Rupert founded IPfolio in 2012, after being part of Unycom’s growth story in various roles for almost a decade. Before Unycom, he had started his first business by developing the first commercial docketing system for Austrian IP law firms. Active in the field of intellectual property management software for his entire career, Rupert knows the IP software market and requirements in and out. He has worked closely with more than 100 companies and dozens of law firms on all aspects of the IP management process, ranging from docketing to IP workflow automation to inventor incentive programs, strategic reporting, competitive intelligence, and portfolio management.

Rupert holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Vienna University of Technology and has lived in Denmark, Austria, Germany, Spain and the United States.


Damian is responsible for all growth-related activities at IPfolio. He joined the company in 2015 after fifteen years in special projects, litigation support and e-discovery in law firms and on the professional services side, overseeing complex services delivery for major corporate clients. He brings a varied experience from applying technology and project management to varied aspects of law practice, to marketing and business development.

Damian holds a BSc (Soc Sci) from Southampton University and a JD from University of California Hastings College of the Law.

 

 


Kevin joined IPfolio in early 2014 after holding various positions as customer support manager, implementation consultant, project leader, and product manager throughout the IP management software industry for more than a decade. In previous jobs, he established a reputation as a “firefighter” who can save even the most troubled client relationships with his unique combination of problem-solving and communication skills. He has not needed his fire-fighting capabilities at IPfolio and can now thrive on helping customers to be even more successful with his fast-growing team.

Kevin holds a B.A. in German Literature from Towson University and an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. His foreign language skills, which currently cover German, Spanish and Italian, make him a particularly excellent fit for IPfolio’s global-minded team.


Susan is a licensed attorney with a 15-year track record in marketing and sales of intellectual property management software and related services at several major players in the industry. She joined IPfolio in 2012 and is responsible for guiding and supporting new prospects on their way from initial contact to signed contract. As an expert in Intellectual Asset Management, she also teaches the subject at William Mitchell College of Law to help students understand how intellectual property law and rights intersect with business and the economy on both a global scale and in industry segments.

Susan holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a JD in law from William Mitchell College of Law. She is passionate about client relationships, intellectual asset management and business development.


Paul Huffman is a technology professional with 18 years experience in Corporate IT, serving IPfolio in a dual role as Director of Information Security and Senior Solution Architect. Before joining IPfolio, he was a senior leader in the IT group at a global public relations firm where he had dual roles as well. As a group manager, Paul was responsible for IT operations for the agency’s West Coast offices, including planning and implementing Corporate IT security policies. He honed his project management and consulting skills as the leader of the company’s “Technology Consulting” initiative, which focused on finding and implementing innovative IT solutions.

Paul holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles.


Fernando is a seasoned executive who is currently responsible for the Molecular Diagnostics business in the Healthcare division of Siemens AG as its Managing Director. Fernando knows how to run a business, lead a senior team, acquire the right talent and keep a winning momentum. He is a valued advisor to IPfolio on various issues related to finance, organization, compliance and recruiting.

Fernando got his Masters Degree in Business Administration at the European Business School in Madrid and later deepened his management training at INSEAD and Babson College. His career at Siemens has taken him from Madrid to Munich, Mexico City, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area.


Christoph is the CEO of Austrian IT Services company Webquake, and a longtime business partner from Rupert’s pre-IPfolio ventures. He had his first touchpoint with patents in the 1990’s when working in DaimlerChrysler’s IT services group on a software project for the Austrian Patent Office. This experience led him to create a web-based patent information service several years later, which he built into Unycom’s successful PatentPilot business together with Rupert from 2004 on. Christoph complements our board with his entrepreneurial vision and deep experience related to IT security and operations.

Christoph studied Telematics and Telecoms Engineering at the Technical University of Graz. He thrives on challenging IT projects, such as delivering broadband TV streaming to superyachts and engineering a high-security datacenter in a former mine tunnel in the Austrian Alps.