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Knight and Associates is the first patent prosecution firm to attempt to obtain utility patent protection on fictional plots.  Knight and Associates consists of Andrew Knight and a team of independent contractors comprising skilled writers and experienced patent attorneys, ready to turn valuable new fictional plots or storylines into U.S. utility patent applications.

 

Knight and Associates is available to the media industries as:

 

  • A consultant firm to help your company integrate valuable Storyline Patent protection into your portfolio of other IP protection; and

 

  • A full-service patent prosecution firm to draft and prosecute patent applications on unique storylines, as well as innovations in the fields of mechanical devices, electrical devices, optical devices, medical devices, engines, software, business methods, gadgets, tools, toys, and other consumer products.

 

Knight and Associates is also available to the IP law industries as:

 

  • A consultant firm to help your company provide valuable legal support to your clients in the new field of Storyline Patent protection; and

 

  • A full-service patent prosecution firm to provide your clients with Storyline Patent application drafting and prosecution support to complement the services already provided by your company.

 

 

Andrew Knight, S.M., J.D.

 

Andrew Knight is the inventor of Storyline Patents.  With several pending U.S. utility patent applications claiming fictional storylines, Andrew Knight is the first to attempt to obtain utility patent protection on a fictional plot.

 

Education.  Andrew Knight received his undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999, his Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001, and his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2005.  He has also completed graduate coursework in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University.

 

Experience.  A Registered Patent Agent, Andrew Knight has been drafting and prosecuting patent applications since April, 2001, both for himself and for two of the most well-known, prestigious patent firms in the nation.  His specialties—setting aside potential Storyline Patent protection—include: mechanical devices, electrical devices, optical devices, medical devices, engines (rocket engines, piston engines, etc.), software, business methods, gadgets, tools, toys, and other consumer products.  He has worked for and been trained under some of the most well-respected patent attorneys, authors, and legal researchers in the field. 

 

Inventiveness.  Andrew Knight is the author and inventor of seventeen issued patents, including several patents on a "Pressurizer for a Rocket Engine.”  The Rotating Spindle PumpTM (shown right), described in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) prestigious Journal of Propulsion and Power, is capable of providing the same performance as a conventional turbopump at 60% less mass and 90% less cost. The technology has been licensed to a private company and is currently in the development phase.  Andrew Knight is also the author and inventor of several additional pending patent applications, relating to such technologies as virtual reality, information compression, business methods, software, and consumer products.

 

Fictional Writing.  The connection between patent law and unique fictional storylines necessary to conceive of Storyline Patents may never have been made if Andrew Knight did not occasionally dabble in fiction.  As far back as high school, he authored various works of short fiction that were published in national magazines, and that landed him first place in a statewide fiction writing competition and a $24,000 scholarship to study writing at the University of Tampa. (Ultimately he decided on the University of Florida instead.)  Since then, he has conceived of a variety of unique fictional storylines.  Recognizing that fierce competition for publication and financial reward focused on the quality of storytelling, as opposed to the quality of the underlying storyline itself, and further recognizing that even the world’s most skilled storytellers (of which he is clearly not) rarely turn a profit, his unique fictional storylines have matured into pending patent applications instead of novels or screenplays.  He thus seeks reward on the true value of his innovations—the underlying storylines—instead of forced, sub-par expressions of these underlying storylines. 

 

 

Acknowledgements

 

New innovations are not created in a vacuum.  Many people, through their friendship, encouragement, and instruction, have made possible Mr. Knight’s conception of Storyline Patents and his ability to draft and prosecute patent applications to their fruition: Jay Thomas, Hal Wegner, Dean Alderucci, Joann Corey, Martin Cosenza, Brian Walker, Chris Lind, Rock Ledoux, Adam and Celeste Litt, his parents, sister, and Godparents, and absolutely most of all, Glenn Law.  Sincere thanks to all.


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