Samuel C. Giesting Partner
Sam regularly handles patent applications through their life cycle in the U.S. and abroad as part of his market protection practice. To help clients avoid patent risks, he advises on new product patent clearance, providing opinions of counsel as needed. Sam is also engaged to consult with engineering teams during product development to help them design for patentability and for competitor patent design-around.
At the onset of every matter, Sam seeks to understand the technology at hand and then apply the law in a manner that makes financial sense. Sam’s big-picture approach to patent ownership takes into consideration each client’s commercial agenda in addition to the law. He advises on individual patents, patent families and extensive patent portfolios to guide his clients away from potential problem areas before they become roadblocks to progress.
Sam is valued for his commitment to relationship-building with all stakeholders involved in the product development process and for his practical application of the law to complex innovations. Sam is also appreciated for his ability to resolve problems in a way that compliments his clients’ commercial vision and operational imperatives.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Sam worked as an engineer at Rolls-Royce Corporation. At Rolls-Royce, he worked on projects related to the testing and certification of gas turbine engines for civil and military applications. In this role, he prepared experimental engine assembly instructions, test plan check sheets for test cell operators, and test program schedules.
Sam is a co-inventor for a wheelchair design for which he holds a patent. He is also an active supporter of IndianaFIRST, an organization dedicated to growing FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics programs for Indiana students.
Professional and Community Involvement
Board member, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Intellectual Property Clinic Advisory Board
Barrister, Indianapolis Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
Volunteer patent attorney, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Center for Intellectual Property Research, a U.S. Patent Office Certified Pro Bono Patent Service Clinic