Plymouth Nelson

Partner and Patent Attorney Michael Best

Plymouth is known for his attention to detail and unflagging commitment to his clients’ business goals. He approaches each project with the mindset of a business partner, while also working closely with engineers and staff to understand the nuts and bolts of each client’s technology.

These qualities make him particularly successful in drafting and prosecuting patent applications directed to a wide array of mechanical and electromechanical technologies such as compressors, pumps, electric motors, agricultural equipment, drones and other unmanned technologies, spacecraft propulsion, automotive fuel, braking, and seating systems, shelving and storage units, water purification systems, cookware, and golf clubs.

Plymouth also prepares invalidity, non-infringement, and clearance opinions, as well as patentability analyses, and conducts IP due diligence for transactional matters In addition, he counsels clients on the acquisition and enforcement of patent rights and the avoidance of competitor patents. With his knowledge of foreign patent laws and of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), clients look to Plymouth to help manage their patent portfolios and develop strategies to most efficiently maximize those positions in the U.S. and internationally.

Prior to joining the firm, Plymouth worked as an attorney at an intellectual property firm in Washington, D.C., after serving in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps of the U.S. Army.

Before and during law school, Plymouth was a practicing engineer for six years designing water treatment and HVAC systems. During that time, he was a registered professional engineer in Minnesota and Maryland.

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