Soryn IP Group

Soryn IP Group is a patent advisory and finance firm led by a former partner at one of the most prestigious law firms in the world and one of the most accomplished innovators in the technology & patent spaces. Our team provides a host of patent-centric services – including portfolio evaluation, creation and optimization, venture and monetization funding, patent brokerage, licensing support and strategic IP consulting – to clients ranging from start-ups to universities to billion dollar corporations. We are experts in science, law, and business, and maximize value for our clients at every stage of the intellectual property lifecycle.

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What We Do

Patent Advisory

Patent Advisory

Our focus is on creating large, dynamic patent portfolios around disruptive technologies—portfolios that are strategically crafted to not only protect our clients’ technologies but to also protect entire market spaces.

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IP Finance

IP Finance

Soryn IP Group can help innovators through a variety of financing options, including litigation finance, royalty monetization, equity investments, and more.

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Patent Transactions

Patent Transactions

With decades of elite experience with respect to the legal, business and technology aspects of patents, Soryn IP Group is uniquely positioned to drive a range of monetization efforts on behalf of our clients. The proof: we have been engaged from innovators ranging from pedigreed inventors to billion dollar companies.

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Leadership

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Michael J. Gulliford

Founder / Managing Principal

Recognized as one of the Top IP Strategists in the World, Michael is the Founder & Managing Principal of Soryn IP Group. Although formerly a partner in the patent litigation group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP — one of the most respected and feared such groups in the United States — Michael left his lucrative law practice to found a company 100% committed to innovators reliant on strong patent protection.  
 
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Fatih M. Ozluturk

Managing Principal

Recognized as one of the Top IP Strategists in the World, Fatih has decades of experience in technology, finance, intellectual property and entrepreneurship. As the Head of Technology & Innovation at Soryn, he oversees the company’s intake, diligence and technology collaborations.  
 
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John White

Director

Recognized as one of the top patent educators in the United States, John has over 30 years experience in all phases of the patent field. As a Director at Soryn, John is principally responsible for outreach to the technology community and advising Soryn clients on a host of strategic issues.  
 
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From the Blog

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Soryn client Unequal’s technology is the first ever to be shown effective in preventing sudden cardiac death in athletes

Our client Unequal (www.unequal.com) is one of the most important innovators in the protective sports gear space. Unequal’s technology was named one of the top ten sports innovations of all time. A great number of the professional sports teams clad their players in Unequal protective gear. The innovative material created by Unequal has unique acceleration reduction and impact dissipation capabilities.

In a recent peer reviewed study, Unequal’s technology has shown to be the first such technology effective in preventing Sudden Cardiac Death (Commotio Cordis) in athletes. Congratulations to Unequal for yet another validation of their technology.

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/unequal-technologies-hart-chest-protector-technology-first-be-proven-effective-significantly-2116210.htm

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Michael Gulliford’s three-part article on innovation and sound portfolio management strategy appeared in IPWatchdog

Michael Gulliford has recently published a series of articles covering how to build a successful patent operation as an innovative company. In his three-part treatment of the topic, he outlined the best practices in terms of principles, methodology, processes, and the team. You can read the articles here:

Building Patent Success In The New Innovation Ecosystem
Sound Patent Portfolio Management is the Key to Innovation Success
A Successful Patent Operation Requires the Right Team and the Right Deal

Soryn IP Group Announces Hiring Of Renowned Patent Educator John White As Director

Mr. White Brings More Than 30 Years Experience As A
Practitioner, Patent Examiner and Educator

New York, New York (Feb 23, 2016) — Soryn IP Group, LLC (“Soryn IP Group”), a patent advisory and finance firm managed by two of the top intellectual property strategists in the world, announced today the hiring of John White as Director. As Director, Mr. White will lead Soryn’s outreach and brokerage efforts and consult with Soryn’s clients on a range of strategic patent issues.

“We are extremely privileged to count John as a trusted member of the Soryn team and are confident our clients will be delighted with the expertise and insights John brings to our patent-centric offerings,“ emphasized Michael Gulliford, the Founder and Managing Principal of Soryn IP Group. “John has served as an examiner at the patent office, has practiced patent law for decades and has educated thousands of the patent practitioners in the United States today. His expertise is not only a boom for Soryn, but for Soryn’s clients as well.”

Mr. White’s impressive career in the patent arena spans more than thirty years. While at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. White served as a patent examiner in the automotive space and Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Patents. As an attorney, Mr. White spent decades counseling clients on a host of prosecution and litigation issues, and wrote or prosecuted thousands of patent applications. In his capacity as an educator, Mr. White has taught at the University of Virginia School of Law and John Marshall Law School, and created the PLI Patent Bar Review course. In his role as the Principal Lecturer for PLI, Mr. White has personally taught more than 25,000 practicing patent attorneys and agents.

“Core to Soryn’s business is maximizing the value of every aspect of our clients’ patent operations — from creation to optimization to monetization,“ highlights Gulliford. “We are confident that the addition of John to the Soryn team will not only bolster our ever expanding business, but transaction volumes as well. We are privileged that everyone from promising start-ups to prestigious universities to giants of industry rely on Soryn’s expertise, and look forward to the continued growth ahead. Please join us in welcoming John.”

For more information about the Soryn IP Group please visit http//www.sorynipgroup.com.

