Patrick C. Keane is a globally recognized Intellectual Property standout and licensed Professional Engineer (PE), blending legal, technical and business expertise. He counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property, balancing patent litigation strategy, targeted use of USPTO post-grant AIA proceedings and strategic development of IP portfolios to optimize his clients' business leverage, revenue and product sales. A member of Buchanan's firmwide leadership team, he is also responsible for the IP section’s National Security team and assists with firmwide diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Clients depend on Patrick for his expertise in patent litigation, post grant proceedings such as inter partes review and post-grant review, and strategic development and enforcement of international IP portfolios to optimize revenue and product sales. He has been named to the IAM Strategy 300 - The World's Leading IP Strategists consecutively since 2017.
How Patrick Helps Clients
IP Litigation – U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Federal & State Courts
With more than 20 years of experience, Patrick’s litigation background includes representing small, mid and large cap companies in state and federal court actions and in proceedings before the International Trade Commission, including litigation for Fortune 500 companies, such as Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard. His extensive IP litigation experience encompasses both pre-America Invents Act (AIA) procedures and post-AIA PTAB procedures.
IP Portfolio Development
Patrick oversees high-profile portfolio development in recognized upstart technologies of AI, ML, 5G, blockchain and cloud computing. Many current products incorporate technologies that are the subject of portfolios he helped develop, such as IPV6, JAVA, SCADA and iPhone. His significant electrical engineering and computer science experience includes work as an Examiner in computer electronics and software-related arts of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. As a design engineer for AMP, Inc., he developed electrical, electronic and fiber optic interconnection systems.
Transactional IP as a Business Driver
Patrick provides strategic guidance on company growth via evaluation of IP and its role in business activities such as joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, government contracts and franchising opportunities. His transactional skills include SEP/FRAND and IoT licensing models.
Working with third-party consultants, Patrick analyzes competitive products with regard to litigation, potential patent licensing and patent portfolio development/enhancement opportunities.
Patrick represents patent owners in arbitration to resolve licensing disputes and optimize patent monetization, and effectively uses PTAB proceedings as an arbitration tool.
In addition to being named to the IAM Strategy 300 - The World's Leading IP Strategists, the IAM Patent 1000 publication repeatedly recognizes him among industry leaders, noting he, "has a strong foundation in all areas of intellectual property and does a fantastic job no matter what he focuses on. He is a dedicated, resourceful and skilled IP strategist and a creative problem solver." He is repeatedly recognized as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property.
Patrick is active in the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and interfaces with global IPO leadership to help drive policy-based initiatives aimed at improving IP quality and efficiency. As recipient of the George Hutchinson Committee Service Award in June 2016 for service to the Federal Circuit Bar Association, his service continues as the Secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee.
What Clients Can Expect
A tailored Client Service Plan focused on client-specified communication to achieve project expectations at agreed-upon budgets is a cornerstone of Patrick's client relationship. Regular on-site client visits with complimentary updates on U.S. IP law are integrated into the Client Service Plan to build personal trust and demonstrate commitment to partnered success.
Multidisciplinary teams are organized under the Client Service Plan to optimize collaboration with in-house counsel and create innovative solutions to legal issues.
I will not quit until successful resolution is achieved.
- Developed and leveraged highly valued IP portfolios, with targeted enforcement and in-court defense thereof.
- Prepared written opinions to mitigate client risk and potential liability for willful infringement and enhanced damages.
- Resolved Federal District Court and ITC litigation involving patent infringement through technology-relevant legal teams.
- Negotiated commercial contract disputes involving IP rights, using state court actions, arbitration and PTAB proceedings, including disputes involving SEP/FRAND technology.
- Strategically implemented product teardown to: (1) establish leverage in patent owner infringement actions, and (2) to create effective defensive design-around.
American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1986
Villanova University, B.S.E.E., 1982, cum laude
Licensed Professional Engineer (PE)
- Court of Appeals of Maryland
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)
Federal Circuit Bar Association, Board Member
Intellectual Asset Management
International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property
American Bar Association Section of International Law
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Licensing Executives Society
Maryland State Bar Association
Patent and Trademark Office Society
Intellectual Property Owners Association
International Society of Law, Technology and Insurance
Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
President’s Advisory Council, Villanova University
Sponsor of Villanova University Engineering Fund for Study Abroad in Ireland