Scott A. Sanderson's balance, diverse experience and pragmatic approach, together with an education and background in mathematics and software engineering, uniquely position him to serve as a critical legal resource for clients. Mr. Sanderson concentrates on patent litigation on behalf of clients in the federal courts, specializing in the e-commerce, software, Internet, and mechanical devices sectors. A committed advocate, he has represented clients in patent infringement cases involving a wide range of e-commerce patents, including early patents in the field directed to electronic shopping carts, website and browser design, API data communications, mobile devices, geolocation systems, electric power meters, demolition equipment, cable modem communications, and sporting equipment.

Representative Experience

Mr. Sanderson has provided freedom-to-operate opinions and patent portfolio acquisition counseling for clients in areas, including:

  • Light-emitting polymer devices
  • Mobile advertising
  • Diesel engines
  • Decorative fountains
  • Chemical compositions
  • Complex financial and insurance instruments
  • Color printer calibration systems
  • Telemedicine systems

Mr. Sanderson also advises clients on the complex issues often associated with the use and distribution of open-source software. Recent client work includes:

  • Successfully represented a large online retailer in a major suit in the Eastern District of Texas regarding the alleged infringement of interactive web browsers that resulted in the invalidation of the patents-in-suit.
  • Successfully represented several of the nation’s largest Internet retailers, with combined annual revenues in excess of $10 billion, in the Eastern District of Texas regarding the alleged infringement of early e-commerce patents directed to electronic shopping carts and methods for communications via HTTP.
  • Developed an internal open-source usage policy for a major financial firm with more than $3 billion in yearly revenue.

Background and Credentials

Mr. Sanderson practices before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and has experience preparing ex parte and inter partes post-grant petitions, patent interference proceedings, and trademark oppositions. He also prepares and prosecutes patent applications, and has secured patents for clients in the area of mobile applications, retail supply chain management, and light emitting polymer devices.

Mr. Sanderson gained valuable corporate and technical experience prior to law school in the computer graphics industry at ATI Research, where he developed hardware and software implementations of the OpenGL and Direct3D rendering application interfaces. He also developed hospital management software at Eclipsys Corp.

Mr. Sanderson earned a J.D. in 2006 from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he was involved in the Clinic on Complex Litigation and international comparative law studies in Turkey and the Netherlands. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross. Outside of work, he is an avid triathlete and is learning to speak German.


  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D.)
  • College of the Holy Cross (B.A.)
    • Mathematics

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Community and Professional Involvement

  • Wills for Heroes