News & Updates

Tom Henry Celebrates 45 Years with Firm

July 24, 2020

Happy 45th Anniversary, Tom Henry! Tom has contributed to the firm’s success over the years and in particular during his many years as the firm’s Managing Partner. He has been a guiding force in the areas of the firm’s culture and clent services. Please join us in thanking Tom for his contributions to the firm and congratulating him on this special day.

 


Happy 50th Anniversary, John McNett!

July 20, 2020

Congratulations to John McNett on his 50th Anniversary with the firm.  Over the years, John has been instrumental in guiding the firm’s direction, culture and client services.  Please join us in thanking John and congratulating him on this huge milestone.


Webinar: Copyright basics and considerations for entrepreneurs and small businesses

June 9, 2020

Entrepreneurs and small businesses owners – Register to attend a free webinar about the basics of copyright and receive insights into copyright registration and enforcement.

The 90-minute program is on Tuesday, June 16, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET.

Specifically designed for the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses, the webinar will feature presentations by copyright experts from the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs. For more information and to register, visit: USPTO


Quentin G. Cantrell Celebrates 20th Anniversary With The Firm

June 5, 2020

The firm congratulates Quentin G. Cantrell on his 20th anniversary.

Known for his extensive brief writing and case strategy, Mr. Cantrell has represented clients in matters involving patent and trademark litigation.

We thank Mr. Cantrell for his service to clients and his many contributions to the firm’s success.


What I Learned In My 7 Months of Practice

May 27, 2020

At the time I sit down to write this article, I have been a practicing attorney for a whole seven months. I have learned a lot in this time and want to share some tips that have been helpful to me. Do I recommend you at least consider them? Sure, but as with most everything in life, everyone needs to decide what works best for them. So without further ado, here are my top tips for new attorneys just starting out.

Develop your craft

Often, attorneys want to hit the ground running right out of law school and acquire as many clients as fast as they can. This sometimes includes getting involved in as many groups as you can fit into your schedule. While these are all good things to start developing immediately, the first and most important thing you want to accomplish is becoming a great lawyer. Do not get me wrong, I do not think I have accomplished this in a mere seven months, nor do I think anyone can; the learning curve is just too high. However, it is important to start developing the skills and habits necessary to develop your craft. If you work to obtain the largest client base possible before you actually know what you are doing, you are doing a disservice to your clients and yourself, and you probably won’t have any repeat clients once they figure out you aren’t a great lawyer yet.

There are several things you can do to help develop your skills:

To read the full article, visit The Indiana Lawyer


Managing Intellectual Property Magazine Names Firm Partners To IP Stars 2020 List

May 4, 2020

Woodard, Emhardt partners Spiro Bereveskos, Daniel J. Lueders and Charles P. Schmal were named to Managing Intellectual Property’s Patent Star 2020 list. In addition, Daniel J. Lueders and Charles J. Meyer were named to the Trademark Star 2020 list. The firm is also “recommended” in Indiana for intellectual property.

Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s “IP Stars” rankings are based on extensive research carried out over a six-month period by a team of researchers who sought responses from firms and clients, and reviewed publicly-available data. More information is available here.


Thomas Q. Henry Honored with Leadership in Law Award from Indiana Lawyer

April 29, 2020

The law firm of Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, LLP is proud to announce that Thomas Q. Henry was chosen as a Distinguished Barrister by The Indiana Lawyer as part of its 2020 Leadership in Law Awards.

The Indiana Lawyer annually recognizes Indiana attorneys who have demonstrated a commitment to their profession, the clients they serve, and to the community by presenting Distinguished Barrister award.

As a senior partner with the Firm, Mr. Henry concentrates his practice on the strategic development and management of IP portfolios with special emphasis on providing business-focused legal advice. He assists clients in evaluating IP coverage, protecting core IP assets, handling Hatch-Waxman cases, domestic and international patent prosecution, and preparing infringement, non-infringement, freedom to operate, and validity opinions.

