Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&AResponsive Law
- Intellectual Property
Additional Practice Areas
- Intellectual Property Counseling
- Patent Preparation and Prosecution
- Life Sciences
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- North Carolina
- English: Spoken, Written
- Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
- Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
- Kilpatrick Townsend
- Sterne Kessler
- Boston University School of Law
- J.D. (1997) | law
- Duke University
- M.S. (1994) | Biochemistry
- University of Alabama - Birmingham
- M.S. (1990) | Biology
- Wake Forest University
- cum laude, M.S., Biology, 1990, University of Alabama at Birmingham, M.S., Biochemistry, 1994, Duke University, J.D., 1997, Boston University School of Law, cum laude.
- Activities: Admitted to the bar 1997, Virginia
- Activities: 1999, North Carolina
- Activities: Admitted to practice before the U
- Activities: Patent and Trademark Office, all Virginia and North Carolina State Courts and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
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3 Questions Answered
- Q. Regarding patent 9369170: What exactly is there a patent for here?
- A: This patent, like all patents, only provides exclusivity to the owner (or licensees) for what is recited in the "claims." Claims are the numbered sentences at the end of the PDF of the patent document, although they occur near the beginning of the html version of the patent on the USPTO website. In order to fall within the scope of the claim, the structures or activity of a potential infringer must include every element recited in the claim. In doing an initial, informal evaluation, you should focus on the details of the independent claims (those that do not recite "of claim X" - those are dependent claims). If questions about particular parts of the claim language are confusing, you should probably consider consulting a patent attorney.
- Q. We had contacted a company in Boulder, Colorado to search potential patents as we have an invention idea (COVID-19).
- A: The phrase in your question " they say includes possible design engineering, patent application, legal work with an attorney, marketing, etc" concerns me. It sounds like a "package" of services most often offered by "invention submission" companies. Some may be legitimate, but often they provide very little, are associated with questionable patent counsel, and charge way more than they should for the total. It sounds like you would benefit from discussing your project with a normal patent attorney. Let me know if I can assist.
- Q. can you patent an AR idea?
- A: If you are referring to a modification to the AR-15 platform (AR is Armalite Rifle, for the original maker), I am a patent attorney and also a shooting enthusiast with years of experience building and modifying AR type rifles. I'd be happy to talk to you.
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