We specialize in Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights and have successfully prosecuted over 1,700 US patents. If you or your company need advice on Intellectual Property matters, we can help. Both corporate and individual inventors benefit from our experience in the patent application process. We can provide a variety of post-grant services, such as patent legal opinions, infringement analysis and licensing.
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Maiorana, P.C. is a small yet efficient patent law firm specializing in patent prosecution. We currently rank 187th in productivity of all law firms in the United States (according to Intellectual Property Today magazine). While a large majority of our work focuses on computer and semiconductor patent applications for silicon valley based companies, we also cater to the needs of smaller inventive entities as well as to the needs of solo inventors. Since we are a small firm and have minimal administrative overhead, we can quickly respond to the needs and concerns of our clients.
Throughout the 19 year history of the firm, our responsive operation has shown the capability of shifting our attention to various new projects depending on the needs of our clients. We pride ourselves in having a thorough understanding of electrical engineering. Not only do we have an overall expertise in the prosecution of electrical patent applications, but we also have the ability to shift attention to new areas relatively quickly.
Our approach to obtaining high quality patents minimizes interactions with the US Patent Office and is typically more efficient and cost effective than most patent law firms. We use a multi-peer review technique that allows a collaboration between our patent attorneys to explore alternate approaches unique to each file. Since each patent application is reviewed at the US Patent Office by an individual Examiner, a technique that may be useful for one case may not be as useful for another case. As a result of our small size, we can implement this multi-peer review without any additional overhead to our clients.
Approximately 70% of the cases we write are allowed after only one or two responses to US Patent Office rejections. By ultimately getting cases allowed with fewer responses, the overall invoiced amount needed to go from a disclosure to an issued patent is significantly less than other patent law firms. We typically offer flat-rate fees for work done. This arrangement offers predictability to our clients. Our process gives you the opportunity to re-evaluate each case before incurring any further costs. In addition, you will not receive any unexpected bills from our firm.
Our broad expertise and knowledge covers areas such as computers, wired/wireless/optical networks, software, semiconductor fabrication, satellite navigation, SoCs, microwave frequency circuitry, bio-electronics, electro-optics, embedded testing, cryptography, solid-state drives, digital video, Internet of Things (IoT), social network user matching, Software as a Service (SaaS), and augmented reality.
20+ years prosecution experience; 19 years managing solo practice; 10+ years managing property company
Chris received his B.S. degree in 1991 from Lawrence Technological University in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in digital and analog hardware design. The LTU motto of "Theory and Practice" are embedded in the management style of the firm. Prior to his legal career, Chris maintained a successful computer consulting business where he provided tailored hardware and software solutions for the individual needs of small businesses including law firms, publishing companies and designers. Chris began preparing patent applications in the electrical arts including analog, digital/analog hybrid, microprocessor controlled and discrete digital logic circuits as an undergraduate. Chris worked with several patent law firms during his studies at the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, where he received his Juris Doctor. Chris is admitted to practice law as an attorney in the State of Michigan and as a patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Chris' hands-on experience combined with his formal legal and technical training enables him to have a unique insight in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications relating to digital architectures, semi-conductor fabrication, memories, solid-state drives, digital video, sensor networks, timing devices and other circuits involved in the manufacturing of computer components.
15+ years prosecution experience
Bob received his B.S. degree with distinction in 1982 from Wayne State University in Electrical Engineering. As an undergraduate, he worked in plant engineering, designing conveyor control circuits. Starting in 1982, Bob managed the Computer and Electronics Module at Wayne State University School of Medicine where he provided custom hardware and software support for individual researchers including design and implementation of digital and analog circuits using discrete and integrated components. While working at the medical school, Bob studied at Wayne State University Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1998. Bob became a member of the firm in 1999. Bob is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan, before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Bob utilizes his experience combined with his formal legal and technical education in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in the electrical and electronic arts including computers, wired, wireless and optical networks, software, semiconductor fabrication, satellite navigation, bio-electronics, electro-optics, solid-state drives, and digital video.
