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Clairvolex was created from day one to be your best strategic technology partner for all things relating to IP asset management. We serve clients in a variety of sectors, bringing the right intellectual capital, supported by proprietary technology, to the quickly evolving issues regarding patents and trademarks and their value. A global firm, we are committed to bringing clarity and efficiency to the incredibly complex world of managing patent portfolios—from prior arts to monetization—all so businesses can create smart growth strategies.

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Passion, Expertise & Innovation

Many companies may exhibit these traits—passion, expertise, and innovation—in aggregate, but few can say they are present to some degree in every employee. Clairvolex can. From executive leadership to the newest team member just embarking on their career, when you deal with Clairvolex, the passion is evident. The expertise is proven every day. And the innovation will ensure you return, as so many of our customers do year after year.

The Board Members

Manoj Pillal

Manoj is an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and IP policy expert, as well as a patent specialist. His focus on the intersection of patents and AI technologies underpins the vision that makes Clairvolex one of the most innovative players in the global IP space. A frequent commentator and writer on IPR related topics, Manoj also founded LexOrbis IP, India’s top patent firm, in 1998.

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Manoj Pillai Founder & CEO, Clairvolex
Arun Kumar

With his founding of the premier pharmaceutical company Strides-Shasun Ltd., Arun became a well-known pharmaceutical industrialist, creating significant stakeholder value as he led Strides through its remarkable growth. He draws on this experience to mentor several growth-phase company CEOs as a member of their Boards. He was honored with the best Pharma CEO award in 2014.

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Arun Kumar Founder, Strides-Shasun Limited
Nicholas Brathwaite

As a founding partner of Riverwood Capital, Nic has spent more than 25 years developing and evaluating technology, even recently stepping in to serve as interim CEO for one of Riverwood’s firms, Aptina Imaging. From 1996 to 2007, he served as the Chief Technology Officer at Flextronics, working alongside former CEO Michael Marks. Prior to that, he was a founding member of nChip. Nic has also held Board positions at Globant, Arkmicro, Power Integrations, Tessera and Aptina.

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Nicholas Brathwaite Founding Partner, Riverwood Capital
Sriram Viswanathan

Sriram leads IndusAge Partners, a global venture investment fund and strategic advisory firm with investments in technology companies in the United States and India. He spent nearly two decades at Intel Corporation in various senior management roles. Today he is also serves on the board of many technology companies, including Wooqer, CloudLeaf and Quadgen Wireless.

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Sriram Viswanathan Managing Partner, IndusAge Partners
Bob Romeo

Bob brings more than 25 years of leadership in the information, software, and services industry—including extensive experience in the intellectual property space—to the Clairvolex team.  Before heading Anaqua, Bob served as CEO of LexisNexis, Research & Litigation Solutions (RLS) as well as spending 20 years with Thomson Reuters in senior executive positions including CFO and SVP of Operations.

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Bob Romeo CEO, Anaqua

Portfolio Development

Michael has 30 years of Global Patent Operations Expertise with deep patent domain knowledge and skills necessary to develop commercially impactful IP portfolios. He played key roles in Global Patent Operation at GE, where he expanded the firm’s business horizon in China, Europe, India, Japan, and the U.S. He also provided global prosecution for patents of GE’s Power, Lighting, Capital and Appliances, and Transportation businesses. He holds a BSME, Engineering, from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctorate Law from Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

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Michael M. Gnibus Executive Vice President, Portfolio Development
Brett Hertzberg

Brett is an IP attorney with over 19 years of experience in both law firms and corporate settings, starting his career at Grumman Aerospace. He has worked in IP management, litigation, licensing, due diligence, patent acquisitions and technology transfer agreements—in short, all aspects of IP. Brett has an MS in Electrical Engineering & Electro-physics from Polytechnic University and a JD from the Turo College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

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Brett Hertzberg Executive Vice President & Head, Portfolio Advisory

Mukundan’s approximately 12 years of global IP experience are reflected in his expertise in drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to  electrical and mechanical engineering, electronics, communications, software and hardware, as well as medical devices. He is a Canadian patent attorney admitted to practice before the USPTO on behalf of Canadian applicants. Mukundan successfully completed his JD (cum laude) with options in Law and Technology and International Law at the University of Ottawa.

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Mukundan Chakrapani, Ph.D Vice President, Global Expert Centers

Gary has more than 25 years’ business and product development experience in diverse high technology sectors including Telecom, Wireless, Semiconductors & Capital Equipment, Defense, Manufacturing Services and Imaging. Often working directly with C-level executives, Gary holds a Ph.D in Material Science, Engineering, from the University of California, a BS & MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing from the University of California.

