Having advised companies at all stages of growth, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, Dustin understands the role of intellectual property as a company asset and takes solution-driven approaches to help clients achieve their goals.
Dustin was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Patent Law in 2020. He was selected by his peers as one of Fort Worth’s Top Attorneys in Intellectual Property by Fort Worth Magazine, Panther City Media Group, 2012–2018.
His experience covers a variety of technology areas, including:
Medical processes, systems and devices – implants, prosthetics, instruments, orthopedic applications, and surgical techniques.
Mechanical and electro-mechanical systems – drilling rigs, rig operating systems, controllers, heavy machinery, windmills, transmissions, and engines.
Telecommunications – mobile phone applications, cellular communications, signaling, and others.
Household and miscellaneous items – ranging from shoes to showerheads and from leaf collectors to litter boxes.
Dustin’s practice includes:
Preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications.
Preparation of formal opinions of counsel, including invalidity and non-infringement opinions.
Clearance or freedom-to-use assessments.
Subject matter landscaping to identify and advise clients with respect to open areas or white-space including identifying additional development opportunities.
Patent office trial proceedings, including inter partes reviews.
Litigation support for a variety of intellectual property matters.
Virginia; Texas; District of Columbia; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 2002, with honors, American University International Law Review
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1998
Areas of Practice
- Intellectual Property
Guiding client in efforts to protect processes and servicing of drilling rigs to maximize competitive advantages.
Advising in-house counsel regarding freedom-to-practice during product development and pre-product launch stages.
Preparing patent applications relating to surgical tools and instruments.
Assessing client's products and preparing formal opinions on the subjects of infringement and validity of competitor patents.
Prosecuting patent applications that cover competitor products to capitalize on client's technology and create market barriers for client's competitors.
Performing pre-litigation due-diligence for well-known Fortune 500 company.