Cheryl Milone, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Paul DiGiammarino, President
Rick Schwartz, Chief Operating Officer
Ray Felts, President, North America
Peter Vanderheyden, Chief Product Officer
Monica Winghart, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Eric Baer, Vice President, Product
Founder and CEO
Cheryl Milone is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Article One Partners, the world's largest patent validation community. Article One is a global online community reaching over one million that researches the validity of patents. Ms. Milone created the community to add a crucial level of review to the US patent system - strengthening legitimate patents and reducing unjust patent monopolies. Early success, including 15 Fortune 100 clients, 45 of the Global Fortune 2000 and premier law firms among 75+ clients and 100% community growth in 2010, led to an invitation in January 2010 to join President Obama as one of the top 50 most innovative CEOs in the nation to participate in a forum hosted by the White House on Modernizing Government.
Article One presents research requests on behalf of its clients on its website as well as the platforms of international affiliate websites and provides compensation to its community for responding with high-quality prior art. Article One has been described as social media for patents with researchers from 147 countries. Projects are translated into eight languages to trigger foreign language research in key geographies. The success of the company led Marshall Phelps (former head of IP and licensing at IBM and Microsoft) to join Article One’s Board of Directors, and resulted in client feedback that in 57% of research projects, Article One provided new and valuable evidence compared to traditional research.
Ms. Milone also was recognized as the 2009 Startup of the Year by Business Insider - chosen by an elite judging panel of venture capitalists and top technology industry leaders. In December 2009, Ms. Milone was included in the Silicon Alley 100 list of New York's digital business community leaders who are driving the most interesting and important work.
Prior to founding Article One Partners, Ms. Milone practiced as a patent attorney and advocated before the US Patent and Trademark Office with Darby & Darby (until 2005), Clifford Chance and Kenyon & Kenyon. Ms. Milone is an inventor and patent holder. She is co-inventor of US Patent No 6,074,339, Gambale et al entitled "Expandable Braid Device and Method for Radiation Treatment," and has one allowed and numerous pending patent applications for Article One. She earned her JD in 1992 from Georgetown University Law Center and holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
Paul DiGiammarino was recently recognized by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the World’s Leading IP strategists. He is a serial entrepreneur who brings a distinguished record of success to Article One. That record includes his experience as acting President of Sapient, a publicly traded business and technology-consulting firm, whose revenues grew from $150 million to $500 million during his tenure.
Immediately prior to Article One, he was the founder and CEO of Anaqua, an intellectual property management software vendor. At Anaqua he drove the Company’s transformation into one of the leading global IP service providers. Anaqua supports more than 400,000 patents and trademarks for Microsoft, HP, Ford, Coca-Cola and other industry leaders. From 2002 to 2004, he was the CEO of litigation support software vendor Steelpoint (now owned by HP). At Steelpoint, he led a highly successful turnaround and the eventual sale of the company. DiGiammarino’s 25+ year career in the intellectual property, legal and financial service industries also includes executive positions at American Management Systems (now CGI) where he founded two IP commercialization businesses. DiGiammarino holds a CPA and a BBA with concentration in Accounting and Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Paul also serves on the Board of Fuller Center for Housing.
Chief Operating Officer
Richard Schwartz is Chief Operating Officer for Article One Partners, where he brings over 30 years of executive level leadership experience in internet-based delivery, consulting, manufacturing, software development and high technology engineering companies.
Prior to joining Article One, Mr. Schwartz was Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Northeast region of Bridgeline Digital, a developer of an award-winning web engagement management software suite and interactive business technology solutions. Prior to Bridgeline Digital, Schwartz was the founder and CEO of Clock Tower Associates, a strategic management consulting firm serving the financial and pharmaceutical industries.
Formerly, Mr. Schwartz was the Vice President for Sales and Services at Level 8 Systems, a middleware software development company, and Vice President of Software Development for Hyperion Solutions, a world leader in financial management, budgeting and reporting software applications. Previously, Schwartz spent over 20 years in the consulting industry as a Partner with Coopers & Lybrand and Laventhal & Horwath. He began his career at American Management Systems (now CGI).
Mr. Schwartz commands expertise in the areas of business strategy, process design and workflow analysis, organizational design and change management, performance metrics and process measurement. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management Science from the University of South Florida and has attended the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Management Executive Seminar Series.
President, North America
Ray Felts is responsible for Sales & Marketing and Community Development. Ray previously was Vice President of Business Development for NineSigma, focused on building a global open innovation community and developing products and services to deliver customer satisfaction. Ray’s experience with other venture-backed startups includes Senior Vice President of Business Development and Services at PowerSteering Software (SaaS provider of Portfolio Management tools to R&D leaders of Global Fortune 500 clients) and Vice President of Professional Services at Surebridge (an Application Management and Hosting provider, acquired by NaviSite).
Ray has over 15 years experience in Science & Technology including product development responsibilities at Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and EMC. Ray has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California, and an MBA from Boston College.
