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Impact of Bilski Decision on Computer-Related Patents - December, 2008 - HPBB attorneys Brian D. Hickman and Christopher J Palermo explore the significant decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, In re Bilski, and its impact on computer-related patents in a new article published in the Journal of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (London, UK).  Download a copy here (1.5 Mb PDF).

HPBB continues expansion with three patent attorneys - September, 2008 - HPBB recently welcomed Sarah M. Savage, Shance Lunceford and Eric L. Sutton to its San Jose Office as future patent attorneys pending admission to the California bar. All three took the July 2008 California bar exam.  Ms. Savage relocated from Salt Lake City, Mr. Sutton relocated from Chicago, and Mr. Lunceford is from San Jose.  HPBB now has 27 attorneys and agents including 6 partners and 21 associate attorneys or agents.

New Workshop Covers Successful Patents in the US and Worldwide - January 15, 2008 - HPBB is pleased to announce that its partner Christopher J. Palermo is Program Co-Chair, with Larry Nixon of Nixon Vanderhye, for Successful Multilateral Patents Workshop, a one-day conference by Law Seminars International. The workshop will focus on drafting the same patent specification for successful prosecution in the US, Europe, Japan, Australia, and China, with speakers from those countries. Please join us at the Hilton Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia April 7, 2008 for this essential session for patent practitioners. Click here for the official conference website. This program will be repeated in San Francisco on June 23, 2008.

New student paper - Software Does Not Exist Without a Computer: A Case for Patentability in China and the United States, by Eric L. Sutton, 3L student, The John Marshall Law School. Mr. Sutton will join HPBB as an attorney in September, 2008.

HPBB continues expansion with three patent attorneys - September, 2007 - HPBB recently welcomed Howard Louie, Karl T. Rees, and Adam Stone as attorneys in its San Jose Office. HPBB now has 21 attorneys and agents including 6 partners and 15 associate attorneys or agents.

New publication - Strategies for Continuations and Claims, by Christopher J. Palermo and Brian D. Hickman. Provides a summary of the USPTO's final rules on continuations and claims of August 21, 2007, with suggestions on responsive strategies, immediate action, and new prosecution tasks. Presented by Christopher J. Palermo to the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association on September 13, 2007.

HPBB Expands Office Space - April, 2007 - HPBB is pleased to announce that it has leased additional office space of approximately 5,000 square feet at Gateway Place in San Jose, managed by Equity Office Properties. The new lease will enlarge HPBB's offices to about 18,000 square feet from 13,000 square feet and will allow the firm to add about 8 attorneys or agents and several staff members.

Workshop Covered Successful Patents in the US and Worldwide - In March, 2007, HPBB partner Christopher J. Palermo served as Program Co-Chair for Successful Multilateral Patents Workshop, a one-day conference by Law Seminars International. The workshop focused on drafting the same patent specification for successful prosecution in the US, Europe, Japan, Australia, and China, with speakers from those countries and was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Francisco on June 26, 2007 for this essential session for patent practitioners. Click here for the official conference website. Download a copy of the conference brochure (PDF - 34 Kb).

USPTO Examination Reform: Current Proposals and Rational Alternatives, by Brian D. Hickman and Christopher J. Palermo (PDF- 44 Kb)

The Widening Pond: USPTO Decision Broadens Scope of Business Method Patents, by Christopher J. Palermo (PDF-19 Kb)

Invalid Like Oil And Water: US Decision Places Mixed Claims In Jeopardy (commenting on IPXL Holdings, LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2005)), by Christopher J. Palermo, pub. in CIPA Journal (UK), February 2006 (PDF - 22 Kb)

Eight is Enough? New USPTO Fee Regime Forces Re-Thinking Claim Strategies, by Christopher J. Palermo (PDF-17 Kb)

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