Monetizing Intellectual Property: Endless Power to Create Wealth

Thursday March 28, 2019.

6:00 - 8:30 PM


Ziad Abdelnour

Moderator, Chairman FPC


Taylor Brockman

Chief Technology Officer of Magic Number, Inc.


JiNan Glasgow George

CEO and co-founder of Magic Number, Inc.


Martin Renkis

CEO of Smartvue Cloud Services at Johnson Controls

Erich Spangenberg

CEO and co-founder of IPwe

Monetizing Intellectual Property: Endless Power to Create Wealth

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You are cordially invited on behalf of the Financial Policy Council’s Board of Directors, to our next Financial Policy Council power summit featuring a panel discussion exploring Monetizing Your Intellectual Property and Creating an Endless Power to Create Wealth. You don’t want to miss this thanks to our Event Sponsors NEO IP and IPwe.

  • TOPIC : Monetizing Intellectual Property: Endless Power to Create Wealth.
  • DATE : Thursday March 28, 2019
  • TIME : 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • LOCATION : The Graduate Center / CUNY at 365 Fifth Avenue at The Elebash Recital Hall – On the main floor of the building and on the left as you enter into the main lobby


Ziad K. Abdelnour is a Wall Street Financier, Author, Philanthropist, Activist, Lobbyist, Oil & Gas Trader & President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a New York based private equity “family office” that focuses on originating, structuring, advising and acting as equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups, and growth capital financing in companies and projects based both in the US and emerging markets and the trading of key physical commodities.

Mr. Abdelnour is also Founder & Chairman of the Board of the Financial Policy Council ; a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designed to give its select group of supporters the opportunity to have direct face-to-face dialogue with the nation’s quintessential powerbrokers and policymakers.

Since 1985, Mr. Abdelnour has been involved in over 125 transactions worth in aggregate over $10 billion in the investment banking, high yield bond and distressed debt markets and has been widely recognized for playing an integral role in those three key market sectors.

Mr. Abdelnour is an astute market player who also serves on the Advisory board of DPG Investments, a recognized premier multi strategy global merchant banking, alternative investment, management and advisory firm.

On a more personal level, Mr. Abdelnour, former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America, is the author of “Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics” ; a best seller manuscript written for investors that need to navigate the troubled geopolitical waters of the post-crisis world and a prolific writer for 100+ entrepreneurial and financial publications advising and educating investors in private equity, hedge funds, crowdfunding, Sovereign Wealth Funds, fund-of-funds, angel networks, venture capital and family offices.

Mr. Abdelnour is also a regular speaker on Private Equity, Physical Commodities trading and Middle East geo-political analysis at industry conferences & TV outlets nationwide including but not limited to Fox News, Newsmax, etc…and a key “influencer” in his own right having a hard core constituency of over 2 million viewers having read his blog postings and analyses since January 2014.

Mr. Abdelnour holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut.

He was recently listed as one of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World.

The Panelists:

Taylor Brockman is the Chief Technology Officer of Magic Number, Inc. and a software technology leader who believes in the value of intellectual capital, good fortune, and focused work.

He is a specialist in small team, high scale software production with successful wins in mobile, cloud, and smart grid.

His new Magic Number is watching the edge of commercialization, automatically classifying intellectual property disclosures and correlating valuable market financial events.

Taylor’s latest win was first place on 270 nautical mile offshore sailboat regatta in the Atlantic Gulfstream home to his port of Charleston, South Carolina.

JiNan Glasgow George A Patent Attorney and former Patent Examiner with the US Patent & Trademark Office, JiNan Glasgow George is an IP practitioner with experience across a wide range of technology fields, serving clients in the US and internationally. She is a registered patent attorney with the North Carolina Bar and the USPTO and the founding partner of Neo IP (formerly Triangle Patents, PLLC) in Durham, NC, USA (

JiNan has worked with clients doing business or investing in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, India, Jordan, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya for strategic patent analysis and the development of intellectual property rights including patents, trademarks, and copyrights for licensing and commercialization globally.

