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Kenneth Nigon
Areas of Practice
  • Electrical & Computers
  • Software & E-Commerce
IP Services
  • Freedom To Operate
  • Opinions
  • Patent Prosecution
Overview
Education
Bar Admissions
Publications
Representative Patents
Overview
Overview

Kenneth Nigon’s family played an integral role in his career choice – and it turned out to be a great fit. Ken gained his first exposure to intellectual property law from his father, who was also a patent lawyer. “When I was in high school, my father would take us to do patent searches,” Ken remembers. In undergraduate school, Ken studied electrical engineering. After college, Ken continued on to earn a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering from Stanford University. He later earned his law degree from Temple University. His son is also pursuing a career in the patent field.

One of Ken’s favorite aspects of his career is talking to inventors. “They’re always very enthused,” Ken explains. “You learn the new stuff, the cutting edge. I love learning the new technology.”

Ken’s practice focuses on US and international patent protection for computer hardware, software, and business methods. He thrives on digging into the inventions. It is rewarding for him to help clients receive patents for their work. “The patent system can provide a property right to people who have come up with this technology.”

Ken is active in the intellectual property law community. In 2019 he retired as a co-chair and a member of the Practising Law Institute faculty for the annual Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop. He was a contributing author for Electronic and Software Patents: Law and Practice, a treatise published by BNA Books from 2000 to 2018. He is also a past president of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association. Further, he has served on the board of directors and held many committee leadership positions in the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He has been listed in Chambers & Partners’ America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is currently listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

 

Education
Education
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA, 1983

Juris Doctor

Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 1974

M.S. Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN, 1973

B.S. Electrical Engineering

Bar Admissions
Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

United States Patent & Trademark Office

Publications
Publications
Advanced Specification Drafting Issues: Electronic and Computer Inventions

The Computer & Internet Lawyer vol. 24, no. 4, April 2007

The New Written Description Requirement

Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, vol. 84, no. 9, September 2002

Patent Portfolio Management

The Patent Journal vol. 1, no. 11, September 2002

Representative Patents
Representative Patents
8,130,676

Method for on-demand distributed hash table update

9,277,371

Grouped multicast/broadcast single frequency network (MBSFN) splitting

9,121,922

Full-Text Access point location identification methods and apparatus based on absolute and relative harvesting

2015/0204640

Indoor location using magnetic fields