Part engineer, part lawyer, part advocate, and part coach, Kevin E. Flynn uses all these skills to be a patent attorney. Initially trained in both Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, he later obtained a Master's Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. After working as an engineer and earning a Professional Engineering license from the State of North Carolina, he went back to school and earned his law degree with honors from Duke Law School. After a few years in patent litigation, including time spent with Fish & Neave in New York City, he moved to helping companies protect their ideas and avoid legal problems.
With a broad engineering background, he works for clients across a broad range of technologies. He helps clients decide where to spend their money to get the most value while seeking patents in the United States and abroad. Then he works collaboratively with the clients to create patent applications that are partly required technical disclosure. Equally important, the patent applications are also partly a sales pitch to help convince a patent examiner that this application is special and merits grant of patent status. In addition to helping clients obtain protection, he works with clients to help them avoid trouble with patents owned by others.
After working at a corporate law firm that specialized in assisting start-up companies, Kevin E. Flynn is very comfortable working directly with CTOs and CEOs in companies that do not have in-house lawyers.
He is a frequent speaker and commentator on intellectual property issues, especially those issues of particular relevance to entrepreneurial companies. He has been named repeatedly to the legal Elite for the category of Intellectual Property/Patent attorneys.