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TJ Mantooth


Hall Estill

T.J. Mantooth is a partner/shareholder at national law firm Hall Estill in its intellectual property practice. He has an intellectual property practice focusing on patent prosecution, including the drafting, enforcement, and defense of patent rights. Through his career, he has worked with inventors from a variety of technical and business realms regarding patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, and trade secrets.

T.J. has drafted hundreds of patents in a wide range of engineering disciplines that include, semiconductor design, mobile electronics, robotics, petroleum exploration, oil refining, and pharmaceutical-grade manufacturing. Specifically, he has consulted with engineers to procure patents regarding circuit design, alternative power systems, solid state data storage, hybrid data memories with volatile and non-volatile components, remote control systems, pumping systems, and computer software.T.J. has experience in consulting with sophisticated corporations as well as start-up companies concerning the development and valuation of intellectual property portfolios. He has worked extensively with evaluating and improving existing patent applications and issued patents. Further, he has been named a Rising Star in Intellectual Property Law by Oklahoma Super Lawyers and is ranked as an Up and Coming Intellectual Property lawyer by Chambers USA.

Recent Articles by TJ Mantooth

IP Issues for Retail Businesses Advertising in Augmented Reality

With the advent of augmented reality systems, unique opportunities exist for retail businesses. The ability to provide dynamic and layered advertisements can add a new dimension and effectiveness to attracting consumers to a brick-and-mortar retail location. However, a number of intellectual property pitfalls appear to be awaiting those retailers that utilize the emerging augmented reality platform to reach and attract customers. For instance, a retailer may find that they do not own the exclusive rights to display augmented reality content to customers despite the customers being physically present in their own store.

Inventing Chaos with the Moderna/NIH Dispute

Moderna and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are poised for a legal battle over inventorship of a vaccine for COVID-19. While a court may resolve the dispute over inventorship for the patent application, court review of current inventorship rules could be a slippery slope to chaos. Moderna and NIH collaborated on developing a functional vaccine for COVID-19, which is not in dispute. As a result of the collaboration, a vaccine labeled “mRNA-1273” was created and a U.S. patent application was filed by Moderna, with no NIH scientists listed as inventors. Moderna has commented that, after an internal review, no NIH scientists designed the actual vaccine claimed in the U.S. patent application. NIH has commented that it believes three scientists should be included in the U.S. patent application as co-inventors with the Moderna scientists.