I am pleased to announce that effective February 1, 2019, I have become Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. The firm is located in suburban Washington, D.C., not far from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). For those unfamiliar with the title Of Counsel, it is frequently used for an experienced attorney who will not be devoting full time to his or her legal practice.
I wasn’t going to make an official announcement on IPWatchdog, but when I updated my LinkedIn profile on Friday, many reached out to me with congratulations. Many also reached out to inquire, and hope, that this would not mean I was leaving IPWatchdog. I appreciate all the messages and well wishes, and I can definitively say I will continue as President, CEO and publisher of IPWatchdog.com. This year marks our 20th anniversary year, and we have much planned and in the works. We have just hired Eileen McDermott to be our Editor-in-Chief, and we are just getting started!
My relationship with Berenato & White will allow me to be available to clients of the firm for special assignments and consultations as necessary, and within the time restraints I have. The firm will allow me to counsel clients as my advice is needed or desired, which will allow me to still work with and help independent inventors, entrepreneurs and start-ups to the greatest extent possible while continuing with IPWatchdog.
I have known John White for many years and have worked with him in a number of capacities over the past 20 years. We have taught the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) patent bar review course together for two decades, we were previously law partners for a time, we have co-developed and co-taught a variety of different patent courses at several different law schools, and now we are teaching hands on patent practice courses through IPWatchdog. So, joining his firm just made sense from a practical standpoint.
John has more than 30 years of experience as a patent attorney, and his partner Joe Berenato has more than 35 years of experience as a patent attorney. Their team of patent attorneys, patent agents and paralegals want to work with inventors, entrepreneurs and start-ups, which is the community I have always had a particular affinity for helping. So, I am excited to join Berenato & White and look forward to being able to counsel those on the road to commercializing their innovations.