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Kevin P. Rizzuto

Partner

Overview

Kevin provides clients with strategic patent protection through the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for computer and electrical technologies.

His counsel is informed by his technical training as a computer engineer and by insights gained from his work as a patent examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

 

Kevin’s focus includes:

  • Developing patent strategies that effectively and efficiently protect new technological advances
  • Helping clients minimize patent infringement risks when developing new products

Kevin has considerable experience in the electrical and computer arts, including:

  • Embedded control systems and software
  • Telecommunications devices and software
  • Portable consumer electronic devices and software
  • Motor technology
  • Sensor technology
  • Photo acoustic and ophthalmic imaging
  • Medical imaging software
  • Medical devices

Experience

Notable successes include:

  • Avoiding patent infringement suits through patent clearance, or freedom to operate, analyses designed to reduce infringement risks
  • Representing a power tool industry client launching a technology product into a crowded patent landscape. Kevin and his team requested reexaminations of problematic patents by the USPTO; provided strategic design advice to reduce infringement risks; and obtained patent protection for unique aspects of client’s design. The client has launched its product.
  • Obtaining patent protection for hardware and software aspects of embedded control systems in various client industries including the mining industry, medical imaging industry, high-speed microscope industry and renewable energy industry
  • Providing a consumer product client a strategic patent application filing strategy for platform-wide software and user interface features
  • Preparing patent applications for a telecommunications client
  • Drafting an intellectual property agreement for technology companies embarking on a joint product development

Prior to joining Michael Best, Kevin worked as a patent examiner for the USPTO, where he focused on computer architecture and instruction processing, such as scalar, superscalar, multi-core and array processors, as well as instruction pipelines and branch prediction.

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association

Education

Admissions

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee
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