 

ABOUT SORYN IP GROUP, LLC

Soryn IP Group is a patent advisory and finance firm focused on creating, managing, monetizing and financing the patent operations of clients ranging from start-ups to universities to billion dollar corporations. The Soryn team provides a host of patent-centric services, including strategic patent consulting, portfolio development, patent brokerage and patent related finance. The company’s headquarters are located in New York City.

 

CONTACT

Michael Gulliford

Founder & Managing Principal: Soryn IP Group, LLC.

(646) 378-2059

mgulliford@sorynipgroup.com

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Building Patent Success In The New Innovation Ecosystem

In a three part IPWatchdog article Michael Gulliford covers the challenges and best practices in creating an innovative business with valuable patent assets. Legislative efforts to change the patent system and the recent case law have changed the rules of the game and made it difficult for all innovative companies except for the largest to adapt and succeed.

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2015/10/25/building-patent-success-in-the-new-innovation-ecosystem/id=62670/

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Soryn IP Group Principals Named Top IP Strategists In The World By The IAM Magazine

FOR RELEASE – 6/22/2015: 

Soryn IP Group Principals Named Top IP Strategists In The World
By Intellectual Asset Management

New York, New York (June 22nd, 2015) — Soryn IP Group, LLC (“Soryn IP Group”) announced today that Intellectual Asset Management — the premier international publication covering the business of intellectual property — named Michael Gulliford and Fatih Ozluturk to the 2015 list of Top IP Strategists in the World.

Soryn IP Group creates, manages, monetizes and finances the IP and IP operations of clients ranging from start-ups to billion dollar corporations. Gulliford, a former partner at one of the most prestigious law firms in the world, founded Soryn to implement models and strategies that make sense in today’s anti-patent market. Ozluturk, who is formerly InterDigital’s most prolific inventor and whose patents have generated more then $1 billion in revenues, joined shortly thereafter. A testament to the trust Soryn has garnered among the world’s most prestigious companies, the market capitalization of Soryn’s current clients already exceeds $25 billion.

“We could not be more pleased to have been recognized as top IP strategists in the world by such a respected publication,” highlighted Michael Gulliford, the Founder and Managing Principal of Soryn IP Group. “Even more flattering has been to receive such recognition in only our second full year of business. We’ve been fortunate that some of the largest companies in the world have already recognized the value of our expertise, and IAM’s recognition is just the icing on the cake.”

“As in previous years, we have dedicated significant editorial and research resources to ensuring we identify only world class IP strategists, so we are confident that all those named in the IAM Strategy 300 2015 fully merit the recognition that they have received,” says IAM editor Joff Wild. “With intellectual property now central to the success of so many companies across the globe, we are delighted that this publication has become the recognised source of reference for those seeking to identify the world’s leading IP strategists. What’s more, we believe that the roles all those named in the IAM Strategy 300 play is only going to increase in importance over the coming years. We salute each and every one of them.”

For more information about Soryn IP Group please visit www.sorynipgroup.com.
ABOUT SORYN IP GROUP, LLC

Soryn IP Group is a patent management and advisory company specializing at the intersection of law, business and science. Soryn provides a host of patent-centric services – including portfolio evaluation, creation and optimization, venture and monetization funding, patent brokerage, licensing support and strategic IP consulting – to clients ranging from promising start-ups to billion dollar corporations. The company’s headquarters is located in New York, New York.

 

CONTACT

Michael Gulliford
Founder & Managing Principal: Soryn IP Group, LLC.
(646) 378-2059
mgulliford@sorynipgroup.com

 

Forbes Features Michael Gulliford’s Commentary On Current Patent Reform

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Forbes.com has published an article written by Soryn IP Group Founder Michael Gulliford addressing the issue of how to curb patent trolls and abusive patent litigation while making sure we preserve the ability of innovation intensive businesses to protect their inventions and benefit from them. Read it here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2015/06/12/why-the-fight-against-patent-trolls-could-hurt-innovative-companies-everywhere/

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Yes, Alice Was a Big Deal, But Now What?

As 2014 came to a close, and the patent community weighed in on the year’s most momentous patent events, there was one clear winner: the Supreme Court’s summertime decision regarding software patentability in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l (“Alice”). Immediately following the decision, we predicted the death of many software patents (see our TechCrunch article here). And now, following a glut of court decisions appearing to confirm the prediction, we are often asked the same question by those with a stake in software patents: “What does it all mean and what do I do now?” To this, we offer our thoughts:

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In Alice, the Supreme Court gave us a checklist of sorts by which to analyze whether a software invention is patent eligible under 35 U.S.C § 101 (or still valid if the patent has already been granted). First, you must determine whether the underlying, claimed software invention is an abstract idea. If it’s not, you’re generally home free. If it is, however, then your software invention can’t be patented unless you can show that you did something more than use the Internet or a computer to make your invention come to life. Such a showing could be that the software invention achieves some new result not previously attainable, requires novel computer operations to operate or improves the functioning of the hardware itself.

But the Supreme Court’s test begs one big question: what is an abstract idea and when is a software invention considered one? As luck would have it, the Supreme Court didn’t provide much help on that issue. However, in struggling to understand what the Supreme Court meant, courts have given us some guidance. And if you had the chance to slog through those cases, here’s what you’d find.

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Our new article on IP Watchdog about small tech companies and IP protection

In a recent article in the IP Watchdog blog we have highlighted the difference in attitudes towards IP protection between large versus small innovators. Read about our own experiences with startup companies in NYC and how they successfully used their patents as business assets.

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2014/10/21/the-cost-of-not-having-patent-protection/id=51758/

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