Randy J. Pummill


Randy J. Pummill


Dr. Randy Pummill represents inventors, both large and small, helping them to secure and protect their valuable intellectual property. Rand has been on both sides of patent disputes, having represented patentees and accused infringers, allowing him to bring a valuable perspective to patent disputes.

As a former senior chemical engineer, Rand has the technical background necessary to assist clients seeking to protect complex inventions in the mechanical, industrial, or chemical spaces. Rand proficiently speaks the technical language of scientist and engineers and effectively capture technical ideas and concepts in patent applications. Rand has authored dozens of patent applications while carefully considering for each application how claim language and the written disclosure will play into the individual client’s intellectual property portfolio and overall market strategy.

Rand is a member of Foley’s Energy Sector Team, where his technical background allows him to quickly understand clients’ needs. Rand has assisted clients in a wide variety of technical spaces, including medical devices, commercial chemicals, commodity chemicals, oil & gas, refining, and polymers. He enjoys keeping up with intellectual property litigation and has published several articles on a wide range of cases–from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board all the way up to the Supreme Court.

17 July 2023 PTAB Trial Insights

USPTO Provides Updated Guidance on the Use of Applicant Admitted Prior Art

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal recently altered a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeals Board to address the use of applicant admitted prior art in inter partes review petitions.
30 September 2022 In the News

Foley Team Receives ‘Litigator of the Week’ Shout Out for INDECT Patent Trial Win

Foley & Lardner LLP received recognition in The Am Law Litigation Daily column, “Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs,” for its trial victory on behalf of INDECT USA Corp.
26 September 2022 Deals and Wins

Foley Represents INDECT USA in Technology Patent Trial Win

Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that it secured a victory for INDECT USA Corp., a global provider of parking guidance systems, in a technology patent dispute with Park Assist LLC.
30 August 2021 Blogs

Arthrex's Fallout - How is the Supreme Court Decision Affecting Appeals?

The Supreme Court rendered its decision in Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew back in June and now the impact of that decision is becoming more clear.
28 April 2021 PTAB Trial Insights

Carr v. Saul – Has the Court Tired of Issue Exhaustion? Potential Effects on Arthrex

On April 22, 2021, the Supreme Court decided Carr v. Saul, a case with interesting parallels to Arthrex, which deals with appointments clause challenges to the PTAB judges and which will be decided later this Term.
26 March 2021 PTAB Trial Insights

Reading Arthrex’s Tea Leaves – Three Exchanges at the Oral Argument That May Hint at the Fate of Patent Judges

The oral argument in the combined Arthrex cases was held on March 1, 2021. This article highlights three exchanges between the justices and the advocates that may hint at the Court’s leanings towards its final decision.