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Cory C. Bell
+1 617 646 1641

Two Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210-2001

+1 617 646 1600
Fax +1 617 646 1666

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Admitted in Virginia only; practicing under the supervision of the partners of the Boston, MA office of Finnegan


  • George Washington University Law School
    J.D., 2011
  • Pennsylvania State University
    B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2005

Cory C. Bell


Cory Bell focuses on patent prosecution management, client counseling, post-grant practice, and litigation, with an emphasis on electronic technology. He assists with patent matters for emerging and high-technology companies in various electrical sciences, including computer hardware/architecture, software, robotics, communication networks, and content management systems.

Mr. Bell assists in developing patent prosecution strategies for clients with various budgets and desired outcomes (e.g., portfolio or company sale, licensing, or defensive posturing). He has more than eight years of patent experience and helps clients maximize their return on investments in research and development. Mr. Bell's patent experience began as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Since then, he has evaluated thousands of patents and patent applications for licensing, monetization, or sale; assisted in prosecuting hundreds of patent applications; managed patent portfolios; developed invention harvesting programs; conducted patent landscaping and competitor analysis; and filed patent reexamination, post-grant review (PGR), and inter partes review (IPR) requests.

Mr. Bell also has litigation experience including matters before U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). He has prepared non-infringement and invalidity contentions; managed fact discovery; worked with fact and expert witnesses to prepare declarations and expert reports; drafted claim construction and summary judgment briefs; and prepared presentations for technical tutorial and claim construction hearings.


  • SAP v. Versata Software (PTAB). Counsel for SAP in the first PGR of a covered business method (CBM) patent; the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled that all claims challenged by SAP were invalid under 35 USC § 101, concluding an expedited proceeding requested by SAP that lasted just nine months from petition filing to final written decision cancelling Versata's claims.
  • Worked on Finnegan team that assisted AOL in achieving $1.056 billion patent deal with Microsoft and worked closely with AOL to strategically build and strengthen its patent portfolio, towards its monetization goals.
  • Teaches Patent Trial and Appeal Board Practice as a member of the adjunct faculty at Suffolk University Law School, 2014-present.
  • F5 Networks, Inc. v A10 Networks, Inc. (W.D. Wash.). Member of team that represented A10 in a matter regarding network load balancing and successfully obtained rejections of all of F5's asserted patents on reexamination.
  • Served as a patent examiner at the USPTO, examining patent applications in the database and information management fields, 2005-2008.
  • Gained technical experience in communications, audio/video processing, and content and data management while working in the broadcast engineering department of NBA Entertainment, 2003-2005.

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