Bernard Knight

Bernard Knight

Bernard Knight is a career coach and counselor, and is a licensed professional mental health counselor in Washington, D.C. Bernie was a partner practicing complex patent litigation in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP from 2013-2017. Prior to joining McDermott, Bernie served as General Counsel for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from 2010 to 2013. As General Counsel of the USPTO, he led the development and legal review of the regulations implementing the new Inter Partes review, post grant review, business method review and derivation proceedings, as well as the regulations changing the United States to a first-inventor-to-file system. Bernie previously served as Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Treasury at the height of the financial crisis. From 2001 to 2006, he was Deputy General Counsel for the USPTO. Bernie began his government career in 1991 at the Department of Justice, Tax Division, where he served for 10 years.

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Posts by Bernard Knight


Emotional Intelligence: Are You Too Smart?

When I give talks on emotional intelligence, I usually get the following question: “I have an employee who is brilliant, but I just can’t promote her.” …
By Bernard Knight
4 days ago 4

7 Ways Unconscious Bias Inhibits Legal Diversity & Inclusion

Unconscious bias prevents law firms, corporations and Government agencies from hiring the best talent and retaining that talent.  Bias against those that are not in the majority …
By Bernard Knight
1 month ago 12

How to Motivate a Legal Team to Success

Being an effective law legal group leader whether in a corporation, a law firm or the Government, requires specific skills.   Leading teams to accomplish goals under stressful …
By Bernard Knight
2 months ago 0

The Art of Dealing with Uncertainty

Do you sometimes feel unsure of yourself when speaking to a client or making a presentation?   Anyone who answered no is not being honest.   We all feel …
By Bernard Knight
3 months ago 0

3 Questions Lawyers Should Ask Themselves Now Regarding Alcohol

Attorneys have stressful jobs and many turn to alcohol as a form of self-medication to relax.   Problem drinking is much higher for attorneys than for the public.   …
By Bernard Knight
4 months ago 1

Combating Lawyer Burnout and Recharging Your Career

Do you feel fatigued by the long hours, demanding clients and little sleep?   At points in our careers, many lawyers feel like they don't have a life …
By Bernard Knight
4 months ago 0

Are You at Risk of Being De-Equitized? Is It Time to Look for Option B?

Law firm partners are no longer safe in their positions once they attain equity partnership.   That security is a thing of the past.   If you are a …
By Bernard Knight
5 months ago 2

9 Pointers for Giving Effective Feedback

Giving a lawyer a critique of their work can be difficult. Yet, you cannot improve lawyer performance or achieve quality work product goals without providing feedback. In …
By Bernard Knight
6 months ago 3

3 Essential Questions for Lawyers to Conquer Their Fears

Lawyers are constantly bombarded by challenges that naturally create fear and anxiety. Many lawyers don’t recognize these fears and fail effectively to deal with them. This …
By Bernard Knight
7 months ago 2

How to Get More Business When Patent Litigation Filings are Down

Lawyers often wonder how to enhance their marketability and in the process, generate more revenue or improve their image.   After all, success at a firm is about “…
By Bernard Knight
7 months ago 23

6 Core Values and 5 Emotional Intelligence Skills Leading to Sound Ethical Decisions

Core values are key to avoiding ethical violations. This is because most ethics violations are not intentional. They occur because decisions are being made based on the …
By Bernard Knight
8 months ago 4

Reasons Why IP Lawyers Need Emotional Intelligence Skills

Patent lawyers are labeled as science geeks and somehow that has been associated with us having less interest in the emotional side of things.   As a former …
By Bernard Knight
8 months ago 10

The Advantages of Enacting a Patent Box Regime

The exact terms of a patent box will vary depending on what the drafter is trying to promote. For example, the tax preference could require that the …
By Bernard Knight
2 years ago 6