Charles (Chad) F. Wieland III focuses his practice on Intellectual Property (IP). He advises clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, both domestic and international.
With over 28 years of experience in private practice and four years as an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), he finds cost effective ways to acquire or capture and exploit meaningful worldwide IP rights of clients, while avoiding or mitigating the hazards posed by the IP rights of others.
Chad has experience in exploiting IP rights through licensing, assignment and, when necessary, litigation. He helps clients steer clear of interference from the IP rights of others with design-around recommendations, validity, infringement and clearance/freedom-to-operate studies, both formal and informal. He designs IP portfolios to protect his clients’ market share through combinations or patents, trademarks, trade secrets, trade dress and private contracts. He also negotiates and drafts software licenses and other technology transaction agreements.
Chad has been highly successful in defending patents in re-examination and contested cases (inter partes and covered business method review proceedings) at the USPTO and, as of September, 2019, he has not lost a contested case. He has also assisted with oppositions in the European Patent Office.
Chad has also been involved with IP issues surrounding standard setting bodies and patent pools, including helping to form policies, acquiring and having standard blocking or essential patents recognized as such by the licensing authority.
Chad works with business methods and software-implemented inventions, and is a leader among his peers by having extensive experience working with patent applications on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in the U.S. His work also includes e-commerce and targeted advertising, yield management, healthcare records and reimbursement management tools, complex financial instruments and measurement tools, presentation capture and publishing and credit and debit card processing products. He has a great deal of experience and strong background in a wide range of technologies involving display devices; MEMs; microfluidics; carbon nanotube production and application in electron emitters and display devices; nano-scale electrical components and nano-scale signal processors and storage devices; clean technology, including fuel cells, smart grid and solar power; transistors; light emitting diodes (LEDs); laser diodes and other semiconductor device structures; optical systems, including cameras, auto focus systems, lens systems, optical fibers and fiber optic switches; optical disc structures; infrared systems; and magnetic memory structures and materials.
In addition, Chad has written and prosecuted many applications on cellular telephony, and other wireless devices (e.g.,IEEE 802.11, FDMA, CDMA, TDMA, PSK, QSK, etc.), planar antennas and other electrical, electronic, electro-mechanical, applied physics and mechanical arts.
Chad has been honored by his peers in the legal community and selected to the Virginia Super Lawyers® list in the area of IP prosecution from 2006-2011 and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© consecutively since 2015, under the Litigation – Patent and Litigation – Intellectual Property categories. Chad was also named the Best Lawyers 2021 Litigation – Intellectual Property "Lawyer of the Year" award in Washington, D.C. In 2019 and 2018, Chad was recognized in IAM’s Patent 1000 list, the best-in-class listing of patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners. In 2020 and 2021, Chad was named an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property. He was also recognized in the category of Intellectual Property in the 2010 Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers® list. He and two others founded the Pauline Newman American Inn of Court in Alexandria, Virginia, which is an Inn focused on bench, bar and PTO relations and mentoring.
George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 1990
Grove City College, B.S., 1983
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Founding Master, Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court, Chair of the Formation Committee
Co-founder, Atlantic Nano Forum (aka Emerging Tech Forum)
Intellectual Property Section, past Chair, Virginia State Bar
Intellectual Property Law Section, past chair of the Information Retrieval Committee 704, American Bar Association
Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law Section Council Member, Virginia Bar Association
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, Advisory Board