“In over twenty-five years, Intertrust has made fundamental contributions to how people conduct electronic commerce and interact over open networks with service-enabled devices. We have grown from a small visionary research lab to a world-changing technology and licensing company, always retaining the ability to place our technology at the core of market trends.”  

—Talal Shamoon, CEO

Our Mission

Intertrust provides technologies that protect the flow of information as it was intended by the owner of that information, and to benefit an open society.

A new reality is emerging as we adjust to the world where sensors on everything from phones to eyeglasses to cars or medical devices track every movement, every blink of the eye, every heartbeat and location. All this collected data can help us live longer, be healthier, be more educated about our likes and dislikes and be better connected and entertained, yet significant technological and social issues exist around how this data should be properly handled. 

With technology moving faster than data privacy and data security regulation, and a very lucrative market for a user’s digital profile, all of our information becomes fair game to those who want to exploit it .  An exciting world waits ahead but there is much to do to allow people to conduct commerce and protect personal and societal interests.  Intertrust's years of research and development in trusted distributed computing, peer to peer and networked security and social computing are more important than ever.


Intertrust pioneered the field of trusted computing almost 25 years ago. Today, these inventions are fundamental to protect data privacy, data security, digital trust, and user control and rights at a time when vast amounts of data (a lot of it sensitive) is accessible to many people. Our unique solution puts the data owner in control of who sees the data and under what circumstances. Read our history to gain a better understanding of what makes our technology unique, and its not only because the founder was a sociologist-technologist.

Executive Team



Talal G. Shamoon


Talal Shamoon became Intertrust’s CEO in 2003. Under his leadership, Intertrust has grown from a small R&D and licensing company to a global leader in trusted computing products and services, licensing, and standardization, with a focus on digital media protection, privacy preserving technologies, and governed big data. Today, Intertrust’s inventions enable billions of licensed products worldwide. Under Shamoon's leadership, Intertrust also operates a ventures organization that makes strategic investments in areas related to Intertrust’s growth plans in IoT, trusted big data, and media distribution.

Shamoon joined Intertrust in 1997 and has held a series of executive positions, including Executive Vice President for Business Development and Marketing, as well as leading Intertrust’s initiatives for the entertainment and media sectors.  A recognized expert in the areas of intellectual property strategy, licensing, and standardization—and an inventor and published author—Shamoon holds B.S., M. Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

Blog entries by Talal G. Shamoon


David P. Maher

Executive VP and CTO

David Maher has over 30 years of experience in secure computing and is responsible for Research and Development at Intertrust. Before joining Intertrust in 1999, he was chief scientist for AT&T Secure Communications Systems, Head of the Secure Systems Research Department, and security architect for AT&T's Internet services platform. After joining Bell Labs in 1981, Maher developed secure communications, information vending, and e-commerce systems. He was Chief Architect for AT&T's STU-III secure voice, data, and video products used by the White House and Department of Defense for top-secret communications. In 1992, Maher became a Bell Labs Fellow in recognition of his accomplishments in communications security. Maher holds multiple patents in secure computing; has published papers in the fields of mathematics and computer science; and has consulted with the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Maher holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Lehigh University. He has taught electrical engineering, mathematics, and computer science at several institutions.

Blog entries by David Maher


Tim Schaaff

Chief Product Officer

Tim Schaaff is Intertrust’s Chief Product Officer and is responsible for all technology and product development at the Company. Tim brings over 30 years of technology leadership and design experience to Intertrust, having led brilliant engineering teams in the development of revolutionary products from Apple’s QuickTime platform to the PlayStation Network. He has substantial experience in product development, management, and standardization across a broad range of leading software and hardware platforms, and is leading Intertrust’s charge in the areas of trusted big data products, distributed secure systems and media protection and management and privacy-based adtech technologies.

Prior to joining Intertrust in 2015, Tim held a series of senior executive positions at Sony Corporation from 2005 to 2013, ultimately serving as President of Sony Network Entertainment International. From 1991 to 2005, Tim held various development and management roles at Apple, including eight years as Vice President of Apple’s Interactive Media Group where he was responsible for the media technologies in Mac OS X, including video, audio, 2D- & 3D-graphics, imaging, color management and real-time communications. Before Apple, Tim was a software engineer at New England Digital, the inventors of the Synclavier digital music synthesizer. He graduated from Dartmouth College.


Jeff McDow


Jeff McDow joined Intertrust in 1999, and leads the Company's intellectual property initiatives. He is in charge of Intertrust's intellectual property strategy and manages the prosecution and licensing the Company's patent portfolio. Prior to joining Intertrust, McDow practiced law in the Silicon Valley office of a leading intellectual property law firm. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and has extensive experience in intellectual property litigation, opinion work, and prosecution. McDow received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Walla Walla College.


