Bradley (Brad) D. Lytle, an electrical patent prosecution attorney, is the firm's managing partner, co-chairs the firm's Patent Prosecution group, chairs the Electrical Patent Prosecution Group and is a member of Oblon’s Management Committee. A hands-on attorney, Mr. Lytle’s practice includes patent preparation and prosecution, as well as enforcement counseling, licensing, patent litigation advice, and preparation of legal opinions.
Mr. Lytle places particular emphasis on helping his clients build and leverage commercially significant U.S. and foreign patent portfolios. Working with large multinational companies in the U.S., Japan, Scandinavia, Saudi Arabia, and Europe, he regularly devises strategies to assist them in establishing and fortifying a unique position in the marketplace. Mr. Lytle is also actively involved in establishing intellectual property programs and patent portfolios for Middle Eastern Universities.
A former engineer, he applies his extraordinary depth and breadth of technical expertise to advise his clients on a wide range of innovations. Many of these involve consumer electronics, software and systems integration, videoconferencing equipment and technologies, digital communications, RF and wireless communications, Internet infrastructure, and information technology. He also has extensive experience in drafting claims to cover industry standards and in negotiating with patent-pool administrators. Additionally, Mr. Lytle has prosecution, litigation, and licensing experience in factory robotics, control systems, and circuitry.
Mr. Lytle is particularly skilled at handling accelerated patent prosecutions through programs such as the Patent Prosecution Highway, Pre-First Action Interview, and informal methods. He regularly conducts personal interviews with United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) personnel to promote more efficient procedures and advance his clients’ interests.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lytle worked for another law firm in the areas of patent litigation and patent prosecution. During his 10-year engineering career, he developed expertise in wireless communications systems, networks, satellite systems, digital receivers and processors, A/D converters, TDMA/FDMA/CDMA communication systems, spread spectrum devices, embedded and application level software, optics, amplifiers, video display systems, discs, audio and video processing and recording systems, signal compression and encoding standards, semiconductor manufacturing, and many other technologies.
- American University, Washington College of Law (J.D.)
- George Washington University (M.S.)
- Electrical Engineering
- University of Maryland (B.S.)
- Electrical Engineering
- Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Supreme Court of Virginia
- American Bar Association
- American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Managing IP Magazine- named 'IP Star' (2013 - 2016)
- Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners, named to its list of the top 1000 patent attorneys in the world and is a “Recommended” patent attorney in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area for his patent prosecution expertise (2012-2016)
- The Legal 500 U.S., noted as a Recommended Attorney (2015)