Mind + Muscle

technical minds + legal muscle

Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox
Dan Bernard

Mind + Muscle

Dan Bernard



Mr. Bernard is an associate in the Electronics Group. His practice focuses on preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as post-grant proceedings at the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Section 337 investigations at the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). Given his international background and inside knowledge of the USPTO and the ITC, Mr. Bernard brings unique insight into patent-related matters.

While attending law school at night, Mr. Bernard worked full time in the patent field. He worked as a law clerk at the ITC in the Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII), as a summer associate at a large general practice law firm in DC, and as a patent examiner at the USPTO, all while serving as an executive editor on The George Washington Law Review. During law school, Mr. Bernard successfully completed the rigorous signatory program to become a primary examiner. He has examined hundreds of computer-related patent applications over the course of seven years at the USPTO. Mr. Bernard also served as an executive board member and student representative for the GW East Asian Law Society. Additionally, he worked for GW Law as a tutor and assistant for courses on post-grant patent proceedings and design law.

Mr. Bernard’s experience covers a variety of technical fields, including computer architecture, memory systems, data storage and retrieval, virtualization, virtual machine management, integrated circuit description and verification, digital signal processing, database management, consumer electronics, digital typesetting, document processing, embedded systems, electronic gaming, open-source software, cryptography, information security, and Internet applications.

Mr. Bernard’s practical experience spans several years in private industry and academic research, which involved project management and documentation, as well as prototyping, testing, and debugging hardware, firmware, and software for medical devices such as wireless neural sensors with custom network protocols, medical imaging devices, medical records platforms, speech profiling systems, global modeling and simulation programs, and process control. He has worked with embedded software development in assembly languages for many unique architectures, as well as higher-level development in C, Java, Python, and several scripting languages. Mr. Bernard has extensive experience on UNIX-like platforms such as BSD- and Linux-based systems, as well as some use of various RTOS platforms. He has also designed and implemented systems for tracking, reporting, and enforcing compliance of hardware development projects with environmental regulations in multiple jurisdictions.

On merit scholarships for each field of study, Mr. Bernard received a B.A. in Japanese studies and a B.S.E. in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, following an applied physics curriculum with concentrations in computer hardware and communication sciences. He received a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, with extensive course work in intellectual property law. Mr. Bernard has also attended the Munich IP Law Center in Germany and Tōhoku University in Japan.

Having lived in Japan, Mr. Bernard is fluent in Japanese, possessing multiple advanced proficiency certifications. He also has significant Japanese-language experience in patent-related matters.

  • Admissions
      • District of Columbia

      • United States Patent & Trademark Office

  • Education
    • J.D., The George Washington University Law School

    • B.S.E., Electrical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

    • B.A., Japanese Studies, Case Western Reserve University


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