Theodore F. Shiells, the firm founder, has 30 years of experience in intellectual property law, primarily as a partner in large law firms in New York and Texas. He is licensed to practice in Texas, New York and California and is a Registered Patent Attorney in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
His practice includes obtaining patents, trademarks, and copyrights for clients, litigating those matters in the courts, as well as drafting and negotiating license agreements and counseling clients on all aspects of intellectual property law. Mr. Shiells is one of a small number of patent attorneys experienced in Inter Partes Review ("IPR") proceedings in the Patent Trial and Appeals Board ("PTAB"). Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Shiells worked as an engineer for petroleum refinery facilities and pipelines.
Mr. Shiells' patent experience covers a wide range of technology including optical biosensors, nanotechnology, advanced helicopter and military image processing systems, telecommunications systems, sport equipment, and solar powered consumer lighting products. He regularly litigates patent, trademark and copyright infringement cases in Texas and throughout the United States.
Mr. Shiells is A.V. Preeminant rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Shiells is a frequent speaker on intellectual property topics. The following are samples of conferences where he has been a panelist or featured speaker:
Law School: Hastings College of Law (University of California) 1983
Undergraduate: University of California at Berkeley, Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering 1975
Dallas Bar Assocation
United States Patent and Trademark Office
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Supreme Court of Texas
Supreme Court of New York
Supreme Court of California
United States District Court Northern District of Texas
United States District Court Southern District of Texas
United States District Court Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court Western District of Texas
United States District Court Southern District of New York
United States District Court Eastern District of New York
United States Court of Federal Claims
State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, CA, 1979 - 2000
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