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Dunlap Codding Associate Angel Gerdzhikov Interviewed on Bulgarian National Radio
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at 9:11 am See More

Angel Gerdzhikov was recently interviewed on Radio Plovdiv, a Bulgarian national radio station, answering questions about growing up in Plovdiv, moving to Oklahoma, and “achieving the American dream.”   

Angel has been an associate attorney with Dunlap Codding since 2010, working in the areas of patent drafting and prosecution, patentability analysis, prior art search, and licensing on behalf of clients.  

Ward Hobson and Marc Brockhaus published in CorporateLiveWire’s Expert Guide to Intellectual Property
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at 14:53 pm See More

CorporateLiveWire has published its Expert Guide to Intellectual Property 2012.  The Guide includes an article by Dunlap Codding attorneys Ward Hobson and Marc Brockhaus, entitled “IP Update:  Recent Change in U.S. Patent Law Regarding Inducement to Infringe.” The entire Expert Guide to Intellectual Property can be accessed on CorporateLiveWire’s website.

Dunlap Codding Shareholder Doug Sorocco Quoted Extensively in MacNewsWorld on the Apple/Google Kodak Patent Deal
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at 14:21 pm See More

Doug Sorocco was quoted extensively in MacNewsWorld on December 12, 2012, in an article by Rachelle Dragani, “Apple Cozies Up to Google for Kodak Patent Deal.”  

Apple’s rumored odd-couple alliance with Google to buy Kodak patents is primarily a defensive opportunity for both companies to gain access to a broad portfolio and share in the underlying costs, said patent attorney Douglas Sorocco. “Both parties are looking to insulate themselves from patent infringement claims if a third party got their hands on one or more of the patents.” 

Normally, that defense could be especially helpful for Apple, which is fighting Samsung in courtrooms around the world. In the Kodak patent buy case, however, Apple’s partnership with Google could be doing more for Samsung than Apple might like, suggested Sorocco. 

“Generally, this move probably is more helpful to Samsung, as they work closely with Google and the Android operating system,” he pointed out.  Still, the move makes sense from both sides, Sorocco continued. As much attention as Apple’s high-profile battle with Samsung gets, it’s not the only patent war the company is waging. Teaming up with a noted rival to increase its portfolio could be a move that ultimately saves precious legal resources in the future. 

“My read is that this is primarily a defensive opportunity for both Apple and Google to gain access to a broad portfolio of technology patents and share in the underlying costs,” Sorocco observed. 

“Both companies get what they want — freedom from suit and potential bargaining chips — and share the cost of doing so,” he pointed out. “It’s a pretty smart strategic and financial decision and doesn’t significantly impact the underlying disputes the companies have with one another on their core technologies.”

Dunlap Codding In the News—New Offices Being Built in the Film Exchange District of Oklahoma City
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at 8:07 am See More

The Journal Record recently reported on Dunlap Codding’s new offices in the works at 609 West Sheridan in the Film Exchange District of Oklahoma City.  Reporter Brianna Bailey wrote, “With the help of the commercial construction company Design+Build Group, local intellectual property firm Dunlap Codding is transforming a 1920s-era industrial building in the Film Exchange District into a headquarters for its growing law practice.”  The firm’s shareholders purchased the 14,250-square-foot brick building in December. 

Douglas Sorocco, one of the firm’s shareholders, was quoted as saying the area was a good fit for the firm.  “Since we work with very creative and innovative people – artists, scientists and musicians – we wanted a space that kind of reflected that creativity and innovation we see in our clients,” he said.  Working closely with Design+Build Group, the firm is remodeling the industrial space—originally built in the 1920s—to include more than 40 new windows and skylights in the brick building.  The firm has also planned a spacious outdoor courtyard for employee use and anticipates making the space available for community creative events.  The firm also anticipates expansion and is building in the infrastructure for an eventual second and third floor.

