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Background

Wes Musselman is a Principal in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson P.C. His practice emphasizes patent prosecution and patent litigation. Mr. Musselman has extensive experience managing intellectual property portfolios, licensing matters, and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Musselman was a United States Patent Examiner examining in the mechanical arts.

Wes was named one of the top 3,000 lawyers in the nation for 2006 by Lawdragon.com, and has been named a Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property multiple times. Super Lawyers identifies the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their attorney peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics. He was also selected by the members of the Dallas bar as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” in the field of Intellectual Property Law three times, as reported in D Magazine.

Education

University of Virginia School of Law 1987
J.D.


University of Virginia 1981
Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
with high distinction, Tau Beta Pi

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1984
  • Texas 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Memberships & Affiliations

​American Intellectual Property Law Association; American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Section); Texas Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Section); Dallas Bar Association.

Other Distinctions

Named “Lawyer of the Year- Patent Law in Dallas/Fort Worth” by Best Lawyers (2020)

Named a Leading Patent Professional by IAM Patent 1000 on multiple occasions, including 2019

Selected as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property in 2013-2019

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Patent Law – 2016, 2017, 2019-2020.

Included in the 2018 Best Lawyers list by U.S. News and World Report

Listed in Best Lawyers in Texas as published in The Wall Street Journal – 2016 and 2017

Top Rated – AV® PreeminentTM Lawyer, as evaluated by other attorneys, in Martindale.com

Top Rated – AV® PreeminentTM Lawyers by the Judiciary in Martindale.com – 2017

Selected publications and speeches
Speaker, with Stephen Pinkos, Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on the impact of the proposed new Patent Office rules at a Dallas Technology Business Council presentation (December, 2006).

Speaker on Indirect Infringement at the 8th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, Austin, TX (October 29-21, 2003).

The Supreme Court Agrees to Review the Federal Circuit’s Festo Decision, Corporate Counsel (September 2001).

Selected as one of the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys to become a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation

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