Chief Ideation Officer
Kendall earned an accelerated computer science degree in 1994, from Western Washington University, concentrating on computer architecture, computer science theory, artificial intelligence and network design. From there he went straight into the University of Michigan Law School, and earned his JD in Law/Intellectual Property in 1997. While there he was Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Review, a finalist in the Moot Court Competition, and winner of the Client Counseling Competition.
For the next eight years Kendall earned his legal stripes mainly in prosecution and patent advice and mergers and acquisitions at national firms Fenwick & West and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. In 2005 he left to build, completely from scratch, the intellectual property and compliance department for healthcare IT company TriZetto. He was the lead negotiator on key commercial agreements, and he created IP education and awareness programs for the companies 1500+ employees. In 2009 he left Big Law forever, and has never looked back.
Much more than just our resident technology and intellectual property attorney, Kendall also leads a not-so-secret double life as a social entrepreneur and inventor. He helps emerging and high-growth companies generate ideas, assists with early stage financing and corporate structure, and determines their legal, business and market viability. He also advises clients on invention development, brainstorming, business plan development, social media utilization, consumer engagement, go-to market strategies, commercialization strategies for IP assets, and related business issues arising from new product or services.