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Miles A. Finn, Ph.D.


Robins Kaplan

Miles Finn is Counsel at Robins Kaplan LLP practicing in the Patent Office Trial Group.


  • Practices in the Patent Office Trial Group. Has participated in over 15 IPRs and CBMs, representing both Petitioners and Patent Owners.
  • Has extensive litigation and licensing experience in electrical engineering matters, including mobile telephony, RF connectors, and semiconductor chip design and fabrication.
  • Brings 15 years of practical engineering experience and 5 years of patent litigation support to his position as an attorney in the Firm’s patent litigation department.  After earning a Bachelor’s degree in physics (Franklin and Marshal College, magna cum laude) and a Ph.D. degree in physics (University of Minnesota) he worked as a scientist and an engineer in the medical device and software fields.
  • Has invented a line of surgical “seeing instruments,” resulting in 5 patents and two license agreements.  Was awarded three National Institutes of Health research grants, totaling $575,000.
  • In 2003, passed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office patent bar exam, and joined Robins Kaplan LLP as a Science Advisor.

Recent Articles by Miles A. Finn, Ph.D.

How to Use the USPTO Patent Public Search Tool

Do you want a simple way to search for specific patents and to get PDF copies of those patents? And do you want those PDF files to come straight from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), so you can be confident that they contain any Certificates of Correction? Our first article in a series about the USPTO’s Public Patent Search (PPS) web page shows you how. PPS launched on December 1, 2021. It’s critical to get to know PPS now—especially if you want to get access to PDF copies of patents, because the USPTO removed the only other remaining method to get PDFs from their site just last month. Like any new technology, it can take some getting used to—but once you get the hang of it, it can make your life much easier. This short how-to article explains the essentials of using PPS to find and download specific patents and how to deal with the unique idiosyncrasies of PPS’s text versions of patents.