Team


R. Scott Rhoades


Phone: 972.550.2997
Email: srhoades@wriplaw.com

Mr. Rhoades has extensive patent litigation experience in a variety of technologies, include wireless communication, medical devices, wire manufacturing, and electrical/computer fields, including disputes regarding both hardware and software inventions. He has extensive experience representing the interests of clients, including the counseling of clients, management of world wide patent and trademark portfolios, management of discovery, involvement in Patent and Trademark Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings, and involvement in hearings/trials. Mr. Rhoades has acted as counsel for defendants and plaintiffs in multiple patent litigations in the Eastern District of Texas as well as counsel for patent owners in Post Grant proceedings including IPRs and CBMs. He is directly responsible for the determination and implementation of case strategies, the selection and pursuit of claim constructions through briefing, tutorials and claim construction hearings, the preparation and evaluation of fact and expert discovery, preparation for and involvement in trial on the merits, and preparation for and involvement in Post Grant proceeding briefing, hearings, and trials.
Mr. Rhoades has advised clients and managed their trademark and patent portfolios, both domestic and international. He also has over two decades of experience in the preparation and prosecution of electrical art patent applications and the drafting of license agreements.
Mr. Rhoades is a member of the State Bar of Texas. He is also a member of the Dallas Bar Association.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Rhoades was a system design senior engineer at Lockheed in Fort Worth, Texas.
Practice & Background

Mr. Rhoades has extensive patent litigation experience in the wireless communication and electrical/computer fields, including disputes regarding both hardware and software inventions. He has extensive experience representing the interests of clients, including the counseling of clients, management of world wide patent and trademark portfolios, management of discovery, and involvement in hearings/trials. For the past several years Mr. Rhoades has acted as lead counsel for defendants in multiple patent litigations in the Eastern District of Texas. He is directly responsible for the determination and implementation of case strategies, the selection and pursuit of claim constructions through briefing, tutorials and claim construction hearings, the preparation and evaluation of fact and expert discovery, and preparation for trial on the merits.

Mr. Rhoades has advised clients and managed their trademark and patent portfolios, both domestic and international. He also has over a decade of experience in the preparation and prosecution of electrical art patent applications and the drafting of license agreements.

Mr. Rhoades is a member of the State Bar of Texas. He is also a member of the Dallas Bar Association.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Rhoades was a system design senior engineer at Lockheed in Fort Worth, Texas.

Representative Matters
  • Enforcement of intellectual property rights for a IP Holding company in the wireless communication arena in the Northern District of Texas and before the Patent and Trademark Appeal Board
  • Represented a wearable sensor manufacturer before the Patent and Trademark Appeal Board
  • Enforcement of intellectual property rights for a finance company in the District of Delaware
  • Enforcement of copyrights for an architect in the Northern District of Texas
  • Enforcement of intellectual property rights for a IP Holding company in the computer software arena in the Eastern District of Texas and before the Patent and Trademark Appeal Board
  • Defended a wireless service provider in the Western District of Texas in a patent litigation matter concerning mapping technology
  • Defended a wire manufacturer in multiple patent litigations concerning the manufacturing processes and products in multiple districts throughout the United States
  • Defended a retail provider in the Southern District of New York in a patent litigation concerning RFID technology.
  • Defended the largest commercial homebuilder in multiple copyright infringement matters concerning home plans
  • Prosecuted infringement claims for a wireless service provider in trademark litigation matters in multiple districts throughout the United States
  • Prosecuted infringement claims concerning software inventions in the Eastern District of Texas
  • Defended a monitor manufacturer in the Eastern District of Texas in a patent litigation matter concerning display driver technology.
Areas of Experience
Relevant Legal Experience
  • Copyright Litigation and Counseling
  • IP Transactions
  • Patent Litigation and Counseling
  • Post-grant Proceedings
  • Trademark Litigation and Counseling
  • Trade Secret Litigation and Counseling

Relevant Industry Experience
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Health Care and Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Semi Conductor
  • Telecommunications
Education
Degrees
  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1997

  • B.S.E.E., Kansas State University, 1990

  • B.S.B.A., Kansas State University, 1990
Admissions
Bar
  • Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Court
  • U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S.D.C., Northern District of Texas
  • U.S.D.C., Western District of Texas
  • U.S.D.C., Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Community Involvment

Mr. Rhoades’ community, civic and charitable activities include being:

  • Pro Bono representation of the Dallas Stars Alumni Association in entertainment and intellectual property matters
  • A former board of trustees member of the Pantego Christian Academy
  • Involved in the Kansas State University Alumni Association
  • A board of advisors member of Joe Gordon Sports.

