Kevin B. Laurence is a partner in the firm’s Post-Grant Patent Practice group. Mr. Laurence represents patent owners and challengers in high stakes post-grant proceedings at the USPTO. He is experienced with all aspects of review proceedings, reexaminations, and reissues. He has been consistently recognized by peer reviews as one of the top practitioners in the country for post-grant proceedings and has also received consistent recognition from prominent rankings such as Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Intellectual Asset Magazine, Managing IP Magazine, and Super Lawyers.
Mr. Laurence has served as an instructor for Patent Resources Group since 2009. He teaches a comprehensive three-day course on post-issuance administrative proceedings titled Post-Grant Patent Practice and coauthors the two-volume treatise provided in conjunction with the course. He has co-authored over 40 articles for Intellectual Property Today magazine on post-grant patent topics. He has served as vice chair of Intellectual Property Owners Association’s U.S. Post-Grant Patent Office Practice committee since 2012.
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, 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 22 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, including reissue applications, 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.