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    John Cronin

    Managing Director and Chairman (802) 859-7800 jcronin@ipcg.com

    Biography

    John Cronin is Managing Director and Chairman of ipCapital Group, Inc. (“ipCG”), an intellectual property consulting firm. Mr. Cronin founded ipCG in 1998.

     

    ipCG represents the largest IP strategy consulting team in the world. Capitalizing on a lifelong study of creative and inventive thinking processes, business strategy development, and transaction negotiations, Mr. Cronin has created a unique consulting ipCapital SystemTM Methodology. This methodology includes powerful data driven IP Strategy processes which lead to a full Intellectual Asset Management program (IAM). This program provides ipCG clients with unique IP Creation Services for invention extraction, creation and documentation, along with world-class IP Valuation, licensing and transaction processes. The ipCapital System Methodology provides for extraction and documentation of inventions, identifying opportunity and risk, driving transactions to completion, and creating significant market value from IP.

     

    Mr. Cronin has worked with over 1,200 companies and approximately 15% of the Fortune 500, hundreds of mid-size companies and hundreds of startups and governmental laboratories. Over the years, he has become a respected thought leader among executives who wish to align business issues with IP and translate strategies into actionable financial results. Mr. Cronin has inspired and trained thousands of engineers and scientists in the best practices of “how to invent.”

     

    Prior to forming ipCG, Mr. Cronin spent over 17 years at IBM and became its top inventor with over 100 patents and 150 patent publications. He created and ran the IBM Patent Factory, which was essential in helping IBM become number one in US patents, and lead the team that contributed to the startup and success of IBM’s licensing program. Mr. Cronin is also on the Board of Directors of HopTo and Imageware.

    Articles

    Guarding Your Intellectual Propert‪y‬ – SharkPreneur

    John Cronin appears on the SharkPreneur Podcast Hosted by Seth Greene. Listen to this illuminating Sharkpreneur episode with John Cronin about guarding your intellectual property.

    The Blue Gas Revolution Stands on the Shoulders of Past Inventors

    Blue Gas is poised to revolutionize transportation and energy. But what inventions will be needed for it to really take off in our lifetimes?

    How the Big Banks and OIN Can Lock Out Patent Trolls with Enabled Publications

    While some banks may need invention to prevent banking errors, other banks need to solve a different problem: patent infringement. Barclays Bank, TD Bank, and others have joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) to resist litigation threats from patent trolls. For many years, OIN has provided a way to reduce the threat of license and […]

    NASA’s Perseverance Rover: where would we be without science fiction inventors?

    As the Perseverance Rover nears Mars today (an historical event), we should keep in mind that NASA continues to patent many of its new innovations. For decades, the technology they have developed has led to innovations in the private sector. Many of NASA’s patents have recently been released to the public domain, and many of […]

    Solving Citi’s $500 Million Mistake With Invention

    A federal judge has ruled that Citigroup will not be able to retrieve the more $500 million wire that was mistakenly sent to investors in the cosmetics company Revlon. While this influx could be a boon for innovation and IP in the Beauty and Skincare industry, it may be one of the most costly mistakes […]

    Do Investors Care About IP Anymore? When IP Is a Consideration in Devising Investment Strategies

    POSTED BY John Cronin AT 12:20 P.M. Nov 20, 2018 It’s been two decades since Intellectual Property (IP) and its development became a defining element in investment strategies for parties on both sides of the negotiation table. In the late 1990’s, investors wanted their dot-com startup companies to have patents, as it would help the company appear […]

    What should your foreign filing strategy be?

    POSTED BY John Cronin AT 9:22 A.M. Oct 24, 2018 When deciding where to file patents, that is, what other countries should a patent be filed in other than the inventor’s home country, there are important considerations that need to be evaluate and weighed against each other. This creates a “foreign filings decision matrix” approach.  Here are some […]

    John Cronin is the author of “AI Enters the IAM and IP Space as an App Store? You’re Kidding!”

    POSTED BY John Cronin AT 6:28 P.M. Oct 17, 2018 Here is an excerpt from ipCG’s latest whitepaper: What is AI, and what does it have to do with IAM or IP? Artificial Intelligence (AI) goes back to the 1950’s, as defined by Minsky & McCarthy, to be “any task performed by a program or a machine […]

    Virtualized Innovation Labs – No More Physical Innovation Labs Needed

    POSTED BY John Cronin AT 12:46 P.M. Oct 17, 2018 The day has come where large innovation labs built by companies may not be needed. Why spend hundreds of millions to billions of dollars on a physical structure, staffed with creative people and equipped with the best tools, when this all can be virtualized? In this context, […]

    Is Your IT Director Blockading Your AI Development?

    POSTED BY John Cronin AT 11:37 A.M. Oct 9, 2018 When considering starting the AI journey, unlike in the past, it is not enough to have expert people working on the project, installing processes with standard, simplified procedures in a Microsoft Office program or with extremely well-known tools like patent office databases, etc. Now, in order to […]

    Publications

    AI Enters the IAM and IP Space as an App Store? You’re Kidding!

    John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman is the author of “AI Enters the IAM and IP Space as an App Store? You’re Kidding!“. Intro: Artificial Intelligence (AI) goes back to the 1950’s, as defined by Minsky & McCarthy, to be “any task performed by a program or a machine that, if a human carried out the same activity, we would say the human had to apply intelligence to accomplish the task”. This being the case, a lot has happened in almost 70 years since that statement. The history of AI can be easily researched; however, a reasonable definition can also be extracted from examples of how AI is being used and what AI is being used for. More >>

    Identify your Innovation Cosmic Event Before it's too Late!

    A number of acquisitions have appeared in the food and beverage industry in the past several years, including Kraft and Heinz, JAB Holding and Keurig, and most recently the thwarted acquisition of Unilever by Kraft Heinz. Companies would be wise to not only assess the business landscape of potential consolidation in the industry, but consider the IP landscape and patent owner shifts if more of the largest food & beverage corporations merge. More >>

    Why Big Data is Key to Wearables for Sport

    In this publication, Mr. Cronin explores the Sports Wearables space from a variety of perspectives, all viewed through the lens of Intellectual Property. Each perspective provides a variety of insights on the space and provides a glimpse of the future of the technology of Sports Wearables and the IP that protects it. More >>