Bruce T. Neel

Bruce T. Neel

Of Counsel

Bruce T. Neel represents technology and emerging growth companies with a focus on patent licensing and technology agreements and computer, Internet, software and business method patents. He counsels companies regarding the development, protection and utilization of their intellectual property (IP) assets, and he represents clients in technology transactions across a broad range of industries including computers, software, the Internet, semiconductors, and e-commerce.

Bruce has a wide range of experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating various types of technology agreements (including patent, software, and trade secret licenses, technology development agreements, and patent and other IP acquisition agreements). Bruce also has broad experience with IP portfolio development, management, and protection (including the filing and prosecution of patent applications in the United States and the management of a worldwide patent portfolio).

Prior to joining the firm, Bruce was a patent attorney and microprocessor circuit design engineer at Motorola.

Concentrations

  • Lead patent counsel for emerging and venture-financed technology companies
  • Development of complex patent portfolios and U.S. and international patent strategies
  • Analysis of competitor patents and providing of non-infringement and invalidity opinions
  • Due diligence in support of technology acquisitions
  • Patent enforcement programs
  • Assessment of antitrust issues in patent enforcement
  • Invention review committees
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Capabilities

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Arizona Technology Council, Startup and Entrepreneurship Committee
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1992
  • B.S., Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1985
Admissions
  • Arizona
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office