InnoventionsTM

   Thinking Beyond the Obvious

My experience in the area of inventing and commercializing new products is what enables me to offer my clients superior patenting services. In addition to being a registered US Patent Agent (registration #43124) since 1998, I also have real-world experience as an inventor, product development engineer, and entrepreneur. Few patent practitioners that you will interview to represent you before the PTO will have such a broad background upon which to serve your interests - A background that will be applied to maximize the value of your invention. 

 

An Inventor 
I invented and patented my first invention more than 8 years ago. Being an inventor, I know how important your invention is to you. Unlike many patent practitioners who have never invented anything themselves, I have patented several of my inventions and have several patents applications currently pending. Knowing how important my inventions are to me, I know why it is so very important that I pay close attention to details when preparing and prosecuting patent applications for my clients. 

 

A Product Development Engineer 
A valuable asset that I am able to offer my clients is my experience as a Product Development Engineer. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1988, I accepted a position with 3M Company (America's Most Admired Innovation Company) as a Product Development Engineer. Over the next 9 years, I had direct responsibility for bringing new products to market. Unlike a Product Design Engineer who focuses solely on designing a product, my responsibilities also included leading the marketing and manufacturing efforts during the development phase of the commercialization process. Needless to say, since the ultimate objective of securing a patent is commercializing the invention, this product development experience is quite valuable in patenting and commercializing my own inventions and those of my clients.  

 

An Entrepreneur 
Of all my experience, I believe the perspectives and skills I have developed as an entrepreneur are what make my patenting services uniquely different from those of other practitioners. Many practitioners are inventors themselves and many have also worked in a corporate environment developing new products. However, few have actually commercialized one of their own inventions with their own money and time. Having commercialized two of my own inventions, I have gained a unique insight into why issues such as design for manufacturability, economical manufacturing processes, cost/price analysis, marketing, advertising, quality, and, most importantly, competitive products must be considered prior to filing a patent application. I make it a point to use this experience to add commercialization value to my clients' patent applications.

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