Meet the PatentBooks Team

Art Nutter – Chairman & CEO

Art is the inventor, founder and CEO of PatentBooks, Inc., and 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 both significantly improve global patent licensing efficiencies.

Art 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 an 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. Art 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 six grandchildren (to date).

 

Steve Willis – Chief Valuation Officer

Intellectual property encompasses patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, know-how and any other proprietary intangible asset.  I have been responsible for the valuation of all types of tangible and intangible assets with a focus on intellectual property for more than 35 years. The scope of my intellectual property consulting advisory services to clients includes: (i.) the economic aspects of license negotiations such as determining or evaluating the price, (ii.) methods to maximize fair market value, (iii.) facilitating technology transfer, (iv.) establishing the fair market value of technology that has been misappropriated or unlawfully used- infringed by another, together with assisting in negotiating the business terms and conditions of license agreements and litigation settlements, (v.) advising “start-up” or developmental stage businesses (e.g. “incubators”), (vi.) furthering venture capital opportunities including strategic studies and valuations and (vii.) facilitating clients efforts to monetize forecasted royalty streams generated from license agreements and patent enforcement programs. Moreover, I have assisted clients in determining or evaluating the form and structure of business agreements, including marketing, sales and distribution agreements, license and joint venture agreements, as well as other types of business agreements involving the transfer of intellectual property. From time to time these agreements arise out of patent infringement litigation including patent enforcement programs.

With respect to dispute resolution or litigation support, I have been involved in hundreds of determinations or evaluations of claims for economic harm or damages.  The majority of such matters involved valuation issues concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, know-how, or other intellectual property rights.  In connection with these matters, I have studied thousands of business agreements, including licenses, covering both intellectual property and other assets.  As an expert witness, I have presented lost profits and reasonable royalty claims and have evaluated the lost profits or reasonable royalty claims asserted by other experts.  Additionally, my experience includes determinations or evaluations of claims for unjust economic gain – commonly referred to as unjust enrichment – and opportunity costs such as prejudgment interest.

Finally, my testimony and consulting experience included the determination or evaluation of the alleged wrongful transfer of assets and/or other nefarious activities considered to be fraudulent or illegal activity. In particular, I have conducted a variety of detailed studies of countless transactions, asset transfers and business transactions that occurred in connection with intercompany asset transfer transactions and agreements including intercompany intellectual property transfer agreements. These studies were designed to establish if such transactions were economically based on third party arms length independent metrics even if between related parties.

Nigel Worth – Global Licensing Counsel

Nigel has directed the activities of multiple United Kingdom entities representing the interests of all stakeholders in the global intellectual property industry for over 30 years, bringing the expertise and momentum of established expertise to bear on many key issues in the intellectual property world and to advance the better understanding, promotion and protection of intellectual property for the good of all.

Through his personal efforts via multiple companies, Nigel provides a full package of intellectual property services, representing the interests of patent holders moving to market by licensing, sale or manufacture of good and services based upon patented intellectual property. He specializes in the handling of all types of licensable intellectual property and offers a range of legal and funding solutions to his clients, and delivering highly effective solutions to intellectual property exploitation through from start-up to initial public offerings.

Nigel has been a member of the Institute of International Licensing Practitioners since 2004.

Kwang-Jun Kim – President, PatentBooks Asia

Kwang-Jun Kim was most recently the Chairman and President of Intellectual Discovery, Asia’s leading IP investment firm based in Seoul, South Korea. With more than 4,000 patents in various fields such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs), smart cars, the Internet of Things, CODECs, 4G/LTE, and biotechnology, Intellectual Discovery is Asia’s leader as a strategic risk manager.

Before Intellectual Discovery, Mr Kim gained extensive experience at Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display. As Vice President of the Samsung Electronics IP Centre, he managed a team of more than 100 members responsible for prosecution, global licensing and litigation in a variety of fields, including telecommunications, materials, semiconductors, LEDs, displays and televisions. As Chief IP Officer and General Counsel at Samsung Display, he managed all facets of intellectual property, including global strategy, prosecution, licensing negotiation and litigation with global companies. He also led negotiations with global companies such as Intellectual Ventures, Ericsson, Apple and Lucent Technologies. His litigation experience covers US federal courts, the US International Trade Commission and courts in Europe and China.

Mr. Kim earned his JD from the University of Southern California. He earned an MS and completed PhD coursework in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California. He also earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a registered US attorney (California) and registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

 

Will Stone – US Government Affairs

Will has 30 years 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.

Will 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.

Will has served as an adjunct professor at the 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.

Will 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.

 

Ian Goodyer – Vice President PatentBooks Europe

Ian is a technology transfer expert working specializing in commercialization of new ideas. His experience within the research function of a large FTSE 100 company includes open innovation and technology transfer in the UK and the USA.

 

Ian is a qualified Prince2 practitioner that has brought his own products to market and an SFEDI qualified business mentor. As part of Amersham plc, Ian helped bring a very complex system to the pharmaceutical market. He has also advised over 150 companies and individuals on developing their own products and services and helped companies to obtain full value from their IP and other intangible assets.

 

Jeffrey Bartholomew – Business Development

Jeff has over 30 years’ experience in equity offerings, venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing of intellectual property. He specializes in contract negotiation, IPO's, securities regulation and compliance, corporate internal investigations, Sarbanes-Oxley, mergers, acquisitions, intellectual property licensing. BSChemE, MBA, JD.


Paul Scian – Vice President of Insurance and Risk Management

Paul has nearly 30 years’ experience in risk assesment and insurance, starting in engineering and working with innovative technologies cleaning up contaminated sites across the U.S. and overseas.
Paul joined AIG serving as the National Engineering Manager for AIG’s CCC and EPP programs and Regional Manager for the NYC Engineering Region, working closely with underwriters, claims analysts, actuaries and IT teams implementing new systems.
Broad interests and project involvement in innovative cleanup technologies and launching/de-bugging/streamlining new IT programs led into intellectual property roles in both TAEUS and PatentBooks. Paul’s passion is in merging science and finance for innovative insights and answers to make a faster and better products and services.
When not watching his three daughters play competitive soccer, Paul and his wife Isabelle enjoy restoring century-old homes. Paul has a BA in Geology from Rutgers, a BS in Finance from Ramapo and a MS in Hydrogeology from UMass Amherst.

 

Dr. Roya Ghafele – VP PatentBooks Valuation

Dr. Ghafele was the Director of OxFirst, an IP law and economics consultancy, since 2011. In addition, she has held academic positions with Oxford University, following work at Harvard and U.C. Berkeley. Prior to that she worked for 5 years as an Economist with the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the OECD. She started her career with McKinsey, where she moved from a five-year long experience as a ballet dancer.

Her Ph.D. was awarded the Theodor Koerner Research Prize by the President of the Republic of Austria. Dr. Ghafele was trained at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, the Sorbonne and Vienna University. She is fluent in German, English, French and Italian.

Katherine Zulanas - Online Execution

Katherine brings to the team her unique combination of skills in digital marketing and operations management.  Starting her career as an electrical engineer in the telecommunications industry, Katherine soon learned she could achieve large operational savings by applying new technological advances to business challenges.

She holds a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, a B.S.E.  in Electrical Engineering from University of Connecticut and a Masters degree in Operations Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Katherine has worked with businesses both large and small, and for the past 12 years has run MediaTrik providing digital marketing and IT development services.

A perpetually inventive business leader, Katherine keeps involved with the developer community to gain strategic insight for her clients.  She will join the Facebook Developers conference this year as she further develops MediaTrik's AI offerings.