Duncan G. Byers


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142 W. York St., Suite 910

Norfolk, Va. 23510


Telephone: 757.227.3340

Facsimile: 757.227.3341

Duncan G. Byers

Mr. Byers focuses his practice on general civil matters and litigation in the State and Federal Courts of Virginia and in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, with a specialty in intellectual property. In his intellectual property practice, he works to assess, procure and protect the inventive and creative property of his clients in both an individual or business setting. He has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the 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 represented clients in infringement matters.

Mr. Byers has litigation experience in the General District Courts, Circuit Courts, and Supreme Court of Virginia, in addition to Federal District Courts and Federal Courts of Appeals.

Mr. Byers attended Old Dominion University (BS Chemistry, 1997, MS Chemistry, 1999). He received his JD degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and is admitted to practice in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Prior to entering law practice, Mr. Byers spent nine years in the United States Navy, including tours of duty on two guided missile destroyers homeported in Charleston, South Carolina and with a helicopter squadron based at the Norfolk Naval Air Station. He spent several years working as a commercial and industrial electrician, and has nineteen years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician. Mr. Byers has worked in the intellectual property group in the Northern Virginia office of a large multinational firm, and has worked in the patent examining corps at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a current member of the Virginia Trial Lawyer's Association, the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, the United States Patent and Trademark Office Society, and the I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court.

Influance, Inc. v. Elaina Zuker, 88 USPQ2d 1859 (TTAB 2008) [precedential].

Barr v. Barr, Va. Court of Appeals Rec. No. 1109-09-1 (Va. Ct. App. Dec. 8, 2009) [unpublished opinion].


"Conducting Forensic Analysis Under the New Rules," In E-Discovery: Applying the new FRCP Changes, National Business Institute Seminar, November 2007.

"Intellectual Property: An Overview of Some Practical and Ethical Considerations for Patents and Trademarks." In: "What Every Virginia Lawyer Needs to Know About Intellectual Property Law: Basic Principles for General Practitioners and Business Attorneys." Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association CLE Seminar, September 30, 2004, Norfolk, Va.

Zinc Speciation and Ligand Fluxes in Chesapeake Bay and Elizabeth River Pore Waters, MS Thesis, Old Dominion University 1999.


Labor and Employment Law for the General Practitioner: FLSA, Overtime, and More. Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association, Tenth Annual Bench Conference, April 8, 2008, Norfolk Va.

Sports, Media, and Entertainment Law. Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association CLE Seminar, October 25, 2007, Portsmouth Va.

Technology for Small Law Offices, Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association CLE Seminar, September 27, 2007, Norfolk Va.