W. Edward Ramage, a patent attorney and shareholder in the Firm’s Nashville office, concentrates his practice in the areas of patent and intellectual property law and litigation, including the protection and management of intellectual property asset portfolios.
Mr. Ramage is chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is admitted to the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
His patent prosecution experience includes preparing and prosecuting applications for medical devices, health care IT systems, oil and gas technology, computer-implemented business methods, computer software and hardware systems and networks, fabrics, film labels and adhesives, enhanced petroleum recovery, and electronic and mechanical devices.
His litigation experience includes copyright, patent, trademark and trade dress litigation in federal and state courts, including Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) actions, as well as Post Grant Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB).
He graduated from Harvard University cum laude with a degree in Geological Sciences, and received his Engineer (Master’s) degree from Stanford University, where he studied at the Stanford University Petroleum Research Institute. He was employed as a petroleum engineer with Shell Offshore, Inc. in New Orleans, Louisiana for four years before attending the Vanderbilt School of Law.
While at Shell Offshore, Inc., he designed and programmed the strategic planning program for calculating the comparative economics and production of all oil and gas reserves for all divisions of the company, and designed and programmed the database program for the monitoring and reporting of wellhead pressures for production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. He also was employed as a petroleum consultant for two years by Warren K. Kourt & Assoc. in Palo Alto, California.
- Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1993
- Stanford University, Engineer (Petroleum Engineering and Business Management), 1986. Master’s thesis on the comparative economics of steam-flooding vs. in-situ combustion.
- Harvard University, B.A. cum laude (Geological Sciences), 1984. Senior honors thesis on galena lead ore formation in the Viburnum Trend based on the chemical composition of associated dolomite crystals as determined by scanning-electron microscopy.
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee
- Tennessee, 1993
- Successfully defended two patents in Inter Partes Review (IPR) before PTAB.
- Represented petitioner in Covered Business Method (CBM) proceeding before PTAB.
- Counsel to international corporation for patent matters.
- Patent counsel to national financial services company.
- Patent counsel to international machinery and replacement parts manufacturer.
Professional Honors & Activities:
- Member – American Intellectual Property Lawyer’s Association, Member of PCT Issues, Management of IP Assets, and Patent Law Committees
- Member – Intellectual Property Owners Association
- Member – American Bar Association, Section on Litigation, Intellectual Property
- Past Adjunct Professor – Vanderbilt University School of Law, Environmental Law
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