Andrew Tuggle’s practice focuses on intellectual property, cybersecurity, and international trade. He guides clients through government regulations of cybersecurity, exports, and cross-border transactions. He also helps clients protect their innovations through patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.
Andrew’s strong technical background allows him to quickly understand advanced and emerging technologies. Prior to law school, Andrew worked for a large, multinational hardware manufacturer; for a small engineering-design startup; and in academic DARPA- and G8-funded research. His engineering R&D experience includes magnetic devices and materials, nanoscale electronics, computer modeling and simulation, Barker codes, and sensors.
Andrew provides counsel at all stages in the life of an idea. He prosecutes patent and trademark applications — both at the USPTO and abroad — to protect value from day one. Then he assists with licensing and litigating those rights to put clients in control of their commercialization efforts. He has helped protect highly sensitive and trade-secret information from FOIA requests, from discovery in litigation, and from insider threats. He is experienced in evaluating rights under government contracts, private contracts, and open source software licenses.
Cybersecurity is a major concern today. At its core, cybersecurity is about protecting information. Andrew's legal and technical background position him to offer clear and timely guidance. Many companies —especially government contractors and the defense industry — must protect their information systems from cyber threats. Andrew regularly writes and speaks about governmental cybersecurity regulations, including from NIST, CMMC, FAR, and DFARS. After cyberattacks, Andrew steadily advises on incident reporting requirements, including state-mandated data-breach notifications to consumers and credit agencies.
Andrew closely monitors the regulatory environment to keep clients in compliance with international sanctions (OFAC), import and export regulations (EAR and ITAR), and rules about foreign direct investment (CFIUS, BEA, AFIDA). On the front end, he crafts compliance programs (including training programs) that are customized to specific business operations and goals. If a violation occurs, Andrew advises on plans for investigation, mitigation, and disclosure.
At the end of the day, Andrew enjoys learning from clients and watching what they accomplish. He protects ideas and advises on compliance to help businesses move smoothly to the long-term success that he loves to see.