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Emily Gaukstern
July 11, 2019
Julie Tolek
March 6, 2020

Milton Oliver

Trademark Attorney

Burlington, VT
D. 802.848.6055

Related Practices
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Post-Grant Procedures
  • Patent Portfolio Strategy & Management

Golden Gate University School of Law

Juris Doctor

Harvard University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Physics and Government


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

California State Bar

Massachusetts State Bar

Florida State Bar


Clients turn to Milton Oliver for sound advice on what intellectual property protection they need to improve their competitive position, including obtaining rights at the Patent & Trademark Office, enforcing the rights as necessary, and defending against rights asserted by others. His practice concentrates on:

  • Preparing patent applications in electrical, medical, and mechanical technologies
  • Protecting marks for products & services, by filings in the U.S. and abroad
  • Negotiating with examiners to overcome “prior art” and get applications allowed
  • Litigating, as necessary, at the PTAB (Patent Trial & Appeal Board)
  • Counseling about cost-effective legal & business strategies, nationally and globally


Milton graduated from Harvard College and Golden Gate Univ. Law School .

He learned digital technology at MIT and is a longtime member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers). He is a member of multiple state bars, the Court of Appeals for the 1st and Federal Circuits, the patent bar, and the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. He speaks fluent German and has a reading knowledge of French & Russian.

Milton has been shepherding applications through the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) system since the system began operations in 1978 and has prosecuted about 200 US national-stage PCT applications to grant. For several clients, he also handles post-grant maintenance fee payments.

Milton has particular expertise in obtaining IP protection on microprocessor-controlled devices, including medical devices, and in quickly evaluating technical disclosures alleged by examiners or by competitors to anticipate or make obvious his client’s claimed invention. His long experience with the needs and peculiarities of patent examiners often leads to an advantageous result.

Outside of work, Milton enjoys running, spending time with his family, and volunteering with environmental organizations.