior Analyst (+)
Young Choi has over 20 years of product architecture, design and development experience in semiconductor industry(Commodity DRAMs, Mobile DRAMs, Network SoC, Network Search Engine/Processor). He has worked for global semiconductor companies including Samsung, LG and Hynix where he was involved in various engineering and management roles. Recently, Young has been involved in intellectual property and technical consulting business serving global technology companies and law firms with IP strategy planning, strategic IP acquisitions, IP litigation support including ITC cases. Young has been granted multiple Korea and US patents.
- M.S., Electrical Engineering, Korea University
- B.S, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Korea University
Herb has more than 25 years of product development experience in the telecommunications and semiconductor fields. He began his career in the Data Communications Laboratory at AT&T Bell Labs. He advanced through lead engineer and technical manager roles at Lucent Technologies, Agere Systems, and LSI Corporation. He has led DSP, software, and system test teams in the development of numerous commercially successful, embedded products in the areas of telephony, FAX, VoIP, and FoIP. Herb has supported many Tier One customers, such as Cisco, Ericsson, Toshiba, HP, and EPSON. He has served as a consultant and witness for his former company’s IP division on various patent litigation matters and was awarded an Outstanding Innovation of the Year Award. Herb’s current responsibilities include patent mining and analysis, claim chart and evidence of use presentations, and patent infringement investigation.
- M.S., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
- Herb is a co-inventor on five U.S. Patents in the field of data communications, with two additional ones pending
- Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms and implementations
- Real-time, Embedded system firmware
- Data communications protocols and standards
David Tran has more than 15 years of technical engineering experience specializing in the semiconductor industry. In 2007, David joined Global Intellectual Strategies providing technical support for patent analysis including reverse engineering specializing in integrated circuits as well as functional testing on various electronic devices. David has been instrumental in developing polishing techniques to avoiding bevels in semiconductor wafer thinning. David began his career providing patent support patent for circuit board level testing and circuit reverse engineer at Semiconductor Insights (now UBM).
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa
- Decapsulation techniques
- Consumer Products
Donald Carlin, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst (+)
Don has more than 30 years’ experience in developing and commercializing lasers, optical communications, data storage, displays and medical devices as a researcher, an entrepreneur and a senior executive. In addition, he has extensive experience in engineering management, product development, defining business strategies and creating new technology ventures.He joined RCA Laboratories (later Sarnoff Corporation) first as a member of the technical staff and then as manager of an R&D group in opto-electronic devices and systems. During this period, Don was recognized for important contributions in the development of semiconductor diode lasers and optical storage. He chaired the International Conference on Optical Memory in 1993 and has presided over numerous other technical conferences. At Sarnoff, he also managed R&D groups and programs in displays, luminescent materials and MEMS.Don has also provided senior management leadership at Optex Communications, which developed optical storage for video applications, Melcor, a manufacturer of thermoelectric devices and systems, CardioVascular Solutions, which developed devices for accurate placement of stents in coronary arteries, and Conversus Group, a business consultancy that improves the performance of small and mid-size companies.
- Post-Doctoral, Liquid Crystals, Harvard University
- Ph.D., Laser Physics, Yale University
- M.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Don is an inventor on six US patents and has authored or co-authored over 25 publications.
- Medical Devices
David has more than 5 years of experience in failure analysis and reliability testing of integrated circuits and semiconductors. Using these skills he has been able to determine, perform and direct analysis necessary for determining patent infringement of semiconductor devices and integrated circuit packaging. David is also a part of the R&D team developing methods to increase lab reverse engineering and testing capabilities. He also has experience testing cable service provider equipment and systems such as set top boxes and video on demand systems.
- MASc., Electrical Engineering, Carleton University
- B.S., Engineering Physics, Carleton University
- David is an experienced failure analyst with detailed knowledge of device packaging and semiconductor analysis methods
- Currently pursuing Canadian Patent Agent certification
- Integrated circuit packaging
- Consumer products
- Image sensors
- Light Emitting Diodes
Rob has over 15 years of experience across a variety of roles in the wireless telecommunications industry. From designing and expanding the radio frequency side of cellular networks to the engineering and long range planning of switching and adjunct platforms, Rob’s knowledge spans the entire network of a wireless service provider. His experience also includes mobile application creation and development, computer programming and database design.Early on, Rob began his wireless career as a radio frequency engineer at AirTouch Cellular where he engineered coverage and capacity growth of the analog and digital cellular networks, designed system enhancements and optimized system performance. After gaining expertise on the cellular side, Rob changed to the switching side of the Verizon Wireless network where he designed system expansion and optimized the network performance of adjunct switching platforms. Here he led installations, software upgrades and new feature integrations including the first enterprise launches of Mobile Originated Short Message Service and Message Delivery Service. Rob moved on to a planning team where he created usage forecasts, wrote medium- to long-term network expansion plans and worked with equipment manufacturers on system and application evolution. In this role, he also worked with marketing to develop customer communications and feature packages for new products and services and wrote business cases for new expansion and product plans.Rob also has product marketing experience from a position at Verizon Communications where he designed and managed the product development, implementation and feature enhancement of wireless products and services. Rob wrote business cases for his new products and services that included demand forecasts, capital requirements and risk assessment. In addition to his experience in the wireless industry, Rob has recent experience with online publishing, online advertising, website design and programming and merchant exchange services.
- B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara
- Rob is an inventor one issued patent and a co-inventor on several pending patents.
