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Carl Bruce protects his clients and their innovations by creating intellectual property programs and patent portfolios and by strategically developing and managing their patent litigation matters.  Mr. Bruce uses his chemical engineering and polymer composites background, combined with experience in a number of other technical fields to build legal strategies that take into account the technological realities.

Mr. Bruce’s technical experience includes experience in oil & gas, software and internet, electrical, petrochemical, and opto-electrical technologies.  He has conducted research focusing on polymer composites as a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Washington (Seattle), zero-gel research at the University of New Mexico, and extensive examination of various Gas-To-Liquids (GTL) technologies.

Mr. Bruce has led the teams and been instrumental in crafting the arguments and briefs and eliciting the facts that have resulted in, for example, 3 summary judgment wins in patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas, a district where it is notoriously difficult to obtain summary judgment.  Mr. Bruce also led a team of Fish attorneys representing multiple clients and co-counsel for other co-defendants in developing the facts and strategy that resulted in a jury finding all asserted claims of four patents invalid.

Mr. Bruce has worked with both large and small clients to help develop patent protection strategies.  For example, Mr. Bruce has worked with a small opto-electrical custom engineering and consulting company to build their patent program and portfolio.

Mr. Bruce has been a member of the IPO Asian Practice Committee since 2013.  He has participated in two of the Committee’s Asia Fact Finding Trips, meeting with representatives of the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) AML Division, the Legal Affairs Office of the State Council (SCLAO), National People’s Congress Legislative Affairs Commission, and judges with the Supreme People’s Court and Beijing Intellectual Property Court.  Mr. Bruce travels to China regularly to meet with existing and prospective clients.

As a trusted advisor and partner, Mr. Bruce’s clients are located throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.  Mr. Bruce strives to forge long-term relationships with clients so that together they can build innovative solutions that address both the overarching business goals and the legal realities.  For example, Mr. Bruce has worked with Premier Reticles (now part of Tangent Theta Corporation) since it developed its first complete product – a rifle scope for the U.S. Marine Corps.

From bet-the-company litigation to standard patent litigation to preparation of single patents or portfolios to protect key innovations, the bottom line for Mr. Bruce is to develop strategies and achieve results for clients that efficiently and effectively contribute to the business goals of each client.

When not helping clients, Mr. Bruce enjoys spending time with his wife of 17 years and five children.  Mr. Bruce was selected by his peers as a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2011-2015.


J.D., University of Chicago Law School 2002

M.S., University of Washington 1999
Chemical Engineering

B.S., Oklahoma State University 1997
Chemical Engineering


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2003
  • Texas 2002
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

​American Institute of Chemical Engineers; Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Other Distinctions

​Recognized as a 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Selected presentations
"Top 10 Intellectual Property Mistakes by Start-Ups," with Britnee Reamy (currently in-house counsel with Texas Instruments), American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2006 National Meeting.​


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