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
Session not Season
By Christina J. Moser
September 20, 2019
When the Supreme Court opens its new session on Oct. 7, one of the cases it will determine, Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil, Inc., et al. Case No. 2018-2417, is expected to resolve a stark difference among circuits over when a trademark...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Precedential Opinion Stressing That Design Patents Cover Articles of Manufacture
By Tayan B. Patel
September 18, 2019
In a case of first impression, the Federal Circuit held that “claim language can limit the scope of a design patent where the claim language supplies the only instance of an article of manufacture that appears nowhere in the figures.”...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
USPTO Proposes New Fee Schedule
By John M. Mueller
September 13, 2019
On August 29, 2019, the Director of the USPTO notified the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) of the Office’s intent to set or adjust trademark related fees and submitted a preliminary trademark fee proposal for comment. There are...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Federal Circuit Confirms the Value of Design Patents Covering Replacement Parts
By Erin C. Caldwell, Lisa N. Collins
September 5, 2019
On July 23, 2019, the Federal Circuit departed from its utility patent-focused docket to deliver a precedential opinion relating to design patents in Auto. Body Parts Ass’n v. Ford Global Techns., LLC. At issue were the validity and...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
To Cajole to Threaten: How Best to Curb Online Counterfeiting
By Robertson D. Beckerlegge
August 13, 2019
I. Introduction The Trump administration, addressing efforts to curb online counterfeiting, has called for heightened collaboration, at times suggesting providing private parties with technological resources to help combat online...
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