Other Attorneys

Mark R. Bilak

Member, BSEE, MSEE, JD

Patrick P. Hansen

Senior Associate, BSEE, JD

Daniel P. Homiller

Member, BEE, MSEE, MBA, JD

Marc Johnson

Patent Agent, BSEE, MSEE

Justin Leonard

Of Counsel, BSECE, BSCS, JD

Michael D. Murphy

Member, BSEE, JD

J. Michael O'Neill

Senior Associate, BSEE, JD

Bret Tingey

Senior Associate, BS Applied Physics, JD

Scott Bloebaum

Member, BS/MS/PhD EE, JD

Education: B.S./M.S./Ph.D. EE, J.D. (honors)
Registrations: USPTO
State Bar Admissions: NC
Federal Court Admissions: E.D.N.C., W.D.N.C., E.D.Tx.

Scott is a member of the firm, with his practice focused on patent prosecution, licensing, and post-grant proceedings.  Prior to joining MBH, Scott spent 6+ years in private practice at a large firm where his clients included individuals, startups, research universities, and major corporations.  In this role, his experience included:

> Drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of telecommunications, computers, software, devices and components, semiconductors, and security, including numerous applications related to 4G and 5G wireless standards.

> Defending major consumer electronics manufacturer or major wireless network operator in over 60 patent infringement litigations related to wide range of complex technologies, both in district courts and in the International Trade Commission (ITC).

> Representing petitioners, including as lead counsel, in several inter partes review (IPR) petitions instituted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

> Providing analysis and opinions of infringement of client patents by third-party products and services, as well as invalidity/non-infringement opinions for patents asserted against clients.

> Advising clients on patent issues related to asset transfers and standards-setting organizations (SSOs).

Prior to entering private practice, Scott worked for over 20 years in the wireless communications industry, most recently as in-house IP counsel for a major smartphone manufacturer.  In this role, he dealt with a wide variety of patent licensing and litigation matters covering a range of technologies including email, messaging, Internet protocols, GPS, WiFi, 3GPP standards, speech/audio/video coding, cameras, memories, displays, and electronic packaging.  Prior to attending law school, Scott held a variety of technical, managerial, and customer-facing roles including senior technologist, engineering director and CTO for North America.  Scott also played an instrumental role in the development of wireless industry standards related to speech coding and location-based services, including assisted GPS (aGPS).  He is a named inventor on 58 U.S. patents.

Scott draws upon this diverse background in all aspects of his practice.  As an experienced litigator, he drafts and prosecutes technically-detailed patent applications that support a range of claims and maximize the patent's chance of survival against future attacks in litigation, licensing, or due-diligence.  As a former CTO, he understands how to help clients translate their business and technology strategies into IP strategies and plans.  As an experienced inventor, he understands how to work with innovators to capture the full scope of their inventions in patent applications.  And as former in-house counsel, he understands the importance of meeting the client's business objectives with service that is high-quality, timely, and cost-effective.

Scott earned a B.S. (cum laude) and an M.S. from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from N.C. State University, all in Electrical Engineering, and a J.D. (with honors) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.