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MBHB has experience on both sides of the patent - we are accomplished patent agents and deftly manage the patent prosecution process, while we also provide aggressive, goal-focused counsel in patent litigation matters.

Our attorneys have broad patent litigation experience, both enforcing patents and defending against infringement allegations. Our patent attorneys and patent agents are also highly adept in all aspects of patent procurement, including drafting applications and prosecuting them before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as in other countries. MBHB prosecutes interferences in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and assists in foreign patent oppositions. We negotiate patent licenses and help our clients establish and manage patent portfolios worldwide.

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Publications

Winter 2014 (snippets)
Much analysis of data privacy issues in recent years has focused on the European Union. However, there have also been significant efforts regarding data protection in the Asia-Pacific region, an area of ever-increasing focus for patent practitioners. This article addresses the role of regional organizations in developing and enforcing policies, laws and regulations throughout the Asia-Pacific arena, and considers the potential impacts of ongoing national and international efforts to protect the right of privacy.
Winter 2014 (snippets)
On May 5, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office kicked off a new program intended to give applicants and examiners an opportunity to discuss the substance of a patent application before a formal, written examination report is mailed to the applicant. Dubbed the First Action Interview Pilot Program, it requires that the applicant electronically file, at least one day before the first action on the merits is mailed, a Request for First Action Interview.
Winter 2014 (snippets)
Both the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government have been working on patent reform. For example, the White House released a report last June entitled “Patent Assertion and U.S. Innovation,” accompanied by several executive initiatives and legislative recommendations. In addition, several pieces of legislation have been introduced in both the House and the Senate to address this perceived “patent troll” problem. As Sens. Leahy and Lee explained, the goal of such legislation is “to make it harder for bad actors to succeed, while preserving what has made America’s patent system great.” The difficulty is in narrowly crafting such legislation to specifically address the perceived problems without also ensnaring legitimate patent holders, and without introducing unexpected negative consequences for the patent system as a whole.
Fall 2013 (snippets)
The Federal Circuit’s Model Order has prompted national reform in the way that discovery is handled in the Digital Age. It has introduced a paradigm shift away from using discovery costs as a tactical threat and towards cooperation between parties to expedite the discovery process. Software techniques such as predictive coding and technology-assisted review are being proven to be more effective and efficient than purely human review, and judges are finding favor in utilizing them to expedite the e-discovery process. As more judges become informed of the faster, cheaper, and more effective software techniques to filter ESI, refusal to utilize such techniques will be seen as a hindrance to “just, speedy, and inexpensive determination.”
Fall 2013 (snippets)
On September 16, 2012, Inter Partes Review (IPR) replaced Inter Partes Reexamination (IPX) as an avenue for third party patentability challenges in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Arising from the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), this change has transformed inter partes challenges “from an examinational to an adjudicative proceeding.” In other words, the old “prosecution-like” IPX practice has given way to a streamlined “mini-trial” IPR process that could provide cost and time benefits to challengers and patentees alike. As IPR just passes its one year anniversary, this article aims to compare IPR with the old IPX process, provide an update of the most recent case law, and offer relevant IPR practice tips.
Fall 2013 (snippets)
In Ex parte Mewherter, a recent decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Board handed down a precedential decision regarding the language of computer-readable medium (CRM) claims. Particularly, this decision established that computer readable storage media (CRSM) claims are not patent eligible unless the claims recite the magic term “non-transitory,” or the specification adequately limits the term “storage media” to exclude signals, carrier waves, or other transitory signals. These transitory signals are not patentable subject matter under the Federal Circuit's In re Nuijten decision, because they do not fall into any of the four statutory categories (i.e., process, machine, manufacture, or composition) set forth in 35 U.S.C. § 101.
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