Nelson H. Shapiro

Of Counsel | Registered Patent Attorney | Attorney at Law

Direct Line: 703-956-7654

Nelson H. Shapiro


  • George Washington University, School of Law
    • Order of the Coif
  • Johns Hopkins University
    • Bachelor of Engineering Science in electrical engineering
    • Tau Beta Pi

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Nelson Shapiro is a patent attorney with over 60 years of patent experience. Nelson’s practice focuses on domestic and foreign patent prosecution, strategic patent counseling, patent opinions, and due diligence.

Nelson has represented numerous foreign and domestic companies at all stages of patent prosecution. Nelson also served as co-counsel before the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case Blonder-Tongue Laboratories, Inc. v. University of Illinois Foundation, which is still cited as a seminal case by the Manual of Patent Examination Procedure.

Before engaging in private practice, Nelson worked as a patent examiner at the USPTO and as a patent advisor at the Pentagon for the U.S. Army Signal Corps. An accomplished inventor, Nelson also holds more than two dozen patents in the art of vehicle seatbelt mechanisms.

Over his illustrious career, Nelson has handled a variety of different technologies, including semiconductor devices and manufacturing, automotive components and systems, optical components and systems and image processing, medical and surgical devices, analytical instruments, manufacturing systems, product packaging and shipping containers, heavy construction equipment, railway technologies, nanotechnology, industrial chemistry and foodstuffs, as well as many others.