Mickhail Avady

COMPANY:  Smart Up

AGE: 26


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Twenty-five- year-old  is a young entrepreneur with ambitions to revolutionize the patent-filing process for startups and fellow entrepreneurs. Since the passing of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in 2013, U.S. Patent Law changed from the “First-to-Invent” to the “First-to-File” standard. This prompted Avady and his partner, Yuri L. Eliezer, Esq., to launch SmartUp. 

SmartUp is an online company that offers consumers an affordable alternative to completing patent filings with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). Their service rates range from $600-1400, which is only a fraction of the steep lawyer fees that most inventors and entrepreneurs shell out for patent filings. Instead of going at it alone, Smartup customers have the hybrid option of completing filings with the guidance of a certified patent attorney.

Avady earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is currently completing his MBA program at Emory University. Among his company responsibilities and college course load, Avady serves as an advisory board member for Emory University’s Entrepreneurship and Venture Management (EE&VM) organization. He also offers his specialized expertise on Quora, a popular online Q&A platform. In his free time, Avady enjoys scouring the pages of Kickstarter in search of new gadgets.

The future looks bright for this tech-savvy entrepreneur. Follow his strides online via social media or in media outlets like The Boston Globe, CNN Money, The Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur.