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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
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • 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, with distinction, honors in Business Law, 2005

Cory C. Bell


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

Since working on the first ever post-grant review (PGR) of a covered business method (CBM) patent, Mr. Bell has represented patent owners and petitioners in over 100 post-grant review (PGR) and inter partes review (IPR) trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and in related matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit. He co-authored the American Bar Association’s The Practitioner’s Guide to Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and teaches a course he created on post-grant practice at the Suffolk University Law School.

Mr. Bell helps clients with various budgets and desired outcomes (e.g., portfolio or company sale, licensing, defensive posturing) to develop patent prosecution strategies and maximize their return on investments in research and development. A former patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), he has more than ten years of patent experience and 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, PGR, and inter partes review (IPR) requests.

Mr. Bell’s litigation experience includes 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 tutorials and claim construction hearings.


  • SAP v. Versata Software (Fed. Cir., PTAB). Counsel for SAP in the first CBM proceeding, which was expedited to last just nine months from petition filing to the final written decision; member of team that won Federal Circuit affirmance of PTAB ruling that all claims challenged by SAP were invalid under 35 USC § 101.
  • Worked on Finnegan team that assisted AOL in achieving a $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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