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Bernard J. Knight, Jr.

BKC Consulting LLC

Bernard J. Knight, Jr. is a career coach and counselor, and is a licensed professional mental health counselor in Washington, D.C. He is also an expert witness available to testify and consult on matters of patent office procedure.

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.

Bernie is experienced in handling all IP matters, including patent, trademark and copyright issues.  He has advised on intellectual property cases before the United States Supreme Court and provided oversight on patent and trademark cases before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the district courts.

Bernie is a frequent speaker before trade and bar associations, such as the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association and the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

Bernie is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Texas and before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He also has been granted recognition by the USPTO to appear as counsel in inter partes proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

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