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Scott M. Alter



Scott is an experienced intellectual property attorney whose practice focuses on software, electronics, internet, medical device, telecommunications, cloud computing, financial, and semiconductor technologies. A skilled global patent strategist, he also has significant expertise in patent eligibility and other legal issues particularly affecting high-tech industries.  In every matter he handles, Scott strives to obtain practical results for his clients.

Scott has served as an expert witness in litigation concerning data encryption technology. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked at IBM as a network systems developer and computer programmer.


Examples of Scott’s extensive experience include:

  • Clearance investigations, risk assessment, and design-around advice regarding new and existing products
  • Rendering opinions of counsel regarding patent infringement, validity, and enforceability
  • Portfolio analysis and due diligence accompanying M&A transactions
  • Assessment of client patent portfolios for targeting high-value competitor products
  • Assisting clients with strategic development of worldwide patent portfolios
  • Complex patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings
  • Providing strategic analysis regarding patent litigation
  • Partnering with foreign counsel to streamline global activities and ensure quality and value for clients

Honors & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Patent Law, 2020-present
  • IAM Patent 1000 – World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2014-present
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2012-2015

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property section – positions held:
    • Council Member
    • Chair, Information Technology division
    • Chair, Special Committee on Patent Analysis and Opinions of Counsel
    • Member, CLE Board
  • Co-Chair, PLI Patent Law Institute


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