Who We Are

IPwe has assembled a world-class team of patent experts and technologists. Scroll down to view the Advisory Team

Erich Spangenberg

CEO

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).

Pascal Asselot

Managing Director

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.

Dan Bork

CTO

Dan Bork has been the primary architect of Zuse Analytics for the past 10 years. Dan has been working with a team of data scientists since the late 1990’s solving highly complex problems. Dan’s focus is on Zuse Analytics and architecting IPwe’s public and private blockchain solutions.

George Karypis

Chief Scientist

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.

Vincent Fitzsimmons

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Henry Wang

President (IPwe China)

Henry is a seasoned tech entrepreneur.  He has co-founded and managed & operated over 7 companies, most of which have received national recognition and substantial fundraising from top VC and Angel Investor firms. Henry’s management experience is informed by over 16 years of business and technology experience in the areas of IP monetization, data-driven localization, technology service outsourcing, and tech communications related education training.  Henry has worked and consulted for large U.S. and European tech companies based in China and leveraged his knowledge of the Chinese market to analyze IP asset portfolios, managing competitive intelligence programs, and supporting IP business development and sales.

Strategically associated with the Chinese financial communities, universities, thinktanks, and government & regulatory bodies, Henry is frequently sought after as an advisor to foreign investors and entities looking to enter the Chinese market, providing valuable insight, connections, and opportunities.

Bob Witkow

Business Development

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.

Brian Berman

Head of International Partnerships

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, IPwe Analytics and the IPwe Platform.

Sai Chen

Senior Software Engineer

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.

Advisory Team

Brad Rotter

Advisory Board Member

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.

Scott Armanini

Advisory Board Member

Angel Investor with Bloomlife Inc.

Previously Global Lead of Accenture Ventures, Sales Director at GLIDR and RocketSpace, Product Manager of HP Software and Cisco Systems, and Co-Founder and Global Development Manager of Microsoft Corp.

Alexander Weir

Advisory Board Member

Business Mentor for the Prince’s Trust and Identifying, Protecting and Commercializing IIP at Weir Consulting, Previously Project and Communications Manager at IPR-Helpdesk and CEO of Gulf Economic Forum.

Mark Schankerman

Advisory Board Member

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.

Jon Wood

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.

Raimondo Galli

Patent Advisory Board Members

Attorney. Founder of Law Firm Galli (Milan, Italy).

Patent and IP Specialist. AIPPI-News Coeditor It.Group.

Mark O’Donnell

Analytics Advisor

Mark is a recognized leader in the Intellectual Property solutions industry for contributions in the areas of SaaS analytics, patent professional services, and client engagement. Mark primarily focuses on delivering analytical solutions, via the IPwe platform, that successfully guide each stakeholder through the transaction process. He brings expertise and experience supporting sellers, brokers, and buyers, along with 20+ years of product development, patent research, and market analysis experience.

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