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Curtis Droege

President, Tungsten IP

Curtis Droege is the President at Tungsten IP.  He is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years’ experience, a patent agent with over 15 years’ experience, and an inventor on 25 US patents and applications.  His engineering expertise includes mechanical, micro-electronics, micro-fluidics, semiconductor processing, and nano-technology, specializing in inkjet printing technology.  Curtis held the position of Worldwide Patent Manager for Lexmark International from 2009 to 2012, having responsibility for developing a high-value patent portfolio for Lexmark’s inkjet and laser printer products. In this role, he developed four teams consisting of 80 of the top engineers to guide the patent strategy, coach inventors, and evaluate invention disclosures.

Most recently, Curtis held the role of Vice President and Senior Underwriter for the world’s leading patent insurance firm, Intellectual Property Insurance Services (IPISC) located in Louisville, KY. This role provided insights into the intellectual property risks of hundreds of companies from pre-revenue to $1B, covering many different technologies.  Curtis recently launched Invention Garage, in which he provides invention coaching via online channels such as InventionGarage.com, YouTube, and Facebook.

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