Wm. Brook Lafferty

Senior Counsel
Atlanta
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3800
Atlanta, GA 30303
D: 404.954.5092
Contact My Assistant
Jennifer Williams
D: 404.954.5041

Education

John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
LL.M in Intellectual Property, with honors, 1996

Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
Juris Doctor, 1995
Stetson Law Review

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 1988

Bar and Court Admissions

Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Member, State Bar of Georgia
Member, The Florida Bar
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Admitted, US Supreme Court
Admitted, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Admitted, US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Admitted, Georgia Court of Appeals
Admitted, Georgia Supreme Court
Admitted, Northern District of Georgia
Admitted, Middle District of Florida

Brook began practicing law in 1995 and his practice is directed toward counseling clients in the development and protection of their intellectual property portfolios.  His practice encompasses patent preparation and prosecution, IP agreement drafting and negotiation, opinions, due diligence investigations, and litigation support with respect to patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and trade dress

Brook has 10 years of in-house legal counsel experience.  Prior to joining Merchant & Gould, Brook was Senior Counsel of Intellectual Property at Exide Corporation, a global manufacturer of transportation and industrial batteries.  Prior to this, Brook was Director of Intellectual Property, North America, at AGCO Corporation, a global manufacturer and distributor of agricultural vehicles and equipment.  Brook also was Associate General Patent Counsel at Cisco Systems and Scientific-Atlanta.

Brook’s technical background in the mechanical, electrical and telecommunication arts includes aircraft power generation systems, avionics, composite materials and structures, agricultural vehicles such as combine harvesters and tractors, vehicle guidance systems, remote machine management, hybrid electric vehicles, lead-acid batteries, conveyor systems, manufacturing technologies, medical devices, digital interactive subscriber systems, videoconferencing systems, video and audio compression, encryption, interactive program guides, and digital set-top boxes/DVRs.

Before embarking on a career in IP law, Brook was a Missile Maintenance Officer and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer in the U.S. Army.  As an EOD Officer, Brook supervised the detection, rendering safe and disposal of unexploded munitions and improvised explosive devices. 

Non-Legal Experience

Army Officer 
Captain, US Army Ordnance Corps
Missile Maintenance and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland
October 1988 - June 1992
Desert Storm Veteran