Professional Background of
Jeffrey Dean Lindsay

Appleton, Wisconsin


I pursue innovation and IP strategy to help my employer, Asia Pulp and Paper, and its many inventors, teams, and associated companies to create greater value. That means not just obtaining better IP, but helping others figure out where and what to create in the first place. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, I was named as one of the world's leading IP strategists in the IAM300 list ( by Intellectual Asset Management, a major publication in the IP profession (this is based on peer recognition, as described in their methodology for selecting honorees).

I am the former Corporate Patent Strategist for Kimberly-Clark, a former Director in an innovation-oriented business consultancy, and a former professor. By understanding inventors and their technology, as well as the pains of bringing inventions to the market, I help bridge the gaps that hinder innovation and make R&D teams more productive and successful.

I've described some of my approaches in a book, Conquering Innovation Fatigue, with co-authors Cheryl Perkins and Mukund Karanjikar, published by John Wiley & Sons (New York, July 2009).

In 2011. I began an adventure in Shanghai, China, working as Head of Intellectual Property for an ambitious and rapidly growing company, Asia Pulp and Paper (China). I have the privilege of working with several associated companies (Goldeast, Gold Hongye, etc.) and many talented people in several countries in building our systems, our estate, and our strategy, while also having the excitement of living in one of the world's most remarkable and beautiful cities.

Prior to joining APP, I was Director of Solution Development at Innovationedge, a leading innovation consultancy. At Innovationedge, I worked with one of the world's leaders in innovation, Cheryl Perkins, who was Chief Innovation Officer and Senior VP at Kimberly-Clark before forming her business consultancy. We helped some of the world's largest and most interesting corporations in advancing innovation, new product development, and IP strategy, while also working with carefully selected start-ups and inventors to assist them in bringing their technology to major corporations. I am grateful for the many opportunities I had at Innovationedge and for all I was able to learn from Cheryl and my outstanding coworkers. It's wonderful to see successful new products on the shelf or in industry where I played a role in helping to bring about change and innovation.

Before joining Cheryl's team at Innovationedge, I was in her organization at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where I was Corporate Patent Strategist and Senior Research Fellow. There I worked with many groups around the Corporation to develop and execute our intellectual asset strategy. My initiatives there included introduction of low-cost methods to strengthen intellectual asset portfolios and disrupt the competition. The unusual position of Corporate Patent Strategist came about after I became a registered US patent agent in 1994 and began aggressively applying principles of IP law to enhance R&D efforts to yield stronger patents. So I was a patent agent in R&D as well as an inventor with broad technical and business interests. Kimberly-Clark graciously provided many opportunities for me to grow and contribute, including opportunities to assist in drafting, crafting, and creating patents and inventions. The combination of years of R&D work plus patent-specific projects resulted in receiving over 100 patents (including chemical patents, diagnostics patents, business method patents, process and product patents, etc.).

I enjoy working with inventors and corporations in strengthening their IA strategy and innovation systems. I have experience in both the corporate world and academia, and enjoy bridging the gap between the two by helping companies with open innovation and helping universities connect their inventions to the marketplace. My skill sets include driving innovation in both technology and business methods or business models, guiding innovation strategy and intellectual asset strategy, and conducting value network analysis to understand organizational behavior and ecosystems of innovation. Plus I'm an avid blogger, writer, photographer, and cook, though that's been on the wane since moving to Shanghai. I am active in my community and church, speak German and Chinese (including basic reading and writing abilities), know a little Spanish and Hmong, and enjoy a diversity of cultures. But the Chinese language is my passion right now. Tough, but I love it.

Areas of Expertise

Open innovation, intellectual property strategy, new business development, biomaterials, bioproducts, external business development, alliances and licensing, innovation systems, technology scouting, private brand development, value network analysis, university-industry relationships, public speaking, amateur magic, and photography. Technical experience includes cellulose chemistry (a subject of several of my chemical patents), consumer products manufacturing, fluid flow in fibrous media, recycling and deinking, multiphase flow and heat transfer, predictive test methods and test method development, fiber-water interactions in paper and cellulosic materials, etc. I am also a registered patent agent before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and have a strong interest in patents and patent law.

Employment History

Asia Pulp and Paper, Shanghai, China, June 2011 to present, Head of Intellectual Property.

Innovation Edge, Neenah, Wisconsin: August 2007 to June 2011, Director of Solution Development.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Neenah, Wisconsin: May 1994-August 2007.

At K-C I helped build new patent estates in areas such as RFID, new tissue and feminine care products, business methods, and other areas. I worked with management to create a community of practice in intellectual assets that brought together Legal, management, and the technical community to strengthen best practices, increase skills, and network. I helped create the Cross-Sector Business Methods Group to pursue business method patents and help many groups across the Corporation recognize the value of their innovations in how K-C did business. I worked with patent review boards across the Corporation to drive and improve strategy. I introduced defensive publications and other low-cost intellectual asset tools as part of an expanded approach for cost-effective intellectual assets. I also conducted proprietary research related to improving the performance of various consumer products produced by Kimberly-Clark.

Institute of Paper Science and Technology (formerly Institute of Paper Chemistry), Atlanta, Georgia: 1987-1994.

BYU Combustion Laboratory, Provo, Utah, March 1982 to Dec. 1986.
Research Assistant

Education and Training

U.S. Patent Agent, Reg. No. 41,155, certified Aug. 4, 1997.

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, Dec. 1986.
Dissertation: "Laser Anemometer Measurements in Simulated Gasifier Flows with Swirl"

B.S., Chemical Engineering, summa cum laude, Brigham Young University, Aug. 1983.

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