Sivashree leads our human resources functions, including development, performance management, talent acquisition, employee retention, training and development, employee experience, and general administration.
Bommi founded MaxVal in 2004 to help companies optimize the management of patent lifecycle and maximize the value of their patents. His initial efforts in monetizing patents in the life sciences arena has led to a sophisticated approach at MaxVal for processing patent portfolios in various sectors for monetization. Bommi has assembled a talented team that operates globally to develop high quality, cost-effective solutions for patent groups.
Bommi's patent experience started as an inventor while a graduate student, then becoming a patent agent at his job as a research scientist, followed by various stints at the Bay area's many prestigious law firms such as Morrison Foerster, Cooley Godward, and Thelen Reid & Priest and in-house at companies like Alza. Bommi's exposure to patent practice at law firms and in-house has given him a unique perspective that has laid the foundation for many of the solutions offered by MaxVal. Before founding MaxVal, Bommi was the CEO at NTERO Surgical, Inc., a medical device company that he co-founded with support from Menlo Ventures, where he learned to handle the challenges of raising capital, assembling a top notch team and developing products.
Bommi's work experience includes research and management positions at Merck, Cygnus, and Alza. He is an inventor on more than 20 patents and has published more than 50 articles in scientific journals. He received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from a joint program between UCSF and UC, Berkeley and his law degree (JD) from Stanford Law School (Order of the Coif). He is a registered patent attorney (USPTO and California).
Suresh leads our India operations driving overall delivery, performance, quality and process improvements. He brings with him over 19 years of highly diverse experience in managing business operations and service delivery- consulting, process and technology outsourcing. Suresh also brings with him vast experience in Global Transitions having worked with large US corporations such as GE and SGS across geographies managing large cross functional teams and solution designing.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and Masters in Management from EMPI Business School, Delhi.
He is a Six sigma champion and has mentored several projects and lean initiatives.
Nizar Jamal is the Chief Technology Officer of MaxVal Group, Inc. He is responsible for the overall product development and technology strategies at MaxVal.
Previously, Nizar was the CTO at Tyfone - an Omni channel banking and cybersecurity solution provider, a Managing Director of client-facing technologies at UBS in Switzerland where he was responsible for mobile and social platforms across UBS, and a co-founder of Impelsys - a digital publishing solutions provider where he led the implementation of their cloud-based software as a service strategy and transformed the organization from its former direct service approach. Prior to Impelsys, Nizar spent several years in the San Francisco Bay Area with enterprise software, network infrastructure and security industry startups. Nizar has his educational training in Electrical & Electronics (BE), graduate studies in Computer Science (Univ. of Wisconsin and UC, Davis) and Advanced Management studies from IIM, Bangalore.
As head of Sales and Marketing, Kurt is responsible for all customer-facing messaging and business development, ensuring professionalism with all interactions.
With over 30 years of sales, marketing, product and customer service experience, with close to 20 of those in IP, Kurt joins MaxVal with a track record of success delivering technological value to customers and prospects. Kurt’s experience at Oracle, Netscape, MarkMonitor, and more recently First To File, CPA Global, and Lecorpio, have given him an appreciation of putting the customer first, and he looks forward to bringing this passion to MaxVal. Kurt received his undergraduate degree from Vassar College and his masters from J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jonathan is a registered patent attorney focusing on patent preparation and prosecution, classification of patent portfolios in technology areas including medical devices, biotechnology, and software. Jonathan is experienced in large-scale patent portfolio analysis and evaluation. Jonathan also specializes in post grant patent matter including patent term adjustment calculations and petition drafting. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and an M.S. in Physiology from Georgetown University. He received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Vice President, Professional Services Organization
As head of the Professional Services Organization (PSO), Murali is responsible for representing client interests and implementing MaxVal products and services. This includes implementing and supporting MaxVal's Symphony, Max-IDS, and Annuity Payment products.
Murali brings more than 25 years of technology leadership experience in optimizing business processes and implementing enterprise software solutions for industry-leading organizations.
Most recently, Murali was the CPO at PayPal. He was responsible for implementing technology solutions for multiple legal verticals, including eDiscovery, Legal Operations, Contracts Management, Law Enforcement, and IP Management. Prior to PayPal, he was at eBay managing their legal enterprise technology strategies and Altera's ERP implementation.
Murali holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from SJCE and a Master of Technology from IIT, Kharagpur, India.
