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The most important service we provide to our clients is advice, along with the skills to implement it. We counsel clients on the management and development of their intellectual property assets, advising clients on issues of patent validity, infringement, and the introduction of new products. Our expertise in business consulting and patent law has been a valuable resource for clients in e-commerce, finance, and other fields.

Our creative, cost-effective strategies are designed to help our clients achieve specific business objectives as well as further long-term business goals. We help establish and maintain effective programs for identifying and patenting key inventions. We also offer strategic advice on the development of patent and trademark portfolios and the exploitation of innovations through licensing. We evaluate potential litigation risks and suggest strategies for avoiding litigation, and we issue opinions regarding the scope, validity, and enforceability of patents and patent portfolios. At MBHB, we also provide advice when assessing the likely outcomes of litigation and in acquisition-related due diligence investigations.

The high-level education and experience earned by our attorneys gives us the skill and industry knowledge we need to help our clients make the decisions that are best for their business, from the beginning.

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Upcoming Events

July 30, 2015
MBHB Partner James M. McCarthy Is the Featured Presenter

Past Event

June 26, 2015
MBHB Partner Bradley Hulbert Is a Featured Co-Speaker for a Panel Presentation
June 25-26, 2015
MBHB Partners James Suggs and Nicole Reifman are Featured Course Leaders for this Management Forum-Sponsored Program
June 12, 2015
June 3, 2015
May 28, 2015
MBHB Partner Patrick G. Gattari is the Featured Presenter

Publications

Spring 2015 (snippets)
In a recent verdict, a California federal jury found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ smash hit “Blurred Lines” copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got To Give It Up” and awarded Marvin Gaye’s children $7.39 million in damages for copyright infringement. In a follow-up to our earlier articles, we discuss some of the issues raised in the case and what impact, if any, the decision can have on musicians who try to emulate a particular genre or another artist’s sound.
Spring 2015 (snippets)
The recent interpretation of patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101 by the Supreme Court in Alice v. CLS Bank in June 2014 has caused confusion in the patent world regarding the validity and practicality of software and business method patents. In Alice, the Supreme Court held that claims directed towards a computer-implemented means of mitigating settlement risk by using a third-party intermediary did not qualify as eligible subject matter.
Spring 2015 (snippets)
The patent statute makes it clear that subject matter that would have been obvious to one of ordinary skill in the art as of the effective filing date of a patent application is not patentable. The considerations relevant to obviousness have been set for some time: (1) the scope and content of the prior art; (2) the level of ordinary skill in the art; (3) the differences between the claimed subject matter and the prior art; and (4) secondary considerations of non-obviousness. There has, however, been much litigation on how courts are to apply these considerations to determine whether an invention would have been obvious and therefore not patentable.
Spring 2015 (snippets)
In a 7-2 decision authored by Justice Alito, the Supreme Court held on March 24, 2015, that issue preclusion may apply to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decisions (B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc.).
Spring 2015 (snippets)
The America Invents Act (AIA) created several adjudicative proceedings within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, including inter partes review, post-grant review, and covered business method review (IPR, PGR, and CBM, respectively). The AIA also provided explicit estoppel provisions with respect to District Court litigation for those proceedings.
May 26, 2015 (snippets Alert)
MBHB snippets Alert - May 26, 2015

The Supreme Court issued its decision today in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. In a nutshell, the Supreme Court held that a good faith belief in invalidity (or presumably unenforceability) is no longer a defense against inducement (and presumably contributory infringement).
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