is founding principal of Intellectual Asset Management Associates, LLC. (IAMA), a full service patent agency and commercialization consultancy based in Alexandria, VA. Don is a mechanical engineer and registered US Patent Agent licensed to practice patent law before the USPTO. He recently was honored by designation as a Certified Licensing Professional.
Prior to establishing IAMA, Don Kelly was CEO of the prestigious Academy of Applied Science and served as adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce Law Center. With a BS-ME from VA Tech University, Don began his intellectual property career as a Patent Examiner with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), advancing through agency ranks to Technology Center Director and USPTO Chief of Staff. Don was founding director of the USPTO’s popular outreach programs supporting independent inventors and is credited as principal architect of the USPTO’s award winning initiative introducing inventive thinking curricula into America’s K-12 classrooms.
Widely recognized as a champion of inventors and entrepreneurs, Don Kelly is frequently quoted in the news media and more recently consulted by the USPTO, SBA and the current Administration on intellectual property issues affecting American innovators. Don Kelly often is called upon to keynote inventor conferences and expositions, and currently serves as a member of the Licensing Executives Society professional development faculty.