Van C. Ernest is a Patent Attorney of the firm. Van holds a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he was an editor, contributor and member of Case Western Reserve Law Review for two years. Van is also a graduate of Grove City College, Pennsylvania, having received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with highest honors.
Van began his legal career with a large litigation law firm in Washington, DC. Van subsequently moved to Richmond, VA, and practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, government contracting and insurance defense, founding his own firm in 1996. In 2000, Van returned to Northern Virginia, and exclusively practiced patent law at an intellectual property law firm in Reston. Van has represented numerous large national and international corporations in various intellectual property related matters. His experience includes all aspects of patent application preparation and prosecution for domestic and foreign clients. Van also has prepared numerous opinions, counseled clients on intellectual property matters, and represented clients in licensing negotiations and mediation. His experience further includes all aspects of patent litigation, including all phases of discovery and trial.
Van’s technical background is primarily in the fields of telecommunications, computer networking and electronics, as well as aviation. Prior to law school, he was a Captain in the United States Air Force, and served as a telemetry systems development engineer, which included planning and airborne tracking of launches for several major space and missile programs.
He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.