Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D. - Biotechnology Group Chair

Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D. - Biotechnology Group Chair


Wilmington, DE

Dr. Travis Bliss provides counseling in nearly all major aspects of intellectual property law to clients ranging from individual inventors to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Travis has assisted clients in issues relating to IP procurement, licensing, counseling, opinions, competitive strategy, and enforcement. Travis’s breadth of knowledge comes from his real world experience, involvement in many different types of IP legal proceedings, and from long-term representation of clients of different sizes and in different technology areas. Because of this breadth of experience, Travis is able to consider multiple facets of intellectual property law when counseling a client on an IP issue, thereby providing his clients with a comprehensive view of the IP landscape. Travis’ flexibility and adaptability to consider and work in the newest legal proceedings and technologies give value to clients who are looking for optimal solutions specific for their business needs.

In the area of IP procurement, Travis has prepared and prosecuted patent applications (both domestic and foreign) for both small and large companies in numerous technology areas, including novel plant species and transgenic plants, diagnostic testing methods and apparatus, pharmaceuticals, biologics, polymer science, spraying/fiber spinning technologies, mechanical devices, and materials science. Additionally, he has experience in trademark procurement, maintaining a docket of trademark applications filed both domestically and internationally. Travis also has experience in monetizing IP rights through licensing and assignment. He has prepared licenses and conducted licensing negotiations for all types of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks and trade secrets. And, when necessary, Travis has been involved in litigations to enforce these licensed rights.

Travis’s IP litigation experience includes litigating trade secret disputes, patent infringement cases, licensing disputes, and inventorship disputes. He has defended both large and small companies against charges of trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement, has asserted patents against competitors on behalf of clients, and has brought claims of improper inventorship against one of the largest companies in the world. In addition to both district court and state court litigations, Travis is also familiar with new and alternative forums for litigating IP disputes. For example, Travis has handled numerous Inter Partes Review and Patent Interference matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Related to all of these, Travis also maintains an IP counseling practice which incorporates IP due diligence, as well as preparing all types of IP opinions, including patentability, freedom-to-operate, invalidity, and noninfringement opinions. Whether counseling clients on the most advantageous intellectual property avenues to pursue for a particular technology or counseling clients on the most practical ways to avoid or overcome the intellectual property of competitors, Travis strives to assist his clients from the planning stages all the way through to execution to make sure his clients are getting the most out of their intellectual property. He is co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Biotechnology practice group.

Travis’s technical experience comes from a variety of sources. Prior to entering the legal profession, Travis earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Ph.D. in Animal Science from the Department of Agriculture at the University of Delaware, with course work and research that focused on animal and plant genetics, molecular immunology, biotechnology, and bioinformatics. His Ph.D. dissertation addressed gene expression in avian macrophage cells using EST libraries and DNA microarrays, and also involved the creation of a web portal for identifying gene expression patterns in avian cells. Additionally, he participated in research projects that involved diagnostic testing, pathogen identification, vaccine analysis, and cell culture. These undergraduate and graduate programs gave Travis technical experience in numerous areas of the chemical and biological arts.

Prior to attending graduate school, Travis spent time working with mechanical engineers both as a machinist and as a patent assistant, which provided him a detailed knowledge of the mechanical arts. Since joining the legal profession, Travis has also gained technical exposure to the fields of novel plant varieties, transgenic plants, methods of producing novel plant species, pharmaceuticals, polymer chemistry, and spraying/fiber spinning technologies as a result of his work in these areas for several Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to his IP workload, Travis also strives to give back to the community and the legal profession by participating in pro bono legal programs. Since the day he was admitted to practice, Travis has volunteered as a guardian ad litem for the Delaware Office of the Child Advocate, representing the interests of children who are in the custody of the state or who are involved in difficult custody disputes. Through this work, Travis has helped see numerous children through difficult custody situations. As a result of his efforts on those cases, Travis was awarded the David B. Brown Pro Bono Award in 2010.

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