John is the founder and CEO of Rowan TELS Corporation and has been a leading innovator in the IP industry for the past 20+ years. Rowan provides cost-effective technology-enabled legal services (TELS) that address the complex legal challenges of corporations and law firms around patent drafting, anti-counterfeiting, and legal management consulting. Prior to Rowan, John was a co-founder and CEO of RPX Corporation from 2008-2017, creating the first defensive patent aggregator, leading his team from inception to a $850 million IPO in 2011, and building the business to over 300 clients and $300M in annual revenue. Before co-founding RPX, Mr. Amster was the General Manager of Strategic Acquisitions and Vice President of Licensing at Intellectual Ventures, a Managing Director and founder of the M&A Advisory practice for Ocean Tomo, and Vice President and Secretary at InterTrust Technologies. Mr. Amster received his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his B.A. from Middlebury College.