James enjoys an AV certification rating by the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating system – the highest achievable in both legal ability and ethical standards – and consistently is selected by his peers as one of Virginia’ s “Legal Elite” and as a Virginia “Super Lawyer” in the field of Intellectual Property Law.
John began teaching patent bar review courses in 1995, he has personally taught close to 50% of all practicing patent attorneys and patent agents how to successfully become admitted to the Patent Bar. John has also taught numerous US Patent Examiners at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in the “Law and Evidence Course” necessary for them to advance to Partial Negotiation authority as Examiners.
Michael is the Vice President and Senior Licensing Manager of Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, our university technology transfer office. Michael is also a technology specialist who owns and mentors various startups.
Nathan, a patent attorney with Woods Rogers, counsels clients in virtually all IP-related topics, including patent preparation and prosecution, opinions, enforcement strategies, litigation, and licensing. He has worked on matters before state and federal district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Dr. Knapp is the Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and Prof. of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. Dr. Knapp earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford. Dr. Knapp also leads the Music, Sensors, and Emotion research group. He holds twelve patents and co-invented the BioMuse system, which enables gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
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