UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF LAW
J.D., 2008, with honors
THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY
B.S., Chemistry, 2004
United States Patent & Trademark Office
- Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
- Phosphor chemistry
- Optical physics
- Semiconductor fabrication
- Flat panel displays, including liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs)
- Electrical devices, including thin-film transistors (TFTs)
- Wireless telephone networks
- Cell-phone tower construction
Intellectual Property was recognized by the Founding Fathers as an important ideal that should help form the fabric of American society, and it is protected accordingly under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution. Mr. Rothermel is a registered patent attorney who believes that the protection of Intellectual Property is a fundamental right granted by the Constitution for the benefit of all U.S. Citizens, as well as an important tool to be utilized for the benefit of those who seek to do business in the United States. With this in mind, he started his law practice to support entrepreneurs and innovators who wish to advance their ideas and businesses in the marketplace through the protection of Intellectual Property.
Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Rothermel worked for a boutique Intellectual Property law firm in Northern Virginia. He drafted, revised, and prosecuted patent applications in various industries and disciplines, including materials science, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, green technology, telecommunications, electrical engineering, consumer electronics, and mechanical engineering. He has experience managing a client portfolio of over 500 patents and patent applications, conducting infringement analysis, validity, freedom-to-operate, and other opinion work, and drafting patent applications from scratch. He has prepared specialty applications including micro- and small-entity status, Accelerated Examination, and various U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) pilot programs. He also has extensive experience working directly with Examiners at the USPTO on behalf of client cases.
Mr. Rothermel further provides services in trademark prosecution and enforcement, including likelihood of confusion analysis, concurrent use proceedings, oppositions, cancellations, and letters of objection. Furthermore, he handles and advises clients with respect to licenses, assignments, and nondisclosure agreements for all areas of Intellectual Property, as well as different types of contracts in support of general business matters.
During law school, Mr. Rothermel worked as an intern at the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Technology Transfer. He conducted patent prior art searches, interviewed professors and faculty to discuss inventions and licensing, and assessed patentability of invention disclosures. Mr. Rothermel also worked as a summer law clerk for a number of law firms in the Washington, D.C. area, on Intellectual Property and general practice matters. Before law school, he worked on patent infringement cases for a Richmond, Virginia law firm.