Sterling Fillmore, Shareholder
Sterling D. Fillmore counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property. He works with companies of all sizes, ranging from global multinational corporations to small startups and single inventors. He also serves universities, both in and outside of Utah, in procuring patents in both the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Fillmore has extensive experience in all matters of patent prosecution, including the preparation and filing of patent applications in the U.S. and abroad, conducting examiner interviews and post-examination proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Prior to law school, he studied physics and spent nearly four years working on research involving ferritin protein nanobatteries and indium-doped semiconductor nanocrystals. Mr. Fillmore also counsels clients in patent infringement and validity opinions, licensing of intellectual property rights, freedom to operate, and due diligence of IP portfolios during acquisitions and mergers.
James Signor, Partner
Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.
James Signor is a U.S. patent attorney based in the Frankfurt, Germany office of Leydig, Voit & Mayer. Mr. Signor primarily focuses his practice on serving European clients in all aspects of U.S. intellectual property law. He has over 10 years of experience in drafting and prosecuting patents in diverse technologies. In addition to his strong patent prosecution practice, he works closely supporting clients in making informed business decisions and in enforcing and commercializing their IP. This has involved drafting numerous opinions on patent validity, patentability and the freedom to operate, in addition to drafting petitions for reexamination and Inter Partes Review, assisting in patent infringement litigation, counseling with respect to litigation-related matters, performing due diligence and negotiating and drafting license and joint development agreements. Mr. Signor’s practice has a particular emphasis in the mechanical, electrical and computer fields.