Nicholas J. Landau

Nicholas J. Landau



  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Emerging Growth Companies
  • Cannabis

WSG Practice Industries


Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Alabama, U.S.A.


Nick Landau advises clients in the procurement, protection and litigation of all forms of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks and tradesecrets. He is particularly experienced in patent prosecution, having drafted over 150 patent applications in numerous areas of technology. His patentprosecution experience includes multiple successful ex parte appeals.

He has worked with patents in a broad array of technological disciplines and has extensive knowledge in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals,nutraceuticals, medical devices and environmental technology. His clients include individuals, universities, startups, growing businesses and publiclytraded companies.

Nick’s practice also includes the management of large international patent portfolios and coordinating intellectual property strategy at the multinationallevel. This often includes surrounding core assets with secure intellectual property protection by the integrated use of patents, industrial designs, tradesecrets, copyrights and plant variety protection. He advises clients on their freedom to operate new products and services in light of the intellectualproperty rights of others, and how to avoid liability for infringing others’ rights.

In addition to representing clients, Nick is an adjunct professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and coordinates the Pro Bono PatentProgram for the states of Alabama and Mississippi.

He studied environmental microbiology at the doctoral level, earning a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and a Master of Science degree from the University ofMaryland. His graduate research analyzed the bacterial metabolism of hydrocarbon pollutants (bioremediation) and the metabolism of organisms in extremeenvironments such as volcanoes and deep-ocean hydrothermal vents. He has taught college-level and graduate-level classes in genetics and microbiology.

He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as executive editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.

Prior to Bradley, Nick served as in-house counsel for a major agri-business in southern Florida, was an associate in the Intellectual Property group of amajor Florida law firm, and was litigation counsel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. Prior to law school, hewas an Associate Plant Examiner at the United States Plant Variety Protection Office.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2009
  • Florida, 2007
  • Virginia, 2003
  • District of Columbia, 2021

Court Admissions
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • Rutgers University, Ph.D., Environmental Science with a Concentration in Environmental Microbiology, 2000
  • University of Maryland, M.S., 1995
  • University of Virginia, B.S., Environmental Science, 1990
Areas of Practice

Cannabis | Complex Business Litigation | Emerging Growth Companies | Intellectual Property | Intellectual Property and Competitive Practices Litigation | Life Sciences | Patents and Patent Litigation | Technology Transactions | Trade Secrets | Trademarks

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Drafted over 150 unique patent applications, of which the following are some published or patented exemplars.

Patent Or Publication Number



Method, System, and Apparatus for Flood Control


Surgical Implant


Measurement Of Serum Lipoproteins


Utility Device Interface


Methods for Treatment of Nephrotic Syndrome and Related Conditions


Telephonic Privacy Systems


Mobile Elliptically Driven Device and Steering Mechanism


Process for Decontaminating Oil Boom


Protective Coating for Metal Surfaces


Method and System for Plotting a User's Position on a Display


Botanical Fuel Oxygenate Compositions


Self-Priming Surfacing Composition for Finished Surfaces


Down-Regulation And Silencing Of Allergen Genes In Transgenic Peanut Seeds


Process for Treating Waste Drilling Mud

US 2014/0357706

Stearate Compounds

US 2013/0261054

Methods for Treatment of Nephrotic Syndrome and Related Conditions

WO 2018/187809 Capsaicinoid Smoke
WO 2018/175913 Methods For Diagnosing And Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease

WO 2016/057816

Modification Of Fibers With Nanostructures Using Reactive Dye Chemistry

WO 2016/037009

Biomarkers For Triple Negative Breast Cancer

WO 2016/011399

Artificial Troponin Complex

WO 2015/143345

Flexible Pipe Joint

WO 2015/066530

Methods For Nucleic Acid Amplification

WO 2011/137445

Saliva Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay for Cytomegalovirus Infection

WO 2010/028072

Avian Antibodies Specific to Influenza A Virus Subtype H5N1 and Technologically Simple Methods of their Manufacture and Use

WO 2010/019914

Anti-Arrhythmia Agents, Methods of Their Use, Methods of Their Identification and Kits Therefore


Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding...

It Pays to Be Covered
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

Bradley's It Pays to Be Covered Blog discusses insurance law developments and industry trends in property and casualty insurance, including the growing cyber insurance market, coverage for drones, and blockchain exposures. We also address practical risk management strategies of interest to risk...

Online and On Point
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

A Resource for Privacy Developments and Cybersecurity Risks in an Era of Evolving Technology

Patent 213
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written...

The Law of Order
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as...

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

Underwritten covers topics related to life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. Our team of experienced attorneys and authors offers insight on the issues insurers face as they seek to serve their policyholders and to mitigate risk. The blog covers significant court decisions,...


Patenting COVID-19 Tests: Avoiding the Common Pitfalls
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

The impact on human health of the global pandemic of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the resulting disease termed COVID-19 cannot be overstated. Not since the influenza pandemic of 1918 have so many regions of the world been so acutely impacted by a single pathogen. Society in 2020 has the advantage of a more sophisticated biotechnology industry. Testing is considered crucial in controlling (or at least mitigating) the pandemic, and tests from several companies have become widely available...