Derek’s practice focuses on the intellectual property assets and technology application portfolios of start-up, US, and international companies in a variety of industries, including medical devices, life sciences, robotics, electrical signal processing, automotive technology, and energy technology. In particular, his practice has focused on medical devices concerned with neuromodulation, nerve stimulation, and minimally-invasive surgery.
Prior to joining the firm, Derek practiced at a Washington, DC–area law firm specializing in intellectual property, where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications, prepared appeal briefs and reply briefs for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and managed international patent portfolios.
Earlier, for the USPTO, Derek examined pending applications relating primarily to medical diagnostic imaging, including MRIs and sonograms.
- Georgia State University (MBA)
- Georgia State University (JD, magna cum laude)
- Georgia Institute of Technology (BS, Biomedical Engineering)
- Represent private equity-owned Wayne Fueling Systems, formerly a division of General Electric, which manufactures fuel dispensers for petroleum retailers and commercial fleets, and compressed natural gas fueling pumps. Mintz handles worldwide patent and trademark strategy and prosecution, and enforces those protections in the US and abroad. The firm's relationship attorney serves as outside patent counsel and sits on the patent review committee, working directly with the company's stakeholders in developing patent strategy.