Areas of Practice: Patents, Trademarks, Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration.
Mr. Spencer has over 40 years experience in the intellectual property field. His practice includes counseling clients regarding the procurement, enforcement, licensing and evaluation of patents and trademarks, his technical expertise being in the electrical and mechanical sectors. He has successfully prosecuted thousands of applications for patents and trademarks for domestic as well as foreign clients and has considerable experience in cooperating with foreign attorneys specializing in intellectual property.
In addition, Mr. Spencer has appeared as lead counsel in litigation conducted before various federal trial and appellate courts and administrative tribunals, including the United States International Trade Commission which has the authority to prevent the importation of products that infringe a United States patent. He is also active in alternative dispute resolution, having served as arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and he is on the Panel of Neutrals of the World Intellectual Property Association as well as on the Panel of Mediators of the United States International Trade Commission for whom he has conducted a number of mediations.
Mr. Spencer is fluent in German and French and he has lectured extensively at home and abroad on various topics of intellectual property. He has attended over a hundred conventions held abroad by leading international legal organizations.
Furthermore, Mr. Spencer has been awarded an AV rating (highest attorney rating) by Martindale-Hubbell and he is a listed in various Marquis Who’s Who publications.
Legal History: Examiner, United States Patent and Trademark Office; associate, Toulmin & Toulmin, Washington, D.C.; solo practitioner and later senior founding partner of Spencer & Kaye, later Spencer & Frank, Washington, D.C.; partner, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.
Education: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (B.E.); Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (J.D.)
Admitted: New York, District of Columbia, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Canadian Intellectual Property Institute.