Douglas J. Sorocco
Director & Shareholder
Douglas J. Sorocco practices in the areas of intellectual property, technology, licensing, life sciences and patent law and is involved in counseling and transactional work involving all aspects of intellectual property. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Doug regularly counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property including acquisition and commercialization of intellectual property, portfolio management, licensing and transactional matters. He is ranked in Band 1 (the top band) for intellectual property law by the highly regarded Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2015, and he was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 for Technology Law. Managing IP recently ranked Doug as an IP Star for 2014. Doug was also selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition (2010).
Doug’s scientific background has focused on all areas of biotechnology and life sciences (including molecular biology, cell biology, glycobiology, biochemistry, developmental biology, immunology, microbiology, virology, and genetics; pharmaceutical compositions; molecular diagnostics and techniques; medical devices and equipment) as well as chemistry and chemical engineering. Doug has significant experience in providing strategic and tactical intellectual property counsel to individual clients, universities, large pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies, and start-up biotechnology companies.
He is an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma City University School of Law and in the Physiology Department at the University of Oklahoma's Health Sciences Center. Prior to joining Dunlap Codding in 1996, Doug was a member of Dick & Harris, a Chicago intellectual property boutique law firm.
Doug is also humbled and appreciative for his selection as Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 1996
- Northwestern University School of Law, Visiting Student 1995-96
- Butler University, B.S., 1993, Chemistry
Doug is ranked in the top band for the practice of Intellectual Property in Oklahoma by the prestigious Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2015, and has been ranked since 2010. He was selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 for Technology Law. Recently, Managing IP magazine ranked him as an IP Star. Doug is honored to have been named one of 15 Minority Rainmakers of the Year in 2014 by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
In 2008, he was a recipient of the “Leadership in Law Award” given by The Journal Record and the Oklahoma Bar Association. Additionally, Doug is a member of Class V of The Journal Record’s 2008 “Achievers Under 40.” Doug has also been elected an Oklahoma Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in a peer-reviewed process conducted by Law & Politics and Oklahoma Today magazine in 2008 in the areas of Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation. Doug was named as an inaugural member of the Butler University “50 Under 50″ in 2004.
- “Who Owns It? Copyright Ownership for the Collaborative Age,” Paradigm, Fall 2012
- "Fish Are Friends, Not Food. What About Sharks, Can They Be A Trademark?" Guest blog post, Thomson Reuters' Legal Current, April 29, 2015.
- “Dispute Over Posting of Hemp Test Results Leads to $100 Million Lawsuit By MJNA,” May 18, 2015, MainStreet, by Juliette Fairley
- Is It Trademark Bullying or Savvy Brand Protection?, February 20, 2015, Corporate Counsel, by Lisa Shuchman
- Marijuana Patent Applications Face Tough Road at USPTO, December 15, 2014, Law360, by Ryan Davis
- 8 Tips on Managing Client Expectations, November 19, 2014, Law360, by Kaitlyn Kiernan
- Douglas Sorocco, Enterprising Lawyer, October 28, 2014, Daily Dispatch
- Is Altering Patent Construction Review "Worth the Candle?" Stakeholders Weigh In, October 20, 2014, Bloomberg BNA
- High Court Appears Split On Claim Construction Deference, October 15, 2014, Law360, by Ryan Davis
- Fall 2013—"Intellectual Property for Start Ups," Oklahoma City VentureSpur
- Summer 2010—”U.S. Patent Office Rule 56: Duty of Disclosure, Implications, & Inequitable Conduct”
- January 2010—17th Annual Marketing Partner Forum, “Evolving Partner Roles in Client Services, Business Development, and Sales”
- Spring 2009—Various locations—”Effect of In re Bilski on Biotechnology and Diagnostic Patent Claiming”
- Summer 2008—Various locations—”U.S. & Int’l Patent Prosecution Changes in 2008.”
- April 2008—Dunes CLE—“Patent Drafting & Prosecution.”
- February 2007—American Conference Institute’s “Corporate Patent Congress 2007.”
- August 2006—Dunes CLE— “Current Issues in Patent Law.”
Doug is the editor and an author of Dunlap Codding’s award winning and innovative intellectual property legal blog and resource center, PHOSITA, which was discussed in the book Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk With Customers, by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel (available at Amazon).
He coauthored IP Memes, an intellectual property newsletter, with J. Matthew Buchanan and Stephen Nipper of the Boise law firm, Dykas, Shaver & Nipper.
Doug served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Spina Bifida Association of America (2004-07). He also served on the Board of Directors for both the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma City. He was recently the Oklahoma Chairman of the Licensing Executives Society. Locally, Doug currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Oklahoma City's Film Row District, Creative Oklahoma, the Canterbury Choral Society, OHM Space, and Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.
- Restoration and renovation of historical homes
Director & Shareholder