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John G. Rauch

John G. Rauch


Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Joseph F. Hetz

Joseph F. Hetz


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Gary M. Ropski

Gary M. Ropski


Business Methods, Software


Litigation

Bradley G. Lane

Bradley G. Lane


Litigation

Amir N. Penn

Amir N. Penn


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Kent E. Genin

Kent E. Genin


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

James R. Sobieraj

James R. Sobieraj


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing


Litigation

Harold V. Johnson

Harold V. Johnson


Analog, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing


Litigation

Marc V. Richards

Marc V. Richards


Analog, Business Methods, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Mircea A. Tipescu

Mircea A. Tipescu


Business Methods, Digital, Software


Litigation

James P. Naughton

James P. Naughton


Analog, Business Methods, Semiconductors, Software


Patent Prosecution

Laura Beth Miller

Laura Beth Miller


Litigation

Joel W. Benson

Joel W. Benson


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Sanders N. Hillis

Sanders N. Hillis


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

John A. Lingl

John A. Lingl


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Tadashi Horie

Tadashi Horie


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Robert K. Fergan

Robert K. Fergan


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Gustavo Siller, Jr.

Gustavo Siller, Jr.


Analog, Digital, Semiconductors, Software


Litigation

Scott A. Timmerman

Scott A. Timmerman


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

John C. Freeman

John C. Freeman


Business Methods


Patent Prosecution

David P. Lindner

David P. Lindner


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Rodney A. Daniel

Rodney A. Daniel


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

James A. Collins

James A. Collins


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Scott W. Brim

Scott W. Brim


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Software


Patent Prosecution

Miyoung Shin

Miyoung Shin


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation

Eric D. Cohen

Eric D. Cohen


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Nathan O. Greene

Nathan O. Greene


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Nicholas J. Angelocci

Nicholas J. Angelocci


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Ian M. Moodie

Ian M. Moodie


Analog, Signal Processing


Litigation

Lawrence M. Chen

Lawrence M. Chen


Business Methods, Digital, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

John C. Bacoch

John C. Bacoch


Business Methods, Digital, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Hao Tan, Ph.D.

Hao Tan, Ph.D.


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

James G. DeRouin

James G. DeRouin


Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Karina Yuen Wong

Karina Yuen Wong


Business Methods, Digital, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Benjamin I. Edlavitch

Benjamin I. Edlavitch


Business Methods, Digital, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Michael Hussey

Michael Hussey


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Yashas Honasoge

Yashas Honasoge


Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Brian A. Jones

Brian A. Jones


Analog, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Joseph S. Hanasz

Joseph S. Hanasz


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Jason Seung-Hyun Jang

Jason Seung-Hyun Jang


Patent Prosecution

E. Brandon Nykiel

E. Brandon Nykiel


Analog, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Harry (He) Li, Ph.D.

Harry (He) Li, Ph.D.


Analog, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Tanmay Dharmadhikari

Tanmay Dharmadhikari


Digital, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Hersh H. Mehta

Hersh H. Mehta


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Rajendra A. Chiplunkar

Rajendra A. Chiplunkar


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Rickard K. DeMille

Rickard K. DeMille


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Nicholas A. Restauri

Nicholas A. Restauri


Business Methods, Digital, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Shen Wang

Shen Wang


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Sid Bennett

Sid Bennett


Analog, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Daniel H. Broaddus

Daniel H. Broaddus


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Lydia Scarpelli

Lydia Scarpelli


Analog, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Frankie Wong

Frankie Wong


Analog, Digital, Semiconductors, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

John F. Nethery

John F. Nethery


Analog, Business Methods, Digital, Signal Processing, Software


Patent Prosecution

Charles M. McMahon

Charles M. McMahon


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Kelly K. Burris

Kelly K. Burris


Patent Prosecution

Richard G. Lione

Richard G. Lione


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

John K. Lucas

John K. Lucas


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Mary M. Squyres

Mary M. Squyres


Patent Prosecution

J. William Dockrey

J. William Dockrey


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Jack C. Berenzweig

Jack C. Berenzweig


Litigation

Edward Machado

Edward Machado


Patent Prosecution

Richard E. Stanley, Jr.

