Herbert E. Hoffman

Associate

Philadelphia
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Overview

Herb Hoffman's practice includes developing and managing intellectual property portfolios for a wide range of clients in the electrical, mechanical and computer technology areas. He also works with startup companies, as well as long-established corporations, to assess and develop their intellectual property (IP) portfolios. Herb prepares legal opinions and conducts patentability and freedom-to-operate analyses. In addition to patent prosecution, Herb also helps clients realize the value of their intellectual property through litigation and litigation avoidance.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Herb was a systems engineer for SI Organization, where his responsibilities included providing full life cycle, mission-focused systems engineering and integration services to the U.S. intelligence community, the Department of Defense and other agencies. Herb was also a participant in the Intellectual Property Strategy Board, which assessed and evaluated internal technical capabilities and recommended appropriate IP protective measures. As a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin, Herb performed modeling and simulation for space vehicle dynamics, control systems, robotics and structural systems. Herb also has experience with all the stages of system engineering design and development, including system design, system architecture development, modeling and simulation.

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  • Worked with clients to prosecute patents in the U.S. and foreign countries for technology related to the smart-energy metering business, including working closely with inventors to understand the nature of the technology, as well as the specific embodiments of the inventions.
  • Drafted and prosecuted patents in the U.S. related to oil drilling technology, mechanical systems and devices, software, and communication channels and networks.
  • Worked with inventors, engineers and counsel to evaluate the IP that was developed through corporate research and development to determine the commercial potential of the technology. Reviewed patent applications for technical accuracy and claim construction.
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Experience

  • Worked with clients to prosecute patents in the U.S. and foreign countries for technology related to the smart-energy metering business, including working closely with inventors to understand the nature of the technology, as well as the specific embodiments of the inventions.
  • Drafted and prosecuted patents in the U.S. related to oil drilling technology, mechanical systems and devices, software, and communication channels and networks.
  • Worked with inventors, engineers and counsel to evaluate the IP that was developed through corporate research and development to determine the commercial potential of the technology. Reviewed patent applications for technical accuracy and claim construction.
  • Provided legal advice to several startup companies regarding their IP rights during initial development, marketing and sale, and merging and joint ventures with other companies.
  • Helped develop legal opinions assessing the likelihood of infringement. This has included performing research on existing patents and technology, and assessing client products to determine the extent of any similarities.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association

Prior Positions

  • Woodcock Washburn LLP: Technical Advisor (2012 to 2013)
  • SI Organization: Systems Engineer (2010 to 2012)
  • Lockheed Martin: Systems Engineer (2000 to 2010)

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 72,803
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2013
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2002

Blog

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Finjan v. Blue Coat Systems: Attaching Security Profile to a Downloadable Is Patent Eligible
January 16, 2018
In Finjan v. Blue Coat Systems, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rendered a decision containing interesting rulings on patentable subject matter (affirming the District Court determination that certain claims were patent...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Federal Circuit Finds Lanham Act Clause Banning Immoral and Scandalous Trademarks Unconstitutional
January 9, 2018
On December 15, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit struck down as unconstitutional the clause within 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a) (“Section 2(a)”) banning registration of a trademark that “[c]onsists of or comprises immoral…or...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Patent Portfolio Management – a Team Approach to Patent Drafting
January 8, 2018
On my drive to work, there was a trash bag on the freeway, then a box, and later a couple of bags flying around. I wondered where this garbage came from. There were a number of likely candidates: a small pickup truck loaded with...
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Strategic Use of a Reissue Application in the Context of an Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding
January 2, 2018
In Legend3D, Inc. (Petitioner) v. Prime Focus Creative Services Canada Inc. (Patent Owner), Case IPR2016-00806, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) lifted a stay of a pending reissue application following a Final Written Decision...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Federal Circuit Helps Clarify What Constitutes a Commercial Sale under Pfaff
By Herbert E. Hoffman
July 18, 2016
In The Medicines Co. v. Hospira Inc., Appeal No. 2014-1469 (Fed. Cir. July 11, 2016), the Federal Circuit issued a unanimous en banc decision ruling that the on-sale bar was not triggered by a supplier’s sale of manufacturing services to...
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