Spherix Incorporated was launched in 1967 as a scientific research company.
Today Spherix presently offers a diversified commercialization platform for protected technologies.
Spherix is committed to advancing innovation by active participation in all areas of the patent market. Spherix draws on portfolios of pioneering technology patents to partner with and support product innovation. Through its recently announced acquisition of over a hundred patents from Rockstar Consortium Inc and its previously announced acquisition of several hundred patents issued to Harris Corporation, Spherix intends to expand its activities in wireless communications and telecommunication sectors including antenna technology, Wi-Fi, base station functionality, and cellular. Spherix recently announced a second settlement and license agreement under the CompuFill patents, which were acquired in September 2013, that provides further validation of the company's capabilities to drive value from its ever growing IP portfolio.
Anthony C. Hayes is an attorney and former partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, an AMLaw 100 firm. Mr. Hayes has successfully monetized patents through a wide variety of monetization methods, including price arbitrage and litigation licensing brought against companies such as Cisco, Broadcom, Nokia, Ericsson, Tellabs, and Alcatel-Lucent. Mr. Hayes has received national recognition during his legal career, including: Special recognition by President George W. Bush, American Board of Trial Advocates Young Lawyer of the Year; and City of Columbia "20 Under 40." Mr. Hayes earned a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law in 1995 and his B.A. in Economics from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1990.
Mr. Cohen joins Spherix after spending three years with CorMedix Inc., where he served as President, and a member of its board. Mr. Cohen was also a member of the board of directors of Dune Energy Inc. from 2008-2012 and served as a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Rodman and Renshaw from 2008 to 2012.
Mr. Dotson attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and received a B.S. in Biology in 1988 and a second B.S. Degree in Zoology in 1989. After graduating from college, he attended The University of Texas Health/Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston, Texas, where he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1994. After graduate school, he attended University of Houston Law Center where he earned a J.D. in 1997.He is licensed to practice in all state courts in Texas and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is also licensed in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas. For the past 13 years, Darrell has specialized in intellectual property litigation, including analysis of the infringement, validity and enforceability of patents.
Frank Reiner is a seasoned and experienced patent licensing and monetization professional. Located in Silicon Valley and employed as the Vice President of Global Licensing for the Kudelski Group where his primary role is licensing a digital video patent portfolio. Prior to that Frank was the Vice President of Patent Licensing and Acquisition for Flextronics International Ltd. where he managed patent assertions made against Flextronics designed products and was responsible for building a defensive patent portfolio via internal innovation, invention and through patent acquisitions. Previously, Frank was a Partner at Intellectual Value Creation Services, LLC whose charter was to work as a patent monetization team for the IP Investment Group at Coller Capital supporting patent acquisitions, sales and licensing both from a technical and business perspective. Frank started his patent and licensing career at InterDigital Communications, LLC as the Senior Director of Licensing where he was responsible for InterDigital’s patent licensing program in the cellular and wireless space. He participated in numerous patent license negotiations and patent infringement litigations, and he supported, patent prosecution and the management of existing patent license agreements. Frank started his career as a software engineer in the defense industry where he developed high-end aircraft and tank simulators for the U.S. military. He achieved multiple positions of higher responsibility at General Electric, Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin. He received a BS in Computer Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MBA from Villanova University.
The Technology Advisory Board of Spherix Incorporated was formed to help provide compensation to inventors of patent portfolios acquired by Spherix so that the inventors can share in proceeds related to the commercialization of their ideas and to provide advice, support, theories, techniques and improvements to the Company’s technologies and business model by leading IP professionals.
Bruce Tsuji received his BSc in psychology from Trent University and his MA from the University of Waterloo. His early career focused on user interface design followed by a series of positions in product management, marketing, and business development for organizations in the fields of business intelligence, telecommunications, network security, consulting, crisis management, and web services. He has co-founded 2 start-ups and is a co-inventor on 8 patents. After 25 years of technology experience, Bruce returned to university and completed his PhD in psychology at Carleton University where he now teaches human-computer interaction and psychology.
