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Nathan J. DeVries

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  • Grand Rapids

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Biography

Nathan DeVries generally thinks of himself as an engineer first, and then as a patent attorney. In fact, he worked as an electrical design engineer in the aerospace and material handling industries before he went to law school. "I have a natural curiosity about how things work, and a talent for expanding ideas," he says. Because of his desire to understand both the business and legal aspects of his work, intellectual property law was a natural fit.

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University J.D. 2009 magna cum laude
  • Grand Valley State University B.S.E. 2002 Electrical Engineering magna cum laude

Admitted

  • 2009, Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan

Experience

  • Represented clients in all aspects of patent law, including the drafting of infringement opinions and patentability opinions and preparing and prosecuting patent applications
  • Prepared and prosecuted domestic and foreign patent applications for electrical, electro-mechanical and computer-related patents, including wireless power technology, consumer electronics, software, water treatment systems and sports equipment
  • Coordinated foreign patent prosecution throughout the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and Thailand
  • Provide IP due diligence, licensing of patent rights, patent portfolio development and management of general intellectual property counseling to clients in a wide variety of technologies
  • Coordinated registration of clients' copyrights in the U.S. Copyright Office
  • Knowledgable about Open Source software licensing and software development
  • Experienced in analog circuit design, high-speed digital card design and embedded software development

Honors & Awards

  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Order of the Coif

Publications

Leadership

Speaking Engagements

  • "Smart Contracts & Blockchain: Legal Aspects and Patent Issues Related to the Technology," 2019 West Michigan Spring Symposium, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 22, 2019

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