www.kilpatricktownsend.com). With over twenty years of experience in obtaining patents on hundreds of inventions from the latest drug delivery systems to life-saving cardiac equipment, he has built IP portfolios for numerous Fortune 500 companies. In addition to securing patents, Gibby helps clients enforce and license their patents around the world, and he has monetized patents on a range of products.
Darin’s first book, Why Has America Stopped Inventing?, explored the critical issue of America’s broken patent system. His second book, The Vintage Club, tells the story of a group of the world’s wealthiest men who are chasing a legend about a wine that can make you live forever. His third book, Gil, is about a high school coach who discovers that he can pitch with deadly speed and is given an offer to play with the Rockies during a player’s strike. Gil soon discovers, however, that his unexpected gift is the result of a rare disease, and continuing to pitch may hasten his own death.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, he is highly regarded in Denver’s legal and business community as a patent strategist, business manager, and community leader. He is also a sought-after speaker on IP issues at businesses, colleges and technology forums, where he demonstrates the value of patents using simple lessons from working on products such as Crocs shoes, Izzo golf straps and Trek bicycles.
An avid traveler and accomplished triathlete, Darin also enjoys back country fly-fishing trips and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Denver with his wife, Robin, and their four children.
His latest book is the thriller, Chasing Hindy.
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Title: Chasing Hindy
Author: Darin Gabby
Publisher: Koehler Books
Author: Darin Gabby
Publisher: Koehler Books
ADDY’S DREAM AS a patent attorney is to help bring a ground breaking energy technology to the world. Addy’s hopes soar when she is wooed by Quinn, an entrepreneur, to join his company that has purportedly invented a car that can run on water using an innovative catalyst. After resigning her partnership to join Quinn, Addy discovers things aren’t as they seem. The patent office suppresses the company’s patent applications and her life is threatened by unknown assailants if she doesn’t resign.
When she is arrested for stealing US technology from the patent office she realizes Quinn has used her. Now, Addy must find a way to clear her name while salvaging her dream of propelling this technology to the world, all while powerful forces attempt to stop her.
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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?
The first writer than inspired me was John Grisham. The Firm was published when I was a first year law student. One of my classmates bought that book and insisted that we all read it. I was so fascinated with it, that I read it in a single day. After that, I always wanted to see if I could write something like that.
Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?
I do. I had a writing coach several years ago who taught me how to analyze movies, from how characters develop to how a plot should flow. The best form of entertainment to study are Broadway musicals. I’ve learned more about how to craft a plot from musicals that any other source.
Do you have a day job? What do you do?
May day job is that of a patent attorney. I’ve been a practicing attorney since 1993. I help inventors get patents on all kinds of technologies, from life-saving cardiac equipment to ways to make your pizza cheese stretch.
What hours do you write best?
Since I have a busy law practice, I write any time I can find a free minute. I find that airplanes are best. It is one of the few places where you can still truly be alone with your thoughts. I’ve probably written half my books on airplanes.
Are you an avid reader?
Absolutely. I read about three books a week, and just about from every genre. While I love reading thrillers, I am just at home with a nice biography. I read before I go to bed and listen to books on tape while I run.
What are you reading now?
When Breath Becomes Air
Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a piece of historical fiction based in the mid-19th century. I was just at the New Jersey Historical Society doing research. I’m going to tell about an important and fascinating part of American history that has somehow been overlooked. I’ve uncovered some revealing documents that tie together the lives of the three most important inventors of their time.