Keith Bergelt

Chief Executive Officer at Open Invention Network LLC

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, Red Hat, Sony, SUSE and Toyota, OIN has more than 2,900 OIN community members and owns more than 1,300 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.

IAM says

Keith Bergelt and his Open Invention network are “re-thinking how IP rights should be shared”. “Keith has consistently operated at the cutting edge of intellectual property for many years and is more than worthy of the title of leading IP strategist.”

Professional associations

  • IPO
  • LES

Sectors

  • Defensive patent aggregation
  • Finance
  • IAM/IC
  • IP management consultancy
  • IP-backed lending
  • Legal
  • Licensing
  • Valuation

Firm details

Open Invention Network LLC
Research Triangle Park Centre
4819 Emperor Boulevard
Suite 400
Durham NC 27703
United States

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