Launchpad Patents builds high quality patent portfolios for innovative companies looking to change the world with their technology. Launchpad’s deep experience and expertise in identification of inventions and high quality patent filing and prosecution is singular. Our mandate is to exclusively focus on the best interests of our clients.
Launchpad operates at the intersection between technology development, business strategy, and capital formation to provide counsel for IP strategy appropriate to each client’s situation.
Launchpad Patents is a federally registered patent agency based in the Seattle area. Launchpad innovates in its own operations in a manner akin to the ways our clients innovate in their fields.
Launchpad was founded in 2011 with intent to evolve best practices to eliminate layers of internal complexity and inertia that typically hamper well-intentioned attorneys and agents from being entirely focused on client interests.
Launchpad is and has always been a cloud-based enterprise, with platforms that allow our professionals to collaborate at a distance. In contrast to conventional law firms, our process for protecting client interests relies heavily on collaboration between multiple experts who collectively create work product that is higher quality and more consistent at a lower cost than what any one of us could produce on our own.
Launchpad’s fields of technology expertise are broad. Our process gives our attorneys and agents time to fully understand client technologies. We know that most leading edge technology combines two or more classical fields, and we thrive at the intersections that define modern innovation.
Launchpad strives to provide:
We will represent you with an approach based on our extensive experience running progressive in-house patent groups. We will work with you to identify which technologies are important and merit patent protection. We can provide infrastructure and policy to increase invention disclosures from your technical staff, so that they can share their ideas and inventions. We can organize and lead brainstorming sessions to produce targeted inventions. We can also invent on your behalf.
We will customize our services based on your intellectual property needs. If you need a patent to issue quickly, we will draft and prosecute to minimize time to allowance. If you need the broadest possible coverage, we will draft and prosecute to that goal. Based on the needs of your technology and your company, we will adjust our strategic and tactical recommendations.
We will ensure that your patents are drafted in sufficient breadth and detail to provide truly meaningful protection. We draft to modern standards of description and enablement with future-proofing via claim diversification. Our process includes a systematic review process and proofing to ensure the highest possible protection from attack.
From our highly skilled network of patent agents and attorneys to our dedicated staff members, we manage each patent application by assigning tasks to appropriate team members, and we use automation whenever possible.
We are agile, and we will work with you to support your aggressive product development and marketing schedules.
Our Leadership Team
With a team of highly skilled professionals, including experienced patent agents, attorneys, and inventors, Launchpad Patents will help you protect your technology.
Some of our patent practitioners have spent years working for high-tech companies; some have extensive in-house patent experience; many are inventors as well. The head of our paralegal team has years of experience as a paralegal and has served as a clerk of chambers for nineteen barristers in Hong Kong.
Founder and Agent
Chris Wiklof is a registered patent agent, a prolific inventor, and the founder and president of Launchpad Intellectual Property, Inc. Mr. Wiklof founded the company in 2011 with the goal of developing better ways for preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications. Wiklof possesses expertise in the areas of automatic identification, chemical, electrical, flexible packaging, fluidics, integrated circuits, manufacturing processes, materials, mechanical, MEMS, optics, physics, and software.
Nick Bromer has worked as a patent attorney for nearly twenty-five years and as a professional inventor for more than fifteen. He has successfully prosecuted hundreds of patent applications and has been involved in all phases of patent prosecution as well as litigation. His experience as a patent prosecutor revolves around a wide variety of technical areas, and with training in engineering, physics, and electronics, he is a versatile patent attorney.
Renise Fung is Launchpad’s Paralegal Manager who acts as “the voice of Launchpad” for many of our clients and associates. In addition to conventional duties as a Patent Paralegal, Renise manages workflow and interfaces with clients on a regular basis. She is the paralegal team lead and operations manager. She also reviews work performed by team members and monitors the task log to ensure completion of tasks within targeted deadlines. Additionally, she works with patent attorneys and associates in foreign countries for all foreign filings. Renise is an experienced IP Paralegal and Manager who has well over a decade of experience as a contributor and leader of intellectual property paralegals.
Jim Larsen supports patent preparation and prosecution in the areas of electrical, mechanical, and software engineering. Mr. Larsen has experience in a wide range of technologies, including data communication, medical devices, imaging and display devices and services, circuitry, digital signal processing, automotive, protective cases, combustion technologies, web-services, and many others. He enjoys working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups to solo inventors. In his non-working time Jim enjoys supporting his family’s various activities, working on home projects, serving in his church, cooking, and, always, learning something new.