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Kevin C. Amendt




As a patent attorney, Kevin's focus is on strategic IP counseling, including patent procurement and IP litigation. He is known for identifying and capturing maximum value from his client’s innovations. His success on behalf of clients comes from his combination of strong technical and legal skills.

Kevin counsels clients on all aspects of patent prosecution. He drafts and prosecutes patent applications and performs patent portfolio, infringement, and validity analyses. He helps clients obtain patents that reflect the technical details of their invention as well as their business plan.

Kevin is involved in intellectual property disputes. He handles post-grant proceedings before the USPTO and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including ex-parte re-examinations and inter partes reviews. He also is involved in patent litigation with experience supporting cases in federal district court and at the International Trade Commission (ITC). Kevin plays an active role in analyzing prior art, infringement material, and discovered documents to formulate and support litigation positions.

Kevin has worked on behalf of entities ranging from individual inventors and venture-backed startups to academic institutions, hospitals, and large multinationals. His experience spans broad technical fields including medical devices, software, consumer electronics, signal processing, telecommunication, robotics, artificial intelligence, business methods, mechanical systems, and biotechnology.

Kevin graduated first in class and summa cum laude from Suffolk Law’s evening program while working full time at Mintz as a patent agent. Upon graduation he received the Daniel J. Fern Award for outstanding academic achievement.

Before joining Mintz, Kevin worked as a systems engineer for Raytheon Corporation in their missile defense systems department. He has also worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and Tangible Media, a research group with the MIT Media Laboratory. While pursuing his MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, he focused on intelligent systems, robotics, and control.


  • Suffolk University Law School (JD, summa cum laude)
  • University of California - San Diego (MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)


  • Successful Defense of 12 IPRs – Three Dimensional Structure Memory Mintz represented Elm 3DS Innovations in a series of 14 IPRs filed by leading technology companies, including SK Hynix, Micron, and Samsung. We were hired as replacement counsel following institution of the IPRs which had been filed in late 2015 and early 2016. Final Written decisions in the proceedings were received in June and August 2017 and confirmed validity of all but 2 of 107 challenged claims. PTAB's determination was upheld on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
  • Served as virtual in-house including management and prosecution of portfolio related to bill validators for a private equity-backed company spun out of one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Also conducted landscape and freedom to operate analysis for new product releases.
  • Handle patent prosecution and invention harvesting for emerging e-sports company.
  • Handled world-wide patent portfolio strategy for an Inc. 500 international retail jewelry company.
  • Inter Partes Reexamination 95/001,874 – Represented Petitioner Camtek Ltd. in invalidating some claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,729,528 related to an automated wafer defect inspection system. All instituted claims were found invalid. Patent Trial and Appeal Board upheld decision on patent owner appeal.
  • Ambato Media LLC v. Clarion Co. Ltd et al., 2:09-cv-00242 (E.D. Texas) –Helped develop validity and infringement positions for patent owner Ambato Media, LLC in its patent infringement jury trial victory over Garmin International, Inc.

Recognition & Awards

  • Daniel J. Fern Award, Suffolk Law (Given annually to the graduate with the highest cumulative GPA)
  • Admiral Cochrane Leadership Award, MIT (Given annually to student-athlete who shows the highest qualities of humility, leadership, and inspiration)

Recent Insights

News & Press



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The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in February that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) cannot cancel claims for indefiniteness in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding. The case is Samsung Electronics America, Inc., v. Prisua Engineering Corp., case number 19-1169, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
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The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in February that it was wrong for a judge to rule that a patent was ineligible under the Alice standard because there were underlying factual disputes that could not be resolved on summary judgement.
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Struggling to keep case law relating to subject matter eligibility organized?  In February 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released an improved Eligibility Quick Reference Sheet, providing patent practitioners with a useful tool for analyzing claims in view of 35 U.S.C. § 101 subject matter eligibility requirements.
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On August 25, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a precedential opinion in Ex Parte McAward, reaffirming the Patent Office’s use of a lower pre-issuance threshold for indefiniteness distinct from the Supreme Court’s Nautilus standard.
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Why No One is Talking About Derivation Proceedings

November 2, 2016 | Blog | By Kevin Amendt

Someone stole your invention and filed for a patent on it? Derivation proceedings in the Patent Office may be an answer. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) amended 35 U.S.C. § 135 to replace interference proceedings with a new process called derivation proceedings.
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The PTAB Explores Estoppel in New Representative Decision

May 11, 2015 | Blog | By Kevin Amendt, Brad M Scheller

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("the Board") recently announced the addition of its March 26, 2015 decision in Dell, Inc. et al. v. Electronics and Telecomms. Res. Inst., IPR2015-00549 (“the ‘549 IPR”) to its online list of Representative Orders, Decisions, and Notices.
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News & Press

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Law360 featured a Mintz patent litigation team as “Legal Lions” in its weekly list of the top verdicts for its representation of Elm 3DS Innovations, a patent licensing entity.

In a precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed decisions upholding the validity of nearly a dozen Elm patents on semiconductor technologies that accused infringers challenged at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

The Mintz team representing Elm includes Member and Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Division Michael Renaud, Members William Meunier, James Wodarski and Michael Newman, Special Counsel Sandra Badin, and Associates Kevin Amendt and Matthew Galica.



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