Vice President, Patent Preparation and Prosecution
Shankar leads MaxVal's Indian Patent Preparation and Prosecution team, who assists the US team. Shankar joined MaxVal in 2006 with patent searching. He is registered to practice before the Indian Patent Office since 2010 and currently manages a team of patent agents and analysts, providing patent drafting, prosecution, defensive publication, and patent proofreading services. He has a strong technical background with decades of engineering work experience in the materials science space. Shankar holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from IIT Madras.
Tom heads our patent illustrations group. He began his career as a draftsman in 1995, working in-house at Heartport, Inc. After leaving Heartport, he started a small drafting firm and began providing patent illustrations to many established companies' IBM, Medtronic, Plantronics' and prominent law firms' Fenwick & West, Townsend Townsend & Crew, Burns Doane. Tom and his team became part of MaxVal in 2006. His experience has been instrumental in growing this team and practice. Since 2006, Maxval Drawings has illustrated patents for an impressive roster of clients like Apple, Abbott, Roku, RIM, Jawbone, Clif Bar, Thule, Intuitive Surgical, Google.
Savi leads the Client Success team at MaxVal, responsible for successful client partnerships, driving client satisfaction, retention and growth (R&G) of our client accounts. She is an IP lawyer by qualification and brings with her over 16 years’ experience in designing, implementing and managing intellectual property processes. She has successfully handled large engagements and business transitions for fortune 500 companies and top global law firms. She has set up and managed IP support services business, authored research papers, articles and participated in Global IP conferences as a speaker.
Savi is passionate about blending technology solutions with IP process rigour, to drive superior results for clients. As a client partner, she seeks to work closely with clients in designing custom solutions leveraging from MaxVal technology and process expertise.
Associate Vice President, Services and Client Success
Bala heads the Services and Client Success at MaxVal. He started as the first employee of the India operations in 2005 and rose through the ranks to head the Services group and has been active in growing the India operations. Bala has a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Patent Law.
Ashwin leads Product engineering team to achieve technology transformation of our products and solutions that adapt to the needs of an evolving global consumer and business. He has about 12 years of experience from Oracle where he developed and managed strategic programs including the IPR and Patenting Program. Ashwin was also an accredited trainer from the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) for the foundation course in Intellectual Asset Management. He has an undergraduate degree in B.E (Hons) Electrical and electronics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Management for Marketing and Information Management from Management Development Institute.
Venkat heads our software development center in Coimbatore, India. He brings over 27 years of Information Technology experience and leadership in bespoken Software Development, ERP Implementation, technology solutions delivery and IT Professional Services to global clients. Prior to Maxval, Venkat's experience includes heading the IT Solutions to various verticals (Banking, Port Management, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Logistics). Venkat has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, Post Graduate Diploma in Systems Design and Development and certificate courses in IT Software Projects Management.
Susan has been in the IP portfolio management sector for over 15 years. She has a J.D. and in addition to working at MaxVal as the Director of Customer Success, she is an Adjunct Law Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she developed the curriculum and teaches a course in Intellectual Asset Management. Prior to joining MaxVal, Susan helped build the customer base at IPfolio as the only sales person for the first three years of the then start up IP management software company.
Lakshmikanth heads the Database Services group at MaxVal. He brings in over 22 years of experience in servicing clients worldwide in diverse fields such as Engineering, Technology, Software Development, Business development and ITES. Most recently, he worked at Bosch, a global leader in automotive technology and services and home appliances. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (ECE) degree and holds a Diploma in Electronics (with specialization in Instrumentation).
Sivashree leads our human resources functions, including development, performance management, talent acquisition, employee retention, training and development, employee experience, and general administration. Prior to joining MaxVal, she worked for a few different global technology companies for more than 15 years.
She was a Director of HR Operations at Owler, a competitive insights crowdsourcing platform company. Before Owler, she was with Exterro, an e-discovery and information governance software company handling the HR and general administration. She is a Post Graduate in Business Administration and Human Resources.
Mike is a problem solver in the field of Intellectual Property and is responsible for managing the Search & Analytics team at MaxVal. Mike has been providing solutions that satisfy customers' critical intellectual property management needs for 20 years. Mike has previous experience in IP and general litigation. Prior to his legal career, Mike worked in engineering and geological sciences at Halliburton. Mike holds a Bachelor's degree from Colby College and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law.
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