JiNan Glasgow George is also the CEO and co-founder of Magic Number, Inc., a business intelligence SaaS company that provides insights for investors and executives, serial entrepreneurs and innovation-based companies – giving vision ahead of market data using patent data and machine learning (

She was founder & CEO of Neopatents, a patent research and analytics company that provided consulting services and software worldwide from the headquarters in Durham, North Carolina USA ( She is also the inventor of patent claims diagramming innovations (Patent Matrix software) and the co-inventor of proprietary patent mapping tools for analyzing patents across all technology fields – and using visuals that help communicate complex information about patent sectors.

Since 2007, JiNan has been working to leverage patent information to stimulate and accelerate innovation, particularly in developing economies. She introduced the Patent Free Zone model – applicable in most developing countries to leverage the world’s most cutting edge research & technology for commercial acceleration of in-country development, while providing an unparalleled opportunity to innovate in ways that are impossible in the US, Europe, Japan, and even China or India.

JiNan also founded the Eclipse IP Futures Conference in RTP/Raleigh-Durham, NC USA area – now in its 6th year. This invitation-only conference uniquely addresses the questions that entrepreneurs and investors have with patents as business assets, not simply legal issues. Patent strategy, competitive intelligence, valuation, and enforcement are key areas addressed by global experts in patents, technology & investment.

JiNan Glasgow George has built her career from engineering to patent law and investment by finding non-conventional approaches, streamlining the path, and creatively using resources to provide answers. She supports large companies and entrepreneurs alike in using intellectual property for creating economic value and sustainable development. She believes that everyone has the power to create – and her work globally has focused on transforming ideas into reality and creating positive commercial impact from them.

JiNan’s background includes software, mechanical & electrical engineering, energy, financial technology, polymer fiber science, biomedical devices, surgical/dental devices and applications, fiber optics, textiles, and pulp/paper science. Her educational background includes degrees in engineering, law and theology from NC State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University, respectively.

Martin Renkis is the CEO of Smartvue Cloud Services at Johnson Controls.

Martin was the founder and CEO of Smartvue before it was acquired by Johnson Controls in 2018. Smartvue pioneered cloud video software services and IoT SaaS technologies, introducing the very first cloud surveillance subscriptions to the market in 1999. Smartvue was a leader in its market, uploading more than 72 million minutes of video surveillance to its cloud every day and managing more than 50 billion video clips every year. He has earned numerous awards and recognition for IoT and network video solutions, including Best of Show at CES.

Today Martin is leading cloud surveillance services at Johnson Controls as CEO of the Smartvue division. He is also the general manager of the Exacq surveillance technologies division and a director of the partner program for security technologies at Johnson Controls.

Prior to Smartvue, Martin founded and was CEO of the first cloud e-learning company, Trainersoft. He organically grew the company on retained earnings and built a client base comprised of more than 25% of the Fortune 500. Trainersoft was acquired in 2002 and today continues operation as part of IBM.

Martin developed intellectual property in the areas of robotics, drones, mesh networks, 3D visualization, machine learning and cloud video capture, transport, storage, and distribution. Martin has earned over 800 granted utility patent claims on more than 60 inventions.

Erich Spangenberg is the CEO and co-founder of IPwe.

IPwe is a company using blockchain and artificial intelligence to create the patent asset class. Erich was a founder of nXn Partners, a company that was focused on predictive analytics. He was the founder and CEO of IPNav, a company that was one of the pioneers in patent monetization. He was a former law firm partner, investment banker and corporate CEO. He has changed the way people think about and use patents.

Erich is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading IP strategists. He is regularly recognized for his work in many industry publications. Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) named Erich as #2 of the top 40 IP “market makers” whose “connections, decisions and actions drive the ever-expanding global IP marketplace.” Managing Intellectual Property listed Erich as one of “The 50 People Shaping the Future of IP.” He has received numerous other industry and trade recognitions.

Erich grew up in Buffalo, New York. He was a Periclean Scholar at Skidmore College, a Distinguished Graduate in his Master’s degree program at The London School of Economics, and was on Law Review at Case Western Reserve University, where he earned his JD.

After becoming a partner at the law firm Jones Day, Erich left the law for investment banking, serving as a Senior Vice President at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. From investment banking he went into the corporate world, where he was the president of SmarTalk TeleServices and Acclaim Ventures Group. Erich founded IPNav in 2003 and remained CEO until 2013. nXn was founded in 2008. Erich founded IPwe in 2017.

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