Frank J. Spanitz, P.E., Esq.
Lehigh Valley (US)

Frank Spanitz practices in the area of intellectual property law, concentrating his practice in prosecuting and procuring domestic and foreign utility and design patents, patent portfolio development and strategies, licensing, opinions including freedom-to-operate, patentability and non-infringement, patent searches, business transaction IP due diligence, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and counseling on various IP matters. He is also experienced in arbitration and patent litigation, and regularly counsels clients on patent cease and desist and licensing offer issues.

Actively serving national, international, and regional clients from his Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia offices, Mr. Spanitz practices in a variety of technical fields including mechanical, electro-mechanical, medical and oral care, computer/server and processor based systems, local area and web-based network data and communication systems, software applications, consumer electronics, semiconductor devices/fabrication, barcode scanners, radar systems, product/container packaging, firearms, green energy technologies (solar cells, wind, water, biofuels, etc.), manufacturing equipment/processes, casting/molding, materials, power generation equipment/systems, fluid and piping systems/components, wastewater treatment, automotive, fasteners, tools, textiles, door and hinge hardware, structural equipment, and others. He represents individuals/entrepreneurs, startup businesses, and corporate clients from small to large in developing appropriate strategies to maximize protection with a business-minded and budget focus.

Mr. Spanitz is a licensed professional engineer. Prior to practicing law, he acquired extensive industry and business experience as a senior engineer/project manager for PPL, Inc. (formerly Pennsylvania Power & Light Company). In that capacity, he developed, planned, designed, and managed multimillion-dollar power generating plant projects involving equipment/systems related to fossil fuel combustion, fuel and ash handling, water and air pollution control, process systems, heat transfer, computer-controlled systems, and new power generation technologies.

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Spanitz is also a member of the Pennsylvania and New York bar associations. He is also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern District and Eastern District of New York. Prior to joining The Belles Group, P.C., he was most recently a partner at Philadelphia-based Duane Morris LLP. Mr. Spanitz previously practiced law at the prestigious former IP boutique firm of Pennie & Edmonds LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP both in New York City.

Mr. Spanitz is a 1999 cum laude graduate of Widener University School of Law, where he was honored as a Widener Scholar and held the position of research editor of The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. He is also a graduate of Villanova University (B.S.M.E.). Mr. Spanitz is an adjunct professor at Lehigh University in the Graduate School of the College of Business and Finance. Under the Baker Institute for entrepreneurship, he teaches an entrepreneurial focused intellectual property and valuation course in the Venture Series to M.B.A., corporate, and startup company students.

EDUCATION
  • Widener University School of Law, 1999
  • Villanova University (B.S.M.E.)
Membership
  • Pennsylvania and New York bar associations

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