Neil Thompson is a patent agent who worked for years in the medical device industry as a product development engineer. He became a patent agent while working as an engineer to lessen the load of outside counsel drafting patent applications. Working at both startups and larger companies, Neil has been involved with the patenting process in both environments.
In addition to drafting and prosecuting patent applications, Neil has led workshops in IP for SCORE and IP webinars for Orthopedic Research Society and the Society for Biomaterials. He currently hosts a meetup group for patent practitioners. Right before joining Torrey Pines Law Group, he worked as a freelance patent agent. He also uses his medical device background to advise small companies on packaging design and development.
Neil is also passionate about public speaking for those in STEM. He created a course, Teach the Geek to Speak, to help engineers and scientists with their public speaking, especially when presenting in front of decision makers and those outside of STEM. He is also the author of a children's book, “Ask Uncle Neil: why is my hair curly?” The story focuses on Neil’s nephew asking him why his hair is the way it is, and Neil uses science to answer the question.
Neil received a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Toronto, and graduate degrees in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering from Clemson University and Columbia University, respectively. He is also a Professional Engineer.
Torrey Pines Law Group, PC serves technology innovators with protecting intellectual property, obtaining regulatory approvals and clearances, and making deals and closing technology transactions throughout the U.S., including in major technology hubs such as San Diego, San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose, Silicon Valley, Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Boulder, Orlando, the Research Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill), the Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC), Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Ann Arbor, and throughout Southern California in Los Angeles, Orange County, Irvine, Torrey Pines, Sorrento Valley, and La Jolla.
We have experience with international intellectual property, regulatory and transactional matters pending in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou China; Tokyo, Japan; Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt Germany; Tel Aviv Israel; Mumbai, Bengaluru, and New Delhi India; London and Edinburgh United Kingdom; Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal Canada; Dublin, Ireland; Cape Town, South Africa; Mexico City and Tijuana Mexico; Brussels, Belgium; Copenhagen, Denmark; Paris, France; Madrid and Barcelona Spain; Moscow, Russia; Santiago, Chile; Montevideo, Uruguay; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Hong Kong; Hanoi, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Milan, Italy; Singapore; Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Kiev, Ukraine; Budapest, Hungary; Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czechia; Geneva and Lausanne Switzerland; Bahrain; Doha, Qatar; Abu Dhabi and Dubai UAE; and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Medical Device Patent Agent - Medical Implant Patent Preparation & Prosecution Advisor - Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) Intellectual Property Opinions - Artificial Intelligence Commercialization