David Smith, Founder & ChairmanDavid is an entrepreneur, transaction broker, author and educator working in the high-tech sector for over 30 years. Through his incubation company Cambridge Manhattan Group, LLC, David forms and grows ventures such as Tynax Inc., the Patent Library featuring hundreds of thousands of patent assets SVBS Co. Silicon Valley Business School, and Silicon Valley High School, Inc.
As Apple World Marketing Manager in the early 1990’s, David was responsible for Apple’s marketing programs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. A pioneer of the early Internet and worldwide web, David’s was founder and CEO of SurfMonkey, Inc., developing the leading web browser and safety service for kids. As CEO of MediaLive Inc., David designed one of the first web browsers, email and TV-set-top-box systems. David’s inventions have been awarded U.S. patents and his software and multimedia products have won critical acclaim.
David authored several books: Patents, Cloaks & Daggers, Dollar Value, Zero-to-IPO, now published in Japanese as well as English language. He has presented and appeared in a number of videos, lectured in business schools and universities in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, addressed U.S. government congressional hearings and appeared on several radio and TV shows. David is recognized as one of the "World's Leading IP Strategists" in the IAM Strategy 300, published by International Asset Magazine.
He holds a BSc.(Hons.) Computer Science & Economics from the University of Leeds (U.K.), a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the University of Westminster (U.K.) and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law (U.S.).
More information is available on David's LinkedIn profile.
Greg Benoit, PartnerGreg has more than 30 years experience in patents and the high tech sector. Greg is a Canadian Patent Agent registered to practise before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is an Electrical Engineer graduated from the University of Waterloo and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
Greg held senior IP counsel and engineering roles at several companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Nortel Networks, Bell Northern Research, and LSI Logic among others. As an IP counsel Greg fostered many relationships with senior management and prolific inventors within R&D organizations. He often spearheaded team-based initiatives in areas of IP strategy development and implementation.
Greg has spent many years building world-class patent portfolios at Fortune-500 level companies. His hands-on engineering experience enables him to deeply understand a diverse range of technologies and formulate practical solutions. He has been directly involved in the development of over 7000 patents, primarily in telecommunications and computer engineering. He has worked with hundreds of inventors, including top researchers from Bell Labs and Bell Northern Research, software developers, hardware engineers, and system architects.
With his understanding of patent portfolio development going much deeper than procedural aspects, he has created many unique and innovative solutions for IP strategy development and implementation.
Paul Kallmes, Director of Patent LibraryPaul Kallmes has been in the IP and licensing industry for over twenty years and is always looking for ways to create value from intangible assets. An electrical engineer with a strong grounding in risk assessment and management, he has built and managed portfolios in a wide variety of industries for clients around the world. He managed the largest portoflio in the LED lighting industry, creating a stable foundation for that industry's growth. He has managed portfolios for R&D labs, hardware manufacturers, medical device start-ups, 3D printing, AR/VR, and many others. He has advised start-ups and established companies around the world on IP strategy, innovation capture, intangible asset deployment, portfolio transactions, product development, IP due diligence and valuation, and IP-based fund-raising. A former instructor in licensing and IP strategy, he continues to advocate for intangible assets to assume an increasingly central role in business considerations.
Mark Cameron White, Founder & DirectorMark White is a business lawyer experienced in representing emerging growth, mid-stage and mezzanine stage companies and investment funds on all matters relating to the formation, financing, growth and liquidity of technology-based enterprises. Over the span of 20 years Mark has represented companies in well over 500+ financings and over 200+ acquisitions. He represents and advises companies on a wide variety of transactional matters, including business and legal issues as they pertain to complex strategic and venture financings, acquisitions, and licensing and distribution arrangements.
Mark’s practice principally covers corporate, technology, financing and corporate partnering matters for a wide variety of private and public company clients. He regularly advises companies on strategic positioning, business model and revenue generation issues, the preparation of investment materials and presentations, and the structure of complex corporate reorganizations, joint ventures, divestitures, consolidations and commercial partnerships. Mark also represents investment funds on formation issues and regularly represents investors in making portfolio investments.
He holds a J.D. from University of California at Berkeley – Boalt Hall School of Law, an M.B.A. from Harvard University, Graduate School of Business and a BA, Economics, 1977 – Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers College, Rutgers University.
Mark is recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine (independent research by Law & Politics).