Robert Berman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Berman has experience in a broad variety of areas including finance, acquisitions, marketing, and the development, licensing, and monetization of intellectual property. He was recently the CEO of IP Dispute Resolution Corporation, a consulting company focused on patent monetization. Prior to IPDR, Mr. Berman was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Acacia Research Corporation. Mr. Berman has been quoted in numerous articles on patent monetization and is a frequent speaker on patent licensing and enforcement including programs at Harvard Law School, and UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. Mr. Berman received a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a J. D. from Northwestern Law School.
Tisha Stender, Chief Operating Officer and Legal Counsel
During the past 15 years, Ms. Stender has orchestrated every aspect of the patent licensing lifecycle, from inception to monetization. She is proficient in designing, developing, and implementing complex patent licensing campaigns that have generated over $250m of corporate revenue. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Licensing for Acacia Research where she was front-and-center in structuring and negotiating dozens of patent license, settlement and purchase agreements. Prior to her nine years at Acacia, she served as general counsel to a group of European companies. She began her legal career by obtaining big law firm experience at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP and Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP. Ms. Stender received a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. in organizational development from Loyola University Chicago. She has a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Consumer Law Review. She is admitted to practice law in Texas, California, and New York.
Henry Herms, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance
Mr. Herms has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Vice President – Finance since 2000 and as our Chief Financial Officer from 1982 to 1987. Mr. Herms has over 35 years of experience as a financial manager in both public and private companies and over 7 years experience as a manager and CPA at a major public accounting firm. His background in public accounting and at public companies gives him extensive knowledge of Securities and Exchange Commission matters including quarterly and annual reports and registration statements. He holds a B.B.A. degree from Adelphi University.
John Roop, Senior Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Roop has 18 years of experience analyzing and evaluating patents for acquisition and licensing, and over 20 years of experience as a Silicon Valley design engineer and engineering executive. He was Sr. Vice President of Engineering at Acacia Research and was instrumental in developing Acacia’s patent acquisition operations. Previously, Mr. Roop was a co-founder and Sr. Vice President of Engineering at StarSight Telecast, a pioneering developer of electronic program guides, and Vice President of Engineering at VSAT Systems, Inc., a satellite telecommunications systems developer. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Daniel Henry, Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Henry is an experienced executive with extensive knowledge in the monetization of intellectual property assets. He has worked in all phases of the market – acquisitions, sales, assertion & licensing, and has generated return on investment for the inventors, patent owners and businesses with whom he has collaborated. Mr. Henry was most recently Vice President, Licensing for Personal Audio LLC, an inventor owned company. Mr. Henry was responsible for licensing the Company’s patented inventions that allow for the storing and playing of audio and video files, including episodic content on smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. Previously, Mr. Henry was Vice President, Business Development for WiLAN, a publicly-traded patent licensing company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. Mr. Henry focused on leading the acquisition of IP assets and developing new business initiatives. Before joining WiLAN, Mr. Henry was Senior Vice President at ICAP Patent Brokerage, where he advised clients on the sale and acquisition of valuable IP assets. In his two years with ICAP, Mr. Henry generated millions of dollars from patent sales to U.S. and foreign corporations, venture investors and patent aggregators. Prior to ICAP, Mr. Henry was a partner with Altitude Capital Partners, where he conceived and executed the business development program as well as the firm’s strategic relationships with corporate IP holders and other IP professionals. In his four years with Altitude, the fund committed more than $120 million in 18 separate transactions. Mr. Henry is a practised speaker on intellectual property and value generation, and has presented at industry conferences since 2005. Mr. Henry has been named one of Intellectual Asset Magazine’s leading 300 IP Strategists annually since its inception and is a member of the IPO.
Anthony Campisi, Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Campisi has been responsible for Research & Development and Intellectual Property at ITUS Corporation for over 19 years. Prior to his employment with ITUS, Mr. Campisi was President of Cardinal Microsystems Corp. a company that designed and manufactured the video system for AT&T’s emergency 911 system. Earlier, Mr. Campisi worked as a Principal Design Engineer for Hauppauge Digital Inc. where he developed many PC and multiprocessor Motherboard products. Mr. Campisi was also employed as an ASIC Design Engineer for the New Product Development Group at Standard Microsystems Corp. where he had designed and developed Large Scale Integrated Circuits for both the Video and Local Area Network markets. Anthony Campisi holds a BS in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook along with additional graduate studies in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Bob DePirro, Vice President of Engineering
Mr. DePirro has 11 years of experience analyzing and evaluating patents for acquisition and licensing. Before joining ITUS Corporation, he was Vice President of Engineering at Acacia Research and, as part of the original engineering team, helped develop Acacia’s patent analysis program. Previously, Mr. DePirro was Senior Vice President of Media Technology at Intertainer, a pioneer in the video-on-demand industry and a Senior Systems Engineer with Vanstar, one of the nation’s largest systems integrators.
Ron Tenio, Vice President of Investor Relations
Mr. Tenio has over 30 years of experience in the communications industry; 18 of them with ITUS Corporation. Career progression began in the USMC supporting air control systems; then as a field service technician and service manager at Panafax Corp. As the National Account Service Manager, Mr. Tenio helped to create an effective national sales, service and support program for Panasonic’s office products and later as the Fax Marketing Manager of Panafax products at Panasonic Communications and Systems Company. Mr. Tenio managed the marketing and sales of ITUS’s display and encryption products interfacing with dealers, distributors and customers.