Dunlap Codding Associate Michelle Briggs Chairs IgniteOKC 4
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at 9:15 am See More

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA—October 19, 2012—Dunlap Codding Associate Attorney Michelle Briggs was recently quoted in an article in The Daily Oklahoman on the fourth IgniteOKC event to be held in conjunction with Creative Oklahoma on November 13 at the Civic Center Music Hall. Briggs chairs IgniteOKC 4, an event bringing together techies, artists, and entrepreneurs. Ignite events feature speakers presenting their insights via 20 slides in 5 minutes. Briggs noted that this year’s event offers one of the most diversified groups of speakers on topics ranging from serious to intriguing to funny.

“We’re very excited about this new partnership with Creative Oklahoma and their State of Creativity Forum….Our first three events were very well received by the business and creative communities in Oklahoma City, and we’re building on that momentum by joining forces with such a dynamic event,” said Briggs. Susan McCalmont, president of Creative Oklahoma, was quoted as saying, “We are excited to work with IgniteOKC and spread the word that Oklahoma is the official State of Creativity.”

Barbara Krebs Yuill, Ph.D., Esq., Named an Oklahoma Rising Star
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at 15:46 pm See More

 Dunlap Codding is pleased to announce that Barbara Krebs Yuill, Ph.D, Esq., has been named to the Oklahoma Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Oklahoma.  Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.  Selection for this list is made by the research team at Super Lawyersa Thomson Reuters business.  The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. 

Dr. Yuill practices in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law. She counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property including patent drafting and prosecution, preparation of patent infringement and patent validity opinions; trademark clearance and registration; license preparation and negotiation; and copyright infringement defense and negotiation. She was previously selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition 2010 and 2011. Barb has prepared patent applications in the areas of nanoparticle manufacture, treatment and use; chemical processing; metallurgical and ceramic materials and manufacture; oil field chemicals and drilling methods; environmental remediation technologies; and mechanical devices for the medical, veterinary and sporting goods industries.

Dunlap Codding P.C. is an Oklahoma City-based law firm serving regional, national and international clients.  Established in 1957 as Oklahoma’s original intellectual property firm, Dunlap Codding remains the state’s largest and most versatile IP boutique.  Dunlap Codding represents a substantial number of sophisticated client companies, and for the past 50 years has obtained more patents, trademarks and copyrights than any other firm in the region.

Lewis Craft, Esq., Joins Dunlap Codding
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at 13:33 pm See More

Dunlap Codding is pleased to announce that Lewis Craft has joined the firm as an associate.  Lewis practices in the areas of patents drafting and prosecution, licensing, prior art searches, and patentability analysis.   Dunlap Codding Managing Shareholder Nick Rouse said, “We are happy to have Lewis join us as an associate attorney; we are growing and he brings needed skills to the table.” 

Lewis graduated from The University of Oklahoma College of Law in May 2012 and recently passed the bar examination.  Prior to working at Dunlap Codding, he was a patent intern at The University of Oklahoma’s Office of Technology Development.  He also worked at Kenyon Energy as an assistant landman and legal clerk.  While in law school, Craft was on the Dean’s List, 2009–2012, served as the American Indian Law Review Articles Editor, 2011–2012, was a member of the OU Law Dean’s Council, 2010–2011, received the Robert T. Rennie Scholarship, and was inducted in the Order of Solicitors in 2012.  Lewis is a member of the American Inns of Court—Luther Bohanon Chapter, and is a member of the Sigma Nu Alumni Advisory Board—University of Oklahoma Chapter.

Lewis received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in May 2009.  While attending the University of Minnesota, he interned at 3M, assisting in the development and scale-up of a non-halogenated resin later used in the production of a “green” optical film which was implemented in an array of products.

Dunlap Codding Shareholder Douglas J. Sorocco Named To The Board Of Directors Of Creative Oklahoma
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at 10:14 am See More

Doug Sorocco has been named to the Board of Directors of Creative Oklahoma, a non-profit organization advancing the economy through initiatives in education, commerce, and culture.  Sorocco said, “It’s exhilarating to be part of Creative Oklahoma’s visionary efforts to foster creativity and innovation through its North American and international initiatives.”

