Mr. Nixon leverages his electrical engineering background and 39-plus years of experience in the field of intellectual property law by focusing his practice primarily on providing patent law opinions, patent litigation and patent prosecution involving higher level technical issues.
In addition to having participated in hundreds of patent litigations (as counsel or as an expert witness on patent law) and having written and/or prosecuted many hundreds of U.S. patents, Mr. Nixon has also served as an arbitrator and a mediator and has been active in lecturing and writing (both in the U.S. and abroad) about computer law topics.
Mr. Nixon was listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2006 and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995.
His master's degree thesis concerned a radiating slot spacecraft antenna. He worked his way through college by building and testing prototypes and models and by writing and operating computer programs in various University laboratories, and by undertaking technical responsibilities at the Illinois Power Company, the Collins Radio Company, the Illinois State Water Survey and Lawrence Radiation Laboratories in Livermore, California.
He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School in 1971 (after an interruption for military service in the U.S. Army).
Mr. Nixon is currently a member of the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia and a member of the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He has been admitted to practice before many of the Federal courts (including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the US Supreme Court), is currently registered for alternate dispute resolution services with the AIPLA, and is on the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals at the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR).