LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sisvel International SA is pleased to announce the appointment of Karel van Lelyveld as the new CEO of the Sisvel Group.
Karel van Lelyveld, graduated from law school and for many years was the General Counsel of Philips Consumer Electronics. Further, he was co-founder of MPEG LA and its first Chairman. In recent years he has been a valued advisor to the Board of Sisvel.
Karel van Lelyveld, a Dutch national, has been appointed as CEO as of
January 1, 2014.
“I am happy to see that Mr. van Lelyveld is leading the Sisvel Group” said Roberto Dini, founder of Sisvel. “Since I founded this Company over thirty years ago, Sisvel has been entrusted by several technology leaders to manage their IP assets to create value. With Karel as its new CEO coupled with Sisvel’s unique expertise and understanding of the business, Sisvel will continue to grow and prosper as the guardian of intellectual property.
Throughout his career Karel has consistently shown himself to be an extraordinary leader, he knows very well the value of innovation and consequent valorisation of intellectual property. For Sisvel, Karel van Lelyveld is the right person to lead the company forward.”
“I am delighted by the opportunity to lead Sisvel” said Mr. van Lelyveld. “I believe Sisvel has amazing assets which include its own R&D department and an international team of licensing and verification experts. I look forward to working with the management team and employees worldwide and contribute to the company’s continued success and leadership in the protection and licensing of intellectual property.”
Started in 1982 when Sisvel S.p.A. was founded in Italy, the Sisvel Group has become a world leader in managing intellectual property and maximizing the value of patent rights. The Sisvel Group is global in scope and reach, with companies in Italy (Sisvel in None Torinese and Edico in Rome), the United States (Sisvel US and Audio MPEG in Metropolitan Washington, DC), China (Sisvel Hong Kong), Japan (Sisvel Japan in Tokyo), Germany (Sisvel Germany in Stuttgart), Luxembourg (Sisvel International), and the United Kingdom (Sisvel UK), with over one hundred professionals worldwide with technical, legal, and licensing expertise. Sisvel has a long history of managing successful patent portfolios including those related to the audio compression standards known as MP3 and MPEG Audio, and widespread technologies such as OSD (On Screen Display), ATSS (Automatic Tuning & Sorting System), and WSS (Wide Screen Signalling - for automatic switching of television image formats). Sisvel currently operates patent pools and joint licensing programs for the UHF-RFID, DVB-T, DVB-T2, LTE and Wi-Fi standards, together with its Sisvel Wireless licensing program and is in the process of creating a new licensing program for DVB-C2.
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