Duncan Byers is a firm partner focusing his practice in all aspects of complex civil litigation and intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright). Mr. Byers consults and litigates intellectual property and other complex matters for businesses and individuals in state and federal Courts and in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also handles state and federal appeals. Mr. Byers works to assess, procure and protect the inventive and creative property of his clients and has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in electrical, mechanical and chemical areas, provided patent and trademark opinions and prosecution, assessed patent interference issues, cleared and prosecuted trademarks and service marks for clients, and successfully represented clients in infringement matters. Prior to entering law practice, he spent nine years in the United States Navy, including active duty on two guided missile destroyers based out of Charleston, South Carolina, and reserve duty with a helicopter squadron based out of Norfolk Naval Air Station. He spent several years working as a commercial and industrial electrician, and has 19 years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician.


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law - Juris Doctor

  • Old Dominion University - Masters of Science in Chemistry

  • Old Dominion University - Bachelor of Science in Chemistry


  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Supreme Court of Virginia

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Has Practiced Pro Hac Vice In:

  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio

  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York

  • United States District Court, District of Columbia

  • United States District Court, Central District of California

  • State courts of the State of New Jersey

  • State courts of the State of Delaware


  • Best Lawyers in America (27th Edition) - Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Coastal Virginia's Top lawyer (2016-2019)

  • Virginia Super Lawyers (2014, 2015, 2017-2019)

  • Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star (2009-2011)

  • Virginia's Legal Elite - Intellectual Property (2013, 2014, 2016-Present)


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

  • International Trademark Association

  • Virginia Bar Association

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

  • Norfolk Bar Association

  • Portsmouth Bar Association

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office Society

  • I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court

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