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.
M.S. Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering
B.S. Electrical Engineering
United States Patent & Trademark Office
The Computer & Internet Lawyer vol. 24, no. 4, April 2007
Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, vol. 84, no. 9, September 2002
The Patent Journal vol. 1, no. 11, September 2002
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