Mr. Cherkasov’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of mechanical, chemical, software-based and electrical patent applications, including a broad range of technologies involving medical devices, mechanical devices, sporting/outdoor equipment, agricultural devices, computer networking systems, electrical devices, power generation equipment, and business methods. Mr. Cherkasov has experience in preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, including European, PCT and national applications. In particular, his participation in the preparation and prosecution process includes meeting with inventors to discuss invention disclosures, preparing the claims, specification and drawings for an application, filing the applications, responding to Office Actions, conducting interviews with Examiners, communicating with foreign associates, and handling a variety of prosecution issues on an ongoing basis from filing to grant.
Mr. Cherkasov has performed patentability and freedom-to-operate searches, and has prepared opinions based on his findings. Mr. Cherkasov has also prepared inter partes review petitions reviewed by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has also provided support for intellectual property litigation matters, including analyzing the claims of issued patents and performing document review during the discovery process. Mr. Cherkasov has worked with clients ranging from startups to large entities. Thus, Mr. Cherkasov’s patent practice includes a broad range of strategic patent counseling, including strategy with respect to preparation of patent applications and management of patent portfolios, enforcement of issued patents, challenge of issued patents, due diligence transactions, patentability opinions, and freedom-to-operate opinions.
In addition to patent prosecution, Mr. Cherkasov has participated in copyright and trademark filings. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cherkasov worked at boutique patent firms, a construction law firm where he assisted with litigation support and preparation of litigation documents, and large corporations where he assisted in-house counsel in patent infringement analysis.
Prior to becoming an intellectual property attorney, Mr. Cherkasov was a Mechanical Engineer for three years. He worked as a Mechanical Engineer in the HVAC field, including management and design of mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, electrical and architectural components of projects. Mr. Cherkasov also worked as a product design engineer, which involved designing and modeling functioning prototypes of medical and mechanical devices. During his time as an engineer, Mr. Cherkasov met with and advised clients from the point of conception to the point of manufacture or commercialization.
While attending The University of Texas at Arlington where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Cherkasov worked for two years at Lockheed Martin on projects relating to missile navigation systems, the manufacturing process of missile housings, and the manufacturing process of the heat shield for the space shuttle. One of Mr. Cherkasov’s projects at Lockheed Martin involved computer programming in order to increase the efficiency of manufacturing missile navigation systems by tracking each step of the manufacturing process. Mr. Cherkasov’s undergraduate senior design project included researching the use of piezoelectric materials in conjunction with wind turbines in order to harvest electricity. The senior design project involved both the design and manufacture of a wind turbine, as well as electrical and wind tunnel testing to determine the most effective design.
Vadim is fluent in Russian.