Meet the Team

Bruce Stuckman, Ph.D.

Bruce Stuckman, Ph.D.

Of Counsel

Bruce Stuckman has been a licensed patent attorney since 1993 and Of Counsel to Garlick & Markison since 2005. Bruce specializes in building commercially valuable patent portfolios in high-tech fields such as telecommunications, wireless communications and devices, electronics, storage networks, databases, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, web applications and media processing. Bruce has authored and prosecuted over 1,400 patents to issuance, many of which have been successfully sold, licensed, or litigated. The IP analytics firm Patexia has ranked Bruce in the top 25 for patent prosecution based on performance metrics for 28,843 patent practitioners from 2019 thru 2023.

Bruce has a long history of officer/board positions. Prior to joining Garlick & Markison, he was a Vice President of Ameritech and also Chief Patent Counsel of AT&T (formerly SBC Communications). Bruce also co-founded and served as Vice President & General Counsel of AT&T’s IP subsidiary. He has negotiated the IP terms of numerous multi-billion-dollar transactions involving several Fortune 50 companies. In 2005, he was named a Fellow of the National Knowledge and Intellectual Property Management Taskforce. He has been published more than sixty times and is a co-author of Business Power: Creating New Wealth from IP Assets, John Wiley & Sons, 2007. He has lectured dozens of times at professional conferences.

Bruce holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude), an M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Oakland University. He also holds a J.D. (Cum Laude) from the University of Louisville. Prior to practicing law, Bruce was a tenured Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Louisville and a technical consultant to organizations such as General Motors, General Electric, British Petroleum, and the U.S. Government. Bruce himself is an inventor on over 125 issued US patents. The DIRECT search AI algorithm he co-developed has been cited by thousands of researchers world-wide for use in applications as diverse as quantum computing, medical imagery, microbiology, circuit design, optimization, particle physics and cloud computing. A function set he developed for evaluating global optimization techniques is referred to in textbooks as the “Stuckman function”.