Biography

Dennis assists clients in a wide range of industries to transform inventions into intellectual property assets and provides strategic guidance on ways to use those assets.

With two engineering degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and years of experience in the field, Dennis speaks the language of an innovator and is adept at guiding businesses through the patent process, as well as the procurement of intellectual property assets.

Dennis has a wide range of experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in electrical, software and mechanical areas, covering a broad range of technologies, including:

  • Robotics and Automation
  • Medical Devices
  • Facial Recognition and Identification
  • Cyber Security and Trusted Computing
  • Business methods
  • Electronic and internet commerce methods
  • High speed communications
  • Mathematical Algorithms
  • Cellular telephones
  • GPS systems
  • Magnetics
  • Optics
  • Hydraulics
  • Power electronics
  • MEMS
  • Material sciences

Dennis also provides infringement and right to use analyses, including the drafting of opinion letters. He often helps client identify and design around existing IP roadblocks, helping them to avoid costly litigation.

His clients range from startups, emerging companies and individuals to midsize and large corporations and universities. He often assists on technology transfer agreements, and advises small companies and startups in the positioning of their IP assets to attract investment or potential buyers.

On the other side, Dennis often works with venture capital firms considering investment in small companies in their audits and due diligence analyses, helping them to understand the strength and extent of a target company’s IP position.

Dennis also has extensive experience negotiating and drafting development agreements, licenses, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements and employment and contractor agreements, as well as significant experience in the procurement and licensing of trademark assets.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to entering the law field, Dennis served as a director of application development and manager of a team of engineers that built and maintained a suite of PC-based applications for anesthesiologists. For over eight years, Dennis was a Software Engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation, and directed a research program at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

Honors & Awards

Recipient of the American Intellectual Property Law Association's Robert C. Watson Award for the best article regarding the protection of Intellectual Property, 1996