Neifeld Attorneys and Professionals
Richard Neifeld, Ph.D., Patent Attorney
Robert W. Hahl, Ph.D., Patent Attorney
Bruce Margulies, MBA, Patent Attorney
Daniel Sachs, Attorney
Yulia Dovgaya, Attorney
Robert Mihail, Patent Attorney
Michael R. Fleming, M.S., Patent Attorney
Xiaobao Fan, Ph.D.
Richard Neifeld, Ph.D.
J.D. The George Washington University Law School 1994
Ph.D. Rutgers University (Solid State Physics) 1985
B.S./B.A. University of Rochester (Physics and Mathematics)
(Cum Laude and Honors) 1980
Former Vice Chair of the PCT Issues Committee of the AIPLA. Former chair of the Interference Committee (now the Patent Inter Partes committee) and Services Subcommittee of the Interference Committee of the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (AIPLA). Member of the AIPLA, Virginia Patent Lawyers Club, ASIPI, AIPPI, and the Patent Information Users Group. Extensive experience in "specialty matters" in the U.S. patent office, such as interferences, appeals, petitions, reexaminations, reissues, and extensive experience in foreign prosecution. Due diligence work including investigations, database searching, and opinions.
Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Widely published in IP law publications, frequent lecturer to patent attorneys on patent law topics, and an active member of the patent bar associations. Founder and moderator for the popular "patentinterpartes" group on the http://groups.yahoo.com/group/patentinterpartes/ web site, which is a forum for general information on patent law and practice with a focus on PTAB trial and patent interference issues.
Co-founder of the www.PatentValuePredictor.com automated patent valuation service, co-inventor of the underlying macro-economic model for valuing patents (now patented as US patent 7,676,375), and programmer of some of the code powering the automated valuations.
Dr. Neifeld did his post doctoral work at Rutgers University, and then worked as a staff scientist at the U.S. Army's Laboratory Command for several years before entering the field of law. His research focused on applied physics areas of electro-optics, III-V materials, microwaves, vacuum deposition technology, superconductors, and electronics directed towards the U.S. Army's electronics, communication, and signal processing needs.
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Tobinick v. Kjell Olmarkder and Bjorn Rydevik, Docket No. 2013-1499 (7/2013)
In re Scroggie, appeal 2011-1016 (Fed. Cir. 2011)
AllVoice Developments US LLC, Misc. Docket 948 (Fed. Cir. 8/2/2010)
In re Scroggie, appeal 2005-1164, remanded (Fed. Cir. 3/9/2005)
District Court for the District of Columbia
CATALINIA MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, INC. v. KAPPOS, Case Number: 1:10-cv-01869-EGS (Remanded and stayed as of 2011)
District Court of Virginia, Eastern District
Peter J. Snelling v. Robert B. Lawson et al., Civil Action No. 1:13cv0248 (LO/JFA)(7/2013)
Tact Ip LLC v. Janssen Biotech, Inc. et. al., (8/2012)
Catalina Marketing International, Inc. v. Kappos, (4/2011)
PTAB Trials and Interferences
Proceeding IPR2014-01361 AVX Corporation v. Greatbatch, Ltd. (pending as of 11/25/2014)
Proceeding IPR2014-00697 AVX Corporation v. Greatbatch, Ltd. (pending as of 5/2/2014)
Proceeding CBM2014-00095 Delta Air Lines, Inc. v. Loyalty Conversion Systems Corporation (pending as of 4/21/2014)
Proceeding CBM2014-00095 Delta Air Lines, Inc. v. Loyalty Conversion Systems Corporation (pending as of 4/21/2014)
Interference 106002 Andersen v. Wan (pending as of 3/10/2014)
Interference 105991 Andersen v. Wan (pending as of 3/10/2014)
Interference 105956 Thomas v. Pippin (pending as of 9/22/2013)
Interference 105957 Thomas v. Pippin (pending as of 9/22/2013)
Interference 105958 Thomas v. Pippin (pending as of 9/22/2013)
Interference 105959 Thomas v. Pippin (pending as of 9/22/2013)
Interference 105962 Kaltenbach & Voigt GMBH v. W&H Dentalwerk Burmoos GMBH (pending as of 9/22/2013)
Interference 105934 Kaltenbach & Voigt GMBH v. W&H Dentalwerk Burmoos GMBH (pending as of 7/2013)
Interference 105,866 TOBINICK v. OLMARKER v. OLMARKER v. OLMARKER v. OLMARKER, (pending as of 8/2012)
Interference 105,859 Patti v. Leedy (BPAI 8/3/2012)
Interference 105,841 TOBINICK v. TOBINICK v. LE v. LE (BPAI 6/21/2012)
Interferences 105,801; 105,802; 105,803 THOMAS v. PIPPIN, (8/2012)
Interference 105,799 Brown v. Schrage, (8/2012)
Interference 105,746 Mitchell v. Holt, (BPAI 4/27/2011)
Interference 105,684 RILO v. Benedict, (02/23/2011)
Interference 105,621 TOBINICK v. Le, (BPAI, 12/02/2008)
Interference 105,393 Espiau et al. v. Guthrie, (BPAI, 03/23/2008)
Interference 105,571 Parker v. Guterman, (BPAI, 08/01/2007)
Interference 105,475 Yachareni v. Guterman, (BPAI, 08/22/2006)
Interference 105,386 Yamada v. Gongwer, (BPAI, 02/21/2006)
