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ABOUT US

ABOUT S4S COMPANY, SERVICES AND CLIENTS

Company


S4S, LLC enables clients to generate extraordinary value and powerful competitive advantage using a systematic and proven process for leveraging intellectual property throughout the organization and its business.

 

For more information, please view our Introduction Deck.

 

 

 

 

SERVICES

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Patent Strategy & Portfolio Development

Our strategic patent portfolio development methodologies have repeatedly yielded 10X+ returns on capital and billions of dollars in value, among many others.

For more information, please view our Phased Approach.

Business Development

Members of our team have been instrumental in designing and implementing many innovative business models, go-to-market strategies, business development strategies and strategic alliances.

Organizations & Talent

Our team lead in this area has personally placed over 500 senior executives and board members, and assisted many of the world’s most prominent technology companies in positioning or repositioning for greater success.



Our investment affiliate, Strong Force Capital, LLC, funds select patent portfolio development opportunities.


EXPERIENCE

S4S EXPERIENCE
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We serve entrepreneurs and innovators ranging from individual inventors to large public companies, and have created significant value in a wide array of sectors including:


Anything as a Service
Automotive
Big Data
Clean Technology
Cloud Computing
Cognitive Radio
Commercial Vehicles
Communication Software
Data Storage
Database Software
Digital Marketing
Energy Technologies
Evolutionary Algorithms
Human Resources Software
Indoor Location Technologies

Integration Software
Internet of Things
LED Lighting
Medical Devices
Mobile
Natural Language
Networking
Optical Sensors
Parallel Processing Software
RFID
Robotics
Semiconductors
Software Virtualization
Speech Recognition
Wearable Monitoring






STRATEGIC PATENT PORTFOLIOS

Most patent portfolios are an accumulation of tactically filed patents.
Patent portfolios built strategically from inception are more valuable.

(Parchomovsky & Wagner, Patent Portfolios, 154 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1, 7 (2005))

S4S Patent Portfolios Typical Patent Portfolios
Informed systematically from the top down Created incrementally from the bottom up
Carefully crafted to leverage trends and dynamics of relevant market segments Collection(s) of individual patents relevant to a specific line of business
Designed strategically to encompass sectors most likely to be valued by potential buyers, licensees, and investors Comprised of patents created to protect particular products, technologies, applications, or features – not for value creation
Often reflect the contributions of strategically selected outside inventors and industry leaders from our network Reflect the contributions of inventors at one particular company
Efficiently grown through staged filings and capital deployment focused on maximizing ROI Grown incrementally through adding product features or acquiring companies with related IP
Not necessarily constrained by unrelated business needs; capital available to optimize portfolio size Constrained by available capital, which limits claims
Size optimized to maximize competitive advantage and ROI Size not optimized, often due to unrelated business constraints
Exit timing can be focused on maximizing ROI Exit timing typically driven by non-portfolio factors such as business needs or capital markets

 

 

SAMPLE ENGAGEMENT

Patent Program Development & Implementation

S4S SAMPLE ENGAGEMENT 1

TEAM LEADS

Charles Cella, IP Strategy & Development

Charles Cella

Charles Cella oversees our Patent Strategy and Development Services as well as our Invention Services. A recognized practitioner in the patent and licensing fields, he has provided patent strategy, licensing, and technology transaction services to a broad range of clients across a wide array of industries. Charles has created billions of dollars of value by leading clients through a systematic process for mapping, strengthening, and greatly expanding their IP portfolios, which process forms the basis of the methodologies we employ today.

"Intellectual property rights provide a powerful, legal method to influence a market segment, yet few companies understand – much less capture-the full potential or value of their rights"

Charles cofounded the highly regarded boutique technology law firm GTC Law Group, where he grew and managed a patent team of over 20 attorneys, paralegals, and staff. Prior to cofounding GTC, he was the first patent attorney at Foley Hoag LLP, where he built IP portfolios and negotiated IP-focused transactions for technology and biotech companies, growing the practice to 25 employees. Charles also founded and was Chief Executive Officer of BountyQuest, an online marketplace for patent applicability, strength, and validity information that was backed by Jeff Bezos and Tim O'Reilly, among others.

