Ideas are the lifeblood of the technology sector. Andy Spence protects that lifeblood. Andy is an Intellectual Property attorney whose practice focuses on patent procurement and protection in electronics and computer technology. He is also an award-winning author and a regular speaker on patent law matters both domestically and abroad.

Andy has significant experience handling complex patent matters for companies in various fields and covering a number of diverse technologies, including telecommunications, aerospace and e-commerce. He has handled patent matters related to wireline and wireless networks, personal communication service and cellular communication and data encoding/decoding; economic modeling, computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), signal processing, flight simulation, radar, antenna, microwave engineering and micro-computing, as well as online real estate and travel services.

Andy has handled post-issuance patent matters and has assisted clients in patent interference and reissue proceedings. He also regularly counsels clients on other intellectual property matters such as patent infringement, validity and enforceability issues, and intellectual property due diligence.

Presentations and Publications

Publications

  • The Patent Trial and Appeal Board Construes 'Processor' as Means-Plus-Function in the Latest Salvo Fired Against Computer-Implemented Inventions, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Vol. 86, May 10, 2013 
  • Discussing Patents and Published Patent Applications in the World Wide Web 2.0, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 25, January 2013 (co-author) 
  • The Patent and Trademark Office Looks Beyond Statutory Subject Matter at the 2012 Business Method Partnership Meeting, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Vol. 84, August 10, 2012 
  • 5 Things to Know Regarding First-to-File Under the America Invents Act, SML Perspectives, Volume One, 2012 
  • Uncertainty Abounds: Patentable Subject Matter Almost Two Years after Bilski v. Kappos, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Vol. 83, February 10, 2012 
  • The Patent and Trademark Office Hosts the 2011 Business Method Partnership Meeting: A Year after Bilski v. Kappos, the Patentable Subject Matter Struggle Continues, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Vol. 82, August 12, 2011 
  • The Patent and Trademark Office Hosts the 2010 Business Method Partnership Meeting in the Wake of the Supreme Court's Decision in Bilski v. Kappos, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Vol. 80, October, 1, 2010 
  • New USPTO Director Wastes No Time Making Mark, Law 360, November 13, 2009 
  • As the Patent Community Awaits Direction from the Supreme Court on Patentable Subject Matter, the Patent and Trademark Office Hosts the 2009 Business Method Partnership Meeting, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Vol. 78, July 24, 2009 
  • Patent and Trademark Office Hosts 2008 Business Method Partnership Meeting, as Federal Circuit Wrestles with Patentable Subject Matter, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Vol. 76, June 20, 2008 
  • USPTO Implements New Rules Governing Continuing Applications and Claim Quantities, Patent Strategy and Management, November 2007 
  • USPTO Significantly Modifies Rules Governing Continuing Applications and Claim Quantities, Patent Strategy and Management, October 2007 
  • E-Commerce and the Internet: The Continuing Evolution of the Worldwide Patent Frontier, IP Litigator, Vol. 12, No. 3, June 2006

Presentations

  • An Enforceable Patent Built from the Ground Up, BNA-sponsored webinar, October 18, 2012
  • Patents, Trademarks and Trade Secrets in America's New Intellectual Property Landscape, ACC-sponsored panel discussion, October 17, 2012
  • A Year after Bilski v. Kappos, the Patentable Subject Matter Struggle Continues, BNA-sponsored webinar, December 7, 2011
  • Building an Enforceable Patent from the Ground Up, Seminars in China and Taiwan, May 2010
  • Successfully Challenging a Patent Through Inter Partes Reexamination, Seminars in China and Taiwan, December 2009
  • The USPTO Final Rule Governing Continuing Applications and Claim Quantities up in the Air, Duke University School of Law, 7th Annual Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Law Symposium, February 29, 2008

Professional Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association
  • Carolina Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Litigation - Intellectual Property, Patent Law, 2016 - Present 
  • Recipient, The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement: 2011 Distinguished Writing Award
Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Coordinates the firm’s patent preparation and prosecution efforts for one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers and defense corporations.
  • Regularly assists one of the world’s largest manufacturers of home appliances with patentability and clearance evaluations, patent preparation and prosecution.
  • Assists one of the originators of three-dimensional (3D) printing technology with patent preparation and prosecution.
  • Regularly negotiates confidentiality agreements with financial institutions on behalf of a market leader in bank-owned life insurance.
  • Serves as volunteer attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Lawyer on the Line program, assisting pro bono clients with landlord-tenant matters.
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Bar admissions

2000, North Carolina

2001, Missouri

Education

  • J.D., 2000, Washington University
    School of Law
    • Primary Notes Editor, Washington
      University Journal of Urban and
      Contemporary Law
  • B.S., 1997, University of Missouri:
    Electrical Engineering
    • magna cum laude
    • Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
    • Secretary, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    • Senior Electrical Engineering Student of the Year, 1997
    • Curators Scholar of Missouri
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