In addition to a thriving career as a novelist, author Darin Gibby is also one of the country’s premiere patent attorneys and a partner at the prestigious firm of Kilpatrick Townsend (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.
Q & A with Darin Hubby
In your experience as an patent attorney, has it had an influence in your writing career?
That’s how I really started my writing career. I decided to write a piece of non-fiction on the important inventors of the 19th century, focusing on why they were so successful and why today inventors in the US struggle to break through. From there, I branched off into fiction where I wrote The Vintage Club. The main character, Reggie, is a patent examiner, and I weaved some stories of patent examiners into the story line. Of course, my latest book, Chasing Hindy, has a patent attorney as the main character.
What motivated you to transition into writing books?
I initially wrote Why Has America Stopped Inventing? because of a significant problem I see in the US where we have lost our inventive edge. When writing about the lives of the 19th century inventors, I learned that I really liked to write. After that, I had a few good ideas for fiction and decided I would try it out. I discovered that fiction is much more challenging because the author not only needs a good story line, but also a character that the readers can fall in love with.
Where does the inspiration for your story plots come from?
Ideas for books come in the strangest ways. For me, they often just seem to fall out of the sky, usually at the most unexpected times. I’ve written books or articles from ideas that woke me up in the middle of the night, from thoughts that came to me while running triathlons, and while taking hikes deep in the Rocky Mountains. I’ve even had some ideas come while sitting on a ski lift during a freezing blizzard. I also love watching people to see what drives them. My characters usually come from watching someone with a major struggle in their life and how they react to their challenges.
The genesis behind Chasing Hindy came from a surprising source—a hypnotist. When I was in high school, we had an assembly where a hypnotist put a group of volunteers under hypnosis. One of the questions he asked them was what would be the fuel of the future. What fuel would people pump into their tank? Almost without exception they all said, “water!” The hypnotist then told the audience that every time he asked that question he received the same answer.
That was several decades ago, but I’ve always wondered whether that could possibly be true—and why all these people thought we’d all be driving cars that used water. In the following years, I realized that a car wouldn’t run on water per se, but from hydrogen that is extracted from water. The question, of course, is that if we know how to produce hydrogen, why aren’t there hydrogen cars? The answer is quite simple. As an engineer and patent attorney I know the science behind extracting hydrogen from water. The problem is that it takes more energy to do this than to just run a car on gasoline, or even electricity.
But what if somebody invented a way to make it happen? That’s the germ of an idea that led to Chasing Hindy.
Describe your writing style in 4 words.
“Character driven” and “action packed”.
You are known as an avid traveler, what has been your favorite place to visit?
That’s a hard question because I love nearly every place I go. Last year I visited St. Petersburg, Russia. I was surprised at the beauty of this city, including its architecture and artwork. The Hermitage certainly rivals the Louvre. And the people were so friendly. I wish our two countries got along better. I’d love to spend more time there.
Tell us about the main character in Chasing Hindy.
Chasing Hindy is really the story of Addy—a patent attorney with a dream to change the world. I decided on a female character (who was also a patent attorney) for several reasons. Perhaps the main reason was that female patent attorneys are in short supply and I wanted to encourage women to enter the profession. So I created Addy to hopefully show what a difference one person can make, and through her experience more women would want to become patent attorneys.
What I like most about Addy is how she reacts to the backlash from some poor decisions that were driven by her ambition. Even though she has been used by a ruthless company and may even lose her license to practice or her freedom, she decides to fight back. She believes in her cause and stops at nothing to make amends. I love strong characters and I think that’s why I love her story.
What city is the story based in?
Sunnyvale, California—I city where I used to live.
What do you want readers to take from your books?
My books all teach an important life lesson. While Gil is a baseball story, the book is really about how to transcend opposites and use that journey to open your heart to compassion. Chasing Hindy is about believing in yourself and following your passion.
What new projects are you working on?
I am currently working on a piece of historical fiction based in the mid-18th 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.
Where can readers find you?
The easiest way to obtain information on my books and writing is on my website: http://www.daringibby.com
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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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