Charles Miller concentrates on patent prosecution and counseling matters primarily in the electrical, computer and business method arts where he counsels a wide range of clients from start-ups and emerging growth companies to large multi-national corporations. In addition to strategic patent portfolio creation and management, Mr. Miller prepares product clearance, infringement and validity opinions.
Mr. Miller relies on his experience as a former patent examiner when representing clients in all phases of prosecution of patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Miller has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a variety of different technologies, including those relating to: electronic circuits, computer hardware, digital rights, operating systems, Internet and e-commerce, cellular telephones, telephone and computer networks, medial devices, satellite communications, video conferencing, set-top boxes, securities trading systems and a variety of business methods.
Mr. Miller also counsels clients on a wide range of international intellectual property issues. Mr. Miller has prosecuted numerous patent applications in countries all over the world. Mr. Miller successfully prepared briefs and presented oral arguments before the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany to defeat an opposition brought against a satellite communication system patent. Mr. Miller has also prepared a Statement of the Grounds of the Appeal and participated in oral arguments in an appeal of rejection of a video conferencing system patent application before the European Patent Office. While a patent examiner, Mr. Miller prepared International Search Reports, Written Opinions and International Preliminary Examination Reports for applications filed in the United States under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Mr. Miller has relied on this experience when advising clients on PCT related matters.
Mr. Miller earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, graduating magna cum laude, from Southern Illinois University. He also earned a Juris Doctor degree, graduating cum laude, from George Mason University. Mr. Miller is admitted to the bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Illinois and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Miller practices in the Chicago office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Ten South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606-7407
B.S. 1994, Southern Illinois University
J.D. 1999, George Mason University
Supreme Court of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office