Preston is a registered patent attorney who litigates intellectual property disputes throughout the US and abroad. Preston has represented clients in US District Court in numerous states, and before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in Section 337 actions. Preston’s practice is focused primarily on patent litigation and covers a broad range of technology areas. His cases have involved technologies such as oil and gas well drilling and recovery, computer networks, carpet tufting machines, laser printing, nutritional supplements, pharmaceuticals, heat transfer labels, bathroom fixtures, outdoor equipment, flooring products, roofing shingles, personal hygiene products, digital cameras and catalytic heaters.

Preston has represented both petitioners and patent owners in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the USPTO. In addition to his patent litigation work, Preston has experience representing clients in prosecution and licensing matters. He helps businesses evaluate and protect their intellectual property assets, devise strategies to obtain federal and state IP protection, develop licensing and enforcement policies, and assess potential infringement claims.

He is also involved in the firm’s pro bono activities and has represented clients through the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Preston is a co-author of the Georgia IP Litigation blog.

    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.

    • Represented international oil and gas industry client in patent infringement litigation in the Eastern District of Texas. Second-chaired the winning trial team, obtaining a jury verdict in our client’s favor that the asserted patent was not infringed and invalid. At a follow-up bench trial, the team also obtained cancellation of an “incontestable” trademark by showing that the mark was not just descriptive, but generic.
    • Representing oil and gas industry client in multiple parallel proceedings in U.S. district court, in German infringement court, and before the USPTO.
    • Representing carpet industry client in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Tennessee. Successfully obtained summary judgment that our client’s patents are valid and infringed by a direct competitor.
    • Acting as first-chair litigator on behalf of a family-owned Asian bakery, obtained a preliminary injunction against a competitor who was infringing the client’s trademarks.
    • Represented a flooring industry client in defending against and defeating a preliminary injunction motion filed by a competitor, and later invalidating the asserted patents through IPR proceedings at the PTAB.

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    Contact information

    +1 404.888.7366
    preston.heard@wbd-us.com
    +1 404.879.2966

    Bar admissions

    2010, New York

    2011, District of Columbia

    2012, Georgia

    Admitted to practice before:

    • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
    • Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office