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Gary Fong, Ph.D Vice President, Portfolio Development

Steve is a seasoned Patent Attorney with 11 years’ global experience. For clients of varying resources across numerous electrical and mechanical technology areas, he assists in developing strategy and prosecuting applications. Steve helped develop a unique partnership between Japanese, Indian and U.S. entities that grew to a caseload of more than 1,700 applications. He has a BSEE in Electrical Engineering, as well as J.D. Law from The George Washington University Law Center.

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Steve Kirkwood Associate Vice President, Portfolio Development

Adam is an IP Patent Attorney with 13 years of rich experience. His expertise includes providing legal opinions to clients regarding legal duties and best practices in multiple corporate and intellectual property areas. Adam has negotiated settlements for multiple clients asserting trademark infringement, and is active in pro bono work through Utah Legal Services. He is a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and also holds also a Juris doctor from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU, Tempe. 

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Adam Neville Associate Vice President, Portfolio Development

Patent Monetization

With more than 28 years of experience in engineering and consulting for R&D companies in the United States, Sandeep has held the titles of VP of Partnership Development and VP of Portfolio Development at several large licensing organizations. He brings a unique grounding in both business and technology, with an MBA in international management, an MS in industrial engineering, and a BS in mechanical engineering.

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Sandeep Agarwal President, IP Monetization and Patent Search & Analytics

Rob is a result oriented business development, technology and intellectual property executive with over 17 years’  experience developing, delivering, and monetizing technology in consumer, mobile, and semiconductor markets. His strong leadership skills foster a forward-thinking culture while consistently delivering against revenue and P&L targets. He is an MBA from The Wharton School & has a BSEE from University of Victoria.

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Rob Dhat Vice President, IP Monetization

Michael is a registered practitioner with the US Patent and Trademark Office and, with 30 years’ experience in the electronics industry, has a proven track record of monetizing intellectual property through international patent portfolio. At Integrated Silicon Solution, he was the patent advisor to inventors for invention disclosures and innovation. He has also worked in Tessera Technologies, United Memories Inc & Ramtron, and created portfolio strategies for International Jurisdictions in Morrison & Foerster LLP / Dentons LLP. Michael has an MBA in International Business from University of Colorado and an MS, Electrical Engineering, from the University of Cincinnati.

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Michael C. Parris Associate Vice President, Global Expert Centers

IP Services

Avikash brings more than 19 years in operations, project management, global relationship management, vendor management & transitions. His process & quality expertise [Lean, Six Sigma, ISO 9001:2008] results  in complex projects yielding  absolute and quantifiable business impacts. He holds a post graduate management degree in Marketing & Systems from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, and a Bachelors in Engineering in Computer Science.

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Avikash Mohan Singh Senior Vice President, IP Management Services

Amy heads strategic partnerships within IP Services at Clairvolex and also leads IP solutioning & business development.  She has over 22 years of intellectual property sales experience, 19 of them including asset management enterprise software. As Director of Account Management and Sales Engineering at Thomson Reuters,  she oversaw both pre- and post-sales efforts. Amy holds a Master of Music Studies, Musicology, from Stanford University.

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Amy E. Rufe Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Sales

Business Development

Bobby has 22 years of global sales, marketing, and business development experience. His diverse career began as a Marketing Manager in Flextronics, and most recently he was Head of Sales & Strategic Partnerships at SKULLY Inc., a WRV Capital Portfolio Company, where he was responsible for the global sales and business development of their innovative IOT wearable AR device. He has an MBA in Marketing from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in International Business from San Francisco State University.

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             Bobby Penn Enterprise Sales

Cat has 15 years’ experience advancing market share for start-up SaaS organizations by managing the growth of strategic accounts and attracting new business. She has worked for global firms dealing with cloud-based IP Management software, Intellectual Property Business Intelligence solutions, patent crowd-sourced research and Patent Prior Art Searching. Cat completed her Marketing Communications studies at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

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             Cat Gaines IP Asset Management

Tim has close to 15 years of experience and a significant part of his professional experience has focused in partnering with organizations to help them manage the IP Lifecycle. His core strength is in prospecting and sales across wide variety of customers, supporting organization’s end-to-end sales cycle. He joined Thomson Reuter in 2010 and moved to Clarivate Analytics in 2016 as Regional Sales Consultant for their West Coast region. Tim has completed B.B.A. in Marketing & Management from Saint Bonaventure University.

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