Meet the PatentBooks Team
PatentBooks Management Team
Art Nutter – Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Nutter is the inventor, founder, and chairman of PatentBooks, Inc. He is a strategic perseverant visionary that likes to create and lead. Mr. Nutter is listed by The IP Media Group as one of Intellectual Asset Management’s “World’s Leading IP Strategists” since the publication began in 2009.
Mr. Nutter founded TAEUS in 1992 as the world’s first engineering company dedicated exclusively to managing and monetizing intellectual property. TAEUS was bootstrapped from its humble beginnings in Colorado Springs, Colorado to a global enterprise now incorporated in the US, UK, Japan, and Malaysia. TAEUS determines which of the patents in its client’s portfolios are the most valuable and proves their value via proprietary forensic engineering and accounting processes. Some of these processes have been released to the public to further enable more efficient patent licensing around the world. TAEUSworks™, the process long considered the “Gold Standard of patent evaluation,” and referred to as “the Moody’s of intellectual property” by the Wall Street Journal, was created by Mr. Nutter. The Global Patent Syndicate™ and PatentBooks both significantly improve global patent licensing efficiencies.
Mr. Nutter has been a member of the Licensing Executives Society USA & Canada since 1994, was head of the LES High Tech Industry Sector for 7 years, was Trustee of the LES USA & Canada for 7 years, was a Delegate from the US to the Licensing Executives Society International for 15 years, and was head of the LESI Communications committee for 3 years. Mr. Nutter challenges the patent licensing industry from the podium regularly at global events and is widely published. Mr. Nutter holds a BSME from the University of Akron (Ohio), an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP). He is Catholic, an instrument-rated pilot, rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle, is a certified SCUBA diver, directs music, sings in choirs and bands, and is married to Katheleen, with whom is blessed with eight children and seven grandchildren (to date).
Massimo DeVellis, CPA - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. DeVellis has more than 28 years of accounting and equity finance experience with sixteen years in senior financial and operational management roles.
In addition to his background in accounting, he worked as a Specialist Trading Clerk on the floor of the NYSE as well as a NYSE Block Trader for an Institutional Broker Dealer.
He ascended to C-Suite leadership positions in the hedge fund industry, first with Equinox Partners LP, and then with Granger Management LLC, where his advanced finance and accounting skills were the foundation for many financial decisions, infrastructure development along with precise reporting, and on-point industry compliance. His corporate responsibilities have included positions as a CFO, COO, and CCO.
Mr. DeVellis has a broad and deep understanding of best practices in corporate accounting and the integrity of financial reporting. He uses his expertise to guide accounting practices and positively impact a wide variety of financial decisions, inclusive of tax implications, fee structures, operating budgets, compliance matters, and technology decisions.
Excelling in forward-thinking approaches, he is quick to see issues and opportunities on a business’s horizon and advise on strategies that enhance the bottom line. As an organization’s financial function is integrally tied to all of its operations, Mr. DeVellis takes a cohesive approach to business advisory, which can include acting as a change agent.
Pete Rome - Chief Organizational Effectiveness Officer, and Sales
Mr. Rome is a business consultant with two decades of experience working with Fortune 500 and other major companies. He was recently the President of 3P Business Solutions, a management-consulting firm, prior to his executive sales leadership role at PatentBooks, Inc.
Peter brings specialized competencies in areas of sales, marketing, business development, customer service, meetings, incentives, operations and behavioral sciences, and has consulted with leaders to help them think broadly about change strategies that affect their competitive markets. He coached individuals and teams to deliver tools to improve performance and measurement. His creative solutions for building partnerships across organizational boundaries have inspired people to achieve business results.
Peter has held positions of Training Director, Executive Consultant, Vice President of Sales, Entrepreneur and Independent Business Owner. He has completed projects for General Electric, Goodyear, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Ford Motor Company, DuPont, Focus: HOPE, Chrysler, International Association of Conference Centers, University of Michigan and General Motors.
At the Ford Fairlane Training and Development Center, Peter was responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the customer service department. This department was accountable for Participant Registration, Room Registration, Instructor Scheduling, Accounts Payables/Receivables, Training Histories, Management Reports, and Coordination of Food and Beverage. Peter also developed and managed the Event Planning Department at the Ford Training Center. Event Planning managed all internal Ford meetings and external sales. The Ford facility is a 300,000 square foot property that services 1000 to 1300 people a day.
