Chase Means ’08 has packed three careers into nine years. And he’s still packing! His latest (ad)venture is LegalBoard
, a customized keyboard designed especially for attorneys. The product debuted to a large — and enthusiastic — audience in January 2017.
Chase combines the knowledge gained through earning an undergraduate degree in engineering from Olivet plus a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. After working for a construction and engineering firm for a few years, he decided to build on that experience by entering the field of patent law. Today, he is an associate with Foley & Lardner, a law firm with 20 offices and 900 attorneys across the country.
“As a patent attorney, I get to help people protect their inventions,” Chase says. To date, he has prepared 70 U.S. patent applications, and several have already been granted. He works with individuals, small start-ups and corporations such as American Family Mutual Insurance, QUALCOMM Incorporated, Rockwell Collins, U.S. Bancorp and Vibrant Media.
Both specialties prepared him well for his role in delivering the new invention, LegalBoard, to law offices and corporations across the country.
As an attorney himself, Chase recognized the need for a keyboard that serves the unique needs of those in law and related professions. He is the co-founder and first investor in Pro-Boards, LLC, the company that designs and distributes the LegalBoard. His friend and business associate, Brian Potts, is the inventor.
The LegalBoard features keys for the symbols, terminology and document formats unique to those in the legal profession and related fields. Chase helped design and test the prototype, as well as set up the corporation. He also oversees the manufacturing of the product, helping to develop the features, troubleshooting problems and consulting with technical experts.
“Working with inventions, I get to see new stuff on a weekly or monthly basis,” Chase says. “Each time, it’s almost like taking a new class. I get to learn about technology I didn’t know existed. And I realize how much thought goes into inventing.” To learn more about Olivet’s School of Engineering, contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-648-1463.