Kevin Laurence has 26 years of experience in patent law. He has represented patent owners and petitioners in nearly 60 inter partes review (IPR) proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In addition to IPRs, he is also experienced with other post-grant proceedings having handled nearly 30 reexaminations and many reissues, which enables him to develop comprehensive post-grant strategies. He leverages his post-grant experience in prosecution matters to obtain patents for his clients that will survive challenges.
Best Lawyers in America named Mr. Laurence their 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Patent Law for Washington, D.C. Intellectual Asset Management has identified him as one of the leading practitioners in the United States for post-grant proceedings every year since 2012 and recently noted that “Kevin Laurence knows what works at the USPTO with regards to obviousness – it enables him to frame PTAB cases in the right way from the get-go.” He has also received consistent recognition from prominent rankings including Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Managing Intellectual Property.
Mr. Laurence teaches a course as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School on USPTO post-grant proceedings. He also serves as an instructor for Patent Resources Group in courses on post-grant proceedings and co-authors a two-volume treatise titled Post-Grant Patent Practice provided in conjunction with the courses. He co-authored over 40 articles for Intellectual Property Today magazine on post-grant patent topics. He served on the Interim Board of Directors for the PTAB Bar Association during 2016–2017. He served as vice chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s U.S. Post-Grant Patent Office Practice committee during 2012–2015.
Mr. Laurence provides patent-related services across a broad technological spectrum including chemical fields, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, mechanical and electromechanical systems and devices, semiconductor fabrication, software, and other technologies. In addition to his post-grant practice, he focuses on all phases of patent procurement, portfolio management, preparation of non-infringement and invalidity opinions, product clearance analysis, due diligence evaluations, pre-litigation evaluations, strategic counseling for asserting patent rights or responding to patent infringement allegations, and serving as an expert witness.