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Counsels US and European clients in complex international disputes involving IP, technology and trade.    Lead negotiator in mediation/arbitration procedures, as well as lead litigator in numerous federal litigations at both the trial and appellate level.  Notably,  Mr. Whitmyer was lead counsel in Knorr-Bremse v. Dana and Haldex, a landmark Federal Circuit case which abolished the presumption of willfulness for failure to waive attorney-client privilege.

Extensive experience in many business and technical fields including instrumentation for avionics, optics and mass spectrometry; computer hardware, software, networking and wireless; vehicle drive, exhaust, injection, stability, suspension and braking systems; industrial processes such as machine vision, conveying, robotics, grinding/polishing and wafer/chip processing; the Internet and business automation; and medical equipment including video endoscopes and surgical instruments.  Mr. Whitmyer also is highly skilled in brand protection, trademark enforcement and anti-counterfeiting matters.

A frequent lecturer on patent, trademark and litigation topics to clients, entrepreneurs and students, Mr Whitmyer is an adjunct law professor at University of Connecticut School of Law.  Also a passionate inventor, his patents have been commercialized and licensed throughout the world.

Law Professor

University of Connecticut School of Law, Adjunct Professor Patent Litigation, 2019-Present

Issued Patents

Inventor U.S. Patent No. 10,387,978 System Automating the Preparation of International Intellectual Property Applications for Filing
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 9,319,370 Configurable Website And System With Access Control And Social Network Features
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 9,154,958 Security System For Cloud Computing
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 9,147,082 Electronic Messaging System With Configurable Delivery That Maintains Recipient Privacy
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 8,972,430 Record Protection System For Networked Databases
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 8,914,855 Portable Password Keeper With Internet Storage And Restore
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 8,812,963 Website With User Commenting Feature
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 8,812,437 Onsite Backup For Third Party Internet-Based Systems
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 7,974,951 Onsite Backup For Third Party Internet-Based Systems
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 7,925,628 Internet-Based Data Processing System With Onsite Backup
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 7,921,139 System For Sequentially Opening And Displaying Files In A Directory
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 7,647,364 Onsite Backup Of Internet-Based Data In A Requested Format
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 6,981,007 Onsite Backup For Internet-Based Data Processing
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 6,182,078 System For Delivering Professional Services Over The Internet
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 6,049,801 Web Site Providing Professional Services
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 5,895,468 System Automating Delivery Of Professional Services

Published Patents

Inventor U.S. Patent Publication No. 2019/0325540 System Automating the Preparation of International Intellectual Property Applications for Filing
Inventor U.S. Patent Publication No. 2019/0220860 System Facilitating License Of Intellectual Property
Inventor U.S. Patent Publication No. 2019/0114846 Smartphone Racing Sailboat Instrument and Crowdsourced Race Tracking System

Education

J.D. Ohio State University 1988
B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University, Physics 1985

Honors and Awards

Past President Connecticut Patent Law Association
Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Ohio Wesleyan University

Court Admissions

State of Connecticut
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court (Connecticut and others)
U.S. Court of Appeals (Federal Circuit and others)
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations

Connecticut Patent Law Association (CIPLA)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA)
International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA)

Publications

Only Litigators Should Draft Patents, Medium, July 15, 2019
“OMG. How’d They Get a Patent on a Thing Like That?”, Medium, January 22, 2019
The Internet Changes Everything About Brand Identity, Medium, December 7, 2017
Recent Case Law And Legislation Have Killed Patents, Law360.com, February 11, 2014
Patenting The Practice, The National Law Journal, March 18, 2002
Only Obvious Variations Infringe, 80 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 645, 1998
The Patent and Trademark Office’s Refusal to Follow In Re Bond, 74 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 397, 1992

Presentations


Patents and Trademarks, TechXel Stamford Venture Expert Series, 2017-Present
After Final Action, client presentation, 2016
Post-Grant Proceedings, client presentation, 2016
Design Patents, client presentation, 2015
Software Patents, client presentation, 2012
Creative Licensing Strategies, client presentation, 2010
Trade Secrets and NDAs, client presentation, 2010
Patent Litigation, client presentation, 2009
Patent Chalk Talk, client presentation, 2007

WHIP Blog Posts

It’s Time for Utility Models in the US, November 18, 2019
Abolish 101 And Judicial Exceptions to Patentability, November 1, 2019
Only Litigators Should Draft Patents (part 2 of 2), June 20, 2019
Only Litigators Should Draft Patents (part 1 of 2), June 6, 2019
Patents and Trademarks Don’t Mix, May 29, 2019
“OMG. How’d They Get a Patent on a Thing Like That?” (Part 2 of 2), January 18, 2019
“OMG. How’d They Get a Patent on a Thing Like That?” (Part 1 of 2), November 14, 2018
There’s No Software Exception to the Statutory Presumption of Validity, July 24, 2018
Straight Talk About Brand Identity: Part 2/2 Use, Registration and Policing, January 10, 2018
Straight Talk About Brand Identity: Part 1/2 Logo and Internet Name Selection, January 3, 2018
Bat Makers Club Each Other With IP, October 17, 2017
Can’t Avoid Infringement Liability For Overseas Deliveries Merely By Off-Shoring Manufacturing, June 13, 2017
Trio of District Court Cases Give Software Patent Owners Hope After Alice, February 14, 2017