Sanford E. Warren, Jr.


Phone: 972.550.2955
Email: swarren@wriplaw.com

Sanford E. Warren, Jr. focuses his practice on entertainment law as well as intellectual property litigation in the manufacturing, medical device, electronic, chemical, semiconductor, telecommunications, retail and construction fields. Mr. Warren has prosecuted hundreds of patent applications to issuance as well. Mr. Warren has also managed worldwide trademark portfolios in the aviation, chemical, entertainment, and health fields.
Practice & Background

Mr. Warren is a member of the State Bar of Texas and its Litigation and Intellectual Property sections, the Dallas Bar Association and its Intellectual Property Section, and the International Trademark Association (INTA). He is also a member of the American Chemical Society. Mr. Warren is a former member of the editorial board of the Trademark Reporter of the INTA. He is also the former intellectual property counsel for American Airlines.

Mr. Warren is a lifetime fellow of the Dallas Bar Association Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation.

Representative Matters
Mr. Warren has been one of the lead attorneys in the following intellectual property litigations representing:
  • a major medical device company in the successful defense of a patent infringement suit involving catheters used in kyphoplasty
  • a major semiconductor company in a successful patent infringement suit involving processes for manufacturing integrated circuits
  • a major telecommunications company in the successful defense of a patent infringement suit relating to wireless communication protocols
  • a major retail company in the successful defense of a patent infringement suit relating to RFID technology
  • major restaurant chain in the successful defense of a copyright claim relating to it’s architectural design
  • lead trial attorney in a successful plaintiff case relating to a theft of trade secrets case
  • pro bono representation of a community theater group regarding entertainment law and intellectual property matters

Awards & Accolades
  • Recognized by Lawyers of Distinction for Intellectual Property, 2019-2020.
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Trademark Law, 2012-2017.
  • Recognized as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property, 2013-2016.
  • Lifetime Fellow of the Dallas Bar Association Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation.
Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter, “Duty of Candor to the Court,” 15th Annual Advanced Patent Litigation 2019, State Bar of Texas (2019).
  • Presenter, “Appeals from the TTAB: Federal Circuit or the Eastern District of Virginia,” 30th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, State Bar of Texas (2017).
  • Presenter, “Did That Really Just Happen? – Experiences In and Out of the Courtroom”, Texas A&M School of Law, Center for Law and Intellectual Property Speaker Series (2015).
  • Presenter, Damages Update, State Bar of Texas 10th Annual Advanced Patent Litigation CLE (2014).
  • Co-Course Director, State Bar of Texas 6th and 7th Annual Advanced Patent Litigation CLEs, San Antonio, Texas (2010-2011).
  • Presenter, Post-Seagate and the Attorney-Client Privilege, University of Texas Law School IP Symposium (2008).
  • Presenter, Reverse Engineering Integrated Circuits and the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine, Semiconductor Insights IP Symposium (2008).
Areas of Experience
Relevant Legal Experience
  • Copyright Litigation and Counseling
  • IP Transactions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet and New Media Litigation and Counseling
  • Patent Litigation
  • Post-grant Proceedings
  • Strategic IP Counseling
  • Trademark Litigation and Counseling
  • Trademark Prosecution
  • Trade Secret Litigation


Relevant Industry Experience
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Health Care and Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Semi Conductor
  • Telecommunications
  • Entertainment and Media
Education
Degrees
  • J.D., Tulane University Law School, cum laude, 1987

  • B.S., Millsaps College, cum laude, 1983
Admissions
Bar
  • Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S.D.C., Northern District of Texas
  • U.S.D.C., Western District of Texas
  • U.S.D.C., Southern District of Texas
  • U.S.D.C., Colorado
Publications
  • Author of over forty-five articles, Expert Legal Commentator for the International Risk Management Institute (2000 – Present).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 30: “Intellectual Property Insurance” of the multivolume treatise, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition (2017 – 2021).
  • Coauthor, “Duty of Candor to the Court,” 15th Annual Advanced Patent Litigation 2019, State Bar of Texas (2019).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 3: “Patents: Real-World Issues in Mixed Realities,” of the treatise Computer Games and Immersive Entertainment: The Next Frontiers in Intellectual Property Law (2nd Ed. 2018).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 44: “Understanding Intellectual Property Insurance” of the national practice guide, New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide (2017).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 10: “Appeals from the TTAB: Federal Circuit or the Eastern District of Virginia,” 30th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, State Bar of Texas (2017).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 3: “Patents: Real-World Issues in Mixed Realities,” of the treatise Computer Games and Immersive Entertainment: The Next Frontiers in Intellectual Property Law (1st Ed. 2010).