Richard E. Stanley, Jr.


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Douglas A. Oguss

Douglas A. Oguss


Patent Prosecution

Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler

Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler


Patent Prosecution

Manish K. Mehta

Manish K. Mehta


Litigation
Patent Prosecution

Dawn M. David

Dawn M. David


Patent Prosecution

Electrical & Computer

Brinks attorneys use their backgrounds and experience in electrical engineering, electronics, physics, computer science and engineering to counsel clients on the most effective intellectual property protection for their electrical and computer technologies. We also help our clients assess the intellectual property rights of others, and we minimize the risk of conflict with those rights by conducting validity and infringement analyses and right-to-use investigations. When litigation cannot be avoided, our lawyers skillfully manage highly complex patent and trade secret litigation.

Areas of Expertise

Patent Prosecution Counseling, Risk Analysis & Licensing Portfolio Management Litigation

Patent Prosecution

  • Analog Examples
  • Digital Examples
  • Software Examples
  • Signal Processing Examples
  • Business Method Examples
  • Semiconductors Examples
Analog Patents
Digital Patents
Software Patents Patents
Signal Processing Patents
Business Methods Patents
Semiconductors Patents

Skilled preparation and prosecution of patent applications requires a team that is both aware of developments in the law and that knows the technology that today's companies are seeking to protect. Equally importantly, attorneys prosecuting patents need deep familiarity with the workings of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and must have an effective system for monitoring and guiding applications as they move through the Patent Office.

Many of our attorneys have not only industry technical experience in the design of computer hardware, analog and digital circuitry, and software, but also have advanced degrees in electrical and computer engineering and physics. This allows us to provide valuable counsel to clients on the most effective means of protecting, using and maximizing their inventions and other intellectual property assets. In addition, our proprietary Flash Docket system provides nearly real-time access to actions that the Patent Office is taking on patent applications. Flash Docket feeds a robust docketing system that centrally manages tens of thousands of patent applications. This combination is without rival in the industry.

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Analog Patent Examples

U.S. Pat. No. 8,271,029

Single chip multimode baseband processing circuitry with a shared radio interface

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U.S. Pat. No. 8,269,637

Switchable strobe lens

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,248,156

Low leakage power management

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,242,828

Programmable delay circuit

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,103,467

Determination of distribution transformer voltages based on metered loads

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,077,873

System for active noise control with adaptive speaker selection

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 7,898,378

Magnetic resonance device

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 7,869,575

X-ray examination system for analog mammography

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 7,057,958

Method and system for temperature compensation for memory cells with temperature-dependent behavior

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. RE43,511

Device and method for digitizing a serialized scanner output signal

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PTO

Digital Patent Examples

U.S. Pat. No. 8,285,975

Register file with separate registers for compiler code and low level code

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,244,172

Remote host-based media presentation

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,237,957

Point-of-sale demonstration of computer peripherals

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,223,799

Method and system for a digital diary system

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,174,723

Efficient printer control electronics

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,160,080

Implementation of reliable synchronization of distributed databases

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,149,645

Synchronous global controller for enhanced pipelining

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,112,655

Mesosynchronous data bus apparatus and method of data transmission

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,072,967

VoIP call routing information registry including hash access mechanism

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 7,573,955

Digital phase locked loop for sub-. technologies

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PTO

Software Patent Examples

U.S. Pat. No. 8,312,436

Automated software testing system

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,274,976

Method and system for transparent TCP offload

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,270,609

Mechanism for secure transmission of signals in wireless communication devices

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,266,519

Document analysis, commenting, and reporting system

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,265,141

System and method for open loop spatial prediction in a video encoder

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,165,161

Method and system for formatting encoded video data

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,098,933

Method and apparatus for partitioning an object from an image

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 7,904,435

System and method for resource lock acquisition and reclamation in a network file system environment

