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Daniel P. Homiller

Member, BEE, MSEE, MBA, JD

Education: B.E.E., M.S.E.E., M.B.A., J.D. (High Honors)
Registrations: Patent attorney before USPTO
State Bar Admissions: NC
Federal Court Admissions: E.D. of NC

Mr. Homiller understands that intellectual property issues are fundamental to all high-technology businesses today, and that these IP issues affect innovation, business strategies, acquisition strategies and more. This understanding of the client perspective, combined with his extensive engineering background, gives him a distinct edge in patent prosecution in areas of electronic devices, products and systems, as well as software systems. An inventor himself, Mr. Homiller is named on eleven United States patents and has particular expertise in wireless systems. He additionally has extensive experience in preparing and negotiating technology-related agreements including nondisclosure, licensing and technology/software agreements. His knowledge of nearly every phase of high-tech product development, particularly for portable electronic devices, allows him to offer his clients expertise in all phases of the patent life cycle, from concept generation and evaluation, patent preparation and prosecution, to patent and technology licensing.

Beginning his career as an engineer in the defense industry where he developed advanced receivers for signal intelligence applications, Mr. Homiller has over 25 years of experience working with a wide range of wireless communications technologies in a variety of roles. He joined IBM in 1994 to develop wireless modems for use with their laptop computers. Starting in 1997, he spent the next 10 years developing cellular telephones and related products, working as a systems engineer, project manager, engineering manager, product manager and Deputy Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Homiller also spent four years in an in-house legal role, where he acquired substantial experience in intellectual property licensing transactions, strategic patent portfolio development, and patent infringement litigation defense. He draws on this in-house experience with infringement allegations and patent litigation to advise clients on reducing risks posed by third party intellectual property.

Mr. Homiller earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He obtained his Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he graduated with High Honors and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. His bar admissions include the State of North Carolina and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.