Mechanical & Materials

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The strong academic and practical engineering background of our attorneys allows us to help clients secure and protect their rights concerning such mechanical and manufacturing techniques and products. We prepare and prosecute mechanical patents, information technology patents, and biomedical patents for such products as:

  • medical devices
  • nanotechnology
  • industrial controls
  • hot-runner and injection molding systems
  • recycling technology
  • plastic extrusion techniques
  • horizontal directional drilling
  • large scale polymer synthesis
  • offset printing

 

Our attorneys also have strong backgrounds in materials sciences, including polymers and alloys.

Our extensive industry experience in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts includes complex industrial manufacturing machinery and processes, as well as devices and components for the computer science field, the telecommunications industry, and the environmental engineering arena. At MBHB, a number of our attorneys hold advanced degrees in biomechanical engineering and are able to understand the most technical aspects of patentable mechanics.

Technical Advisor
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Patent Agent
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Of Counsel
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Patent Agent
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Associate*
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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
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
July 27, 2017
MBHB Partner Dr. Andrew Williams Is the Featured Presenter

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)
In part because of RCE and Appeal backlogs, the USPTO has introduced several post-examination programs to speed-up patent prosecution, increase collaboration between examiners and applicants, and reduce the number of RCE and Appeal filings. In this paper, we discuss several procedural options available to applicants after receiving a final rejection, advantages/disadvantages of each option, and conclude with suggestions on how to select the best option depending on the situation.
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