Laurence & Phillips IP Law


Derek Meeker


Derek Meeker

Derek Meeker represents clients in patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings at the USPTO and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He is experienced with patent application appeals and review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, reexaminations, and reissues.  He also has represented patent applicants in various matters before the USPTO, particularly for complex electronics and computer inventions, but also beyond electronics in turbocharger systems.

Mr. Meeker has always worked with the cutting edge of technology. He has worked on ARPA research projects and developed optical communication devices for long haul telecommunication systems with ten times the capacity and five times the distance of existing technology. He is an inventor on patents covering such technology. After obtaining his law degree, he prepared and prosecuted patent applications on advanced technology in a variety of fields.

Mr. Meeker has experience with a broad spectrum of business entities and can understand his clients’ needs from their perspective. This experience comes from both working as an engineer and as a patent attorney. As an engineer, he worked for an established blue-chip company and as employee fourteen at a startup that grew to over one thousand employees. At the startup company, he not only designed products, but also established manufacturing lines and prepared quality assurance procedures. As a patent attorney, he has represented large international corporations, mid-sized local companies, small startups, and individual inventors.

Mr. Meeker focuses on post-grant proceedings, patent prosecution, appeals, and related analysis. He has successfully transformed inventors’ ideas into valuable assets for his clients and performed non-infringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate analyses. In addition, he has obtained successful results before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and its successor, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. For clients of various sizes, he has established and revised internal procedures for acquiring intellectual property assets.


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