Patent Prosecution

  • Prepare, file, and prosecute patents. Representation of clients can include drafting all parts of a patent application by interviewing inventors, performing literature searches, and incorporating disclosures or reports as appropriate

  • Draft patent applications that consider the current state of patent law as well as case law (i.e., patents that are defensible in a court of law)

  • Identify alternate embodiments that avoid prior art and make stronger patents

  • Assess the patentability of technical and business developments

  • Analyze patents and published applications of competitors that are of interest

  • Draft responses to Office Actions by the USPTO

  • Conduct hearings with Patent Examiners to advance client applications

  • Appeal to the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)

  • Oppose competitor patents at the PTAB

Intellectual-Property Strategy

  • Formulate strategies that best capture value from actual and potential IP, and ensure these strategies and efforts interact and align with the business strategy

  • Analyze inventions to help make decisions on patents vs. trade secrets.

  • Teach IP best practices

  • Identify licensing opportunities emerging from actual or potential inventions

  • Assist in locating prospects for both in-licensing and out-licensing opportunities

  • Estimate the financial value of the client’s intellectual capital and define the business value of certain IP if it were developed

  • Provide consulting on IP aspects of business deals and fundraising efforts

Practice Areas


In-depth knowledge of chemistry, chemical engineering, process engineering, and reaction engineering


Polymer science, polymer processing, rheology, nano-structured materials, photovoltaics, adhesives, and coatings


From traditional oil and gas refining to renewable energy and fuel cells


Molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, genetic engineering, industrial biotechnology, biorefining, and biocatalysis/fermentation

Business Methods

Patent protection for your novel methods of doing business

“The specification and claims of a patent, particularly if the invention be at all complicated, constitute one of the most difficult legal instruments to draw with accuracy.”

– U.S. Supreme Court, 1892