Mr. Parker’s practice encompasses a wide range of intellectual property matters, including, e.g., the procurement of patents, trademarks and other intellectual properties, client counseling and legal opinions, contracts and licensing, negotiations, and litigation.
Mr. Parker is actively involved in legal education and lectures frequently on intellectual property matters in the U.S. and overseas. Mr. Parker’s educational interests include intellectual property management, having taught IP management in a graduate course at Johns Hopkins University and in a CLE program at Georgetown University and having helped guide and develop IP procedures within various law firms and corporations, including both large and small law firms and corporations.
Mr. Parker has substantial knowledge of intellectual property issues in the food and product industries, having served as the vice chair and chair of the Food & Drug Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, having worked as in house counsel in the confections industry, having managed intellectual properties for various snack and beverage companies, and having worked as a Patent Examiner in product packaging technologies. Mr. Parker has also been very actively involved in the field of Medical Devices, including written articles for and lectured for the Medical Device Summit organization, having founded the sub-committee on Medical Devices for the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and having been appointed in 2013 as adjunct faculty for the University of Georgia Graduate Program of Pharmacy. Mr. Parker has also been actively involved in the fields of Telecommunications and Software, including having lectured on business method patents at the U.S. Patent Office and having taught a recurring yearly CLE class on software patents for the DC Bar.
Prior to rejoining with partners at WHDA in 2010, Mr. Parker spearheaded the Virginia office patent group of one of the largest Washington, D.C. based law firms, and later founded a law practice with six partners, including a former Commissioner of Patents, which practice has grown to one of the largest IP law practices. Before entering private practice, Mr. Parker worked in the government as a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent Office and in industry as a technical designer in a New York City based engineering consulting firm.
Mr. Parker entered the patent field following his passion for invention. Mr. Parker enjoys creating in all mediums, whether making drawings & paintings, developing songs & music, writing books & articles, or creating or improving various technical inventions. Mr. Parker also has a particular interest in health and fitness, and spends much of his spare time coaching local youth soccer teams.