Overview

Eric Groen helps clients navigate intellectual property law in both U.S. and foreign patent matters. He represents clients in patent preparation, prosecution, litigation and associated counseling. Eric also helps clients avoid litigation through product and process redesigns, opinion drafting of non-infringement and invalidity positions, negotiations of contested matters, and other strategies. He counsels clients in licensing in and out, including unused technology for revenue source. Additionally, Eric advises on intellectual property strategy, overall intellectual property portfolio management and IP valuations in transactional matters.

International Patent Counsel Experience

Eric began his patent legal career in corporate practice in 1985 with AMP Inc., now a division of TE Connectivity. He held various intellectual property positions, including patent counsel to automotive and telecommunications divisions. The initiation of global strategies for automotive inventions led to the company's development of patent portfolios for tangible business assets. Eric then completed a four-year expatriate assignment in Europe, heading the AMP European patent division in Switzerland where he became very familiar with foreign operations, patent matters and business culture.

Upon returning to the U.S., Eric headed the prosecution section of the Whitaker Corporation, AMP's wholly-owned subsidiary and intellectual property holding company. He also served as the corporation's global portfolio manager, teaming with corporate executives to make decisions on foreign filings and maintenance of thousands of existing patents and patent applications in the U.S. and foreign countries. Eric also has experience in global contested matters, including opposition practice in the European Patent Office, Germany and Asia Pacific.

Engineering Experience

Prior to attending law school, Eric gained practical engineering experience with Caterpillar Tractor Company and Cooper Energy Services, a division of Cooper Industries.

Services & Industries

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Indiana
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

Capital University Law School
J.D. (1985)

Purdue University
B.S. Mechanical Engineering (1978)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America — Patent Law, 2009-19
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Intellectual Property, 2005-07
  • Order of the Curia, Capital University Law School, 1985
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