I am a disbeliever in biographies written in the third-person. To introduce myself, I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters in the same subject from North Carolina State University. I also recently finished my PhD at UC Canterbury in a record-setting time of 26 months, in Electrical Engineering. Around the first year in college, I started PatNMarks and ran the show mostly via the wonders of the internet, accented with frequent trips back home to ensure that the show was going well. I am proud to note that I am successfully leveraging the vast knowledge that my parents possess in the area of Intellectual Property Law, which has been their passion for 30-odd years. I would attribute most of my successes to their clear-headed thinking and rock-solid support.
My own experiences in graduate school and industry, have only re-affirmed my faith in the need for a company that provides technological solutions to legal roadblocks. Intellectual property is a difficult concept to understand. It is made even more complex by the enormous amount of technical jargon, difficulty in identifying where and how the innovator should really highlight her/his invention and most importantly harnessing great technology to do the same.
The most popular question I get from my intellectual, free-thinking friends is "but how do you feel about a patent being granted on turmeric?"; My answer to them has always been that the cancellation of the same is the work that one must keep in perspective, and the debate one should try to inform.
The present CEO of PatNMarks brings over 27 years of experience in Intellectual Property Law, dealing with all aspects of the trade from Litigation to Prosecution of IPRs. Having started his career in Calcutta at a very young age, Mr. S V Nathan's career has spanned many organizations of repute including Steyer Bearings, F.A.G and Otis. Mr. Nathan is well reputed in IP circles and has dealt with several premier institutions, most notably IISc, Biocon and GE. An in-depth knowledge of IPRs as they function and are carried out in the Indian sub-continent gives him a birds-eye view on our primary focus at PatNMarks, boosting Indian Intelletual Property and providing quality advice while keeping in mind the cost-conscious average customer.
v Mr. Nathan's long term vision and strategy are focused clearly on the Indian and Asian markets and economies, which has kept us clear of relying on Outsouring as our primary business model. Patnmarks presently maintains a clientele which is 85% indigenous and will continue along those lines for the forseeable future.
Dr. Greene has been a researcher and consultant for 12 years with a focus on innovation, intellectual capital and learning – the study of how systems, organizations and people react, adapt and improve. His current projects include a framework and search engine for understanding sources of value – including intangible assets and customer behavior.
Previously Dr. Greene was at IBM principally as a researcher at IBM’s Watson Research Labs. At Extreme Blue he was responsible for applied innovation – inventing customer focused solutions, managing projects and teaching promising interns. At IBM, Dr. Greene developed a number of technologies and patented solutions, served on the patent review board, and taught executive seminars on valuation of intangible assets at IBM’s Advanced Business Institute. Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Greene was a consultant with Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation, responsible for complexity modeling and valuation of intangibles. He spent 3 years at GE Corporate R&D developing business and risk models for GE Capital, GE Aircraft Engines and GE Information Systems clients.
Dr. Greene did his Masters in business and a dual Ph.D. (combining robotics and business) at Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on machine-learning and behavioral economics. He was a member of the research faculty in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon and has a wide range of publications and patents in a variety of areas including: genetic algorithms, data mining, knowledge acquisition, adaptive systems, valuation models and risk management.
Dr. Fruland has both her undergraduate and master's degrees are in geology, and she worked as a geologist from 1966 to 1984 for NASA at the Johnson Space Center, and from 1985 to 1997 for Battelle at the Hanford Site in eastern Washington, before returning to graduate school in education. Ruth's research interests concern how systems theory can be applied as a paradigm and methodology at the level of teacher education to develop a systems approach to teaching. To ensure consistency and alignment between teacher education programs in academia and the K-12 system, her research interests also include applying systems theory to develop a suite of coherent, systems-based games and simulations to help students learn both disciplinary and interdisciplinary content and problem-solving skills.
Dr. Gregory Pfister is a recently-retired Distinguished Engineer in IBM's Systems and Technology Group Advanced Technology and Architecture department in Austin, Texas. He is the author of "In Search of Clusters," currently in its second edition and referred to as "the bible of clusters." He has been a leader of computer system architecture, particularly parallel processing, accelerators and appliances, and communications. Dr. Pfister received his Ph.D. from MIT, has taught at MIT and UC Berkeley, and holds over twenty patents. His numerous published papers have received awards at major international conferences.
Dr. Mark Bell is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and a fellow of IEEE. His research interests span the areas of Information theory, communication theory and systems, radar systems and signal processing, signal theory, free-space optical communications.
Mark R. Bell received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Long Beach, in 1981 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1982 and 1988, respectively. From 1979 to 1989 he was employed by Hughes Aircraft Company, Fullerton, CA. At Hughes, he held the positions of Member of the Technical Staff and Staff Engineer and worked in the areas of radar signal processing, electromagnetic scattering, radar target identification, and radar systems analysis. While at Caltech, he was a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow.
Since 1989, he has been on the Faculty of Purdue University, where he is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 1999-2001, he served as Topical Editor of the Optical Society of America Journal Applied Optics, and was responsible for the topical areas of Electromagnetics, Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition, Signal Reconstruction, and Synthetic Aperture Radar. In 1992, he was the recipient of the Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teaching Award in the School of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University.