Find Lawyers in Houston, Texas for Patent Law
Scott W. Clark is a registered U.S. patent attorney with more than 15 years of experience representing clients in all aspects of intellectual property and other technology-related business controversies. He has litigated dozens of patent disputes in numerous U.S. jurisdictions and before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). He has significant experience in all phases of civil litigation, from pre-filing through trial and appeal. His practice is focused on patent and trade secret dis...
Mary-Olga Lovett concentrates her practice in intellectual property, commercial and complex litigation. She serves as national trial counsel for five companies on a variety of commercial and liability claims and has tried cases to verdict involving a wide variety of issues, including intellectual property/patent litigation, warranty disputes, trade-secret litigation, class actions, employment litigation, and product liability matters. She has tried cases in state and federal courts in more th...
Serving as Office Managing Partner of Akerman’s Houston office, Scott Marrs is a formidable trial lawyer litigating high profile matters in state and federal courts as well as arbitrations in the United States, South America, the Middle East, and Europe. Scott focuses on legal issues in virtually all aspects of the energy sector, including oil and gas exploration, production, transportation, storage, power, chemical, petrochemical, energy marketing, and well service. He also litigates i...
Michael McBride is an intellectual property lawyer who focuses primarily on patent litigation and patent prosecution matters. Trained as an electrical engineer, his patent litigation cases have included semiconductor manufacturing and transistor design, flash memory controllers, fiber-optic networks, digital video compression and processing and CMOS image sensors. He has also prosecuted patent applications involving both hardware and software, aerospace, and upstream oil & gas technologie...
Rick Meadow has nearly 30 years of seasoned experience in courtrooms across the U.S. Rick represents individuals who have been injured by dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, asbestos, medical malpractice, defective products, construction defects, lead poisoning, and motor vehicles, as well as the negligence of premises owners and municipalities. A veteran of more than 25 cases successfully tried to verdict, Rick provides a rare level of courtroom experience. He has helped win thr...
Mr. Mensing focuses on complex commercial litigation. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction reserved for Texas trial lawyers with a high degree of trial experience and expertise. During the last ten years, an average of fewer than ten attorneys per year statewide has earned the distinction. He is recognized among the top US lawyers for commercial litigation in the 2014-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America . And Mr. Mensing i...
David E. Warden is an internationally recognized expert in patents, intellectual property, business litigation and arbitration. He is a lawyer, arbitrator, engineer, adjunct professor and businessman. Mr. Warden has tried many patent, intellectual property and business lawsuits, and is licensed as a patent attorney before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. A founding partner of his former firm Yetter Warden & Coleman LLP, Mr. Warden also has been appointed by federal courts as a spec...
James Boone Baxter is an experienced litigator with a focus on intellectual property disputes in district courts and before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His background in engineering and his business experience prior to becoming a lawyer provide him with keen insight in highly technical issues and an appreciation for business-oriented legal solutions. Mr. Baxter’s experience includes litigation related to electronics, software, pharmaceuticals, oilfield technology and semicon...
Louis Liao focuses on patent litigation and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in state and federal courts at all phases of litigation, including dispositive motion practice, trial, and appeals. As a technology enthusiast and former engineer, he understands a variety of technical fields ranging from computer software to oilfield equipment. Mr. Liao is a graduate of Stanford Law School. While in law school, he contributed to academic research on the patent system and was active ...
Kyril Talanov is a trial lawyer focused on intellectual property matters, including patent and trade secret litigation. He has experience litigating disputes involving a variety of technologies, such as oilfield drilling and completion tools, smartphones and medical devices. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Talanov was a process engineer in the areas of oil, gas, and petrochemicals technology. He has also represented clients in various civil litigation matters including commercial disputes as we...
Patent Law Definition
A patent is a contract between an inventor and the government. The inventor provides a complete description of the invention to the public in an application for patent. This benefits the public by providing knowledge of the invention for use as a foundation for additional innovation. In return, if the invention is new (as compared to everything known to the public prior to the invention), a patent is issued. This patent gives the inventor a right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the patented invention throughout the United States, and from importing the invention into the United States, for the life of the patent, usually 20 years from filing.
Grant of a patent does NOT itself give an inventor a right to exploit the patented invention – it only gives the inventor a right to exclude others from practicing the invention. For example, if an inventor makes an improvement to a previously patented machine, and gets a patent, the inventor can prevent the owner of the original patent from using the improvement. However, the inventor may not be able to exploit the improvement itself, at least until the original patent expires, because such exploitation might infringe that original patent.
Title 35 of the United States Code (the “Patent Statutes”) set forth the standards and procedures for obtaining patents. Patents are granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the Department of Commerce.
The following items are patentable under these statutes:
- Processes: new methods of doing something
- Machines: engines, machinery, instruments, gadgets, etc.
- Articles of manufacture: circuits, tools, structures made of metal, plastics, ceramics, etc.
- Compositions of matter: new pharmaceuticals, chemical compounds, naturally occurring substances when substantially purified, DNA sequences, biological materials, e.g. bacteria, viruses, proteins and protein fragments, monoclonal antibodies, epitopes, and vectors.
- Improvements in any of the above
- Living organisms: genetically altered plants and animals.
- Computer programs: alone and in conjunction with other equipment.
- Business methods: methods for doing business, but not those solely directed to patenting abstract ideas.
- Designs: ornamental aspects of articles of manufacture.
- Non-patentable items include: nebulous concepts or ideas, laws of nature (e.g., gravity), mathematical algorithms alone (but computer-implemented mathematical algorithms producing a concrete, useful, and tangible result are patentable subject matter), and purely mental processes.
A key element to effective patent protection is writing patent claims that define the invention as broadly as possible, but without overlapping prior art that could make the patent invalid. This is generally best done by someone with skill and experience in patent practice, so consulting with a patent attorney is a wise choice.
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