Douglas J. Sorocco

Douglas J. Sorocco

Director & Shareholder


I help creators, makers, artists & innovators.
Protect and defend their art, inventions, and ideas.
So they can profit from their creativity and power our economy, community, and future.

Douglas J. Sorocco practices in all areas of intellectual property law including patent, trademark, copyright, technology, and e-commerce and assists clients with intellectual property matters requiring litigation, licensing, technology counseling and complex transactions.

Doug is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He particularly enjoys working with clients to complete the process of acquiring and/or commercializing intellectual property assets as well as portfolio management, licensing and transactional matters. Doug is ranked in Band 1 (the top band) for intellectual property law by the highly regarded Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018, and he was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 for Patent Law and  Technology Law.  Managing Intellectual Property continues in 2018 to rank Doug as an IP Star.  Doug was selected for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers 2017 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 currently an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma City University School of Law and has served as an adjunct in the Physiology Department of the University of Oklahoma's Health Sciences Center. Prior to joining Dunlap Codding in 1996, Doug was a creative thinker and strategic legal savant with Dick & Harris, a Chicago intellectual property boutique law firm.

Doug is incredibly honored to have been named one of 15 Minority Rainmakers of the Year in 2014 by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. In 2016, he received the George Lewis Advocacy Award from the Oklahoma City Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns.

Doug is also humbled and appreciative of his selection as Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Recent Representative Patents 

9,110,080 - Epitope Testing Using Soluble HLA
9,090,881 - Method for Continuous Growth of Phytoplankton
9,072,901 - Cardiac Neuromodulation & Methods of Using Same
9,040,761 - Co-Processing of Biomass & Synthetic Polymer Materials in a Pyrolysis Process
8,980,354 - Frozen Confectionery Product & Method of Manufacture
8,980,608 - High Molecular Weight Heparosan Polymers
8,945,228 - Endplate for a Vertebral Implant
8,971,624 - System & Process for Color-Balancing a Series of Oblique Images
D724,757 - Exterior Building Design

Bar Admissions 
  • State of Oklahoma 
  • State of Illinois 
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office 
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma 
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • 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 2018 and has been ranked since 2010.   He was selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 for Patent Law and Technology Law. In 2018, Managing Intellectual Property magazine again ranked him as an IP Star.  In 2016, he was one of only 30 Intellectual Property lawyers in the country to be chosen as a BTI Client Service All Star. He was also selected for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers 2017 and in Oklahoma Super Lawyers Rising Star Edition 2008.

Doug is incredibly honored to have been named one of 15 Minority Rainmakers of the Year in 2014 by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. In 2016, he received the George Lewis Advocacy Award from the Oklahoma City Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns. In 2018, the Plaza District Association honored him as the recipient of the 2018 Urban Pioneer Award. The award is given annually to individuals in the Oklahoma City community who "exemplify Oklahoma's pioneering spirit with their leadership and commitment to urban revitalization."

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 was named as an inaugural member of the Butler University “50 Under 50″ in 2004.

Media Mentions 
  • 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 law firm, Buchanan Nipper. Matt, Stephen and Doug also created and authored rethinkIP a blog focused on examining the intersection of intellectual property law and client service.

Doug served on the Board of Directors of the Spina Bifida Association of America for 12 years and was honored to lead the organization as its Chairman from 2004-2007. He has also served on the international Board of Directors for the Brussels based NGO International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus as well as locally on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma City. He was also the Oklahoma Chairman of the Licensing Executives Society.

Currently, Doug serves on the Boards of Directors for:

Activities / Interests 
  • Photography 
  • Woodworking 
  • Restoration and renovation of historical homes