Interference 105,076 UDDENFELDT v. SAINTON, (BPAI, 06/29/2003)
Interference 104,598 Deaton v. O'Brien, (BPAI, 12/13/2000)
Interference 104,599 Deaton v. O'Brien, (BPAI, 12/13/2000)
Interference 104,600 Deaton v. O'Brien, (BPAI, 12/13/2000)
Interference 104,601 Deaton v. O'Brien, (BPAI, 12/13/2000)
Interference 104,602 Deaton v. O'Brien, (BPAI, 12/13/2000)
Interference 104,604 Deaton v. O'Brien, (BPAI, 12/13/2000)
Interference 104,605 Deaton v. O'Brien, (BPAI, 12/13/2000)
Interference 104,600 Deaton v. O'Brien, (BPAI, 12/13/2000)
Interference 104,600 Deaton v. O'Brien, (BPAI, 12/13/2000)
Interference 104,600 Deaton v. O'Brien, (BPAI, 12/13/2000)
Interference 104,600 Deaton v. O'Brien, (BPAI, 12/13/2000)
Interference 104,600 Deaton v. O'Brien, (BPAI, 12/13/2000)
Interferences 104,071 and 104,164 (consolidated), HUGHES v. QUINN (BPAI, 11/08/2000)
PTAB Patent Appeal Final Decisions
Application, Appeal, Publication date, Decision date, Caption
09828122, 2010006083, 06/19/2002, 03/24/2011 Ex Parte Katz
09828122, 2010006083, 06/19/2002, 01/26/2011 Ex Parte Katz
08873974, 2010000062, 07/23/2003, 01/17/2011 Ex Parte SCROGGIE
11153377, 2010012407, 12/20/2006, 09/28/2010 Ex Parte Simrell
09946157, 2008004695, 06/12/2002, 03/30/2010 Ex Parte Beckmann
09893775, 2007002767, 04/17/2002, 03/29/2009 Ex Parte Gardenswartz
09893775, 2007002767, 04/17/2002, 10/30/2008 Ex Parte Gardenswartz
09998941, 2008001168, 09/25/2002, 06/25/2008 Ex Parte Trauth
09595677, 2008000532, 05/10/2007, 05/09/2008 Ex Parte Laor
90005888, 2007002809, 01/11/2000, 04/22/2008 Ex Parte 6014634
09826814, 2007004393, 08/19/2008, 02/26/2008 Ex Parte Williams
08873974, 2006002100, 10/09/2002, 01/28/2008 Ex Parte SCROGGIE
10733292, 2007000850, 06/23/2004, 01/22/2008 Ex Parte White
10733292, 2007000850, 06/23/2004, 05/17/2007 Ex Parte White
90005888, 2006001585, 01/11/2000, 07/26/2006 Ex Parte 6014634
10448194, 2005001632, 11/19/2003, 09/18/2005 Ex Parte Williams
09286304, 2002002256, 06/06/2006, 05/12/2005 Ex Parte GIULIANI
09567274, 2004001420 07/23/2003, 01/30/2005 Ex Parte Scroggie
08873974, 2004001267 07/23/2003 09/29/2004 Ex Parte SCROGGIE
09146199, 2002001846, 01/02/2002, 09/19/2002 Ex Parte O'BRIEN
USPTO Patent Reexaminations
90011447, filed 2/10/2011
10095715, filed 3/8/2002
90005888, filed 12/12/2000
90010653, filed 8/21/2009
90011239, filed 9/17/2010
USPTO Patent Reissues
09270791, filed 3/17/1999, now RE37,872
09939688, filed 8/28/2001, now RE38,385
09939689, filed 8/28/2001, now RE39,497
10882124, filed 7/1/2004
12344437, filed 12/26/2008
12344452, filed 12/26/2008
12346737, filed 12/30/2008
13294418, filed 11/11/2011
13960142, filed 8/6/2013
Robert W. Hahl, Ph.D.
J.D. The George Washington University Law School 1993
Ph.D. Harvard University (Synthetic Organic Chemistry) 1989
B.S. Stevens Institute of Technology 1980
Robert Hahl is a registered patent attorney and has extensive experience in chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology patents with extensive experience representing life science companies in:
- Patent prosecution, design of patent portfolios, and auditing of patent portfolios
- Intellectual property litigation, including patent interferences, CAFC appeals, and district court actions under 35 U.S.C. 146
- Fundraising through venture capital and debt
- Valuation and due diligence for venture capital investors
Robert has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University (1989) under the direction of Nobel Laureate E.J. Corey. Prior to obtaining an advanced degree he worked as a research chemist at Merck and Co.
Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).
E.J. Corey, S. Ohuchida and Robert W. Hahl, Total Synthesis of C-22 Prostanoids in the E and F Series, J. Amer. Chem Soc., 1984,106, 3875.
E.J. Corey, J. Gregory Reid, Andrew G. Myers and Robert W. Hahl, A Simple Synthetic Route to the Limonoid System, J. Amer. Chem Soc., 1987, 109, 918-919.
E.J. Corey and Robert W. Hahl, Synthesis of a Limonoid, Azadiradione, Tetrahedron Letters, Vol. 30, No. 23, pp. 3023-3026, 1989.
Robert W. Hahl, Total Synthesis of Azadiradioine and Total Synthesis of C-22 Prostanoids in the E and F series Based on Docosahexaenoic Acid, - Ph.D., Thesis, 1989, Harvard University.
Robert W. Hahl, The Size and Shape of Hydrogen Atoms in Organic Compounds: A survey of interatomic distances in x-ray crystal structures, Undergraduate Thesis, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1980.
Twenty five years experience in patent law, involving a wide range of chemical technologies, including pharmaceuticals, genetic engineering, polymers, and semiconductors.
- Patent interference use of monoclonal antibodies for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases; TACT, Inc.
- Patent interference semiconductor imaging devices; ASML Lithography N.V.
