Andrew (A.J.) Tibbetts leverages prior experience as a software engineer to provide practical IP strategy counseling on matters related to software-implemented tech across a range of industries, from networking, fintech, and NLP through to life sciences AI, medical records, and medical devices. His holistic approach to software IP incorporates open source practices and trade secret policies alongside patents, and extends beyond protecting rights into licensing/ transactions, enforcement, and navigating diligence, as well as defending against infringement accusations. He has both invalidated software patents asserted against clients and defended software patents he wrote and prosecuted from being invalidated by competitors. A.J. closely studies the development of the law for protection of software inventions, enabling him to protect client’s interests despite the rapid evolution of both the law and the technology, and has helped draft amicus briefs on the Section 101 eligibility of software that were favorably cited by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
A.J. advises a wide array of clients on IP strategies, ranging from international and publicly-traded companies and large research institutions to small and growing companies. He serves on the board of directors of MassMEDIC, helping support digital health efforts in the New England area.
Utilizing his deep technical experience, A.J. assists many clients with creating strategies for protecting their software and data science innovations. He has experience with counseling life sciences and healthtech companies with extending their portfolios to cover AI and digital health products. He also advises fintech companies (including infrastructure and market data companies) on both protecting their own innovations and defending against industry patent fights. Clients he advises also develop blockchain technologies, machine learning and AI products, speech recognition and natural language processing/understanding, operating systems, data analytics, networking and telecommunications, semiconductor technologies, FPGA technologies, and other innovative technologies.
A.J.’s previous experience includes working as a programmer for IBM/Lotus, where he was involved in the development of Lotus Notes. He also worked as lead developer of a sales analytics tool and oversaw the project from the planning phase through to coding, documentation, testing, and roll-out.
- Intellectual property strategy, defining and implementing
- Open source software
- Trade secrets
- Patent infringement accusations