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Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox
Kyle E. Conklin

Mind + Muscle

Kyle E. Conklin


  • Kyle E. Conklin
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Mr. Conklin is a director in the firm’s mechanical group.  He counsels clients at all stages of the patent cycle.  He helps clients obtain patent protection, enforce patent rights, and navigate the existing patent landscape. He counsels clients in a variety of technologies including medical devices, consumer products, automotive control systems, health-monitoring systems, physiological sensors, surgical devices, dental products, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), lithography systems, fiber-optic distribution systems, hard disk drives, industrial equipment, and oil and gas equipment. 

Helping clients enforce patent rights and navigate the existing patent landscape, Mr. Conklin represents both patent owners and third parties in patent office litigation proceedings, including reexaminations and inter partes reviews.  Many of these patent office litigation proceedings are involved in concurrent district court litigation.  His patent office litigation experience includes:

  • Implementing a multi-faceted defense involving multiple inter partes reviews and ex parte reexaminations for a manufacturer accused of infringing patents directed to remote patient monitoring;

  • Successfully canceling all challenged claims directed to transcatheter heart valves in inter partes reexaminations;

  • Successfully canceling all claims of a patent directed to an angioplasty guide catheter in an inter partes reexamination involved in concurrent district court litigation; and

  • Successfully confirming, twice, the patentability of all patent claims directed to a delivery system for transcatheter heart valves in ex parte reexaminations.

Mr. Conklin also prepares product clearance, non-infringement, and patent validity opinions.

At the procurement stage, Mr. Conklin drafts and prosecutes patent applications.  He develops client-specific patent strategies that take into account his clients’ commercial products, competitors, and market.  He has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the medical device, electronic, and mechanical fields.

Mr. Conklin is also is a contributing author of Patent Office Litigation, Second Edition, published in 2017, the book provides a fresh and comprehensive exploration of patent office litigation proceedings, including how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, while delivering practical analysis and advice. This second edition of Patent Office Litigation is the follow up to the first version of the book that was published in 2012 by Thomson Reuters Westlaw that focused on the contested proceedings that were introduced under the America Invents Act that year.

  • "The Supreme Court's New Definiteness Standard and Its Effect on Medical Device Patents," David K.S. Cornwell and Kyle E. Conklin, Bloomberg BNA Medical Devices Law & Industry Report
  • "Federal Circuit: Not all mechanical medical devices are so predictable that disclosing a single example in a patent application supports broad patent protection," Kyle E. Conklin and David K.S. Cornwell, Bloomberg BNA's Medical Devices Law and Industry Report, January 2014
  • "Will the Supreme Court Revisit Inequitable Conduct?" J.T. Haran and Kyle Conklin, Intellectual Property Today, August 2013
  • Admissions
      • District of Columbia

      • Maryland

      • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Education
    • J.D., Texas Tech University summa cum laude

    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University


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