Article One Partners is now part of ipCreate.
More information about the ipCreate team can be accessed here

John Cronin

CEO and Chairman, ipCreate 

John Cronin is the founder and CEO of ipCreate, an invention on demand company that partners with global technology companies to create outsourced, off-budget patented inventions to complement their own internal R&D efforts. ipCreate merged with Article One Partners in January 2015.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost patent visionaries, Mr. Cronin has more than 30 years’ leadership experience in the fields of invention and IP creation. To learn more about Mr. Cronin, please visit
the ipCreate website

Peter Vanderheyden


Peter Vanderheyden

Peter Vanderheyden is President 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, Mr. Vanderheyden 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.  Mr. Vanderheyden also spearheaded the first truly semantic search engine for technical/patent content.

Mr. Vanderheyden 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.  Mr. Vanderheyden 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).

Mr. Vanderheyden 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. Mr. Vanderheyden also has a US Patent to his credit.

Eric Baer

Vice President, Product

With over fifteen years of web-based software development experience in roles ranging from software developer to product management, Mr. Baer is responsible for product development and technology at Article One Partners.

Prior to his work at Article One, Mr. Baer was Director, Product Management at PowerSteering Software. He served as the leader of the Lean Six Sigma product, a role in which he closely with leading enterprise clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Praxair, Seagate and United Airlines. Prior to his work at PowerSteering, Mr. Baer worked at Breakthrough Management Group, 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. 

Mr. Baer holds a BA in Finance from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the University of Oregon.  

Cheryl Milone


Cheryl Milone is the founder of Article One Partners, the world’s largest intellectual property research community. Ms. Milone created the global online community to add a crucial level of review to the global patent system — ensuring strong, high quality, legitimate patents to help fuel innovation.

Ms. Milone is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a recognized thought leader.  She is currently Chief Marketing Officer at ipCreate.  To learn more about Ms. Milone, please visit the ipCreate website