Hal Vern Kauffeldt
Founder and Lead Consultant
Hal Kauffeldt is a founding partner of TechSys Insights, a premier consulting firm maximizing the value of their clients intellectual property. After receiving his B. Sc. (Honours – Computing Science) from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada in 1982, he accepted a position with Bell-Northern Research (now part of Nortel Networks), Canada’s leading telecommunications research and development laboratory. He played key technical and managerial roles in the development of Nortel’s Meridian™ and TransportNode™ product lines, where he held the lead architect position for all software development.
Moving to Fujitsu, he became a lead systems architect for the development of their high speed SONET platform. Recognition of his leadership attributes, and his ability to successfully negotiate with his Japanese colleagues, propelled him to the Director, Systems Engineering role, where he was responsible for the architecture and technical design of all telecommunications products for the North American market. This role included substantial responsibilities for contributing to, administering, and guiding their patent review and submission process. His responsibilities for strategic and tactical management of corporate intellectual property – including decisions on patenting versus retention of trade secret status for inventions – led him naturally toward his current focus of helping companies assess and capitalize upon the value latent within their intellectual property portfolio.
Mr. Kauffeldt has conducted analyses covering digital, analog and optical communications, semiconductors, electro-optical devices and materials, fabrication and manufacturing processes, packaging, communications systems and networks, optical sensors, microwave signal processing and national and international standards. He has received numerous scholastic and corporate awards for technical achievement, has presented technical papers at international conferences, and has been a corporate representative to international standards bodies on behalf of several multi-national corporations.