Arleen Malley Zank



New and Emerging Technology

Way Better Patents™.

Founder and Publisher of waybetterpatents.com, a website focused on chronicling the latest developments in intellectual property, innovations, inventions and patents. Way Better Patents™ designs products and services for inventors, investors, policy makers, and business people who need up-to-date information on trends and market activity in innovations, patents, and inventions. Lead a team of expert patent data analysts experienced in all aspects of patent data structure, content, and interrelationships with other public (and USPTO internal) patent data.

Way Better Patents™ was selected as one of the first 50 Open Data 500 preview companies featured by opendata500.com. The Open Data 500 is the first comprehensive study of U.S. companies that use open government data to generate new business and develop new products and services. The Open Data 500 study is funded by the Knight Foundation and conducted by the GovLab.

Participated in Open Data 500 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Department of Commerce Open Data Roundtable and USPTO Open Data Roundtable to collaborate with business and government colleagues on open data and information access issues.

M2M & IoT Cyber Security

Designed and delivered cyber security strategy and training program for leading Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) device, consumables, sensor, and predictive services solutions provider in the scientific and medical instruments market.

Founders Institute

Mentor at the new Baltimore beta location of the Founders Institute. Founders Institute is the world’s premier startup bootcamp for talented entrepreneurs.

Synthetic Biology Start-Up

Business and strategy advisor to synbio start-up developing integrated cost-effective continuous culture bioreactors for synthetic biology, directed evolution, and culturing the currently un-culturable microorganism. Developing go-to-market, regulatory and IP strategies.

Intellectual Property

USPTO Pre-Grant Patent Classification.

The solutions architect, systems integrator and developer of the digital business process and workflow system to support the outsourced pre-grant publication (PGPub) classification of patent applications for the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This secure system supports receipt of patent image file wrappers and supporting documentation, automatic extraction and classification of the content using latent semantic analysis and advanced custom analytics, and automated application routing to the appropriate patent examination and classification work groups. The project required FISMA-compliant Authority to Operate (ATO) process to insure highly secure protection and need to patent applications and agency operational data.

Academic Patents and Technology Transfer

Developed an econometric model of patent licensing using patent maintenance and fee data which exploits the patent renewal fee scheme to determine which university patents are licensed over their enforceable life cycle and at what point the licensing occurs. This effort looked at taxpayer funded patents granted under Bayh-Dole and non-federally funded patents. This is the first work to use public fee data to evaluate licensing and timing of university technology commercialization. This work was performed in conjunction with a team of leading innovation economists led by Kyriakos Drivas, PhD.

Worked with Johns Hopkins University Homewood Engineering School on the development of technology transfer and patent strategies to expedite identification of corporate development partners, and delivery of Johns Hopkins IP assets to the marketplace.

European Patent Office Case Management Modernization

Provided business development and proposal support to the Logica team's successful bid for the European Patent Office (EPO) Case Management Modernization, a secure fully digital collaborative platform end-to-end patent prosecution platform. The Logica led team included Documentum, Be Informed, and the Sword Group.

Patent Classification

Manage Patent Classification consulting tasks to analyze patent claims and patent specifications to determine the likely set of US Patent Classification (USPC) and International Patent Classifications (IPC) that would be assigned to the patent application at USPTO. This helps clients gain insight into which Technology Center (TC) and Group Art Unit (GAU) at USPTO is likely to be assigned the patent for examination and the universe of prior art that USPTO will review based on these classifications. Developing harmonization tools and concordances to support patent analytics using the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system developed jointly by USPTO and the EPO. This provides insight into the likely prior art that USPTO will look and the impact of claim construction prior to submission of patent applications to USPTO.

Business Methods Patents

Expert in issues surrounding software and Business Methods Patents, one of the most contentious areas in informationization of invention. Our team has worked with USPTO on the definition of USPTO Class 705 organization and the art that falls into the business methods examination groups at USPTO. The team has classified and reviewed over 11,000 business methods patent and has deep insight into the nuances of these patents and the potential impact of upcoming changes to these types of patents as a result of the 2011 American Invents Act.

Coronado IP — Intelligent Patent Search

Coronado IP is an on-demand, on-line, self-directed suite of intelligent search and analytical tool for intellectual property research and IP asset and portfolio management. Coronado IP’s state of the art patent content classification and conceptual search technology are designed to let you search the way you think.

US Census of Agriculture

Coronado Group designed, developed, and deployed the automated data capture and image storage and retrieval system to support the Census of Agriculture for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The system created 2.5 million new images pages a week and captured data from over 109,000 unique fields and 528 unique bar codes achieving an accuracy rate of 99.5% at the field level. Image copies of survey forms are linked to the agency's SAS based statistical analysis system to support direct access to source data by economics and statisticians and are available to personnel in USDA offices in all 50 states.

Cybersecurity and Governance

Moving Target Defense CyberSecurity

Delivered a range of services focused on cyber security, threat analysis and deterrence, agile and resilient cyber strategies and frameworks, and emerging computer architectures. Developed agile and resilient self-recovering intrusion tolerant defense approaches for critical infrastructure including critical national infrastructure (emerging Smart Grid), and critical defense systems.

Self-Cleaning Intrusion Tolerance

Provided commercialization, market assessment and business development consulting to SCIT Labs, the developer of six patents on self-cleaning intrusion tolerance cybersecurity technology.

Vector-Based Insider Threat Tools

Coronado Group developed demonstration technology that uses mathematical vector models of insider normal band information system behavior in conjunction with advanced latent semantic analysis technology to provide new techniques for detecting, monitoring, and mediating malicious insider behavior.

Risk Estimate U.S. Critical Infrastructure

Department of Homeland Security | National Risk Estimate 2012 Insider Threat to U.S. Critical Infrastructure. Participated in insider threat risk assessment and cyber defense war game simulation to examine cyber threats posed by information systems insiders and technology risk. This effort was part of the DHS Critical Infrastructure Partnership.

Cyber Security and Security-Aware Software Development

Advised organizations building Cloud and Web based software and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions on how to address cyber threats and the need for cyber secure code during software development. This work focuses on cyber threats, proactive and reactive system architectures, attack strategies, vulnerabilities in embedded, cloud, IoT, and mobile systems.

FISMA & NIST Compliant Systems.

Lead Coronado Group systems engineers and solutions architects in the design, development, and deployment of Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and NIST 800 compliant information systems. Personally acted as FISMA Solutions Architect responsible for authority to operate for secure systems being deployed within the Federal Government and Federal Defense contractors. Experienced in all aspects of information assurance (IA) best practice and obtaining authority to operate (ATO) across a wide range of system architectures and information technology missions.

DOD 5015.2 Compliant Records Systems.

Design and develop 5015.2 compliant records systems and procedures including working with JTICS to help organizations design customized solutions that meet the defacto industry standard for records and digital artifact management.

Sarbanes-Oxley Compliant Records Management.

Designed and implemented a document control and records management system for a major telecommunications and cable provider. This digital and physical document control environment linked to the firm's internal controls systems to support compliance.

Section 508 Electronic Equipment Accessibility.

Design software and hardware compliant systems to facilitate access to complex business systems by individuals with disabilities. Developed compliance procedures to insure that Section 508 compliance was maintained as new features are introduced and systems changes over time.

Education: The George Washington University
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