Attorney Profiles
  • Michael E. Whitham

    Michael E. Whitham is a principal in the firm. He has represented individuals, non-profit organizations, start up companies, small companies, Fortune 500 companies, and foreign companies on intellectual property matters over a twenty year career. Mr. Whitham has helped craft license agreements involving patented technologies, copyrighted works, natural products, and technologies protected by trade secret. Mr. Whitham’s practice includes the preparation and enforcement of a wide variety of contracts required by today’s technology companies including but not limited to confidentiality agreements, supply agreements, joint development agreements, materials transfer agreements, trademark licensing agreements, copyright licensing agreements, and agreements involving employees and consultants. Mr. Whitham has prosecuted and defended patent, trademark, and copyright infringement actions, as well as actions involving theft of trade secrets in Federal District Courts and has represented clients in Appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Federal Circuit.

    The firm and its predecessors averages 200-400 issued patents per year, and Mr. Whitham has worked on patent matters involving a wide range of technology including genetics, medicine, mechanical and electrical devices, and computer technologies. Mr. Whitham assists clients in developing strategies for identifying and acquiring proprietary rights, and for avoiding the patent positions of competitors.

    Mr. Whitham has been a frequent lecturer on topics such as performing technology audits, pitfalls in royalty stacking issues, best practices in licensing, and patent prosecution. Mr. Whitham has undergraduate and graduate degrees in biochemistry and chemistry, respectively, and received his law degree, with distinction from George Mason University in 1990.

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  • Robert N. Cook

    Robert N. Cook is a principal in the firm. Bob provides representation in litigation and licensing matters involving intellectual property and antitrust, plus related areas of commercial litigation. Bob has handled a broad range of intellectual property litigation and licensing issues relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and confidentiality agreements. Bob has also represented numerous clients on antitrust issues arising in connection with intellectual property licensing, joint ventures, distribution arrangements, and industry standards-setting activities. Bob is well-versed in Federal court practice and procedure and has practiced before various Federal courts, including, but not limited to, the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Northern District of Illinois. In agency practice, Bob has assisted numerous technology firms involved in antitrust and premerger review inquiries by Federal agencies. Bob was invited to participate as a panelist in hearings jointly held by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice in 2002 on "Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy." From 1990 to 1999, Bob served the public as an attorney in the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission, where he was responsible for a broad range of antitrust merger and conduct investigations.

    Bob is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. Bob holds a Juris Doctor degree from the George Mason University School of Law (1990) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University (1979). Prior to law school, Bob covered computers, telecommunications, and marketing for several publications.

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    Bob Cook
    Whitham & Cook, P.C.
    11491 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 340
    Reston, Virginia 20190
    (703) 787-9400, ext. 122
    (703) 787-7557 (fax)

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    Selected publications and presentations by Robert N. Cook:

    TiVo v. EchoStar: Trying to Gauge the Impact of eBay v. MercExchange (Update), August 21, 2006.

    Impact of eBay v. MercExchange on Antitrust Standard-Setting Cases (Update), May 22, 2006.

    The Rocket Docket (Presentation), March 2, 2006.

    Following the E-Paper Trail: Responding to Second Requests (Presentation), ABA Antitrust Teleseminar Series, March 12, 2004.

    Patent Pools and Antitrust (Presentation), November 4, 2004.

    The "Paperless" Second Request (Article), ABA Antitrust Section FTC Committee Newsletter (Summer 2002).

    AOL/Time Warner: The Close Antitrust Call and the Changing of the Guard at the FTC (Article), Antitrust Report (May 2001).

  • C. Lamont Whitham

    C. Lamont Whitham is of counsel to the firm. He was the founding principal of the firm of Whitham, Curtis & Whitham. He received the degree of Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University in 1961 and the Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland in 1967. Mr. Whitham is admitted to the Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia Bars. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Whitham is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Whitham worked as an electrical engineer performing digital and computer system design. Mr. Whitham was a Patent Examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a Patent Advisor for the Harry Diamond Laboratories of the U.S. Army Material Command and the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory while in law school. After law school, Mr. Whitham was a trial attorney in the Patent Section of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, prior to entering private practice. Mr. Whitham is a member of the Fairfax County Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Whitham is also a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of Tau Beta Pi and an Extra Class licensed radio amateur.

