Boston Patent Lawyer

Techie, Lawyer, Baseball Fan, Musician.

In his spare time, Erik enjoys hacking with computers, writing, baseball, and seeking the perfect Hammond B-3 sound on his keyboard. On Erik’s desk are pictures of his three children: Sam, Ben, and Sonja. His life adventures include living in Finland, swimming in the Arctic Ocean, pulling 6 Gs and soloing a jet in the Air Force, and traveling to 10 countries and to the 48 contiguous United States.

Erik is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine School of Law (2011-2014, teaching patent law), and a is frequent speaker about issues related to law and technology. He earned his BS in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his JD from the University of Maine School of Law (Maine Law).

From 2007-2008, he co-founded, launched, and sold the shoe store (a high end boutique for women’s shoes) with the domain name originally used for his law firm.

After law school, Erik worked for six years for six Internet companies, including a four-year stint with Verio, which was sold for $6 billion cash in the largest cash deal for an Internet-related company in history. In 2001, he launched Clocktower Law Group, a patent and trademark law firm in the Boston area.

In 1992, Erik wrote “The Legal List,” the first book published simultaneously on the Internet and in print. Erik’s 15 minutes of fame started after reviews of that book appeared in Internet World, Wired, and The New York Times.

Erik has been on the Internet since 1984 and has extensive experience working in high-tech companies such as Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), Cayman Systems, and Verio.

Erik J. Heels is a patent and trademark lawyer for Boston startups, Red Sox fan, MIT engineer, musician. He blogs about technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll at

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