GTT Group represents the world's leading technology companies and universities.

Management Team

GTT differentiates itself from other firms in many ways, but perhaps most obviously by the high caliber of customer service offered by every team member.


Michael Lubitz
CEO & Chairman & Founder

Michael Lubitz CEO & Chairman GTT GroupMr. Lubitz originally formed GTT Group as a global patent brokerage firm specializing in essential and commercially important asset transactions with transnational competency. The firm’s origins date back to 1997, some 20 years ago. Mr. Lubitz’s brokerage transactions include the highest value per asset transaction and the single largest asset transfer between practicing entities. Under Mr. Lubitz’s leadership, GTT Group’s transaction and subject matter expertise propelled it to a lead advisor concerning such notable transactions as Nortel and AOL.

Early on Mr. Lubitz established GTT Group as a market knowledge leader. Over a decade ago, Mr. Lubitz began publishing the quarterly Patent Transaction Marketplace Report, which is the bellwether report for industry professionals. Mr. Lubitz is the originator of the Patent Market Index, or PMI®, regarded as the benchmark index for patent transaction activity within the United States; and the Patent Licensing Index, or PLI®, the only index dedicated to understanding the equity performance of publicly traded patent licensing companies. GTT Group is a leading marketplace information source and publishes on a variety of topics impacting patent monetization and value.

Mr. Lubitz originated the firm’s brokerage, acquisition, valuation, and analysis practices. GTT Group became well known for its patent analysis and subject matter expertise leading to additional practice advisories including directed prosecution and validity services. GTT Group is well known as a problem solver that can generate creative solutions that significantly mitigate or reduce risk, and/or create value. Mr. Lubitz’s emphasis and obsession with quality led to the development of highly sophisticated backend processes and the recruitment of elite subject matter experts.

Mr. Lubitz early in his career focused on system and predictive analytics and within GTT Group was the architect for its artificial intelligence and machine learning development. These efforts over 20 years led to the creation of a separate advanced development and applications group internal to GTT Group.

Mr. Lubitz is an entrepreneur, having co-founded and been an early employee in a number of Silicon Valley-based start ups and serving as a board member. The most notable start-ups were iM Networks, acquired by Softbank’s Broadmedia and Bitfone, acquired by Hewlett Packard. Previously, Mr. Lubitz was in-house counsel to Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation and patent counsel to Shin-Etsu Handotai America. He is well known as a patent portfolio development specialist having developed large portfolios in the semiconductor and communications related areas for a myriad of companies that eventually led to significant patent asset transactions. Mr. Lubitz also advised the American Association for the Advancement of Science on technology transfer and new venture creation issues in Japan.

Before entering law school, Mr. Lubitz served as a systems specialist for Kyocera Corporation in Kyoto, Japan. Mr. Lubitz has a Bachelor of Science in General Business with an emphasis in Japanese from Arizona State University. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego. At the University of San Diego, Michael received the American Jurisprudence Award for his work in Secured Transactions and served as an Associate Editor of the Journal for Contemporary Legal Issues.

Intellectual Asset Management recognizes Mr. Lubitz as one of the World’s Leading 300 IP Strategists. His speaking engagements have included appearing before the USPTO Roundtable regarding Real Party in Interest proposed regulations; the HNBA Annual Convention, Patent Battles in the Mobile Space; LES, Silicon Valley Chapter, The New Innovation Playbook That Every CxO Must Have; two CIP Forum workshops: Marketplace Perspectives on IP Risk Management and Trends in Large Patent Portfolio Valuation and Related Transactions; panel moderator, Extracting Value from Patents: the Evolving Landscape, at the 21st Annual Fordham Intellectual Property Law and Policy Conference; and LES, Montreal Chapter, Realities of the Patent Marketplace.


Daniel Buri
Director, Asset Services

Daniel Buri Director, Asset Services GTT GroupA key member of GTT Group’s management team since joining in 2007, Mr. Buri has continued development and implementation of GTT Group’s patent acquisition practice, creating a targeted patent acquisition practice that not only identifies and qualifies potential transactions but also realizes repeated success. In 2016, Dan assumed new strategic operational leadership roles that have contributed significantly to GTT Group’s growth and profitability. A gifted and creative dealmaker, Dan has been able to generate transactions and take advantage of opportunities that come from extraordinary insight and persistence. Mr. Buri also leads GTT Group’s validity services practice, helping to originate and continuously improve GTT Group’s best-in-industry approach.

Mr. Buri has successfully assisted some of the world’s largest companies in multi-million dollar patent sales. In addition, Mr. Buri has played pivotal roles in GTT Group patent valuation, patent portfolio management, and patent analysis engagements. Intellectual Asset Management has recognized Dan as one of the World’s Leading 300 IP Strategists. He is a licensed attorney before the Oregon and Utah State Bars, and a patent attorney registered with the USPTO. Dan received a B.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Portland and his J.D. with an IP Certificate from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law.


Andrew Godsey
Director, Asset Services

Andrew Godsey Director, Asset Services GTT GroupMr. Godsey, is responsible for open market offerings within GTT Group’s brokerage and divestiture practice and has been with GTT Group for 12 years. Mr.Godsey is the director responsible for negotiating and completing the highest price paid for a single patent family in the last 2 decades. Mr. Godsey has led GTT Group’s patent acquisition as well as valuation advisories and has managed large portfolio analysis projects as well as on going patent buy side / targeted acquisition engagements.

