Trevor Bannister

As counsel at KDW, Trevor Bannister, brings 15 years of experience guarding innovation. He advises clients who are focused on developing and securing intellectual property assets–including acquiring patents and trademarks, protecting trade secrets– and prosecuting intellectual property matters. His breadth of expertise covers technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, medical devices, wearable electronics, as well as computer vision and imaging systems.


Trevor has represented a vast client base seeking to protect their intellectual property portfolios—from large multinational corporations to start-up ventures in need of a patent strategy for developing core innovations.


  • Counsel


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2010
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, BA, Computer Science, 2003
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, BA, cum laude, Biological Sciences, 1999
  • Bar: Pennsylvania
  • Other: Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Practice Areas

  • Copyright
  • IP Mergers, Acquisitions
  • Divestitures
  • Licensing and Technology
  • Transactions
  • Opinion Work
  • Patent Counseling
  • Patent Drafting and Prosecution
  • Product Clearance
  • Trademarks


  • Communication Technologies
  • Electronic Devices
  • Food Products
  • Health Care
  • Medical Devices
  • Software and Computer Services
  • Software Communications
  • Technology, Hardware and Electronics

Notable Legal Expertise

  • Patent preparation and prosecution
  • Patentability counseling
  • Patent enforcement strategies
  • Patent procurement (with emphasis on AI and machine learning)
  • Handling subject matter eligibility (Section 101) issues for software and artificial intelligence technologies
  • Intellectual property licensing
  • Data licensing
  • Intellectual property opinions, including infringement, patent invalidity, and freedom-to-operate
  • Patent litigation support and AIA proceedings
Prior to practicing law and eventually joining KDW, Trevor worked as a controls system engineer. In this field he designed and developed software and control systems for operating pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment. He also worked in the Information Technology (IT) sector as part of a team managing a corporate network, along with its associated computing and network communications equipment.


  • Pepper Hamilton LLP [now Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (“Troutman Pepper”)], Associate, 2012–2016
  • Ferrence & Associates LLC, Attorney, 2008–2012
  • Carnegie Mellon University Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation, IP Legal Extern, 2008–2009
  • BOC Edwards (now IMA Life North America), Control Systems Engineer, 2003–2007
  • Severn Trent Laboratories (now TestAmerica Laboratory)
    • IT Network Analyst, 1999–2003
    • Environmental Chemistry Lab technician, 1995–1999

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