112(f) Has a Hair Trigger: Avoiding Means-Plus-Function Misfires

Avoiding Invocation of 35 U.S.C. § 112(f)

By Ambar P. Nayate, Principal, Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A.

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Shumaker & Sieffert Celebrates 15th Anniversary!

Shumaker & Sieffert is celebrating fifteen years of success, camaraderie and commitment to excellence in the delivery of IP legal services. We take pride in the many enduring client relationships built by the firm over the years, and honor the Shumaker & Sieffert attorneys and staff members responsible for the firm's success. With over forty registered patent attorneys and several thousand patents granted around the world for our clients, there is cause for celebration and optimism for the future.

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Shumaker & Sieffert Names New Principals

Shumaker & Sieffert is pleased to announce the appointment of four new Principals: Jeffrey R. Joseph, Matthew K. Gage, Ambar P. Nayate and Brian R. Dawley. Each has exemplified the level of quality and client service for which the firm is known.

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New Patent Attorneys Join Shumaker & Sieffert

Shumaker & Sieffert is pleased to announce that Robert Madden and Bryan Dobbs have joined the firm as Associates. Both have extensive experience in patent prosecution and degrees in electrical engineering. The addition of Robert and Bryan further strengthens the firm's concentration of patent attorneys with electronics and software expertise.

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Beware Applicant Enablement Admissions

In re Morsa: Applicant’s Admissions Can Support Prior Art Enablement

By Ambar P. Nayate

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Federal Circuit Clarifies Written Description Support for Negative Claim Limitations

Written Description Support for Negative Claim Limitations

By Brian Dawley

In Inphi Corp. v. Netlist, Inc.,[1] the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit clarified requirements concerning written description support for negative claim limitations. 

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Shumaker & Sieffert Welcomes New Associates Dustin Lo and Carl Peterson

The firm is pleased to announce that Dustin Lo and Carl Peterson have joined the firm as Associates. Dustin is a registered patent attorney with a degree in electrical engineering and significant patent litigation and counseling experience. Carl is a registered patent attorney. In addition to his law degree, Carl has a degree in civil engineering and is presently completing work toward a degree in electrical engineering. Both Dustin and Carl will contribute to the firm's patent prosecution practice in the electronics and software arts. 

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Jennifer Rogers appointed Chair of AIPLA Online Programs Committee

Shumaker & Sieffert is pleased to announce that Jennifer Rogers has taken on a new role in the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) as Chair of the AIPLA Online Programs Committee. The mission of the Online Programs Committee is to provide high quality, affordable education using online media. Ms. Rogers has been active in the AIPLA since 2006, and looks forward to this further opportunity to help the AIPLA develop online educational programs on current issues in intellectual property.

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New Associates Join Shumaker & Sieffert

The firm is pleased to announce that David Hardoon and Joseph Young have joined the firm as Associates.  David is a registered patent attorney with a strong computer science background and experience in patent prosecution in the software, computing and telecommunication arts.  Joseph has a degree in computer engineering and substantial experience in patent infringement litigation matters. Both David and Joseph will contribute to the firm's patent prosecution practice. 

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Michelle Bresler Joins Shumaker & Sieffert

Michelle Bresler has joined Shumaker & Sieffert as an Associate.  With substantial experience in both patent infringement litigation and patent prosecution, Michelle has a deep and well-rounded background in patent law.  Her practice will focus on patent preparation and prosecution in the electronics, software and medical device fields. Previously, Michelle was an Associate in the Dallas office of Baker Botts, LLP and an Associate with AZA Law in Houston, Texas.  

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