Kyle Yarberry partners with individual inventors, growing companies, and Fortune 100 clients alike to protect and commercialize their most important products.  Focused on outcomes, Kyle has obtained hundreds of utility and design patents for clients, including in difficult cases after taking over from prior counsel following unsuccessful prosecution.  He is proud to help clients protect a wide range of interesting technologies, including toys, textiles, inflatable amusements, cosmetic and medical devices, building systems, insect rearing systems, sports equipment, food processing machinery, aviation systems, image sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, e-cigarettes, and lawn equipment.

Kyle also supports his clients by counseling on freedom-to-operate matters, appealing decisions of patent examiners before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), supporting inter partes review proceedings before the PTAB, and litigating matters in federal district court.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Kyle worked in the finance industry, providing lending services to clients in the energy sector, with particular focus on upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas companies.  From his experience in finance and law, Kyle understands that clients often view IP assets as a means to achieve commercial objectives, and he works with clients to achieve the best legal outcome consistent with the client’s business goals.

Kyle received his B.S. degree, cum laude, in mechanical engineering and mathematics from Southern Methodist University, and earned his J.D. degree, with a Certificate of Merit in trademark law, from the University of Michigan Law School. Kyle is also a patented inventor, holding five U.S. patents in the field of mechanical engineering. Kyle is an active member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, sitting on the organization's Industrial Designs Committee.

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  • Professional Experience

    • Christensen O’Connor Johnson KindnessPLLC
      Seattle, WA, 2018 - present
    • Brinks Gilson & Lione
      Associate, Chicago, IL, 2016 – 2018
      Law Clerk, Ann Arbor, MI, 2015 – 2016
    • Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
      Summer Associate, Milwaukee, WI, 2014 and 2015
    • Boyle Fredrickson SC
      Summer Associate, Milwaukee, WI, 2014
    • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
      Associate, Energy Group, Houston, TX, 2009 – 2013
    • Robert W. Baird & Co.
      Analyst, Wireless Services Equity Research, Dallas, TX, 2008 - 2009
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Intellectual Property Owners Association
      Industrial Designs Committee Member

  • Patents

    • U.S. Patent No. 11,191,208: Mowing Methods; Yarberry, K.E.
    • U.S. Patent No. 11,191,203: Variable Width Frame System; Yarberry, K.E.
    • U.S. Patent No. 11,058,050: Variable Width Cutting System; Yarberry, K.E.
    • U.S. Patent No. 9,968,032: Cutting Head Array for Mowing Pivotally;
      Yarberry, K.E.
    • U.S. Patent No. 8,950,772: Lightweight Cantilever Bicycle Frame; Yarberry, K.E.
  • Presentations & Publications

    Presentation

    • “Changing with the Times—How Design Laws are Changing Globally and What is Causing the Shift,” Intellectual Property Owner’s Association Annual Meeting; panelist (Virtual, September 2021).

     

    Publication

    • Memorandum, “Decision In re SurgiSil Limits Available Prior Art for Design Patents,” Balint, M.D., Yarberry, K.E. [October 2021].

Education

    • J.D., University of Michigan
      Law School, 2016
    • B.S., cum laude, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, Southern Methodist University, 2008

Bar & Court Admissions

    • Washington State Bar
    • Illinois State Bar
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office
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