As a member of the firm’s Financial Technology (FinTech) industry practice group, Dr. Cooke counsels financial institutions, technology companies, and emerging start-ups on the development, implementation, and protection of distributed-ledger and blockchain technologies, smart contracts, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and payment systems, and innovative cryptocurrency and token technologies. Dr. Cooke has extensive experience counseling clients in patent, trademark, and copyright matters related to software, mobile applications, electronic trading platforms, graphical user interfaces, content management and delivery systems, Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies, and video compression and image processing technologies.
Through his knowledge of both U.S. and foreign patent systems, Dr. Cooke applies a unique global perspective to advise clients on worldwide filing and licensing strategies. During the course of his career, Dr. Cooke has overseen the drafting and prosecution of hundreds of patent applications and assisted clients with strategically building and managing their portfolios. He also assists clients extract value from their portfolios through licensing and other strategies, and he represents clients in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Dr. Cooke is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Yale University, and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland in fire protection engineering. Dr. Cooke also served as a visiting researcher at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, concentrating on the development and implementation of solutions to complex fluid-dynamic and chemical-kinetic problems across massively parallel, distributed-memory computing systems.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Special Counsel, 2016-present
•Fish & Richardson PC
- Of Counsel, 2015-2016
- Associate, 2011-2015
- Student Associate, 2008-2011
•Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC
- Student Associate, 2007-2008
- Technical Specialist, 2005-2007
•IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
- Visiting Researcher, Summer 2004
- Graduate Researcher in Mechanical Engineering, 1999-2005
•Author, "Digital Content on the Blockchain: Navigating Copyright and Ownership Issues," World Intellectual Property Review, August 22, 2018
•Coauthor, "What Was Everyone Waiting For? 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility," CIPA Journal, Jan. 2015
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Presenter, “Blockchain Business Applications: Dot-Com Bust or Business Boom?” Duane Morris Commercial Contracts Checkup Series, Philadelphia and Webinar, October 11, 2018
•“Understanding Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies: Separating Fact from Fiction,” Miami, Florida, March 2, 2018
•“Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies: Separating Fact from Fiction,” Miami, Florida, March 1, 2018
•“Helping Financial Technology (FinTech) Companies Compete in the US,” CLE Seminar and Webinar, New York, New York, November 16, 2017
•“Demystifying the Blockchain: Protecting Distributed-Ledger Technologies in the Financial Services Industry and Beyond,” Washington, D.C., May 11, 2017
•American Intellectual Property Law Association
•American Bar Association
•New York Bar Association
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