Vanderheyden joins AOP from the legal software and solutions corporation LexisNexis, where he was Vice President and Managing Director, Global IP Solutions. While at LexisNexis, he helped to develop TotalPatent, a leading patent research tool supported by the world’s largest patent database, and PatentOptimizer, a software tool that conducts word-level analysis of the legal integrity of a patent or application. Prior to LexisNexis, Vanderheyden served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for IP.com, a global patent and non-patent literature database, where he re-established the corporate brand, launched new products, and developed a patent for a new market opportunity. Vanderheyden held previous positions at IBM and founded Delphion, the first to make US patents searchable on the web.
“Peter brings a strong background of leadership and innovative execution in the IP space that includes the development of talent and a number of products aimed at helping broaden access to valuable prior art,” said Cheryl Milone, founder and CEO of Article One Partners. “He has spent the bulk of his career helping to improve the quality of patents and is a great addition to the AOP leadership team as we work to help companies effectively manage their patent portfolios, assess the quality of patents and decrease overall litigation costs and risk.”
“By engaging a highly-educated and skilled global research community to help companies uncover hard-to-find IP intelligence, AOP is truly at the cutting edge of the patent industry,” said Vanderheyden. “I am excited to work with such a talented leadership team and look forward to growing and fostering our best asset, the community, so we can continue to strengthen the quality of patents and encourage innovation.”
About Article One Partners?
Article One Partners (AOP) has revolutionized the transparency of patent data. Today, AOP is the world’s largest patent research community. The company has distributed requests for prior art research to more than one million scientists and technologists using a global online human search engine. AOP is active in 188 countries, presents search requests in 10 languages and is exceptionally successful in identifying key foreign language evidence, non-textual and non-patent literature. The company is a partner to 16 Fortune 100 companies, 50 Forbes Global 2000 and 7 of the top 10 US patent filers. AOP’s client satisfaction rate exceeds 90%.
AOP has a distinguished Board, led by Marshall Phelps, the former head of patents and licensing at IBM and Microsoft. Founded in 2008 by patent community leader, inventor and entrepreneur, CEO Cheryl Milone, the company’s product offerings have been called “revolutionary” and “game changing” by industry leaders. In short, many consider AOP to be the new industry standard.