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When the right team comes together, great things happen. TechPats provides clients with a combination of technical and legal expertise, business skills and market perspective to effectively build, manage and strategize IP assets.

Our global team is designed to operate as one collaborative unit and is bound together by our innovative spirit and thirst for excellence. Our leadership team has helped to create an innovative, passionate and incredibly talented team of IP experts that have delivered results to our clients since 1998. From business strategists and attorneys to reverse engineering and testing specialists, we provide an unmatched resource for our clients.


Chris Wichser

CEO

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.


Marek Wernik, Ph.D.

President

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 TechPats Marek was CEO of GIS which was acquired by TechPats in 2015. Previously, 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.


Ed 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.


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.


Kevin Rieffel

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.


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Will O’Donnell

Vice President, Corporate Strategy

Will brings 10+ years in Intellectual Property valuation and monetization to TechPats. He began his career at InterDigital Communications, leading the patent department’s market intelligence and royalty damages modeling and supported the patent litigation strategy for the company which has publicly led to over $750M in royalty revenue. Following his role at InterDigital, Will joined Conversant Intellectual Property and supported the licensing and monetization efforts of the Core Wireless portfolio and other privately held portfolios in Memory, Semiconductors and Wireless. Most recently, Will led corporate strategy and patent landscaping at Newracom, a leader in next generation Wireless (802.11) technologies.

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