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Leveraging his technical proficiency and prior software engineering career, Andrew (A.J.) Tibbetts provides business-oriented IP legal counseling for software, AI and electronics-based technologies. His strategic approach incorporates open source practices and trade secret policies alongside patents, and he advises clients on licensing, enforcement, diligence, and defense against infringement accusations. A.J.’s patents have directly led to clients closing funding rounds, and software patents A.J. wrote for clients have survived PTAB invalidity challenges and been enforced against competitors. He co-authored influential amicus briefs cited favorably by the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals relating to patentability of software.

A.J. counsels traditional software and electronics companies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) across a variety of domains, networking/telecom/CDN, fintech (including market data and infrastructure), blockchain and distributed ledger tech, speech recognition, natural language processing, and more. As “software eats the world,” a growing number of companies look to A.J. for advice protecting new investments in software and data science, including life sciences, biopharma, medtech, medical devices, radiology, digital health, health care IT, and healthtech companies. A.J. advises a broad clientele, from multinational corporations to small enterprises, serves on the boards of MassMEDIC and HealthTech Build, as well as on a digital health advisory panel for MassBio.

Prior to his legal career, A.J. worked as a programmer for IBM/Lotus, contributing to the development of Lotus Notes. He also served for several years as the lead developer for a sales analytics tool, overseeing its end-to-end implementation, including planning, coding, documentation, testing, and roll-out.


  • Intellectual property strategy, defining and implementing
  • Patents
  • Open source software
  • Trade secrets
  • Licensing
  • Patent infringement accusations



  • Lead prosecution counsel for major speech recognition and natural language processing company. Managed prosecution of hundreds of matters, including assisting in-house counsel with ensuring alignment of old matters to current business objectives. Surfaced matters for potential enforcement and cross-claims in litigation, then defended patents from IPR challenges.°
  • Analyzed client’s patent portfolio in light of growing competition, identified matters that could be leveraged against competitor, conducted targeted prosecution with drafting of claim charts to ensure client was positioned for litigation.°
  • Life Sciences AI: Advised biopharma company on best practices for expanding patent portfolio to incorporate AI-based research tools and software-implemented manufacturing techniques, including aligning claim strategy with business objectives. Guided on implementation, including advising on where not to file patent applications and drafting applications.°
  • Med Device: Lead IP counsel for medical device company whose hybrid hardware/software device received “breakthrough” designation from FDA. Drafted and prosecuted patent applications for AI and hardware, assisted with licensing of training data from hospitals, and assisted with in-licensing and out-licensing of technologies for manufacturing.°
  • Life Sciences AI: Counseled biotech company on protectability, including patent-eligibility, of a software tool for quickly screening proteins like antibodies to see whether they possess a particular characteristic qualifying them for further clinical evaluation.°
  • Open Source: Assisted multiple companies with developing and implementing policies that would enable engineers to contribute to open source software projects and leverage open source software in their own projects while maintaining the company’s overall IP goals. Counseling included tailoring selection of open source license for new projects based on unique business considerations.°
  • Developed IP strategy for a medtech startup company that included preparation of patent applications in stages, as the company progressed through related phases of its business plan. Prepared filings first for a mobile app and subsequently for specialty hardware to operate with that mobile app.°
  • Analyzed software companies' product portfolios to identify key elements that would be most valuable to protect in view of business plan, including exit strategy. Prepared patent applications targeted at those elements.°
  • Counseled client throughout its life cycle, including in developing original IP strategy for the startup, preparing patent applications as the company grew from the startup to a medium-sized company, defending the company during acquisition due diligence, and assisting post-acquisition with educating acquirer on the value of IP and aligning IP with new post-acquisition business plan.°
  • Assisted client in handicapping ongoing multi-jurisdiction telecom litigation between industry-dominant chipset supplier and competitors and trade regulators, including handicapped potential outcomes of the three-continent litigation and potential government responses. Analyzed patents identified as standards-essential for various cellular communication standards.°
  • Drafted IP provisions for a software development agreement for a U.S. company outsourcing development of a software product to a Southeast Asian company.°
  • Negotiated scope of patent and copyright license for company seeking to commercialize technologies developed at major research hospital.°
  • Assisted major software company with obtaining certification of a “standards essential patent” (SEP) for a telecommunications standard, including by analyzing large patent portfolio, analyzing telecom standard, surfacing relevant patents, and preparing charts demonstrating alignment of patents and standard. Gained the company the desired access to a patent licensing pool and associated licensing revenue stream.°
  • Counseled a client interested in acquiring and monetizing a large telecom patent portfolio on validity and current value of the portfolio, including engaging telecom experts to gauge utility of patented techniques.°
  • Assisted markets infrastructure company with defense to multi-patent infringement suit touching on market data technologies, including advising on redesign to avoid infringement and invalidity challenges to patents launched at USPTO.°
  • Advised multiple markets infrastructure companies on strategies for responding to litigious company in industry, including analyzing patent portfolio, analyzing each company’s products and identifying non-infringement positions specific to each company.°
  • Served as lead technical attorney on six-patent district court litigation and related post-grant proceedings at USPTO, in dispute between industry competitors in networking and telecommunications. Led team in identifying patents to assert from client’s patent portfolio. Identified strategies that led to multiple wins in IPR challenges and immediate subsequent settlement of litigation. Led settlement negotiations and drafted terms of settlement. Following an end of the litigation, client asked A.J. to take over responsibility for prosecution of its U.S. patent portfolio.°
  • Served as lead technical attorney representing defendant in an International Trade Commission (ITC) patent investigation. Key in building strategy for dismissing the action under an ineligibility theory—the first time the ITC’s fast-track “100 day” program had been used to dismiss an action under ineligibility. Also served as lead attorney in related USPTO IPR challenge that found all pending claims invalid as obvious. Took lead in developing arguments for the petition, preparing declaration with expert to support client’s petition, deposing patent owner’s expert, and preparing client’s response to the patent owner’s arguments.°
  • Defended large multinational against patent infringement charges from a telecom “patent assertion entity” at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), which included a detailed workup of patent validity and non-infringement positions with a team of technical experts, as well as a parallel effort challenging the validity of the patents at the patent office.°
  • Defended software startup against a "non-practicing entity" accusing the startup of patent infringement. After raising early questions of non-infringement and invalidity, the startup was able to end the suit.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Tibbetts prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Programmer, IBM/Lotus, 2005
  • Programmer, Christmas Tree Shops, 2003-2004

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, “Ones to Watch,” 2024
    • Intellectual Property Law, 2024
    • Patent Law, 2024
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” “Law Firm of the Year” in Information Technology Law, 2024
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars,” 2014-2023
  • Member, Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA), 2006-Present
    • Chair, BPLA Computer Law Committee, 2017-2019, 2022
  • Board of Directors, Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC), 2018-Present
  • Board of Directors, HealthTech Build, 2023-Present


  • J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School
  • B.S., Computer Science and Computer and Systems Engineering, magna cum laude, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • Editor-in-Chief, The Rensselaer Polytechnic
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office