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Background

Bret Winterle, a Principal in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson, manages patent litigation cases. With a background in mechanical engineering, he has litigated high-value patent infringement suits involving many different technology areas, including telecommunications, semiconductors, e-commerce, banking, payments, electronic messaging, computer software, business methods, medical devices, and oil and gas drilling technologies.

Mr. Winterle has also prepared and prosecuted dozens of patent applications related to electro-mechanical devices, computer software, machining technologies, nuclear technologies, medical devices, consumer products, and electrical power supply and distribution systems. Mr. Winterle has also managed patent portfolios and counseled clients on a variety of patent-related issues.

Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 2003


B.S., Iowa State University of Science and Technology 2000
Mechanical Engineering
with distinction, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2003
  • North Carolina 2003
  • Texas 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina 2004
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas 2012

Other Distinctions

Awards

2011 Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation, North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine.

2003 Eppa Hunton IV Memorial Book Award for the UVA School of Law graduate "who has demonstrated unusual aptitude in litigation courses and shown a keen awareness and understanding of the lawyer’s ethical and professional responsibility."

Speaking Engagements

"Shifting Sands: What is Discoverable and Admissible for Damages, Willfulness, and Other Purposes," Intellectual Property Owners Association CLE, March 2011.

"The New E-Discovery Rules: What Lawyers Need to Know," Intellectual Property Owners Association Annual Meeting, September 2006.

Publications

"EDTX imposes early, tight limits on asserted patent claims and combinations of prior art references," Fish Litigation Blog, November 2013.

"Discoverability of Expert Report Drafts," Intellectual Property Owners Association, June 2008.

"Understanding and Applying the Newly-Approved Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Regarding E-Discovery," Intellectual Property Owners Association, September 2006.

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