Nathan L. Levenson


Phone: 972.793.8545
Email: nlevenson@wriplaw.com

Nathan Levenson primarily focuses his practice on entertainment law as well as intellectual property prosecution and litigation; specifically, patent, copyright and trademark prosecution and litigation. Mr. Levenson was recognized by Thomson Reuters in Texas Monthly for 2020 and 2021 as a Texas Rising Star in the area of Intellectual Property – signifying a high degree of peer recognition and achievement.
Practice & Background

Nathan Levenson has represented clients in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition disputes in a variety of federal district courts, before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Levenson also helps his clients identify, evaluate, and enforce their intellectual property assets, as well as assists his clients in navigating the entertainment industry.

Mr. Levenson’s experience spans a variety of industries, including entertainment, telecommunications, computer hardware and software, oil and gas, electronics, and consumer products. He has assisted clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including conducting pre-suit investigations and analyses of intellectual property infringement; participating in the development and review of pretrial discovery; propounding and responding to written discovery; resolving discovery disputes; conducting and defending depositions; drafting dispositive and pretrial motions; analyzing and researching relevant case law in connection with pleading and motion drafting; and participating in pre-trial hearings and mediations.

Mr. Levenson received his J.D. from Texas A&M School of Law and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas Christian University. During law school, Mr. Levenson was a staff member of the Texas A&M Law Review as well as a member of the Oil & Gas Survey Committee. He also served as a summer judicial extern for the Honorable Paul A. Bonin Judge, for the Louisiana Court of Appeal, 4th Circuit.

Mr. Levenson is a member of the State Bar of Texas and its Intellectual Property Section. He is also a member of both the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit and the Dallas Bar Association.

Representation & Experience
  • Representation of clients in a variety of entertainment issues, including the preparation of copyrights, licenses, non-compete, releases and work-for-hire agreements; as well as counseling clients on licensing-related issues.
  • Representation of plaintiffs and defendants in various patent, trademark, copyright litigations in a variety of federal district courts, before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board;
  • Representation of registrants and applicants in various Opposition and Cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office;
  • Drafting of patent, trademark, and copyright opinions, including invalidity, non-infringement, product clearance, and trademark availability opinions;
  • Preparation and prosecution of copyright, and trademark applications and assisting with the preparation and prosecution of patent applications; and
  • Assist in the representation of patent owners in post-grant review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including inter partes reviews, covered business method reviews, and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Assist in the research, analysis, and drafting of expert reports related to the trade secret privilege, the attorney-client privilege, and the attorney work product privilege.
  • Conduct pre-suit investigations and analyses of intellectual property infringement; participate in the development and review of pretrial discovery; propound and respond to written discovery; resolve discovery disputes; conduct and defend depositions; draft dispositive and pretrial motions; analyze and research relevant case law in connection with pleading and motion drafting; and participate in pre-trial hearings and mediations.
  • Other representative experience includes: advising clients on copyright law and the development of copyright policies; resolving trademark disputes with settlement and co-existence agreements; handling contractual disputes concerning IP rights and the theft, misappropriation or use of IP by a company’s former employees, and/or independent contractors; drafting commercial contracts and agreements, including coexistence, indemnification, nondisclosure, non-compete, assignments, and confidentiality agreements; as well as counseling clients on IP-related issues.
Areas of Experience
  • Relevant Legal Experience
    • Entertainment Law
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • Patent Prosecution, Litigation, and Counseling
    • Trademark Prosecution, Litigation, and Counseling
    • Copyright Prosecution, Litigation, and Counseling
    • Trade Secret Litigation and Counseling
    • Internet and New Media Litigation and Counseling
    • Post-grant Proceedings
  • Relevant Industry Experience
    • Entertainment and Media
    • Telecommunications
    • Computer Hardware and Software
    • Oil and Gas
    • Electronics
    • Consumer products
Education
  • J.D., Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas. May 2015.
    • Texas A&M Law Review, Staff Member.
    • Oil & Gas Survey Committee, Member.
    • Recipient of Texas A&M University School of Law Dean’s List.

