Our Executives

Each of our executives has worked in the patent industry as USPTO patent examiners, and they bring a unique skill set and understanding of the patenting process. We have experienced the patent industry from both ends of the spectrum, as inventors and patent professionals. We have endured many of the same difficulties you have, and that’s why we created Patent Hacks®. Patent Hacks® was born out of our desire to create a cost-effective, simplified, and comprehensive platform to make it possible for anyone to pursue a patent without breaking the bank.

Team Members

Trevor Skene

Co-Founder & CEO

Kathryn Odland

Co-Founder & Executive Board Member

David Odland

Co-Founder & Executive Board Member


Our Story

The Patent Hacks® team has always had a knack for inventing. Long before we were involved in the patent industry, we were everyday inventors just like you. Our founders followed their inventing passions, and it led them into various engineering fields. After graduation, our founders began working in the patent industry as patent examiners for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. After working in the patent industry for a collective 50+ years, our founders decided enough is enough. There needed to be a better way for small entities to earn a patent without having to take life-changing financial risks.


The Problem

We know the difficulties inventors face all too well. Our founders have all created inventions at various points in their lives, and they ran into the same problems as you. There’s nothing more demoralizing than getting excited about your great new idea and then finding out it will cost $10,000+ to protect it. How could that be? $10,000 to have a single patent application prepared and filed? Most inventors don’t have that kind of money, and it leaves them asking the question, “how does anyone get a patent?” Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take that money and spend it on actually developing and producing your invention? Well, now you can.

Patenting for Everyone

Our Solution

The Patent Hacks® mission is to make it simpler and more affordable for everyday inventors, entrepreneurs, students, and small businesses to earn patents. We want to share our industry knowledge with everyone to revolutionize how the everyday inventor looks at patents. We think it is important to even the playing field in the patent industry to give you the same power as major corporations. That’s why Patent Hacks® provides a cost-effective, simplified, and time-saving platform that teaches you how to validate, prepare, and file your own patent applications to earn patents affordably. Let’s work together to put the power back in the inventor’s hands.

Monthly Billing


$34.99 / month
  • Complete patent application guide
  • Learn to prepare & file patent applications
  • 500+ real-life examples
  • 50+ step-by-step guides
  • 30+ templates


$19.99 / month
  • Complete trademark application guide
  • Learn to prepare & file ™ applications
  • 150+ real-life exmaples
  • 8 step-by-step guides
  • ITU and In-Use support
Annual Billing
Learning Center

Unlimited Access:

Our most popular plan

SAVE 40%

$20.83  per month

$249.99 billed annually, Save $170 /year


How are we different?

We Care

We want to change the way the patent industry works because our company is rooted in the idea that everyone deserves to have the opportunity to chase their dreams. We want to empower and enable you to make those dreams your reality.


We offer our Learning Center subscription at less than 2% of the cost of our competition. Cost is the number one hurdle in the patent industry for small entities. We are here to change that.