CardinalCommerce works with a variety of professional advisors to help protect, defend and expand our IP portfolio. These professional advisors include:

Goodwin | Proctor

Mark J. Abate

Mark Abate is a partner in the law firm of Goodwin Proctor and is a member of its Patent Litigation Practice. He recently completed a term as President of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and is currently the President-Elect of the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association. He has been continually recognized by Chambers USA, Who's Who in American Law and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the nation's foremost patent lawyers. The Chambers USA; America's Leading Lawyers for Business provides Mr. Abate is "a true gentleman and a fantastic trial lawyer", "is respected by the judges", "is sought after for his lengthy experience before the ITC" and that clients "commend his winning combination of legal and technical expertise." The IAM Patent Litigation 250 - The World's Leading Patent Litigators refers to Mr. Abate as "well regarded" and "possess[ing] a great deal of talent as a litigator." He concentrates his practice on trials and appeals of patent infringement cases, and has particular expertise in electronics, electrical devices, computers, computer software and financial systems. Mr. Abate has tried cases to their successful conclusions in U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission and has argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He began his career as a law clerk for Chief Judge Howard T. Markey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Fay Sharpe LLP

Patrick R. Roche

Practice/Technical Competence at Fay Sharpe LLP: Patent prosecution, opinions, licensing and counseling in electrical arts. Specific expertise in electrical controls and electronics; appliances and appliance control systems; digital signal processing; computer architecture; microprocessor-based control systems; computer peripheral devices; motor controls; semiconductor devices and materials, eCommerce and business-method patents. Additional emphasis on trademark and copyright law.

  • Registrations: Member Ohio Bar; registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Education: University of Notre Dame (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1974); Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1978).
  • Memberships: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association; Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.


John P. Cornely

Practice/Technical Competence: Patent preparation and prosecution in electrical, mechanical and software arts. Specific expertise in medical imaging technologies (magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography scanners, x-ray technology, SPECT and PET scanners, nuclear cameras); telecommunications; opto-electrical devices (LED, photoelectric and semiconductor devices); heads-up and heads-mounted displays; optics; zoom lenses; color and digital image processing; printer and copier technology; Internet, e-commerce and business methods.

  • Registrations: U.S. District Court for Northern District of Ohio, registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Education: John Carroll University (B.S., Physics, cum laude, 1991); The Ohio State University (J.D., 1994); Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1996-1997).
  • Memberships: American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Richardson Oliver Law Group LLP

Kent Richardson

Kent is the managing partner of the Richardson Oliver Law Group. Kent counsels clients on a variety of patent and business matters including patent strategy, licensing, valuation, and prosecution. His broad background in IP management (including five patents of his own) provides clients with a strong resource to build, manage, license and defend their patents. He specializes in patent development, patent portfolio management, patent marketing, and patent buying and selling. Kent has been a general counsel at both private and public companies.

Practice/technical competence: patent development and management, patent business operations consulting, patent buying programs, patent monetization, patent assertion defense, patent prosecution, patent diligence, IP licensing, including contracts, royalty rate benchmarking, strategy development, and open source diligence.

Registrations: registered to practice before the U.S Patent and Trademark Office

Education: University of Alberta, Canada (B.Sc, Computer Engineering, 1989 and J.D., 1993)

Memberships: American Bar Association, California Bar Association

Ocean Tomo

Gary Bender

Gary Bender has been an IP expert for over 20 years. Currently, Gary is Managing Director of Ocean Tomo’s IP Strategy practice, Managing Director of the Electronic Payments at Unified Patents and is also Chief Strategy Office of Pocket Teller, Inc. 

Prior to these roles, Gary was Head of Intellectual Property Strategy and Relationship Management at Visa, Inc. Gary built and developed the IP program for Visa, Inc., responsible for patent portfolio development and management, IP due diligence, IP risk mitigation and litigation strategy, M&A IP diligence and IP transactions. Gary also led efforts across payment industry companies with developing industry-wide risk mitigation strategies and programs.

FB Rice

Connie Merlino

Connie joined FB Rice in 2000, is a Partner of the firm and is located in our Sydney office.

Connie specializes in drafting patent specifications in a range of ICT technologies. Her experience covers areas such as software, telecommunications and data communications, security, databases and imaging. Connie is known for her ability to quickly comprehend high level mathematics and has extensive experience in application software, including business methods and internet applications. Particular examples include smart phone applications, formal verification of drivers for hardware devices, multi-spectral imaging, video processing and virtual networks.

Representing both small companies and startups, as well as large international companies and universities, Connie's experience includes prosecution of patent applications in Australia and the major commercial markets including all of Asia.

Connie’s experience also includes patent oppositions before the Australian Patent Office and providing strategic advice in relation to patent portfolios, including infringement advice and licensing agreements.

Connie also works on the prosecution of a varied array of registered designs.

ipCapital Group

John Cronin

John Cronin is Managing Director and Chairman of ipCapitalGroup. John spent more than 17 years at IBM and became its top inventor with over 100 patents and 150 patent publications. He created and ran the IBM Patent factory which was essential to helping IBM become number one in US patents and was part of the team that contributed to the start of and success of IBM's successful licensing program.

Capitalizing on a lifelong study of creative and inventive thinking processes, business strategy development, and transaction negotiations, John has created both a unique ipCapital System® Methodology for consulting as well as a world class licensing and transaction process.

The world class ipCapital System Methodology provides for extraction and documentation of inventions, identifies opportunity and risk, drives transactions to completion, and creates significant market value from intellectual property (IP). Over the years, John has become a respected thought leader among executives who wish to align business issues and IP and translate strategies into actionable financial results. John has not only inspired but has trained literally thousands of engineers and scientists in best practices in how to invent.

The primary architect of ipCG's best-in-class transaction methods, John has also negotiated deals for ipCG clients including out-licensing agreements, asset sales, mergers and acquisitions. All of these capabilities are provided by the entire ipCG consulting team. ipCG represents the largest IP strategy consulting team in the world. John and his team have served over 500 clients since 1998, including over 10% of the Fortune 500 and over 130 start-up companies across many verticals.

John serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), Armor Designs, Inc., and as a member of the advisory board for innoPad, Inc. and Primal Fusion, Inc. John holds a BSEE, an MSEE, and a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont and lives in Vermont with his wife Nancy and 4 children.