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"Patents - Huh! - - - What are they good for?" Absolutely nothing, if you don't use them"

Tom Kimball will discuss patent e/valuation methods in the context of how the corporation intends to use each of its patents:

·                     Keep proprietary

·                     Keep proprietary and Sell / License-back

·                     License to non-competitor

·                     License assertively to infringer (with damages)

·                     Cross-license to competitor

·                     Sell

·                     Donate

·                     Abandon

·                     Let them sit in the filing cabinet

The Presentation

The presentation will describe how to score and compare patents’ licensability first from the perspective of their technological value, and secondly according to how the corporation decides to use them. 

In the process, subjective engineering opinion is quantified and captured for analysis and ranking, yielding actionable data for consideration by management: corporate strategy, product development, marketing, and licensing.

Valuation methods for each disposition, described in the bullet list in the first paragraph, will then be discussed, yielding an accurate picture of the true value of the corporations’ patents, based upon how the corporation decides they will be used.

The Presenter

Tom Kimball lives in Parker, CO and is the Regional Manager of TAEUS, an engineering and scientific company specializing in reverse-engineering and technical patent evaluation / valuation.  TAEUS supports IP litigators and corporate counsel with expert services.

Mr. Kimball’s experience in the computer industry, prior to TAEUS, spans 19 years at Tandem Computers (not Tandy!) in professional services and system integration, and has 13 years experience in life sciences and biometrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.




Thursday, August 21, 2003


The Pinnacle Club
Club Room
555 17th Street, (37th Floor)
Denver, CO 


11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


$35.00 (including lunch)
at the door or in advance
(make checks payable to CBA)


Pesto Chicken Panini w/fresh
fruit or Grilled Portobello
Mushroom Panini w/ fresh fruit


1 Hour General Credit
(applied for)

Reservations must be made by Wednesday, August 20, 2003 by noon.  To make a reservation, contact Pam Kleiner at Townsend and Townsend and Crew at (303) 571-4000 or by email at 

Please provide your name (and spelling), phone number and menu choice. Payment should be made at check-in at the meeting to the Colorado Bar Association.  Cancellations after noon, Wednesday, August 20, 2003, and no-shows will be billed for the cost of the luncheon.