About Us

Mining, organizing and providing access to IP data since 2007.

Our Mission

Finding useful IP information in the public domain is difficult. Not only is it scattered and unorganized, there is no obligation for companies to disclose their IP assets or strategies in their entirety. At ktMINE, we seek to remedy this problem by mining data, organizing it, connecting it and providing hands on access to hard working professionals such as yourself. On top of that, our talented team has created innovative ways to link data sets, revealing previously unseen connections. Don’t take our word for it. We’d love to chat with you, and we’d definitely love showing off what we work so hard to create.

Beginnings

Our story begins with ktMINE’s founders, a group of economists working day in and out on court cases related to intellectual property valuations. The need for a fast, all inclusive solution was integral to their success, yet available products just weren’t meeting their needs. To remedy the problem we began creating a database of license agreements and royalty rates. We soon found the combination of human talent and organized, accessible data created a winning equation. This did not go unnoticed, and soon we were being approached by competitors about licensing our database. The rest, as they say, is history. With transparency in mind, we have since expanded our data sets to provide professionals around the world a broader range of intelligence.

 


David R. Jarczyk, CLP
President & CEO

Pizza addict

Our fearless leader, David has lovingly nurtured ktMINE from idea to conception and beyond. With expertise in transfer pricing services, intellectual property valuations, and competitive intelligence analysis, David has been paramount to the success of the company. Under his leadership, ktMINE has grown from a royalty rate database provider, to the all-encompassing IP databases provider it is today. Did we mention he’s been named to the IAM 300 for the past 3 years?

Credentials: MBA and Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from DePaul University

Memberships: Licensing Executive Society, Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals, and American Bar Assocation

David regularly presents for organizations and contributes to publications such as:

  • Licensing Executive Society (LES)
  • Les Nouvelles
  • Bloomberg BNA
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)
  • Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)
  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • International Tax Review (ITR)
  • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Texas A&M University Business School
  • DePaul University Business School
  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV)
  • American Society of Appraisers (ASA)

 

L. Michael Taylor
Chief Technology Officer

Ruined the ending of Breaking Bad season 3 for the entire team while coming up with this fact

The ‘Father’ of ktMINE technology, Mike custom-built the application infrastructure and data mining engine that powers all ktMINE products. As the leader of all technology and development initiatives, Mike oversees everything from back office integration to web application architecture and development. Having previously founded his own company, 83 Systems, Mike has ample experience developing and designing enterprise scale applications.

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from DePaul University

Christopher Teglia, CPA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer

Once lived in a known hide-out for Al Capone

Our finance guru, Chris came to ktMINE from Ceteris, having played a pivotal role in executing the growth strategy that ultimately led to the successful sale of the company in 2012. Chris brings his magic touch to ktMINE, managing our general and administrative operations, advising on all strategic decisions, and helping build the infrastructure of the firm. Finance, accounting, human resources? Chris is your man.

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northern Illinois University

Luke M. Barbin
Managing Director

Luke was born on an island…in Texas.

Having worked as an R&D engineer at a Fortune 500 medical device company, and as a practicing attorney at an IP law boutique, Luke’s education and experiences are as diverse as the questions he helps answer for ktMINE’s customers. Prior to joining ktMINE, he was the head of business development at a well-known IP research and legal process outsourcing company in Chicago. Luke now lives in the Texas Hill Country and works out of our offices in Austin. As a Managing Director, Luke utilizes his expertise to help ktMINE meet the IP information requirements of a broad range of professionals in various industries around the world. We’re lucky to have him!

Credentials: Admitted to Practice Law in the State of Texas (2004); Juris Doctorate, DePaul University College of Law (2004); and Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University (2000).

Memberships: Licensing Executives Society; Intellectual Property Owners Association; American Intellectual Property Law Association; and International Trademark Association

Dan Spaeth
Managing Director

Saw the original band in concert and can still be found rocking out to the blues inspired tunes of Led Zeppelin

With 30+ years of experience under his belt, Dan boasts expertise within a vast array of industries and functional areas, including IP legal services. His previous leadership roles as a management consultant, auditor/CPA, expert witness, managing director, CFO and CIO, to name a few, make Dan uniquely qualified to assess the needs of IP professionals at any level. His specialties include business development, intellectual property, valuations, financial management, strategy, and business innovation. Give Dan a minute of your time, and he’ll likely solve your problems. He’s that good.

Credentials: MBA from Northern Illinois University and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting from Saint Louis University

Memberships: Illinois CPA Society, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Licensing Executive Society

John F. Kennedy
Director of Business Development

Attended Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday party

Heading up our East Coast operations, John has more than 14 years of experience, expertly fulfilling the strategic information needs of everyone from tax authorities to intelligence agencies. With his uncanny ability to assess your needs, John ensures you have the data you need to accomplish your intellectual property duties. Plus his name is JFK and that’s pretty fun.

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Saint Anselm College

John Wiora
Director of Operations

Has seen over 1000 bands play live including New Kids on the Block, Pink, Wilco, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, and Sonic Youth.

As Director of Operations, John takes the lead role in making sure the ktMINE machine is a well-oiled one. He also heads up data acquisition, analysis, and implementation. Having researched trends, patterns and relationships surrounding specialized facets of IP intangibles transactions for a broad range of customers, John is well versed in the needs of our broad customer base. Through his work with ktMINE, and his previous life as a transfer pricing professional, John has personally analyzed thousands of IP license agreements. He’s a really fast reader.

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Marketing from DePaul University

Memberships: Licensing Executive Society