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Scott Sullivan has a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design from Stanford University. Scott is a registered patent agent (#33,126) and has over 27 years experience in Patent Law working for 17 years at Darby & Darby, PC, one of the top Patent Law firms in New York City. Scott ran the Washington, DC office of Darby for several years during which he worked at the US Patent & Trademark Office daily to conduct patent searches, prosecute patent applications and conduct Examiner interviews. Scott has gained invaluable product development skills while working at IDEO, a prestigious and world renowned design firm head-quartered in downtown Palo Alto, CA, and also learned much of the retail business while working for nine years as Senior Product-Development Engineer at a 4 billion dollar home furnishing company. For 31 years, Scott has been actively pursuing his own inventions and holds about 40 US patents with over 15 currently pending. He continues to develop and realize many more inventions and enjoys helping nascent inventors understand the process, some tricks in the trade, and some potential hardships. Over the years Scott has developed a unique skill for innovating features for the products being developed. These features often lead to patents that provide meaningful protection for our clients to the newly developed products as they are introduced to the marketplace.

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Darby & Darby, PC Registered Patent Agent May 1986 - July 2001

I am a registered patent agent (#33,126) and have gained over 27 years experience in Patent Law working for 17 years at Darby & Darby, PC, one of the top Patent Law firms in New York City. I ran the Washington, DC office of Darby for several years during which I worked at the US Patent & Trademark Office daily to conduct patent searches, prosecute patent applications and conduct Examiner interviews. I enjoyed working one on one with independent garage inventors, as well as working with associates of patent departments of Fortune-500 companies. I'm very good at engineering around patent protection and also inventing products, systems, processes, and designs.

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IDEO Engineer and Product Designer August 2003 - September 2004

I gained invaluable product development skills while working at IDEO, a prestigious and world-renowned design firm head-quartered in downtown Palo Alto, CA. IDEO is a really cool place to dive into the wonderful world of product design. I learned tons and worked with such amazingly smart and creative people... and ate tons of M&Ms :-)

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Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Senior Engineer and Q/A Lead - Product Development September 2005 - April 2014

I continue to keep extremely busy engineering, problem-solving and inventing - covering product development for about 6000 products per quarter. Little sleep. Help! :-)

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education

Stanford University Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering and Product Design 2001 - 2003

A wonderful program that combines art, invention, product design and engineering. A bit pricey, but well worth it!

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