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Electronics have permeated almost everyone’s daily lives. Tomorrow’s innovative technologies are often based on turning today’s research and development efforts into making devices and systems smaller, faster, or more reliable. Recouping the time and money associated with those efforts requires obtaining dependable patent protection to thwart would-be copyists and freeloaders. We help companies and individuals strategically protect their electrical and computer-related inventions.

Almost half of our professionals hold bachelor’s or advanced degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. Others have relevant coursework and experience in tangentially related fields, such as mechatronics, bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, electrochemistry, and medical imaging, for example. Many worked as engineers prior to their legal training. Still others enjoy pertinent hobbies, such as utilizing smart-home technology, implementing high-end home theater and audio systems, flying consumer-grade drones, and installing marine electronics and instruments.

Our patent prosecution services span more than simply drafting and prosecuting patent applications. We work hard to understand each client’s business so that we can help craft patent portfolio strategies that meet the client’s goals. Our firm’s full suite of intellectual property offerings allows us to provide end-to-end service from initial interviews with inventors and managers to counseling on tricky patent issues to licensing and litigating issued patents. We have found that careful preparation and prosecution of patent applications results in stronger, more effective licensing and litigation positions.

Our attorneys and agents have technical expertise in the full spectrum of electrical and computer-related technologies, including:

  • 3D printing
  • Aircraft electronics
  • Alternative energy
  • Analog and digital circuitry
  • ASICs
  • Augmented reality
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Biochips
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical instrumentation
  • Biometrics
  • Cellular technology
  • Clean technology
  • Computer architecture
  • Computer hardware
  • Consumer electronics
  • Control systems
  • Data compression
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital television
  • Digital video
  • Electric motors
  • Embedded systems
  • Firmware
  • Flash memory
  • Flexible electronics
  • FPGAs
  • Graphics processing
  • HVAC systems
  • Image processing
  • Imaging devices
  • Industrial controls
  • Instrumentation
  • Integrated circuits
  • Internet applications
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
  • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • Medical devices
  • Medical imaging
  • MEMS
  • Microchips
  • Microprocessors
  • MPEG
  • Nanotechnology
  • Navigation devices
  • Network security
  • Networking
  • Optical and magnetic storage devices
  • Optics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Power regulators
  • Printing devices
  • RF electronics
  • Robotics
  • Satellite positioning (GPS)
  • Satellite technology
  • Semiconductor devices
  • Semiconductor fabrication
  • Semiconductor processing equipment
  • Sensors
  • Signal processing
  • Signaling formats
  • Supercomputers
  • Telecommunications
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones)
  • User interfaces
  • Video compression
  • Video gaming technology
  • Virtual reality
  • Wearable computers
  • Wireless and landline telephony

 

Contact one of our practice group leaders to get started with protecting your electrical and computer-related innovations. 

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Partner
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Upcoming Events

September 22, 2017
MBHB Partner Paul Berghoff Is the Featured Speaker for this Program 
October 15-17, 2017
MBHB Partner Bradley Hulbert Is a Featured Co-Speaker for this PRG-Sponsored Program
October 17, 2017
MBHB Attorneys Grant Drutchas and Aaron Gin, Ph.D. Are Featured Presenters
October 27, 2017
MBHB Partners Anthoula Pomrening and Marcus Thymian Are the Featured Speakers for this Program
November 3, 2017
MBHB Partner Dr. Paul Tully Is a Featured Speaker

Past Event

September 19, 2017
MBHB Partners Alison Baldwin and Paula Fritsch, Ph.D. Are Featured Presenters
September 12-13, 2017
PLI-Sponsored 2-Day Seminar Features 5 MBHB Partners as Presenters
August 30, 2017
MBHB partner Emily Miao, Ph.D. is the Featured Presenter at this MATTER Sponsored Workshop
August 29, 2017
August 25, 2017
MBHB partner Nicole Keenan Is the Featured Presenter at this Blazin' Babes Sponsored Webinar

Publications

Summer 2017 (snippets)
On May 22, 2017, in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the Supreme Court reversed decades of expansive patent venue interpretation by the Federal Circuit. The ruling in TC Heartland immediately overturns long-standing “forum-shopping” practices and introduces a longer-term issue of defining “a regular and established place of business.”
Summer 2017 (snippets)
In Water Splash v. Menon, the Supreme Court presents guidance for multinational plaintiffs and defendants charting the rarely tested waters of international service. Specifically, in determining that service by direct mailing is not expressly prohibited under the Hague Service Convention, the Court opened the flood gates for parties to attempt Convention-compliant service by direct mailing.
Summer 2017 (snippets)
On May 11, 2017, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) – the law that created a Federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation – celebrated its first birthday. From the first year of enforcement, it appears that the DTSA got the balance right with some provisions, may need to be tweaked with others, and has yet to render clear results in some.
June 19, 2017 (snippets Alert)

This morning, in Matal v. Tam, previously Lee v. Tam, the Supreme Court handed down its most impactful interpretation of the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act to date by holding that at its intersection with the First Amendment, the disparagement clause violates the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause.  

June 12, 2017 (snippets Alert)
Today, in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Grp., LLC, Case No. 16-712, the Supreme Court accepted certiorari on the question of whether the IPR regime set out by Congress in the AIA is constitutional. At issue is whether, once patents are issued, the resulting patent rights are a “public right,” in which case their validity can be resolved by an agency, or a “private property right,” in which case the validity issues must be addressed by Article III courts and arguably subject to the Seventh Amendment’s right to trial by jury.
Spring 2017 (snippets)
Recently, the Supreme Court delivered a rare victory for many intellectual property (IP) owners in its recent decision: Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc. Here, we attempt to unpack what little clear, practical guidance may be garnered from this decision.
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