Scott S. Simpkins

Patent Counsel

Philadelphia
T +1.215.564.3008
F +1.215.568.3439

Overview

Scott Simpkins advises clients on technology and intellectual property matters in business transactions. He drafts and negotiates corporate and intellectual property agreements, including data sharing, software licensing, publishing and technology development. He also provides patent procurement services and strategic counseling to a wide array of companies, from small entities to premier Fortune 100 corporations, enhancing their U.S. and international patent portfolios of mechanical, electrical and software patents. 

Before pursuing a career in law, Scott worked directly with other engineers to generate solutions to complex problems. His diverse experience includes serving as a software engineer on digital communications programs and working for a range of companies in the polymer industry. Scott's design, development, and manufacturing knowledge enable him to better understand industry-specific needs, and to counsel small companies and prominent corporations on a variety of intellectual property matters.

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  • Counsels a premier Fortune 100 entertainment corporation in the drafting and negotiating of publishing agreements that protect iconic media content and acquire rights from best-selling authors.
  • Drafted and negotiated IP, data sharing and service agreements for a broad range of technologies, including augmented reality, software licensing, information technology, water quality testing and data analysis.
  • Represents telecommunication corporations and others in the analysis and enforcement of intellectual property indemnification provisions across numerous complex litigations involving a spectrum of technologies – including wireless network systems and components and video delivery over fiber-optic networks – resulting in the diversion and recovery of millions of dollars.
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Experience

  • Counsels a premier Fortune 100 entertainment corporation in the drafting and negotiating of publishing agreements that protect iconic media content and acquire rights from best-selling authors.
  • Drafted and negotiated IP, data sharing and service agreements for a broad range of technologies, including augmented reality, software licensing, information technology, water quality testing and data analysis.
  • Represents telecommunication corporations and others in the analysis and enforcement of intellectual property indemnification provisions across numerous complex litigations involving a spectrum of technologies – including wireless network systems and components and video delivery over fiber-optic networks – resulting in the diversion and recovery of millions of dollars.
  • Assists a corporation that develops innovative mobility equipment in expanding its U.S. and international patent portfolios.
  • Provides patent procurement services and strategic counseling to a major mobile device corporation, enhancing its portfolio of mechanical and electrical patents.
  • Counsels public utility company in its collaboration with industry and academic partners to protect trade secrets, shared data and developed intellectual property.
  • Conducts due diligence to facilitate the transfer of intellectual property rights, including as part of mergers and acquisitions.
  • As a federal clerk, aided in the resolution of patent-related issues involving consolidation, preliminary injunctions, reasonable royalty determination, stay, stay pending inter partes review, summary judgment and more. Participated in Markman hearings and drafted claim construction orders for proceedings that involved an array of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, chemical compounds and complex computer systems.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New Jersey Legislative Commendation (2009)

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association

Community

  • Magee Rehabilitation Hospital: Spinal Cord Injury Peer Mentor

Prior Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Gregory M. Sleet, United States District Court Chief Judge for the District of Delaware
  • Woodcock Washburn LLP: Associate
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Virginia A. Long, New Jersey Supreme Court Associate Justice
  • Basic Commerce and Industries, Inc.: Software Engineer
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation / Wynn’s Precision, Inc.: Research Chemist; Senior Manufacturing Engineer
  • Acadia Polymers, Inc.: Development Engineer; Senior Development Engineer

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 68,488
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 2011, magna cum laude; James J. Hunter III Moot Court Competition: Winner and Best Oral Argument; Eagleton Institute of Politics: Governor's Executive Fellow; Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion: Lead Technical Editor
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1994