At Eli Lilly, Peter consolidated over 60 training functions to establish a centralized training administration support group. This turnkey operation developed best practices to deliver all corporate and global training initiatives.
Focus: HOPE is a standalone conference center where Peter developed all of the sales and marketing operations to drive external sales. The center is experiencing a positive net profit after several years of operating at a deficit.
David Whelan - Director of Sales
Mr. Whelan is a career salesman and entrepreneur. Prior to joining PatentBooks, he began his career in the financial services industry. Within his first two years, he won several awards for new business sales and assets under management and was asked to train up-and-coming advisors in his firm.
After years of growing and running a successful practice out of downtown Toronto, David moved on to start his own consulting business, where he helped financial service professionals, business owners and marketing agencies grow and scale their companies with detailed business development, sales, and marketing strategies. This experience has allowed him to make valuable connections throughout Canada, the United States, and overseas.
He has effectively applied his methodology and practices to businesses in a variety of industries including software, Information Technology, management consulting, staffing and recruiting, professional training, accounting, marketing, insurance, and a variety of B2B sales organizations.
Outside of business, David is an active musician, enjoying writing, producing, and performing original music. Aside from his own projects, he also helps to promote local bands and artists throughout Ontario.
Will Stone – Marketing/ US Government Affairs
Mr. Stone has 30 years of distinctive experience in the public and private sectors, with highlights as the Chief Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff to Congressman Dave Obey (D-WI) for nine years and also served as the Director of Financial Services for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. As a longtime lobbyist and political activist, he is an expert on the inner workings of Congress, working on defense, appropriations, health care, information technology, energy, telecommunications, agriculture, environmental, child exploitation, campaign finance reform, and other issues.
Mr. Stone serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service at the University of Wisconsin and the National Association to Protect Children.
Mr. Stone has served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University and has lectured at American University, Georgetown University, Michigan State University, the University of Maryland, and other higher education institutions. He earned a bachelor’s degree at American University in Washington, majoring in communications, law, economics, and government.
Mr. Stone is active in his community — including scouting, sports, and other activities — and currently resides in the District of Columbia with his wife Anne; he has two children in college.
Mrs. Lee is a seasoned business development professional with an analytical mindset. Her work is focused on high-growth technology, with an affinity for the future of autonomous vehicles, clean energy, and semiconductors.
She was born in 1981 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Mrs. Lee began her studies at National Chiao-Tung University and was awarded a degree in Management Science in 2003. She completed her MA thesis in Law and Economics and earned the Masters in Economics from National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 2006. In 2010, she moved to Arizona, United States, where she earned her MBA from Arizona State University with a specialization in Marketing.
Mrs. Lee started her career as a Business Analyst in a National Management Consultancy Bureau (CSC) of Taiwan, assisting C-suite executives with internal auditing reports and profit and loss statement management and forecasting. After moving to Phoenix, AZ, Mrs. Lee held the position of Luxury Brand Specialist for McMurry Inc, in 2011, overseeing its advertisement sales in the Greater China market for the firm’s leading luxury hotel publications, including The Ritz-Calton Magazine. Her work produced marketing partnerships between The Ritz-Carlton title and the prominent luxury brands in the region.
Mrs. Lee joined PatentBooks Inc. in Feb, 2021, and the firm appointed Mrs. Lee as the Head of Business Development and Strategy/ Emerging Markets effective Sep, 2021.
Lawrence Hadley – General Counsel
Mr. Hadley has more than 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer in high-stakes intellectual property and commercial litigation, including patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. Mr. Hadley’s background as a commercial ship and naval officer, and as a licensed pilot, give him a unique perspective in developing persuasive case themes involving complex technology and presenting them in a clear and compelling manner to courts and juries. He has litigated cases involving a wide variety of technology, including computer software and hardware, integrated circuit and processor design, wireless communications, medical devices, internet communications, compression, and storage. He also has tried cases involving material sciences and plant patents.
Mr. Hadley is admitted to practice in all California state and federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He has appeared in courts across the country and has practiced before administrative bodies, including the International Trade Commission. Mr. Hadley has served as lead litigation counsel in more than a dozen trial and appellate matters and his extensive appellate experience includes more than 8 federal appellate arguments.
