M. Henry Heines

M. Henry Heines is a consultant to small corporations on patent matters and intellectual property in general. His services include:

  • advising corporate management on patent filings and strategies, both domestic and foreign;
  • assisting in evaluating and selecting outside IP counsel and serving as liaison between IP counsel and corporate management, including monitoring the services of IP counsel for diligence, quality, and costs;
  • addressing corporate concerns regarding freedom-to-operate, infringement, and patentability; and
  • providing pre-litigation and litigation support for both management and outside counsel.

Dr. Heines is a Patent Attorney with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Prior to entering the field of law, Dr. Heines worked as a research engineer with a major industrial chemicals manufacturer. Once entering law, he served for seven years as an in-house corporate patent attorney, then transitioned to private practice by joining the firm now bearing the name Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, where he remained for 31 years, the last 25 of which as a partner, until his retirement in 2012. During his 38 years of full-time patent practice, he prepared and obtained patents for clients in widely diverse specialties within the fields of organic and inorganic chemistry, and chemical and mechanical engineering. He now works solely and independently as a consultant.

Dr. Heines’ publications include over 60 articles on patent law for attorneys, research personnel, and corporate management. His publications further include three books: First to File: Patents for Today's Scientist and Engineer; Patents for Business: The Manager's Guide to Scope, Strategy, and Due Diligence; and Patent Empowerment for Small Corporations. The most recent book, First to File: Patents for Today's Scientist and Engineer, expands on the first two books by incorporating the America Invents Act plus other topics of current and emerging interest, and supplements each topic with case histories. Dr. Heines has chaired sessions on patent law at national meetings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and his periodic column “Patent Update” has been published in the AIChE's Chemical Engineering Progress since 1995.

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