Kyle C. Rule

Patent Law Clerk


Kyle C. Rule is a patent agent with Foley & Lardner LLP. Kyle is a member of the firm’s Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice. He has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications for a wide variety of technologies including plumbing fixtures, medical devices, automotive technologies including engine controls and filtration systems, and micro-acoustic devices.

Prior to joining Foley, Kyle was a research and development project engineer at Astronautics Corporation of America where he was responsible for magnetic and fluid system design and development activities. He was also a research and development engineer at Creare, LLC in Hanover, NH where he contributed to a variety of projects including turbomachine design and analysis, high-effectiveness heat exchanger design, and test facility design for low-temperature cryocoolers.

Kyle is registered to practice as a patent agent before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Kyle earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S., 2010; MS, 2013). His graduate research focused on the development of an empirical performance model for a precooled Joule-Thomson Cycle for cryosurgery.

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-author, “The Evolution of Magnetocaloric Heat-Pump Devices,” MRS Bulletin, 43(4), 274-279 (2018)
  • Co-author, “Design, Development, and Testing of a Water Vapor Exchanger for Spacecraft Life Support Systems,” paper, 46th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) held in Vienna, Austria (July 10-14, 2016)
  • Co-author, “Characterization of Emitted Vibration from Turbo-Brayton Cryocoolers,” Cryocoolers 19 (2016)
  • Co-author, “Heat Capacity Characterization of a 4 K Regenerator with non-Rare Earth Material,” Cryocoolers 19 (2016)
  • Presenter, “Cryosurgical Probe Test Facility: Modeling and Experimentation,” ASHRAE Annual Technical Conference held in Denver, Colorado (2013)