Kevin A. Rieffel

Kevin A. Rieffel

Kevin A. Rieffel is the Chief Counsel – Patent Consulting Services at TechPats. With TechPats experts and analysts, Kevin works on patent portfolio development and prosecution, IP licensing support, reverse engineering, and expert witnessing in technology. Kevin almost exclusively reads blogs on IP news, high school swimming, and Georgetown basketball.


Posts by Kevin A. Rieffel


What is Director Iancu Proposing the USPTO do for §101 Analysis?

Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu made some interesting remarks yesterday at the Intellectual Property Owners Association Annual Meeting in Chicago on …
By Kevin A. Rieffel
3 months ago 44

Revised MPEP May Provide New Tools in Alice Rejections

The MPEP requires that “[i]n particular, the initial burden is on the examiner to explain why a claim or claims are ineligible for patenting clearly and …
By Kevin A. Rieffel
10 months ago 7

Can Apple’s New Infrared Patent Really Disable Your iPhone?

On Tuesday, June 28, Apple was granted a new patent, U.S. Patent No. 9,380,225, entitled “Systems and methods for receiving infrared data with a camera designed to detect …
By Kevin A. Rieffel
2 years ago 2

Why Google Wins by Giving Away Patents to ‘Startups’ Willing to Join the LOT Network

Google is giving away patents to small-ish tech firms who apply and agree to join the License or Transfer (LOT) Network. Google retains a license to the …
By Kevin A. Rieffel
3 years ago 4

Patent Litigation Study Should Cause Patent Reform Pause

A new PricewaterhouseCoopers 2015 patent litigation study, released today, points to a 13% drop in patent lawsuits filed in 2014. That’s right—patent cases more than doubled from 2009 (2,792) to 2013 (6,497) …
By Kevin A. Rieffel
4 years ago 1

3D Conversion Patents take Center Stage in Hollywood Visual Effects Case

Two of the biggest post-production/3D-conversion companies are preparing for battle in a patent infringement suit that is sure to create enemies and allies in the world …
By Kevin A. Rieffel
4 years ago 5

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