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Jeffrey R. Schell, Esq.

Jeff Schell is an advisor to the Institute for Economic Innovation.

Jeff Schell is an experienced patent attorney focusing on intellectual property and healthcare issues.  Jeff is the founder and lead counsel of Rocky Mountain Patent (, based in Denver, Colorado.   Jeff serves a variety of inventors, physicians and healthcare providers with dedication, focus and experience.

As a USPTO-Licensed Patent Attorney, Jeff advises inventors and innovative companies, helping them create assets out of ideas. Jeff draws upon his consulting experience to help clients broaden their patent specifications to the greatest extent possible, increasing their potentially patentable subject matter. With a focus on early stage startups and smaller investors, Jeff strives to structure his services to make them affordable to anyone who is serious about protecting their ideas. He regularly helps inventors build strategies around the USPTO’s new rules that potentially establish reduced fees for solo and early stage inventors.  Jeff also assists companies in their R&D processes as they refine their ideas. He honed his R&D skills, using tools related to lean design and process-based innovation, while helping to expand a well-known Michigan-based consulting business into Shanghai, China.

Jeff’s diverse experience includes a stint on the staff of the Chicago 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Bid committee. In that role, he worked closely with a number of professional athletes, Olympians and Paralympians, and upper level members of Chicago government, including Mayor Richard M. Daley. Jeff also interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with a ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee.

Jeff attended Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, graduating with degrees in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences and Economics in 2004. He subsequently earned his Juris Doctor and a Masters in International Studies. In 2010, Jeff also earned a Masters in Medical Informatics Degree from Northwestern. Jeff separately studied economics at Harvard University, and in 2007, was a delegate at the Harvard China-India Development & Relations Symposium.

Jeff is currently licensed to practice law as a patent attorney by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as a licensed attorney in Michigan, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and maintains retired status as an attorney in Illinois in good standing. Jeff currently limits his intellectual property law practice to patent prosecution and other exclusively federal law issues. Jeff is also certified by the National Association of Patent Practitioners. (NAPP® Certification is voluntary and the NAPP does not endorse or warrant the services of its members.)