Intellectual Property Law
I have been practicing patent law since graduating in 1982 from GWU Law School. In 1986, I joined Hughes & Luce in Dallas to manage the Firm's intellectual property practice. In 2000, I joined Akamai Technologies in Cambridge. After three years at Akamai, I returned to private practice in Texas.
I was admitted to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) in 1981. For the past 35 years, I have written, prosecuted, licensed and enforced patents for many companies and institutions. Some of my representative patents are available here.
As Akamai's patent counsel, I manage the Company's patent litigation activities, including Limelight v. Akamai, which was recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
I have extensive experience in district court patent litigation. As lead trial counsel, I obtained a $10 million jury verdict in the Eastern District of Texas, and that verdict was later enhanced and then affirmed on appeal. I have argued before the Federal Circuit, as well as the PTO Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB).
I also have expertise in PTO administrative proceedings including Inter Partes review (IPR) and PTAB appeals.
I draft and negotiate contracts including patent licenses, technology transfers and licenses, software licenses, trademark licenses, sponsorship agreements, technology development agreements, outsourcing agreements, joint venture agreements, distribution agreements, agency agreements, e-commerce agreements, domain name agreements, book publishing agreements, creative rights licensing, work-for-hire agreements, and many others. I frequently consult with clients on issues involving open source software.
I provide IP due diligence in corporate transactions. For example, I negotiated the intellectual property divestiture when General Motors sold EDS. I also have extensive experience in trademark, copyright and trade secret law, including procurement, licensing and enforcement activities.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from GWU with distinction in 1978. I have been licensed to practice in Texas since 1982.