Formed in 2006, Creative Oklahoma is the first non-profit in the U.S. with a strategy to encourage and support the development of creativity and innovation in the education, commerce, and culture sectors.  The organization sparked the development of the National Creativity Network, a national non-profit organization linking more than 15 regions in the U.S. and Canada sharing best practices and providing national education offerings.  Creative Oklahoma is the only North American region represented in the international Districts of Creativity Network, linking together 14 regions of creativity throughout the world.  Among the organization’s initiatives is the annual Oklahoma Creativity Form to be held on November 13, 2012, at the CoxConvention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

Doug Sorocco is a shareholder at Dunlap Codding and is known for his creative and strategic collaborations with the firm’s intellectual property clients.  He, along with firm associate Michelle Briggs, recently authored “Who Owns It?  Copyright Ownership for the Collaborative Age,” in the fall 2012 issue of Paradigm, the magazine of Primerus, an international society of boutique law firms. 

Along with Doug Sorocco, the board, officers, and advisors of Creative Oklahoma represent some of Oklahoma’s finest companies, individuals, and organizations.

Board of Directors

Chair—Don Betz, University of Central Oklahoma, President

Past Chair—Ken Fergeson, NBC Oklahoma, Chairman

Founding Chair—Burns Hargis, Oklahoma State University, President

Treasurer—John McCarroll, OETA-TV, Executive Director

Secretary—Mark Robertson, Robertson & Williams, Partner

President—Susan McCalmont, Creative Oklahoma

Directors and Affiliations

  • Judy Allen, Choctaw Nation, Executive Director of Public Relations
  • Jari Askins, OU HealthSciencesCenter, Associate Provost For External Relations
  • Scott Booker, The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, Executive Director
  • Ken Busby, Tulsa Arts & Humanities Council, Executive Director
  • Allen Brown, Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, Principal
  • Bart Conner, Perfect 10 Productions, CEO
  • Kyle Dahlem, The DaVinci Institute, Board President
  • Randy Decker, SandRidge Energy, Inc., Director of Community Relations
  • John DeSteiguer, OklahomaChristianUniversity, President
  • Jenny Dunning, KeystoneAdventureSchool and Farm, Founder
  • Jeanette Elliott, Ackerman-McQueen, Executive Vice President, Creative Director
  • Robyn Elliott, Chickasaw Nation, Division of Comm., Administrator
  • John Feaver, USAO, President
  • Pageant Ferriabough, Busine$$’s Resources Unlimited, President & CEO
  • Mary Frates, Civic Volunteer
  • Brent Gooden, The Gooden Group, President
  • Susan Harkness, OG&E Energy Corp., Public Affairs
  • Jean Hendrickson, Oklahoma A+ Schools, Executive Director
  • Robert Henry, Oklahoma CityUniversity, President
  • Gail Huneryager, Crowe & Dunlevy, Director of Business Development
  • John Kennedy, Irish Realty, CEO
  • Julia Kirt, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Executive Director
  • Tim Langenberg, Devon Energy Corp, Creative Dir. of Corp. Comm.
  • Greg Main, President, St. Gregory’s University
  • Jim Mason, Oklahoma Nanotechnology Initiative, Executive Director, OKC
  • Stephen McKeever, OklahomaStateUniversity, Vice President
  • Mike Moradi, Century Venture Partners, Managing Director
  • Deidre Myers, OK Dept. of Commerce, Division Director, Research & Economic Analysis
  • Mark Parker, Oklahoma CityUniv., WandaBassSchool of Music, Dean
  • Harvey Pratt, OSBI, Forensic Artist/Specialist
  • Steve Prescott, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, President
  • Andrew Ranson, Giant Capital Fund & The Regional Center of Oklahoma, President
  • Jenifer Reynolds, AAA Discover Oklahoma, Host
  • Shannon Rich, Oklahoma Heritage Association, President
  • Cynthia Rolfe, University of CentralOklahoma, Vice President, Information Technology
  • Steve Saak, Chief Executive Office, S&S Promotions, Inc.
  • Douglas Sorocco, Dunlap Codding, Director
  • Jay Spear, OPUBCO Communications Group, Business Technologist
  • Robert Sternberg, OklahomaStateUniversity, Provost
  • Ken Stoner, TEDxOKC, Organizer
  • Cynthia Swinehart, Design Concepts, Owner
  • Rich Taylor, Univ. of Oklahoma, Weitzenhoffer Coll. of Fine Arts, Dean
  • Gena Timberman, Native American Cultural & Educational Authority, Executive Director
  • Roger Webb, OklahomaChristianSchools, Interim Headmaster
  • Max Weitzenhoffer, Broadway Producer

Founding Advisor—Sir Ken RobinsonPhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation.


