Our leadership team
Chief Executive Officer, Founder
Doris developed NPA™ patent analysis after recognizing the potential to identify key patents and companies through a systematic analysis of their citation linkages. Doris first got interested in network analysis shortly after completing her Master degrees in communications and international business. Doris has since worked in data analytics for a range of business sectors including the pharmaceutical, financial services, law enforcement, and government in Europe, the United States and Australia, and has published in a number of business journals. Doris was a founding partner of FAS.research Austria and its US subsidiary before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers where she advised on Customer Analytics. Besides working with all types of data, she even invented the concept for a reality TV series based on social networks which has been shown in Germany and Austria.
Senior Vice-President, Business Development
Mike has a joint role of Senior Vice-President of Business Development for Ambercite, as well as acting as an IP Economic consultant for Griffith Hack. Mike brings extensive knowledge and experience of IP management and more traditional forms of patent analysis to help apply Ambercite analyses for the benefit of clients. Mike has a background and advanced degrees in chemical engineering and IP law, and has studied and worked in New Zealand, Sweden, Finland and Australia. Mike has published in the areas of chemical engineering, patent management, the value of patents and the use of patent data in in a wide range of publications and forums, and presented on patent analysis in conferences in Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, the US and France. Outside of work, Mike loves riding anything on two wheels, when not helping out at a local junior athletics club.
Chief Technology Officer
After completing a degree in computer science and a Masters in Artificial Intelligence in England and France, Ben went on to start his own games development company, successfully creating an original franchise, selling over one million units, and employing over 140 staff. Ben and a small team have also built a virtual 'super computer' from a group of Sony PS3 consoles to process large amounts of data for the purpose of spotting and reporting subtle anomalies in the movement of aircraft in real time, beating over thirty solution in military trials. Ben is passionate about growing very hot chili peppers and is always looking for people silly enough to try them.
Managing Director, North America
Gary Johnson overseas Ambercite’s North American operations, and business development. Gary brings an uncommon mix of industry experience, sales and marketing savvy, and a deep understanding of patent analytics, to our clients. Gary’s specialty is selling web-based services on an enterprise-wide basis, primarily to R&D and intellectual property experts. He’s worked for companies ranging from global organizations to small private entities. But, prefers working for with companies primed for expansion and powered by innovation. Gary graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Southern Methodist University, and holds an MBA in Marketing from The George Washington University. Gary keeps work and life in balance by volunteering to direct a local youth basketball club
Sales Manager Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Europe
Based in Stuttgart, Germany Frederic has the role of Sales Manager in DACH and Europe. Before joining Ambercite he was leading a multicultural, technical sales team, in a very proactive, high-energy sales environment. He brings a deep knowledge in sales to various industries. Frederic has worked for different companies of all sizes in Germany, Ireland and Australia. In his spare time he has an interest in the financial markets and the psychology behind it.
Rob is the Chairman of Ambercite, as well as a Principal and patent attorney with Griffith Hack. Rob provides high level strategic advice to a range of clients, from small and medium sized businesses to large corporations. A skilled public speaker, Rob regularly delivers seminars on a wide range of intellectual property issues to universities, industry groups and professional associations. He also regularly appears on radio. Rob studied in Scandinavia and outside of the IP profession he has an interest in the practical applications of philosophy.