Since very early in my career, Taylor English has given me the opportunity to work directly and closely with clients, ranging from solo inventors and startup businesses to large companies, to provide intellectual property services that are tailored specifically to the client’s needs.
Russell Dunlap is a member of Taylor English’s Intellectual Property Department, where he assists in patent, trademark, and copyright preparation, prosecution, and litigation. Mr. Dunlap has drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications in a wide range of technologies in the mechanical arts, including water infrastructure components, cosmetics, clothing and other textiles, architectural products, medical devices, corrugated cardboard products and packaging, venting and drying technology, equestrian and pet equipment, and many varieties of consumer goods. His expertise includes reviewing his clients’ products and processes to provide advice on best strategies for protecting their intellectual property through a combination of patentability and noninfringement searches, utility and/or design patents, trade secrets, copyrights, or trademarks. Mr. Dunlap also works hard to understand the realities behind these strategies, including product development timelines and costs, sales and licensing opportunities, and potential competitors’ responses. Mr. Dunlap’s experience also includes prosecuting both inter partes and ex parte reexaminations, having prepared several successful requests for reexaminations placing patents into reexamination before the Central Reexamination Unit.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Dunlap worked as a mechanical engineer at a mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection commercial design firm designing plumbing and HVAC systems. Mr. Dunlap is also an active member of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, attending plant tours and educational sessions to keep up with manufacturing trends and technologies in Georgia.
Mr. Dunlap is an active member of Chamblee First United Methodist Church, having served on the Administrative Board since 2010 and leading the Men’s Committee and annual Men’s BBQ event. He also volunteers with the Truancy Intervention Project, an early-intervention program in which Mr. Dunlap represents chronically absent children in the Atlanta Public School system before the Fulton County Juvenile Court to provide these children with the resources, information, and support they need to get them back to attending school. Finally, Mr. Dunlap enjoys spending his free time with his wife Brittany and two young and energetic daughters Elizabeth and Katherine, as well as supporting University of Tennessee football and basketball.
Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Associate, 2013-present
Intellectual Property Section of the Georgia Bar, member, 2011-present
Intellectual Property Owners Association
Georgia Manufacturing Alliance
Truancy Intervention Project, Volunteer, 2018-present
Georgia PATENTS Program of the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Inc., Volunteer, 2017-present
Chamblee First United Methodist Church, Vice Chair of the Administrative Board, 2010-Present, Men's Committee 2019-Present, Board of Trustees 2019-Present
Russ manages and prosecutes the extensive patent portfolio of Mueller Water Products, Inc., a multinational corporation of companies producing a wide variety of water system products, such as water meters, valves, fittings, fire hydrants, pipes, leak detection equipment and communication systems, and other various water accessories. Russ has overseen the issuance of dozens of utility and design patents for Mueller over the course of his career.
Russ manages and prosecutes the intellectual property portfolio, including patents and trademarks, of and provides licensing advice for Tie Down, Inc., a Georgia Manufacturer of construction, marine, and agricultural equipment.
Russ manages and prosecutes the extensive patent portfolio of Pratt Industries, Inc., a major manufacturer of corrugated cardboard products and related equipment, including numerous utility and design patents covering home delivery boxes, insulated boxes and bags, plastic wrap dispensers, glass packaging, and bag stands.
Prepared and filed utility and design patent applications to protect the We Leash, a training leash sold by start-up company We For Dogs. Both applications eventually issued into patents.
Prepared, filed, and obtained an issued patent for an optometry eye template for a solo inventor optometrist for the use of easy diagnosis of glaucoma.
Filed and obtained issuances for dozens of design patents covering a wide range of consumer products, such as Christmas ornaments and serving products, hats and hat brims, high-heel shoes, medical bracelets, measurement tools, pipe couplings and gaskets, and clothing.
- USPTO reexamination proceedings related to pipe coupling patents for then-subsidiary of Mueller Water Products.
Obtained rulings from the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board finding all challenged claims invalid in reexamination proceedings involving patents of a client’s competitor in the field of mechanical pipe couplings. Rulings resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.
- "What Standard Should the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Apply in Interpreting Patent Claims During Inter Partes Review? Is the Institution of Inter Partes Review Ever Appealable?" ABA Supreme Court PreviewApril 25, 2016
- "Three Years On: What The New Definition of Prior Art Means Today," World Intellectual Property ReviewMarch 18, 2016
- April 22, 2020
- February 24, 2020
- January 3, 2020
- February 20, 2019
- February 22, 2018
Georgia State University College of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2011
The University of Tennessee, BS, Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 2007
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2018-2020
Truancy Intervention Project, Honorable Glenda Hatchett Volunteer of the Year, 2019