Charles has been recognized by IAM Licensing 250 as one of the world's leading patent and technology licensing lawyers. The IAM Licensing 250 has praised him as a "uniquely creative," "top-flight IP strategist whose advice gets to the very heart of issues."

Charles holds an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School Of Law and through a Rotary International Fellowship, did postgraduate work in Quantitative Economics at the University of Edinburgh.


Richard Spitz, Organization & Talent

Richard Spitz

Richard Spitz oversees our Organizational Design and Talent Implementation Services. A seasoned consultant with more than 25 years’ experience advising business leaders, private equity funds, venture capitalists, technology companies and entrepreneurs, Richard has expertly assisted his many clients with organizational transformations and leadership changes, and performed countless board and management assessments.

"Leadership and organization are readily achievable competitive advantages for many, yet they are often sub-optimized"

Richard spent 13 years at Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), the world's leading talent management company, where he served as Chairman of the Global Technology Market and was a member of the firm's Global Operating Committee. At Korn/Ferry, he conducted hundreds of targeted leadership searches – especially for president, CEO, and board member positions – and grew and managed a global team of market- and functionally-focused senior consultants.

Richard is also an experienced transactional attorney, having previously practiced law at both GTC Law Group’s Los Angeles affiliate and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, where he provided structuring and tax advice as well as negotiated M&A transactions, venture capital investments, technology licenses, and strategic alliances.

Richard has served on various public and private boards of directors, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA's Anderson School of Business. He also has spoken before numerous professional and educational organizations including the Venture Capital Conference, the Harvard Alumni Association, the MIT/Caltech Enterprise Forum, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Richard holds a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge, a J.D. from Tulane University Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.


Adam Klotz, Transactions

Adam Klotz

Adam Klotz oversees our Transaction Services. An accomplished transactional attorney, Adam is particularly experienced in financial analysis, the creation, structuring and financing of complex domestic and international business ventures and providing strategic guidance and planning for business transitions. He has served a broad range of clients – from Fortune 100 companies to private equity and venture capital funds to start-ups and individual entrepreneurs – primarily in the IP-driven technology and entertainment sectors.

"Organizational and intellectual property initiatives interact in complex ways with external factors and corporate needs, requiring creativity in designing transactions that unlock value"

Previously, Adam was the managing partner of GTC Law Group's Los Angeles affiliate, where he specialized in corporate and business transactions, with a particular focus on licensing, M&A, private equity, and venture capital financings. He also practiced law at Riordan & McKinzie (now Bingham McCutcheon LLP) as well as Paul Hastings LLP.

Adam co-founded and is currently a senior advisor for Energizing Co., a utility distribution microgrid developer backed by OMERS. He also previously served as President of StandardVision, LLC, which develops and manages the world's largest and most compelling architecturally integrated media channels.

Adam holds a B.A. in English Literature from Columbia College in the City of New York, where he graduated cum laude, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.


Josh Dobrowitsky, Patent Production

Josh Dobrowitsky

Josh Dobrowitsky is a Principal, overseeing our patent production. Twice recognized in dBusiness as Top Detroit Corporate Counsel, Josh has extensive experience in building and managing large patent portfolios, and extends S4S’s capabilities in enabling leading inventive companies to not only build optimized, high value patent portfolios, but also deploy them to their full strategic advantage.

Josh previously was Intellectual Property Counsel at Eaton Corporation, where he was the sole IP attorney for seven multi-national business units. At Eaton, with the assistance of Charles Cella, Josh redesigned the innovation process and mapped the patent portfolios and foreign filing priorities to reflect those units’ technology road maps, resulting in more than a ten-fold increase in the number of invention disclosures and patent filings. Prior to Eaton, Josh was a Partner at Harness, Dickey & Pierce, an intellectual property law firm.

Josh holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

CONTACT

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BOSTON
DETROIT
LOS ANGELES
SAN FRANCISCO

S4S LLC
2500 Broadway, Suite F-125
Santa Monica, CA 90404
United States

+1.310.400.6226