February 16, 2017

USC Viterbi Alum Ken Sherman Providing Legal Services For Competition Winners

“This school changed my life,” says USC Viterbi alum and attorney Ken Sherman. “I want to provide the same kind of opportunities that I had and help everyone here succeed.”

As entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities continue to emerge within the school, a culture of creation is taking hold that has propelled it into the top echelon of engineering institutions.

Alumni play an important role within these efforts. It is their passion for giving back that enables the success of our innovators and provides them with resources that establish a springboard for success.

One of those alumni is Sherman, the managing partner of L.A.-based Sherman IP and creator of AKeyMark, a trademark application platform that combines the efficiency of an online self-filing system in hiring the expertise of a trademark lawyer. Sherman has generously donated free (to the winners) and discounted (to runners-up) legal services to students as part of various prize packages in the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition and the Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.

These two popular competitions are two competitions have provided students at USC Viterbi with opportunities to change the world around them through innovation and entrepreneurship

Thanks to the generosity of Bryan and Julie Min, the Min Family Challenge is a competition that provides students with the opportunity to use engineering and technology to develop sustainable and effective solutions to global problems. In particular, it aims to address the development of solutions to challenges faced by underprivileged parts of our society or in underdeveloped countries worldwide.

Through a gift from Fariborz Maseeh, USC Viterbi also runs the annual Maseeh Engineering Prize Competition to inspire innovators to lead global transformations. The competition began in 2010, when Maseeh, a member of the USC Viterbi School Board of Councilors, established an endowment through the Massiah Foundation to create the annual prize. The MEPC Program is run by USC Viterbi with support and collaboration from the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation and the Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

A graduate of USC Viterbi, Sherman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1985. While at USC, he was an Undergraduate Research Fellow with USC’s Optical Materials and Devices Laboratory, where he conducted scientific research into such technologies as optics, image processing, thin film sputter deposition, ion implantation, and liquid crystal devices.

He is now a successful Intellectual Property Attorney, serial entrepreneur, and the Managing Partner of Sherman IP LLP. He has more than 25 years of experience practicing Intellectual Property law and has litigated business disputes and prosecuted thousands of patent and trademark applications. He taught Intellectual Property law at USC Viterbi and designed a program so that engineers and company principals could understand the attributes of the Intellectual Property tools they use in their developments and product markets.

Sherman is also a serial entrepreneur creating, managing and acting as a principal in various business entities. These companies include AKeyMark, BlueStar Indexes (a financial services company that developed and manages the stock indexes behind the ISRA and ITEQ Exchange Traded Funds (listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ, respectively), as well as Quantum Business Solutions Network, Inc., Atilla Pictures/Kenphika Films and Colorado Park Ventures, LLC, a real estate investment company.

Now Sherman is helping USC Viterbi by providing important support to students whose ideas are poised to take off.