Mr. Wallen founded the law firm in 2004. He has represented many clients before the Patent & Trademark Office and the federal courts in various intellectual property areas. In addition, he has worked with numerous clients to resolve issues in the construction law arena.
As a licensed Chemical Engineer, distinguished Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at Howard University, Mr. Wallen is well versed in the interdisciplinary skills necessary to properly counsel and represent clients before state and federal agencies, particularly where highly technical issues are involved. He is well versed in the essential risk-based analysis. In addition he is registered by Homeland Security on the Chemical Vulnerability Index (CVI), and is prepared to assist clients with their implementation of the new Chemical Facilities and Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), Title 6 of the United States Code. He is ready to assist clients with compliance, regulatory and inspection areas, armed with the most sophisticated risk analysis. Mr. Wallen’s skills and expertise are equally applicable to litigation support.
He additionally served an internship with the Superfund Enforcement Division of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
In the intellectual property field, Mr. Wallen served 12 years as a Patent Examiner with the United States Patent & Trademark Office, where he examined biotechnology, electrical, chemical, and mechanical applications from a myriad of arts. During his tenure at the Patent Office, he served in the Security Group, where new patent applications were screened for sensitive information and applications subject to a secrecy order were examined.
Noteworthy Patent Cases
(1) THIS WORK WAS PERFORMED WITH THE PATENT OFFICE; (2) CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE; (3) CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY ANY MEMBER OF THE FIRM.
Noteworthy among his decisions where he was affirmed by the Federal Circuit is In re Baxter Travenol Labs., 21 USPQ2d 1281 (Fed. Cir. 1991), annotated to 35 U.S.C.S. § 102. In re Baxter has over 500 cites on Shepards.
Mr. Wallen founded Rappahannock Engineering, Inc., and was President for 13 years. Among his accomplishments was the development of proton conductive membrane materials for hydrogen fuel cells, and processes for membrane production. Mr. Wallen also produced polymer coatings for in vivo implantation in the human body, such as pacemaker leads and synthetic heart valves.
Mr. Wallen graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Catholic University of America, and completed a Masters of Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Appalachian School of Law, where he was Editor of the Appalachian Journal of Law and a member of the Moot Court.
Mr. Wallen has been admitted to the Virginia Bar, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
He belongs to the Virginia Bar Association Section for Intellectual Property, The American Bar Association Section for Intellectual Property and the Section for Science & Technology, The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Society for Biological Engineers.
Sulfonated Styrene-Based Proton-Conducting Membranes, Wallen et al., Polymer Materials Science & Engineering 2002, 86, 33, A.C.S. This paper was selected for presentation at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 10, 2002, in Orlando, Florida.
Block Copolymer Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications, Wallen et al., The Second Annual Conference for the Development of Technology in Medicine in Virginia, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA, Nov. 2, 1999.
Gravitational and Electrostatic Interaction and the Strong Nuclear Forces, Wallen, presented to the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Augusta, Georgia, Nov. 3, 2006.
Block Copolymer Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications, Wallen et al., The Second Annual Conference for the Development of Technology in Medicine in Virginia, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Nov. 2, 1999.
Low Cost Fuel Cell Membranes, Wallen et al., invited for presentation to the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 10, 2002, Orlando, Florida.
Cyber Security in the Intellectual Property Arena, Wallen, Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, April 2010.
Virginia Bar Association: Chair, VBA Intellectual Property Section, 2015-2016
Virginia Bar Association: Vice Chair, VBA Intellectual Property Section 2014-2015
Virginia Bar Association: Treasurer, Intellectual Property Section 2013-2014
Virginia Bar Association: Secretary, Intellectual Property Section 2012-2013
Virginia Bar Association: On Council, Intellectual Property Section 2009-2011
Virginia Bar Association: Virginia Chief Justice Carrico’s Community Service and Pro Bono program, charter member, 2004
Virginia Bar Association:: Joint Commission on Science and Technology, Reported to the state legislature on intellectual property issues
American Bar Association: Chairman, Inter Partes Patent Committee 104
American Bar Association: Disaster Committee Liaison for the Intellectual Property Section, 2008- 2014
American Institute of Chemical Engineers: Fellow; Past President, Tidewater Section, Former Chairman, National Capital Section
American Institute of Chemical Engineers: Member, Chemical Engineering and the Law Forum
Society for Biological Engineering: Member