Clients tell me they appreciate the trust I build and maintain with them and that I know how to balance legal advice with commercial solutions. I want and encourage clients to fill me in thoroughly on their situation so I can understand the full context of the engagement and give advice that is meaningful in a big-picture scenario. While I can lay out all of the options and risks and let them decide, I prefer to give my honest opinion of what I think my clients should do, based on my understanding of the situation, my legal knowledge, and my years of experience. I’m always aware that I need to provide a solution to get them to the next step – a place where their businesses can move forward and grow.
Honored for his client service by several prominent publications and ranking services, R. Andrew “Drew” Patty handles a broad range of transactional intellectual property matters and related litigation. Drew serves clients in several sectors, including chemical, medical device, health care, oil and gas, energy storage, financial services, manufacturing, hospitality, insurance, and software sectors.
With a patent practice that spans the globe, Drew prepares and prosecutes U.S. and international patent and trademark applications; IP due diligence for lenders in secured loan transactions; U.S. copyright applications for a wide variety of works of art and authorship; patent, trademark, and software licensing and joint development agreement drafting and negotiations; negotiation and preparation of software development agreements; and software-as-a-service subscription agreements.
Drew’s education in biochemistry enhances his practice because he understands the nomenclature related to IP issues, the scientific endeavor, chemists’ work process, and the relationships among experiments, results, patent applications, product manufacturing, distribution, and service.
Clients developing new brands, inventions, or products turn to Drew to steer them through the process of monetizing innovation while also avoiding infringement. As he puts it: “We simultaneously navigate the shoals of infringement and innovation.” He also guides clients in freedom-to-practice and validity opinions on patents and trademarks, strategic IP portfolio enforcement counseling, and international portfolio management.
In addition, Drew represents clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board and its Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Many of the firm’s other attorneys frequently ask him for consultation on intellectual property issues all over the United States, and he’s permitted to represent anyone in the world, from any place, on any matter before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Drew also assists clients with federal trademark problems under the supervision of an attorney admitted in their jurisdiction.
Advocating for both plaintiffs and defendants, Drew represents clients in patent infringement, trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and copyright infringement litigation. He also counsels clients in domain name disputes under the ICANN arbitration procedures.
As a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice group, Drew keeps clients updated about Internet privacy and data privacy policies, procedures, and requirements. He provides counsel on complex regulatory issues such as compliance with data transfer rules, including the GDPR/Privacy Shield requirements for U.S. businesses involved with processing or controlling personal information. Drew also advises clients who are negotiating and drafting cloud services, software licenses, and other vendor contracts, keeping them informed on appropriate data security, privacy, cyber insurance, and data management provisions.
Drew has Native American ancestry and is a registered citizen of the Muscogee Creek tribe.