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
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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
The Federal Circuit Deals Another Blow to Diagnostic Method Patents
April 11, 2019
In another setback for diagnostic method patents, the Federal Circuit rejected efforts by patent owner/appellant Cleveland Clinic[1] to avoid 35 U.S.C. § 101 by restyling diagnostic method claims as “techniques” for detecting a correlation...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Is it ‘anything goes?’ – The US expansive view of trademarks supports a wide variety of ‘nontraditional trademarks.’
April 4, 2019
“Trademark” is broadly defined in Section 45 of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §1127, as “any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof” that identifies and distinguishes goods and indicates source. The same definitional breadth...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Federal Circuit Holds That Claims Directed to Methods of Treating Pain in a Renally Impaired Patient Are Patent-Eligible Under Section 101
March 29, 2019
For the second time in as many weeks, the Federal Circuit has reversed a district court’s finding of patent ineligibility under Section 101 in the life science space, this time concluding that claims directed to methods of treating pain in...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Protected or Unprotected: The Supreme Court Hears Iancu v. Brunetti
By Jacqueline M. Lesser
March 19, 2019
On April 15, 2019, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether dirty words and vulgar terms may be registrable as trademarks – and if so, what is the test? Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act currently provides that the Trademark Office...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
The Federal Circuit Opens the Door Wider for the Subject Matter Eligibility of Methods of Treatment, Compositions and Methods of Manufacturing
By Ronald C. Kern Jr., Ph.D.
March 18, 2019
“We live in a natural world, and all inventions are constrained by the laws of nature . . . we must be careful not to overly abstract claims when performing the Alice analysis.”[1] These are the promising words from the Federal Circuit in...
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