EDWARD (ED) W. TRACY Jr. is a registered patent attorney in the firm's Electrical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution and Industrial Designs groups. Representing well-established and emerging electrical and mechanical companies, he prosecutes patents ranging from innovations involving aerospace systems and technologies to the full range of electronics patents including image-processing devices for digital cameras, battery technology for camcorders and video cameras, utility and design patents for camera batteries, and optic sensors.
He actively represents his clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) from initial prosecution through appeals, assisting both U.S. and foreign companies seeking U.S. patent protection. Additionally, Mr. Tracy works with foreign clients with existing overseas patents in their efforts to obtain U.S. patent protection for their innovations.
Mr. Tracy is particularly skilled at identifying and addressing design rights issues, serving as Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association Design Rights Committee, which focuses on industrial design intellectual property (IDIP) ownership challenges, seeking proactive methods to maximize the benefits of IDIP ownership. In that position, he monitors and reviews foreign and U.S. legislation, case law, and rule changes, commenting on and recommending IDIP protections in the U.S. and overseas. He applies the knowledge he gains through that leadership position and committee involvement to help his clients overcome the difficulties they face in protecting their design innovations.
Before attending law school, Mr. Tracy was an engineer at Massachusetts-based Raytheon Electronic Systems, where he worked on simulation and control software for missile defense systems including active and semi-active radar and optical sensors. After law school, Mr. Tracy worked at a small patent prosecution firm where he prosecuted applications for mechanical, electromechanical, optical, and software inventions.
His deep knowledge of the underlying technologies and his practical experience as an engineer enhance Mr. Tracy’s ability to work closely with inventors, business leaders and USPTO Patent Examiners to assure the broadest patent protection for his clients’ inventions.