Kenneth N. Nigon
Shareholder | Valley Forge, PA
P: (610) 993-4222
F: (610) 407-0701
Mr. Nigon has 32 years of experience in Intellectual Property Law, including five years as Patent Counsel for a major consumer electronics corporation and 27 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 RP’s 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.
Mr. Nigon is the author of a chapter, "Drafting the Specification," of Electronic and Software Patents, Law and Practice 3rd ed. published by BNA Books and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), of “Advanced Specification Drafting Issues: Electronic and Computer Inventions,” The Computer & Internet Lawyer vol. 30, nos. 4 & 5, April, May 2013, "The New Written Description Requirement" Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, vol. 84, no. 9, September 2002 and of "Patent Portfolio Management," 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 is an active member of AIPLA where he is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Patent Relations with the USPTO Committee. He has served as Treasurer of AIPLA, Chair and Vice Chair of the Patent Law Committee, Vice Chair of the Committee on Legislation and Chair and Vice-Chair of the Electronic and Computer Law Committee. He has also served as Co Vice-Chair of the Professional Programs Committee. Mr. Nigon has presented webinars on Patent Eligible Subject Matter for BNA and AIPLA in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Mr. Nigon has spoken at the AIPLA Midwinter Institute in 2000, at the AIPLA Spring Meeting in 2002 and at the AIPLA Annual Meeting in 2006. He has also spoken at several seminars sponsored by the AIPLA, including the Basic Electronic and Computer Law Practice Seminar (1994), the Advanced Electronic and Computer Practice Seminar (1998 and 2001) and at the AIPLA Basic Training Seminar (2000 and 2001). Mr. Nigon has also spoken since 2008 at the PLI Advanced Patent Prosecution Seminar, of which he is a Co-Chair, on considerations in drafting patent specifications.
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Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania (1984)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1995)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1984)

  • J.D., Temple University (1983)
  • M.S., Stanford University (1974)
  • B.S., University of Notre Dame (1973)

  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Past President (2001-2002)
    • President (2000-2001)
    • President Elect (1999-2000)
    • Vice President (1998-1999)
    • Secretary (1995-1998)
    • Chair Computer Practice Committee (1994-1995)
    • Chair Junto (Programs)
    • Committee (1989-1994)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Vice Chair, Patent Relations with the USPTO (2014-Present)
    • Vice Chair, Committee on Legislation (2014)
    • Chair, Patent Law Committee (2011-2013)
    • Vice Chair, Patent Law Committee (2011-2013)
    • Treasurer (2007-2010)
    • Co-Vice Chair, Professional Programs (2006-2007)
    • Chair, Electronic and Computer Law Committee (1998-2000)
    • Vice Chair, Electronic and Computer Law Committee (1996-1998) 
  • American Bar Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

  • Awarded an AIPLA Project Award in 2012
  • Recognized as one of America's Best Lawyers (2006-present)
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers- Philadelphia Magazine 
    • Intellectual Property Law (2005-present)
  • America's Leading Lawyers for Business: The Client's Guide-Chambers & Partners' publication
    • IP Attorney in PA (2005-Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America© , 2007-Present
    • Patent Law 2011-Present


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