Welcome to my website where I post and podcast about patents, trademarks, copyrights, and anything related to intellectual property law that catches my fancy!
I advise on all aspects of intellectual property including preparation, filing, and prosecution of foreign and U.S. patent applications and trademark applications, USPTO administrative proceedings, licensing, and litigation. I concentrate my practice in the areas of patent and trademark prosecution, counseling companies ranging in size from sole proprietorships to Fortune 500. I also advise on registering copyrights and maintaining trade secrets. I especially like to draft and file appeal briefs.
While I have a general background in Computer Science, I also have extensive patent prosecution experience in the mechanical arts, including eye safety equipment, small arms accessories, dispensing closures, and window blinds and shades. I also have experience working with fiber optic lasers, fiber optic telecommunications devices, LED lighting devices, vertical cavity lasers, coated ink-jet papers, thermally conductive plastics compositions, and metal injection molding technologies.
Prior to becoming a registered patent attorney, I was a captain in the U.S. Air Force where I worked in air traffic control and airfield operations.
In addition to being a registered attorney before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, I am licensed to practice law generally in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and am admitted to practice before the Federal District Courts in RI and MA, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Federal Circuit.
Besides law, I also write fiction and have self-published a novel and several short stories under thinly and not-so-thinly concealed pen names.
Give me a call at 401-297-9012 for a no-fee telephone consultation or just to chat.
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