Scott A. McKeown
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Scott A. McKeown


SCOTT A. McKEOWN is a member of the firm's Management Committee, and co-chairs the Post Grant Patent practice group focusing on post-grant counseling, litigation and related prosecution issues. He leads the Post Grant Patent team responsible for electronics, wireless communications, software and computer-related inventions and business methods.

Mr. McKeown handles all aspects of post-issuance proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) including patent reissue and reexamination proceedings, post grant patent trials, and appeals to the Court Of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He offers his clients comprehensive post-grant patent counseling including advice on USPTO post grant proceedings concurrent with complex International Trade Commission (ITC) and district court litigations.

Having successfully navigated USPTO post grant patent proceedings in which more than half a billion dollars was at stake, Mr. McKeown is one of the preeminent post grant practitioners in the United States. He is lead post grant counsel to some of the largest corporations in the world.

Mr. McKeown has been identified by Intellectual Asset Management as a “thought leader” and one of the world’s leading patent practitioners for adversarial post-grant USPTO patent proceedings. In addition, the Legal 500 has identified Mr. McKeown as a recommended patent attorney.

Mr. McKeown is the editor of the firm's Patents Post-Grant blog, regularly contributing insights and commentary on USPTO post-grant patent proceedings, trends, practice tips and news. He lectures and writes extensively on post-grant proceedings at the USPTO and is a member of the teaching faculty of the Practicing Law Institute (PLI). Currently, Mr. McKeown is the Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA), Intellectual Property Law Section Committee 104 (Post Grant USPTO Proceedings).

A former electrical engineer, he has worked with a wide range of technologies, including computer software, wireless telecommunication protocols and network architectures, e-commerce applications, analog and digital signal processing, and consumer electronics. In the telecommunication arts, Mr. McKeown has worked extensively with IP routing and signaling protocols, ATM and wireless communication protocols. He also has a broad breadth of experience with OFDM systems, CDMA, TDMA, FSK, QAM and the 802.11 family of protocols.

In the consumer electronic arts, Mr. McKeown's practice has a strong focus in audio and video processing and display technologies, discs, signal compression and encoding schemes, recording medium formatting and construction, and many other related technologies.

Representative Matters

As lead patent reexamination counsel to Motorola Inc., successfully recovered significant patents of the company’s handheld device portfolio from patent reexamination. These patents are asserted against several competitors in concurrent litigation in the ITC and district courts.

As lead patent reexamination counsel to Eastman Kodak, responsible for recovering their electronic camera portfolio from patent reexamination. Concurrent litigation is pending in the ITC and district courts throughout the U.S.

As lead patent reexamination counsel to Good Technology, successfully recovered the patent portfolio from both ex parte & inter partes patent reexamination proceedings resulting in a favorable settlement of concurrent litigation with a competitor ($267.5 million).

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Critics Ignore Long Standing Realities
Critics of the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) are out in force decrying the work of the PTAB as anti-patent.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Longest Running PTAB Only CLE Stops in San Francisco Next Monday
A day before the the PTAB round table event comes to Santa Clara on 4/29, the popular...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Senate Compromise Outlined
While still at least a week away from the official Manager’s Amendment on the The Patent Transparency & Improvement Act, a document has been circulating purporting to outline the compromise between...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Webcast today, 1-4PM EST
As a reminder, the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) roundtable series kicks off today in Alexandria.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Roundtable Discussions to Spur Dialogue on Possible Rule Changes
Roughly eighteen months have passed since the USPTO’s implementation of the new post grant patent challenges of the America Invents Act (AIA).

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Compromise Reached, Manager’s Amendment Promised Post-Recess
With many fearing that the Senate Judiciary Committee had lost their way on S...

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Stalemate Along Ideological Lines
The Senate Judiciary Committee continues to struggle with S.1720 (Patent Transparency & Improvements Act of 2013). Yet again, the Committee has postponed mark-up of the bill.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Stringent PTAB Amendment Process to Drive Patent Reissue Filings
As discussed previously, patent owners continue to struggle with the motion-based...

Friday, April 04, 2014

Supreme Court Considers Patentable Subject Matter Eligibility…Again
The closely watched case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States this past Monday.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Senate Judiciary Committee Continues Compromise Effort
Although discussing the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 in today’s executive business meeting, the