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Vanessa Bell


Vanessa Bell is an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. She is a registered patent attorney who focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electronics industry with a focus on computer hardware and software including cloud computing, machine learning, magnetic storage systems, and computer security.

Prior to joining the firm, Vanessa worked as a patent attorney at an intellectual property law firm based in San Jose, California where she drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the areas of computer hardware and software. Previously, Vanessa was a patent attorney at an intellectual property law firm based in Los Angeles, California where she focused her practice on patent application drafting and prosecution in the mechanical and computer software arts including wearable devices and aeronautical systems.

While attending law school, Vanessa was a judicial extern in the Patent Pilot Program of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, a film music business affairs intern for Universal Pictures in Universal City, California, and an intellectual property and regulatory affairs intern at an international law firm in its Bangkok, Thailand office. She also served as Production Editor of the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal.

Recent Articles by Vanessa Bell

Where Have All of the Ex Parte Appeals Gone?

Once a rejection by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is designated as at least one “final” office action (which typically occurs when the office action is at least a second office action issued after filing), the applicant has the opportunity to engage with a different decision-maker. That is, the applicant can appeal a pending rejection to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and at least three PTAB judges will then evaluate the rationale provided by the examiner and applicant (referred to as an “appellant” when the PTAB is handling a matter). Alternatively, the applicant can continue to engage with the examiner (which may require filing a Request for Continued Examination and paying the associated fee) or can let the application go abandoned.