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  • Marshall M. Curtis

    Marshall M. Curtis is of counsel to the firm. He received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1968, with additional course work in Physics, Metallurgy, Electrical Machinery, and Computer Design, and the Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University in 1973. Mr. Curtis is a member of the Virginia Bar and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Curtis is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Curtis was a Patent Examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from 1968 to 1988 where he examined patent applications in the digital communications and visual display arts. He was an instructor in the Patent Academy and lectured on the topic of software patentability. Mr. Curtis held the rank of Senior Primary Examiner at the time he entered private practice. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys (FICPI), U.S. Section, the Washington Foreign Law Society and is Chairman of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Virginia Bar Association. In 2001, Mr. Curtis was honored by the Virginia Business Magazine as being one of the most outstanding lawyers in Virginia.

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  • Mary E. Goulet

    Mary E. Goulet is of counsel to the firm and has been a registered patent attorney since 1992. She prepares and prosecutes patent applications, and conducts due diligence patent analyses, patentability analyses, and other patent-related analyses. She has patent litigation, trademark litigation and copyright litigation experience.

    Her education includes a B.A. in Natural Sciences from John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; and she received her law degree with honors in 1989 from the University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland.

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  • Walter W. Richardson

    Walter W. Richardson is an associate in the firm. Walter has experience with licensing and litigation for various intellectual property matters and with preparing and filing trademark and copyright applications. He also manages patent prosecution matters and coordinates domestic and international patent filings for the firm. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Christopher Newport University in 2012 and his Juris Doctor from George Mason University in 2017.

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Registered Patent Agents
  • Ruth E. Tyler-Cross, Ph.D.

    Ruth E. Tyler-Cross, Ph.D., is a patent agent and technical advisor of the firm. With nearly a decade of patent prosecution experience, Dr. Tyler-Cross has obtained numerous patents related to DNA, new pharmaceuticals, and medical treatments for the firm's clients. Her areas of expertise include peptide, protein and carbohydrate chemistry, as well as molecular biology. Dr. Tyler-Cross has extensive experience with techniques involving protein isolation and characterization, peptide synthesis and analysis, rational drug design and the investigation of genetic regulation.

    Dr. Tyler-Cross has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and a B.S. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Tyler-Cross is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the American Chemical Society.

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  • Jackie Reed, Ph.D.

    Jackie Reed, PhD, is a molecular biologist and registered patent agent of the firm. She has over a decade of intellectual property management experience in industry and academia. She has extensive experience in the areas of biotechnology, medicine, and medical devices, with expertise encompassing recombinant DNA and RNA techniques, design and analysis of transgenic mice, gene regulation, translational medicine, and clinical laboratory medicine. Her post-doctoral research included studies of cytokine signaling and regulation of metabolic processes in pulmonary, adipose, and neuronal cells.

    Dr. Reed earned her PhD in Molecular Developmental Biology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, BS in Natural Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, and AS in Medical Laboratory Technology at Indiana Wesleyan University. She was a co-founder and intellectual property manager during the early days of the biotech start-up now known as Intrexon Corporation. She studied patent law coursework at the University of Cincinnati College of Law as a non-matriculated student before relocating to Virginia to work as a licensing associate at Virginia Tech Intellectual Property (VTIP), where she managed a portfolio of life science, medical device, and pharmaceutical invention disclosures and patents.

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  • Bryce Miller

    Bryce Miller is an engineer and Registered Patent Agent of the firm. His background includes the electrical, mechanical, and biological underpinnings pertaining to medical devices and biomedical engineering applications. His studies included a particular focus on electrical engineering and bioelectrical devices.

    Mr. Miller received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated with honors in 2012. His experience includes considerable time working in both academic and professional capacities abroad in Germany.

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  • Whitney Fields, Ph.D.

    Whitney Fields, PhD, is a Patent Agent and technical advisor of the firm. Her scientific expertise includes the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, virology, and genetics. Her doctoral research involved mutagenesis studies to identify the viral determinants of pH regulation during the alphavirus lifecycle.

    Dr. Fields earned her PhD in Cell Biology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Fields has extensive research experience in both academic and industry settings and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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