Kevin B. Laurence is a partner in the firm’s Post-Grant Patent practice group. He represents patent owners and challengers in high stakes post-grant proceedings at the USPTO and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is experienced with all aspects of review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, reexaminations, and reissues.
He has been consistently recognized in peer reviews as one of the top practitioners in the country for post-grant proceedings by Intellectual Asset Management. He has also received consistent recognition from prominent rankings such as 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 has also served as an instructor for Patent Resources Group since 2009 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 has co-authored over 40 articles for Intellectual Property Today magazine on post-grant patent topics. He served as vice chair of Intellectual Property Owners Association’s U.S. Post-Grant Patent Office Practice committee during 2012-2014.
In addition to post-grant topics, he has lectured and taught extensively on other aspects of patent practice. He taught courses titled "Biotechnology and Chemical Patent Law" and "International Intellectual Property Law" as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law during 2003-2008 and "Intellectual Property Law" at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2004. Prior to joining Oblon Spivak in 2013, Mr. Laurence was a partner at Stoel Rives LLP where he founded the patent practice in their Salt Lake City office in 2001.
Mr. Laurence has 23 years of experience providing patent-related services involving the life sciences, especially pharmaceuticals and medical devices, chemical fields, and other technologies. In addition to his contested proceedings 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, licensing, and serving as an expert witness.