Keith Bergelt

Keith Bergelt
CEO, Open Invention Network


Keith Bergelt is the chief executive officer of Open Invention Network (OIN), the collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux.

Prior to joining OIN, Mr. Bergelt was the president and chief executive officer of two hedge funds, Paradox Capital and IPI – formed to unlock the considerable asset value of patents, trademarks and copyrights in middle market companies. The funds were the first of their kind to offer specialty lending products supported exclusively by intellectual property. During Mr. Bergelt’s stewardship, he raised over $300 million while financing portfolio companies of private equity firms.

Previously Mr. Bergelt co-founded, advised and managed intellectual property portfolios within several multinational organizations. Mr. Bergelt also distinguished himself, serving for twelve years as a U.S. diplomat, with postings at the United Nations in New York and the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan where he was involved in the negotiation of intellectual property rights protection in Asia.

Mr. Bergelt holds an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Duke University, a Jurist Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Theseus Institute in France. He is a frequent speaker on corporate strategy, finance and intellectual property management.


Business, Emerging Topics, Legal, People
Location: Meeting Room B2
Keith Bergelt (Open Invention Network)
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Open Invention Network (OIN) has collaboratively unveiled the free Linux Defenders program, which is designed to make prior art more readily accessible to patent and trademark office examiners, as well as increase the quality of granted patents and reduce the number of second-rate patents. Keith Bergelt, CEO of OIN, will demonstrate how to use the program and discuss its benefits. Read more.
Products and Services
Location: Meeting Room C2
Keith Bergelt (Open Invention Network), Daniel McCurdy (Allied Security Trust)
Over the last decade, patent litigations launched by “patent trolls” have increased from approximately 3% of all patent litigations filed to over 17%. This session will analyze this issue and offer detailed recommendations to reduce exposures to “patent trolls,” including the role of AST and OIN in reducing such threats. Read more.
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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