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I am a USPTO patent agent and a former patent examiner, with over 15 years experience in a variety of intellectual property matters, e.g. patent drafting, prosecution, patent infringement litigation, and/or licensing of inventions (contract drafting and valuation). Since 2008, I have worked full-time in drafting and/or prosecuting patent applications pertaining to a variety of technological areas, including: medical devices; chemical compounds and compositions; pharmaceuticals; DNA, cells and protein based therapeutics; software, internet and computers; consumer electronics; mechanical devices; cartilage and bone tissue engineering; bio-fuels; and alternative energy devices.
My professional work experience also includes: USPTO patent examiner in gene therapy and transgenic animals (1998-2001); law associate for patent infringement of DNA vaccine (2001-2002); technology transfer licensing associate for academia and private businesses (2004-2008); market researcher for patent licensing firm (2006-2008); consultant for mutual funds reviewing generic drug litigation (Paragraph IV) and FDA Orange Book Listings (2008-2010); a member of Myriad Genetic's breast cancer gene search (BRCA2), and testing automation via robotics (1995-1996); internship with the Congressional Research Service (wrote report on Xenotransplantation) (1997); and internship with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for research on the genetic predisposition of disease development (1993); and internship with Hughes Aircraft (1985) for helicopter design.
Bioengineering, M.E., Univ. of UT, 1998
Thesis cartilage tissue regeneration
Cell Biology, B.S., Univ. of WA, 1994
Internship in diabetes genetic research
Mech. Engineering, B.S.
Thesis in helicopter design
The Hatch Waxman Act (Generic Drugs) Course, 2003
Nonprofit Technology Transfer Course, 2002
Knowledge Asset Management Course, 2002
Intellectual Property Management Course, 2002
Basic PCT Course 2003
Advanced PCT Course 2007
SBIR Phase I and II Proposals, 2008
Patent Agent Member, AIPLA (2007-present)
Member, Licensing Executive Society (2006-2009, 20012-13)
Member, American Chemical Society (2012-present)
USPTO Patent Agent (Awarded 2002)
Average Basic Fees: (does not include USPTO filing fee, drawings, or IDS form 8)
$400-800 prior art search
$800-1500 response to utility office action
$350-500 design office action and design patent application (drawings not included*)
$1000-2500 provisional patent application w/ claims
$3000-7000 utility or PCT patent application
*$20 average fee per drawing- subcontracted/referred 3rd party draftsman
$150 per hour other tasks, e.g.: review license royalty terms; USPTO forms- e.g. IDS
1) UpWork using escrow; or 2) Direct online invoicing.
Two milestones for patents: draft with questions and comments; and final version with USPTO filing.
Applicant provides own patent drawings or is referred to a 3rd party draftsman.
All patent work requires execution of a non-disclosure agreement and contract.