Chief Product Officer
Peter Vanderheyden is Chief Product Officer of Article One Partners where he brings over 30 years of experience across business disciplines including operations, product management, finance, marketing, sales, strategic alliances and entrepreneurial start-ups.
Prior to joining Article One, Peter was the vice president and Managing Director of LexisNexis’s Global IP Solutions business. At LexisNexis, he led a team that developed the world's largest online patent database and launched TotalPatent (international patent research platform) and PatentOptimizer (patent quality tool), which claimed signification share in a highly entrenched industry. Peter also spearheaded the first truly semantic search engine for technical/patent content.
Peter enjoyed a successful career with IBM where he served as a CFO for a midwest trading area before taking on a role as a corporate entrepreneur for IBM. One of his start-ups (Delphion – intellectual property research) was spun out as a separate business entity in 2000 after raising venture financing. Peter engineered the creation of the spinout company, serving as acting GM and CEO, then as VP of International Ops, Sales and Business Development (Strategic Alliances).
Peter earned a BS in Business from the University of Minnesota with undergrad certification in math, science and engineering; and has taken additional executive education courses in the areas of team building, negotiations and formation of strategic alliances at Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota. Peter also has a US Patent to his credit.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Monica Winghart is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Article One Partners in Palo Alto, CA where she brings more than 15 years of experience in Intellectual Property and as a member of the executive leadership team is responsible for oversight of all legal, risk management and compliance functions and is involved in corporate strategy, public policy, business development and a variety of other matters.
Prior to joining Article One, Monica was Senior Corporate Counsel for The Clorox Company, where she was Director of IP litigation, responsible for patent clearance and portfolio management, lead counsel for the three of the company's largest business units, and a part of Clorox’s M&A, licensing and transactions teams. Earlier in her legal career, Monica was an IP attorney advising on IP litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, and licensing and technology acquisitions with the firm of Brown Raysman in Los Angeles and the Thomas Kayden and Sutherland firms in Atlanta. Before attending law school, Monica worked as an engineer with Procter & Gamble and was the principal in an engineering consulting firm.
She currently serves as the Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of The Association of Corporate Counsel for 2012-2013 and is involved with several community service and pro bono projects in the San Francisco Bay area. Monica has been recognized as a leader in management and in the field of Intellectual Property.
Monica earned her JD from Tulane Law School in 1998 and received a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BS in Pulp and Paper Technology from NC State University in 1993.
Vice President, Product and Technology
Eric is responsible for product development and internal IT. He has over 15 years of web-based software development experience in roles from development to product management.
Most recently, Eric was Director, Product Management at PowerSteering Software. There he led the Lean Six Sigma product and worked closely with leading enterprise clients such as J&J, Praxair, Seagate and United Airlines.
Prior to PowerSteering, Eric worked at BMG, a leading Six Sigma training and consulting company. There he led the development of a market leading web-based project portfolio management product later acquired by PowerSteering. At GE, Eric worked in web development, six sigma and led major B2B web projects.
Eric holds a BA in Finance from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the University of Oregon.
Former Corp. VP, IP Policy & Strategy, Microsoft, and VP, IP & Licensing, IBM
Marshall Phelps is a leading figure in the field of intellectual property management and performance, pioneering many of its leading strategies, generating unprecedented results and heading IP business and related activities at IBM and Microsoft. As Executive Advisor and Board Member of Article One Partners, he is actively engaged in helping businesses and governments improve patent quality and improve the Patent System. Mr. Phelps served as Vice President at IBM in the 1990s, responsible for overseeing standards, telecommunications policy, industry relations, licensing, intellectual property law and management of a worldwide intellectual property portfolio of more than 35,000 patents and 8,500 trademarks. By actively licensing these and other IP rights, such as trade secrets and copyrights, he transformed a function that had previously been costly overhead to a $2 Billion annual profit center. Prior to heading IP business, he served IBM as Director of Government Relations in Washington and as Vice President of Asia Pacific operations in Tokyo.
From 2002-2010 Mr. Phelps was Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Licensing, Microsoft Corporation. At Microsoft, his duties entailed worldwide management of the company’s intellectual property portfolio, patent prosecution, licensing, standards and business development. He facilitated Microsoft’s emergence as one of the world’s largest IP companies with over 60,000 patents and applications, extensive copyright holdings and numerous trademarks.
In 2006, Mr. Phelps was elected to the initial class of the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame. In 2001 he was founding partner with Nathan Myhrvold of Intellectual Ventures, now the largest acquirer of patents worldwide. His book, “Burning the Ships”, Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft, was published in 2009. Mr. Phelps has taught IP strategy at business, law or engineering schools at Duke, Cornell, UNC, Berkeley and in Japan. He holds a B.A. from Muskingum College, an M.S. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School.
The Lovell Group
Patrick Gross is Chairman of The Lovell Group, a private investment and advisory firm, where he works with a portfolio of venture capital backed private technology and internet commerce companies. He is engaged by the venture investors to help the companies grow to the next stage of development and benefit from his extensive experience.
