Creating value from innovation

Darrell G. Mottley

WASHINGTON — Darrell G. Mottley, a principal shareholder for Banner Witcoff, will give a major address on Creating Value from Innovation during INNOVATION & EQUITY: Spurring Manufacturing Through Innovation in Black Communities, the 11th annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology symposium on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 in the historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. in the nation’s capitol.

Mottley is President-Elect of the District of Columbia Bar of Washington, D.C. for the 2010-2011 term.  He is an intellectual property lawyer focusing on patent and trademark cases, including opinions, licensing and litigation.  Prior to joining Banner & Witcoff, he was an engineer in private practice and in the Federal Government, where he earned a Silver Medal for exceptional performance.

Mottley was a commissioned Officer in the U.S. Air Force where he earned a commendation medal for meritorious service.


His intellectual property practice includes complex technologies in a variety of fields such as telecommunications, internet-related technology, computer-gaming, medical devices, semiconductors, mechanical technologies, and electro-mechanical technologies.


He has advised clients on intellectual property matters in multi-million dollar venture capital transactions. He has successfully represented clients and obtained utility and design patents, and his team enforced the patents to protect core businesses of clients. Mr. Mottley has advised global companies on patent clearance and prosecution in cooperation with local country counsel in countries such as Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Europe, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, Peru, and South Africa.


Mottley is a contributing author of the Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments: 2006-2008; 2008-2009 and the Public Contract Law Journal, both publications of the American Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


He earned his law degree, with honors, from The George Washington University in 2000; his Masters of Business Administration in 1994, and his B.S. Engineering in 1987 from Virginia Tech, where he was Phi Kappa Phi.  He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and courts in the District of Columbia, Virginia, New Jersey, and the Federal and Fourth Circuits.


The Capital Court at INNOVATION & EQUITY: Spurring Manufacturing Through Innovation in Black Communities is designed to connect innovators with angel investors, venture capitalists, underwriters and lending officers for larger scale deals which can create jobs.

Other areas of focus are the Patent Pavilion, where intellectual property professionals address how to protect innovation and the SBIR/STTR Showcase, accessing early stage contracts to develop cutting edge products.

In next week’s Innovation & Equity, there will be a comprehensive story on diversity in the field of patent and intellectual property law.  Mottley is one of a number of cross-disciplinary professionals who are at the heart of the modern innovation economy, particularly in the national capitol region.

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