Patrick King, Associate

Former primary patent examiner who understands how the USPTO thinks

As a former patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Patrick King brings a unique perspective to his legal practice. He combines his deep understanding of electrical engineering, communications technologies and semiconductors with his insider knowledge of the patent approval process to protect his clients’ intellectual property.

During his time at the USPTO, Patrick gained intimate insight into subject-matter rejections, especially involving Section 101, and he understands how to navigate those definitions on behalf of his clients. He can anticipate which issues will be internally scrutinized by the review panel, and he asks inventors targeted questions to ensure their application is strong enough to withstand a potential appeal.

A skilled communicator with diverse experience

In addition to his government and private practice work, Patrick conducted an overseas human rights fellowship with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He has also served as a volunteer attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and as a consultant for the World Bank Group.

Clients appreciate Patrick’s diverse perspective and ability to communicate even the most delicate of issues humbly and effectively. For Patrick, simply being right isn’t enough. As an advocate, you must be able to listen well and convince others that your position is right — and he brings that mindset to every matter he handles. Outside of the office, Patrick enjoys yoga and hiking.

Practice Areas


  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, 2016
  • J.D., Howard University School of Law, 2004
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Howard University, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • New York State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association