Biography

Relying on a strong background in computer engineering, Kyle brings extensive experience to his work counseling clients on domestic and international patent preparation and prosecution. Kyle partners with clients to help them with invention harvesting, patent evaluation, global patent portfolio management, landscape analyses, and freedom-to-operate (FTO) opinions. Clients rely on him to protect innovations in various fields, including software, electronics, telecommunications, e-commerce, and control systems.

Kyle has inside knowledge about the client-side of intellectual property. As a licensing and commercialization analyst for the University of Illinois Office of Technology Management (OTM), Kyle gained experience analyzing the patentability, commercial viability, and licensing potential of early-stage technology arising out of research at the university.

Since 2021, Kyle has been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Rising Stars® lists, featuring outstanding young attorneys in the state.

Outside of work, Kyle enjoys hanging out with his kids, snowboarding, playing basketball, and flying as a private pilot (when he can find the time).

Representative Experience

  • Developed a strategy for a company seeking to build an IP portfolio to facilitate an acquisition, resulting in a deal valued at up to $700 million.
  • Counseled a startup that held no patents, helping them develop an IP strategy to rapidly harvest patentable concepts and build a patent portfolio.
  • Has counseled a number of Fortune 500 companies regarding competitors’ patent holdings.
  • Counseled numerous clients on domestic and international patenting strategy.

Kyle has counseled clients and helped them obtain patent rights, domestic and foreign, on technologies in a variety of areas, including:

  • Computer hardware, software, and networking
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Autonomous vehicle sensors and control systems
  • Aviation control systems, flight instrumentation, and networking systems (e.g., for providing Internet access on an airplane)
  • Blockchain and distributed ledger systems
  • Cloud-based systems and networking
  • Content delivery systems
  • Digital communication systems
  • Digital mapping technologies
  • Digital media delivery services
  • Digital rights management (DRM) technology
  • Drone and drone control technologies
  • Dynamic and intelligent industrial lighting systems
  • Fitness trackers and other biofeedback devices
  • Graphic User Interfaces (GUIs)
  • Heads-up displays
  • Imaging systems, including 3D, point cloud, and sensor based systems and applications
  • Internet of Things (IoT), devices, and applications
  • Insurance industry innovations
  • Intrinsically Safe (IS) electronic devices for hazardous environments
  • Machine learning systems
  • Mobile applications and operating systems
  • Process control systems and industrial automation
  • Radio Frequency (RF) circuits and systems
  • Security, cryptography, encryption, and biometric authentication

Background and Credentials

Kyle understands clients. As noted above, Kyle previously worked at the University of Illinois OTM, where he helped the university protect and license IP relating to university research. Example technologies he worked with at the OTM include software applications, flexible electronics, autonomous vehicle systems, and various innovations in materials science. Additionally, prior to becoming an attorney, Kyle worked for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) as a process controls engineer. While at ADM, Kyle helped design and implement a distributed control system for a bio-plastics plant.

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana-Champaign (J.D.)
  • University of Missouri (B.S.)
    • Computer Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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