Mr. Hadley is a frequent commentator on legal matters involving technology. He also served as a settlement officer in the Los Angeles Superior Court Voluntary Settlement Program and is ranked in the Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in Patent Litigation.
PatentBooks Board of Advisors
49 years of business experience in the licensing, electronics and chemical industries. The past 25 years managing and supporting client patent license negotiations and litigations for International Patent Licensing Company, Patent Solutions (both of which he co-founded), Mahr Leonard Management Company and STMicroelectronics. Personally, or through organizations he has led, Mr. Neuenschwander completed more than 65 IP transactions generating in excess of US$260 million direct cash return for clients.BS Business and Mathematics, Bowling Green State University, 1965; MBA, Indiana University, 1967.
Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, Intellectual Property Litigation group. 20 years of experience in patent, Hatch-Waxman, and International Trade Commission matters. Regularly appears in federal district courts throughout the USand the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. "Highly Recommended" as a Leading Life Sciences Patent Litigator by Intellectual Asset Management magazine (2010-2011), featured in the Business Edition of Leading Lawyers Network magazine in January 2009. Authored"Patent Defenses" in BNA Books' Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook (2005). President of the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada). MSChemE, Michigan Tech University, 1980; MBA, Loyola University, 1982; J.D. Law, DePaul University, 1986.
Chief Innovation Officer, Aon. Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Philips 2013-2017. Co-Founder & COO, Unified Patents, Inc. 2012-2013. VP, Intellectual Property and Licensing, InterDigital Communications 2011-2012. VP, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Verizon, 2008-2010. CEO, Allied Security Trust, 2007-2008. VP, Intellectual Property and Licensing, IBM 1996-2007. Director, Licensing, Westinghouse, 1992-1996. University of Pittsburgh 1982. MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1992.
Premier expert in knowledge management (KM), collaboration and sharing. Designs high impact KM processes to help companies increase customer impact and revenue. Mr. Barnett delivers successful projects in professional/legal services, education, healthcare, consumer products, automotive, chemicals, oil & gas, government, and non-profits. Passion for professional development of people led to volunteer roles with a focus on education, including the Licensing Executive Society - USA and Canada as Vice President of Education and Vice President for Local Chapters, a multi-year design team of LES volunteers (attorneys and commercial development professionals) who created the global Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) program. Teaches internationally in the fields of business research, IP licensing and entrepreneurship. World’s Leading IP Strategists (IAM300) by IAM Magazine. Heidrick & Struggles, 2013-present; PwC, 1998-2012. BS, MS Stephen F. Austin State University.
A prolific inventor, scientist, and author, Dr. Zvi Yaniv has received over 300 patents, primarily in the fields of liquid crystal displays, image digitizers, and nanotechnology. Founded and managed Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc. and Applied Nanotech, (1996-2014), pioneering nanotechnology in electron field emission from carbon films/carbon nanotubes for display applications, nanocomposites, inks and pastes for the printed electronics industry, thermal management materials, sensors, and large outdoor electronic displays. Founded Electronic Billboard Technology (EBT), which made "sun-visible" standard LCDs. Founder of Kent Display Systems in Kent, Ohio, the "no-power" reflective LCD Company and Optical Imaging Systems, Inc. (OIS) in Troy, Michigan. Founded Unipac, now AU Optronics, one of the premier display companies in the world. Recognized by colleagues worldwide and is the recipient of numerous awards for his inventions. BS Physics/Mathematics, MS Electro-optics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; MS, Ph.D. Physics (liquid crystals), Kent State University.
Margaret (Peggy) Moizel
Ms. Moizel is an established expert in licensing and royalty auditing, with more than 30 years of experience serving the license compliance needs of companies and Universities. She provides her services in a wide variety of industries such as merchandising, pharmaceutical, chemicals, telecommunications, software, computer hardware, various technologies, and entertainment. She has conducted over 900 domestic and international royalty audits with an emphasis on Asian licensing agreements, to identify unreported or understated revenues and assist in their recovery. In addition to her royalty auditing expertise, Ms. Moizel assists companies in the implementation of procedures and controls for the financial management of intellectual property. She also provides consulting services to licensees with an emphasis on procedures and controls for payment of royalties. Ms. Moizel supports attorneys in drafting royalty agreements and provides expert witness testimony for royalty-related litigation as well as due diligence analysis.
