Many law firms help enterprises harvest inventions from the past work of engineers. We do this, too. But we also help engineers see the future through forward ideating.
Forward ideating identifies how technologies are likely to evolve using dozens of patterns of technology evolution so you can create patent positions ahead of technology development curves. For example, one known pattern of technology evolution is for solutions to be delivered first mechanically, then electrically, then virtually. You can see many examples of this pattern just by looking at the apps on your smartphone. Dozens of such patterns exist. From such patterns, we create R&D road maps and associated patent portfolio development plans.
Strategy Innovators LLC can work apart from the practice of patent law, but our usual approach is to fold forward ideating into our normal course of patent drafting work, helping you, therefore, to craft better patents and build stronger patent portfolios. You will receive questions from us you are unlikely to receive from other law firms, stemming from years of helping engineers invent without becoming inventors ourselves.
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30-10™ Innovation is one systematic approach to raising both the quality and the number of inventions produced by inventor teams. 30-10™ Innovation can be used for targeted opportunity development. The process delivers a suite of enabled inventions to the USPTO standard of 35 U.S.C. 112(a), meaning a person of ordinary skill in the art could make or use the invention as disclosed. The invention disclosures provide the information we need to draft highly-comprehensive patent applications and to build patent fences around important technologies.
As a registered patent agent, Robert is a patent practitioner and innovation consultant for enterprises seeking to invent systematically and file patent applications. He prepares and prosecutes US and international patent applications and consults on how to build patent portfolios.
Robert was an innovator, project manager, and patent agent at Walmart Inc. As a patent agent, he helped more than one hundred inventors define their ideas as enabled inventions and file patent applications. As an innovator and project manager, he is an inventor on 47 issued US patent applications. His inventions include unmanned ground and aerial systems, distribution center logistics, blockchain, and inventions for the store of the future.
Before working at Walmart, Robert was a business development executive and manager of intellectual property research and analysis teams and provided innovation and strategy consulting services. He also managed patent "hunter-killer" teams for corporations seeking to protect themselves from non-practicing entities. Robert is the author of the book "Outpacing the Competition: Patent-Based Business Strategy", published by John Wiley & Sons.
Before his career in commercial enterprises, Robert served as an Airborne Infantry Officer in the 101st Airborne Division.