Team 2019-10-01T11:51:38+00:00

Management Team

Dr. Volker Ruerup
Founder and Managing Director

Volker studied Business Administration at the University of Mannheim and did his Ph.D. in Innovation Managment at LMU Munich. During this time, he worked a lot with patent data and created the idea of Patent-Pilot. Volker is responsible for all business related jobs and heads our sales team.

Daniel Pater
Founder and Technical Director

Daniel studied economics and computer science at Technical University of Munich and is our Head of Development. As as an expert in modern back end and front end frameworks, Daniel is together with our engineers responsible for all technical aspects of our platform that make Patent-Pilot so unique.

Elyssa LeFevre Chayo
Elyssa LeFevre Chayo
Business Development Director, Americas

Elyssa is based in Houston and heading Patent-Pilot’s activities in North and South America. Throughout her career, she held various positions in IP portfolio management as well as IP law firms. Elyssa owns Firm Forward, LLC, a strategic business development consultancy for IP law firms. Her native language is English and she is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.