  • Kim Baker, Oklahoma Arts Council, Executive Director
  • Janet Barresi, OK Department of Education, Superintendent, Oklahoma City
  • Phil Berkenbile, OK Dept. of Career & Tech. Education, State Director, Stillwater
  • Bob Blackburn, Oklahoma Historical Society, Director, Oklahoma City
  • Michael Carolina, OklahomaCenter for the Advancement of Science and Technology, Executive Director
  • Glenn Coffee, State of Oklahoma, Secretary of State, Oklahoma City
  • Glen Johnson, OklahomaState Regents, Chancellor, Oklahoma City
  • Julie Knutson, The OklahomaAcademy for State Goals, President & CEO
  • Ann Thompson, Oklahoma Humanities Council, Executive Director
  • Carol Troy, Saxum Communications, Senior Vice President, Oklahoma City
  • David Lopez, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism
  • Phyllis Hudecki, Oklahoma Secretary of Education
Kathryn Hester, Ph.D., Becomes Dunlap Codding’s Risk Manager
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at 14:44 pm See More

Kathryn Hester, Ph.D., has been named Dunlap Codding’s Risk Manager.  As Risk Manager for the firm, she will confer with the firm’s Board of Directors and will be responsible for identifying areas of risk for the firm and its clients, establishing policies and procedures to guard against those risks, and monitoring compliance with the policies and procedures.  Dunlap Codding’s Managing Shareholder Nick Rouse said, “Kathryn is the perfect person to serve as our Risk Manager in light of her extreme dedication, attention to detail, and her client-driven perspective.”      

Dr. Hester is a patent agent registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She focuses on patent prosecution and provides strategic and tactical patent counseling to clients that include start-up biotechnology companies as well as universities and large pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies.  Kathryn’s technological focus includes all areas of biotechnology, including molecular biology, cell biology, glycobiology, biochemistry, developmental biology, immunology, microbiology, virology, and genetics; pharmaceutical compositions; molecular diagnostics and techniques; medical devices and equipment; and the chemical and mechanical arts.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, with honors, in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and her B.S. from Southern Nazarene Universitysumma cum laude, in Chemistry.

Dunlap Codding Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at 9:53 am See More

Nicholas D. Rouse and Joseph P. Titterington have been selected by attorney peers throughout the profession for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 ®, the oldest and most respected peer–review publication in the legal profession.  Firm shareholder Doug Sorocco said “we’re delighted that Nick and Joe have been named to Best Lawyers; the honor mirrors our own perception of their talents and skills in client care and legal excellence.”  

Nick Rouse, listed in The Best Lawyers of America 2013 in the fields of Patent Law and Trademark Law, has served as Dunlap Codding’s managing shareholder since 2007 while continuing an active practice.  In its inaugural coverage of intellectual property law in Oklahoma, the highly regarded Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Nick in the top band of leading practitioners. Nick provides a broad range of patent counseling to clients ranging from individual inventors to large multinational manufacturing companies. His practice includes patent preparation and prosecution, patent portfolio management, validity and infringement opinions, evaluations of new designs, and licensing strategy.  Nick graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1987 with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, and received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1990. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association, and recently served as its president. 

Joe Titterington, listed in The Best Lawyers of America 2013 in the field of Litigation – Intellectual Property, heads Dunlap Codding’s litigation practice and focuses on the areas of complex commercial transactions, business tort, and intellectual property law. He has litigated cases throughout the United States involving diverse areas of the law including patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, oil and gas, antitrust, and construction.  Joe received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1980 and received his B.S. from Oklahoma State University in 1976.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer–review survey on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”


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