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Overview

As a patent attorney with more than 40 years of experience, Sam reviews innovations and uses his engineering, aviation and business know-how to advance clients’ interests.

Sam spends a lot of time talking to inventors and learning about the problems they are trying to solve. He enjoys serving companies at all stages, from securing and protecting innovations for startups to developing strategies to acquire, protect, license and enforce the intellectual property rights for large companies worldwide. He has extensive experience in intellectual property litigation.

Drawing on his advanced degrees in business and aeronautical engineering, he works with companies that are developing systems and devices for healthcare, aeronautics, autonomous earth-moving equipment, robotics, consumer products footwear, control-system applications and more. A former fighter pilot for the U.S. Air Force and Missouri Air National Guard, Sam also brings experience specific to manned and unmanned aircraft systems.


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Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Trademark Law, 2007-2019; St. Louis Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2014, 2018; St. Louis Litigation - Intellectual Property Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2016, St. Louis Trademark Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2017, 2019
  • Chambers USA, Intellectual Property Law, 2013-2018
  • IP STARS, Managing Intellectual Property, 2014, 2016-2018
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2005-2018

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • cum laude
  • M.B.A., Oklahoma City University
  • M.S.A.E., California Institute of Technology
  • B.S.A.E., Parks College of Aeronautical Technology
    • Saint Louis University

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • National Italian-American Bar Association
Experience

Intellectual Property Counseling

  • Managed patent and trademark portfolio for many multinational corporations in consumer products industry.
  • Managed foreign trademark portfolio for multiple brand divisions of Jarden Corp. and represented them in foreign opposition matters enforcing clients’ rights abroad.
  • Counseled medical supply manufacturer and distributor AG Industries on freedom to operate, design around efforts, protection and enforcement matters.
  • Advised Eagle Industries on intellectual property acquisition, protection and enforcement matters.
  • Evaluated patents directed to 3D printers, methods of printing and relevant software, and rendering freedom-to-operate opinions.

Patent Prosecution

  • Represented global manufacturer of performance materials and specialty chemicals, conducting patent prosecution work for polymer and fiber products, including solar-absorbing inner layers for automotive glazing, water treatment compositions and high-performance hydraulic fluids.
  • Represented packaging manufacturers, including Nova Packaging Systems Inc., White Systems Inc. and Sencorp Inc., in obtaining patents and trademarks to expand scope of protection and limit competition. Created patent portfolios to cover not only clients' products but also machinery and methods used in production.
  • Represented several companies in consumer products and footwear industry in clearing and obtaining protection for new products before market entry.

Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Obtained summary judgment decisions in patent infringement case for Reward Wall Systems, defeating all charges of infringement for multiple accused products.
  • Represented Korea-based dental equipment manufacturer Vatech Co. Ltd. in intellectual property litigation and in several patent re-examination proceedings.

Post-Issuance Proceedings

  • Prosecuted many inter partes and ex partes re-examinations, as well as more recent inter partes review and post-grant review proceedings for many multinational companies to invalidate patents of competitors.
  • Obtained dismissal of patent infringement case for multinational Sunbeam Products Inc., a home appliance manufacturer, after inter partes re-examination of the patent-in-suit resulted in all claims rejected.
Thought Leadership
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Videos
3D Printing - Part 2
December 14, 2015
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Outside the Office

In his free time, Sam enjoys flying, hunting and fishing.  

Community Leadership
  • Federation of Italian American Organizations of St. Louis, Board Member