Bernard (Bernie) J. Knight, Jr., focuses his practice on complex patent litigation. Bernie handles all IP matters, including patent, trademark and copyright issues. He has advised on intellectual property cases before the US Supreme Court and provided oversight on patent and trademark cases before numerous federal courts.
In 2016, Bernie was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), which advises the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on the policies, goals, performance, budget, user fees, and other matters relating to the USPTO patent operations. Bernie was chosen to represent the interests of the diverse users of the USPTO based on his substantial background and achievement in intellectual property. Previously, he served as the general counsel for the USPTO from 2010 to 2013. At the USPTO, Bernie played a leading role in the development and implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA), which opens up previously unavailable paths to challenge the validity of a patent. He also led the development and legal review of the regulations implementing the new inter partes, post grant and business method reviews and derivation proceedings, as well as the regulations changing the United States to a first-inventor-to-file system. As such, Bernie is perfectly positioned to provide insightful advice to clients based on his intimate familiarity with the AIA.
Bernie served as the acting general counsel of the US Department of the Treasury at the height of the financial crisis. From 2001 to 2006, he was the deputy general counsel for the USPTO. Previously, he served for 10 years litigating cases at the Department of Justice, Tax Division. As a published author and a frequent speaker before trade and bar associations, Bernie frequently addresses a variety of patent-related subjects. He has been granted recognition by the USPTO to appear as counsel in inter partes proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).