- Patent litigation on metal alloys and production methods; Morgan Crucible
- Patent litigation on double-walled gasoline storage tanks
- Patent interference on protein expression in transgenic corn; Monsanto
- Patent interference on agricultural chemicals; Bayer
- Patent interferences (seven related cases) on polyethylene, polymerization processes, and soluble transition metal catalysts; Dow Chemical
- Patent interference on contact lens solution; Alcon Patent interference on UV-resistant coatings; Sherwin-Williams
- Patent prosecution and legal opinions on numerous cases in pharmaceutical and industrial chemistry; BASF
- Patent prosecution and legal opinions on numerous pharmaceutical cases; Ajinomot
- Patent prosecution on numerous cases in industrial chemistry; Degussa
- Patent prosecution on animal feed additives; Anitox Corp
- Patent prosecution on industrial chemicals and processes; Kobe Steel
- Patent prosecution on pharmaceuticals; AstraZenica
- IP counseling and due diligence for startup involving reverse osmosis membranes, resulting in a $15 million series B funding by a major venture capital fund
- IP counseling on patent license from a major pharmaceutical company to EffRx, Inc., and on various rounds of venture capital for the startup
- IP counseling on transfer of patent portfolio from a venture-funded workout to Global Green Products, a supplier of chemicals to off-short oil drillers
- IP counseling to the licensor of PremPro (hormone replacement therapy) to Weyth
Bruce Margulies, MBA
J.D. North Carolina Central University 2001
Managing editor, Law Review
M.B.A. University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business 1990
B.S. University of Maryland Baltimore County (Inforation Systems Management) 1987
Bruce has extensive experience in trademark opposition/cancellation settlement and litigation, and trademark prosecution; and manages the firm's trademark docket. In addition, he has substantial experience in the business methods patents areas and patent litigation support.
Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Courts of the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Elliot S Klein v. Niazi, Fawad Suhail, (TTAB opposition 91217242)
Douglas R. Littlemore v. Chemcorp Pty Ltd, (TTAB opposition 91215011)
Paul Ferrara v. Laracuente, Juliette, (TTAB opposition 91214908)
Paul Ferrara v. Laracuente, Juliette, (TTAB opposition 91214638)
Importadora Triunfo, S.A. v. Sun 'N' Sand Accessories LLC, (TTAB opposition 91214509)
Paul Ferrara v. Laracuente, Juliette, (TTAB opposition 91214421)
Einstok Beer Company, L.P. v. Cary Hensley, (TTAB cancellation 92058448)
Western Glove Works v. Marquesina, S.A., (TTAB opposition 91213610)
Alejandro Gonzalez Chavez v. Zuniga Canuto Jose De Jesus, (TTAB opposition 91213410)
Alvi's Drift Wine International v. von Stiehl Winery, (TTAB cancellation 92058100)
Paul Ferrara v. Laracuente, Juliette, (TTAB cancellation 92058064)
Whole Foods Market IP, L.P. v. Kd Did Inc. DBA Energy Essentials, (TTAB cancellation 92057765)
Whole Foods Market IP, L.P. v. Kd Did Inc. DBA Energy Essentials, (TTAB cancellation 92057762)
Société Partition Manufacturiers Associés (PMA) Inc. v. Nxtwall, LLC, (TTAB opposition 91211995)
Mike J. McCarney v. Les Complices, (TTAB cancellation 92057532)
Sazerac North America, Inc. v. Beijing Eastern Guocai Investment Management Co. Ltd., (TTAB opposition 91210709)
ANTHONY R LOPEZ v. Salomon Guajardo Villarreal and Ubaldo Suarez Valadez, (TTAB opposition 91209852)
Paul Ferrara v. DiCalabria, Inc., (TTAB cancellation 92056785)
Paul Ferrara v. Ferrara Pan Candy Co., Inc., (TTAB cancellation 92056713)
Bridgestone Corporation and Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC v. Qingdao Free Trade Zone Huigong International Trade Co., Ltd., (TTAB opposition 91208380)
Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC v. Wuxi Jiefu Electroacoustic Co. Ltd., (TTAB opposition 91207617)
Donald J. Trump v. Lantos Emery AKA Lantos Imre, (TTAB opposition 91203185)
Deutsche Lufthansa AG v. Black Sky, Inc., (TTAB opposition 91202886)
Interplanet Productions Limited v. Bilal Mazhar, (TTAB opposition 91202799)
Whole Foods Market IP, LP v. KD Did, Inc. dba Energy Essentials, (TTAB opposition 91202685)
Merck KGAA v. Produits Chimiques Magnus Ltée, (TTAB opposition 91202537)
MAG IAS, LLC v. Produits Chimiques Magnus Ltée, (TTAB opposition 91202300)
Paxanic Tazoka, LLC v. Keller Associates Network, Inc., (TTAB opposition 91198465)TTAB Proceedings
Catalina Marketing Corporation v. Coupnetwork, LLC., (TTAB cancellation 92052961)
ZOOMCREATOR.COM PTY LTD (substituted as party-plaintiff) v. Zoomorama SARL, (TTAB opposition 91190025)
One Stop, Inc. v. Drug-Aware Ltd, (TTAB opposition 91192502)
DIRECTV, Inc. v. Rees Enterprises LLC, (TTAB opposition 91191278)
Penguin Books Limited v. Seth Alexander, (TTAB opposition 91190519)
TerricaSkaggs v. Jones, Rachelle L., (TTAB opposition 91190436)
