Malvern (Griff) U.


Griff manages patent portfolios for large, multinational corporations and leading research institutions. His clients include Fortune 100 companies, technology sector leaders and universities. He counsels clients on the development and expansion of their IP portfolios. Griff leverages his education in electrical engineering and work experience in the telecommunication industry to advise clients  in establishing and protecting patents related to computer hardware and software, wired and wireless communications, electronics, financial and medical transactions, and display technology.

Griff writes opinions, prosecutes patents, handles reexaminations, performs clearance studies (for example, freedom to operate), develops and negotiates licensing agreements, performs intellectual property due diligence, manages IP portfolios and conducts intellectual property audits. Griff is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Experience

Sutherland advises Fortune 50 healthcare corporation on intellectual property matters.
Sutherland advises a Fortune 50 healthcare corporation on its intellectual property needs. We provide general patent counseling and worldwide patent prosecution, advise on patent portfolio strategies and third-party patent issues. We also advise on its trademarks.
Sutherland provides patent prosecution and counseling services to global leader in wireless communications.
Sutherland provides domestic and international patent prosecution and counseling services to a Fortune 100 multinational semiconductor chip manufacturer.
Sutherland provides general patent advice to leading payment processing service and technology provider.
Sutherland serves a leading payment processing service and technology provider to financial institutions by providing patent counseling and worldwide patent prosecution services. Our guidance covers patent portfolio strategies, technology and intellectual property licensing and third-party patent issues.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of intellectual property (2007–2013)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers® (2004, 2008–2010, 20132014)

Named among the “The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” by IAM Patent 1000 (2013)

Selected for inclusion in Managing Intellectual Property's "IP Stars" (2013)

Professional Activities

Contributing Editor, Electronic Banking Law and Commerce Report
Former Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section, State Bar of Georgia
Guest Lecturer, Kennesaw State Executive MBA Program, “IP Law,” (2010-present)
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association
Member, Licensing Executives Society
Member, Association of University Technology Managers
Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Member, Intellectual Property Committee, Atlanta Bar Association

  • J.D., magna cum laude, The University of Alabama School of Law, Editor, Journal of the Legal Profession
  • B.S.E.E., cum laude, Auburn University
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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