Nathan E. Whitlock


Nathan assists clients with intellectual property in technical areas such as chemical and materials processing, mining, energy, explosives, aerospace, and nanotechnology. He works with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to secure rights for clients, and prepares licensing agreements to help clients monetize their rights. He studied law at Duke University, and has degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and the California Institute of Technology. Before law school, Nathan built and tested rocket motors and propellants for the United States military.

At Duke, Nathan received the Robert Netherland Miller Scholarship for academic achievement. He served as an Executive Editor for Law & Contemporary Problems, Duke Law School’s oldest journal. Nathan has presented continuing education on protecting intellectual property at Utah State Bar events.

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

Bar Admissions

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


  • 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

Prior Professional Experience

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

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
  • “Out of the Blue: What to do if you’re accused of patent infringement,” Utah Business, July 2017, p. 28

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