Show Date: TBA
Topic: Provisional Patents: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Provisional patent applications can be an important option for an entrepreneur or early stage company that wants to protect an idea but is not yet fully committed to filing a non-provisional patent application (regular application).
As a provisional application is intended to support any subsequent non-provisional application, you cannot know what belongs in a provisional application unless you know how a non-provisional patent application is evaluated for completeness. There are places where you can defer costs from a provisional application to a non-provisional application safely and there are places where skimping on detail is a fatal mistake.
Kevin E. Flynn is a hybrid — part engineer, part lawyer, part advocate, and part coach. For more than twenty-five years he has used all these skills to be a patent attorney for start-up companies. Initially trained in both Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, he later obtained a Master’s Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. After working as an engineer with Duke Power and earning a Professional Engineering license from the State of North Carolina, he went back to school and earned his law degree with honors from Duke Law School. After a few years in patent litigation, including time spent with Fish & Neave in New York City, he moved to help companies protect their ideas and avoid legal problems.
With a broad engineering background, Kevin works with companies with a range of technologies but his practice has an emphasis on multidisciplinary engineering innovations including medical devices, minimally invasive surgical techniques, medical instruments, orthopedic solutions, industrial processes, and clean energy. He helps clients decide where to spend their money to get the most value while seeking patents in the United States and abroad. Then he works collaboratively with clients to create patent applications that are partly required technical disclosure and part sales pitch to get enthusiastic patent examiners. In addition to helping companies obtain protection, he works with companies to help them avoid trouble with patents owned by others.
After working at a firm that specialized in assisting start-up companies, Kevin is very comfortable working directly with CTOs and CEOs in companies that do not have in-house lawyers.
If an engineering team developed the innovation, there is a good chance that Kevin will be a right fit for navigating the innovation through the patent process.