Patent Attorney Arrested for Threatening President Obama

By Gene Quinn
May 28, 2010

On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, Adam Albrett, a patent attorney (Reg. No. 50514) who lives in Fairfax, Virginia, was arrested and charged with making threats on the life of the President of the United States, Barack Obama.  At that time an order of temporary detention was issued by US Magistrate Judge Thomas Rawles Jones, Jr., who ordered that Albrett be held in custody pending a detention hearing that was to be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm.  Instead of the detention hearing being held today it was deferred until Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at 2:00 pm.  Albrett’s temporary detention was extended until that time.

A sealed criminal complaint and supporting affidavit were filed on May 21, 2010.  On May 25, 2010, Magistrate Jones issued an order to unseal the complaint, finding that revealing the contents of the complaint would no longer jeopardize the criminal investigation of Albrett.  At this time the threat and charges became known, as did the fact that Albrett allegedly goes by the alias Muhannad  Almahmoudi.

According to the affidavit of Matthew Luczak, a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, Albrett sent to the White House Correspondence Office the following threat:

THIS  IS  NOT  A  JOKE….Inform  the  FBI,  CIA,  U.S. Military  and DOJ  that  I am  going  down  to DC  to blow  the brains  out  of  OBAMA  unless  he  vacates  the White  House  and  I am  going  to shoot  up  the  place  and  Rham  if  I see  him….THIS  IS  NOT  A JOKE….I  am  going  to leave  Mara  at  home  with  water  and  some food….

The Luczak affidavit, which acknowledges that not all information in the government’s possession is provide, but just enough to support probable cause, also explains the rationale for believing Albrett was the one who sent the message.  The IP address of the sender of  the  threat was  assigned to the street address given in the message itself.  The  Verizon  account associated with the IP Address  listed the  same telephone number provided  in the message. The Verizon customer’s last name was the  family name of Albrett’s mother, brother and sister.  Additionally, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, this same address is the address listed on Albrett’s driver’s license.  Albrett’s brother told investigators that Albrett was the sole resident at the address, and his sister confirmed that Albrett has a dog named Mara.

Albrett is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, and is the President, CEO and founder of Sirenada, Inc. He is also a co-inventor of the technology employed in the devices under development by Sirenada.

Albrett stands accused of violating 18 U.S.C. § 871, which relates to making threats against the President and successors to the Presidency.  He is also charged with violating 18 U.S.C. § 875(c), which relates to making interstate threats to injure a person.  Finally, he is charged with 47  U.S.C. §  223(a)(1)(E), which relates to repeated interstate communications solely for the purpose of harassment.  All of these violations are felonies.

The Author

Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

Warning & Disclaimer: The pages, articles and comments on IPWatchdog.com do not constitute legal advice, nor do they create any attorney-client relationship. The articles published express the personal opinion and views of the author and should not be attributed to the author’s employer, clients or the sponsors of IPWatchdog.com. Read more.

Discuss this

There are currently 9 Comments comments.

  1. zoobab May 28, 2010 1:30 pm

    Yet another software patent troll in prison.

  2. step back May 28, 2010 2:14 pm

    Patent attorneys are people and people can be crazy.

    Clients are people too.

    Recall what happened back in 2006 in a misunderstanding about a toilet seat:
    http://blawgit.com/2006/12/11/two-patent-attorneys-killed-in-chicago/

  3. patent leather May 28, 2010 4:26 pm

    I would be cautious in drawing conclusions yet. While difficult, IP addresses can be spoofed or perhaps someone was free riding on this guy’s wifi router.

  4. patent leather May 28, 2010 4:30 pm

    Step back, I recall that Chicago matter, that was a real tragedy (I used to work in Chicago but didn’t know those killed). After that incident I have been screening new independent inventor clients much more carefully. If someone calls and says, “I have the next multi-million dollar idea” that’s obviously a red flag right there.

  5. Mara May 28, 2010 8:29 pm

    . . . word on the street is that he may have been developing a new brain-implantable chip comprising . . . and that Mara has been far more inquisitive and animated than usual . . . and was quite agitated over the new dog food . . .

  6. Jeff Spangler May 30, 2010 4:33 pm

    Another slam dunk “silver platter” case for Harry Moatz at OED.

  7. Rick May 30, 2010 11:00 pm

    This is fishy. I think he was either intoxicated, this was a prank gone wrong, or he is mentally ill.

  8. Jan van Niekerk June 2, 2010 3:13 pm

    I want to live in a country where I can spend a few weeks in jail because someone puts my personal details in hate mail to the president after hacking my computer or internet connection. It’s deniable, of course, simply by running Windows (“they hacked my computer, read my mail about my dog, and then sent hate mail to the pres. Weren’t me y’ronnor. Allahuakbar!”)

  9. Military Attorney December 2, 2010 12:52 pm

    I agree with Rick that “This is fishy. I think he was either intoxicated, this was a prank gone wrong, or he is mentally ill.