Posts Tagged: "Patent Attorneys"

Courtney Shanney and Peter Busch Join Leason Ellis as Associates

Leason Ellis, a boutique intellectual property law firm specializing in patent, trademark and copyright protection and litigation, has announced that Courtney Shanney and Peter Busch have joined the firm as Associates. With the additions of Shanney and Busch, Leason Ellis now has more than 25 attorneys and 50 employees handling IP legal work for approximately 1,900 clients.

Pete Thurlow Joins Polsinelli’s Expanding New York Office

Polsinelli, an Am Law 100 firm with an extensive nationwide Intellectual Property practice, welcomes Pete Thurlow to the firm as shareholder where he will practice nationally from the firm’s New York City office. Thurlow moves to Polsinelli from the New York office of an Am Law 10 firm, where he was a leader in their global patent prosecution practice.

Intellectual Property Attorney David Forman Joins Osha Liang

Intellectual property attorney David S. Forman, whose practice focuses on patent prosecution, litigation and counseling, has joined Osha Liang LLP as senior counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. area office. He was previously associated with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in Washington, D.C.

Wolf Greenfield Promotes Three Attorneys to Shareholder

Intellectual property law firm Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. recently announced the promotion of Y. Jenny Chen, Thomas A. Franklin and Jessamine N. Lee to the position of shareholder, effective January 1, 2016. The promoted attorneys represent a range of practice areas, including biotechnology, chemical and materials technologies and electrical and computer technologies.

ABA CLE Webinar – The Agile Software Trend

The Agile Software Trend: How to be a Flexible Attorney in a Rigid IP System This program will explore some successful methods for working with clients following agile development to protect the clients’ IP. Panelists will also discuss how the decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International impacts such methods, as well as the USPTO’s implementation of the same.…

Patent Cost: Understanding Patent Attorney Fees

Fees for patent attorneys are going to vary quite significantly depending upon the geographical market and the attorney’s level experience. Based on 2011 economic data, the national average for a partner level attorney is $441 per hour, the national median is $410.00 per hour, the 25th percentile is $325.00 per hour and the 75th percentile is $535.00 per hour. Cities like Boston, New York and San Francisco tend to be the most expensive (where the average is $555 to $570 per hour). Texas, Chicago and Washington, D.C. also tend to be more expensive than most other parts of the country, but not as significantly so when compared to Boston, New York and San Francisco.

An Inventor’s Guide to Being Taken Seriously by Patent Attorneys

It is important for inventors to understand that there is reluctance among some patent attorneys to take on independent inventors as clients. This is at least in part because some independent inventors take up an extraordinary amount of time and rarely convert into clients. Even if they do convert into clients many want to pay a low rate and are never satisfied.

Former USPTO Director Q. Todd Dickinson Joins Novak Druce

Q. Todd Dickinson, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has joined Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg, LLP as a partner. He will also assume the role of Global Chair of its Client Select Strategic Services Group. Dickinson will be co-based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. and San Francisco/Silicon Valley offices.

Judge Richard Linn, First and Foremost a Patent Attorney

This theme reemerged later when we talked generally about computer implemented innovations. Judge Linn explained that wrestling with patent eligibility as it applies to innovations that require machine intervention “is a very complex issue,” which is made more complicated when you try and rationalize opinions from the Supreme Court. “I have great difficulty rationalizing the Supreme Court’s opinions in Flook and Diehr, and in many regards I think those decisions are irreconcilably in conflict,” Judge Linn said… “I don’t look at it as a low point. I look at it as an indication of the complexity of the issues,” Linn said. He went on to explain that the Court was “trying to resolve this complex issue in a way that made sense but reflected the precedent we had before us from the Supreme Court. In the end we just couldn’t agree. We got to the point where we recognized that the Supreme Court would have to give us the answer.”

Patent Attorney Services After First To File. WHAT to File?

Just as most of society wrongly considers doctors as “gods”, many patent clients wrongly think that patent attorneys will help them achieve these business objectives simply by filing a patent. To be fair, patent attorneys are not being hired to study the client’s market, nor their competitive position within the market. They are not hired to develop the client’s internal IP budget, nor to help the company strategically develop an IP portfolio that could boost exit value. Such an engagement could be fraught with conflicts and confusion. Unless attorneys make clear the limited and narrow scope of their services, and unless and until clients become more IP-savvy, clients will continue to incorrectly assume that all is fine in their Patent La-La Land; nothing is further from the truth.

Cooley Lands Chadbourne & Parke’s Top IP & Litigation Partners

I don’t know what is going on at Chadbourne & Parke, but I do know I know that Walt and John were both at Morgan & Finnegan and left for Chadbourne over 7 years ago. Morgan & Finnegan subsequently filed for bankruptcy ?several years later. Over time the best attorneys were slowly bled from Morgan & Finnegan, and virtually all of the rainmakers left. There were obviously internal problems of one kind or another, likely of a structural nature compounded by top earners and rainmakers leaving. Now I see top level attorneys leaving Chadbourne & Parke, one of them my friend who had enough sense to get out of Morgan & Finnegan years before they went bankrupt. Could this be a sign of what may become over the next several years for Chadbourne & Parke?

Senior Sony PlayStation Attorney Stephen Kong Joins Stradling Yocca

Prior to joining Stradling, Mr. Kong was Senior Corporate Counsel for Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. While at Sony PlayStation, he was the lead attorney for the US R&D and Strategic Business Development Groups for the Sony entity responsible for Sony PlayStation matters in North and Latin America.

USPTO Proposes Updated Professional Conduct Rules

This proposed rule package adopts most ABA provisions wholesale or with minor revisions and codifies many professional responsibility obligations that already apply to the practice of law. Specifically, the proposed rules will streamline practitioners’ professional responsibility obligations, bringing USPTO obligations in line with most practitioners’ state bar requirements. The package also proposes to eliminate the annual practitioner maintenance fee.

Clifton McCann Joins DC Offices of Thompson Hine

McCann, who is now a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property group, joins Thompson Hine in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, coming over to the firm from Venable LLP. The addition of McCann comes on the heels of other recent additions of what the firm refers to as “top tier laterals.” McCann is a patent attorney with more than 30 years of experience, focuses his practice on the development and defense of patent rights in the chemical, biological, mechanical and software/business method arts.

IP Community: Raising Autism Awareness

It is important for employers to be open-minded when considering employing someone with autism or other disabilities. Those who are open-minded will find employees who are diligent, hard-working, and who take extreme pride in their jobs. Services exist for employers who are open-minded to potentially hiring a person with autism, but are concerned with how to hire or train someone with autism.