Keith concentrates on the preparation, prosecution and licensing of patent applications in the computer software, telecommunications, electrical and mechanical arts. As a result of his work product and intellectual curiosity, Keith has developed a knowledge base that enables him to effectively advise clients in, among other things, complex technologies, including artificial intelligence, immersive environments (virtual and augmented reality), natural language processing and distributed ledger technologies (blockchain).
Keith regularly prepares and prosecutes patent applications and provides noninfringement and invalidity opinions. He also advises clients on trademarks, copyrights in software, software development agreements, proprietary and open source software licenses, and other transactional matters.
During his undergraduate studies, Keith worked as a software developer and technology consultant for various internet startups and a financial consulting company. After receiving a degree in computer science, Keith developed cryptography applications as a software engineer at a multinational telecommunications company.
While attending law school, Keith interned with several law firms and a global internet domain broker where he handled trademark infringement, click-fraud and breach of contract disputes.
Upon graduating from law school, Keith worked as a patent attorney for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel in Arlington, Virginia. By statute, the ONR has the authority to dictate all U.S. Navy and Marine Corps intellectual property matters. During his tenure with ONR, Keith developed his patent prosecution skills at the Naval Research Laboratory, assisted the Department of Justice with patent infringement litigation and trade secret administrative claims and appeals, reviewed intellectual property provisions in government contracts, and counseled various naval commands around the world. Keith also gained significant experience working with universities and contractors in matters pertaining to the Bayh-Dole Act, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), technology transfer (T2) and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA).
Keith is the principal author of @DLTcounsel, a technology and legal news resource relating to all things blockchain (i.e., distributed ledger technology).
Speaker, Digital Health: Cybersecurity, Intellectual Property and Privacy, Update of the Law CLE, Kansas City, Missouri, June 12, 2020 (with Sonali Gunawardhana and Lischen Reeves).
Presenter, Digital Health: Cybersecurity, Intellectual Property and Privacy, Emerging Legal Trends, April 16, 2020 (with Sonali Gunawardhana and Lischen Reeves).
Speaker, The Domain of Blockchain, Secret Sauce IP BBQ CLE, Kansas City, Kansas, September 14, 2018 (with Jesse Camacho).
Presenter, Blockchain, 60 Seconds of Legal Science, July 25, 2019.
Speaker, Beginning Blockchain – Legal Issues and Developments in the New Smart Economy, Update of the Law CLE, Kansas City, Missouri, June 2018.
Speaker, Bitcoin, Blockchain and Beyond, Shook, Hardy & Bacon Lunch and Learn, Kansas City, Missouri, May 2018.
Gray Areas: Emerging Technologies Cause Headaches for Corporate Counsel, Missouri In-House Counsel, June 25, 2019.