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Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Neil is a founder of the firm and partner with over twenty years’ experience as a patent attorney. He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a wide range of technical disciplines, and recognizes the importance of taking the time to unpack and explain technology so the resulting work product is suitable for consumption by a broad range of readers including inventors, patent examiners, judges, and lay people. His patent application drafting process begins with a clear understanding of the technical problem being solved and the details of how the inventor’s creation addresses that problem.
Example technology areas in which Neil has drafted and prosecuted applications include analog and digital circuitry, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning systems, communication systems, graphical user interfaces (GUIs), image processing systems, optoelectronics and laser systems, semiconductors, software, and transducers. Neil also has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating intellectual property agreements and is also available to counsel and provide opinion letters with respect to issues such as infringement, validity, and freedom to operate.
Prior to law school, Neil worked for over 8 years as an electrical engineer, first at Raytheon Company, and then at Lam Research Corporation.
Neil received his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1999 and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology, magna cum laude, from Roger Williams University in 1988.
After law school, Neil was an associate at the firm of Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley and later was in-house patent counsel for the Abrasives Division of Saint-Gobain. He is a member of the state bars of New Hampshire, California, and Massachusetts, and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Neil is also a member of American Intellectual Property Law Association as well as the New Hampshire and California Bar sections on intellectual property.