- Internet Technologies
- Consumer Products
Dan has more than 30 years of VLSI design engineering experience specializing in video signal processing, computer architecture, VLSI modeling, simulation and software algorithm development. Early on, Dan joined RCA’s Astro Electronics Division where he worked as a principal independent R&D investigator developing spaceborne flight computer articles and peripheral satellite bus equipment. Dan was primarily involved in the design of radiation-hardened integrated circuits, systems, flight article certification and project management including cost, schedule and the technical proposal and design review process.During his tenure at Intel’s Digital Video Interactive Operation, his work concentrated in the design and verification of custom Video Signal Processing ICs that helped form the foundation of Intel’s entry into the then-emerging multimedia arena. Dan managed DVI’s Architecture Verification Group and also worked as a software algorithm developer.At Princeton Video Image, Dan developed embedded DSP software and a reprogrammable hardware platform that was used to perform real-time morphological image transformations that appeared “live, on-air” using the company’s Technical Emmy Award-winning LVIS® virtual insertion system. Variations of this platform hardware were used as a general purpose DSP processor stage to implement other image transformations, housekeeping functions and various signal processing tasks.Additional experiences at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, Sarnoff Corporation, Clique Communications and Sirius Satellite Radio continued to leverage Dan’s expertise in signal processing, VLSI architectures, system simulation and software development for numerous commercial products. Dan has worked on many products in the areas of High Definition television, video signal processing, video instant messaging, end-user software application production and library algorithm design.
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University
- Dan is a published technical author and has received several significant individual technical awards from RCA, Intel and Princeton Video Image.
David York is a seasoned industry professional with uniquely diverse knowledge and experience in the areas of semiconductor product analysis, operations management, reverse engineering, patent and portfolio analysis, and technology research supporting a wide range of quality, legal and competitive intelligence projects. Over the past 36 years, he has served in executive management, analytical laboratory, and consulting roles at Integrated Circuit Engineering Corporation, Chipworks USA, IC Microanalysis LLC, and Chip Patents LLC, and is currently assisting TechPats as an independent consultant. David has extensive experience performing hands-on laboratory analysis on a wide variety of products/fabrication processes from a diverse list of manufacturers. He has also analyzed thousands of patents, applications, and evidence of use documents to support licensing, litigation, and arbitration needs of product manufacturers, technology licensing firms, patent agents and attorneys. David has served as a fact witness for multiple cases before the U.S. District Court and the International Trade Commission.
- BAS, Technical Communications, Arizona State University
- AAS, Electronics Engineering, Stark State College
- 36 years of semiconductor process/device structure knowledge
- 31 years in operational management
- 25+ years providing litigation/licensing support
- 23 years performing laboratory analysis
- Fact witness and technical arbitrator
- Semiconductor process/device structure evaluation
- Patent and portfolio analysis
- Reverse engineering
- Cross sectional analysis/interpretation
- Laboratory analysis techniques
- Evidence of use documentation
- Technical communications
Adam Cheng has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of intellectual property and electronic engineering. As a technology consultant, he combines his patent analysis skills with technical expertise to help clients evaluate patented technologies, mine patent portfolios for different purposes and conduct patent review. He also perform target assessment and patent landscape as well as customized claim charts generation. Prior to work with TechPats, Adam has developed extensive experience with intellectual property engineering, technical licensing & litigation and patent portfolio management professional with Wi-LAN, Inc.
- M.Eng., Electrical Engineering, University of Utah
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
- 15+ years of patent engineering and electronic engineering
- Member, IEEE
- Wireless & Wired Communications
- Integrated Circuits
- Consumer Electronics
- Cloud, IoT and IoV applications
- Reverse Engineering, Testing
- Patent Acquisition & Prosecution
- Patent Licensing & Litigation
Kamil Bojanczyk is an engineer and consultant in smart grid technologies. His work covers economic analysis, market research, product development, patent assessments and research, and technical simulations. He has worked in a number of roles, including: smart grid research engineer at an Ivy League university, engineer and business development on microgrids for the largest wind power company in China, market researcher and mobile application developer for a smart grid startup in Silicon Valley, business development and energy simulations for a stealth-mode startup in Silicon Valley, strategy consultant for one of the largest environmental non-profits in America and technology analyst for a large international bank in New York City. He was worked with clients worldwide on a number of consulting projects.Kamil has broad, project-based experience in the following areas: demand-side management, country- and sector-level market assessments, commercial and residential building energy simulations, fenestration modeling, grid connection, microgrids, energy management systems, distribution grid software, interdisciplinary (energy, environment, economics) analysis of power generation sources, battery energy storage systems and distributed generation.
- B.S., Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
- Kamil has authored two IEEE papers and the Smart Grid in Asia series of reports.
- M.S., Computer Science, University of Iowa
- B.S., Physics & Math, Nebraska Wesleyan University
- Programming Languages
Senior Patent Paralegal (+)
Patti joined TechPats in September of 2002. Over the past 12 years Patti has provided support with patent prosecution, including creation of patent figures and preparation of application documents, electronic filing of applications and office action responses, correspondence with clients and foreign counsel, Information Disclosures Statement preparation and maintenance of the docketing system and reporting. She has also worked with clients and provided assistance with due diligence and acquisitions; reviewing patent prosecution histories, analyzing chain of title, verification of fees and mapping of patent families, preparation of acquisition documents and agreements.
Patent Attorney (+)
- LL.M., Taxation, Temple University School of Law
- J.D., New York Law School
- B.S., Physics, Upsala College
- Registered Patent Attorney
- Bar & Court Admissions: District of Columbia, Missouri, New Jersey
- Federal District County – District of D.C. & NJ
- U.S. Tax Court
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