Learning Tree International, Inc. v. Brian J. Mistler, (TTAB opposition 91190239)
GoDaddy.com, Inc. v. Morris Sanford, (TTAB opposition 91190113)
Zuffa, LLC v. Ellis J Estes, (TTAB opposition 91189954)
Build-A-Bear Retail Management Inc v. Scott Tunis, (TTAB opposition 91189746)
Stokely-Van Camp, Inc. v. XTC Limited Company, (TTAB opposition 91189714)
Swatch AG (Swatch SA) (Swatch Ltd.) v. Jessica Elliot, Paul Sherrod, (TTAB opposition 91189709)
PEI Licensing, Inc. v. Seth Alexander, (TTAB opposition 91189630)
Elliot Klein v. ReturnMoi and design Canada Inc., (TTAB opposition 91189605)
Christopher M Horgan v. Iragorri, Mauricio, (TTAB opposition 91189493)
Ashland Licensing and Intellectual Property LLC v. SPS Import & Export Inc., Salaverry, Sergio P., (TTAB opposition 91189228)
The Glad Products Company v. Keith J. Wingfield, (TTAB opposition 91188836)
E. & J. GALLO WINERY v. Mike McCarney, (TTAB opposition 91188378)
Paxanic Tazoka, LLC v. Keller Associates Network, Inc., (TTAB opposition 91198465)
Li & Fung, (B.V.I.) Limited v. Black Cat Lucky, (TTAB opposition 91187214)
Zillow, Inc. v. Homezill LLC, (TTAB cancellation 92049291)
Montblanc-Simplo GmbH v. Hubbell Development Corp. d/b/a White Mountain Candle Company, (TTAB opposition 91189746)
Elan Corporation PLC v. Elan Laser MedSpa LLC, (TTAB opposition 91183862)
Zillow, Inc. v. Homezill LLC, (TTAB opposition 91183213)
General Cable Technologies Corporation v. Osemi, Inc., (TTAB opposition 91174755)
General Cable Technologies Corporation v. Osemi, Inc., (TTAB opposition 91174753)
General Cable Technologies Corporation v. Osemi, Inc., (TTAB opposition 91174752)
AFRICAN MEDICAL & RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC. v. DEXTRA DATA HOLDING AG, (TTAB cancellation 92046738)
J.D. George Mason University School of Law
American Jurisprudence Award in Business Associations, 1991 1993
B.A. College of William and Mary (Double Major: Philosophy / Government) 1987
Admitted to practice before the Courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Has been the lead attorney is more than 800 cases.
Nova Delivery, Inc. vs. Authorized Resources, Ltd. In the General District Court for Fairfax County, Case No. GV09003798-00
Peter J. Snelling vs. Robert B. Lawson and Neptune-Benson, LLC, In the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Civil Action 1:13-cv-248
Sachs v. Horan, 252 Va. 247, 475 S.E.2d 276 (1996)
Westmoreland Coal Company, et. al. v. Russell, 31 Va. App. 16, 520 S.E.2d 839, (1999)
Mullins v. Dickenson County Medical Center, et. al., 74 OWC 176, VWC File No. 174-42-71 (Virginia Workers Compensation Commission 1995)
Coleman v. Harman Mining Corp. & Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, 21 BLR 3-1 (1996)
Owens vs. Clinchfield Coal, VWC File NO. 18-663-27 (1995)
Mize vs. E. I. DuPont, VWC File NO. 175-67-85 (1996)
Horan vs. Island Creek Coal Company, VWC File NO. 169-28-02 (1994)
Dizney vs. Westmoreland Coal Company, VWC File No. 159-96-98 (1996)
Laredo vs. American Painting Industries, VWC File NO. 205-24-75 (2002)
North Branch Coal Company vs. Gerald W. Cordle, VWC File No. 191-97-3 (1997)
Cobb vs. Westermoreland Coal Company, VWC File 1459-94-3 (1995)
Bales vs. Sea "B" Mining Company, VWC File No. 1699-96-3 (1997)
Mullins vs. Clinchfield Coal Company, VWC File No. 1700-96-3 (1997)
Westmoreland Coal Company vs. Lawson, VWC File No. 1934-94-3 (1995)
Hackney vs. Westmoreland Coal Company, VWC File No. 159-89-55 (1994)
Perkins vs. Island Creek Coal Company, VWC File No. 173-01-25 (1996)
Trump vs. Island Creek Coal Company, VWC File No. 179-95-71 (1997)
Massie vs. Island Creek Coal Company, VWC File No. 190-06-09 (1998)
Chaffin vs. Clinchfeild Coal Company, VWC File No. 189-93-81 (1999)
Lawson vs. Westmoreland Coal Company, VWC File No. 165-67-26 (1994)
Hess vs. Island Creek Coal Company, VWC File No. 170-93-15 (1997)
Harris vs. Clinchfeild Coal Company, VWC File No. 594-007 (1997)
Cordle vs. North Branch Coal Company, VWC File No. 179-58-13 (1997), Affirmed by the Court of Appeals at Record No. 191-97-3 (June 10, 1997)(Unpublished)
Campbell vs. Island Creek Coal Company, VWC File No. 177-45-54 (1996)
Bales vs. Sea "B" Mining Company, VWC File No. 176-85-00 (1996), Affirmed by the Court of Appeals at Record No. 1699-96-3 (January 14, 1997)(Unpublished)
Mullins vs. Clinchfield Coal Company, VWC File No. 176-56-16 (1996), Affirmed by the Court of Appeals at Record No. 1700-96-3 (January 14, 1997)(Unpublished)
Shortridge vs. Humana Hospital Clinch Valley, VWC File No. 161-37-96 (1996)
Wagner vs. Westmoreland Coal Company, VWC File No. 171-40-14, Companion File NO. 155-95-27 (1995)
Harman Mining Corporation vs. Thacker, VWC File No. 267-99-4 (1999)
Beller vs. Dickenson County Medical Center, VWC File NO. 168-64-65 (1995)
Flanary vs. Westermoreland Coal Company, VWC File No. 167-71-61 (1995)
Van Dyke vs. Long Airdox Company, VWC File NO. 174-14-17 (1996)
Maggard vs. Westmoreland Coal Company, VWC File No. 155-64-45 (1996)
