Gregory M. Stone

Maryland

Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP
7 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1636
United States

Tel: 410.659.6402

Email: gstone@wtplaw.com
Web: www.wtplaw.com

Mr. Stone is a partner and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group.  With over 20 years of experience in the patent and general intellectual property fields, including his tenure as a United States Patent Examiner in the general mechanical and biomedical device arts, he has developed significant substantive depth and a wealth of experience that have earned him a reputation as a trusted, practical, and highly effective intellectual property advisor to clients ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 companies.  Mr. Stone has been recognized over multiple years as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” and as a Maryland “Super Lawyer,” and is very active in the regional technology community, including by serving as a board member of the Maryland Tech Council.  In serving as Co-Chair of the firm’s Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group, he has helped to lead that group to recognition as one of only twenty-four firms nationwide that have been ranked in the top tier for Technology by U.S. News & World Report.

As a degreed Mechanical Engineer (having previously worked in that capacity with the Department of the Army), Mr. Stone is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  His practice is focused on client counseling, domestic patent prosecution and foreign patent prosecution through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”) and foreign associate counsel, global strategic intellectual property portfolio development, intellectual property due diligence in complex merger and acquisition and other transactions, licensing and other intellectual property transactions, and litigation.  The intellectual property matters that Mr. Stone has managed for clients have covered diverse technologies, including medical devices and processes, computer software and general information technology,  manufacturing equipment and processes, cyber security, clean energy, consumer products, construction materials and processes, communications technologies, electronics and electromechanics, fluid mechanics, materials sciences, chemistry, and general mechanics.  His clients recognize and appreciate his practical, no-nonsense approach to strategic intellectual property management, including not only managing sophisticated patent dockets and working to maximize commercial value through patent coverage of key aspects of his clients’ technologies, but also by determining when alternatives to patent protection are most appropriate.

Our Intellectual Property & Technology group handles a full range of technology and intellectual property matters for our clients, ranging from individual inventors to small businesses to large publicly-held corporations, across a wide spectrum of industries and technologies.  Our IP lawyers work closely with clients to help them identify, protect, expand and leverage their technologies and other IP assets in a number of ways.  Our proven experience and capabilities include:

  • The preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patents, trademark and copyright applications and related opinion matters
  • Conducting intellectual property audits to, among other things, identify all relevant intellectual property assets and ensure non-infringement of third parties’ intellectual property
  • The design and implementation of intellectual property protection strategies
  • The negotiation of domestic and international technology and content licenses, research and development agreements, technology transfer agreements, strategic alliances, joint ventures and other innovative “partnering” agreements
  • Counsel regarding innovative software license and distribution models, including ASP, “cloud computing,” Software as a Service (“SaaS”) and Free/Open Source models
  • Counsel regarding a wide range of software, computer and Internet law matters, including web site audits, ecommerce issues, domain names and database protection matters
  • Counsel regarding risks and opportunities specific to social media, including matters involving Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube
  • Counsel regarding advertising and promotion law and the rights of privacy and publicity
  • Counsel regarding antitrust, unfair competition and other trade regulation matters

This established substantive experience enables us both to assist businesses in protecting their intellectual property rights and also vigorously defend them from charges of violating the intellectual property or proprietary rights of others.  Our IP litigators have successfully represented clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts, including the United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit, and in proceedings before a wide range of administrative agencies and other forums, including the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, the International Trade Commission and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Consistent with our firm’s innovative approach to problem solving, our IP lawyers work closely with clients and their other advisers in employing a collaborative “team approach” to addressing a client’s intellectual property needs.  Additionally, our technology and intellectual property engagements often relate to larger business projects or transactions being undertaken by clients, enabling us to utilize other knowledge within our firm’s complementary practice groups, including our Emerging Business and Venture Finance Group, our Corporate and Securities Group and our Employment Law Group, to address ancillary issues that are a key part of structuring a successful technology enterprise or other emerging business.

Since 1933, clients have come to Whiteford, Taylor & Preston for trusted representation and guidance on issues critical to achieving their business goals.  With over 170 attorneys, we provide a comprehensive range of sophisticated, cost-effective business law and litigation services.

Our clients range from innovative start-ups to middle market companies to Fortune 100 enterprises.  With a growing Mid-Atlantic footprint that includes sixteen offices in Delaware, D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, we serve clients regionally, nationally and globally.  

 

Gregory Stone is highly regarded for his expertise in patent law. Interviewees describe him as “a patent expert” and commend him both for his “varied technical areas of expertise” and for being “very knowledgeable and well versed with respect to current IP trends and rulings.”
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