Kevin Shipley is an engineer, patent agent, lawyer, trusted advisor and (self-professed) all-around good guy.
En route to Marks & Clerk Kevin obtained degrees in mechanical engineering, economics and law, and has spent several years honing his craft and developing a practice based on patent prosecution and IP portfolio strategy and management. Kevin also has significant experience in large-scale freedom-to-operate and product launch/clearance projects (to avoid getting into trouble) as well as aggressive patent portfolio mining and offensive patent filing projects (to create trouble for competitors). He also opines on patent validity and infringement, and provides advice relating to IP licenses, confidentiality agreements and other IP-related agreements.
Having been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug (but not quite enough to quit his day job), Kevin focuses a portion of his practice on working with start-up and emerging companies. He has worked with and provided support to a number of start-up incubators in south-western Ontario. For these clients, Kevin provides assistance with developing early-stage and ongoing IP strategy, identifying commercially relevant innovations and securing registered IP rights, and leveraging and licensing IP assets for commercial advantage. Kevin also generally serves as a sounding board for business strategy development. This commitment to finding solutions for his clients has resulted in Kevin being repeatedly recognized in the IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists, and the IAM Patent 1000.
When away from his computer, Kevin enjoys all things home theatre related, and is an avid dabbler in smart home and IoT-related gadgets – some of which he can actually get to work! He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons, who are less interested in Intellectual Property and instead prefer playing soccer and hockey, building Lego and reading books about wizards, Star Wars, Dogman or mythical heroes.
Barrister & Solicitor, Called to the Ontario Bar, 2008
University of Toronto, J.D., 2007
University of Western Ontario, B.E.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering with Distinction), 2004
University of Western Ontario, B.A. (Economics), 2004
Registered Canadian Patent Agent
Registered United States Patent Agent