INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR ENGINEERS
Vincent J. Allen
Attorney, Carstens, Yee and Cahoon, LLP
This talk will focus on defining what intellectual property
is, and discussing the nature of legal doctrines related
to this area of law. The history of the patent process will be
be reviewed, and the patent application process will be explained.
Typical roadblocks to encountered in the process will be described.
Finally, some examples of patents and patent applications will be
presented and explained.
Mr. Allen graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in
aircraft maintenance in 1992 where he earned his Airframe and
Powerplant License from the FAA. He obtained a degree in electrical
engineering, magna cum laude, in 1996 from Mississippi State
University. In 1999, he earned his law degree from Baylor University
School of Law where he was a member of the Baylor Law Review. Upon
graduation, Mr. Allen joined Carstens Yee & Cahoon, L.L.P. as an
associate. His primary areas of practice are patent law and aviation
As an undergraduate, Mr. Allen specialized in communication systems
with a focus on microwave systems, digital signal processing, and
antenna design. He was a member of the University Honors Program, Phi
Kappa Phi, and Eta Kappa Nu. While attending Mississippi State,
Mr. Allen worked as a grader for a tenured electrical engineering
professor and also as an FAA Authorized Inspector at Southeast
Aviation in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In addition, he obtained his
private pilot license in a Cessna 140 that he had restored. While in
his second year of law school, Mr. Allen served as president of his
law school class and was a member of the Dean's Academic Honor List.
Along the way, he obtained the airplane instrument rating and operated
his own aircraft leasing business.
Mr. Allen grew up in southern Mississippi where he was
actively involved in the operation and maintenance of a beef cattle
farm. He also worked with his father performing land surveys and
constructing foundations for roadways. While an undergraduate, he
worked at the Amerada Hess oil refinery in Purvis, Mississippi where
he performed numerous tasks that involved operations, maintenance, and
upkeep of the plant.
Mr. Allen is a member of the American Bar Association, the
Intellectual Property Law Association, the Lawyer-Pilot Bar
Association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,
and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He is also the author
of The On Sale Bar: When Will Inventors Receive Some Guidance?, 51
Baylor L. Rev. 125 (1999).
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