15+ years prosecution experience
John received his B.S. degree with honors in 1981 from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in electronic circuits. He received his M.S. degree in 1983 from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in solid state devices. During his engineering career, John worked on a variety of research, development and production projects in both California and in Michigan. His experiences range from infrared sensor semiconductor fabrication to electrical system engineering for main battle tanks and from cryogenic vacuum testing to embedded diagnostic design. John is the named inventor for U.S. Patent number 4,803,422. John became a registered Patent Agent in 1993. He then received his J.D. degree in 1998 from Wayne State University. John is licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan and is a registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. His law career includes working at a national patent law firm prosecuting patents for Fortune 500 clients nationally. His casework covers areas of electrical and electronic arts, including data storage, computer components, automotive electronics, Internet/network related inventions, microwave frequency circuitry, embedded testing, cryptography, solid-state drives, and digital video. More info on John.
12 years patent prosecution/portfolio management experience; 7 years patent licensing team leader; 15 years materials and processing engineering
Henry received in B.E. degree in 1973 from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook in Engineering Sciences with an emphasis on Materials Science. He received his M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University in 1981. Prior to his legal career, Henry worked as a Materials Engineer at Lockheed Martin where he developed processes for hybrid electronics, gate array integrated circuit production, and carbon-carbon composites for space applications.
Henry became an attorney in 1994 after graduating cum laude from Santa Clara University. Henry started his legal career as an intellectual property counsel at Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space (LMMS) where he prepared patent applications, prosecuted patent applications and managed all aspects of LMMS intellectual property. Henry worked as a Patent Prosecution Associate for Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati where he prepared and prosecuted patent applications, drafted letters regarding infringement, and supported patent litigation efforts – related to software, microelectronics, network protocol implementations, palm-sized computers, multimedia, data compression, data encryption, near-visible light detection, and floating gate memory devices. At Quantum Corporation, Henry was a Patent Law Manager and responsible for the entire patent portfolio for all operating elements of this diversified data storage technology company. At Siemens Corporation, Henry was an Intellectual Property Counsel for IP matters for a medical ultrasound imaging division, including protection of technology related to three dimensional imaging and data processing.
At Avago Technologies, Henry was both an Intellectual Property Corporate Counsel and a Senior Licensing Manager. As IP Corporate Counsel, Henry developed and implemented patent portfolio roadmaps for optimizing protection of essential technology, managed outside counsel and implemented quality improvement and cost containment measures - including conducting interviews to gain allowance for rejected claims with USPTO examiners and reviewing patent prosecution tactics with outside counsel contemplating appeals from USPTO rejections of pending applications, and participated as an IP member of merger and acquisition teams performing due diligence efforts to support anticipated transactions. As Senior Licensing Manager, Henry was the lead negotiator for more than fifteen IP licensing opportunities covering both technical and business discussions and resulting in more than $24 million in payments to Avago. Henry managed IP licensing teams for several engagements, including: reverse engineering managers, assertion attorneys, and licensing attorneys, and oversaw IP portfolio development projects including patent mining efforts, patent sales, and purchases.
Prosecuted over 1,700 US patents to issue
Won an Interference proceeding against a top lawfirm
Issued patent statistics (patents issued per patent attorney) comparable to the top firms as listed in Intellectual Property Today magazine
Productivity in the top 15% on a per attorney basis for issued patents
Above average allowance rate after one response to the US Patent Office
Smaller size allows for lower overhead
Location in the Mid-West allows our costs to be competitive
Prosecuted fundamental video patents included in the H.264 Advanced Video Coding Standard.
Prosecuted several influential patents that survived litigation
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Our offices are located in St. Clair Shores Michigan, just a few minutes north of Detroit. We are conveniently located near I-94 and I-696, making us a short drive away for innovators in the metro Detroit area.
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