About Us

We are four attorneys with a combined 70 years of experience helping our clients manage their intellectual property.

We are scientists and engineers with specialized technical training in mechanical engineering, biotechnology, electrical engineering, and pharmacology.

We are admitted to practice before the USPTO,
the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and
US District Courts in Virginia, Maryland,
and the District of Columbia.
We have experience in US district court litigation,
Federal Circuit appeals, and licensing negotiations.

our Clients

come from a wide range of industries and company sizes

large multinational corporations

major research universities

mid-sized companies with mature patent portfolios

startups who need help building their portfolios, and solo inventors

our team

Our team will provide you with the benefit of extensive expertise representing clients like you.
You will receive more attention from us than you could reasonably hope to receive from a large law firm.
We will not pass your work off to an inexperienced associate.
Our billable rates are comparable to those that big firms charge for new attorneys.


Adam J. Cermak

direct: 703.717.9351

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Shelly Guest Cermak

direct: 703.405.1551

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Tomoko Nakajima

direct: 703.717.9350

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Malcolm K. McGowan

direct: 202.257.7471

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Christopher C. Goode

General Phone: 703.717.9350

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  • Address: 127 S. Peyton Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703.717.9350
  • Fax: 703.717.9392

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