Pioneer Energy is a Technology Developer and Equipment Manufacturer for the Oil and Gas Industry whose chief aim is to increase domestic energy production from a variety of sources. The company was founded by astronautical engineer Dr. Robert Zubrin, who created intellectual property while doing work for NASA and the Department of Energy at Pioneer Astronautics. Today, Pioneer Energy is developing mobile solutions to market demands in the oil and gas industry.

At an annual space exploration conference in 2006, Robert Zubrin reconnected with American Patent Agency President and Founder Dan Hussain. Mr. Zubrin and APA developed an intellectual property strategy that encompassed prior art searching, patentability analysis and drafting. While the strategy initially applied to ten patents, APA has helped Mr. Zubrin with the issuance of over thirty-one patents.

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"APA was intimately involved in the initial intellectual property strategy, prior art search, patentability analysis, and drafting and prosecution of over eight initial patents. Since then, their patent work has passed the due diligence of multiple rounds of investment (most recently $6.5M). They have successfully issued six US patents and one Canadian patent with relatively broad claims."

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Mr. Zubrin and APA developed an intellectual property strategy that encompassed prior art searching, patentability analysis and drafting. While the strategy initially applied to ten patents, APA has helped Mr. Zubrin with the issuance of over thirty-one patents for Pioneer Energy, either as lead patent agent or as co-counsel, throughout their partnership.

American Pioneer Ventures, an entity related to APA that Mr. Hussain also serves as Founder and President of, was instrumental in locating a 2010 Department of Energy funding opportunity and building a winning coalition with academic institutions. This groundwork led Pioneer Energy to win the $550,000 grant. More recently in 2014, APV helped Mr. Zubrin and his team secure a $500,000 research grant from the Government of Canada as it related to Pioneer Energy's latest developments in liquid fuel production. Currently, APV is assisting with the company's application with a grant application for the Department of Energy's Biomass Energy Technology Office.

Between Series A and D funding for Pioneer Energy, Mr. Zubrin and his team secured over $34 million in investment from private and government sources, during which all of APA's patents passed due diligence.

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Issued Patents

ClientPublicationIndustryFiling to IssuanceFiling TypePatent
Pioneer Energy 7918906 Energy 7 Months Accelerated PDF
Pioneer Energy 7931712 Energy 6 Months Accelerated PDF
Pioneer Energy 8047007 Energy 6 Months Accelerated PDF
Pioneer Energy 7937948 Energy 25 Months Normal PDF
Pioneer Energy 7810565 Energy 27 Months Normal PDF
Pioneer Energy 7753972 Energy 12 Months Accelerated PDF
Pioneer Energy 7654330 Energy 33 Months Normal PDF
Pioneer Energy 7650939 Energy 32 Months Normal PDF
Pioneer Energy 7624801 Energy 17 Months Normal PDF

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