Nate Rees joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2007 and focuses his practice on intellectual property matters. He has experience in obtaining and enforcing patents in the areas of telecommunications, electronics, computer hardware and software, biomedical devices, computer networking and a variety of mechanical arts.
Nate is registered to practice in front of the US Patent and Trademark Office. His patent prosecution experience includes drafting patent applications and responding to office actions from the US Patent Office as well as from foreign patent offices. He has also guided numerous patent applications through the administrative appeals process. Nate's intellectual property experience also includes assisting clients with licensing their technology and with due diligence reviews related to intellectual property.
Nate is the co-chair of the firm's Post-Issuance USPTO Practice Group and is extensively involved in both invalidating and defending patents which have been drawn into post issuance USPTO proceedings. This experience has included arguing inter partes cases in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. As many of these cases have been involved in litigation while the USPTO proceeding is pending, Nate has crafted and executed strategies which address various issues that arise from having these cases in parallel.
Prior to attending law school, Nate worked at an engineering firm and conducted masters research, where he primarily focused his attention on the development and improvement of various medical imaging devices. Representative devices include CT, MRI, ultrasound, SQUID's (magnetoencephalography) and novel handheld RF imaging devices. During this time, Nate gained practical experience working within the many facets of the electrical arts including electromagnetic propagation, signal processing, digital/analog circuit design, antenna design and control system design.