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
Federal Circuit Splits on Approach to Analyzing Graham Factors
November 6, 2017
In Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Hospira, Inc.,[1] the Federal Circuit affirmed the lower court’s ruling that the asserted claims of Merck’s U.S. Patent No. 6,486,150 (the ’150 patent) were obvious despite evidence of commercial success and...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
The Federal Circuit Provides a Tutorial on Patent Venue
By Allen M. Sokal
September 27, 2017
The Federal Circuit in In re Cray, Inc., Appeal No. 2017-129 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 21, 2017), has provided extensive guidance to district courts on the meaning of an alleged infringer’s “regular and established place of business” under the...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Intellectual Ventures v. Motorola: Use = Benefit for the Purposes of System Claims Infringement
September 21, 2017
On Sept. 13, 2017, the United States District Court for the Federal Circuit clarified the meaning of the term “use” as it applies to system claims in patent infringement actions. In doing so, the court held that an infringer must benefit...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
A Cautionary Tale: IPR Petition Denied Based on Third-Party Submission
August 30, 2017
In Cultec, Inc. v. StormTech LLC, IPR2017-00777, Paper 7 (Aug. 22, 2017), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) denied an inter partes review because the same or substantially the same prior art or arguments were said to have been...
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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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