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Kathryn Hester Featured in Article on Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Kathryn Hester, Ph.D., a patent agent at Dunlap Codding is featured in the April 3, 2011, issue of The Oklahoman in an article by Paula Burkes, “Entrepreneurial Opportunities Lure Aspiring Doctors, Chemists from Research to Startups.”

Kathryn used her doctorate in biochemistry and microbiology to become a patent agent, after passing the patent bar exam. She said, “to correctly write patent applications, you need to understand the invention to be able to critique and analyze it.” Hester meets with inventors, writes applications and reviews invention disclosures. As she told The Oklahoman, the process of obtaining a patent application involves the preparation and submission of a patent application to the Patent Office, followed by “prosecution” of the application. Prosecution essentially involves arguing back and forth with the Patent Office on why the applicant believes the invention is novel and non-obvious (i.e., involves an inventive step) over what’s previously been published, patented or otherwise disclosed. Typically the biggest hurdle in obtaining a patent is arguing the non-obviousness of the inventive concept, as it can be very subjective.

The article profiles other inventors and scientists, including Dunlap Codding clients, who have started companies or otherwise used their degrees outside the realm of research and academia.


DC On Film Row

About DC on Film Row

DC on Film Row is a free event space open to everyone in our community.

We like to say that the space is a “home for creatives and innovators, home builders and the homeless, celebrators and the celebrated” so people understand that we are inclusive and want everyone from throughout our community using our space.

Our goal is to celebrate the incredible diversity of creativity, innovation, and passion within Oklahoma City and to provide a venue—free of charge—to those groups and individuals working to bind us all together and make our home a cooler and better place. No strings attached—no extensive rules to follow. We simply ask that all of our neighbors be honored and that all viewpoints be respected. Our criteria for use is simple: If the event, group, or meeting is something which strengthens our community and brings us all together, the space is available for use.

The space has hosted everything from charitable fundraisers to an underground nightclub party to celebrate Canterbury Choral Society’s 45th anniversary season. We host dinners for the OKC homeless population most Monday evenings where upwards of 250 people are served—we provide the space and soft drinks and a local church provides the food. We’ve hosted university planning retreats and monthly local rock concerts.

Every Wednesday, we open up the courtyard for lunch, invite a local food truck to set up outside our gates, and welcome our downtown neighbors into the space for a bit of socialization.

Our never-ending soda fountain seems to be the biggest hit with some of our neighbors while others spend time playing pool or simply chatting about what is happening on the weekend.

For October we turn the space into a haunted house and invite the neighborhood children to come out and trick-or-treat.

Got an idea for how to use the space? Just ask us – we’re almost certain to say yes!

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