TECHSON - Intelligent Property
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  Luke Barbin    Co-Founder, CEO   Licensed attorney, IP data expert, and IP business development executive with over 14 years of IP industry experience, including over six years of legal practice. After college, Luke was an R&D engineer in a Fortune 500 medical device company.  Luke has launched and pioneered several successful IP research & data services, and is a recognized thought leader in IP with a proven track record of significant revenue growth in multi-million dollar IP research and data businesses. Luke, the native Texan on the executive team - was born in Galveston, and raised in Waco. He calls Austin home where he & Tara are raising their daughter and working to keep Austin "IP" weird.

Luke Barbin

Co-Founder, CEO

Licensed attorney, IP data expert, and IP business development executive with over 14 years of IP industry experience, including over six years of legal practice. After college, Luke was an R&D engineer in a Fortune 500 medical device company.  Luke has launched and pioneered several successful IP research & data services, and is a recognized thought leader in IP with a proven track record of significant revenue growth in multi-million dollar IP research and data businesses. Luke, the native Texan on the executive team - was born in Galveston, and raised in Waco. He calls Austin home where he & Tara are raising their daughter and working to keep Austin "IP" weird.

  Chris Mulkey    Co-Founder, COO   Chris is a licensed patent attorney with extensive patent research project delivery, training, and management experience with over a decade in Intellectual Property research, software programmer, and post-grad scientific researcher at Northwestern University.  Chris has conducted, managed, and delivered over $10.0 million in IP research comprised of thousands of projects for customers that include AM Law 100 firms and Fortune 500 companies. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University and his JD from University of Colorado School of Law. Chris lives in Las Vegas with his wife and 2 daughters.

Chris Mulkey

Co-Founder, COO

Chris is a licensed patent attorney with extensive patent research project delivery, training, and management experience with over a decade in Intellectual Property research, software programmer, and post-grad scientific researcher at Northwestern University.  Chris has conducted, managed, and delivered over $10.0 million in IP research comprised of thousands of projects for customers that include AM Law 100 firms and Fortune 500 companies. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University and his JD from University of Colorado School of Law. Chris lives in Las Vegas with his wife and 2 daughters.

  Tom Hochstatter    Co-Founder, President   Tom is a 30 year technology executive with the most recent 10 years focused on building technology solutions for the IP industry. Prior to Techson he was the Chief Strategy Officer for Dominion Harbor - a patent commercialization firm in Dallas; he had sold his last firm, idealAsset – the “match.com for IP” to Dominion Harbor in 2016; previously, he has split his career time among the F500 – Boeing, Microsoft, IBM, Yahoo - and numerous technology start-ups. He is an active board member for numerous companies and non-profits. Tom has been named a Top 300 IP Strategist by IAM Magazine 2014-2018. He resides in Austin with his wife & has three grown sons.

Tom Hochstatter

Co-Founder, President

Tom is a 30 year technology executive with the most recent 10 years focused on building technology solutions for the IP industry. Prior to Techson he was the Chief Strategy Officer for Dominion Harbor - a patent commercialization firm in Dallas; he had sold his last firm, idealAsset – the “match.com for IP” to Dominion Harbor in 2016; previously, he has split his career time among the F500 – Boeing, Microsoft, IBM, Yahoo - and numerous technology start-ups. He is an active board member for numerous companies and non-profits. Tom has been named a Top 300 IP Strategist by IAM Magazine 2014-2018. He resides in Austin with his wife & has three grown sons.

  David Nickelson    Director of Research   David specializes in the management, execution and delivery of patent and intellectual property research projects for clients in the patent research field while managing patent research resources and training of new employees. David secured a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and his JD from University of Miami. David splits his time between his home in the Orlando, Florida-area and then summers in White Fish, Montana; he is an avid outdoorsman and competitive cyclist. His backyard is Glacier National Park. Ask him to share some of his breathtaking photos.

David Nickelson

Director of Research

David specializes in the management, execution and delivery of patent and intellectual property research projects for clients in the patent research field while managing patent research resources and training of new employees. David secured a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and his JD from University of Miami. David splits his time between his home in the Orlando, Florida-area and then summers in White Fish, Montana; he is an avid outdoorsman and competitive cyclist. His backyard is Glacier National Park. Ask him to share some of his breathtaking photos.

  Beau Horner    Associate Project Manager   Beau graduated Cum Laude from Clemson University after earning his undergraduate degree in Polymer and Fiber Chemistry (with a minor in Chemistry). He continued his studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Patent Law program finishing with a Masters in Patent Law. Beau has been in the patent research industry since graduation and he has excelled at producing high quality research results across dozens of diverse technology sectors. He lives in Austin and finds time to maintain an active role helping other entrepreneurs seek their start-up dreams. 

Beau Horner

Associate Project Manager

Beau graduated Cum Laude from Clemson University after earning his undergraduate degree in Polymer and Fiber Chemistry (with a minor in Chemistry). He continued his studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Patent Law program finishing with a Masters in Patent Law. Beau has been in the patent research industry since graduation and he has excelled at producing high quality research results across dozens of diverse technology sectors. He lives in Austin and finds time to maintain an active role helping other entrepreneurs seek their start-up dreams. 

  Dan Clarke    Acting CFO   Dan Clarke is a specialist in hyper-growth businesses and is guiding the finances and operations of Techson.  Dan's "day job" is the CEO and Managing Partner of Distinct Capital Group here in Austin. DCG was the lead investor in Techson's most recent funding round. Dan, in alignment with DCG's investment principals, has taken an active role in Techson's day-to-day operations providing senior guidance and access to net new market opportunities to the the team.

Dan Clarke

Acting CFO

Dan Clarke is a specialist in hyper-growth businesses and is guiding the finances and operations of Techson.

Dan's "day job" is the CEO and Managing Partner of Distinct Capital Group here in Austin. DCG was the lead investor in Techson's most recent funding round. Dan, in alignment with DCG's investment principals, has taken an active role in Techson's day-to-day operations providing senior guidance and access to net new market opportunities to the the team.