Startups are often unclear on what technology qualifies for patent protection, especially when it comes to software and life science innovations. American Patent Agency PC—an MIT-trained team focused on drafting, filing, and prosecuting U.S. patents for tech startups—will cover what to consider when applying for patents, as well as recent developments for patent eligibility in specific fields.

Additional topics:

– Recent developments in patent eligibility for software and life science innovations
– Pitfalls that disqualify an invention from patent protection
– Strategies for strengthening patent applications


Stephen M. Hou has practiced patent prosecution for law firms in Boston and San Francisco. He has been involved in three award-winning startup companies, serving as co-founder, chief engineer, and software engineer. Stephen received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, and received four degrees in physics and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a microsystems engineer and instructor.

Dan Hussain was educated at MIT in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, and computer science, and also studied intellectual property law at Harvard Law School, as well as theoretical geophysics at the University of Cambridge (UK). Dan has worked for NASA, Northwestern Astronomical Observatory, Siemens Corporation, and the law firm Frommer, Lawrence, and Haug, LLP. Dan is an inventor on 25+ patents in the IoT sector.

About American Patent Agency PC

American Patent Agency PC is an MIT-trained team that focuses on drafting, filing, and prosecuting US patents for tech startups. They leverage their experience from engineering, entrepreneurship, and law to create the intellectual property foundation for dozens of startups, all of which have been funded by significant investment (over $1 billion total valuation)