Patrick L. Miller is a seasoned patent attorney with 18+ years of experience in the Intellectual Property (IP) field.

Mr. Miller specializes in obtaining litigation- and post-grant-quality utility and design patents through client-tailored, business-focused patent application preparation and prosecution strategies and tactics.  In this regard, he has effectively and efficiently prepared and prosecuted hundreds (if not thousands) of U.S. and foreign utility and design patent applications for a worldwide client base.

Mr. Miller’s practice also focuses on patent-related counseling, patent portfolio management, due diligence projects, and opinions of counsel (e.g., patentability, validity, infringement, and clearance/freedom-to-operate (FTO)).

Representative technologies for utility and design patents in the electrical, mechanical, and computer/software fields include:

  • Heavy machinery (including marine vessels, mining)
  • Automotive
  • Aircraft/Aviation (including drones)
  • Energy
  • Consumer products
  • Power systems
  • Defense (e.g., weapons, RADAR)
  • Medical and dental devices
  • Optics
  • Communications systems (e.g., wireless)
  • Display systems
  • Additive manufacturing/3D printing
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Business methods

Mr. Miller also leverages the following legal and technical experience:

  • Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
    • Examined motor controls and acoustics technologies, including:
      • Computer disk drive systems
      • Printing devices
      • Sound damping systems
      • Speakers and speaker enclosures
      • Geophysical exploration apparatuses
      • Automotive technologies: Regenerative braking, power steering, power window control and windshield wiper control systems
  • United States Marine Corps (USMC), F/A-18 Aircraft Avionics Technician
    • Tested, evaluated, and performed maintenance on various aircraft system and components, including:
      • Flight computers
      • Radar
      • Navigation
      • Communications systems
  • USPTO, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) (now Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)), Externship
    • Worked closely with Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) to analyze Ex parte appeals and write corresponding opinions (supervised by APJs Lee Barrett and Kenneth W. Hairston)
  • International Trade Commission (ITC), Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII), Externship
    • Drafted various motions and conducted research on issues pertaining to Section 337 investigative proceedings


  • American University, Washington College of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Florida (B.S., with honors)
    • Electrical Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • American University International Law Review, Senior Associate, American University
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Signals and Systems course, University of Florida
  • Named as Rising Star by SuperLawyers (2014)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Northern Virginia Patent Lawyers Club (NVPLC)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

Prior Affiliations

  • Oblon
  • Miles & Stockbridge
  • Finnegan Henderson
  • West Virginia Secretary of State
  • The United States Marine Corps