Our patent prosecution attorneys also have extensive industry backgrounds in key technical disciplines, including electrical and mechanical engineering; software and computing; and biochemistry. They have held positions with companies such as General Electric and IBM and, as such, understand the bottom-line business importance of securing patent protection for key technologies. We draw from our engineering and technical “real world” work experience to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to provide our clients with a competitive advantage.
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Ryan J. Letson256.517.5126Email
Ryan Letson’s practice focuses on matters involving intellectual property and technology. He handles patent and trademark prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and represents clients in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Ryan also assists clients in disputes involving patents and other intellectual property in federal and state courts. His technical experience covers a wide range of areas, and includes computer hardware and software, electronics, data communication networks, autonomous vehicles, electromechanical devices, payment processing and e-commerce systems, biometric sensors and structural systems.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Patent Registration Number: 73,525
Jake Neu has advised clients ranging from individual inventors and entrepreneurs to large corporations with multinational concerns on how to structure their intellectual property portfolio, obtain and license rights, and protect their confidential information and data. He has worked with clients in industries ranging from sporting goods to alcohol to healthcare, with portfolios of dozens of foreign and domestic patent applications and trademark filings.
B.A. Mechanical Engineering
Patent Registration Number: 67,546
Kristina Allen Reliford615.252.3573Email
Kristina Allen Reliford is a results-oriented litigator and trial attorney specializing in non-compete litigation, securities and government investigations, and complex business disputes. Her broad litigation experience includes assisting U.S. and international companies from a wide variety of industries, such as financial services, health care and information technology, in developing practical solutions to resolve disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Kristina has experience in all facets of commercial disputes, including dispositive motions, discovery management, witness preparation, trial briefing and witness examination. Specifically, she served as lead associate on a trial team representing an Indian consulting firm in federal court litigation alleging trade secret misappropriation, including taking and defending depositions, preparing trial witnesses, drafting motions in limine and arguing pre-trial motions. In addition, she represented a global health information technology corporation in federal court litigation alleging trade secret misappropriation and false advertising.
Stephanie D. Scruggs202.719.8224Email
Stephanie Scruggs is an experienced intellectual property attorney primarily focused on complicated patent disputes. Stephanie defends and enforces the IP rights of both U.S. and foreign-based clients in a wide range of industries, including the chemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical, electrical and mechanical fields.
M.S., Chemical Engineering
Patent Registration Number: 54,432
Andrew Tuggle’s practice focuses on technology and intellectual property law. He helps clients protect their innovations and comply with laws about data and technology.
Andrew helps clients protect their innovations through patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. With a strong technical background, he advises clients on how to comply with laws about cybersecurity, data privacy, digital assets, and exports.
Benn C. Wilson205.521.8153Email
Benn Wilson’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, principally in the areas of patent and IP litigation. He previously represented clients in complex patent disputes before both federal district courts and the International Trade Commission.
B.S. Chemical Engineering
Jessica L. Zurlo202.719.8231Email
Jessica Zurlo is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group, and her practice is focused on patent law and competitive practices litigation. She is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and assists foreign and domestic clients in patent preparation, prosecution, opinion work, and enforcement.
Patent Registration Number: 71,693