Intellectual property attorney Scott Simmonds advises on IP acquisition and strategy. He works with business clients to identify the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of their portfolios, navigate the shifting legal landscape to create significant and enforceable properties, and maximize revenue-generating initiatives designed to monetize valuable IP.
As a leader, Scott administers the firm’s patent practice and serves on the firm’s management committee. As a practitioner, Scott prepares and prosecutes patent applications through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and counsels clients on the protection and development of IP. Scott is known for his experience in creating the strategies his clients need to succeed in their respective markets. Having been involved in patent portfolio development and management for a wide range of businesses, Scott knows how to tap the right resources for those he serves.
Scott works directly with inventors, executives and in-house counsel to cultivate the novel and often highly specific differentiators of a given technology or innovation in an effort to increase the value of his client’s patent portfolio. He is also regularly involved in negotiating licensing agreements, conducting freedom to operate analyses, and providing due diligence support for mergers and acquisitions. Clients and colleagues alike appreciate Scott’s ability to frame their critical IP assets within their bigger picture objectives.
Scott joined the firm after spending more than a decade as an engineer working in the design and manufacture of medical devices and patient-handling equipment. As a result, he offers multidimensional business experience that ranges from planning and development to budgeting and staffing. His business experience and education help him to understand client concerns from their distinct perspective.
He has experience with technologies such as:
- Hospital beds and patient-handling equipment
- Controls systems for electro-mechanical systems
- Refrigeration systems and controls
- Aircraft engines
- Concrete working equipment
- Dental appliances
- Surgical support systems
- Neural networks
- Hydraulic transmissions
Scott focuses on providing the legal solutions that make sense for his client’s specific business and operations. He is at his best when supporting creativity, problem-solving and helping his clients succeed.
Professional and Community Involvement
Former board chairman (2014-2017) and former board of trustees member (2007-2017), Decatur County Memorial Hospital
Member, American Intellectual Property Association
Member, Indianapolis Bar Association
Member, Licensing Executives Society (LES)
Member, S. Jay Plager Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014