Attorney at Law
I have 30 years of experience focused solely on helping inventors and their companies patent their most valuable technological developments. Over my career, I have guided numerous clients through the process of preparing and filing patent applications and then diligently advocated the patentability of their inventions before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. I work closely with my clients to secure patents in such diverse technologies as computer software, mobile apps, computer systems, chemical and electrochemical processes, oil field tools and processes, novel chemical formulations and compositions, and a wide variety of mechanical devices.
My first job post-grad was working as a chemical engineer in a production plant at Dow Chemical. As I was becoming aware of the patents owned by Dow Chemical and their competitors, the concept of protecting investment in research and development by obtaining patents captured my interest and imagination. I began to investigate how to patent technology and what was required for an invention to be awarded a patent. In order to learn more, I had to attend law school. So, after working at Dow for four years, I entered law school for the purpose of becoming a patent attorney.
Today, I prepare and prosecute each patent application with the benefit of 30 years of experience. I believe that every patent application should be prepared in a manner that gives the invention every opportunity to be granted a patent. Not every invention will be patentable, but a well-prepared patent application may be written in anticipation of various types of rejections. If those types of rejections occur during prosecution, then the application contains the information necessary to address or overcome them. The more experience that a patent attorney has with both patent application preparation and patent prosecution, the more opportunity there is to craft a patent application that avoids various rejections and includes information that can help overcome other rejections. Every patent application is important to me because of my client’s investment in developing the technology underlying the invention and as a reflection of my own ability to prepare and prosecute patent applications. I want my clients to have the best possible experience with the patent system.
To review U.S. patents that I have prosecuted to issuance, you may access a representative list at this link to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
University Of Houston
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
1990 - 1992
Kansas State University
B.S. (1986) | Chemical Engineering
1982 - 1986
University of Houston - Clear Lake
MBA (1990) | Business Administration
1986 - 1990
Houston Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
Texas State Bar