My intellectual property law practice is focused on prosecuting patent and trademark applications and counseling clients regarding patent and trademark matters. Using my electrical engineering background, I have secured patents for semiconductor devices and semiconductor manufacturing processes, GPS asset tracking systems, license plate recognition systems, vibration monitoring and analysis systems, medical devices, medical device inventory management software, electro-optic devices, inkjet and laser printers, X-ray imaging systems, ultrasonic test instruments, communication systems, radiation detection systems, employment law compliance software, programmable hearing aids, fluid waste treatment systems, and golf club analysis software.
I counsel clients regarding management of intellectual property portfolios, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, and defense against charges of intellectual property infringement. This includes the preparation of opinions on patent and trademark freedom-to-practice issues and patentability of inventions, and assisting clients with intellectual property due diligence. I also negotiate and prepare patent and trademark license agreements for clients seeking to monetize their intellectual property rights.
In my litigation practice, I have represented plaintiffs and defendants in patent cases involving a wide range of technologies, including vehicle diagnostic monitoring systems, GPS tracking systems, and furniture products.
Before becoming a lawyer, I was an electrical engineer with Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Florida, where I designed and tested antennas, radomes, and low-observable structures for missiles and aircraft. My design tasks included a millimeter-wave radar seeker antenna and "frequency-tuned" radome for the U.S. Army's AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire radar-guided missile. I also participated in the design, testing and integration of an antenna and radome structure used in the target-designation radar system of the U.S. Army's AH-64A/D Longbow Apache helicopter. I also did system-level analysis and testing of millimeter-wave radar systems, including testing of the Longbow Hellfire radar seeker in the Millimeter-wave Simulation System at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. In recognition of my work on low-observable and frequency-tuned radome structures, I was named Engineer of the Year of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society of Orlando, FL.Education:
Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee – 1984
Doctor of Jurisprudence (Cum Laude) from the University of Tennessee College of Law – 1998
|Electrical Engineer||Lockheed Martin Corporation||1985 - 1993|
|University of Tennessee||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of Tennessee||BSEE||1984|
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