Jackson Walker Celebrates Milestone of 500 Patents Filed by Inventor of Cirrus Logic – Jackson Walker

Jackson Walker celebrates the momentum of Austin-based Cirrus Logic, a leader in low-power, high-precision mixed-signal processing solutions. With approximately 4,130 issued and pending patents worldwide, the fabless semiconductor provider benefits from strong growth opportunities and the mind of one of the world’s most prolific inventors, John Melanson.

Senior technical researcher at Cirrus Logic, John Melanson took another step this year and filed his 500th patent with the US Patent Office. His innovations have helped transform the way humans interact with their devices and have had a positive impact on the environment. Of his 500 filed patents, the Jackson Walker team has proudly participated in the registration of 123. John also has over 60 pending patent applications, of which we are responsible for 30.

“Given the large number of inventions that John has devised, and given that Cirrus Logic technology is present in many mobile devices on the market, a majority of people, whether they know it or not, take the innovations of John with them wherever they go.” said Brian K. Prewitt, Austin partner and leader of the Jackson Walker team representing Cirrus Logic. He added, “It has been an absolute privilege for me to work with John over the past decade to help him and Cirrus Logic protect their industry-leading innovations. It’s a huge honor to have played a small behind-the-scenes role in John’s incredible accomplishments.

Under Brian’s leadership, the team, which includes Austin Temple Keller attorneys Andrea Thai and Tori Emery, has helped Cirrus Logic secure 670 issued U.S. patents and 293 foreign patents since 2011. In fact, the exceptional number of Cirrus Logic’s patent filings over the past few years have featured the company among the 300 patents in 2019 and 2020. Produced by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) in conjunction with Harrity Analytics, the Patent 300 uses data obtained from the United States Patent and Trademark Office to list the top 300 patent holders granted each year.

Meet Brian

Brian K. Prewitt is an intellectual property attorney specializing in issues relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, technology development, technology acquisition, strategic alliances, intellectual property licensing , intellectual property due diligence, advice and litigation. With over a decade of experience in intellectual property law and industry experience in the fields of integrated circuit design, semiconductor manufacturing technology, computer architecture and systems Brian has both the legal and technical talents to provide top-notch legal representation to major technology companies around the world.

Meet JW

Since the founding of Jackson Walker in 1887, our attorneys have represented some of the world’s most influential corporations and business leaders. Today, we remain firmly rooted in Texas while serving customers around the world. Our Patents team works with inventors and companies to file and pursue patent applications to protect their inventions, both at home and abroad. Working closely with lawyers in the venture capital and tax disciplines, the Intellectual Property team also drafts and coordinates various technology asset transfers for business development and marketing.

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