Our Premise

Ideaship maximizes the potential of your enterprise value in relation to fundraising, go-to-market, and acquisition or IPO.

Business value

Your idea is the core of your business. We enable you to harvest, enhance, and maximize patent asset value and its impact on your enterprise.

Market advantage

Carefully curated patent value can be a beacon for companies on the lookout for a solution. We are world-renowned experts at understanding, articulating, and activating patent value.

Entire journey

You imagine the future. We support your innovations and maximize value. We harvest, enhance, and create value—at every stage.

Insight and perspective

Benefit from the wisdom and experience of GTT Group’s strategic patent analysis and monetization practices, and Panasonic’s world-leading patent department. Ideaship provides key developmental support when you need it most.

GROW

Business value

Your idea is the core of your business. We enable you to harvest, enhance, and maximize patent asset value and its impact on your enterprise.

NURTURE

Market advantage

Carefully curated patent value can be a beacon for companies on the lookout for a solution. We are world-renowned experts at understanding, articulating, and activating patent value.

CULTIVATE

Entire journey

You imagine the future. We support your innovations and maximize value. We harvest, enhance, and create value—at every stage.

TRANSFORM

Insight and perspective

Benefit from the wisdom and experience of GTT Group’s strategic patent analysis and monetization practices, and Panasonic’s world-leading patent department. Ideaship provides key developmental support when you need it most.

Together anything is possible

Ideaship is a collaboration between Global Technology Transfer Group and Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America. As founders, advisors, and board members, we’ve worked across the spectrum—from startups developing transformative technologies to the world’s most successful and storied corporations.

Our Team

It’s time to put our expertise to use in the start-up founder community—helping the explorer, the pioneer, the first-mover to actualize their vision. Cultivating innovations and charting the way, we finance patent filings and articulate patent value.
We provide the insight you need to navigate the voyage.

Michael Lubitz

Michael Lubitz Ideaship

Michael Lubitz

Michael is the founder and managing director of GTT Group, a global patent asset transaction and analysis firm. As an entrepreneur, Michael’s startups have been acquired by Softbank and Hewlett Packard. Words that Michael lives by: “No mud, no lotus. No lotus, no mud” (Thich Nhat Hahn).

Masa Murayama

Masa Murayama

Masa is the creative visionary behind Ideaship. An entrepreneur and quiet maverick, Masa created the business model and originated the Ideaship concept. His responsibilities include due diligence, investee company development and value creation. Prior to Ideaship, Masa was the Head of IP Strategy for the Audio, Video, and Communication (AVC) Technology and Products Division of Panasonic. Words that Masa lives by: “Courage without wisdom is mischief, and wisdom without courage is nonsense” (Erich Kästner).

Andrew Godsey

Andrew Godsey

Andrew is a managing director of GTT Group and leads consulting, brokerage, and sale side M&A business units. Andrew has led major transaction advisories including AOL and the negotiation and completion of the highest price paid in the last 20 years for a single patent family. One of Andrew’s favorite quotes is from John Wooden, “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”

Kazuki Kawakami

Kazuki Kawakami

Kaz provides operational guidance, investee company development, and due diligence support services. A practitioner of gentle wisdom and kindness, Kaz shepherded Ideaship from a concept to business reality and supports daily operations. Formerly responsible for Panasonic’s semiconductor patent portfolio, Kaz has extensive experience in patent licensing, litigation, and monetization. He has been the internal lead in ITC matters and is considered an expert in patent valuation. Words that Kaz lives by: “Ichi-go ich-e (Treasure every meeting, for it will never recur).”

Alan Kessler

Alan Kessler

Alan serves as General Counsel for Ideaship. He helped architect Ideaship’s formation and is responsible for transactional and intellectual property matters. He oversees a variety of processes including innovation catalog development and implementation. His patent expertise covers information technology and life sciences including mobile communications, software, and mechanical technologies. While at Knobbe Martens, Alan advised clients on patent strategy related to medical devices and drug discovery technologies, and defended generic pharmaceutical manufacturers in patent litigation matters. Words that Alan lives by: “Well, I’m a professional. I am serious, and I’m a professional” (Wayne Jarvis, Esq.).

Hiro Morinaga

Hiro Morinaga

Hiro interfaces with investee companies and provides due diligence, contractual, and strategic support. As a co-architect of Ideaship, Hiro’s work has been instrumental to the development and realization of Ideaship’s early success. He continues to provide internal operational support and external investee company development. As a member of the Audio, Visual, and Communications division at Panasonic, Hiro has led third-party partnerships to increase Panasonic’s market share and profitability. He understands that patent strategy is integral to innovation and sustainable growth. Part strategist, legal expert, and business lead, Hiro has successfully navigated IP licensing, monetization, and large scale acquisition. Words that Hiro lives by: “Life is like a box of chocolates” (Forrest Gump).

Evan Hallmark

Evan Hallmark

Chief Architect of Global Technology Transfer Group’s proprietary Patent Search Platform, Evan directs the company’s patent data analysis and visualization platform and provides strategic patent analysis and valuation support. He holds a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Southern California, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Words that Evan lives by: “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change” (Stephen Hawking).

Byron Godsey

Byron Godsey

Byron serves as the Finance Director of Ideaship and oversees finance, accounting, and investee company monitoring. He is also responsible for due diligence, and providing early stage accounting and financing support for investee companies. Before joining GTT Group and becoming a team member of Ideaship, Byron was a Senior Management Analyst for BearingPoint. He holds a B.S. in International Business Management from Brigham Young University and a M.S. in Financial Analysis from Portland State University. Words that Byron lives by: “In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind” (Louis Pasteur).

Kazutoshi Yasunaga

Kazutoshi Yasunaga

Yasu provides strategic due diligence, patent development support, operational guidance and leadership based on his unique patent life-cycle experiences that have been formed through his own personal innovations. A prolific inventor at Panasonic Corporation, he has been granted over 250 patents related to key mobile wireless technologies. Besides his career as pioneering wireless inventor and patent strategist, Yasu was a key member of the worldwide patent licensing and enforcement efforts since the founding of IP Bridge. Words that Yasu lives by: “Tasho-no-en (Even a chance meeting is due to fate)” (Buddhist teaching).

Robert Bell

Robert C. Bell

Robert has coached hundreds of founders, startups, and executives from inception to acquisition to post public offering. Rob has been there from the napkin sketches to companies doing $5B in annual revenue. He has been a founder, co-founder, adviser, partner, coach, consultant, and investor. Robert has leveraged his background in entrepreneurship, management, and engineering to bring a transparent and direct results-oriented approach to starting and growing companies. Words that Robert lives by: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” (Helen Keller”).

Ian Garrett

Ian Garrett

Ian provides operational support to the Ideaship team. An active early stage founder himself, Ian leverages his project management and software development experience to assist Ideaship in providing founders with mission essential services. Ian holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oregon. Words that Ian lives by: “He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right” (Confucius).

Navigate the Journey

Own your idea. Maximize the value of your business.

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