Samuel C. Miller III

Samuel C. Miller III

Of Counsel

Alexandria, VA

Samuel C. Miller, III focuses his practice on client counseling and opinion work on patent issues in the technical fields of optics, electronics and general mechanics.

Some of Sam's representations include:

  • In re Portable Electronic Calculators, 337-TA-198 (I. T. C. 1985), aff'd 805 F. 2d 1558 (Fed. Cir. 1986), International Trade Commission, high-profile, patent-infringement claim
  • IPPV Enterprises, LLC v. Echostar Communications Corp., 191 F. Supp. 2d 530 (D. Del. 2002), jury case, patent-interpretation issues
  • NL Chemicals Inc. v. United Catalysts, Inc., 11 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1239 (W.D. KY 1989), summary judgment on patent misuse claim
  • Pilkington Bros., PLC v. Guardian Industries Corp., 1986 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24466 (E.D. Mich. 1986), trade secret case
  • Plant Genetic Systems, N.V. v. Ciba Seeds, 933 F. Supp. 514 (M.D.N.C. 1996), genetic engineering-disqualification issues

In 2013, Sam was recognized as a “brief writer extraordinaire” in IAM’s 2013 Patent 1000. He was also noted in the publication for his ability to “deftly untangle the knottiest patent problems and does a terrific job in evaluating the merits of patent cases.”

Sam was a partner with Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the U.S. focusing exclusively on intellectual property, until its lawyers and other professionals joined Buchanan in 2005. He is also an adjunct professor for the Georgetown University Law Center, teaching trademark, patent and trade secret law courses for more than 25 years.

He is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.