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 and business realities necessary to position his clients to be successful inside and outside of the courtroom.
Mr. Bruce’s technical experience includes experience in oil & gas, software and internet, electrical, petrochemical, and opto-electrical technologies. Prior to law school, he conducted research focusing on polymer composites as a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Washington (Seattle) and zero-gel research at the University of New Mexico.
Mr. Bruce has led the teams and crafted 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, thus saving his clients an estimated $400 million in damages and royalties sought by the plaintiff.
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 its patent program and portfolio. Mr. Bruce was also selected as a 2017 Energy & Environmental Trailblazer by The National Law Journal for the work he has done in the energy space, including helping a large national petro-chemical company build a patent portfolio to protect its groundbreaking research.
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 18 years and five children. Mr. Bruce was selected by his peers as a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2011-2015.