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Darrin A. Auito

Intellectual property Attorney at Tysons, VA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2004
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Darrin

Learn Darrin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Intellectual property
    Services: Patents (mechanical, electrical, software), Trademarks, Copyrights, PTAB, ITC, Freedom-to-Operate, Litigation, Counseling. Industries: Automotive, Energy, Medical Device, UAV, Blockchain, Payments, Consumer Products

    19 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Litigation
    Intellectual Property Litigation (PTAB, District Court, Federal Circuit); Utility Patents, Design Patents, Trademarks, Unfair Competition.

    19 years, 13 cases

  3. Business
    Startup, Venture & Small Business Law

Darrin Auito, JD, MSE, MBA, counsels clients of all sizes, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to startups, on intellectual property (IP) and business law matters. His practice is focused on management and monetization of IP portfolios, preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, advising on freedom-to-operate matters, IP litigation (PTAB, ITC, District Court), trademarks, branding, and anti-counterfeiting.

Darrin has prepared, filed and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and foreign patent applications in fields such as automotive, autonomous vehicles, drones, artificial intelligence, medical devices, robotics, manufacturing systems, mobile payments, sporting equipment, solar, and energy. In addition, Darrin has represented clients as lead and local counsel in state and federal courts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) on patent (including design) and trademark matters.

Darrin serves on the Advisory Board of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Counsel (SBEC) – an influential voice for entrepreneurship and small business growth in the U.S. and across the globe. Darrin also advises several technology startup companies and is a select member of the Business Growth Counsel (BGC) in Washington DC.

Prior to forming HEA, Darrin was a partner at a former top 25 intellectual property firm in Washington DC, where he practiced in the patent prosecution and litigation groups.

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1765 Greensboro Station Pl Fl 9
Tysons, VA, 22102-3467
440 Burroughs Street
Detroit, MI, 48202
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Posted by Logan | June 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Trademark Attorney
I hired Darrin for a trademark case. Darrin is a great attorney. He is prompt and very good with follow-ups. You can easily feel that he cares about you and your case. His pricing policy is very reasonable too. I will use and recommend Darrin in the future for sure. 5 Stars
Posted by Evandro | June 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strong intellectual counsel capacity and high personal standards of excellence.
In our own journey navigating the IP waters and the many concerns with properly protecting our current and future work, Darrin's personal attention and dedication is, simply put, superior. He is energetic in drawing from the excitement of the inventor and the innovation process. This makes him stand out, because as an entrepreneur who is passionate, I cherish working with folks who share in the same excitement. His insights are great; his ability to scale the work in line with the available budget offers a very flexible and tenable method of moving the patent process while aligned with the available resources. His goal is not a paycheck; it is the success of the client in reaching the IP protection that is desired. He is a central person in making the patent process work efficiently and with the highest positive impact on ROI. I dare say the patent process is very exciting with Darrin as part of the team!
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Posted by Simon | June 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Smooth Transparent Process
We hired Darrin's firm to manage a service mark application. The process was professional, smooth and transparent. The application was completed and submitted in a very reasonable time frame.
Posted by Brian | February 25, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Patent Attorney review
Darrin gave me advice about filing a patent application in the US and Japan. He explained the new patent laws in both the US and Japan. He is very knowledgeable on both US and Japanese patent laws. He clearly explained how the newest laws and regulations affect patent protection in the US and Japan. He is very knowledgeable on many different technology areas, including software, computers, blockchain, cryptocurrency, electrical, mechanical, etc.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-500 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hubbs, Enatsky & Auito, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Westerman Hattori Daniels & Adrian LLP
  • 2004 - 2017
  • Patent Agent
  • Fay Sharpe, LLP
  • 2001 - 2004


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2004
  • Weatherhead School of Management At Case Western Reserve University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2004
  • University of Michigan
  • M.S.E.
  • 2000
  • Kettering University
  • B.S.E.
  • 1998
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc. v. Melnor, Inc. (Utah 1:16-cv-00137)
  • Melnor, Inc. v. Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc. (W.D. Virginia 5:16-cv-00059)
  • Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc. v. Melnor, Inc. (Utah 1:16-cv-00045)
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  • The Tower Club - Tysons Corner
  • Membership Committee - Ambassador
  • 2018 - Present
  • Kettering University Alumni Association
  • Washington, DC - Chapter Founder
  • 2018 - Present
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC) - Washington, D.C.
  • Advisory Board
  • 2018 - Present
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Academic Fellowship Award
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA)
  • Effective Use of Discovery Tools in U.S. Patent Litigation
  • 2013
  • Japan Machinery Center for Trade and Investment (JMC) - IP Seminar
  • Patent Invalidity Procedures Under the AIA
  • 2012
  • Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA)
  • Recent CAFC Decisions Concerning Reexamination Proceedings
  • 2012
  • University of Wyoming
  • The Role of Intellectual Property in Your Business
  • 2011
  • Tokyo Medical & Dental University - Lecture
  • The KSR Impact on Obviousness
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Darrin several times on IP litigation matters and he has always impressed me with his understanding of the law and thorough preparation. I wholeheartedly endorse him!"