Sean C. Flood is an associate in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group. Sean provides services in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). With a diverse professional background, he helps inventors secure protection for their ideas and navigate complex patent law issues involving a wide variety of technologies.
Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Sean prosecuted patents for over nine years as an associate at another patent law boutique, with a particular emphasis on semiconductor devices and manufacturing methods. He has served as counsel of record for patent owners in several Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the PTAB and in appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). Sean’s practice has covered a range of technical areas, including semiconductors and memory devices, OLED and LCD displays, software and user interfaces, navigational systems, and piezoelectric devices.
Previously, Sean worked for ten years as a database administrator and software engineer at MCI and at an IT consulting company. He has earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from George Mason University, focusing on microelectronics and embedded systems, including semiconductor devices, RISC microcontrollers and FPGA design. Through his professional background and technical education, Sean has experience programming in a variety of platforms including SQL/SQL+, C, .NET, Perl, PHP, CFML, VHDL and assembly languages.
Sean received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, in Arlington, Virginia, where he completed Mason’s Intellectual Property Specialty Track. At Mason Law, he participated in the Patent Application Legal Clinic and the Giles S. Rich Moot Court, was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society and also completed Litigation and Criminal Law sequences.
Sean has also earned a B.A. summa cum laude in International Studies and French from High Point University, North Carolina. While at HPU, he was named the Outstanding Senior in Modern Foreign Language and was awarded a scholarship to complete a certificate program at the Centre d'Etudes Internationales et Européennes, Université de Strasbourg, France.