Bruce Harper helps clients who need to protect, commercialize or use intellectual property, such as patents, copyrights, or computer software. His clients include developers and owners of intellectual property, and those who seek to commercialize, acquire or license the intellectual property of others.

Bruce Harper helps clients who need to protect, commercialize or use intellectual property, such as patents, copyrights or computer software.  His clients include developers and owners of intellectual property, technology companies, government contractors and those who seek to commercialize, acquire or license the intellectual property of others.

Any client in this field knows that a misstep can lead to a loss of intellectual property rights.  Practical and timely counsel can assist in achieving a level of protection that makes sense.  Clients who need assistance with any technology law or IP-related matter may benefit from Bruce’s extensive experience.  Examples include:

  • Government contracting intellectual property issues, such as rights in technical data and computer software.
  • Drafting and negotiating licensing agreements, including software-related agreements for end users, development, reselling, escrow, Software-as-a-Service, etc. 
  • Analyzing issues with open source software general technology development, implementation, and licensing transactions involving technology, including unmanned systems and the commercial space launch industry.
  • Internet or cyberlaw issues and associated contractual issues such as website terms of use, electronic contracting, etc.
  • Evaluating inventions and creative works and developing strategies for protection.
  • Intellectual property litigation support.
  • Intellectual property protection and licensing issues including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, research and development agreements, such as agreements with university and government laboratories, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Small Business Innovative Research Agreements (SBIRs), technology transfer licenses, etc.
  • Drafting intellectual property legal opinions, including issues of infringement, invalidity, etc.

As a patent attorney, Bruce’s technical background is electro-mechanical.  He has experience in power generation and distribution, nuclear engineering, materials sciences, software development and manufacturing processes, among others.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Litigation - Intellectual Property (2018-present)

Prior to joining the firm, Bruce was intellectual property manager at a public university, where he was responsible for all aspects of the technology transfer program.  In addition, he has performed patent prosecution for the office of the patent counsel at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.  Before that, Bruce was a nuclear engineer and naval officer with the U.S. Navy, including tours that involved the testing of newly constructed aircraft carrier nuclear power plants and the contractual oversight of a complex nuclear refueling and overhaul.  He qualified for a U.S. Navy acquisition subspecialty.

Bruce earned his Juris Doctor degree from the College of William & Mary School of Law, his Master of Engineering Management degree from Old Dominion University and his Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University.