R. Ross Viguet
Co-Head of Intellectual Property, Dallas
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
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Ross Viguet joined the Dallas office as an associate in 1995. He has extensive experience in technology as well as business. His business career began with a computer systems integration and service company. In his six years as the head of the company, Ross grew the operation into one of Arkansas' largest system integrators. After selling the company, Ross earned a JD.
His practice focuses on transactional intellectual property matters, including patent preparation and prosecution, licensing, infringement and validity opinions, freedom to operate studies, negotiations, client counseling, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, portfolio management and strategy and foreign patent prosecution. Ross argues cases before tribunals at the USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and is involved in multiple IP litigation projects.
JD, highest honors, University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville, 1995
BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Tulsa, 1984
While in law school, Ross was a member of Phi Delta Phi and the Arkansas Law Review. Ross is licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. He was admitted to practice law in Texas in 1996.
- Texas State Bar
- US Patent and Trademark Attorney
- Preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patents in the radio frequency, telephony, cellular and broadband communications, micro-electronics, electronic commerce, data security, computer, medical device, manufacturing, publishing, automotive, public transportation, ordinance, optics, hydrocarbon production and cryptographic arts.
- Conducting multiple interference proceedings in the USPTO, including provoking the interferences, putting on the cases in chief, and arguing the cases before the USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, for determinations of inventorship for manufacturing technology and advanced security technology.
- Conducting both ex parte and inter partes post grant proceedings in the USPTO for highly contested patents covering fundamental communications technology and highly commercially successful technology.
- Managing intellectual property due diligence projects in association with acquisition of a business division from a major technology company, merger of telecommunications companies, and acquisition of medical device portfolios.
- Drafting and negotiating technology licenses, joint development licenses, requirements documents, technology transfer agreements, and outsourcing agreements in the fields of communications, electronic commerce, software development, manufacturing and medical devices.
- Acritas Star, Acritas, 2017 – 2021
- IAM Patent 1000, patent prosecution, IP Media Group, 2013; 2017; 2020, 2022
- The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2021
- Best Lawyers - Patent Law, Best Lawyers, 2022 - 2024
- Co-author with David Tannenbaum, Thomas Kelton and Nathan Rees, "Reexaminations – Fertile Ground in the Changing Landscape of Patent Law," The International Law Firm of Fulbright & Jaworski - Intellectual Property Paper, August 2009
- Co-author with David Tannenbaum, Thomas Kelton and Nathan Rees, "Reexaminations – Fertile Ground in the Changing Landscape of Patent Law," Bloomberg Law Reports, Intellectual Property, Vol. 3, No. 31, August 3, 2009
- Co-author with Wayne St. Hugh Livingstone, "The New USPTO Guidelines on the Determination of Obviousness," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Briefing, October 2007
- Co-Author with Michael Papalas and John Schneider, "New PTO Rules Relating to Patent Prosecution," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Client Alert, June 2006
- "National Car Rental v. Computer Associates: A Hole in Computer Software Copyright Protection that You Can Drive A Rental Car Through," Arkansas Law Review, 49 Arkansas Law Review 93
- "Everything You Need to Know about IP for the Transactional Lawyer," State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 14, 2012
- "inter partes Review: A Deeper Dive Into the Good, the Bad and the Unexpected," Norton Rose Fulbright Webinar, April 30, 2014
- "Disclosure and Reexamination, The IDS May Just Be the Tip of the Iceberg," IPO Patent Office inter partes Proceedings (U.S.) Committee, August 9, 2011
- "Survey of Intellectual Property: Jeopardy-Style," Metroplex Technology Business Counsel Brown Bag Lunch, July 26, 2011
- "Patent Reexaminations: Essential Strategy Considerations," Fulbright & Jaworski Web Seminar, April 27, 2010
- "U.S. Patents: Are Recent Changes Making Them Harder to Obtain and Enforce?," Exploring recent changes in patent laws, policies and procedures to shed light on the state of the U.S. patent system, Metroplex Technology Business Counsel Brown Bag Lunch, January 28, 2010
- "U.S. Patents: The Trend Toward Making Them Harder to Obtain and Enforce, A perfect storm that may be showing signs of dissipating," Dallas Bar Association Intellectual Property Section Meeting, December 4, 2009
- "A Brief Look at the inter partes Reexamination and Its Use in the United States Patent Office," Presented to the IPO Patent Office inter partes Proceedings (US) Committee, November 12, 2009
- "U.S. Patents: Are Recent Changes Making them Harder to Obtain and Enforce?," Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) Intellectual Property Seminar, June 2, 2009
- "Technology: not Bits and Bytes, but Business Success," North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, 1st Annual Business Technology Outlook, October 24, 2007
- "Considerations in Drafting, Prosecuting and Enforcing Patents in the US: Focusing on Networking, Wireless Communications and Semiconductor Technologies," ASTRI Intellectual Property Seminar, March 1, 2006
- "The Basic Patent License," Light House Seminar Group, IP Licensing Nuts & Bolts 2004, October 27, 2004
- American Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Texas State Bar Computer & Technology Section Counsel
- Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Patent Office inter partes Proceedings (US) Committee Member