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

In The Blogs

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
IPO's "Gender Diversity in Innovation Toolkit" Aims to Address Disparities in Inventorship
By Lesley M. Grossberg
November 14, 2019
While women are awarded 53% of PhDs, they accounted for only 12% of named inventors on U.S. patents granted in 2016. Fewer than 30% of Patent Cooperation Treaty applications name a woman inventor. After the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
The theory of “trademark neutralization.” What is it and will it likely be adopted in the US?
November 11, 2019
Have you heard of the theory of “trademark neutralization?” It was developed by the European Union (EU) General Court and the European Union Court of Justice (“CJEU”) in 2006 (Case No. C-361/04 (ECJ Jan. 12, 2005)) holding PICASSO/PICARO...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Five Counterfeit Hotspots in New York that Brand Owners Must Be Aware Of
By Robertson D. Beckerlegge, Heather J. McDonald
November 8, 2019
The issue of fake goods in New York City has been widely covered for a number of years. For example, earlier this year, the South China Morning Post looked at the “rising counterfeit market” in New York, especially around luxury goods. It...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Kanye West Denied Trademark Registration for ‘SUNDAY SERVICE' Mark
By C. Dennis Loomis
October 23, 2019
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Are Questions of Novelty and Nonobviousness Relevant to the Test for Whether a Patent Qualifies as a Covered Business Method Patent Under the AIA?
By Michael D. Gannon
October 22, 2019
A covered business method (CBM) patent “does not include patents for technological inventions.” AIA § 18(d)(1). The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) promulgated a regulation that defines “a technological invention” as one...
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