Kenneth N. Nigon has 30 years of experience in intellectual property law, including five years as Patent Counsel for a major consumer electronics corporation and 25 years with RatnerPrestia. In his work at RatnerPrestia, Mr. Nigon has acted as Patent Counsel for three U.S. laboratories of a major Japanese consumer electronics company, advised in-house patent counsel of a major U.S. research laboratory, and managed the procurement and licensing of intellectual property for numerous other companies. Mr. Nigon has counseled clients in the full range of intellectual property matters. He has also served as an expert witness in litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
At RatnerPrestia, Mr. Nigon chairs the Patent Preparation and Prosecution Group and the Computer Architecture, Software, Business Methods, Semiconductor and Signal Processing Practices. He has served on the Management Committee, and held various other positions in the firm.
As Co-Chair and faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute’s (PLI) Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop for several years, Mr. Nigon has provided patent practitioners from around the world with guidance on preparing applications, drafting claims and working with examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to obtain quality, cost-effective patents.
Mr. Nigon is a former Treasurer and long-time active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). He represented that Association on a super committee, named by all of the national U.S. intellectual property professional associations, to consult with and advise the USPTO on prospective rules for the implementation of post grant proceedings under the American Invents Act of 2012. Mr. Nigon has also held a number of other positions in the AIPLA, including Chair of the Patent Law Committee, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Electronic and Computer Law Committee, Co Vice-Chair of the Professional Programs Committee, Vice Chair of the Committee on Legislation and Vice Chair of the Patent Relations with the PTO committee. He has also spoken at various meetings and institutes of the AIPLA.
In the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, Mr. Nigon has served as President and held various other offices. He has also spoken at programs of the Association and at joint programs of the Association with the intellectual property associations of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, on topics including the patentability of computer software and an annual review of decisions of the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Nigon presented webinars on Patent Eligible Subject Matter for BNA and AIPLA in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2014, Mr. Nigon spoke on how prior art under first-inventor-to-file will affect patent practice for the 52nd Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law sponsored by The Center for American and International Law . He has also authored a number of publications including a chapter on patent specification drafting in the book Electronic and Software Patents, Law and Practice 3rd ed. Published by BNA and AIPLA and articles on “Advanced Specification Drafting Issues: Electronic and Computer Inventions,” in The Computer & Internet Lawyer vol. 24, no. 4, April 2007, "The New Written Description Requirement" in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, vol. 84, no. 9, September 2002 and on "Patent Portfolio Management," in The Patent Journal vol. 1, no. 11, September 2002.
Before he became an attorney, Mr. Nigon worked for nine years as an Engineering Programmer and Systems Programmer for a major U.S. computer manufacturer.
Mr. Nigon has a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University, a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Nigon has been recognized in the Philadelphia Magazine "Pennsylvania Super Lawyers" publication in the area of intellectual property law every year since 2005 and in Chambers & Partners' publication, America's Leading Lawyers for Business: The Client's Guide, as a leading intellectual property attorney in Pennsylvania every year since 2005. Mr. Nigon has also been recognized as one of America’s Best Lawyers.