Francis H. Kirkpatrick Ph.D. 2017-10-14T20:57:54+00:00
Francis H. Kirkpatrick
Francis H. KirkpatrickScientific Advisor, Patent Agent
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Patent Prosecution
Patent Opinions


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Ph.D. in Biophysics, Stanford University
B.A. in Physics, Harvard College

Professional Affiliation

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
American Chemical Society
Boston Patent Law Society
Medical Development Group
Merrimack Valley Venture Forum
MIT Enterprise Forum
Optical Society of America

Kirkpatrick has twenty years of experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications and in other transactional IP matters. His areas of technical expertise span many scientific disciplines, including biomedicine and biotechnology (biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology), chemistry (especially polymer and physical chemistry), and applied physics (especially applications of physical methods, such as optics, in biological or chemical areas).

In his long career as an in-house IP manager and later an independent IP consultant, Dr. Kirkpatrick handled hundreds of inventions in a variety of technology fields, including medical devices, drug delivery, tissue adhesives, biomedical polymers, laboratoryinstruments, separation systems, optical systems, electrochemistry, fuel cells, hydrogen generation, and consumer products.

In addition to his extensive technical expertise, Dr. Kirkpatrick is also an expert in IP portfolio management for mid- and small-size high-tech companies. In this respect, he has helped clients on overall IP strategies, idea disclosure and review procedures, global patent procurement strategies, as well as patent licensing and due diligence.

Dr. Kirkpatrick started his distinguished career as an Assistant Professor at University of Rochester, during which he used advanced optical techniques to investigate biophysical properties of cell membranes, particularly erythrocytes, and mechanisms of cell aging. He published more than thirty peer-reviewed papers during this period. Later, as the biotechnology and biomedical supply industry developed, Dr. Kirkpatrick entered the industry, where he played R&D leadership roles in several companies.

From 1993 to 2000, Dr. Kirkpatrick served as the IP Director at Focal, Inc., now a part of Genzyme. At Focal, Dr. Kirkpatrick handled all aspects of strategic IP development and portfolio management, including patent procurement, licensing, and due diligence. For the past ten years, Dr. Kirkpatrick has been the principal of an IP consulting firm in the technology hotbed of the Boston area, which helps high-tech companies and individual inventors in procuring and protecting critical intellectual assets.