Prior to founding IP Compliance Management in the year 2000, Ms. Moizel was with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche where she founded their Revenue Recovery and Licensing Management practices. She spent 14 years with other accounting firms where she specialized in licensing and royalties. She began her royalty career in the music industry at United Artist Records and was Director of Royalties for Motown Records and Jobete Music Publishing. Ms. Moizel is involved with Relevant Professional International Intellectual Property Society – Member, Association of University Technology Managers – Member, Licensing Executives Society -Vice President, International Delegate, and Licensing Instructor.
Mr. Terroir graduated from Sciences Po, University of Paris II (doctorate in law) and the National School of High Administration in France. Mr. Terroir began his career at the French Ministry for Social Security in 1976. He then worked at the Treasury Department at the Ministry of Economy and Finance between 1981 and 1988, In 1988 Mr. Terroir was nominated as deputy director of the Office of the Minister of Employment.
Between 1989 and 2014 Mr. Terroir was a Director in Caisse des Dépôts (CDC) in charge successively of social housing, banking services, Regional Director for the Paris-Ile de France, and chairman of the Val de Marne Paris Development Agency. Since 2006 he has developed the activity of CDC in the innovation domain and created France Brevets and CDC intellectual Property.
Since February 2014, Mr. Terroir became a lawyer and created its single-member company, Innovation Legal, which is active in innovation and the intellectual property economy. He advised in several European programs and presently in the ATTRACT program. Mr. Terroir chairs the Patent and Technology Licensing Committee of the Licensing Executive Society International since May 2015 and he is a member of 4IP Council advisory board. Mr. Terroir is also a teacher in macroeconomics and intellectual property economics in Sciences Po Paris.
PatentBooks Board of Directors
Mr. Lechter, is an attorney, a certified licensing professional (CLP), an electrical engineer, and a bestselling author. Among other things, he is CEO of TechPress Inc., a publishing and literary agency company, CEO of Michael Lechter PC, law practice, and was an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University (ASU).
He has taught entrepreneurship for more than a decade. He is also the owner of the Tilting H Ranch/ Cherry Creek Lodge which is a working cattle ranch and guest ranch, featuring, among other things, equestrian and shooting activities set in the heart of the Tonto National Forest.
Mr. Lechter’s service mark – Building Forts and Fighting Pirates®, suggests the nature of his 40+year career in Intellectual Property. He not only built the IP sections at a number of national and international law firms, but also represented clients ranging from breweries, fast food companies, casinos, professional sports teams, publishing companies and authors, to major software companies, and semiconductor and medical device manufacturers. His extensive work includes: from startups, to venture capitalists, and to Fortune 100 companies.
Mr. Lechter has been the architect of strategies for building businesses; using both conventional and unconventional forms and sources of “Other People’s Money and Resources.” His experience in representing both venture capitalists and start-up and emerging businesses, as well as, his own experience as an angel investor, provides a unique perspective to the subject of building a business.
Mr. Lechter has served on the TAEUS International Corporation Board of Directors 2006-2011, and PatentBooks Inc. Board of Directors from 2018.
He has lectured extensively throughout the world on intellectual property law and entrepreneurship. Upon request of the House Judiciary Committee, he has submitted testimony to the Congress of the United States and has participated in various United Nations and foreign government proceedings on intellectual property law and technology transfer.
Mr. McCarty is the son of a career U.S. Army Officer, born in Honolulu, Hawaii at Tripler ArmyHospital. In keeping with the life of a military family, he and his siblings followed his father in moving to five different assignment locations prior to his high school graduation. He has experienced the lifestyle of America’s MilitaryTeenagers, a group he now serves as a Young Life VicePresident, Military Ministry, and as the Military CommunityYouth Ministries Executive Director.
Mr. McCarty graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and invested twenty years as a successful restaurateur and business owner in California. During this time, he and his wife Liz were volunteers with the Young Life staff in Oakland, and later Danville, California. In 1998, returning to their military roots, Mr. and Mrs. McCarty joined the Young Life staff and moved to Germany. He and Liz have two adult children, Josh (age 27) and Sarah (age 25), who are exceptional young people of their own right. They are both college graduates in pursuit of their dreams. The family is now enjoying twenty years of service to Young Life Military-Club Beyond and currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mr. McCarty has served on the TAEUS Corporation Board of Directors from 2011 - 2018, PatentBooks Inc. Board of Directors from 2013-2018, and TAEUS Holdings Inc. Board of Directors from 2014 - 2018.
