Nathan E. Whitlock


Mr. Whitlock, a Shareholder¬†with TraskBritt, assists clients with intellectual property in technical areas such as chemical and materials processing, mining, energy, explosives, aerospace, and nanotechnology. He received his J.D. cum laude¬†from Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. He received the Robert Netherland Miller Scholarship for academic achievement. Mr. Whitlock was an Executive Editor for Law & Contemporary Problems, Duke Law School’s oldest journal. He was an officer of the Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society.

Mr. Whitlock, a Registered Patent Attorney, holds B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Chemical Engineering. He has worked in research, development, testing, and evaluation of weapons systems for the U.S. Government, primarily rocket propulsion systems.

Areas of Special Expertise

  • Air quality and monitoring
  • Energetic materials and weapons systems
  • Energy production
  • Infringement, validity, and enforceability evaluations
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Mining
  • Oil and gas exploration and production technologies
  • Patent and technology portfolio assessments and audits
  • Polymers
  • Product clearance opinions
  • Reissue and reexamination proceedings
  • Semiconductor device design and fabrication
  • Technology transfer including software licensing

Prior Professional Experience

  • Chemical Engineer, Naval Air Systems Command, China Lake, CA
  • Research Associate, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. cum laude
  • California Institute of Technology, M.S. Chemical Engineering
  • University of Wyoming, B.S., with honor, Chemical Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Utah Bar

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • “Protecting Clients’ Intellectual Property Assets They May Not Even Know They Own,” Utah State Bar Spring Convention, St. George, Utah, March 15, 2014