Principal / Dallas / 214-292-4030
musselman@fr.com

Wes Musselman

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 patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, examining in the mechanical arts unit.

Mr. Musselman was selected as “Lawyer of the Year – Patent Law in Dallas/Fort Worth” by Best Lawyers in 2019-2020. Only one attorney per practice area in a given jurisdiction is selected, based on interviews with clients and peer attorneys. Mr. Musselman has been named a Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property multiple times. Super Lawyers identifies the top five percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their attorney peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.

 

Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (1987)


B.S., with high distinctionTau Beta Pi, Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia (1981)

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

Recognition

  • Named a “Leading Patent Professional” by IAM Patent 1000 (2019-2021)
  • Selected as one of only 98 “Patent Stars” in the State of Texas by Managing Intellectual Property (2020)
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year- Patent Law in Dallas/Fort Worth” by Best Lawyers (2020)
  • Selected as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property (2013-2020)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Patent Law (2016, 2017, 2019-2021)
  • 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 (2016-2017)
  • 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 as one of the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys to become a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation

Experience

Realtime Data, LLC v. Morgan Stanley, et al. (E.D. Tex. – Judge Davis) – Represented Merrill Lynch and Bank of America in a patent infringement action related to efficient compression and decompression of financial data

DataTreasury Corp. v. Bank of America (E.D. Tex. – Judge Folsom) – Represented Bank of America in a patent infringement action related to image-based check processing

Alcatel-Lucent v. Amazon, et. al. (E.D. Tex. – Judge Davis) – Represented Amazon, Netflix, Sears and Lands’ End in a patent infringement action related to internet retailing

JuxtaComm v. Ascential, et al. (E.D. Tex – Judge Davis) – Represented Microsoft Corporation in a patent infringement action related to transfer of data between heterogeneous databases

Landmark Graphics Corp., et al. v. Paradigm Geophysical Corp. et al. (S.D. Texas – Houston) – Represented Halliburton entity, Landmark Graphics, in patent infringement litigation over 3-D seismic imaging; case settled

TouchCom Technologies, Inc. v. Dresser, Inc. (E.D. Tex. – Judge Ward) – Represented Dresser, Inc. in defense of a patent infringement action involving software for touchscreen fuel dispensers; obtained summary judgment of invalidity of all claims of plaintiff’s patent

Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. v. Swift & Co. (N.D. Tex. – Lubbock) – Represented Cargill Meat solutions in a patent infringement action involving electrical stimulation to improve tenderness of beef; case settled

Publications

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

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, with Stephen Pinkos, deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on the impact of the proposed new USPTO rules, Dallas Technology Business Council (December 2006)
  • Speaker, 8th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, Austin, Texas (October 2003)
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