Van Dyke vs. Island Creek Coal Company, VWC File No. 121-58-76 (1996)
Duty vs. Clinchfield Coal Company, VWC File No. 173-11-42 (1995)
Hicks vs. Island Creek Coal Company, VWC File No. 170-25-40 (1995)
Winston vs. Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield, VWC File No. 207-16-06 (2004)
Herron vs. Westmoreland Coal Company, VWC File No. 186-45-68 (1998)
Reyes vs. AMF Bowling Worldwide, VWC File No. 207-45-69 (2004)
Beller vs. Dickenson County Medical Center, VWC File No. 168-64-45 (1999)
Waiters vs. Oak Meadow Nursing Home, VWC File No. 202-48-83 (2004)
Wolf vs. Total Blood Management, Inc. VWC File NO. 211-25-34 (2004)
Harrison vs. Washington Redskins, VWC File No. 201-65-39 (2003)
Sparkman vs. Island Creek Coal Company, VWC File No. 172-37-42 (2000)
Whitt vs. Long Airdox Company, VWC File No. 177-67-37 (1998)
Mize vs. E. I. DuPont deNemours & Co., VWC File NO. 180-46-28 (1997)
Westmoreland Coal Company vs. Russell, Record NO. 84-99-4 (VA Court of Appeals, 1999)(Unpublished)
Abouelhagag vs. Pizza Hut # 747317, VWC File No. 199-24-50 (2004)
Guzman vs. Hitt Contracting, VWC File No. 213-94-67 (2004)
Yokum vs. Grubb & Ellis, VWC File No. 212-10-15 (2004)
Thacker vs. Harman Mining Corp, VWC File No. 186-53-24, Affirmed by the Court of Appeals in Record No. 267-99-4 (June 8, 1999)(Unpublished)
Barker vs. Westermoreland Coal Company, VWC File No. 182-88-44 (1988)
Davis vs. Island Creek Coal Company, VWC File No. 183-39-14 (1997)
Blevins vs. Westmoreland Coal Company, VWC File No. 176-43-99 (1996)
McNew vs. Westmoreland Coal Company, VWC File No. 176-28-65 (1996)
Ghoreishi vs. CVS # 1413, VWC File NO. 203-12-19 (2004)
Garner vs. St. Coletta of Greater Washington, Inc., VWC File No. 211-74-41 (2004)
Whitaker vs. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, VWC File No. 209-66-61 (2004)
Russell vs. Westmoreland Coal Company, VWC File No. 187-01-60 (1998), Affirmed by the Court of Appeals at 31 Va. App. 16, 520 S.E.2d 839 (1999)
Eller vs. Prince William County School Board, VWC File NO. 214-29-66 (2004)
Wingfield vs. Pierce Associates, VWC File No. 207-04-08 (2004)
Cisneros vs. Cardinal Concrete Company, VWC File No. 199-50-15 (2004)
Trump vs. Island Creek Coal Company, VWC File No. 179-95-71 (1998)
Edwards vs. Clinchfield Coal Company, VWC File No. 124-98-41 (1997)
Ebiasah vs. Target Stores # T1088 A, VWC File No. 211-57-01 (2004)
LL.M. George Washington University Law School (Finance and Business Law) 2013
Advanced Studies Diploma, International Law, The Ural State School of Law 2010
M.S. “Accounting, Taxation Control, and Forensic Accounting Expert Examination” 2010
J.D. equivalent Ural State Law Academy (State and International Law) 2010
Yulia Dovgaya assists U.S. and international clients from diverse industries with establishing and protecting their IP rights in the U.S. and around the world. She advises companies on developing and managing strategies to protect their global brands and other intellectual property rights. Ms. Dovgaya focuses her practice on services including managing trademark portfolios (including domestic and international prosecution), resolving trademark and copyright infringement, handling domain name matters, negotiating coexistence and settlement agreements, participating in patent litigation and commercial and business litigation.
Yulia is fluent in English and Russian, and conversant in German.
J.D. University of New Hampshire 2005
B.S. George Mason University (Biology/Biotechnology) 2001
Robert has experience practicing law in the US, Europe and the Middle East. He has significant experience in IP due diligence, licensing, valuation, and technology transfer. Robert also has experience in patent and trademark prosecution, and inter partes trademark proceedings before the TTAB. Robert worked in-house for one of the largest European R&D organizations where he performed due diligence work on a variety of issues including validity, infringement, declaratory judgment, freedom-to-operate, freedom-to-license. In addition, he was responsible for monetizing certain patents from a patent portfolio numbering hundreds of patents. The areas of technology in which Robert has prosecuted patent applications include electronics, automotive, oil and gas, renewable energy, food processing, and biodefense. He has also registered food-manufacturing facilities with the FDA and advised on food labeling requirements, food contact substance requirements and prior notice requirements for US bound food shipments. Robert also has experience with corporate and IP due diligence as it relates to IPOs and bond issuance.
Robert is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).
Robert is fluent in English and Romanian, and conversant in Dutch and Egyptian Arabic.
Drafted and negotiated patent, know how and software license agreements for bio-aerosol detection technology with a US based defense company on behalf of a large European R&D organization.
