Trevor Q. Coddington, Ph.D.
Trevor Q. Coddington, Ph.D., is the Managing Partner of Insigne. Trevor offers a unique combination of litigation insight, patent prosecution skills, real-life experience, and technical know-how delivered with practical business advice. Having spent decades acquiring, enforcing, and challenging patents, Trevor brings a deep understanding of patent law and strategies. With a contagious passion for learning new things, a problem-solving attitude, and an easy-to-work-with approach, Trevor is the “go-to” advisor for various innovative companies ranging from up-and-coming start-ups to market leaders.
While finishing his Ph.D. in Physics, Trevor started his legal career as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in the late 1990s. During his PTO tenure, Trevor examined patent applications in the art of applied cryptography, which touched upon numerous technologies involved in e-commerce, telecommunications, and cybersecurity.
After leaving the PTO, Trevor cut his teeth as a patent agent with a sought-after group of IP attorneys in the Washington, DC office of Baker Botts LLP while attending law school at night. As a valued team member, Trevor was invited to follow the group when it started the East Coast intellectual property practice at Brobeck, Phleger, and Harrison LLP, and then again when it joined Hunton & Williams LLP. After graduating George Washington Law School, Trevor moved to California upon the invitation of former Brobeck attorneys who had jump-started the West Coast IP practice at Paul Hastings LLP. In 2009, Trevor left Paul Hastings to start San Diego IP Law Group LLP, which had a decade of success before moving to Insigne.
In addition to patents, Trevor is a sought-after advisor in other IP matters, including trade secret, trademark, and copyright. On the technical side, Trevor is recognized as an expert in holograms used by the entertainment industry, having been integral in numerous patent disputes involving technology, enabling the digital resurrections of Tupac Shakur at Coachella and Michael Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards, among others.
Trevor’s commitment and passion for innovation are demonstrated through his volunteer work. For years, Trevor counseled (pro bono) teams competing in the annual Biomimicry Global Design Challenge (BGDC) presented by the Biomimicry Institute. The BGDC creates viable solutions inspired by nature that address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Trevor also enjoys mentoring legal minds and future inventors and entrepreneurs. Trevor is committed to leveling the playing field by providing support and guidance to underrepresented groups in business and technology.
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan.