Rodney Lacy



Rod is a registered U.S. patent attorney of DPLG. His practice focuses on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution and related opinion work. During his 25 years of patent practice, he has drafted hundreds of patent applications directed to various technologies such as networking, 5G communications, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, automation and control, compilers, operating systems, computer architecture, computer graphics, databases, data storage, digital rights management, computer security, and mobile applications.  Prior to his legal career, Rod was a software engineer for over 16 years, gaining practical experience in areas such as computer-aided design, networking, real-time operating systems, embedded systems, relational and object-oriented databases, and telecommunications provisioning.


  • St. Olaf College – B.A. Math and Computer Science 1981.
  • William Mitchell College of Law – JD 1993, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • State of Minnesota
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • Contributing author to Electronic and Software Patents: Law and Practice, 1st Edition, BNA Books.

Speaking Engagements

Rod has presented frequently on a variety of intellectual property topics to engineers, management and attorneys at continuing legal education (CLE) seminars.  Topics have included Patentability Opinions and Analysis of Patentability, IP Issues in Technology, Advanced Claim Drafting for Software, Business Methods and Bioinformatics, and USPTO Examiner Interviews.