BRUCE E. BURDICK,
Website: www.burdlaw.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BURDICK LAW FIRM
3656 Western Ave., Alton, IL 62002
(618) 462-3450 Fax: (618) 208-1712
St. Louis, MO (314) 256-9314
Mr. Burdick is an expert patent,
trademark and copyright attorney who specializes in intellectual
property law of all types, including litigation and prosecution for
businesses and individuals alike. He is frequently retained by other
patent attorneys for litigation matters due to his incredible array
of corporate and private law experience and is nationally known as an
advocate for independent inventors and start-up businesses. He runs
one of the world's best intellectual property websites
www.burdlaw.com and in keeping
it current, keeps himself up to date in all areas of intellectual
He has been a Registered Patent Attorney since 1974. He is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas, before the US Court of Federal Claims (for suits against the Government), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the nation's top patent court), the U.S. District Court for the Western District Of Missouri, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He is both a Certified Mediator in Intellectual Property and a Certified Arbitrator in Intellectual Property trained by the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Mr. Burdick received his B.E. degree in Metallurgical and Mechanical Engineering in 1969 from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, and his J.D. degree from the University of Texas Law School in 1972.
Bar Admissions & Licenses
1973 Texas, 1974 US Patent & Trademark Office, 1974 Oklahoma, 1995 Illinois, 1996 Missouri plus numerous courts on State and Federal level.
For 20 years (1974-1993), Mr. Burdick was a corporate patent attorney:
From 1974-1977, after law school, Mr. Burdick began his patent career as patent attorney for a leading oil well and construction company, Halliburton, (yes, that Halliburton!) in Oklahoma working on oil well equipment patents.
From 1977 to 1980 Mr. Burdick moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where he was Patent Attorney for Olin Corporation’s Chemicals Group.,
From 1980-1981 Mr. Burdick was recruited to establish, and did establish, an in-house patent department at Nashua Corporation of Nashua, NH, in photocopier technologies.
In 1981-1987, Olin Corporation recruited, rehired and promoted Mr. Burdick to return as Group Patent Counsel for Winchester (arms & ammunition) and establish a new patent department for Winchester at its R&D facility and Group headquarters in East Alton, Illinois 15 miles NNE of downtown St. Louis. Mr. Burdick established a multi-million dollar international trademark licensing progrom worked on chemical inventions, mechanical inventions, electrical and electronic inventions, rocket science, microwave pulsed energy devices (“ray guns”), space systems, rocket engines, firearms, tanks, ammunition, advance explosive armor plate, advanced mobile mortar systems, laser-guided projectiles, medical devices, semiconductors, electronic circuit boards, plastics manufacturing, resilient foam production systems, foam-in-place packing systems, conveyor systems, trade secret policies and manuals, invention handling procedures and manuals, mergers and divestitures, quality control of licensees, trademark licensing and management, copyrights, patent department formation and management, and hiring and training of junior patent attorneys.
In 1988-1993 Mr. Burdick was promoted again to Chief Trademark Counsel and Senior Patent Counsel for the entire company of Olin Corporation, and transferred back to Connecticut where he was responsible for obtaining, maintaining and enforcing domestic and foreign patents, trademarks and copyrights; government contract negotiations; intellectual property aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and trademark litigation world-wide. At Olin, he created two intellectual property departments, developed a multimillion dollar licensing program (that continues still today) under the famous WINCHESTER trademark worldwide and enforced that name through litigation in more than 20 countries simultaneously over 15 years without ever losing even a single case, an incredible 12 year run of 100% success in hundreds of litigations, licenses, settlements and disputes of all sorts and kinds involving Winchester and other Olin trademarks.
In 1993, Olin abruptly eliminated its corporate patent department as part of a major downsizing of its corporate headquarters staff, sending intellectual property law work (along with numerous other specialty law practices) to private firms in the Connecticut area. Since his wife was from the St. Louis, IL area, Mr. Burdick chose instead to move back to the St. Louis area and start his own law firm so this could not happen again and he could control his own fate. So, Mr. Burdick founded his own law firm The Burdick Law Firm (“burdlaw”) in Alton, IL (15 miles north of St. Louis, MO) in July 1993 specializing in intellectual property law of all types. Mr. Burdick has owned and operated this firm continuously since that time. In addition to running his own firm, because of his vast expertise in all aspects of intellectual property gained during his years of corporate practice, and the widespread recognition of his expertise, Mr. Burdick has been “Of Counsel” (worked under special contract for limited periods of time) to a number of private law firms that found themselves “overwhelmed” due to temporary situations such as departure of a key attorney, a surge in new work, or heavy litigation demands.
For example, from 1993-1994, Mr. Burdick was Of Counsel to Kalish & Gilster LLP, a St. Louis patent boutique firm which later dissolved. He was associated with Herzog, Crebs & McGhee, LLP (a 30 lawyer general firm in St. Louis) from September 1997-August 1999, and directed its intellectual property law department. As testimony to his expertise, soon after Mr. Burdick left, that firm gradually stopped doing intellectual property law work. He was recruited to leave Herzog, Crebs & McGhee by Armstrong Teasdale LLP (One of the big St. Louis general practice firms which does patent work mainly for General Electric) due to a surge in new work and major expansion in size where he was Of Counsel from August 1999 to March 2000 supervising and training junior attorneys. Later, from May 2000-May 2002 Mr. Burdick was Of Counsel to the St. Louis Intellectual Property Law firm Haverstock, Garrett & Roberts, (One of the older patent firms in St. Louis which had lost several key attorneys to other firms and impending retirement), primarily handling patent litigation.
From 1969-1970 (Prior to law
school), Mr. Burdick was a nuclear metallurgy engineer from the time
he graduated engineering school in 1969 to 1970 with United
Nuclear Corporation in New Haven, CT working on nuclear reactor
components for naval power systems for submarines, aircraft carriers
and destroyers, but left to attend law school after meeting local
patent attorneys and determining that was the career he wanted to
Capabilities (35+ years experience)
For the inventor or company interested in making money on its inventions:
For the corporate attorney and corporate intellectual property assets:
For the attorney seeking Litigation Counsel:
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