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This “View” is with Robert Weber, Managing Director of Patent Kinetics, LLC. Bob is an experienced intellectual-property professional, inventor, serial entrepreneur, management consultant, and senior executive. Patent Kinetics helps clients to create patent portfolios comprised of strong patents that can be monetized through sale, licensing, or enforcement. He can be reached at Weber@PatentKinetics.com.
[Note from Bob: He is not an attorney, does not give legal advice and does not practice law. However, Patent Kinetics does work closely with top tier intellectual property law firms and trial attorneys.]
LER: What is your background? How did you come to be in your present position?
RW: I am a Ph.D. Sociologist by training and spent 20 years working with computers and quantitative academic work. Eventually I joined NCRI, a 25-person business and information technology consulting boutique based in Boston. We mainly did work for Global 1000 companies. The founders of NCRI created an innovative form of scenario planning called Future Mapping.
At NCRI I focused mainly on the copyright industries who were trying to figure out in the early 1990s how the emerging commercial Internet would affect information creation, access, and distribution. I led public workshops on the future of publishing and information commerce while applying the Future Mapping process and lessons learned to client work.
In 1996, I became Senior Vice President of Business and Technology Strategy at Intertrust Technologies. The company was just starting out in the field of trusted computing and digital rights management. We provided a platform that helped those in the media, information, and software industries to protect their music, video, and software against unauthorized use.
Intertrust was founded by Victor Shear, David Van Wie, and others who were focused on creating a business based, in large part, on a substantial investment in patents. They were applying what were considered “best practices” of the day. I ended up being a named inventor on 28 or so Intertrust patents and learned a great deal about best practices in value creation and patent monetization. After a 1999 IPO, Intertrust failed as a product company, was taken private by Sony and Philips, and has been more recently characterized in the Wall Street Journal as a "once in a generation" billion dollar patent licensing opportunity.
I left the company when it went public in 1999 and became involved in several start-ups, including one eventually acquired by a public company. Patent Kinetics was created in 2007 to leverage my Intertrust and subsequent experience to help build more valuable patent portfolios and to share knowledge and experience with patent owners, entrepreneurs, inventors, litigators, and patent attorneys.