MUNICH, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Intellectual Property Associates Network ("ipan"), a leading provider of outsourced intellectual property services, today announced that Phillip Henderson and Domenic Leo have been appointed Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer, respectively, in the United States.
Mr. Henderson has more than 25 years of experience in the global intellectual property ("IP") industry, and most recently had responsibility for the global operations of Thomson Reuters' Innovation and Asset Management group. Mr. Leo has more than 25 years of leadership experience in global operations, sales, and marketing in a variety of different industries including intellectual property.
Founded in 2004, ipan has built a global network of more than 100 leading IP firms representing more than 240 jurisdictions. As one of the fastest growing and largest IP service companies in the world, ipan has more than 900,000 IP rights under management.
"We are delighted to have Phil and Dom join the ipan team as leaders of our U.S. Division," said Anton Bory, Chief Executive Officer of ipan. "They bring significant industry experience and expertise, having previously held senior leadership roles within the IP industry. They will be instrumental in the development of this new division, helping to build the processes, systems and partnerships needed to support our U.S. clients and capitalize on the opportunities for growth we see in the U.S. market. I look forward to working with them as we continue to innovate and expand our capabilities, while delivering unmatched levels of service."
"ipan is a growing player in the global IP industry and I am thrilled to join the company as CEO of the U.S. Division," said Mr. Henderson. "I look forward to working closely with Anton and our European colleagues as we build on the company's strengths and further develop the business internationally. We have a great team in place that is committed to enhancing the way organizations manage their IP."
"This is an exciting time to join ipan," said Mr. Leo. "I look forward to working alongside Phil and the ipan team to support an eager and growing market and deliver on our commitment to excellence and unique value proposition."
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Mr. Henderson brings more than 25 years of experience in the intellectual property industry. Prior to joining ipan, he served as Vice President of Global Operations for the Innovation and Asset Management group within Thomson Reuters, responsible for IP payments, software implementation, training and support. Mr. Henderson previously served as Vice President of Client Operations in the Asset Management group and as Vice President and CIO for the Master Data Center group at Thomson Reuters. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Baker College with a degree in Business Administration.
Mr. Leo has more than 25 years of leadership experience in global operations, sales, and marketing with both private and publicly listed companies. Prior to joining ipan, he served as COO for ITIP ProFiciency, a leading cost management company in the U.S. Prior to ITIP, Mr. Leo held a number of leadership positions at ELM Solutions (previously DataCert), including Senior Vice President, where he led worldwide sales and engineered the industry's first dedicated IP ebilling solution for Global 1000 corporations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Leo was with Thomson Reuters, where he served as Vice President of Professional Services, among other roles. In 2014, he was recognized by ALM's The National Law Journal as one of the top 50 "Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers."
Intellectual Property Associates Network ("ipan"), headquartered in Munich, Germany, is a leading provider of intellectual property (i.e. patent, trademark and industrial design) annuity renewal services, related recordal, validation, data verification and filing, as well as other legal process outsourcing services. The company manages a sizeable portfolio of intellectual property ("IP") responsibilities on behalf of a number of blue-chip customers in the chemical, pharma and medical device, automotive, food, consumer, and general industrial sectors. ipan provides its services in partnership with a global network of local and national IP law firms that have a presence or reach in virtually all IP jurisdictions worldwide.