Adam Chapin


Adam Chapin’s strategic thinking, skill, and tenacity help his clients secure essential patents to strengthen their business opportunities, competitive advantage, and market position in the U.S. and worldwide.

As a patent attorney and software engineer, Nixon Vanderhye Shareholder Adam Chapin works with clients in a wide range of current and emerging technology fields, including machine learning and artificial intelligence, cloud computing, virtual reality, video games, telecommunications, medical devices, electronics, encryption, cybersecurity, blockchain, software, and robotics.

Adam works to comprehensively understand his client’s technology and engineering developments. He then strategizes approaches to write and efficiently obtain patent claims that cover critical elements of his client’s technology while avoiding unnecessary limitations. His thoughtful and tenacious approach to patent prosecution has successfully aided his clients in obtaining valuable IP protection in the U.S. and around the world.

He works with companies from outside the U.S. to develop an understanding of the unique aspects of the U.S. patent system and to develop strategies to protect against the heightened risks that may impact business and marketing strategies in domestic markets.

In addition to patent prosecution, Adam coordinates with clients through all aspects of the pre- and post-grant process – from development of company-wide IP protection strategies to assessing infringement and validity in adversarial proceedings. He also counsels clients on due diligence during M&A transactions.  

During law school, Adam clerked for Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and interned with Nixon Vanderhye before joining the firm as an Associate.


  • Prepares and prosecutes patent applications for machine learning, blockchain, and other software technologies for a large financial services company.
  • Counsels companies from China, Israel, India, Australia, Japan, and Europe in emerging technology fields to protect their innovations and inform them of the risks of entering the U.S. market.
  • Assisting clients in understanding and resolving 35 U.S.C § 101 subject matter eligibility issues that are unique to the U.S. patent system.
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • J.D., University of New Hampshire School of Law, Franklin Pierce Law Center, 2010
  • B.S. in Computer Science, Western Washington University, 2001

Get To Know Adam

Where can you be found outside the office?

Crossfit, cycling, golfing, and skiing; reading historical or epic fantasy novels.

What would your perfect day include?

Golfing with my Mom; Skiing with my Dad; Cruising the San Juan Islands off the Washington Coast; Hiking the North Coast of Kauai; Getting lost in Tokyo.

What would friends surprised to learn about you?

I love to cook and occasionally experiment with a wide range of health foods.

What are your favorite foods?

Sushi, oysters, Dungeness crab, and raspberries.