About Kelly

Kelly Echols is an experienced chemical patent attorney. He has counseled pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic, waste conversion, battery component, and chemical companies. Kelly enjoys developing creative global patent portfolio strategies that maximize product value. Additionally, Kelly has significant intellectual property transaction experience. He draws upon his experience as Director of Contracts and Patent Counsel for Myrexis, Inc. to assist clients in protecting their products.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Kelly spent five years working with Myrexis, Inc. and its former parent company, Myriad Genetics, Inc. Previously he was also an associate with TraskBritt, P.C. and was an intern for The Honorable Randall R. Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Kelly is co-chair of the Firm’s Energy Technologies Working Group.

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Patent Portfolio Creation and Management

  • Devised and implemented global strategies for protecting technology at all stages of development.
  • Implemented prosecution strategies to maximize patent term adjustment resulting in key patents issuing with years of additional patent term.

Intellectual Property Transactions

  • Negotiated and drafted a variety of agreements, including intellectual property license and sales agreements.
  • Evaluated intellectual property relating to numerous potential acquisitions and analyzed patent infringement risks regarding such acquisitions.
  • Advised clients on Hatch-Waxman issues related to potential products.
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Honors & Activities

  • Utah Advisory Board Member, Cleantech Open Accelerator, 2017
  • Member, BioUtah Business and Legal Issues Committee
  • Judge, Bench to Bedside Competition, 2019
  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar
  • Board Member, Salt Lake City Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “‘Best Is Yet to Come’ for Energy Storage Technology” (quoted), POWER magazine, March 1, 2021
  • “Drug Repurposing – U.S. Issues” (presenter), Ridout & Maybee LLP, WEBINAR: New Uses for Known Drugs – Essential Patent Aspects in Europe and North America, July 2020
  • “Energy at a Cellular Level: Battery Storage Shows Plenty of Power” (quoted), POWER magazine, March 1, 2019
  • Avoiding IP Pitfalls In The Early Stages of Your Company” (co-presenter), Cleantech Bootcamp & Founder Meets Funder Matchmaking Event, Aug. 29, 2018
  • “Practitioner Insights: Forward With Solar, Storage in Puerto Rico” (co-author), Bloomberg BNA Environment, Nov. 7, 2017
  • “What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Forming, Growing, and Protecting the Technology of a Cleantech Company” (co-presenter), Cleantech Open Bootcamp, Aug. 2017
  • “Patent Process Overview and Company Best Practices” (presenter), Utah Technology Council, Clean Tech Roundtable, Sept. 2014

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