Our Management Team

Alexander Poltorak founded General Patent Corporation and serves as the company’s Chairman and CEO. Prior to the establishment of GPC in 1987, Dr. Poltorak was CEO of Rapitech Systems, Inc., a computer technology company he founded in 1983 and took public in 1986. Alex Poltorak is also the founder and President of American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR), a non-profit association that promotes American innovation through stronger patents and vigorous patent enforcement. Alex Poltorak is also a Certified Licensing Professional, and he has been included in the AIM Strategy 300, a list of the world's leading IP strategists compiled by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine, every year since 2010.

Michael E. Shanahan is Vice President and General Counsel at General Patent Corporation where he heads up the corporate legal department responsible for all litigation and licensing activities. Prior to joining GPC, Mr. Shanahan served as General Counsel for Signature Systems LLC was a partner at several law firms including McDermott, Will & Emery and Brown Rudnick Berlack & Israels. He has extensive experience in patent licensing and litigation as well as corporate legal expertise. Mr. Shanahan received his law degree from New York Law School, and he holds an MS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Engineering from Manhattan College. He is admitted to the bar associations of New York State, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Texas, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Supreme Court and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Alec Schibanoff, GPC’s Vice President of Marketing, is responsible for marketing for all the businesses in the GPC Group of Companies. Mr. Schibanoff’s career includes management positions at LawMax Legal Finance, Kaplan Test Prep (a unit of The Washington Post Company), and Brother International Corporation. He also runs IPOfferings LLC, GPC’s patent brokerage business unit.

Kathlene Ingham is General Patent’s Director of Licensing and she is the person most business owners and executives initially communicate with when they initially contact GPC about a patent infringement issue. Ms. Ingham has successfully negotiated over 100 patent licenses for General Patent business clients. Before joining GPC, she held management and consulting positions in the legal profession and hotel industry.