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 Expert  726014

Expert in Intellectual Property and Patent Law: Chemicals, Materials, Energy, Biotech; and Chemical Engineering

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Minnesota (MN)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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He has extensive experience developing commercial biorefinery technologies for the production of chemicals, materials, and energy from biomass. He has developed patent-pending biorefinery technologies as lead inventor. He is aware of the spectrum of feedstocks, technology pathways, co-product opportunities, economic considerations, and IP issues associated with biorefineries.



renewable energy source

He is a registered U.S. patent agent (Reg. No. 56693) with a busy patent practice, having prepared and filed over 1000 patent applications. He keeps up on evolving patent law developments in the USPTO, Congress, and in the courts. Claims, which define the patent right, are paramount. The patent specification must support the claims. Also, claims must be practical claims which actually protect the business (through either offensive or defensive patenting), rather than merely legal constructions or technical curiosities. A large aspect of his practice involves identifying inventions and innovation through invention disclosures, as well as "patent engineering" to further broaden inventions and patents.

biotechnology patent law


canons of claim construction


claim (patent)


patent claim construction


defensive patenting




intellectual property




legal patenting




patent law


patent prosecution


patent specification


patentability evaluation


United States patent

His doctorate in chemical engineering is specifically in the field of chemical reaction engineering, from the top-rated Ph.D. school in chemical engineering (U of Minnesota). Industrially, he practiced chemical reaction engineering for many years before developing a patent and consulting practice. He still consults technically in this area, apart from IP considerations. In all these experiences, modeling and simulation played an important role.

chemical reaction engineering


chemical reactor engineering


chemical reactor model

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Saint Paul, Minnesota;  Rochester, Minnesota;  Burnsville, Minnesota;  Saint Cloud, Minnesota;  Eden Prairie, Minnesota;  and Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1997   B.S.   Chemical Engineering   University of Notre Dame   Summa Cum Laude
2001   Ph.D.   Chemical Engineering   University of Minnesota   GPA 3.84
2005   Patent Bar Reg. No. 56693   Patent Prosecution   U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2006 to








He serves clients in the chemicals, materials, energy, and biotechnology industries. He formulates intellectual-property strategies to capture business value He prepares and prosecutes patent applications before the U.S. Patent Office.

2007 to 2010


Range Fuels, Inc.


Intellectual Property


Director of Intellectual Property


He is directing the corporate IP strategy and execution. He built the patent portfolio from 0 to 40 patent applications within 6 months. He minimizes external legal costs by retaining patent prosecution in-house.

2001 to 2007


NatureWorks LLC




Principal Engineer and Patent Agent


He developed patent-pending technology for conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into chemicals and fuels. He designed, built, and managed a novel pilot plant for biomass fractionation. He led a global team to develop a corporate patent strategy for China.

2012 to 2016




Intellectual Property




Built the patent portfolio for the company to over 40 granted patents and around 300 pending patents. Managed all aspects of IP and negotiated many agreements.

Career Accomplishments:



U.S. Patent Bar Registration No. 56693

Professional Appointments

Board Director, Minnesota Bio-based Products Advisory Council

Publications and Patents Summary

He has over a dozen publications in chemical engineering and intellectual property, as well as several pending patents relating to biomass refining for fuels and chemicals.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert helped a client understand the state of the art with respect to a certain biochemical, through a detailed study and report.
  • He helped a client develop an intellectual-property strategy and plan for implementation.
  • Expert worked with client's inventors to draft a patent application.
  • He worked with a client to implement best practices with respect to reaction engineering and catalysis.
  • Expert helped a client to implement best practices with respect to statistical design and analysis of experiments.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Experience with U.S. and PCT patent drafting and U.S. patent prosecution, including responding to Office Actions and conducting Examiner interviews and arguments.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2001 to 2001   Germany   Research towards Ph.D. thesis at Heidelberg University, Germany

Market Research:
Expert has over a decade of R&D and business experience in the renewable energy/chemicals and biorefining industries. Coupled with his IP expertise and license to practice patent law, he is able to fully integrate technical, legal, and economic concerns for technology-driven business opportunities and projects, especially those that relate to chemical engineering (B.S. and Ph.D. degrees).

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Intellectual Property and Clean Tech (November 2008). Corporate IP Training (2007-2008).

Other Skills and Services

IP strategy consulting. Patent claim analysis for construction/scope. Due diligence for venture-capital and other investments. IP landscape development.


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