Mr. Nydegger is a founding shareholder, and a former officer and managing director of the firm. In the early years of his practice, he was engaged in trial practice, and assisted in successfully conducting several of the first major patent litigation matters handled by the Firm. Mr. Nydegger later developed an extensive prosecution practice, and is experienced in a variety of related intellectual property transactional matters, including preparation and drafting of opinions, licensing transactions, and conducting due diligence for the intellectual property portfolios of clients involved in early or later stage funding transactions, as well as various kinds of IP asset or corporate acquisition transactions. He currently manages many of the firm’s major clients in the electronic, software, information science, e-commerce and medical device technologies. He has also served as a mediator and arbitrator in IP cases. Mr. Nydegger has worked closely with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the development of several important policy initiatives over the years. He participated in assisting PTO personnel with the drafting of several widely used Guidelines adopted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the use of its patent examining corp when conducting examination of software related inventions. In July of 2003 he was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Commerce to a three year term as Chair of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, which was created by statute in 1999 to advise the United States Patent and Trademark Office on matters concerning the “policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the USPTO with respect to patents.” 35 U.S.C. § 5(d).
From 1989 to 1998, Mr. Nydegger served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah’s S. J. Quinney Law School, and was recognized by the law school as an Honorary Alumnus in 2004. Beginning in 1998, he was invited to serve on the adjunct faculty of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he helped to expand the school’s intellectual property curriculum. He was made an honorary member of the Order of the Coif by the BYU Law School in 2003, and was recognized in 2005 as the BYU Law School’s Honored Alumnus of the Year.
Mr. Nydegger is a well-respected authority in the field of patenting software, e-commerce and information science technology, and has lectured both nationally and internationally on that topic. He has published a number of articles, and has authored and co-authored several chapters in the treatise Electronic and Software Patents: Law and Practice (BNA Apr. 2000, 3d Ed. 2011).
He served as the President of the AIPLA during 2003 – 2004, and has also served as a member of the AIPLA’s Board of Directors, the Editorial Board of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal, Chair of the Mid-Winter Institute 2000, Chair of the Electronic and Computer Law Committee, Chair of the Public Appointments Committee, and Chair of the Nominations Committee. In 2000 he was inducted as a Fellow of the AIPLA, one of twenty members to initially receive this honor for outstanding service.
Mr. Nydegger has been active in state legislative initiatives and local government matters, and in organizing and leading a number of charitable initiatives on behalf of the firm.
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