Nixon & Vanderhye

H. Warren Burnam, Jr

"I strive to counsel wisely those for whom I am privileged to serve."


H. Warren Burnam, Jr

Mr. Burnam brings over three decades of extensive intellectual property expertise to his primary practice area of patent application preparation and prosecution. He has been involved in a wide array of intellectual property matters, including patent interference practice and patent infringement litigation. Mr. Burnam's experience also extends to trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection. His litigation experience includes patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret actions. In addition, Mr. Burnam has been extensively involved in all aspects of intellectual property licensing. His involvement and exposure with complex and diverse issues affords insight for counseling and business planning.

Mr. Burnam has personally written and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. patents, both utility and design. In addition, he has coordinated the filing and prosecution of patent applications in many foreign countries. While Mr. Burnam has had substantial exposure to many technical disciplines, areas of particular involvement include semiconductor structures and methods; integrated circuit technology; liquid crystal, LED, and other display technologies; lasers; memories; photographic reproduction; solar cells; optical and magnetic recording; computer architecture; telecommunications including wireless communications and radio access network architecture and operation; error correction and encryption; piezoelectric devices; paper handling; mail processing; computerized three dimensional graphics; polyurethane insulation manufacture; building materials including roofing products; medical apparatus; process controls; and diverse nuclear physics applications.

Mr. Burnam is a member of the bars of Virginia, Alabama, The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Prior to joining Nixon & Vanderhye, P.C. in 1991, Mr. Burnam was a partner with the firm of Griffin, Branigan & Butler.


  • University of Tennessee
    (B.S. Engineering Physics, magna cum laude, 1974)
  • University of Alabama (J.D., 1977)

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