Marshall Phelps, Chief Executive Officer
Cheryl Milone, Founder and Chairman
Paul DiGiammarino, Senior Vice President, Business Development
Rick Schwartz, Chief Operating Officer
Peter Vanderheyden, Chief Product Officer
Eric Baer, Vice President, Product
Rick Salinas, Vice President, Engineering
Chief Executive OfficerMarshall 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 CEO 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.
Founder and Chairman
Cheryl Milone is the founder and chairman of Article One Partners, the world's largest patent validation community. 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.
Executive Vice President, Business Development
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President, Engineering
Rick is responsible for building and maintaining the platform to support the Article One Partners enterprise. He has over 28 years of experience in software development and IT management.
Most recently, Rick was the Software Development Director with DigitalGlobe. While there Rick lead the software architecture and development teams through the implementation and maintenance of the ground system to support collection of imagery from the satellite constellation, image processing, and delivery of products to customers.
Prior to DigitalGlobe, Rick served as a Senior Development Manger for Sun Microsystems, Inc. In this role Rick was responsible for the design, implementation and support of multiple core self help websites for the Sun Systems Support organization.
Prior to Sun, Rick spent 15 years with U S WEST where he held multiple roles from software developer, Data Architect to Software Development Manger. During this time he worked on various internal systems to help the field engineers design and implement network infrastructure to provide service to residential and business customers.
Rick holds a BS of Computer Science from Colorado State University, and a Masters of Computer Science from the University of Colorado.
Former Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Philips
As the former Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Philips, Peters will be instrumental in contributing to the strategic direction of AOP from his new position on the board. After more than 35 years at Philips, a Global Fortune 500 company and AOP's top client, Peters has shaped the AOP business model with his insights. With this experience, he will be an important member of the team as the company continues to evolve its strategy to meet client demands.
During his time at Philips, Peters was responsible for patent and licensing in a number of fields, including telecommunications, medical systems, and information systems, among others. He has also participated in numerous standards bodies, such as the International Organization for Standardization and European Telecommunications Standards Institute, offering important contributions to current international IP policies.
Chairman, 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.