- Intellectual Property
- Software & Electronics
- Energy & Clean Technology
- IP Licensing & Transfers
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Payments & E-Commerce
- Renewable & Alternative Energy
- Media & Telecommunications Transactions
- Energy Mergers & Acquisitions
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Medical Devices
- Non-Practicing Entity (NPE) Defense
- Product Design & Trade Dress
- Universities & Research Institutes
- Digital Economy
|Contact Info||Telephone: 404.853.8233|
|University ||Auburn University, B.S.E.E., cum laude|
|Law School||The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude Editor, Journal of the Legal Profession|
|Admitted||1993, Georgia; 1995, Alabama; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office|
Contributing Editor, Fintech Law Report
Former Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section, State Bar of Georgia
Guest Lecturer, Kennesaw State Executive MBA Program, IP Law, (2010-present)
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association
Member, Licensing Executives Society
Member, Association of University Technology Managers
Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Member, Intellectual Property Committee, Atlanta Bar Association
|Born||Huntsville, Alabama, June 26, 1965|
Griff manages patent portfolios for large, multinational corporations and leading research institutions. His clients include Fortune 100 companies, technology sector leaders, emerging companies and universities. He counsels clients on the development and expansion of their IP portfolios. Griff leverages his education in electrical engineering and work experience in the telecommunication industry to advise clients in establishing and protecting patents related to computer hardware and software, semiconductor devices and fabrication, wireless communications, networks, computing, electronics, financial and medical transactions, and display technology.
Griff writes opinions, prosecutes patents, handles reexaminations, performs clearance studies (for example, freedom to operate), develops and negotiates licensing agreements, performs intellectual property due diligence, manages IP portfolios and conducts intellectual property audits. Griff is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Sutherland advises a Fortune 50 healthcare corporation on patent and trademark matters.
Sutherland provides patent prosecution and counseling services to global leader in wireless communications.
Sutherland provides general patent advice to leading payment processing service and technology provider.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by Chambers USA : Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of intellectual property (2007-2015)
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2004, 2008-2010, 2013-2015)
Named among the “The World's Leading Patent Practitioners” by IAM Patent 1000 (2013-2014)
Selected for inclusion in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars (2013-2014)
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Another Software Patent is Ruled Patent-Ineligible - Are Business Method and Software Patents at Risk?
Umar R. Bakhsh,Christopher J. Chan,Malvern (Griff) U. Griffin,Srikant Viswanadham, December 10, 2014
On November 14, 2014, in a much-anticipated decision following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, a unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held in Ultramercial, L.L.C. v. WildTangent, Inc.1 that the claims of Ultramercial’s asserted patent were...
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