Mr. Henry has served as President of the Indianapolis Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana State Bar Association. He served on the Board of the Indiana Bar Foundation and was as an Adjunct Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, teaching both Intellectual Property Law and Patent Law to more than 1,000 students over a 20+ year span. He was also Chair of the Indianapolis School of Law Alumni Association, and recipient of the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Henry has also served on multiple community boards and held several leadership positions with nonprofit organizations including Chairman of the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Indiana, and of the American Pianists Association, and on the Board of Young Audiences of Indiana. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Indiana Repertory Theater and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.


Lisa A. Hiday Featured in The Indiana Lawyer

April 29, 2020

In the April 29, 2020 issue of The Indiana Lawyer, Firm Partner, Lisa A. Hiday, is featured in the article, Enjoying the view: Attorney tackles mountain backpacking adventures with son.

“The Hoosier attorney started backpacking when she was a teenager. She’s traveled the country on a variety of treks ranging from shorter backpacking trips in Utah’s Zion and Arches national parks to longer hauls in California’s Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. She’s also ventured across the globe, summiting Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro in the middle of a blizzard and scaling high passes in northern Peru.” To read the entire article,visit: The Indiana Lawyer.


Patent priorities, trademark cautions for the eco-focused

April 17, 2020

Earth Day is upon us, and the World Intellectual Property Organization has announced a theme of “Innovate for a Green Future” for World Intellectual Property Day on April 26. Here are two bits of eco-minded intellectual property law.

Special treatment

Energy-saver patent applications can get special treatment. Technologies aiming to reduce energy consumption, move to greener sources of energy or improve the environment are highly prized. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recognizes that fact with opportunities to move such patent applications ahead in the queue.

By rule (37 CFR 1.102) and policy (Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) 708.02), the USPTO will advance (or make “special”) applications for inventions which “materially enhance the quality of the environment of mankind by contributing to the restoration or maintenance of the basic life-sustaining natural elements, i.e., air, water, and soil.” MPEP 708.02 (III); see 37 CFR 1.102(c). The applicant must file a petition requesting “special” status, and no fee is required. In cases where the environment-improving quality may not be evident, a statement explaining how the application fits the above standard should be filed. The MPEP notes the standard may not be met where there is “speculat[ion] as to how a hypothetical end-user might specially apply the invention” in an appropriate way, or where “some minor aspect of the claimed invention may enhance the quality of the environment.” MPEP 708.02 (III).

Another category for “special” applications concerns inventions that “materially contribute to (A) the discovery or development of energy resources, or (B) the more efficient utilization and conservation of energy resources.” MPEP 708.02(IV). Applications that develop hydrogen fuel technologies or solar power, or provide a reduction of energy consumption in equipment or household appliances, can be eligible for “special” status. A fee-free petition must be filed, with explanations if the necessary material contribution is not evident. Likewise, speculative effects or minor aspects of the invention may not be sufficient to move the application ahead in the examination line.

In each case, the MPEP provides additional requirements for applications, including limitations on the number of claims and inventions claimed, an acknowledgement that dependent claims will not be argued separately on appeal, and an agreement to conduct an early interview with the examiner. See MPEP 708.02(a). In many cases, these additional requirements will not create a significant additional burden. Nevertheless, in addition to normal precision in preparing claims, the applicant should give proper thought to whether these requirements may significantly impact future prosecution or arguments, and should organize the claimed subject matter carefully.

Practitioners will note there is a generalized request to prioritize examination by which up to 12,000 applications per year can be moved forward. Limitations on claims similar to those noted above apply to prioritized applications. The principal advantage to using the petition process for environmental-quality or energy-related inventions is cost savings. No petition fee is needed for them, while the prioritized examination fee for a large entity is $4,000. While the annual ceiling on prioritized applications has never been reached, the numbers are increasing, so there is a chance prioritized examination would not be available late in a year.

‘Green’ may not mean go ahead…………

To read the full article, visit The Indiana Lawyer


Chuck Schmal Serves as Judge for Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Program E-Day

April 13, 2020

On April 8, 2020 Woodard Emhardt partner, Chuck Schmal, joined members of Indiana’s venture capital and entrepreneurship communities as an “E-Day” (Evaluation Day) judge for Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Center New Venture Creation Course. During E-Day, seniors majoring in entrepreneurship present their business plans to a panel of judges who decide whether a student passes or fails out of the program. Chuck has served as an E-Day judge since 2011 and has always been impressed by the student teams, thoughtful presentations and overall business plans.

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