FSB FisherBroyles is comprised of partners with significant experience in large law firms and corporate legal departments. Our partners bring an average of 17 years of experience working with some of the largest and most prestigious law firms and in-house legal departments in the word, handling a diverse range of complex legal matters. I joined the firm in September 2011. Our clients range from entrepreneurs and research universities to global Fortune 100 companies.
My practice is devoted exclusively to helping businesses and entrepreneurs identify, capture, protect and generate value from new innovations and their intellectual property rights. My focus includes:
(1) Patent analysis and opinions, including patentability studies, freedom to operate opinions, infringement and validity opinions.
(2) Patent applications and prosecution (U.S. and foreign), re-examination petitions, re-issue applications, and design patents.
(3) Licensing, portfolio analysis and threat assessment, and design-around solutions.
(4) Trademark clearance and registration.
Representative Client Counseling Projects:
I negotiated a long-term license agreement between two Atlanta inventors and one of the largest wireless telecommunications companies in the U.S. and its Fortune 500 partner, after brief litigation and a successful mediation.
I represented the second largest bank card processor in the U.S. concerning allegations of patent infringement related to its call center processing and software.
I analyzed a portfolio of software-driven targeted advertising patents for a publicly traded multimedia technology company in Atlanta for potential licensing or sale.
I represented a global Fortune 100 shipping and logistics company to identify, capture and protect patentable innovations. Educated business leaders and trained engineers and scientists about invention harvesting and record keeping.
Representative Patents and Technologies:
Software, Electronics & Business Methods: Relational database systems; aviation collision avoidance displays and weather radar; parcel handling and fleet logistics; laser projected displays; mail processing; and structured financial instruments.
Mechanical Systems: Medical devices including surgical instruments, orthopedic fracture reduction systems, and bio absorbable materials; metal-air batteries; microscopes; blow-molding and plastics; parcel handling; roofing; hand tools; robotics; and lumber processing.
U.S. Patent No. 7,797,217 for a System for Managing the Total Risk Exposure for a Portfolio of Loans, issued September 14, 2010.
U.S. Patent No. 7,305,404 for a Data Structure and Management System for a Superset of Relational Databases, issued December 4, 2007.
U.S. Patent Application for a Method and Apparatus for Strengthening the Biomechanical Properties of Implants, published January 13, 2005.
U.S. Patent No. 6,690,509 B2 for a High-Resolution Optical Microscope, issued February 10, 2004.
Northpark Town Center, Building 600
1200 Abernathy Road, Suite 1700
Atlanta GA 30328
Every client deserves a free and strictly confidential initial consultation. Our free consultation meeting lasts as long as necessary to understand the issues, develop a plan, and provide a fixed fee or an hourly-fee estimate.
Most patent applications are prepared and filed on a fixed-fee basis. The fixed fee for a particular project will vary based on the complexity of the invention, the existence of written specifications or design drawings, and whether the field is crowded with other patents that require additional study and consideration.
Most trademark services are provided on a fixed-fee basis. A comprehensive trademark search is recommended and costs about $500, plus our time for studying the results and reviewing it with you. A trademark application currently costs $325 per mark, per class of goods and services, plus our fee for preparing and filing the application.
My hour rate ranges from $250 to $335.
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., by appointment.
I keep evening hours at least one day a week. I am also available for appointments in the Central Atlanta area
To keep our fees low, our attorneys manage their own practices.
I enjoy intellectual property law because it demands the best of my skills on both legal and technical issues.
A well-informed client is a tremendous asset for any endeavor related to intellectual property. Innovators need to know about the patent system. Business leaders should understand the power of branding and trademarks. I am a teacher by nature, so I enjoy helping my clients learn more about the law of intellectual property.
When my clients can provide a well-written white paper or invention summary, such a document is often the best starting point when I am working to identify the most innovative and protectable aspects of a new invention. Protecting innovation should be a collaborative effort and I am delighted when my clients are involved.
I am always willing to direct clients to resources where they can educate themselves. When I am retained on a project, my client is hiring me to use all my experience and best efforts to represent their interests and obtain the best possible results. For every client and every case, I am guided in my practice by the rules of professional responsibility and by my personal ethics.
I have 9 years of experience working with two of the largest law firms in the U.S. Recently, I was a senior associate in the I.P. Litigation group in the Atlanta office of Ballard Spahr LLP. I also worked for 6 years at Alston & Bird in the Patent Prosecution group.
My experience teaching law students has made me a better leader and a better listener. Finding solutions for my clients requires thorough preparation (knowing the law), active listening (identifying the issues), and a steadfast attention to detail (finding solutions that fit).
My ability to listen is driven by an intense curiosity about my clients' objectives and an eagerness to find the best alternatives and solutions the law allows. When offering advice, my natural style is to teach. As we develop a plan together, I work with clients to take action and get it done. Listen; Teach; Solve; Repeat.Personal interests:
My twin boys top the list. After that, when it comes to outside activities, I'm a serial enthusiast. Currently, I try to find time for oil painting. I have also enjoyed skiing, hiking, cycling, team tennis, guitar lessons, masters-level competitive swimming, and cello lessons.
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