  • B.S., Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, December 2010.
    • Recipient of the Texas Christian University Scholar Award.
    • Recipient of Texas Christian University’s Dean List.
Admissions
  • Bar Admissions
    • Texas

  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • Texas State Courts
Professional Recognition
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star for Intellectual Property by Thomson Reuters, Texas Monthly, 2021.
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star for Intellectual Property by Thomson Reuters, Texas Monthly, 2020.
Publications
  • Coauthor, Chapter 30: “Intellectual Property Insurance” of the multivolume treatise, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition (2021).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 30: “Intellectual Property Insurance” of the multivolume treatise, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition (2020).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 5: “Duty of Candor to the Court,” 15th Annual Advanced Patent Litigation 2019, State Bar of Texas (2019).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 30: “Intellectual Property Insurance” of the multivolume treatise, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition (2019).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 30: “Intellectual Property Insurance” of the multivolume treatise, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition (2018).
  • Contributor, Chapter 3: “Patents: Real-World Issues in Mixed Realities,” of the treatise Computer Games and Immersive Entertainment: The Next Frontiers in Intellectual Property Law (2nd Ed. 2018).
  • Contributor, IRMI Expert Commentary: “Update on Alice and Motions to Dismiss” (2018).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 30: “Intellectual Property Insurance” of the multivolume treatise, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition (2017).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 44: “Understanding Intellectual Property Insurance” of the national practice guide, New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide (2017).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 10: “Appeals from the TTAB: Federal Circuit or the Eastern District of Virginia,” 30th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, State Bar of Texas (2017).
  • Coauthor, Chapter 12: “Alice and the § 101 Rabbit Hole: A 2016 Update on Alice and Motions to Dismiss,” 12th Annual Advanced Patent Litigation 2016, State Bar of Texas (2016).

Laura Dail, Paralegal


Phone: 972-550-9003
Email: ldail@wriplaw.com

Laura is a highly experienced Intellectual Property Paralegal who began her career with a major Dallas-based Fortune 500 company in 1995.  Prior to joining Warren Rhoades LLP, she worked for two additional Fortune 500 companies and two high-profile international law firms.
Over the years, Laura has handled Intellectual Property work for a vast variety of industries including semi-conductor and electronics manufacturing, software, nanotechnology, investment management, oil and gas, various charity organizations, telecommunications, media and entertainment, health and fitness, medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and real estate.  Additionally, she has experience in working with American Indian tribes to protect their Intellectual Property rights.
In addition to effectively managing large Patent and Trademark prosecution portfolios with confidence, Laura has experience in training Intellectual Property staff for both her employer and clients, management of client budgets and other financial matters, implementing and creating company and firm section procedures, drafting various manuals for both clients and corporations, and Intellectual Property docketing.
Experience
  • Advance level preparation, prosecution, and docket/file management relating to United States Patents including experience with Design Patents, United States National Phase and Bi-Pass Applications, Reissues, Ex Parte Reexamination, Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program, drafting basic Provisional Applications, drafting formality office action responses, and drafting Appeal Briefs

  • Advance level preparation, prosecution, and docket/file management relating to United States Trademarks including Certification Marks, drafting goods/services descriptions, drafting substantive office action responses, and drafting substantive Appeal Briefs

  • Advanced level Patent Cooperation Treaty preparation and prosecution including experience with all electronic filing before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and World Intellectual Property Organization, and experience with the Priority Document Exchange Program

  • Cease and Desist matters for foreign and domestic Trademarks and Domain Name Infringement

  • Copyrights

  • Domain Name registration and searching

  • Due diligence Intellectual Property searching

  • Experience in drafting Assignments, Licenses, and various Agreements including settlement and coexistence

  • Experience in obtaining legalized, apostilled, and certified documents for use in numerous foreign countries pertaining to Patents and Trademarks

  • Extensive knowledge of filing requirements, rules, and regulations for filing Patents and Trademarks in a vast number of foreign countries

  • General legal research

  • Litigation experience before the United States District Courts and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • Madrid Protocol

  • Preparation, filing, and prosecution of Inter Partes Review before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Prior art searching

  • Trademark clearance searching

  • United States and foreign Trademark Oppositions and Cancellations including drafting substantive documents before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
Community Involvement
  • Local performer (stage, film, voice over, singing, dancing, improvisation comedy, and clowning)

  • Dallas Wind Symphony

  • Genesis Women’s Shelter of Dallas

  • SPCA of Texas

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