September 20, 2018

Polsinelli’s Intellectual Property client Scott Carver, president and chief executive officer of FirstSpear, has been named the 2018 Inventor of the Year in the Established Companies category by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL).

Carver and co-inventors, Mike Cole and Trevor Buerck, worked closely with Steve Matthews of Matthews Edwards LLC to complete the patent applications and associated filings for the honored inventions: FirstSpear’s 6/12 Modular Platform Technology and Tubes Rapid Release Technology. Carver and FirstSpear are working with Polsinelli’s national Intellectual Property practice to license and enforce those patents.

“As a business partner, our team works side-by-side with clients, from idea to production, facilitating their success and safeguarding their intellectual property rights,” said Keith Grady, vice chair of Polsinelli’s Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation practice, who practices out of the firm’s St. Louis office. “Polsinelli is thrilled to congratulate Scott and everyone at FirstSpear on this tremendous honor.”

Launched in 2011 by a team of industry professionals and former U.S. servicemen, FirstSpear is focused on the rapid design, development and delivery of personal protective equipment and enhanced-load-carriage solutions for warfighters and professional users.

Carver is scheduled to receive the Inventor of the Year award during an Oct. 11 ceremony at the Innovation Conference Center at T-REX in downtown St. Louis. The evening will begin with a panel discussion about recent developments in patent law and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Polsinelli Senior Partner Q. Todd Dickinson will participate as a panelist. Dickinson formerly served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Polsinelli has one of the largest intellectual property departments in the U.S., comprised of more than 165 attorneys, patent agents and scientists working with clients to solve complex IP issues related to the protection of their intellectual property across a variety of industries. The department provides a broad range of services and capabilities for clients including biosimilars, Hatch-Waxman litigation, IP technology litigation, patent litigation and prosecution, post-grant proceedings, trade secrets litigation, trademark and copyright, among others.

A steadfast partner of the region’s entrepreneurial community, Polsinelli is committed to partnering with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. The firm has invested in virtually every startup community organization in the St. Louis area by providing advice, sponsorships, and in-kind and pro-bono services. This work includes helping startup and emerging growth companies with formation and capital structure, licensing relationships, and creating financing and strategic partnerships.

About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 825 attorneys in 21 cities coast to coast. Ranked #24 for Client Service Excellence1 and #10 for best client relationships2 among 650 U.S. law firms, Polsinelli is also named among the top 30 best-known firms in the nation3 for the second consecutive year. The firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation.  

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