Jacques L. Etkowicz – Design Expertise
Prior to joining RatnerPrestia Mr. Etkowicz was an engineer for over 20 years concentrating on digital circuit and system design. During his time as a practicing engineer Mr. Etkowicz focused his efforts in a variety of high tech areas including advanced airborne communications systems, shipboard systems for the processing of threat data, avionics simulators, and hardware/software integration. Mr. Etkowicz received numerous commendations as an engineer and was singled out for his design role during the development of an updated version of Presidential Helicopter Squadron, Marine One.
Mr. Etkowicz really understands the pressures that business forces on engineers in a high tech, fast moving environment. As an IP lawyer he uses that expertise to drive right to the heart of the IP problem or opportunity. Mr. Etkowicz focuses his practice in the areas of intellectual property litigation, intellectual property counseling, patent procurement in the electrical, computer science and electro-mechanical arts, e-commerce, trademark procurement, and copyright procurement.
Mr. Etkowicz counsels clients throughout the world on a variety of Intellectual Property matters and has obtained patents and trademarks for his clients that anticipate their future business needs. His practical engineering experience provides an insight into the thought processes of his clients and their inventors.
He has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation in patent and contractual matters. At trial, he obtained a complete dismissal of seven counts asserted against his client in a case in which discovery required his client to produce thousands of documents and several hundred gigabytes of data.
Mr. Etkowicz has also been successful in opposing and canceling the trademarks of his client’s competitors as well as reaching advantageous settlements with his client’s competitors where prudent. Mr. Etkowicz also has significant experience in unfair competition, trade secret, and copyright arenas. Mr. Etkowicz has spoken on numerous occasions to professional organizations and clients on the growing area of business method patent procurement. Jacques also participates in training programs for new patent attorneys and patent agents.
Mr. Etkowicz received his Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law, and his M.S. and B.S. magna cum laude in electrical engineering from Drexel University.
Mr. Etkowicz is active in a number of professional organizations including the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Electronics and Computer Law Committee in which he is the committee chair. He is also President Emeritus of the Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court. In addition, Jacques is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Chester County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, where he is past Chair of the Computer Practice Committee and a former member of its Board of Directors; and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Mr. Etkowicz is admitted to practice before the United Patent and Trademark Office, the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Third Circuit and Eleventh Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey.
Mr. Etkowicz is a member of RatnerPrestia’s Computer Architecture, Software, and Business Methods, Semiconductors and Signal Processing and Mechanical and Physical Science Groups.
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