Weide & Miller, Ltd. is an intellectual property and technology law firm providing legal services relating to patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and technology-related matters.
Weide & Miller, Ltd. has been awarded the highest rating in Martindale-Hubbell, AV. Weide & Miller, Ltd. offers services relating to a wide variety of technologies, including mechanical and chemical inventions, electronic components and circuitry including telecommunications devices and systems, computer hardware and software, games and gaming devices. Our services cover matters arising in a wide variety of environments, such as the Internet, research and development, and international and domestic business transactions. Weide & Miller, Ltd. offers experience in: - Conducting patentability and infringement searches, preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications (utility and design), and addressing patent infringement and marketing issues; - Conducting screening searches for trademarks, preparing and prosecuting federal and/or state applications to protect a tradename, trademark or servicemark, and addressing trademark infringement issues; - Preparing applications for copyright registration and enforcing and transferring copyright rights; - Implementing trade secret programs and enforcing trade secret rights; - Registering domain names and addressing domain name issues; - Preparing contracts and other documents for transactions involving intellectual property, including licenses, assignments, and marketing. The firm is located in Nevada, a state with a low cost of doing business, including a low cost of living and no personal income tax, offering the opportunity for services at rates which are extremely competitive.
7251 W Lake Mead Blvd #530
Las Vegas NV 89128
Weide & Miller offers one of Nevada's preeminent intellectual property litigation teams.
The firm's attorneys have litigated cases in federal and state courts, at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and in international arbitrations including those administered pursuant to the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP). Weide & Miller's attorneys have acted as lead counsel in trials and arbitrations involving patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, trade secrets, rights of publicity, internet law and entertainment law. Weide & Miller's attorneys also have experience in handling appeals and writs at the Ninth Circuit, the Federal Circuit, and the Nevada Supreme Court. Much of Weide & Miller's litigation practice involves emerging law and new technology. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Weide & Miller's attorneys have experience litigating both large and small cases involving a wide range of technology, including gaming, networking, software, and the internet. In addition, the firm's attorneys have litigated cases involving both traditional media and new media. Weide & Miller works closely with litigation clients to determine a strategy to meet each client's goals including obtaining or avoiding injunctions, maximizing or minimizing damages claims, validating or invalidating patents, and all types of settlement resolutions. Weide & Miller's Litigation Services include the following: -Intellectual Property Litigation -Intellectual Property Appeals -Licensing Disputes -Patent, Copyright, and Trademark Dispute Negotiations -Injunctions and Restraining Orders -Traditional and New Media Disputes -Rights of Publicity Litigation -Arbitration and Mediation -Settlement Negotiations
An experienced intellectual property attorney, Mr. Weide has worked exclusively since 1991 as an intellectual property attorney, with a majority of this time at Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, one of the largest intellectual property firms in the United States. Mr. Weide has significant experience preparing and prosecuting many hundreds of foreign and domestic patent applications, as well as handling trademark, copyright, trade secret and litigation matters. Mr. Weide has drafted patent applications covering a wide variety of technologies.
Mr. Weide is the author or co-author of several intellectual property related articles, including Patent Enforcement Deterrence: Liberal Assertions of Personal Jurisdiction in Declaratory Judgment Actions which appears in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review at Vol. 65, No. 2 (Winter 1996), and the article Violation of the Erie Doctrine: Application of a Rule of Federal Common Law to Issues of Patent License Assignments, which appears in the Creighton University School of Law Law Review at Vol. 32, No. 4 (April 1999). Mr. Weide was a winner of a Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition Award for his article regarding copyright law entitled Digital Audio Tape: Can It Be Saved From a Death by Politics?
-All Phases of Patent Law and Counseling
-Intellectual Property Litigation
Creighton University School of Law Juris Doctorate, Summa Cum Laude
University of Nebraska Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Additional Experience and Expertise
Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi, academic engineering honor societies
American Society Mechanical Engineers
Bar & Court Admissions
Nevada State Bar
California State Bar
United States District Court for Nevada
United States District Court: Eastern and Central Districts of California
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Creighton University School of Law
Mr. Miller has experience in a broad array of intellectual property matters including patent and trademark prosecution and related litigation. Mr. Miller practiced exclusively in the field of intellectual property for numerous years at several large firms in California, including Knobbe Martins, Olson and Bear, before moving to Nevada. Because of Mr. Miller's technical background and degree in Electrical Engineering, he is well suited to practice in the field of intellectual property. Mr. Miller's areas of experience include trademark prosecution and patent prosecution in the electrical, gaming, and mechanical arts.
Mr. Miller represents several large corporations and numerous start-up companies in patent prosecution, trademark matters and general intellectual property law. Chad has filed and prosecuted hundreds of patent and trademark applications, in addition to numerous other intellectual property related matters including licensing, litigation, and copyright issues. Mr. Miller understands the importance of intellectual property protection for both large corporations and entities during the start-up phase and will work with you to maximize protection while minimizing costs.
