About Stone Creek

Alan Flum, Proprietor Stone Creek

Alan Flum
U.S. Registered Patent Agent

A Passion for Our Clients

My name is Alan Flum, I am the founder and solo patent practitioner of Stone Creek. If you are reading this, you are probably part of a small or mid-sized company or perhaps even a startup looking to protect your products, product ideas, or industrial designs with patents. Maybe you are interested in improving your patent process or developing a patent incentive program for your employees.

I started Stone Creek because I wanted to provide small and mid-sized companies, such as yours, with the opportunity to get quality patents. I do this with personal attention and great care.

Nothing brings me greater pleasure then to help my clients succeed in their business. Think of me as a member of your team with a passion for your success!

— Alan Flum, Proprietor of Stone Creek 

Experience

Alan Flum is outcome-driven former engineering executive and manager with 20+ years of product development and program management experience for both fortune 500 and small/mid-sized companies. This includes four years at the executive level. He has successfully managed R&D, quality assurance, product management, R&D partnerships for an entire brand. He is skilled at developing business plans, engineering processes, comprehensive product development plans, and market research analytics. A strong team builder measured by high employee satisfaction, loyalty, productivity, and extremely low attrition.

As proprietor of Stone Creek, Mr. Flum has successfully written, filed, and prosecuted patents U.S. and PCT patents for his client for over five years. He has strong expertise in patent and intellectual property development. This includes developing and managing patent programs which include metrics and incentives.

Patent Related Experience
Executive Leadership
Engineering and Project Management
Inventorship
Education and Credentials
Professional Memberships
Patent Related Experience
  • Over ten years successfully writing, filing, and prosecuting patents on behalf of clients as proprietor of Stone Creek and as a U.S. registered patent agent. Specialization includes clean energy technology, audio and visual media electronics, mechanical devices,  and accelerated patent filings. See the project showcase page to view our patent portfolio.
  • Successfully managed intellectual property program for the Stanton Group (acquired by Gibson in 2010). Developed and managed a company wide patent incentive program meeting all program goals and metrics.
Executive Leadership

Vice President of Engineering for Stanton

Oversaw research and development, quality assurance, manufacturing engineering, and product management for $20 million product line.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Built the engineering department from the ground up, which included research and development, sustaining engineering, and quality assurance.
  • Created and managed a combined operating/capital budget of $1.5 million.
  • Managed 17 simultaneous development programs. Successfully took them to market in less than 18 months. This was accomplished through a team-style management strategy that empowered the engineering and product marketing teams to accomplish as much as departments with a much larger staff.
  • Acted as technical advisor to the CEO for strategic partnerships and acquisitions.
  • Created an entire new product line from concept to completion in a little over one year. The product line featured performance specifications that rivaled products costing two to four times as much.
  • Established market research methodology and focus groups for the product-management department.
  • Developed a quality assurance program that which resulted in a dramatic decrease in product defects for an entire product line – from nearly 100% defect rate to nearly zero defects in less than six months.
Engineering and Project Management

Project Leader and Senior Engineer- Sony

  • Led several key project teams from product concept through manufacturing in the professional audio products division.
  • Led a joint development team between Sony Japan and U.S. This highly successful project generated over $17 million in gross revenue and exceeding both product life cycle & revenue goals.

Staff Applications Engineer – Cirrus Logic

  • Senior level technical position, equivalent to first line manager, as supporting Cirrus audio chip designs in notebook and desktop computers for tier 1 manufacturers such as Dell, IBM, Gateway, HP, and Compaq.
  • Instituted a 24-hour turn around time on complex technical evaluations for tier one US/Asian manufacturers.

Project Engineer – Sensormatic

  • Took a lead role in regulatory compliance for the RFID engineering department. Co-developed company-wide measurement standard for human exposure to radio frequencies
  • Design engineer on various RFID access control products.
Inventorship

Inventor on 21 U.S. Patents: 

  • US 8,153,883 B2: Rotary Control Device for Manipulating Digital Audio Signals (Assignee: Gibson Guitars Corp.)
  • US 8,110,734 B2: Position Sensitive Rotatable DJ Control Device Assignee: Gibson Guitars Corp.)
  • US 8,053,660 B2: Variable Slippage Control for a Disc Jockey Control Surface (Assignee: Gibson Guitars Corp.)
  • US 7,928,313 B2: Variable Slippage Control for a Disc Jockey Control Surface (Assignee: Gibson Guitars Corp.)
  • US 7,763,843 B2: Optical Navigation System for a Rotary Control Based Non-Contact Controller (Assignee: Gibson Guitars Corp.)
  • US 7,567,498 B2: Phonographic Turntable with Built-in Audio to USB or Firewire Device (Assignee: Gibson Guitars Corp.)
  • US 7,566,827 B2: Variable Slippage Control for a Disk Jockey Control Surface (Assignee: Gibson Guitars Corp.)
  • US 5,586,906 A: Electrical Connector Having an Improved Member Grip (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,530,765 A: Depth of Fade Indicating LED (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,488,669 A: Manual Cross Fade Learn Feature for an Audio Follow Video Mixer (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,485,525 A: VTR Configuration of a Modular Audio Follow Video Mixer (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,484,298 A: Self-Terminating XLR Connector Device (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,481,225 A: Variable Gain Differential Amplifier Circuit (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,471,539 A: Edit Select Switch for Monitor Source Select (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,444,789 A: Monitor Select Indicator for an Audio Follow Video Mixer (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,394,477 A: Microprocessor Controlled Multiple Channel VTR Configuration for an Audio Follow Video Mixer (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,319,359 A: Cross Fade Indicators (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,317,641 A: Fader Depth Control Apparatus (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,230,024 A: VTR Configuration Decoding Scheme for Audio Mixer Parallel Editor Interface (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,210,502 A: Servo Distortion Trim for DBX VCA (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
  • US 5,175,771 A: VCA Decoding Scheme for Multiple VTR Configuration of an Audio for Video Mixer (Assignee: Sony Corporation)
Education and Credentials

Education

  • BSEE Florida International University 1987
    graduated with high honors
  • BS Physics, Florida International University, 1987
    graduated with high honors

Credentials 

  • U.S. Registered Patent Agent, Registration No. 64,843
    licensed to practice with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for all patent related matters.
Professional Memberships
  • National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP)
  • Patent Information Users Group (PIUG)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) member since 1988
  • Audio Engineering Society (AES) member since 1988

Questions?

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