He also has experience in civil litigation following interference proceedings, having protected favorable Patent Office decisions through the district court and the Federal Circuit. In this regard, he helped to define the bounds of raising new issues in an interference appeal when he successfully argued before the Federal Circuit in the case of G.I. v. Scientific Atlanta. Mr. Skerpon's patent litigation experience includes both bench and jury trials.
Mr. Skerpon also has a broad patent preparation and prosecution practice with experience in wood and paper technologies, polymers and other organic and inorganic materials, pharmaceuticals, food technology and general chemical processing.
Mr. Skerpon received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering, cum laude, from Princeton University in 1975 and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Buffalo in 1981. Employed for seven years as a patent liaison, senior chemical engineer for the Linde Division of the Union Carbide Corporation before entering private practice in 1982, he earned invaluable experience working directly with inventors in helping to define their inventive contributions.
Mr. Skerpon is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the American Bar Association, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University and John Hopkins University, teaching in the areas of patent law and biotechnology patent law. Mr. Skerpon is admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia.
Mr. Skerpon practices in the Washington, DC office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.