Patrick L. Miller is a senior attorney in the firm’s Electrical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution practice groups. In addition to patent-related client counseling and opinions, his practice includes preparation and prosecution of U.S., PCT, and foreign patent applications regarding electrical, mechanical, computer, medical and dental devices, additive manufacturing/3D printing and business method technologies.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Miller was a patent attorney in the IP practice group of a general practice law firm in the Washington, DC metro area. He prepared and prosecuted domestic and foreign patent applications and prepared appeal briefs for appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI). He also assisted in the preparation of validity, infringement, patentability, and clearance/freedom-to-operate opinions and provided litigation and due diligence support. He gained additional experience as a patent agent at a Washington, DC based intellectual property firm, where he prepared and prosecuted provisional and non-provisional patent applications involving a broad range of technologies, such as communication networks, business methods, display systems, and data storage systems.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Miller served as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As an examiner he examined domestic and PCT patent applications for inventions involving motor controls and acoustics technologies, including computer disk drive systems, printing devices, sound damping systems, speakers and speaker enclosures, geophysical exploration apparatuses, and automotive technologies, such as regenerative braking, power steering, power window control, and windshield wiper control systems.

While attending law school, Mr. Miller was a law clerk for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI), where he briefed administrative patent judges on legal and technical issues regarding applications under appeal and drafted opinions for patent applications under appeal involving business method and optics technologies. He also interned at the Office of Unfair Import Investigations, drafting motions and researching issues for Section 337 investigative proceedings.

Mr. Miller served honorably in the United States Marine Corps as a F/A-18 Aircraft Avionics Technician, where he tested, evaluated, and performed maintenance on various aircraft systems and components, such as flight computer, radar, navigation, and communications systems.


  • American University, Washington College of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Florida (B.S., with honors)
    • Electrical Engineering


  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • American University International Law Review, Senior Associate, American University
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Signals and Systems course, University of Florida
  • Named as Rising Star by SuperLawyers (2014)



  • Patrick L. Miller, Strategies for Patent Application Preparation, Filing, and Prosecution, Law360 (June 21, 2010).
  • Patrick L. Miller, Invention Disclosure Form Key to Lower Legal Costs, Law360 (Aug. 30, 2010).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Northern Virginia Patent Lawyers Club (NVPLC)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)