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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, University of Houston, 2014
    • Ph.D., Rice University, 2008, Geology & Geophysics
    • M.S., Georgia Tech, 2000, Earth Science (Aqueous Geochemistry)
    • B.S., University of Virginia, 1997, Chemistry, Biology
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • Texas, 2014
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Dr. Kevin Davis leverages his in-depth scientific knowledge to understand clients’ needs and goals and to serve as a formidable advocate on their behalf. He possesses a deep understanding of a variety of scientific and technical fields, including chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, materials science, biology, nanotechnology, geology and upstream technologies.

Kevin’s practice includes preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications in the United States as well as coordinating foreign prosecution of patent portfolios. Kevin has prepared and prosecuted patents in a broad spectrum of technologies, including polymers, organic synthesis, chemical catalysis and separation, reaction control systems, active pharmaceutical ingredients, pharmaceutical compositions and formulations, polymorphic and amorphous forms, chlorinated hydrocarbons, fuel cells, carbon dioxide removal technologies, reverse and forward osmosis systems, cancer vaccines and immunotherapies, targeted drug delivery systems, wound care compositions, cosmetic compositions, medical devices, wellbore treatment fluids and compositions, and downhole tools and methods.

Kevin’s practice also includes preparing Patent Due Diligence, Non-Infringement, Invalidity, Freedom-To-Operate and Patentability Opinions for chemistry, pharmaceutical and oil & gas clients. Kevin also has experience serving as counsel on Inter Partes Review and Derivation proceedings in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Before earning his law degree, Kevin was a geology professor and lead instructor at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, and interned with a Fortune 50 oil and gas company and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office’s Environmental Crimes Division in Houston. 

Kevin received a doctorate degree from Rice University where his work in geomicrobiology, performed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, earned several awards and grants. 

Kevin’s biomineralization research at Georgia Tech, where he earned his master’s degree, also won several awards and was published in the well-known journal Science. During this time, Kevin collaborated with the crystal growth group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 

Kevin also holds two bachelor degrees from the University of Virginia, one in chemistry with a specialization in biochemistry and one in biology. His undergraduate research focused on determining the paleo diets of ancient human populations using Stable Isotope Ratio Analysis (SIRA).

  • Prepared non-infringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate opinions for energy, medical device, and chemical clients.
  • Drafted patent applications for pharmaceutical, energy, and medical device clients.
  • Provided patent prosecution services for chemical, energy, and medical device clients.
  • Provided technical support for patent interference work for pharmaceutical and medical device clients.
  • Provided technical expertise as part of due diligence services to pharmaceutical clients.
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Calcite and Dolomite Dissolution Rates in the Context of Microbe-Mineral Surface Interactions
Geobiology 5, 191-205
2007
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Magnesium Inhibition of Calcite Dissolution Kinetics
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 70, 583-594
2006
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Quantifying the Relationship between Microbial Attachment and Mineral-Surface Dynamics using Vertical Scanning Interferometry
American Journal of Science Special Issue
Quantitative Approaches Toward Biogeochemistry: Processes, Scaling and Interfaces. pp. 727-751. 
2005
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Inhibition of CaCO3 Crystallization by Small Molecules: The Magnesium Example
Fluid-Solid Interfaces to Nanostructural Engineering, Volume II
Assembly in Hybrid and Biological Systems. pp. 55-82
2004
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The Mechanistic Consequences of Microbial Surface Colonization on Carbonate Mineral Dissolution
Water-Rock Interaction-11, 1101-1105
2004
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Morphological Consequences of Differential Mg2+ Incorporation at Structurally Distinct Dteps on Calcite
American Mineralogist 89, 714-720
2004
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Resolving the Control of Magnesium on Calcite Growth: Thermodynamic and Kinetic Consequences of Impurity Incorporation for Biomineral Formation
Morphology and Dynamics of Crystal Surfaces in Complex Molecular Systems
Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Volume 620
2001
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The Role of Mg2+ as an Impurity in Calcite Growth
Science. 290, 1134-1137
2000