Keith Bergelt

CEO at Open Invention Network LLC
Ranked in Defensive patent aggregation, Finance, IAM/IC, IP management consultancy, IP-backed lending, Legal, Licensing, Valuation
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Keith Bergelt is as cultured and polished as any IP professional in the world. A leading open source authority, he has an exceptionally well-rounded knowledge encompassing business development, IP finance, asset management and strategy.

Keith Bergelt's Profile

Keith Bergelt is CEO of Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, created to support freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software. Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Sony, SUSE and Toyota, OIN has more than 3,400 community members and owns more than 1,100 global patents and applications. As CEO, Mr Bergelt 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.

Before joining OIN, Mr Bergelt was 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. During Mr Bergelt’s stewardship of these IP-based lending activities, he raised more than $300 million 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 was a senior adviser 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 holds an artium baccalaureus from Duke University, a JD from Southern Methodist University School of Law and an MBA from Theseus Institute in France. He is a frequent speaker on corporate strategy, finance and IP management.

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