As a former patent examiner with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and now as a registered patent attorney, Eric possesses a unique perspective on intellectual property. Eric uses his knowledge of what motivates patent examiners and his technical background to achieve desirable results for his clients, particularly in patent prosecution where written and verbal interaction with patent examiners is paramount to the patent process. “The goal is to capture what the client is seeking to protect in terms that the examiner is willing to accept,” he says. “Having spent time in an examiner’s position and as a patent attorney, I know that the manner in which attorneys interact with examiners has an impact on the ability to achieve that goal.” With these insights, Eric offers his clients an upper hand throughout the patent prosecution process.
Eric’s passion for his work arises from client interactions and exposure to emerging technologies. “In a single day, I often encounter matters that span different industries and technologies. Each matter addresses a problem unique to that field, and all of these factors contribute to a stimulating work environment,” he says. Also, Eric enjoys building relationships with his clients and learning their businesses. A significant part of Eric’s practice involves on-site visits with clients where he can immerse himself with the engineering, research and development teams in an informal and more casual setting.
Eric joined the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office as a patent examiner after graduating from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. After that, he pursued his law degree at The Catholic University of America and subsequently joined an established intellectual property boutique firm in the Washington, D.C. area. Since joining Sheridan Ross, Eric has appreciated developing a team-centric approach to client’s portfolios. “It seems many clients value attorneys who they can trust to get the job done correctly and efficiently with minimal instruction, and our team delivers on that aspect because we collaborate on a daily basis,” he says. “I am happy to be part of a great team dedicated to serving the best interests of our clients.”
Eric also appreciates that his profession enables him to develop multiple solutions to each problem facing his clients. Throughout his career, Eric has assisted clients with obtaining patent protection in industries that rely heavily on electrical, mechanical, and software technologies to drive their businesses. In doing so, he has acquired a skill set that enables him to provide clients with services that include patent application drafting, patent prosecution, and opinion work in fields that relate to computer memory, optics, wireless communications, image sensors, electric vehicles, medical devices, data storage systems, access control systems, circuit protection, underwater vehicles, and more. Regardless of the task at hand, Eric devotes himself to learning the technology and obtaining results for his clients.
The Catholic University Columbus School of Law (J.D., 2011)
Marquette University (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2006)
- Patent Office Post Grant Proceedings
- Patent Prosecution
- Patent Search Services
- Technology Transactions and Licensing
- Business Methods
- Electrical Engineering