Kirk focuses his practice on intellectual property prosecution and counseling across a broad range of technologies. With previous in-house counsel experience, Kirk has a unique perspective on the intellectual property-related issues that companies encounter, and understands the requirements of providing effective counsel to corporate clients to resolve those issues. He has drafted more than 100 utility patent applications, prosecuted hundreds more and has experience managing large corporate intellectual property dockets consisting of both U.S. and foreign utility, utility model and design patent applications. Kirk also has a lot of experience, both in-house and as outside counsel, with assessing and providing opinions with respect to freedom-to-operate (FTO) for new products and services, as well as patentability for new ideas.
Kirk’s experience has provided him the opportunity to handle patent-related matters across a wide range of complex technologies, including: computer vision processing; image processing; sound processing; networking; communications and signal processing; software; hardware; mobile applications (including graphical user interfaces); virtual reality and augmented reality; home automation and security; internet of things (IoT), including full ecosystem interactions; software-based sports fitting systems; motion data capture and sensing devices; electronic circuits and systems; semiconductor fabrication and packaging; and numerous mechanical technologies, including acoustics, surface interactions, materials science and other structural and physical properties.
During his in-house counsel tenure, Kirk regularly handled patent and trade dress infringement assertion letters, as well as provided guidance on matters related to customs enforcement, International Trade Commission (ITC) actions and patent and trademark infringement litigations. Kirk also has experience providing guidance on, creating and maintaining corporate policies in areas such as product clearance and freedom-to-operate, internal prototypes, social media compliance and marketing and business methods.
Before joining Shook, Kirk was patent counsel for Ring, in Santa Monica, California, where he helped manage the company’s patent portfolio while working alongside and partnering with Ring’s global research and development team to discover and maximize intellectual property protection of inventive concepts.
Vaccine Mandates: Can Companies Require Employees to Get the COVID Vaccine?, CLE, Association of Corporate Counsel - Southern California, May 4, 2021 (with Tom Wynsma).
Bias-Mosis: The Permeating Effect of Bias in Technology, CLE, Association of Corporate Counsel - Southern California, Costa Mesa, California, October 3, 2019 (with Tom Wynsma).