Board of Directors
Inventergy is the fourth IP-centric startup for Joe, after a 34 year career leading IP licensing for Hewlett-Packard. While at HP, he increased the IP income for the company by 20x in just six years. In addition to driving the IP strategy for HP, he reviewed and approved every IP transaction, including patent licensing, technology licensing, brand licensing, standards based licensing and patent sales & acquisitions.
A corporate veteran with an inventor's soul, Joe developed operating systems, was the lead inventor of the world's first single chip 32bit microprocessor and led M&A, technology partnership, and corporate strategy programs for HP. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois. Joe has been featured twice on the cover of IAM Magazine, most recently along with Steve Jobs and 22 others as the "Top people who helped transform the IP industry in the last decade".
Marshall Phelps was appointed to Inventergy, Inc.'s Board of Directors on May 17, 2013. Mr. Phelps is a leading figure in the field of intellectual property management and performance, pioneering many of its leading strategies, generating unprecedented results and heading IP business and related activities at IBM and Microsoft. As CEO and Board Member of Article One Partners, he is actively engaged in helping businesses and governments improve patent quality and improve the Patent System. Mr. Phelps served as Corporate Vice President at IBM in the 1990s, responsible for overseeing standards, telecommunications policy, industry relations, licensing, intellectual property law and management of a worldwide intellectual property portfolio of more than 35,000 patents and 8,500 trademarks. By actively licensing these and other IP rights, such as trade secrets and copyrights, he transformed a function that had previously been costly overhead to a $2 Billion annual profit center. Prior to heading IP business, he served IBM as Director of Government Relations in Washington and as Vice President of Asia Pacific operations in Tokyo.
From 2002-2010 Mr. Phelps served as Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Licensing, Microsoft Corporation. At Microsoft, his duties entailed worldwide management of the company's intellectual property portfolio, patent prosecution, licensing, standards and business development. He facilitated Microsoft's emergence as one of the world's largest IP companies with over 60,000 patents and applications, extensive copyright holdings and numerous trademarks. In 2006, Mr. Phelps was elected to the initial class of the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame. In 2001 he was founding partner with Nathan Myhrvold of Intellectual Ventures, now the largest acquirer of patents worldwide. His book, "Burning the Ships", Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft, was published in 2009. Mr. Phelps has taught IP strategy at business, law or engineering schools at Duke, Cornell, UNC, and Berkeley and in Japan. He holds a B.A. and D.H.L from Muskingum University, an M.S. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School.
Francis Barton was appointed to Inventergy Global, Inc.'s Board of Directors on June 6, 2014. Mr. Barton also serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Governance, Compensation and Nominating Committee. Previously, Mr. Barton served on Inventergy, Inc.'s Board of Directors starting on December 16, 2013.
From 2008 to present, Mr. Barton serves as Chief Executive Officer in the consulting firm Barton Business Consulting LLC. Prior to this, Mr. Barton served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of UTStarcom, Inc. from 2005 through 2008 and as a director from 2006 through 2008. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Barton was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Atmel Corporation. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Barton was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Broadvision, Inc.
From 1998 to 2001 Mr. Barton was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Barton was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Amdahl Corporation. From 1974 to 1996, Mr. Barton worked at Digital Equipment Corporation, beginning his career as a financial analyst and moving his way up through various financial roles to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Digital Equipment Corporation's Personal Computer Division. Mr. Barton holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Chemical Engineering from Worchester Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a focus in finance from Northeastern University. Mr. Barton serves on the Board of Directors of Etubics Corporation, SoSo Cards, Inc. and Aemetis, Inc. Mr. Barton served on the board of directors of ON Semiconductor from 2008 to 2011. His experience as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer as well as his extensive financial background qualify him for the position.
Robert Gordon was appointed to Inventergy, Inc.'s Board of Directors during the summer of 2014. Mr. Gordon is the Founder and President of R. Gordon & Associates, Inc. (RGA), a wireless telecom equipment and new business development services consulting firm. He is also currently the Principal and Founder of Mobicel Systems, Inc., a design, import and distribution company for in-building wireless technology. Mr. Gordon served on the Board of Directors of eOn Communications.
From 2008-2013, Mr. Gordon was the Director of North America for Quanta Computer, a Taiwan-based global ODM manufacturer of notebook computers and industrial servers. From 1983-1991, he was VP, Product Management of Vodavi Technology Corporation, a business telephone equipment software design company with offshore manufacturing in South Korea and Thailand. Mr. Gordon earned a B.S. in Engineering Technology from the University of Central Florida. He holds U.S. Patents pertaining to telephone set design, as well as a FCC First Class Radiotelephone Operators License. He has also been awarded the CES Innovations Award for Design & Engineering Excellence.
Frank King was appointed to Inventergy, Inc.'s Board of Directors during the summer of 2014. Dr. King is a private investor, and over the past 20 years has served on the Boards of Directors of more than ten public and private technology companies including Sybase, iBasis, State of the Art, Macromedia, eOn Communications and Aleri. His entire career has been focused on software and hardware development.
From 1992 to 1998, Dr. King was President and CEO of Concero, Inc., a company he joined as a startup and led through an IPO in 1997. Prior to joining Concero, Dr. King was Senior VP of the Software Business Group at Lotus Development Corporation, where he was responsible for the development of Lotus 123, graphics and Lotus Notes. Before Lotus, Dr. King held several positions at IBM starting in 1969. During his tenure at IBM, he was involved in several critical projects, including the invention of SQL language, the worldwide standard for accessing relational databases. His last position at IBM was VP of Development responsible for the IBM Personal Computer product line, both hardware and software. Dr. King earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University, a master's degree from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida. From 1963 to 1967, he served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.