Washington, DC and San Jose, CA – Unified Patents, LLC (“Unified” or the “Company”), the leading membership based organization devoted to deterring patent abuse, received a growth investment from WestView Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on middle market growth companies.
“We are excited to partner with WestView – it marks a milestone for Unified, and we look forward to driving our next chapter of growth together,” said Kevin Jakel, CEO and Founder of Unified. “Unified is dedicated to continuing the deterrence work we pioneered while partnering with WestView on new growth initiatives.”
Since its founding in 2012, Unified has grown to over 250 members who range from small startups to some of the largest technology implementers in the world. The Company’s unique strategy of zone deterrence against patent abuse through data and analytics, while never incentivizing NPE activity, has resonated with many key participants in the technology community. Unified will continue to focus on these core values as the Company grows and diversifies into new areas for its members.
“Partnering with WestView will open new opportunities for Unified,” said Shawn Ambwani, COO and Co-Founder of Unified. “The partnership will accelerate new projects and offerings with additional resources, capabilities and bandwidth.”
“Our investment in Unified reflects WestView’s longstanding commitment to partnering with leading companies led by strong and passionate entrepreneurs,” said Jonathan Hunnicutt, General Partner at WestView, who will join Unified’s board along with Vice President Jeff Clark. “Kevin, Shawn and their team have built a company and philosophy that the industry has embraced.”
Unified was advised by D.A. Davidson & Co. and GCA Advisors, and represented by Mintz, while WestView was represented by Latham & Watkins LLP.
About Unified Patents
Unified is a 250+ international membership organization that seeks to improve patent quality and deter unsubstantiated or invalid patent assertions in defined technology sectors through its activities. Its actions are focused broadly in technology areas or “zones” with substantial assertions by standard essential patent holders and/or non-practicing entities. These actions may include analytics, prior art, invalidity contests, patentability analysis, administrative patent review (PTAB), amicus briefs, economic surveys, and essentiality studies. Unified works independently of its members to achieve its deterrence goals. For more information, please visit www.unifiedpatents.com.
About WestView Capital Partners
WestView Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused exclusively on middle market growth companies, manages approximately $1.7 billion in capital across four funds. WestView partners with existing management teams to sponsor minority and majority recapitalizations, growth and consolidation transactions in industries such as healthcare technology and outsourcing, business services, software and IT services, consumer and growth industrial. WestView invests in companies with operating profits between $3 million and $20 million with investment sizes ranging from $10 million to $60 million. For more information, please visit www.wvcapital.com.