Appearances

Karl Storz GMBH & Co. KG v. Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America Inc v. Integrated Medical Systems International Inc
Bridgeport Machines v. Republic-Lagun, et al
Karl Storz Endoscopy v. Lexion Medical LLC
Karl Storz Endoscopy v. Luma Corporation, et al
Karl Storz Imaging, Inc. v. Pointe Conception Medical, Inc.
Honeywell Internatio, et al v. ABB Automation, Inc
Impact Systems, Inc. v. ABB Industrial, et al
Jumpsport.Inc., v. Hedstrom Corporation et al
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. v. FemSuite, LLC
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. v. Stryker, Inc. et al
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. v. Stryker Corporation et al
Novadaq Technologies v. Karl Storz GmbH & Co. K.G. et al
National Airmotive v. Oracle Corporation, et al
ABB Automation Inc., v. Honeywell Corporation
ABB Automation, Inc. v. Honeywell Inc.
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. v. Stryker Corporation et al
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America Inc v. Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp.,
Jens Erik Sorensen, etc. v. Fein Power Tools, Inc., et al.
ABB Automation Inc v. Honeywell Inc
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. v. Stryker, Inc. et al
Medtrica Solutions Ltd. v. Cygnus Medical, LLC
Whitserve, LLC v. Computer Packages, Inc.
Injection Rsrch Spec, et al v. Polaris Indust LP, et al
Polaris Ind L P, et al v. Injection Rsrch Spec, et al
MedPricer.com, Inc. v. Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.
Harco Laboratories v. BF Goodrich Co, et al
Bruce Kirby, Inc. v. Quarter Moon, Incorporated et al
Harco Labs, Inc v. B.F. Goodrich Co., et al
Concord Indus, Inc v. Laser Design Intl, et al
Arctic Cat Inc v. Injection Research, et al
Kenyon Sparcraft,Inc v. Andersen Stainless, et al
Perrelli v. Massachusetts Gen.
General Clutch Corp. v. Lowry, et al
Valutron, N.V., et al v. IBM, et al
General Clutch Corp. v. Novikov
International Marine, et al v. Harken Inc, et al
Interactive Gift v. Dun & Bradstreet, et al
Valois of America v. Risdon Corporation, et al
In Re: Echlin, Inc. v.
E-Data Corp v. Micropatent Corp, et al
Raybestos Products, et al v. Coni-Seal, Inc
Ortronics, Inc v. Precision Fab
Echlin Inc, et al v. Fel-Pro, Inc., et al
Dataviz, Inc v. Puma Tech, Inc
Casual Corner Group v. Compuware Corp
National Airmotive v. Oracle Corporation, et al
Fairbanks America v. Transgo, et al
BTG Intl Ltd v. Zimmer Holdings, Inc. et al
WhitServe LLC v. Computer Patent Annuities Inc et al
Verilux, Inc v. Hahn
Grant Airmass Corp. v. Dalton Med Corp
Albert Hall, et al v. Fleetwood Group
Verilux, Inc v. Technobrands Inc
Verilux, Inc v. Full Spectrum Solutions Inc
Dimension-Polyant, Inc. v. Contender US, Inc.
Contender US, Inc. v. Dimension-Polyant, Inc.
Hsun-Wang Industrial Co., LTD. v. C. Gustav Putsch KG
Karl Storz v. American Medical
Communication Horizo v. En Pointe Tech Inc, et al
Bruce Kirby, Inc. et al v. LaserPerformance (Europe) Limited et al
Verilux, Inc. v. Circadian Optics et al
Pentair Sudmo GmbH v. SPX Corporation et al
Ottlite Technologies, Inc. v. Verilux, Inc.
Contender US, Inc. v. Dimension-Polyant, Inc.
Chasteen, et al v. Unisia Jecs Corp, et al
Kluhsman Machine, Inc. v. Dino Paoli SRL et al
Berall v. Verathon Inc. et al
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. v. Synaptive Medical, Inc.
Executive Data Systems, Inc. v. Zola Media LLC
A.B.V. Electronics v. U.S. Video
Everest Vit, Inc. v. Karl Storz Endoscopy – America, Inc. et al
Knapp Engineering, Inc. v. Cannondale Bicycle Corporation
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, et al v. Haldex Brake Products Corporation
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. v. Steris Corporation
Huntco Supply, LLC v. Starlite Media LLC
Simplimatic v. Sentry Equipment, et al
Miller v. Black Diamond Equip, et al
Luma Corporation v. Stryker Corporation, et al
Karl Storz Endoscop. v. Luma Corporation, et al

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