Sid Bennett
Patent Agent

For the past 13 years Sid has applied his industrial background in the aerospace and telecommunications industries to helping individual inventors, startups and major corporations protect their inventions through US and worldwide patents.

Sid has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in electronics and systems, electromagnetics, nanotechnology, medical instrumentation, optics, computing systems and high speed memories, and various mechanical devices. As a named inventor of 14 US patents, Sid sees the process both from the viewpoint of the inventor and patent owner as well as the procedural and practical aspects of dealing with the patent examiner.

Practice Groups
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering,
    Cornell University, 1961
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering,
    New York University, 1962
Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Technical Background
  • Analog Electronics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Semiconductors
  • Signal Processing
  • Software
Experience | Legal
Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
Scientific Advisor and Patent Agent, January 2003-Present
Experience | Non-Legal

KVH Industries, Inc, Middletown, Rhode Island
Vice President, Fiber Optic Gyro Business Development, Tinley Park, IL, 1997-2002

Andrew Corporation, Orland Park, Illinois
September 1985-October 1997
Director, Business Development, Fiber Optic Gyros, 1990-1997
Vice President, Business Development, Government Products Group, 1988-1989

Sanders Associates, Nashua, New Hampshire
(latterly Lockheed-Martin and then BAE)
Manager of Programs, Systems Management Division and Senior Principal Consulting Engineer, Special Programs Division, 1972-1985

AVCO Corporation, Wilmington, Massachusetts
(latterly Textron) Manager, 1962-1972
Manager, Environmental Sciences Department,1966-1972

Experience | Civic Activities

Chicago Engineers’ Foundation, President

Grants scholarships to Chicago high school students who plan on studying engineering.

Over 100 scholarships totaling $115,000 were awarded last year.

  • "Patents 101: A Brief Introduction," Student Chapter of the Optical Society of America, Purdue University, August 6, 2012
  • "How to Highlight and Market Your Skills as a Patent Agent," Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) seminar,  The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, April 26, 2011
  • "Modern Gyroscopes," Franklin Institute Gold Medal Award Symposium on the occasion of the award of the Gold Medal in Engineering to V. Vali and R. Shorthill for the invention of the fiber optic gyroscope, April 1999
  • "Modern Gyroscopes," published version, AIAA Guidance Navigation and Control Symposium, Montreal, Canada, August 2001
  • "150th Anniversary of the Gyroscope: A Historical Perspective," co-chair, Institute of Navigation Conference Session, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 2001
  • "Navigation-Related Standards Development," co-chair, Institute of Navigation Conference Session, San Diego, California, January 2002
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000
  • IEEE Standards Association Commendation for Standards Development (2)
  • The Chicago Engineers’ Foundation, President, 2015-2016
  • IEEE/AESS Gyro and Accelerometer Panel, Chair, 1993-2002
  • IEEE/AESS Board of Governors, 1996-2002
  • IEEE Standards Association, Board of Governors 2002
  • IEEE Standards Board New Standards Committee, 2002
  • Chicago Engineer’s Foundation