Drafted and negotiated patent and know how license agreement for infrastructure defense technology with US and Dutch based companies on behalf of a large European R&D organization.
Drafted and negotiated patent and know how license agreements with Shell Oil on behalf of a large European R&D organization for a game-changer oil recovery technology.
Negotiated a multimillion-dollar technology transfer deal for alternative fuel technology between a Danish supplier and an Egyptian buyer.
Drafted and negotiated license agreements and performed valuation for IP portfolio covering transmission technology with Chinese automaker.
Drafted and negotiated agreements for turnkey project involving technology transfer from largest Brazilian automaker to the largest automotive company in the MENA region.
Banking and Financing
Advised and negotiated on behalf of an Egyptian and a Kuwaiti bank with the National Bank of Egypt for CDs issuance and distribution.
Advised and prepared documents for a Middle East based group in connection with its initial public offering in Egypt and GDRs in London of USD 823 million.
Advised an automotive company in connection with its initial public offering and later for its USD 55 million bond issue. Advised on crowdfunding issues under the JOBS Act.
Robert Sung (NISSI Apparel) v. Denisa Radian (NISSA Apparel) (TTAB Opposition 91212829)
Inter Partes Review on an integrated, multi-standard television receiver. Silicon Laboratories, Inc. v. Cresta Technology Corporation. IPR2014-00728
Inter Partes Review on a broadband television signal receiver. Silicon Laboratories, Inc. v. Cresta Technology Corporation. IPR2014-00809
Inter Partes Review on an integrated television tuner circuit. Silicon Laboratories, Inc. v. Cresta Technology Corporation. IPR2014-00881
Inter Partes Review on a feedthrough filter capacitor assembly. AVX Corporation v. Greatbatch, Ltd. IPR2014-00697
Michael R. Fleming, M.S.
J.D. George Mason University 1986
M.S. George Washington University (Electrical Engineering) 1982
B.S. Virginia Tech (Electrical Engineering) 1978
Michael R. Fleming, is the former Chief Administrative Patent Judge (CAPJ) of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Mike advises and represents clients on all areas of post-grant proceedings, appeals and USPTO practices. His primary focus is representing clients in the new post-grant proceedings that were established by the America Invents Act (AIA). Mike is also available as an expert witness on patent office policy, practice and procedure, and as a patent consultant who advises clients on patent prosecution and policy matters.
His six-year tenure as Chief Judge capped more than 30 years with the USPTO, including 17 years as an Administrative Patent Judge and four years as a Supervisory Patent Examiner. While Chief Judge, he assisted Congress in drafting the post-grant provisions of the AIA. Mike actively participated in establishing many of the present patent procedures and policies of the USPTO, including many of the federal rules for Patent Office examination. Mike was awarded the Department of Commerce's prestigious Gold Medal for his work on the official guidelines for subject matter eligibility, which are critical to prosecuting high-tech patents.
Mike was also responsible for more than three quarters of the precedential opinions that are presently binding on Administrative Patent Judges of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Moreover, he was responsible for establishing PTAB policy, internal procedures, rules, and precedential and informal opinions. This work included instituting the official standard operating procedure for issuing precedential opinions that establish binding precedent on issues before the Board and which aid in developing best examination practices.
From the beginning of his career as a Patent Examiner, and later as a Supervisory Patent Examiner, Mike handled complex electrical and computer-related patents. Later, as Patent Judge, he decided cases in a wide range of technologies, including many in the electrical, mechanical, chemical, and life sciences fields.
Mike earned a law degree from George Mason University Law School, a master's degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Mike is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court
Mike is a frequent speaker and publisher on patent law topics.
PTAB Post-grant Proceedings
IPR2014-00728 Lead Counsel for Patent Owner
IPR2014-00809 Lead Counsel for Patent Owner
IPR2014-00881 Lead Counsel for Patent Owner
IPR2014-01142 Back up Counsel for Patent Owner
IPR2013-00438 Counsel for Patent Owner
IPR2013-00448 Counsel for Patent Owner
IPR2013-00450 Counsel for Patent Owner
IPR2013-00505 Counsel for Patent Owner
IPR2013-00509 Counsel for Patent Owner
IPR2013-00510 Counsel for Patent Owner
IPR2013-00242 Consultant for Petitioner
IPR2013-00041 Consultant for Petitioner
USPTO Examination Policy Activities
The USPTO National Report for Trilateral Harmonization Project 12.5 – Patentability of Computer-Related Inventions, October 20, 1988.
USPTO reclassification of the computer technology art held in only two subclasses in Class 364 containing over 10,000 U.S. Patents into searchable and useful classification scheme.
Examination Guidelines for Computer-Related Inventions, March 1996.
Examiner Training Materials for implementing the Examiner Guidelines for Computer-Related Inventions, March 1996.
Interim Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility for Process Claims in view of Bilski v. Kappos, June 2010.
Supplementary Examination Guidelines for Determining Compliance with 25 U.S.C. 112 and for Treatment of Related Issues in Patent Applications, December 2010.
United States Patent Appeal & Trial Board Policy Activities
Rules of Practice Before the Board of Appeals and Interference in Ex Parte Appeals, December 2010.
Patent Appeal & Trial Board Standard Operating Procedure 1 (Revision 13) Assignment of judges to merits panels, motion panels, and expanded panels, February 12, 2009.
Patent Appeal & Trial Board Standard Operating Procedure 2 (Revision 7) Publication of Opinions and Binding Precedent, March 23, 2008.
United States Patent Appeal & Trial Board Precedential Opinions
Ex parte Moncla, Appeal 2009-006448 (BPAI June 22, 2010) - Provisional non-statutory double patenting.