Dr. Robert J. Vander Zanden, Board Member since 2004, was elected Chairman of the Board in early 2009. Having served as a Vice President of R&D with Kraft Foods International, he brings a long and distinguished career in applied technology, product commercialization, and business knowledge of the food science industry to Spherix. In his 30-year career, he has been with ITT Continental Baking Company as a Product Development Scientist; with Ralston Purina's Protein Technology Division as Manager Dietary Foods R&D; with Keebler as Group Director, Product and Process Development; with Grupo Gamesa, a Frito-Lay Company, as Vice President, Technology; and with Nabisco as Vice President of R&D for their International Division. With the acquisition of Nabisco by Kraft Foods, he became the Vice President of R&D for Kraft's Latin American Division. Dr. Vander Zanden retired from Kraft Foods in 2004. He currently holds the title of Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Clemson University, where he also is a member of their Industry Advisory Board. His focus on achieving product and process innovation through training, team building and creating positive working environments has earned him multiple awards for product and packaging innovation. Dr. Vander Zanden holds a Ph.D. in Food Science and an M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Kansas State University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, where he was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2002.
Douglas T. Brown, Spherix Board Member since 2004, is Senior Vice President and Manager of the Corporate Banking Government Contracting Group for PNC Bank N.A., Washington, DC. Mr. Brown has been with PNC and its predecessor bank, Riggs Bank, since 2001 and previously worked for Bank of America, N.A. and its predecessor banks for 16 years as a Loan Officer, as well as a manager of Loan Officers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Subsequent to 1990, the majority of Mr. Brown's customers were companies that provided services to Federal and State Governments. Mr. Brown holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from American University and a graduate degree from The Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware.
Mr. Ballabon, Spherix Board Member since 2014, is a founding partner of B2 Strategic, an international consulting firm. Prior to his work at B2, Mr. Ballabon was CEO of Innovative Communications Technologies, Inc. where he managed litigation and licensing efforts that ultimately led to the company’s spin-off as a public company. He is well known in New York and Washington circles as a media expert, political innovator and business visionary with a practical focus on successful, results-oriented outcomes. He has headed communications, government relations and public policy departments of major media corporations including CBS News, Primedia and Court TV. He has provided policy and government affairs representation to investment funds, non-profits and political candidates. Mr. Ballabon twice has been a Presidential Appointee and served as Legislative Counsel to US Senator John Danforth (R-MO) and as Republican Counsel to the Consumer Subcommittee of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and is a member of the Board of Directors of American Innovators for Patent Reform.
Mr. Ledwick is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Management Health Solutions, a private equity-backed company that provides software solutions and services to hospitals focused on reducing costs through superior inventory management practices. In addition, since 2012 he has served on the board and Chair of the Audit Committee of Telkonet, Inc. (TKOI) a smart energy management technology company. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Ledwick provided CFO consulting services to a $150 million services firm and, in addition, from 2007-2008 also acted as special advisor to The Dellacorte Group, a middle market financial advisory firm focused on transactions between $100 million and $1 billion. From 2002 through 2006, Tim was a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Vice President-CFO of Dictaphone Corporation playing a lead role in developing a business plan which revitalized the company, resulting in the successful sale of the firm and delivering a seven times return to shareholders. From 2001-2002, Ledwick was brought on as CFO to lead the restructuring efforts of Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, a Belgium-based NASDAQ listed speech technology company, whose market cap had at one point reached a high of $9 billion. From 1999 through 2001, he was CFO of Cross Media Marketing Corp, an $80 million public company headquartered in New York City, playing a lead role in the firm`s acquisition activity, tax analysis and capital raising. Mr. Ledwick is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants and received his BBA in Accounting from The George Washington University and his MS in Finance from Fairfield University.