H. Warren Burnam, Jr.

Of Counsel

Warren Burnam brings more than four decades of wide-ranging intellectual property experience – from patents to litigation – to his legal practice.

Nixon Vanderhye Shareholder Warren Burnam’s experience across multiple IP disciplines, coupled with insight gained from handling a wide variety of sophisticated issues and challenges during his career, is a distinct benefit to clients seeking to develop goal-oriented business strategies designed to maximize the value and potential of their innovations.

Patent application preparation and prosecution is a primary focus of Warren’s practice. He has personally written and prosecuted thousands of U.S. utility and design patents and coordinated the filing and prosecution of patent applications in jurisdictions around the world.

Warren has also practiced in the areas of patent interference and patent infringement litigation; counseled clients in trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection; and advised on all aspects of IP licensing.

While Warren has had the privilege of advancing innovations that span many technical disciplines over the past 40+ years, most of his representations today are concentrated in the areas of:

  • Semiconductor Structures and Methods
  • Integrated Circuit Technology
  • Display Technologies (Including Liquid Crystal and LED)
  • 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
  • Nuclear Physics

Prior to joining Nixon Vanderhye in 1991, Warren was a partner at a prominent patent law firm.

  • Virginia
  • Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • J.D., University of Alabama, 1977
  • B.S. in Engineering Physics, magna cum laude, The University of Tennessee, 1974
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Get To Know Warren

Where can you be found outside the office?

On the tennis court, or participating in triathlons.

What are your hobbies?

Growing and cultivating herbs, both culinary and aromatic.

What inspires you?

Humble sacrifice for a worthy cause.

What book couldn’t you put down?

Any Ken Follett work: I have read his entire repertoire.