Mr. Godsey’s prior transactional experience includes Nortel and AOl divestitures, and he has led global patent related transactions and consultancies including complex portfolio valuations and patent asset divestitures. He has also initiated strategic patent initiatives, being part of the team that originally envisioned and initiated GTT Group’s patent analysis and delivery platform. Mr. Godsey is recognized as one of the World’s Leading 300 IP Strategists by Intellectual Asset Management.

Prior to joining GTT Group, Mr. Godsey served as a marketing consultant for several Fortune 1000 companies where he contributed to areas such as public relations, advertising, investor relations and sales management. Mr. Godsey holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Western Washington University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business.


Alan Kessler
General Counsel / Director, Asset Services

Alan Kessler General Counsel / Director, Asset Services GTT GroupMr. Kessler is GTT Group’s General Counsel. He is also responsible for GTT Group’s analytical and quality assurance processes. Mr. Kessler is the chief architect of GTT Group’s internal analyst quality control and management systems, and oversees GTT Group’s next generation patent information system development. Mr. Kessler’s responsibilities include patent analysis methodology and systems, quality assurance systems, and patent information related systems.

Prior to joining GTT Group, Mr. Kessler ran his own boutique intellectual law practice in the Seattle area. Mr. Kessler also worked in the patent litigation group at Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear. His patent expertise includes mobile communications, software, electrical, and mechanical ICT technologies.

Mr. Kessler is a licensed attorney before the California, Washington, and Oregon State Bars and a patent attorney registered with the USPTO. Mr. Kessler received a B.A. in Physics from Reed College and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Mick Banks
Director, Asset Services

Michael “Mick” Banks Director, Asset Services GTT GroupMr. Banks is currently responsible for GTT Group’s new business development and core advisory support services. Before joining GTT Group, Mr. Banks consulted law firms in the Portland area concerning complex Financial Fraud cases, Patent and Trademark issues, and Technology Transfer negotiations involving German, Japanese, Korean and American Firms.

Mr. Banks has worn a number of professional hats in his life. After finishing college at Schiller University in Heidelberg, Germany, he moved to Los Angeles and began working in the Film and Television Industry, eventually becoming a Production Executive with a major television production company. In 1990, Mr. Banks moved to the Pacific Northwest and earned his legal degree at the Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. From 1993 to 2006 he was an active trial lawyer, practicing in both Federal and Oregon Appellate and Trial Courts, primarily focusing upon Complex Litigation. In 2006 he was recruited to assist with management of a regional mortgage bank and continued to advise various entities.


Evan Hallmark
Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning Systems

Evan Hallmark Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning Development & Patent Analyst GTT GroupMr. Hallmark developed GTT Group’s proprietary Artificial Intelligence Platform and is its chief architect, and he leads GTT’s Machine Learning development efforts. He is also responsible for the development and support of other proprietary solutions and information systems utilized within GTT Group.

In addition to system development, Mr. Hallmark provides applicable subject matter expertise support and generates custom solutions based on specific client requirements.

Mr. Hallmark received a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Southern California where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a particular emphasis on Applied Statistics, Artificial Intelligence, and Numerical Methods. He also minored in Computer Science from USC’s School of Engineering with the same honor.


Byron Godsey
Controller

Byron Godsey Director of Finance GTT GroupMr. Godsey joined GTT Group in 2007 and oversees the finance, accounting, and business system functions. His responsibilities include day to day oversight and planning. Mr. Godsey also is responsible for business intelligence analysis. Prior to joining GTT Group, Mr. Godsey was a Senior Management Analyst for BearingPoint where he managed budgets, prepared cost estimates, and oversaw financial reporting for clients.

Mr. Godsey received his B.S. in International Business Management from Brigham Young University – Hawaii. He also holds an M.S. in Financial Analysis from Portland State University.


Kari Laento
Strategic Advisor Emeritus

Kari Laento Co-founder & Strategic Advisor Emeritus GTT GroupKari Laento was formerly the President and CEO of SnV Partners, a leading venture capital firm based in Helsinki, Finland. Mr. Laento was an early investor in Paypal. Previously, Mr. Laento was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Venture Capital for Sonera Corporation. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Sourcing and Intellectual Asset Management. Mr. Laento was a member of the Advisory Board for both the Noptek Fund and the TelAdvent Fund.

Mr. Laento has contributed to several books including, Intellectual Property Rights and Corporate Valuation, and also was a member of the prestigious IPR Roundtable. He monetized Neste Oy’s patent holdings in the 1980’s and is considered a pioneer in technology licensing.

An accomplished Olympiad, Mr. Laento has served as both President and board member for the Finnish Basketball Federation and as a member of the board of the National Olympic Committee. Mr. Laento is proficient in four languages, Finnish, Swedish, English and German. Mr. Laento has a Master of Laws degree, from University of Helsinki. He also attended Helsinki Business School, Finnish Institute of Management, and Darden Business School, University of Virginia.


George Fleming
Board Member Emeritus

George Fleming Board Member Emeritus GTT GroupMr. Fleming served as GTT Group’s Chief Financial Officer. He retired as CFO in 2016 and currently serves as a board member.

George Fleming previously served as President of United Resources, an entity responsible for United Grocer’s lending portfolio including secondary market development and SEC compliance. Subsequent to United Resources, Mr. Fleming managed his own financial services company specializing in providing secured financing for growing companies. Mr. Fleming brings over 50 years experience to GTT and specializes in risk management and strategic planning. Mr. Fleming holds a B.S. from Portland State University.