Duke focuses his practice on intellectual property (IP). He is a registered patent attorney with broad IP experience in patent preparation and prosecution, patent and trademark portfolio management, freedom-to-operate studies, and license agreements. He counsels a wide variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 50 companies to small and mid-sized businesses, in all phases of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Duke’s patent practice includes the building and management of international patent portfolios in the gaming, casino, and financial services industries.
He also routinely assists clients with building protection in a variety of different technology fields, including computer science, electrical, and mechanical arts. Example areas of experience include cloud computing, artificial intelligence, hard disk drives, wireless communications, video compression, routers, betting and gaming, RFIDs, manufacturing systems, banking and financial systems, payment networks, imaging systems, computer systems, e-commerce, software, and medical devices.
Beyond patent portfolio management, Duke also provides IP litigation support in federal and International Trade Commission cases, including patent claim construction analysis and patent validity studies.
Prepared and facilitated ongoing prosecution of international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
Developed and executed comprehensive IP development program for numerous startup businesses.
Performed numerous freedom-to-operate studies and competitive patent portfolio analysis.
Educated in-house inventors regarding patent application preparation and prosecution and lead invention harvesting activities.
Developed claim charts, claim constructions, and assisted in preparation of Markman briefs.
Involved in a transaction with an Asian sovereign wealth fund seeking to make its first investment in the United States.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 2005
Ohio Northern University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2001
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Intellectual Property 101, Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, April 2016
Intellectual Property Basics, Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, November 2015
Software Patents: A Moving Target, The Circuit, October 2015
Overview of Intellectual Property, Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, April 2015
IP Law 101: What Labor & Employment Attorneys Need to Know, panelist, Cincinnati Bar Association. December 2014
Software Patents: A Moving Target, HCDC Business Center, November 2014
Management of Innovation, University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Linder College of Business, March 2014
Overview of Intellectual Property, University of Cincinnati, Carl H. Lindner College of Business, April 2013 & October 2013
Strategies for Software Protection, Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association, June 2012