Chi Fai Ho
Dr. Ho recognizes that intellectual property is a critical success ingredient of
high technology companies, and thus intellectual property rights are important
business assets. He envisions the separation of invention and product development
because he sees the business of invention focuses on the high-value product
differentiation or secret sauce, whereas the business of product development focuses
on market creation and penetration. In 2004, Dr. Ho founded TP Lab with a focus on
invention with licensing to monetize the Labís ideas. TP Labís main invention
areas include Internet-telecommunication convergence, Web-oriented personal
communication, and consumer digital media such as music and videos. To date TP Lab has filed over 80 patent
applications and many have already been granted.
Prior to founding TP Lab, Dr. Ho was Senior Director of Business Strategy at Nokia,
and Vice President of Engineering at Amber Networks (acquired by Nokia). Ho assumed
an inventorís role and was responsible for product development. In Amber, Ho led the
innovation in routing redundancy, particularly in IP and routing protocols such as BGP,
OSPF, ISIS and MPLS. Besides holding several patents in IP routing, Ho co-authored
several IETF drafts on service routing. Ho also led the team that invented the
architecture of Amberís IP network processor. At Nokia, Ho led the innovation of
mobile Internet service routing and development of Flexi-ISN, a mobile Internet service
Earlier in 1997, Ho co-founded IPLearn, with a focus on invention and licensing for
individual and collaborative e-learning. IPLearn has filed over 25 patents applications
and many have been granted. Ho co-founded ProfessorQ to productize a patent portfolio of
IPLearn on natural language-based Internet search.
Dr. Ho has also been the CTO of the Ethernet Product Division of Vitesse Semiconductor,
and Vice President of Engineering of Tidal Networks.
Dr. Ho earned a doctorate in Mathematics from California Institute of Technology. Dr. Ho
subsequent became an Associate Professor of California State University, Hayward. In 1989,
Ho founded Spear Multiprocessing to build a scalable multiprocessor system using PCís.
Ho holds more than 80 patents in the area of telecommunication, networking, Internet
search and e-learning. Dr. Ho is a vigorous inventor and a seasoned product development
manager in his field.