Forbes: Immigrants, Patents and Silicon Valley - IronKey Weighs In

February 3, 2012

Patents by foreign-born employees play an important role in startup companies. Silver Peak, based in Santa Clara, California, is a great example. “All issued Silver Peak patents have foreign inventors,” according to Tony Thompson, senior director, corporate communications at Silver Peak.

Canadian-born David Jevans founded IronKey in 2005 and the company today employs 100 people. Based in Sunnyvale, California, IronKey helps prevent fraud in online, mobile and cloud-related applications and devices. Online banking is growing by 40 percent annually according to company officials and most fraud is now committed by international crime organizations. In addition to its foreign-born founder David Jevans, CEO Art Wong, Sr. V.P, Engineering Sam Farsad, and Sr. V.P, Product Management Ajay Nigam were all born outside the United States. Jevans holds several patents related to data protection. Read more>>>>