-All Phases of Patent Procurement and Counseling
-Litigation Support and Technology Counseling, Infringement Analysis and Opinions
Northwest School of Law of Lewis & Clark College Juris Doctorate
University of Nevada Las Vegas Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering
Additional Experience and Expertise
Law School Law Review member and Current Materials Editor
Law School Deans Fellow Scholar
Law School Outstanding Oralist Award
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Academic Honor Society, founding member and Vice-President
Bar & Court Admissions
Nevada State Bar
California State Bar
Patent Bar, United States Patent and Trademark Office
United States District Court: Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California
Northwest School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
Ryan assists businesses ranging from established companies to startups in identifying, protecting, and capitalizing on their intellectual property, including trademarks, service marks, domain names, trade secrets, patents, and copyrights. Ryan's practice focuses on trademark clearance, prosecution, monitoring, enforcement, and licensing where he counsels clients regarding the selection and registrability of trademarks and service marks; the development, acquisition, sale, and management of trademark portfolios; and the drafting and negotiating of trademark license, assignment, and dispute settlement agreements. Ryan also assists clients regarding all aspects of business formation and startup planning, including business entity selection and preparation of related agreements as well as review and preparation of general business agreements including employment agreements, purchase and sale agreements, consulting agreements, non-compete/non-disclosure agreements, commercial leases, and financing agreements.
Prior to joining Weide & Miller, Ryan worked as an attorney for The Stewart Law Firm where he represented national and international companies in the formation and ongoing corporate governance of intellectual property holding companies established in Nevada and Delaware. Prior to that, he served as general counsel to a private Las Vegas-based company involved in patent prosecution and licensing. Ryan also founded and operated for over three years Las Vegas' first Indonesian restaurant, an experience which allows him to understand the unique challenges faced by business startups.
-Trademark Prosecution, Licensing, Monitoring, and Enforcement
-Trademark Clearance, Infringement Analysis, and Opinions
-Intellectual Property Counseling and Licensing
-Corporate Law and Business Formation
-Legal Opinions relating to Corporate Existence and Contract
-Patents and Copyrights
Duke University School of Law Juris Doctorate
Washington University in St. Louis Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (summa cum laude, Valedictorian)
Additional Experience and Expertise
Beta Gamma Sigma, academic business honor society
Bar & Court Admissions Nevada State Bar, 2004
District of Columbia Bar, 1999
California State Bar, 1997
Publications Founder and Publisher of Las Vegas Trademark Attorney Blog (www.vegastrademarkattorney.com) a blog dedicated to writing about the latest news and developments in trademark law.
Duke University School of Law
Mr. Austin is a highly experienced commercial litigator and intellectual property lawyer, spending the past 13 years helping businesses and individuals defend and protect their patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He has particularly excelled in emergency actions to stop infringement and seize infringing materials upon the commencement of an actionoften resolving the matter. He has also defended clients from unfair infringement claims often brought by competitors seeking to improperly use the court to limit competition.
Among his many achievements, Mr. Austin secured the seizure of lawn mowers and tractors infringing on Briggs and Stratton's trademarks and patents at the National Hardware show; prevented importation into the country of knock-off Gibson Les Paul guitars; obtained court orders to seize infringing Cartier watches, Dooney and Burke handbags and the freezing of infringer's financial accounts; and rebuffed infringement attacks on the "B-Beatle Show," and "The Rat Pack Is Back" productions, among numerous other successful efforts on behalf of his clients.
In addition, Mr. Austin brings complex commercial litigation and trial experience to the firm, having worked for some of the largest law firms in the country, including Greenberg Traurig and Holland and Hart, formerly Hale Lane. He even appeared before a Kazakhstan appeals court on behalf of a Nevada oil company in connection with a shareholder dispute.
He began his legal career as a JAG officer of the United States Air Force, at Nellis AFB, Nevada, where he prosecuted and defended military courts martial and prosecuted civilian crimes on federal land before the Nevada U.S. District Court as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. He also defended the Air Force in multi-million dollar wrongful death, personal injury and other claims litigation.
Mr. Austin received his Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1995. While in law school, he was a member of the school's winning Trial Advocacy Competition Team and a Note and Comment Editor for the BYU Journal of Public Law. As a law student, Mr. Austin also worked with then Congressmen Bill Orton on legislation to redress child abuse on Indian lands.
Mr. Austin speaks fluent Korean, the result of over three years of working and living in the country, a second major in the language, and several cooperative education tours as an analyst for the National Security Agency. He helped pave the way for legal clerkships in Korea, securing a rare clerkship at the premier international firm of Kim & Chang as a law student.
He is an avid outdoorsman and a long-time volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, having served as a Scoutmaster and presently as a District Commissioner. Mr. Austin also loves to run. He has completed over 10 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and this year, his first 50-mile ultra marathon.
Member, State Bar of Nevada
Member, State Bar of Utah
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court of Appeals before the Federal, Ninth and Tenth Circuits
Admitted to Practice, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
Member, ABA Intellectual Property Practice Section
Speeches Presentations Publications
Lecturer, Nevada Bar Intellectual Property programs
Presenter, Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel, PLI Seminar
Susan is a patent agent with numerous years of experience, including a position as assistant general counsel with Bally Technologies, Inc, overseeing intellectual property matters,and several positions with law firms practicing patent law. Susan has a law degree from Wayne State University School of Law and bachelor of science degrees in Environmental Engineering and Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University.