Comings & Goings: Finjan Holdings Taps Ivan Chaperot to Support IP Licensing Programs
February 07, 2014
One of the biggest developing markets these days isn't in a BRIC nation. Rather, it’s everywhere, and its impact has been seen in companies from Apple (News - Alert) and Samsung to the smallest of entities. The industry is intellectual property (IP) licensing, and it's a field that's been getting a lot of attention these days. Finjan (News - Alert) Holdings is no different on this front, and as such, has brought in former Intel executive Ivan Chaperot to serve as the company's newly-minted vice president of IP licensing.
At last report, Finjan Holdings has never had a vice president of IP licensing, so Chaperot represents the first such person to hold the role. Chaperot will report directly to Finjan Holdings President Phil Hartstein, and will be tasked with carrying on Finjan Holdings' current running strategy of “granting IP licenses while fostering innovation in the cybersecurity sector.”
Finjan holds a wide array of patents specifically geared toward advances in cybersecurity, including a breed of software that can actively detect malicious code, and thus offer protection for an organization by preventing such software from running. Some of Finjan Holdings' patents include methods for protecting client systems from “hostile downloadables,” caching on secure gateways, a monitoring system for mobile code, and providing a “security context” to downloadables. This gives the company quite a bit of ammunition when it comes to cybersecurity.
Before arriving at Finjan Holdings, Chaperot worked at Intel, handling patent acquisitions and licensing transactions. He also previously served as a licensing executive at Intellectual Ventures (News - Alert), where he was involved in the management and licensing of the company’s patent portfolio, which at last report was valued at over $100 million. Chaperot has facilitated patent sales and licensing operations throughout both the United States and Europe and is a member of both the Licensing Executive Society (LES) and LES International. What’s more, he is a European and French patent attorney, as well as an author and lecturer on the subject of licensing and financial valuation.
The combination of Chaperot and Finjan Holdings looks like an excellent fit. Not only does Finjan Holdings have a fairly extensive roster of patents to its credit, but Chaperot himself has a fairly extensive roster of experience when it comes to managing such patents. It certainly looks, at least on the surface, like a fine match-up. So, having Chaperot in the field handling Finjan’s intellectual property may well mean a more accelerated dispersal of said patents, bringing out new technologies to the field and improving the lives of users everywhere by making for better security products that help keep data safer.
Only time will tell just what kind of impact Chaperot's guidance will have on Finjan Holdings' operations, as well as what kind of products will be brought about through the use of its patents. The key takeaway, though, is that we have a much better chance of seeing new advancements in cybersecurity and beyond, even in the comparatively short term.
Edited by Blaise McNamee