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  • Education
    • J.D., George Washington University, 1992
    • B.S., Columbia University, 1989, Electrical Engineering; Eta Kappa Nu
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • District of Columbia, 1995
    • New York, 1993
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1993
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1997
    • District of Columbia, 1995
    • State of New York, 1993
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1993
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1993
Clients value Scott Watkins’ ability to skillfully convert complex materials and issues into simple-to-digest concepts for business, patent prosecution and courtroom use. Scott prosecutes patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in electrical, computer software, network, and mechanical arts. His prosecution style has been shaped by many years of training with former Patent Examiners complemented by extensive patent courtroom experience, with a resulting eye toward obtaining patents that will be respected in the relevant industries as easy to comprehend, enforce and monetize. 

In addition, Scott counsels clients on infringement and validity issues. He is frequently called on to assess the strength and value of entire patent portfolios for potential acquisition or licensing.

Scott’s extensive experience also includes all types of dispute resolutions, mediation, arbitration and litigation. When litigation is necessary, he enforces patents and defends clients before U.S. District Courts, the Patent Office and the International Trade Commission. He develops and implements strategies for all phases of patent litigation and the inter partes review process, focusing on patent claim construction and patent infringement defenses. 

He has experience in a variety of technical areas, including:
  • Telecommunications
  • Electronic warfare
  • Optical systems
  • Wind and water turbines
  • Diesel burners
  • Extreme weather protection
  • GPS and related tracking systems
  • Deep well drilling equipment
  • Server rack architecture and inter-operability
  • Electronic document security
  • Electromagnetic field manipulation
  • Lasers and LEDs
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Sporting goods
  • Voice and video over IP
  • Asynchronous logic
  • Cosmetic color analysis and product recommendation systems
  • Electronic noise cancellation
  • Circuit design and miniaturization
  • Semiconductor fabrication
  • Computer architecture
  • Business methods
  • Computer software
  • Internet utilization
  • Represented a major defense contractor in arbitration over government contracts valued at over $500 million for fighter jet related technology. Favorable arbitration panel verdict. 
  • Represented major electronics manufacturer in ITC action for patents relating to prevention of electrostatic discharge when connecting electronic components. Patentee dismissed the Complaint mid-discovery. 
  • Represented major internet telephone provider in the Eastern District of Virginia for one of seven patents asserted involving Voice over IP. Favorable verdict obtained from Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 
  • Represented patentee against Sony in an ITC patent infringement action involving patents for data flow in cameras. Case settlement in patentee’s favor for $40 million. 
  • Represented major car audio manufacturer in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for patents relating to the electronic noise cancellation in audio circuits. Favorable settlement following mediation.

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October 18, 2018
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Polsinelli on Drones & Advanced Robotics Blog
February 23, 2017
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Prometheus: Bilski for Doctors, and Everybody Else
Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 19 No. 9
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Secondary Considerations in Reexamination Practice
Internal firm training seminar
February 2011
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America Invents Act: Greater Investment Certainty and a Low Cost Option to Court Litigation
Bloomberg Law Reports, Vol. 5 No. 34
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Post-Bilski: Where is the Rock?
Internal firm training seminar
February 2009
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Patent Law Spring Semester 2009
Guest Lecturer, Catholic University
Spring 2009