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Nigel R. Fontenot

Nigel R. Fontenot


Alexandria, VA

How Nigel Helps Clients

Nigel Fontenot focuses his practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He also has experience with foreign prosecution as well as with European Opposition matters. Additionally, he counsels clients about their patent portfolio strategy and how to best protect their technology.

Nigel has experience in intellectual property matters directed to computer software, mobile devices, solar power systems and power converter optimizers, enterprise network and bring your own device (BYOD) security and authentication, automated speech recognition systems, wind turbine systems, wireless networks and telecommunications, cable television and set-top box systems, internet and Domain Name System (DNS), securities and investments, databases, real-estate market analysis, web page security, data processing and refining, memory storage devices, mail courier systems, business methods, and mechanical devices.

What Clients Can Expect

Nigel uses a down-to-earth approach when interacting with clients. Nigel can provide a very technical or legal assessment of a situation, while simultaneously breaking down highly developed concepts and issues to provide clients with a pragmatic explanation of how these issues may potentially affect the clients’ interests. Given Nigel’s prior experience as a patent examiner, he is able to provide valuable advice and perspective on patent prosecution matters before the USPTO.

Outside the Office

Nigel was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA.  He is married and loves to spend time with his son, especially seeing the many museums and sights around the DC area.  Nigel loves sports and tries to get back to Texas A&M or to LSU (his wife’s alma mater) to see a football game whenever he can.  If Nigel weren’t an attorney, he probably would be a professor or a teacher, maybe because he likes to explain interesting subjects to other people.

Proof Points

  • Has prepared dozens of U.S. patent applications across many different technology areas
  • Has extensive U.S. and foreign patent prosecution experience
  • Has experience preparing arguments relating to European Patent Office (EPO) Opposition Notices
  • Previously served as a patent examiner at the USPTO examining medical device and medical imaging patent applications
  • Received the George Washington University Law School's 2015 Chris Bartok Memorial Award in Patent Law  
  • Received a 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch recognition for Intellectual Property Law.