Donald A. Gregory


Donald Gregory has more than 40 years of experience in the intellectual property field. He runs an active intellectual property counseling practice, which involves advising clients on the:

  • development, procurement, use, management, protection, and enforcement of intellectual property rights
  • establishment of company intellectual property programs and defensive strategies

In addition, Donald maintains a strong focus on intellectual property licensing and acquisition. He has prepared and negotiated hundreds of agreements relating to:

  • patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret licensing
  • product distribution
  • value-added reselling
  • joint development
  • consulting
  • sponsored research.

Intellectual Property Counseling

He has handled the filing and prosecution of hundreds of patent and trademark applications for clients in the United States and throughout the world. Donald has experience in many technical areas and industries, including:

  • medical devices
  • automotive racing
  • industrial and machine tools
  • closures
  • mining
  • fasteners 
  • instrumentation
  • materials processing
  • aerospace
  • insurance
  • software
  • electrical power generation
  • nuclear energy
  • personal care products

Intellectual Property Licensing and Acquisition

He has experience in the areas of software, retailing, restaurants, entertainment, television production, manufacturing, and marketing. Donald has handled the transfer of intellectual property rights for hundreds of business acquisitions. In addition, he has represented clients in bringing their intellectual property to market through identifying and negotiating with appropriate purchasers or licensees.

Previous In-House Experience

  • As patent counsel for Philip Morris Incorporated (1981–1985), Donald managed mechanical and biotech patent matters, as well as consulting, university-sponsored research, and licensing matters.
  • He was a patent attorney at McDermott Inc., with responsibility for the intellectual property program of the Nuclear Power Generation Division of The Babcock & Wilcox Company (1979–1981).
  • He previously served as an engineer for The Babcock & Wilcox Company, where his work included performing nuclear and thermal hydraulic design of commercial nuclear reactors and nuclear fuel shipping casks, and writing a computer code used for designing nuclear reactor control rods (1973–1976).
  • In prior work for the University of Virginia, he wrote a computer code used for performing neutron activation analysis for identifying isotopes present in radioactive materials.

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  • 2012–2017, listed in IAM Patent 1000
  • 2015–2016, listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
  • 2010–2011, listed in IAM Licensing 250
  • 2017, listed in Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll



  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
Professional Activities

Donald is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (“AIPLA”) and its licensing committee; Fairfax Bar Association; Virginia State Bar (Member, Intellectual Property Section and International Section); American Nuclear Society (1980-1981); and Engineer Club of Richmond, Virginia (1982-1984). He was a U.S. correspondent for patents and trademarks for European Intellectual Property Review (1988-2011).



  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Virginia


  • College of William and Mary, JD
  • University of Virginia, BSNE