Walter C. Frank

"Grasping and effectively protecting IP innovation requires detailed technical communication with inventors on their terms, in addition to patent drafting skills.  I rely on my personal research experiences to foster relationships with inventors in a way that furthers those communications and ultimately enriches the final patent product.”

Walter C. Frank is an experienced patent prosecution attorney with 14 years of experience in private practice and over twenty years of chemical research in both laboratory and research management settings.   Walter believes that this blend of skills readily translates to effective communication with both inventors and their management.  He assists his clients in recognizing and employing the power of intellectual property as an effective business tool. 

Walter has significant experience in US and foreign pharmaceutical patent drafting, written opinions, freedom-to-operate analyses and prosecution of small molecules, pharmaceutical compositions and methods of use with both academic and industrial clients.   His work has covered the range of consumer products from laundry care to nail care, from flavors and fragrances and aroma chemicals to encapsulation in beverage applications, green chemistry, advanced polymer coatings, oil well additives, metal processing, and mechanical devices from door openers to high pressure counterbalance valves for specialty applications.  Walter understands that sound science provides the foundation for excellent intellectual property.

His skill set has enabled him to support litigation teams with analysis of complex scientific issues and nuances of technical argument.  He enjoys the challenges and opportunities associated with client counseling and strategically working to align all aspects of portfolio management with a company’s core business interests.

  • B.S., Chemistry, cum laude
    Shepherd College, 1974
  • M.S., Organic Chemistry
    University of Delaware, 1978
  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry
    University of Virginia, 1982
  • J.D.
    Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law, 2006
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Dist. Court, M.D. Florida
  • U.S. Dist. Court, S.D. Florida
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Technical Background
  • Biopharma
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Drug Research
  • Emerging Green Technology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Material Science
  • Organic Chemistry and Synthesis
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Polymer Science
Experience | Legal

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Counsel, 2016-present

Feldman Gale, P.A., Tampa, Florida
Attorney/Counsel, 2008-2016

Woodcock Washburn, LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Associate/Scientific Advisor/Patent Agent, 2002-2008

Experience | Non-Legal

Bush Boake Allen, Inc. (BBA)/IFF, Jacksonville, Florida
Senior Research Scientist, Jacksonville Chemicals Division, 1999-2002

Union Camp Corp., Princeton, New Jersey
Senior Scientist/Group Leader, Fragrances and Aroma Chemical Technologies Group, 1981-1998


Experience | Civic Activities

Tampa Bay Legal Services

Press Releases & Events
April 04, 2017

TAMPA, FLA.—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, is relocating its Tampa, Fla.-based team to new downtown office space at 401 East Jackson Street...

June 28, 2016

TAMPA—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione announced today that patent prosecutor and former Feldman Gale attorney Dr. Walter C. Frank has joined the firm’s new office in Tampa, Fla., the sixth attorney from Feldman Gale to join Brinks in ten days...

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Chemical Society