Ex parte Quist, Appeal 2008-001183 (BPAI June 2, 2010) - Standard of review of appellant’s rebuttal evidence.
Ex parte Frye, Appeal 2009-006013 (BPAI February 26, 2010) – Standard of review for examiner error based upon issues identified.
Ex parte Tanaka, Appeal 2009-000234 (BPAI December 9, 2009) – Requirement of reissue error under 35 U.S.C. § 251.
Ex parte Gutta, Appeal 2008-4366 (BPAI August 10, 2009) – Patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.
Ex parte Rodriguez, Appeal 2008-000693 (BPAI October 1, 2009) – Means plus function 35 U.S.C. § 112, sixth paragraph, elements in a claim must have corresponding structure described in the specification to meet the requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 112, second paragraph, and if where 35 U.S.C. § 112, sixth paragraph, do not apply to the function elements, then the elements do not meet the scope of enablement requirement of 35 U.S.C. § 112, first paragraph.
Ex parte Catlin, Appeal 2007-3072 (BPAI February 3, 2009) - Requirements of sufficient definite claim scope under 35 U.S.C. § 112, second paragraph.
Ex parte Jella, Appeal 2008-1619 (BPAI November 3, 2008) –Obviousness in view of KSR Int’l Co. v Teleflex Inc., 127 S. Ct. 1727 (2007).
Ex parte Miyazaki, Appeal 2007-3300 (BPAI November 19, 2008) – Standard of review for indefiniteness at the USPTO under 35 U.S.C. § 112, second paragraph, is not insolvable ambiguous, but sufficient definiteness to give notice to the public.
Ex parte Yamaguchi, Appeal 2007-4412 (BPAI August 29, 2008) – Qualification of prior art.
Ex parte Whalen II, Appeal 2007-4423 (BPAI July 23, 2008) - Obviousness in view of KSR Int’l Co. v Teleflex Inc., 127 S. Ct. 1727 (2007).
Ex parte Ghuman, Appeal 2008-1175 (BPAI May 1, 2008) – Jurisdiction.
Ex parte Fu, Appeal 2008-0601 (BPAI March 31, 2008) – Obviousness of a species in a genus.
Ex parte Letts, Appeal 2007-1392 (BPAI January 31, 2008) - Conditional cancellation of a claim on appeal.
Ex parte Nehls, Appeal 2007-1823 (BPAI January 28, 2008) – Utility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and 35 U.S.C. § 112, first paragraph, for sense or antisense sequence numbers for gene expression.
Ex parte Catan, Appeal 2007-0820 (BPAI July 3, 2007) - Obviousness in view of KSR Int’l Co. v Teleflex Inc., 127 S. Ct. 1727 (2007).
Ex parte Kubin, Appeal 2007-0819 (BPAI May 31, 2007) - Obviousness and written description requirements for nucleic acid sequence.
Ex parte Smith, Appeal 2007-1925 (BPAI June 25, 2007) – Anticipation and Obviousness
Ex parte Eggert, Appeal 2001-0790 (BPAI May 29, 2003) – Recapture under 35 U.S.C. § 251.
Chief Docket Clerk
Director of IT
Mike Fitton has extensive experience in network, server, and workstation design and implementation. Mike has working relationships IT experts at multiple law firms in the area. His focus is on service redundancy, business process availability, information flow mechanics, and security.
Ph.D. Université de Sherbrooke (Chemical Engineering - Plasma technology and thermal spraying) 1994
Master of Science Jilin University (Chemistry of semiconductor materials) 1985
Bachelor of Science Jilin University (Semiconductor materials) 1982
Dr. Fan was born in China and is a native Mandarin (the “common tongue” or “PoTongHua” in China) speaker. He is trilingual in English, French, and Chinese, and can translate English to Chinese and Chinese to English, in addition to his engineering and technology technical skills. Dr. Fan obtained a number of patents during his engineering career.
1999-2014 - Senior Scientist at Tekna Plasma Systems Inc., (Sherbrooke, CANADA), where his activity included the industrialization of induction plasma technology, powders spheroidization, nanopowders synthesis, and r.f. plasma spraying near-net-shape deposit.
1998-1999 - Nanomaterials Research Corporation, (Longmont, Colorado) as a Principal Investigator of numbers of governmental (DOE, DOD, NASA, EPA, USDA etc.) research contracts.
1995-1998 - STA fellow and Civil Servant at National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials (NIRIM), Tsukuba, Japan. Investigate the technology of reactive plasma spray; pulse-modulated RF thermal plasma.
1992-1994 - Metal 7 Inc., Sept-îles, Québec, Division of Research and Development
1985-1987 - Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Instructor and research fellow.
Maher I. Boulos, Nicolas Dignard, Xiaobao Fan, Jiayin Guo, Jerzy Jurewicz, Plasma synthesis of nanopowders, CA 2581806 A1，CA2581806C, US20070221635
Dr. Fan is the co-author of the book, “The Boundary Theory of Phase Diagrams and Its Application,” Springer (2011).
Guo Jiayin, Fan Xiaobao, Richard Dolbec, Xue Siwen, Jerzy Jurewicz and Maher Boulos, “Development of Nanopowder Synthesis Using Induction Plasma”, Plasma Science and Technology, Volume 12 Number 2 (2010)188
Ondrej Kovarik, Xiaobao Fan, and Maher Boulos, “ In flight properties of W particles in an Ar-H2 plasma, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Volume 16, Number 2, (2007)pp229-237.
Gervais Soucy, Mohamed Rahmane, Xiaobao Fan, and Takamasa Ishigaki, “Heat and mass transfer during in-flight nitridation of molybdenum disilicide powder in an induction plasma reactor”, Material Science & Engineering, A 300,(2001)pp226-234.
