About Mike Ervin

About Mike Ervin

I am a native Texan who grew up in the Houston area and attended grades 1-12 as well as university in that area.

Education and Experience

I hold a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and worked in all aspects of business in a 21 year career with E. I. Du Pont. These included R&D, manufacturing, and business management. Roles included Technical and Manufacturing Management, Business Manager of a large DuPont business, and Corporate Planning for DuPont.

After serving several years as Vice President of R&D for Imaging Systems and Medical Products in Du Pont I retired in 1992 and joined DTM Corporation in Austin, Texas and served for 5 years helping to bring that company from a start-up status to an IPO in 1997. My role at DTM was VP Engineering and Manufacturing. I also served as the Intellectual Property Officer for the company.

I have been involved in all aspects of technology management ranging from inception to final commercialization. With respect to patents, I have hands on experience in directing both prosecution and litigation of patents in the United States and internationally. While serving DTM as Intellectual Property Officer I directed patent prosecution and litigation efforts that were going on in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

Patent Areas of Interest

Areas of particular technical expertise include electro / optical / mechanical systems used for imaging and medical products, other hardware and software products related to capital equipment businesses, and the technologies of the chemical process industries. I have successfully written patents in each of these areas. A more succinct list of areas of patent focus can be seen here.

Representative Patents

Here is a representative portfolio of my issued patents from different areas of technology - from consumer products to mechanical to process control to sensor technologies to medical applications to airships.


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