Adam Gianola, Ph.D., is a senior associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Dr. Gianola focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling in the fields of materials, optics, software, and electronics. Dr. Gianola has drafted and prosecuted patents in a wide variety of technology areas including semiconductor, microelectromechanical, and flexible electronic devices, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic devices, electrochemical cell technologies including thin film batteries, lithium ion batteries, flow batteries, battery health/state of charge evaluation, and battery separators, wireless and network technologies, lasers and optical devices, gas separation materials, polymers, liquid crystal display technologies, oil and gas processing techniques, and water treatment technologies.

Dr. Gianola has over ten years of patent prosecution experience including his time prior to joining the firm. Previously, Dr. Gianola worked as an associate in the Boulder, Colorado office of a national law firm where his practice included patent preparation, strategy and prosecution. During and prior to law school, Dr. Gianola was a patent agent at a boutique IP firm based in Boulder, Colorado, where he handled U.S. and international patent portfolios for independent inventors, start-up companies, research universities, and private and public corporations.

Recent Articles by Adam Gianola, Ph.D.

Technology-Specific Patent Filing Trends During the Pandemic

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has dampened many commercial operations in countries around the world, including the United States. Although the U.S. stock market underwent a historical pull-back and rebound in a matter of a few short months, new unemployment filings are still at record highs and corporate budgets have been slashed to minimize expenses. In a large sense, corporate profits for the first half of 2020 are down for many companies compared to the end of 2019, though the technology sector is down less than others. As companies scramble to reduce expenses, IP budgets may be on the chopping block. One approach for reducing IP expenditures is to cut prosecution costs by abandoning applications, and patent application abandonments have indeed increased. Another approach for reducing expenditures is to file fewer patent applications (which may offer added cost savings as USPTO fees have now risen – with some fees increased by 25%-200%). Some predicted that new patent application filings would drop significantly, possibly as high as a year-over-year decline of 20% vs. 2019.