Biography

Kurt M. Berger, Ph.D., is a patent attorney in the firm's Electrical Patent Prosecution practice group. Representing a broad range of clients, Dr. Berger prepares and prosecutes patent applications for U.S. and foreign corporations in the fields of electronics, computers, software, networks, telecommunications, optical disc systems, medical imaging devices, and communications systems and standards.

An experienced patent attorney, Dr. Berger has prosecuted thousands of patents and is well versed in the most effective strategies for protecting cutting-edge innovations like BluRay Disc Players, DVD technologies, CDMA patents, and next-generation encryption.

A former engineer and mathematics professor, Dr. Berger is especially skilled at working with patents involving mathematical complexities, and is called upon to offer non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and advice on patentability, risk management, design-around competitor patents, and freedom to operate. Dr. Berger trains the firm’s new associates, as well as clients, regarding software patents and other patent law issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Berger was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Ohio State University. Additionally, he has four years of engineering experience as a member of the technical staff at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, specializing in intelligent control systems. While studying for his Ph.D. in applied mathematics, with a specialization in partial differential equations, his research was supported by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Berger has written numerous publications in the areas of intelligent control systems, nonlinear wave propagation, and computational methods and has clearance to prosecute patents for the U.S. government.

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)
  • University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.)
    • Applied Mathematics
  • Case Western Reserve University (M.S., summa cum laude)
    • Systems Engineering
  • Case Western Reserve University (B.S.)
    • Computer Engineering
  • Case Western Reserve University (B.A.)
    • Economics

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Services

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association, Software & Business Methods Subcommittee (2010)

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