Our Team

We are an experienced team with decades of experience in technology and patent research
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Mike Baycroft, Chief Executive Officer

Mike founded the company in 2006 after leaving Thomson Scientific where he was the VP of Corporate Technology Solutions for the Corporate Markets business unit. He led the development, support, and operations of all Corporate Markets' products including those developed by MicroPatent, Delphion, and Wila. This included customer facing applications as well as content services reliant on patent data. Mike joined Thomson Scientific through the acquisition of Information Holdings Inc. (IHI) in 2004, the owner of MicroPatent, where he served as CIO. In this position he was responsible for all product development, and was also actively engaged in customer service, business development, and strategic planning as a member of the MicroPatent executive team.
 

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Tom DeTroy, Chief Financial Officer

Tom joined IFI in 2008 after prior financial leadership position at MicroPatent and Thomson Scientific. He played a key role in the acquisition and integration of MicroPatent into Thomson Scientific. Prior to joining MicroPatent, Tom was VP of Finance at Uniscribe Professional Services, a $100 million provider of digital document solutions and CFO for Dataline Corporation, a $25 million software developer. Tom has experience with start-up, growth and turn-around businesses, mergers and acquisitions and managing the finance function for small to medium size companies. He is also a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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David Santamauro, Chief Technology Officer

David was previously Chief Data and Systems Architect at Thomson Scientific from 2004 to 2007 where he designed and developed distributed back-end search, storage and data retrieval for the Patent Web, MPI, Aureka and subsequent Thomson Innovation product lines. From 2000 to 2004 David was a key patent content developer for MicroPatent responsible for content analysis and large-scale data processing, loading and search operations.
 

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Janice Stevenson, Executive Vice President, Client Relations

Janice Stevenson applies her vast client support experience to providing IFI clients the foundation they need to bring their applications to full fruition. She draws on past experience as a trainer, sales manager, and developer focused on intellectual property and patent applications.

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Marc Solfrian, Europe and India

Marc supports IFI CLAIMS as an independent sales consultant in Europe and India. With more than 20 years of experience in the patent business including a role at Thomson Reuters as VP of Sales and Managing Director, he provides valuable advice to companies seeking a patent data solution.

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Rosa Alentorn, Vice President, Data Operations

Rosa ensures that data for CLAIMS® Direct clients is of world-class quality. She plans new data additions, works with patent authorities, and leads the editorial team. Prior to joining IFI, Rosa worked for more than 23 years at Prous Science, a drug information provider now part of Clarivate Analytics, as Director of Scientific Information Development. During this time she was responsible for the content and design of scientific and patent databases. She has a broad experience leading teams of scientific analysts and chemical data curators as well as integrating data management workflows. 

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Mark Hower, Vice President, Americas

Mark’s more than 25 years in all aspects of the patent business allows him to quickly understand a client’s needs and find solutions to grow their businesses. He has held business development positions at Derwent Information, SmartPatents/Aurigin Systems, and MicroPatent. He later worked in senior roles with Cyveillance, CPA Global, and IP.com. He previously worked with IFI's CEO, Mike Baycroft, from 1998 to 2000 when he was Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, at MicroPatent during the launch of PatentWeb, PCT FullText, and PatentKeeper.

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Qin Meng, Asia Sales

Qin consults with customers in the Asia Pacific region to provide global patent data solutions appropriate to their needs. Prior to joining IFI, she worked as a patent information searcher and information specialist, concentrating on the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

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Larry Cady, Senior Analyst

Larry Cady is an experienced patent data analyst and conducts research in support of IFI’s clients and partners. Before joining IFI CLAIMS, Larry was VP of Product Management at Thomson Scientific, responsible for IP products.  He led the launch of Thomson Innovation and the expansion of Thomson’s Asian language data coverage.  He also led product management and customer service at MicroPatent prior to its acquisition by Thomson.