Fr. Jim Baron
Although Fr. Baron was born in Florida, he was raised in Colorado and therefore became more partial to the mountains than the ocean. Growing up Catholic, he was initially open to the idea of being a priest at a young age. However, this idea took a back seat as sports, academics, and dating became his focus through high school. Plans for college changed after a weekend visit to a seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, that he would attend the following year. After completing his degree in philosophy Fr. Baron then went to the North American College in Rome, earning a licentiate degree in Marriage and Family Life from the John Paul II Institute.
Fr. Baron was ordained a Catholic priest in the summer of 2011 and has served in three parishes as well as in other capacities in the Catholic Church. He now serves as the pastor of Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, as well as chaplain to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. There have been many wonderful experiences along the way including U.S. Army Airborne school, working with vocations to the priesthood, and directing men in formation to become deacons in the Catholic Church. He firmly believes that PatentBooks has the potential to change the business world in a very positive direction that will contribute to great advancements in technology and cooperative models of invention and commerce.
Mrs. Nutter has been involved with TAEUS Corporation since its inception in 1992. She has worked in various management and leadership roles throughout her career. She has experience in management, desktop publishing, invoicing, reviewing contracts, negotiating with clients and vendors, and served as a board member since 1992.
Mrs. Nutter has provided insight and direction in both TAEUS and PatentBooks Inc. She has served on TAEUS Corporation Board of Directors from 2014-2018 (Treasurer), TAEUS International Corporation Board of Directors 1992-2014 (Treasurer), PatentBooks Inc. Board of Directors 2013-2018 (Treasurer), and TAEUS Holdings Inc. Board of Directors 2014-2018 (Treasurer). She has also served on two other Board of Directors: Legatus - Colorado Springs (Program Director), and Cursillo - Colorado Springs (Treasurer).
Prior to her work with TAEUS Corporation and PatentBooks Inc., Mrs. Nutter’s coursework includes Business Administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Regis University, upon completion, achieved a 4.0 GPA.
Mrs. Nutter has been involved in many non-profit organizations, including Treasurer of Cursillo, and a volunteer planner with Licensing Executive Society for annual and seasonal/regional meetings. Mrs. Nutter has also served on the advisory selection board in a nationwide search for a principal, served as a coordinator of local Legatus meetings, and she volunteers in her church and local schools.
Mr. Nutter is the inventor, founder, and chairman of PatentBooks Inc. He is a strategic perseverant visionary that likes to create and lead. Art is listed by The IP Media Group as one of Intellectual Asset Management’s “World’s Leading IP Strategists” since the publication began in 2009. He founded TAEUS in 1992 as the world’s first engineering company dedicated exclusively to managing and monetizing intellectual property. TAEUS was bootstrapped from its humble beginnings in Colorado Springs, Colorado to a global enterprise now incorporated in the US, UK, Japan, and Malaysia. TAEUS determines which of the patents in its client’s portfolios are the most valuable and proves their value via proprietary forensic engineering and accounting processes. Some of these processes have been released to the public to further enable more efficient patent licensing around the world. TAEUSworks™, the process long considered the “Gold Standard” of patent evaluation and referred to as “the Moody’s of intellectual property” by the Wall Street Journal, was created by Mr. Nutter. The Global Patent Syndicate™ and PatentBooks Inc. both significantly improve global patent licensing efficiencies.
Mr. Nutter has been a member of the Licensing Executives Society USA & Canada since 1994, was head of the LES High-Tech Industry Sector for 7 years, was Trustee of the LES USA & Canada for 7 years, was a Delegate from the US to the Licensing Executives Society International for 15 years and was head of the LESI Communications committee for 3 years. Mr. Nutter challenges the patent licensing industry from the podium regularly at global events and is widely published. Mr. Nutter holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron, Ohio; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and is a Certified Licensing Professional. He is Catholic, an instrument-rated pilot, rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle, is a certified SCUBA diver, directs music, sings in choirs and bands, and is married to Katheleen, with whom is blessed with eight children and seven grandchildren (to date).