X. Fan, and T. Ishigaki, “Mo5Si3-B and MoSi2 deposits fabricated by radio frequency induction plasma spraying”, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Volume 10, Number 4, (2001)pp611-617.
Xiaobao Fan, Klaus Hack, and Takamasa Ishigaki, “Calculated C-MoSi2 and B-Mo5Si3 pseudo-binary phase diagrams for the use in advanced materials processing”, Material Science & Engineering, A278,(2000)pp46-53.
Xiaobao Fan, and Takamasa Ishigaki, “Mo5Si3-Boron composites fabricated by induction plasma deposition and their high-temperature oxidation resistance”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol. 82, No. 8, (1999)pp1965-1968.
Xiaobao Fan, Takamasa Ishigaki, and Y. Sato, "In-flight carburisation of molybdenum disilicide powders by an induction plasma", Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol. 82, No. 2, (1999)pp281-288.
Taisuke Tanaka, Xiaobao Fan, Takamasa Ishigaki, and Gervais Soucy, “Compositional modification of boron carbide induced by induction plasma treatment”, Thin Solid Films, Vol. 345, (1999)pp156-160.
Xiaobao Fan, and Takamasa Ishigaki, "Phase selection in induction plasma treatment of molybdenum disilicide powders", Ceramic Transactions, Vol. 83, (1998), pp91-97.
Xiaobao Fan, Takamasa Ishigaki, Yasushi Suetsugu, Junzo Tanaka, and Yoichiro Sato, "In-flight nitridation of molybdenum disilicide powders by an induction plasma", Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol. 81, No. 10, (1998)pp2517-26.
Xiaobao Fan, and Takamasa Ishigaki, "In-flight nitriding MoSi2 powders in Ar-N2 induction plasma", Thin Solid Films, Volume 316, Numbers 1-2, (1998)pp174-177.
Xiaobao Fan, François Gitzhofer, and Maher Boulos, "Statistical design of experiments for the spheroidization of powdered alumina by induction plasma processing", Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Volume 7, Number 2, (1998)pp247-253.
Xiaobao Fan, François Gitzhofer, and Maher Boulos, "Investigation of alumina splats in the induction plasma process", Journal of Thermal Spray Technology,. Volume 7, Number 2, (1998)pp197-204.
Xiaobao Fan, and Takamasa Ishigaki, "Factorial experiments of carburisation and nitridation of molybdenum disilicide powders by an induction plasma", Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Process, Volume 18, Number 4, (1998)pp487-507.
Takamasa Ishigaki, Xiaobao Fan, Tadahiro Sakuta, Toshiyuki Banjo, and Yukihito Shibuya, “Generation of pulse-modulated induction thermal plasma at atmospheric pressure”, Appl. Phys. Lett., New York, Volume 71, number 26, (1997)pp3787-89.
Xiaobao Fan, Takamasa Ishigaki, and Yoichiro Sato, "Phase formation in molybdenum disilicide powders during in-flight induction plasma treatment", Journal of Materials Research, Pittsburgh, Volume 12, No. 5 (1997)pp. 1315-1326.
Xiaobao Fan, and Takamasa Ishigaki, "Critical free energy for nucleation from the congruent melt of MoSi2", Journal of Crystal Growth, North-Holland, Volume 171, Nos. 1/2, (1997)pp. 166-173.
范小宝，王永发，王焕杰，陈振昌，王季陶,”用PECVD方法在GaAs衬底上制备WxSi1-x薄膜”，薄膜科学与技术，第三卷，第二期(1990). pp 25-31.
范小宝,"(100),(111)BInP衬底上In-Ga-As-P相图的计算“， 固体电子学研究与进展，第7卷，第3期(1987). pp. 257-264
赵慕愚，康鸿业，徐宝锟, 范小宝，傅则钟，“恒压相图中对应关系定理的应用”， 化学通报，No.4（1987）pp.1-5.
M. Zhao, B. Xu, Z. Fu, and X. Fan, "Progress in the Theorem of Corresponding Relations in Isobaric Phase Diagrams and Its Application", High Temperature Science, New Jersey, Volume 22 (1986)pp. 1-14.
范小宝，徐宝锟,"AlxGa1-xAsLPE渗杂机理研究", 固体电子学研究与进展，第5卷，第4期(1985). pp. 282-294.
"关于AlxGa1-xAs 液相外延层的生长厚度与组分变化", 人工晶体， Volume 14 (1985)pp.
Muyu Zhao, and Xiaobao Fan, "The relation between the dimension of boundary and of phase diagrams", SCIENTIA SINICA (b), Beijing, Volume XXIII, (1985)pp. 457-463.
"以SiH2Cl2为源的Si-Cl-H外延体系的热力学研究”, 半导体杂志，第5期(1982)pp. 5-12.
X. Fan, M. Boulos, G. Masini, O. Kovarik, and J. Bensch, Induction plasma deposition of refractory metals: processing parameters optimization, p727-32 of Thermal Spray 2007: Global Coating Solutions, ed. B. R. Marple et al., 14-17 May, Beijing, China, 2007.
O. Kováík, S. Xue, X. Fan, and M. Boulos, “RF Plasma Deposition of Refractory Metals: Case Study for Tungsten”, in Building on 100 years success, ed. B. R. Marple etc., 215-18 May, Seattle, USA, 2006.
X. Fan, and M.I. Boulos, “Near-Net shape forming of tungsten material by induction plasma deposition”, p 405-408 of Thermal Spray Connects: Explore its surfacing potential, ed. E. Lugscheider, 2-4 May, Basel, Switzland, 2005.