• Deter,never incentivize NPEs

  • Startups join for free

  • Protects technologies


Facts about Unified Patents




Tracked Patents


Protected Zones


Validity Challenges


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Unique Benefits

Unified addresses the risk and cost of NPE litigation by strategically protecting broad areas of technology, such as cloud storage or content delivery. Unified's unique solution partners large companies, SMEs and startups to proactively deter NPE activity. The resources that we use include monitoring, market intelligence, claims analysis and USPTO challenges. By protecting important areas of technology, or Zones, Unified mitigates NPE risk for its members' most important products and services.

Protects Verticals

  • Holistic approach to protect technology areas.
  • Changes investment decision of NPEs


  • Willing to deter the largest NPEs
  • Effects decisions of all NPEs

Always Deter

  • Never incentivizes future assertions
  • Deters against assertions by invalid patents

Startups Free

  • Early warning against assertion programs
  • Startups provide notification before NPE sale


  • Members can make better decisions
  • Independent of law firm, NPE, or consultant bias

All Inclusive

  • All services included in yearly membership fees
  • Leave whenever you want and keep any license

Unified “is ideal for start-ups and small companies that operate in a specific technology space, …”

— Stanford Law and EFF - Hacking the Patent System —



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Protected Zones

Unified mitigates the risk and cost of NPE litigation by protecting broad areas of technology called Zones.

Unified partners with large companies, SMEs and startups to proactively deter NPE activity. Resources employed include monitoring, market intelligence, claims analysis and USPTO challenges.

By protecting Zones Unified helps to manage NPE risk for its members'
most important products and services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Management owns 100% of Unified. Members have no ownership interest of any kind in Unified.
No. We believe paying NPEs “feeds the beast” and incentivizes further NPE activity.
Unified occasionally purchases patents that pose a risk to a Zone before they are acquired by an NPE. When doing so, all Zone members receive immediate perpetual licenses before the patent is sold or donated. Unified does not purchase patents or licenses from NPEs. We believe such activities “feed the beast” and incentivize further NPE activity.
Unified was founded by the CEO, Kevin Jakel, in the Summer of 2012 before being joined by co-founder Brian Hinman a few months later. Unified signed its first member in January of 2013.
Unified uses the subscription fees collected for each Zone to provide a wide range of services. Unified conducts patent analytics and provides those analytics to subscribed members. Unified also monitors ownership data, secondary-market patent sales, demand letters, and litigation to track any NPE activity and NPE risks in the Zone.
Unified is a membership organization created to help companies counter the costs and risks of NPE activity in key technologies or industries, called Zones. Like a trade association, members of Unified subscribe to a Zone for a small annual subscription fee based on company size.
Unified’s decision to file an IPR is based on various factors including, but not limited to:
(1) assessed validity of the patent,
(2) litigation strategy of the patent owner,
(3) notoriety of any NPE involved, and
(4) expected deterrence value to the Zone.
None. Unified retains sole and absolute discretion regarding all aspects of an IPR.
This includes:
(1) finding the prior art,
(2) conducting the invalidity analysis,
(3) deciding whether to file,
(4) preparing the petition, and
(5) prosecuting the IPR once filed.
Unified Patents objective is to deter invalid NPE assertions in technology areas companies care the most about.
Yes. Should Unified determine that its goals can be better served by terminating an IPR, Unified can settle an IPR so long as all members of a relevant Zone no longer have assertion risk.


Kevin Jakel


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Kevin Jakel

Shawn Ambwani

David Potts

SVP, Business Development

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David Potts

Jonathan Stroud

Chief Patent Counsel

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Jonathan Stroud

Gary Bender

GM, Electronic Payments Zone

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Gary Bender

Olivia Becker

Director of Business Development

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Olivia Becker

Sam Jaffna

Director of Analytics

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Sam Jaffna


Membership Tiers Pledge Protect Enterprise
Price Free $995 $35,000 and up
Pledge to notify before selling to an NPE check check
Annual Revenue of Company < $20 M < $20 M No limit
Unified Secure Logo check check check
NPE patent prior art analysis check check check
License to any patent acquired or licensed by Unified check check check
Invalidity opinion letters of counsel check check check
Lobbying for reducing NPE activity check check check
Deterrence against future NPE activity check check check
Patent landscape analysis check check
Patent market tracking check check
Zone Prior Art Repository check check
First right to purchase patents from Unified check check
Patent litigation/PTAB database and analytics check check
Free NPE insurance (Supplied through IPISC) check

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