Keith Bergelt

Chief Executive Officer

Keith Bergelt is the chief executive officer of Open Invention Network (OIN), the collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. In this capacity he is directly responsible for enabling, influencing and defending the integrity of the Linux ecosystem. Central to the achievement of his goals is the acquisition and transfer of patent rights designed to permit members of the Linux ecosystem to operate free of the threat of assertion and litigation from those whose business models are antithetical to innovation and global economic growth in information technology and computing.

Prior to joining the Open Invention Network, Mr. Bergelt served as president and CEO of two Hedge Funds – Paradox Capital and IPI – formed to unlock the considerable asset value of patents, trademarks and copyrights in middle market companies. Paradox and IPI were the first Funds of their kind to offer specialty lending products supported exclusively by intellectual property. Driven by Mr. Bergelt’s creativity and entrepreneurial approach, these funds enabled the emergence of patents, trademarks and copyrights as a viable source of collateral in asset-based loans, forever reshaping the emerging IP Finance landscape.

During Mr. Bergelt’s stewardship of these IP-based lending activities, he raised more than $300 million dollars and financed portfolio companies of private equity firms including Texas Pacific Group, Kelso & Co., JH Whitney, Weston Presidio, Goode Partners, Palladium Capital and Castanea Partners, among others.

Previously, Mr. Bergelt served as a senior advisor to the technology investment division at Texas Pacific Group. He also headed business development, intellectual property and licensing for the Kelso & Company portfolio company Cambridge Display Technology in the United Kingdom. Additionally, he established and served as General Manager of the Strategic Intellectual Asset Management business unit at Motorola Corporation and served as Motorola’s director of Technology Strategy.

Mr. Bergelt was a co-founder of the Intellectual Property Advisory Practice within the Electronics and Telecommunications Industry group at SRI Consulting in Menlo Park, California.

Prior to his extensive private sector experience, Mr. Bergelt served for twelve years as a diplomat with postings at the United Nations in NY and the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan where he was involved in the negotiation of IP rights protection in Asia.

Mr. Bergelt holds an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Duke University, a Jurist Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Theseus Institute in France. He is a frequent speaker on corporate strategy, finance and intellectual property management.

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Keith Bergelt

Keith Bergelt

Chief Executive Officer

Mirko Boehm

Director, Linux System Definition

Mirko Boehm is the Director of the Linux System Definition for Open Invention Network. Mirko Boehm has been involved with KDE since 1997 and was a board member of KDE e.V. from 1999 to 2006. He joined KDAB in 2005 as a Qt software developer, becoming managing director there before he left in June 2011. He is a researcher at the Technical University of Berlin, on the subject of Free Software and intellectual property. He is also an executive for Endocode, a consultancy that gives advice to businesses on how to collaborate with Free Software communities, and make the transition to it.

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Mirko Boehm

Mirko Boehm

Director, Linux System Definition

Andrea Casillas

Director of Linux Defenders

Andrea Casillas is the Director of Linux Defenders for Open Invention Network. Prior to Open Invention Network, Andrea was Director of Peer To Patent and Assistant Director for the Center for Patent Innovations at New York Law School. As Director, she presented at Innovate / Activate, Pace Law School and participated at the Peer Review Prior Art Roundtable at WIPO headquarters in Geneva. Additionally, she taught the Peer To Patent Project Based Learning Course and assisted teaching the Expertnet and Innovate / Active Tech Law Labs. Andrea Casillas is a graduate of New York Law School, and she holds a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Arizona State University.

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Andrea Casillas

Andrea Casillas

Director of Linux Defenders

Shane Coughlan

Global Director of Licensing

Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication methods and business development. He is best known for building bridges between commercial and non-commercial stakeholders in the technology sector. His professional accomplishments include establishing a legal department for the main NGO promoting Free Software in Europe, building a professional network of over 270 legal counsel and technical experts across 4 continents, and aligning corporate and community interests to launch the first law review dedicated to Free/Open Source Software.

Shane has extensive knowledge of Internet technologies, management best practice, community building and Free/Open Source Software. His experience includes engagement with the server, desktop, embedded and mobile telecommunication industries. With relationships in Europe, Asia and the Americas, he maintains a broad network of contacts.

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Shane Coughlan

Shane Coughlan

Global Director of Licensing

Ed Meintzer

CFO & Director of Communications

Edward Meintzer is Chief Financial Officer and Director of Communications at Open Invention Network, the collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. Prior to joining Open Invention Network, Mr. Meintzer served as Executive Managing Director and head of business development for two award winning investment funds that were formed to offer asset based loans and credit enhancements collateralized primarily by intellectual property. These firms were the first of their kind to offer debt capital supported by patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

In addition to raising over $300 million in investment capital, Mr. Meintzer has been responsible for the origination, underwriting, and structuring of a number of transactions, including loans to Rachel Ashwell, Wise Foods, Cranium, and BCBG Max Azria. Mr. Meintzer has financed portfolio companies of private equity firms such as Texas Pacific Group, Kelso & Co., JH Whitney, Weston Presidio, Goode Partners, and Palladium Equity Partners.

Mr. Meintzer previously served as a loan syndications and corporate and investment banking professional with Wachovia Securities. He has expertise in structuring debt capital of all types, including senior debt, IP-based loans, and junior secured and mezzanine investments. Mr. Meintzer has been involved in bank and bond transactions that have totaled over $12 billion in capital raised. His transaction experience includes deals across a diverse set of industries, and his clients have ranged in size from middle market to large corporate entities.

Prior to joining Wachovia, Mr. Meintzer spent eight years with the United States Navy as a submarine officer. During that time, he served as the Main Propulsion Assistant on board the nuclear attack submarine U.S.S. Birmingham (SSN695), and later as an export licensing officer in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Mr. Meintzer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.

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Ed Meintzer

Ed Meintzer

CFO & Director of Communications

Deb Nicholson

Director of Community Outreach

Deb Nicholson works at the intersection of technology and social justice. She has been a free speech advocate, economic justice organizer and civil liberties defender. After working in Massachusetts politics for fifteen years, she became involved in the free software movement at the Free Software Foundation. She is currently the Community Outreach Director at the Open Invention Network and the Community Manager at Media Goblin, a GNU project dedicated to building decentralized media hosting. She also serves on the board at Open Hatch, a non-profit dedicated to providing tools and education for potential new free software contributors. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Deb Nicholson

Deb Nicholson

Director of Community Outreach
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