Bill Rainey

Senior VP, General Counsel and Secretary

Bill Rainey is responsible for leading the company's global legal and corporate development activities. Rainey also oversees the Company's finance and G&A activities. Before joining Intertrust in 1999, Rainey worked as a deputy public defender in Santa Clara County and in private legal practice in Silicon Valley. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as an account representative at Shearson-Lehman American Express. Rainey received a J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and a B.S. degree in Commerce/Finance from Santa Clara University.


Gilles Boccon-Gibod

Senior VP Technology and Chief Architect

Gilles Boccon-Gibod brings over 20 years of digital media technology leadership and development experience. Boccon-Gibod designed the Octopus rights management engine, which is the core technology in Marlin. He is responsible for leading the development teams for Intertrust’s media products. Prior to Intertrust, Boccon-Gibod co-founded a succession of digital media companies including OpenTV in the early 1990s. At that time, he developed a set-top box operating system that continues to be used in several million devices. In addition, he co-founded MpegTV, one of the pioneers of video players on mobile devices and X-Audio, a cross-platform, cross-media middleware platform for digital audio. The X-Audio toolkit that he developed was used in hundreds of millions of applications and devices. Boccon-Gibod holds a Masters in C.S. from Telecom ParisTech.


Robert E. Tarjan

Chief Scientist

Bob Tarjan is Intertrust’s Chief Scientist and is responsible for leading basic research at the Company.  Tarjan is also the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University.  He is one of the world’s most prominent computer scientists and has made fundamental contributions in the fields of algorithms and data structures. He is the recipient of numerous academic distinctions and awards including the Association for Computing Machinery A. M. Turing Award, and the Nevanlinna Prize in mathematical aspects of computer science.

Tarjan has held a series of industrial research and academic positions over the years, including Senior Fellow at Hewlett-Packard and Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research.  Earlier in his career he was with AT&T Bell Labs and the NEC Research Institute. He has held academic positions at Cornell University, University of California Berkeley, Stanford University and N.Y.U.  Tarjan holds a BS in Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and MS and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Matthew B. Glotzer

Head of Media

Matt Glotzer leads all of Intertrust’s initiatives with the content and media industries, bringing to the role more than two decades of experience in film and television, music and finance.  Most recently, he spent nearly 15 years at Twentieth Century Fox where he helped launch Fox’s first Digital Media group and drove a number of new business activities including the initial video licenses to iTunes, the formation of Hulu, and the creation of Fox Digital Studio.

Prior to Fox he held positions in strategic planning with EMI Music and in investment banking with Lehman Brothers. 

Glotzer earned a B.A. in Economics with honors from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and holds a M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA.  He has served as an Adjunct Lecturer on Digital Media Strategies in the Masters of Entertainment Industry Management Program at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as an expert witness to the United States House of Representatives in its review of copyright law.

Medium Entries by Matthew

Forbes Articles by Matthew


Michael Manente

VP/GM Worldwide Intellectual Property Licensing & Corporate Planning

Michael Manente joined Intertrust in 1999, and provides technical and
business leadership for the company's Intellectual Property Portfolio
marketing and licensing activities.  He also leads the company's
strategic and corporate planning functions, which include the evaluation
of strategic investments and partnerships, new ventures, and portfolio
management.  Manente's past positions at Intertrust have included product
management and secure services management. He is an
accomplished researcher and engineer and is an inventor on several
Intertrust patents, most recently on the Company's Genecloud Initiative.
Prior to joining Intertrust, Manente was a Senior Program Manager and
Marketing Director at Hewlett-Packard and has served in managerial and
research positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including GE,
Boeing, and the Ford Motor Company.  He holds a Masters in Management from
MIT's Sloan School of Management, a Masters in Engineering from MIT, and
a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University.


Kenny Huang

MANAGING DIRECTOR, Greater China, S. Korea and ASEAN Region

Kenny Huang is responsible for Intertrust’s growing East Asia business and technology activities. His regional responsibilities include Greater China, South Korea and South East Asia.  Huang has over 20 years of experience at pioneering Internet companies, with substantial experience in the digital media and Internet security markets. Mr. Huang first joined Intertrust in 2000 to run our Professional Services business unit. He led the opening of our regional HQ in Beijing in 2008, where he currently resides.  In the past, Mr. Huang has held a variety of engineering and business management positions at major Internet companies including Trend Micro, HelloAsia, Netscape and Silicon Graphics.  Mr. Huang holds a MS Degree in Computer Science from Tufts University and a BS degree from National Taiwan University.

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