From 1970-2001, he was a founder and principal executive officer of American Management Systems, Inc. (AMS), which grew to a $1 billion revenue company with 8000 associates serving clients from offices in the major cities of North America and Europe. AMS provided information technology services and enterprise software solutions to major corporations and government agencies. These solutions were leading edge applications of information technology and advanced analytics.
Prior to founding AMS, Pat worked on the staff of the Secretary of Defense in the Office of Systems Analysis, popularly known in the press as “McNamara’s whiz kids.” Earlier, he worked at the General Electric Company.
Pat has been a director of more than two dozen corporations ranging from angel-backed startups to NYSE firms. He has been lead independent director/presiding director of both NYSE and NASDAQ companies. He has served as chairman of the board of two private equity owned companies. He has served on and chaired audit, compensation, and governance and nominating committees. Currently, he serves on two NYSE company boards: Capital One Financial Corporation and Waste Management, Inc. and three NASDAQ company boards: Career Education Corporation, Liquidity Services, Inc., and Taleo Corporation.
Pat holds leadership positions in a number of non-profit organizations: trustee and chairman of the research and policy committee of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), vice chairman of the Council for Excellence in Government, vice chairman of the board of Georgetown University Hospital, and co-founder and former chairman of the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C, He is also a trustee of the Aspen Institute, a trustee of the Federal City Council, a director of the All Kinds of Minds Institute, a director of the Foreign Policy Association, and a member of the advisory board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
He is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Washington Institute for Foreign Affairs, and the Economic Club of Washington.
Pat holds three degrees: BES degree from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi), MSE from the University of Michigan, and MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Senior Research Analyst
Alleghany Capital Partners
Benjamin Levy is a Senior Research Analyst for Alleghany Capital Partners, the equity investment arm of Alleghany Corporation (NYSE: Y). Benjamin assists in the management of Alleghany’s portfolio of public and private equity investments.
Benjamin worked in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs, where he focused on large-cap investments for Goldman’s private equity funds, and served as an observer to the Board of Directors of CCS Corporation, Dollar General Corporation, and Signature Hospital Corporation. Previously, he worked in Citigroup’s Leveraged Finance department, where he assisted private equity sponsors in acquisition financing and leveraged recapitalizations.
Benjamin received a BS in Finance and Accounting in 2004 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Steven Powell, Esq.
Article One Partners
Steven B. Powell is a Co-Founder of Article One Partners. He has extensive experience in institutional finance, having worked on Wall Street for more than two decades. His experience includes senior executive positions at Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and Bear Stearns. He began his career in finance in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers.
Steven also served as CEO of Interacciones Global (“IGI”), a full service Latin American investment bank. In that role, he managed professionals in five countries, including equity and fixed income traders, research analysts and institutional salespeople. IGI was a successful corporate turnaround, with revenues quadrupling and expenses declining by half within 18 months. The firm reached operational break-even ahead of expectations while expanding business lines into other South American countries. During Powell’s tenure, the firm climbed to number one among all locally produced Latin American sell-side research firms whose analysis was followed by buy-side institutional investors.
Steven received his A.B. cum laude from Harvard University, where he was a John Harvard Scholar for high academic achievement. He received his joint J.D./M.B.A. degree from Georgetown University, where he was an Editor of the American Criminal Law Review. He was also a post-graduate Rotary International Fellow in South America. He is an eligible member of the American and Washington, D.C. Bar Associations.
Bret D. Quigley
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Quigley is responsible for the Company’s financial operations, business analysis, financial and operational planning and financial reporting. He also oversees the Company’s technology group and helps lead merger and acquisition efforts.
Mr. Quigley has an extensive and diversified financial, operating and management background. Prior to joining Beecher Carlson, he was a Partner with Atlanta Equity Investors, a private equity firm based in Atlanta. Before that, he started and managed a consulting practice focused on financial services companies. Previously, he spent five years at Hobbs Group as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. At Hobbs Group, he worked closely with Tom Golub to help triple the size of the firm before selling to HRH. Before joining Hobbs Group, Bret spent ten years in investment banking. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Price Waterhouse.
Mr. Quigley graduated number one in his class from both the MBA program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Virginia, where he earned his BS in Commerce. He is a CPA and a member of the board of directors of HMSC Holdings Corp. (d/b/a Swett & Crawford), where he serves as Audit Committee Chairman.
Armins C. Rusis
Executive Vice President, Global Co-Head of Fixed Income
Armins Rusis joined Markit in 2008 as an Executive Vice President and Global Co-Head of Fixed Income, sharing responsibility for the firm’s data and analytics products with Kevin Gould, EVP. Prior to Markit, Mr. Rusis worked at Morgan Stanley for 17 years, most recently as Managing Director and Head of U.S. Credit Trading and Global Head of Securitized and Structured Credit Trading. He was a member of the Morgan Stanley European management committee and served as the Morgan Stanley Board Director of Markit for three years.
Mr. Rusis holds a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.