Mark Chandler

Mark is the founder of Upstream Partners Inc.  He is a recognized expert in commercializing intellectual property (IP) and technology, with an acute understanding of the concomitant financial, legal, technology and manufacturing requirements needed to fully capitalize on technology and IP based opportunities.

Mark was previously a Managing Director with Invotex Group, a US-based firm specializing in IP and financial consulting services, where he led the firm's activities in IP transactions, valuation and financing. Prior to Invotex, Mark led corporate venturing activities for BTG plc, a UK-based technology investment and development firm.

Mark holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the IAM 300, Intellectual Asset Magazine’s list of the world’s leading IP strategists.


Joseph Etigson

Joe is a litigator with thirty-four years’ experience in the field of intellectual property law. He works in all aspects of intellectual property enforcement, including patents, trade-marks, copyrights and confidential information disputes.   He provides strategic advice and representation in IP development, commercialization, and licensing.

Joe has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Canada, and the Ontario Courts; and in IP disputes which the parties have submitted to arbitration.


Loudon Owen

Loudon has been involved in the monetization of over $1 billion of IP, including the largest single award of damages in a patent case ever by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court (i4i v. Microsoft).

Prior to Upstream, Loudon was a co-founder of McLean Watson Capital, which managed two venture capital funds. Before that, he served as joint COO of Softimage, a world leader in high-end 3D animation, in its growth from 4 to 250 employees, its IPO on Nasdaq in 1992 and sale to Microsoft in 1994. Prior to that, Loudon practised corporate/commercial and securities law with a major Canadian law firm, concentrating on M&A and technology financing.

Loudon holds a BA from the University of Toronto, an LLB from Osgoode Hall, Toronto and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He is a member of the IAM 300, Intellectual Asset Magazine’s list of the world’s leading IP strategists.


Robert A. Pressman

Robert is a principal at Bramson & Pressman.  He is an intellectual property attorney, experienced in computer technology, former member of the Computer and Technology law group of Schnader, Harrison Segal & Lewis; former Patent and Technology Counsel for Unisys; former General Counsel for InterDigital Patents Corporation; and Adjunct Professor of Licensing Law at Temple Law School.

Robert has developed and implemented strategies which led to numerous successful IP licensing, litigation and sales efforts.

He is a graduate of Temple University and Georgetown University Law Center.


Matthew Rappaport

Matthew is a co-founder IP Checkups, Inc.® after spending several years working with patent and text analytic software tools to develop a proprietary methodology for assessing the relationships between competitive patent portfolios. He has rapidly built IP Checkups into a pre-eminent source for quantitative and qualitative analysis and interpretation of patent portfolios.

Matthew has provided competitive patent landscape analyses, IP portfolio strategy and development services, custom patent searching and analysis and created customized patent databases for large corporate clients, a variety of mid-sized biotech, pharma, medical device and cleantech companies, start-ups, venture capital, private equity, and hedge funds.

He has been a speaker at several conferences dealing with patent analytics, patent strategy, and the importance of patents to investors. He is a member of the IAM 300, Intellectual Asset Magazine’s list of the world’s leading IP strategists. He also serves as Virtual Professional-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business.


George Tintor

George has over 25 years’ experience as an investment banker in New York, London and Zurich, Switzerland. He has been involved in all aspects of credit markets, including debt origination and structuring, credit derivatives, credit arbitrage and securitisation.

George holds a B.Sc. degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University.