PROFILES: Russ Weinzimmer

Patent Attorney Russ Weinzimmer

Bringing Legal, Technical, and Business Experience to Private Practice

In private practice at Russ Weinzimmer & Associates PC, my extensive and varied experience enables me to contribute value to entrepreneurs and inventors, startups, and small companies.

Over 30 Years of Experience in Patent Law

My over thirty years of experience in patent law includes seven years of experience doing complex patent preparation and prosecution in demanding law firm environments, seven years as management in a leading corporate environment, and over sixteen years in private law practice helping clients nationwide. Corporate and entrepreneurial experience prior to my career in law enables me to better understand the business needs and objectives of my clients.

Chief Patent Counsel at Cognex Corporation

At Cognex Corporation, as Chief Patent Counsel, I was the first full-time in-house attorney at the company. Cognex is a global public company in the machine vision industry with more than $800 million in annual revenue as of 2018. Cognex Corporation won its lawsuit against Jerome Lemelson’s limited partnership, and invalidated his machine vision patents that were used to extract millions in license fees from larger companies such as Ford and Motorola. Cognex was founded by three MIT graduates.

I grew the patent portfolio from two issued patents with two patents pending, to over 115 issued patents with 133 patents pending, within seven years. I worked closely with engineers to strategically identify patentable technology. I personally prepared and filed eight new patent applications per year, working directly with world-class company founders/inventors. I responded to U.S. PTO Office Actions to obtain patent allowance and issuance. I rendered patent infringement and validity opinions.

I also supervised outside patent counsel, and managed litigation. Further, I provided IP counseling to upper management. I provided patent education to engineers and engineering management. I recruited, trained, and managed patent administrators and in-house patent lawyers, and managed the patent department budget. I worked closely with senior management and company personnel to further business objectives in patent portfolio development, licensing, patent enforcement, employee issues, and confidentiality agreements. I established and implemented internal strategies and policies relating to using and protecting intellectual property. I developed and managed IP protection strategies within the US and abroad.

Experience in a Law Firm Environment

Prior to joining Cognex Corporation, I was primarily involved in the preparation and prosecution of highly technical patent applications in a law firm environment full-time, while I attended law school in the evening. In particular, I prepared and prosecuted patent applications relating to computer software, computer hardware, communications, medical devices, speech recognition algorithms, semiconductor devices, signal processing, database algorithms, advanced computer systems, high-temperature superconductors, image processing, high-speed modem algorithms, medical imaging and analysis, optical devices, and computer disk storage devices. I also rendered patent infringement and patent validity opinions.

Entrepreneurial Experience as a Startup Founder

Prior to entering patent law, I was a co-founder of a software startup, and was involved in various aspects of technology marketing in a corporate environment. I bring the perspectives gained through these business experiences to my practice of Strategic Patent Law®.

Areas of Practice:

  • Patent Law
  • Patent Searches
  • Patent Preparation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Strategic Patent Portfolio Development
  • Patent Education
  • Patent Licensing
  • Patent License Negotiation
  • Patent Advice
  • Patent Infringement Opinions
  • Patent Validity Opinions
  • Patent Strategy Development
  • US Patent Filings for Foreign Law Firms and Corporations
  • Trade Secret Protection
  • Intellectual Property

Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Suffolk University Law School

Boston, Massachusetts
Doctor of Jurisprudence

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts
Graduate Study in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Master of Science in Physics

Franklin and Marshall College

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts in Physics

Representative Clients:

  • Cognex Corporation
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Codex Corporation (modems)
  • Northeastern University
  • I. L. Medical
  • Micrilor
  • Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
  • Arthur D. Little (Cambridge, MA)
  • Bull S.A. (Paris, FR)
  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • BBN Corporation (Cambridge, MA)
  • Dynamics Research Corporation (Wilmington, MA)
  • Datacube
  • New England Medical Center Hospital

Representative Patents Written:

More patents written by Russ Weinzimmer

Honors and Awards:

  • Cognex President’s Award

Past Employment Positions:

  • Cognex Corporation, Chief Patent Counsel
  • Lappin & Kusmer, Patent Attorney
  • Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Hayes, Patent Agent
  • Fish & Richardson, Technology Specialist

Pro Bono Activities:

  • Legal Document Review and Counseling for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses






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