“I am an engineer at heart.”

Meghan McGovern | Owner/Partner, Patent Attorney

Meghan McGovern is a registered patent attorney and cofounder/managing partner of DiBerardino McGovern IP Group LLC (DMIP Group). Meghan helps U.S. and foreign clients protect their intellectual property rights related to optics, image and signal processing, lasers, imaging systems, toys and games, radar systems, electronics, semiconductors, software, and mechanical devices.

When clients work with Meghan, they get an attorney who understands their technology and who works extremely hard on their behalf. She assists clients through the entire patent lifecycle by preparing and prosecuting U.S. patent applications, collaborating with counsel in other jurisdictions to obtain patent rights outside of the U.S., assisting clients with licensing and patent portfolio analysis, and conducting freedom-to-operate and pre-suit investigations.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Meghan worked in research and development at Northrup Grumman for five years. There she developed signal processing techniques and automatic target recognition algorithms for use in radar and infrared detection systems. During law school, Meghan was an associate editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.  After graduating from law school, Meghan worked as a patent practitioner at Fish & Richardson in Washington DC.

Meghan is a runner and enjoys being in nature, whether it is running on a trail or working in her garden. Meghan lives and works in Alexandria, Virginia.

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  • University of Texas at Austin, B.S. Electrical Engineering 1997 with honors
    • Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi
  • University of Michigan, M.S. Electrical Engineering 1999
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 2006 cum laude
    • Associate Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
  • The District of Columbia and Virginia
  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office

Meghan A. McGovern, Carl M. Wiggins, Steven S. Bishop, “Ground-penetrating radar performance analysis using an empirical model,” Proc. SPIE 5089, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VIII, (11 September 2003).

Meghan A. McGovern, Hilda I. Aponte, “Analysis of IR signatures of surface and buried antitank landmines,” Proc. SPIE 4394, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VI, (18 October 2001).

Hilda I. Aponte, Stephen B. Campana, Meghan A. McGovern, “Multisensor fusion for vehicle-mounted mine detection,” Proc. SPIE 4394, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VI, (18 October 2001).

A. Dunn, M. McGovern, C. Smithpeter, and R. Richards-Kortum, “Measurement and calculation of scattering patterns from cells,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, D. Killinger, G. Valley, C. Chang-Hasnain, and W. Knox, eds., Vol. 11 of OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, 1997), paper CTuD2.