Sam is a member of Husch Blackwell’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team. A patent attorney with more than 35 years’ experience, he counsels in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secret, trade dress, product configuration and design, domain name, internet, due diligence, licensing, infringement litigation and related areas. Throughout Sam’s practice, he has guided small, medium and multinational production companies in developing strategies for acquiring, protecting, licensing and enforcing their intellectual property rights worldwide. He has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications, conducting infringement evaluations and freedom to operate opinions, and prosecuting all types of intellectual property infringements, misuse and dilution. Sam has litigated all types of intellectual property cases, including appeals before the Patent and Trademark Office.
Sam’s extensive experience includes:
Sam’s technical focus includes aeronautics, machine tools, plastics, heat exchanger technology, optics, medical devices, mechanical devices of all types, industrial heating and sensing technology, earthmoving equipment, consumer products, footwear, and a variety of control system applications. His work in the area of autonomous movement of earthmoving equipment, including robotics, remote control, motion/path planning and task allocation, and his experience as a fighter pilot has specific application to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
With a segment of Sam’s practice focused on aviation law, his personal background adds to his experience in this unique area. He is a former U.S. Air Force and Missouri Air National Guard fighter pilot and is currently a registered civilian commercial pilot. He has achieved a combined 5,000 hours of flight time. Before law school, Sam enhanced his technical knowledge in the field by working for a fixed-base operator at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.