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Sharon Israel focuses her practice on intellectual property law with an emphasis in patent litigation, opinion work, and client counseling. Sharon has acted as counsel in intellectual property cases before district and appellate courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. She has litigated patents relating to a variety of technologies, including cellular communications systems and devices, oilfield equipment, consumer electronics, chemical compositions, and medical devices, among others. Sharon also is a member of Mayer Brown’s Electronic Discovery & Information Governance practice.
Chambers USA (2010) describes Sharon as “a savvy patent attorney who is experienced, practical and tenacious,” “incredibly intelligent and savvy attorney” (2009), “. . . highly professional, very smart and hard working . . . great at focusing on the real issues” (2007), and asserts that she “…has earned a name as ‘highly responsive and outstanding . . .'” (2006). Reflecting high regard for her IP litigation skills, previous editions of Chambers USA have noted that she “attracts market praise for her ‘superior performance’ in litigating IP matters” (2005), and cited clients’ praise for being “‘terrific’ [and] making a name for herself, especially in patent litigation” (2004). Sharon has also been selected by her peers for recognition by Texas SuperLawyers® (2003 to date), including being named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas (2008 and 2009) and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Houston (2009), and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2010, she received the President’s Outstanding Service Award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and in 2005 she received the President’s Award from the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.
Sharon is a frequent speaker on patent-related topics, and serves in leadership roles in numerous organizations, including serving as President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Chair of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section, and on the Board of Directors for the Federal Circuit Bar Association. She also has had leadership positions with the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section. Before joining Mayer Brown in 2005, Sharon practiced with two other national law firms. Following law school graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Alan D. Lourie, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Adding a practical focus to her IP practice, Sharon was an engineer with General Electric Company before entering law school.
During 2014, 3M received 517 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, putting it in 80th place among companies petitioning the USPTO for patents that year. The company has received 143 U.S. patents in the past three months, according to Innography’s patent portfolio analysis tools. The text cluster provided here details widespread R&D in optical film, electrical cable, abrasive particles and curable compositions.
Prevention of the unauthorized use of television services is also reflected in U.S. Patent No. 9124933, entitled Method and System for Detecting Unauthorized Use of a Set Top Box Using Expected Terrestrial Signal Identification, originally a DirecTV patent which became AT&T’s property after its merger. It discloses a method of determining expected terrestrial signal identifiers for a billing address of a fixed user device at a head end, receiving a plurality of terrestrial signals identifying a respective source at the fixed user device, communicating the expected terrestrial signal identifiers to the fixed user device, storing those identifiers in the fixed user device’s memory, comparing stored identifiers to received identifiers and denying the fixed user device from accessing satellite signals in response to the comparison. This invention is intended to provide a mechanism to ensure that television subscribers are following access rules laid out by government regulations or contracted with content providers, like blackout restrictions.
The Consultation is part of the Commission’s assessment of the role of online platforms, promised in its Communication on a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe (DSM) dated 6 May 2015. The Consultation covers a range of topics, including several controversial issues concerning transparency of online platforms and the proper extent of the hosting defence under the E-Commerce Directive. Interested parties have until around the end of December 2015 to respond (the exact closing date has not yet been published).
The most intriguing patent application we’ve seen recently is Apple’s patent application titled ‘Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device.’ It would protect a fuel cell system for a portable computing device comprising a fuel cell stack converting fuel into electrical power, a fuel source for the fuel cell stack and an interface to the portable device which includes a power link providing power to the portable device and a bidirectional communication link providing communication between the portable device and a fuel cell stack’s controller which sends fuel state information to the portable device and receives fuel cell control information. This innovation seeks to incorporate fuel cell electricity generation tech into portable computing devices for which it’s difficult to provide cost-effective and portable fuel cell systems, as the patent application itself points out.