Mr. Worrel concentrates his practice across all aspects of intellectual property prosecution, transaction, enforcement, and litigation.
His practice includes preparing patent
applications and prosecuting them through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,
as well as challenging and defending post-grant review proceedings, including inter partes review. Mr. Worrel conducts
investigations and prepares formal opinions concerning patent validity and
infringement. Mr. Worrel also conducts IP
due diligence for new product introduction and technology acquisition. Mr.
Worrel also counsels and negotiates on behalf of clients concerning technology-related
licensing and agreements.
Mr. Worrel has represented patent owners and
accused infringers in highly-complex adversarial proceedings before the Patent
Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO, the U.S. International Trade Commission in
Section 337 Investigations, and in Federal District Courts.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Worrel
worked in-house for a major manufacturer of photovoltaic devices where he
was responsible for counseling diverse project teams in targeted IP
development, managing contract negotiation in technical engagements, and directing
prosecution and portfolio management activities across multiple product and
technological fields. He has also worked with a university technology transfer
office identifying technology for potential licensing opportunities.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Worrel worked
as an engineer for an FDA-regulated electromechanical medical device
manufacturer where he developed and supported manufacturing processes, tools
and equipment for new and existing products.
Mr. Worrel received his J.D., magna
cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2011, where he
was an editor with the Law Review and competed with the Moot Court Team
nationally as well as internationally in Beijing, China. He earned his B.S.E., cum
laude, in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Michigan in 2006.
He is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan and before the United
States Patent and Trademark Office.