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Our attorneys have extensive experience with intellectual property issues involving computer software at all levels, from low-level machine code to high-level code that runs Internet-based technologies and database systems. The exponential growth of computing and the Internet have made this aspect of intellectual property a key field to master. At MBHB, we have mastered this complex area through the litigation and prosecution of a number of cases relating to such matters as:

  • data compression
  • data mining
  • computer architecture
  • computer networking
  • cryptography
  • programming languages

 

IP assets that result from the significant time and money invested in research and development for hardware and software deserve protection. From software engineering to network architecture, computer technology runs every sophisticated business. At MBHB, we know the software and computing industries, and we know how to protect our clients' rights.

Many of our attorneys, in addition to strong computer backgrounds, also have Ph.D.-level technical backgrounds in mathematics, physics, biomechanical engineering, and chemistry, which allow them to fully understand the underlying processes in technology systems.

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Upcoming Events

June 11, 2016
MBHB Partner Kirsten Thomson Is a Featured Presenter for this Program

Past Event

May 18, 2016
May 10-12, 2016
MBHB Partners Dr. Kevin Noonan and Dr. Donald Zuhn are Featured Presenters at this PLI-Sponsored Seminar
April 26, 2016
MBHB Partner Patrick Gattari is the Featured Presenter at this MATTER-Sponsored Program
April 12, 2016
April 12, 2016
MBHB Partner Dr. Emily Miao is the Featured Presenter at this MATTER-Sponsored Program

Publications

May 11, 2016
MBHB snippets Alert - May 11, 2016

This afternoon, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) into law, creating a new Federal cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The new law is the most significant expansion of Federal intellectual property law in a generation, and brings with it significant benefits – but also new responsibilities – for intellectual property owners and employers. And in this era of narrowed subject matter eligibility for patenting, the DTSA may provide enough of an incentive for intellectual property owners to keep more information as trade secrets.
Winter 2016 (snippets)
February 4, 2016, marked the one-year anniversary of the initial In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC Federal Circuit decision – the first opinion stemming from the first appeal of the first final written decision of the first inter partes review (“IPR”) ever filed. From the time that decision came out until the end of January 2016, there have been at least 56 appeals from IPRs and Covered Business Method (“CBM”) patent reviews resolved by this appeals court.
Winter 2016 (snippets)
The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015, a bill to establish a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, has continued its progress through Congress with a favorable hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 2, 2015, that led to unanimous committee approval of an amended version on January 28, 2016. Despite the legislative logjam created by the impending election, and the failure to pass a similar bill during the last term of Congress, there is a significant probability that the bill will pass into law.
Winter 2016 (snippets)
It has been over 20 months since the Supreme Court handed down the landmark decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, effectively limiting the scope of patent-eligible subject matter. In particular, software and business method patents and applications now receive a higher level of scrutiny under Alice than had previously been the case.
Winter 2016 (snippets)
The USPTO offers a spectrum of programs that can be used to expedite examination of patent applications, which include Prioritized Examination (PE), Accelerated Examination (AE), the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), Petitions to Make Special (PTMS), Full First Action Interviews (FFAI), the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP 2.0) program, and the Collaborative Search Pilot (CSP) program.
Fall 2015 (snippets)
This is the perfect time and environment in which to take a close look at your trademark portfolio. It is the time to be thankful for your brand’s position in the market and the investments you have made into searching, registering, maintaining, and enforcing your trademarks. But it is also the time to set goals and develop plans to make better use of your trademark portfolios.
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