Kaplan has been with NAVTEQ since 1995, and has led some of the company’s most significant business transactions including its 2004 initial public offering and 2005 secondary offering and its $8 billion 2008 acquisition by Nokia Corporation. He has also been instrumental in re-engineering the company’s contract processes and in negotiating hundreds of customer contracts.
His passion for intellectual property law directly resulted in the launch of NAVTEQ’s intellectual property program which, to date, has yielded more than 200 issued U.S. patents, hundreds of pending patents and hundreds of trademark, domain name and copyright registrations globally.
Prior to joining NAVTEQ, Kaplan was an attorney at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione practicing intellectual property law with a special emphasis on patent litigation. He also served as law clerk to Honorable S. Jay Plager of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Washington, D.C.
Kaplan earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law. He has a B.S. in General Engineering, also from the University of Illinois.