Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C.
For more than 15 years, Eric has represented a diverse array of clients in IP-related matters, with an emphasis on strategic IP counseling, patent preparation and prosecution, IP due diligence and legal opinions. Eric also has substantial experience in patent litigation, providing a perspective that informs and enhances his other practice areas. In 2020, Eric received the distinction of Best Lawyers in America® for his patent law expertise. Eric has also been named a Rising Star in Intellectual Property Law by Super Lawyers® in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
With a technical background in molecular biology and biochemistry, Eric has represented both corporate and university clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, bioprocessing and medical device areas. Representative areas of technical focus include:
Eric manages prosecution of several large patent portfolios, including multiple patent families with worldwide filings. He has prepared invalidity, non-infringement and freedom-to-operate opinions to assist his clients with critical strategy decisions. Eric also has substantial experience conducting patent appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the USPTO, and has obtained multiple PTAB decisions reversing the Office on all contested grounds of rejection. He has evaluated and conducted due diligence investigations of third party IP and defended his clients’ IP in numerous diligence investigations. In addition, Eric has represented both plaintiff and defendant clients in patent infringement litigation. Eric’s international experience includes working with European counsel to oppose and defend patents in opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office. Eric’s experience also includes prosecuting reissue patent, design patent and trademark applications.
Prior to joining the firm, Eric conducted his dissertation research in chromosome biology, focusing on processes that control meiotic chromosome segregation. His research, which utilized Drosophila melanogaster as a model genetic system, incorporated molecular, genetic, cytological and biochemical techniques to characterize the role of the Orientation Disruptor (ORD) and dRING proteins in promoting normal sister-chromatid cohesion and chromosome condensation during meiosis. He was the recipient of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grant award as a graduate student and, as an undergraduate, received a National Science Foundation award supporting a summer research internship performed at Carnegie Mellon University.
Eric has co-authored several published articles and abstracts. His research articles have appeared in the journals Molecular Biology of the Cell, Chromosoma, and Current Biology.