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 7,899,764

Medical ontologies for machine learning and decision support

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 6,269,361

System and method for influencing a position on a search result list generated by a computer network search engine

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PTO

Signal Processing Patent Examples

U.S. Pat. No. 8,615,058

Signal Acquisition System

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,325,967

Speaker apparatus

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,315,212

Energy based communication path selection

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,260,246

Data rate tracking filter

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,135,363

Method and system for an integrated circuit supporting auto-sense of voltage for drive strength adjustment

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,126,503

Dynamic MIMO resource allocation during a single communication

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,126,284

Method and apparatus for resolution improvement in digital capturing

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,004,482

Apparatus for driving liquid crystal display device by mixing analog and modulated data voltage

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 7,610,196

Periodic signal enhancement system

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PTO

Business Methods Patent Examples

U.S. Pat. No. 8,301,495

System and methods for discount retailing

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,280,769

Method and apparatus for administering a reward program

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,271,327

Method and apparatus for identifying potential buyers

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,271,305

Account level participation for underwriting components

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,150,735

Retail system for selling products based on a flexible product description

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,108,290

Market sentiment indicator

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,095,394

Rich claim reporting system

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,090,598

Monitoring system for determining and communicating a cost of insurance

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 7,877,269

Method and apparatus for internet on-line insurance policy service

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 7,856,433

Dynamic bid pricing for sponsored search

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PTO

Semiconductors Patent Examples

U.S. Pat. No. 8,609,514

Process for the transfer of a thin film comprising an inclusion creation step

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,325,113

Organic electroluminescent display device and driving method of the same

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,318,555

Method of producing a hybrid substrate having a continuous buried electrically insulating layer

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,289,491

Liquid crystal display device with shield lines on data lines and thin film transistor components

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,269,568

Method for manufacturing piezoelectric vibrator, piezoelectric vibrator, and oscillator

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,159,895

Method and system for split threshold voltage programmable bitcells

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,159,861

Compact and highly efficient DRAM cell

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,149,540

Magnetic head structure with diagonal of rectangular-shaped height monitor extending along track width direction

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 8,110,977

Organic light emitting device and method for manufacturing the same

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PTO

U.S. Pat. No. 6,503,766

Method and system for detecting an exposure of a material on a semiconductor wafer during chemical-mechanical polishing

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PTO

Counseling, Risk Analysis and Licensing

Companies developing electrical and computer technologies work in fields filled with competing claims to uniqueness and innovation—the key claims behind patent rights. Working closely with trusted legal counsel is often the preferred avenue for clients who wish to avoid future costly disputes or prolonged litigation.

We collaborate with our clients to understand the uniqueness and innovation behind the specific technologies they are seeking to protect and market, helping them anticipate potential issues and minimize legal risks; we also help clients avoid infringing the IP rights of others. Our attorneys routinely negotiate complex technology licensing arrangements and represent clients in disputes without resorting to the courts.

Portfolio Management

A coherent, cost-effective portfolio management strategy helps companies not only protect existing IP but also identify and understand what other ideas are worth protecting and licensing. Frequently, companies partner with Brinks to design customized programs to analyze existing portfolios, find direction for future innovation, and strategize how to manage and evolve the portfolios over time. These programs not only help clients understand the competitive IP landscape in which they exist, but also lead to a better understanding of possible infringement threats, licensing opportunities, and feedback strategies for regularly tuning their approach to intellectual property.

Litigation

Patent litigation involves complex legal principles, differing from many general litigation matters. Adding electrical and computer technology to the mix further raises the bar for competent representation. Brinks brings highly talented patent litigators with the technical backgrounds to comprehend the technology at hand, and present it to a judge and jury. Only a subset of attorneys can handle both the legal and technical requirements, and Brinks has the talent and capacity to handle any highly complex electrical or computer related patent litigation.

The litigators in the Electrical and Computer group regularly handle highly complex patent and trade secret matters, both in United States District Courts and in the United States International Trade Commission. Brinks litigators also have extensive experience practicing before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit—the appellate court for all patent cases regardless of their originating court.