Electrical

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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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Publications

October 5, 2017
MBHB snippets Alert - October 5, 2017

In Aqua Products Inc. v. Matal, a highly fractured en banc Federal Circuit determined that the PTAB, in ruling whether to allow claim amendments in an IPR proceeding, can no longer place the burden to establish the patentability of the amended claims on the patent owner. This should result in more claim amendments being allowed in such proceedings, and it also opens the possibility that more motions to amend will be filed. However, this decision is unlikely to be the panacea hoped for by patent owners.
September 22,2017 (snippets Alert)
In In re: Cray, Inc, No. 2017-129, the CAFC issued a writ of mandamus vacating Judge Gilstrap’s decision involving venue under 28 U.S.C. §1400(b) in Raytheon Co. v. Cray Inc., Case No. 15-cv-1554 (E.D. Texas). That earlier decision raised concerns over whether the Supreme Court’s venue holding in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 137 S. Ct. 1514 (2017), would be given full effect. Judge Gilstrap had applied a broad 4-factor test for finding whether a defendant such as Cray had a “regular and established place of business” in the Eastern District of Texas under §1400(b). Judge Gilstrap’s test had attracted significant attention, and posited the Eastern District of Texas against most other district courts in applying § 1400(b).
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.
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.
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.  

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