Erdal R. Dervis


Washington, D.C.
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A registered patent lawyer, Erdal Dervis concentrates his practice on patent and intellectual property law, having additional experience in corporate law and international law. He prepares and prosecutes patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and manages patent portfolios and advises on patent rights internationally, including European patents before the European Patent Office. He also counsels clients and prepares opinions on patent validity, patentability, product clearance and infringement of all forms of intellectual property rights. In addition, Erdal has experience in business and commercial transactions, including those involving the purchase, sale, licensing and joint development of intellectual property. He has worked with technologies including medical and surgical devices, automotive and aerospace technology, consumer products, and container technology.

A former National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) graduate research fellow, Erdal spent a considerable amount of time prior to law school researching and developing advanced aerospace technologies in government-funded laboratories and industry manufacturing centers, including laser-diagnostic techniques for measuring gas dynamic properties of jets in conjunction with the NASA Langley Research Center, novel wing designs for military and civilian transport aircraft for Lockheed-Martin, and satellite-based information access and distribution systems for less-developed countries with a nonprofit international development agency in Washington, D.C.

Erdal is the Washington, D.C. Intellectual Property Leader.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners
    • DC Metro: Recommended for Patent Prosecution (2017 to 2018)


  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (1994 to present)

Prior Positions

  • Virginia Journal of International Law: Managing Editor
  • University of Virginia: Undergraduate Instructor on Rocket Propulsion, Spaceflight Dynamics, and Orbital Mechanics


  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2003
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 51,612
  • Florida
  • District of Columbia


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1999
  • M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, 1998
  • B.S.E., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 1994, magna cum laude


  • Turkish