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Alan Norman


St. Louis
314 552 6284 314 552 6284 direct
314 667 3633 fax

Alan represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, with a strong emphasis on patent litigation at both the trial and appellate court levels, and strategic planning of patent infringement suits.

Although in recent years his practice has concentrated in patent litigation, Alan possesses a wealth of experience in patent application preparation and prosecution, covering a wide variety of mechanical/electromechanical technologies. He has acquired a reputation for developing creative patent application strategies to enhance the business opportunities of clients. His practice also includes post grant proceedings before the USPTO and the preparation of validity and infringement/right-to-use opinions.

Thompson Coburn Publications

Supreme Court Upholds, but Narrows, Assignor Estoppel

Patent Office clarifies standard for indefiniteness in AIA post-grant proceedings

Supreme Court holds that with respect to institution decisions, no review means no review

Supreme Court nixes USPTO’s practice of partially instituting IPR challenges

The Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of the IPR process

Amending claims may be getting easier in post-grant proceedings, at least for now

SCOTUS clarifies damages analysis for design patents, reversing landmark damage award

New changes to U.S. design patent law


Co-Author, “A Competent Exculpatory Opinion of Counsel: A Silver Bullet to the Heart of a Willful Infringement Charge”;
St. Louis Bar Journal, Fall 2000

Author, “You Can’t Patent That! Can You?”;
Saint Louis Lawyer, May 5, 2004