Craig's industrial and academic background, coupled with his creative problem-solving approach, allows him to develop practical, cost-effective solutions to his clients' intellectual property needs. He regularly secures and litigates patents, trademarks, and copyrights for businesses and individuals around the world. He also provides legal counseling in technology-related matters such as product and business development, licensing, domain name and internet law, software issues, and more.
In the field of patents, Craig's work largely concentrates on obtaining, asserting, and defending against patents in the electrical, mechanical, biomedical, and software fields. His clientele includes United States and foreign companies who are leaders in scientific and engineering instrumentation (e.g., spectrometers, electron microscopes, dynamometers, etc.), biomedical devices (e.g., heart and brain implants, patient care devices, X-ray machines, etc.), software for engineering and biomedical professionals (e.g., CAD/CAM, statistical analysis, and image processing software), physical fitness and rehabilitation devices (e.g., exercise and athletic equipment), energy generation and conservation devices (e.g., solar collectors, geothermal pumps, and energy-efficient building products), and outdoor, hardware, and consumer products (e.g., hunting equipment, hand tools, and computer accessories). He also represents independent inventors and small companies, and assists them in the protection and commercialization of their technologies.
In the trademarks field, Craig manages and protects the trademark portfolios of United States and foreign businesses of all sizes. His extensive years of experience in teaching trademark law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and his knowledge of trademark litigation before federal courts has earned Craig the trust of other law firms who frequently call upon him to assist in their intellectual property needs. Additionally, his experience before the federal courts and in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has proven his ability to be a trusted resource of clients and referral sources.
Craig frequently registers and defends copyrights for both businesses and individuals. Apart from copyright work relating to literary and artistic works, he has experience in protecting software, product packaging, and architectural works such as building plans, architectural fixtures and more.
He is a frequent lecturer on patents, trademarks, and other legal topics for businesses, professional groups, and civic organizations. He has authored numerous papers and articles directed to intellectual property and technology law, and has received the Charles Dunn Author Award from the State Bar of Wisconsin.
After Craig obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees in engineering he began his career as a researcher and programmer for a Fortune 500 energy company. He was also an instructor for courses in engineering instrumentation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Publications & Presentations
- "How to Conduct Effective Patent Searches," Discovery Challenge, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Madison, WI, December 10, 2012
- Introduction to Trademarks
- Introduction to Patents and the Patent Process
- "Six Easy Steps to Highly Effective Patent Searching," Design News, June 6, 2005
- How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Using Patent Searching for Better, Faster, and Cheaper Engineering Research and Product Development