Clifford D. Hyra, JD, is a registered patent attorney with extensive experience in the field of intellectual property and is the author of the intellectual property law blog Patents101. He has a background in aerospace engineering and graduated magna cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law. Before joining Symbus, Clifford conducted his own boutique IP practice. He is licensed to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia and to represent clients located anywhere in the world before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Clifford specializes in domestic and international patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, and has filed and prosecuted hundreds of patent and trademark applications. His patent work is focused in the technical fields of mechanical and electrical devices, aerospace, computer software and hardware, IT and ecommerce, consumer products and medical devices. He also has considerable experience carrying out appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and Federal Circuit, conducting trademark cancellation and opposition proceedings before the TTAB, drafting patent and trademark opinions, filing and responding to UDRP (domain name arbitration) complaints, negotiating the settlement of patent and trademark disputes, and registering copyrights. Clifford’s clients run the gamut from individual entrepreneurs to multinational corporations, and include a variety of startups and SMEs in the Northern Virginia area as well as businesses large and small, across the country and overseas.
After receiving a final Office Action, a patent applicant typically has a decision to make whether to appeal the decision or to request continued examination by the Examiner assigned to the application. If allowance of the application can be achieved by correcting informalities, the Examiner usually permits that without the filing of a Request for …
Effective internal IP policies encourage the development of new and valuable IP assets, ensure that your company is identifying potentially protectable IP it is creating already, assist with determining what IP to protect, and how, on a rational basis, and reduce litigation risks at all stages of development.