In-House Counsel’s Guide to Patents (2017)

(436 Ratings)

Produced on: May 25, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

This course, led by White & Williams Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property group, Frank Bruno, provides an overview of U.S. patent law, focusing on aspects of a patent’s life cycle from invention to licensing and litigation.

This session also features a discussion of U.S. and foreign patenting issues, along with a discussion of recent significant court cases.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify inventions and determine their eligibility and patentability
  2. Examine the life cycle of a patent
  3. Understand the USPTO patent prosecution process and examine significant international patent issues
  4. Explore patent assertion and licensing techniques and responses
  5. Summarize an overview of patent litigation and discuss recent relevant court cases


Frank Bruno

White and Williams LLP

Frank Bruno focuses his practice on patent law and has considerable experience in electrical and computer technologies with particular emphasis on software semiconductors and telecommunications.


He has litigated patent cases involving semiconductor designs and methods of manufacture, digital telephony, image compression, and global positioning systems. He has counseled start-up companies and has represented buyers, sellers, and lenders in corporate transactions, such as acquisitions and financings, where intellectual property was a significant asset.


As a lawyer registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Frank has prosecuted patent applications in the U.S. and over 20 countries and regions abroad on a variety of technologies including computer hardware and software, biomedical devices, vehicle barriers, and methods of doing business. He has written opinions on patent validity and infringement in matters relating to cellular telephony, digital storage technology, and consumer electronics. He has also counseled clients regarding current and future patent portfolio strategies and assisted clients in selecting trademarks for key brands.


Prior to joining White and Williams, Frank was with the Gibbons law firm in Philadelphia.



  • Represented plaintiff and patent holder, Pactiv, as first chair and lead trial counsel in patent infringement case involving use of oxygen absorbers in modified atmosphere meat packaging technology
  • Represented defendant, Brother International Corp., as first chair and lead trial counsel in patent infringement case involving user interface technology, which required the coordination of the Joint Defense Group and subcommittee meetings with over 45 codefendents as well as participation in non-infringement and invalidity analysis and settlement negotiations
  • Achieved favorable settlement for Universal Safety Response Inc., (USR) as first chair and lead trial counsel in a patent, trademark, and copyright infringement action
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Frank was selected in a survey of his peers as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine in 2014. 


Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (Reg. No. 46,583)



  • Villanova University School of Law, JD, 1999
  • Johns Hopkins University, BSEE, 1996



  • American Intellectual Property Law Association


Steven K.

Excellent coverage of patent basics. Not easy to cover all this as well as Frank Bruno has done!

Brian S.

Excellent course.

Robert B.

Great presentation!


It was a very informative and interesting course.

Joseph K.

brought my law school class knowledge back

Gal G.

Great class.

Dena R.

Enjoyable content packed - request more from this presenter

Ira L F.

Presentation was very well done.

Joanna S.

Thanks Frank for an interesting lecture.

William M.


Jonah M.

Great clear concise

Veronica C.

This was more of an introductory course, which I was not expecting. But it was a good overview of patent law for any in-house counsel that is not a patent attorney

Nathaniel F.


Eve L.

Well prepared. Great presentation!

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Daniel L.


Francine D. W.

While I practice IP law, my practice area does not cover patents. This was an excellent overview of the patent process.

Kirk L.

Well-done talk—simplifying a not so simple subject matter and laying out a nice time line for the life of a patent.

Kevin X.

very nice overview. the presentation was clear and informative.

Richard K.

Exceptional Instructor

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