• TSoG Co-founder Kirby Drake Featured for Sharing Patent Law Expertise

    August 5, 2017 | General News
  • Few people have contributed as greatly to the mission of The Shoulders of Giants as has co-founder and current TSoG vice president Kirby Drake. An intellectual property attorney by day, Ms. Drake has been volunteering her time to help us share the thrill of scientific discovery since 2013. Most recently, Ms. Drake was featured by her law firm, Klemchuk LLP, for her work sharing a crash course in patent law with our Mentorship class.

    Ms. Drake's presentation was made as part of TSoG's successful Summer Lecture Series, a collection of soft-skill focused workshops offered to Mentorship students each summer. First started in summer 2016, the Lecture Series has become a fast favorite of many high school students seeking to become more well-rounded in such diverse areas such as project management, public speaking, and résumé building.

    From the article:


  • DALLAS – Klemchuk LLP, a leading intellectual property (IP), litigation, and business law firm, announces Managing Principal Kirby Drake gave a presentation on patent law basics at local nonprofit The Shoulders of Giants on July 29, 2017.

    Drake, who is a co-founder and board member of the organization, shared an overview of intellectual property and the parts of a patent. She also showed attendees how to search for patents and patent applications on the USPTO website, as well as other online sources such as Google Patents and FreePatentsOnline.

    Since patents and intellectual property is not typically taught at high school, Drake stressed how the nonprofit is providing participants with valuable information to give them an advantage in their fields.

    “Being familiar with patents will help students in their future educational and career endeavors,” Drake said. “They can use patents to understand what has been developed in the past and perhaps give them ideas for future development.”
  • You can read the full feature here.

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