DALLAS, June 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Fish & Richardson today announced that Terry Stalford and Carl Bruce, principals in the firm’s Dallas office, have been named «Energy and Environmental Trailblazers» by The National Law Journal (NLJ).  According to The NLJ, each of these trailblazers has «shown a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.»  

Stalford and Bruce have pioneered many new approaches to patenting and enforcing the cutting-edge technologies their high-profile oil and gas clients develop.  For example, Stalford and Bruce have spent the past four years building a patent portfolio for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), the most valuable company in the world, to protect the company’s new technologies that deliver greater levels of operational efficiency, enhanced performance, and environmental benefits.  The Stalford/Bruce team contributed significantly to Saudi Aramco obtaining 175 issued patents in 2016. 

Stalford’s practice emphasizes patent litigation, infringement risk management, patent procurement, and licensing in the communications, mobile, energy, software, and electronics fields.  He helps clients in the U.S., Europe, and Asia develop and manage comprehensive IP programs that protect the company’s products and markets, and add capital value to the bottom line.  Stalford spent 15 years building, licensing, and monetizing a patent portfolio for a small company in the gas industry that was ranked by the Wall Street Journal’s Patent Scorecard as one of the strongest in the energy and environmental industry.  He received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1993 and his B.S. in engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1986.

Bruce helps large and small clients throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia protect their innovations with strong IP programs, patent portfolios, and strategic management of their patent litigation matters.  He uses his chemical engineering and polymer composites background, combined with experience in oil & gas, software and the internet, electrical, petrochemical, and opto-electrical technologies, to build legal strategies for clients that take into account technological realities.  He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2002, his M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Washington in 1999, and his B.S. in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1997.

Fish & Richardson is a global patent prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists in the U.S. and Europe.  Our success is rooted in our creative and inclusive culture, which values the diversity of people, experiences, and perspectives.  Fish is the #1 U.S. patent litigation firm, handling nearly three times as many cases as its nearest competitor; a powerhouse patent prosecution firm; a top-tier trademark and copyright firm; and the #1 firm at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, with more cases than any other firm.  Since 1878, Fish attorneys have been winning cases worth billions in controversy – often by making new law – for the world’s most innovative and influential technology leaders.  For more information, visit https://www.fr.com or follow us at @FishRichardson.


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