A Few Accomplishments
MKPE has been actively engaged in the rollout of digital cinema since the late 90's. A summary of important accomplishments are listed below.
Rey del Poso, CEO Array's Technology, Quezon City, Philippines:
"We couldn’t have realized our dream to make Digital Cinema a reality in the Philippines without Michael. We are very thankful to have worked with him in closing the VPF deals with the studios. He's hardworking, focused, committed and walked us through every step of the process."
Originally spun out of Xerox PARC by Bill Gates as the licensing entity for PARC's trove of security patents, the company evolved as it developed its own IPR and products. Evaluated use cases and developed claim charts for numerous patents.
- Patent Infringement
Review of potential prior art. Participation in defense strategy.
- Patent Prosecution
Successful claim construction and participation in response to USPTO office actions.
- VPF Agreements for South America, Philipplines, and Ireland
Representing multiple clients spanning eight countries, negotiated VPF agreements collectively subsidizing up to $300M of digital cinema equipment.
Camcorder detection technology first developed by defense contractor Apogen (now Qinetiq). Sharpened business plan and brokered sale of the technology to FPSI, Inc.
In collaboration with In-Three, drove the first public demonstration of 3-D at ShoWest 2005, where major film directors first pitched digital 3-D projection to an audience of exhibitors, a major step towards the success of the format.
Business planning, technology review, and partnership negotiations for a planned $100M rollout of terrestrial distribution infrastructure for the distribution of digital motion pictures.
- Deluxe Laboratories
Strategy guidance and market analysis in the foundation and operation of its digital cinema division.
- Elevation Partners
Technology review of a potential major acquisition in the cinema space, listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
- UK Film Council's Digital Screen Network
The first government-funded effort to install digital projectors in cinemas, initiated in 2004. Specification development and bid review.
- Cinema Standards for Accessibility
Conceived and led the standards effort for interoperability of closed caption systems in cinemas, opening up the market to competition and driving down the cost to meet proposed rules for ADA law.
- "The Chasm"
Through analysis, predicted the chasm in post-early-adopter sales in digital cinema equipment, which began around 2007.
- DCP (Digital Cinema Package)
Conceived and led the collaborative effort of Avica, EVS, and Grass Valley to define the Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in 2001. Gave the first presentation on digital cinema packaging at the SMPTE/NAB Digital Cinema Summit in 2002.
- NATO's Digital Cinema System Requirements
Conceived and led the collaboration of US exbibitors in the development of this important document during early days of digital cinema, available here.