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