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Haynes and Boone Announces 2014 Class of Partners

Haynes and Boone, LLP has elevated 12 lawyers to partnership from the firm’s New York, Dallas, Houston and Richardson offices.

The new class is comprised of Aaron Beim, Jason Bloom, Ryan Cox, John Harper, Alan Herda, Brent Huddleston, Thomas Kelton, Liz Klingensmith, Sam Lichtman, Chris RogersTony Soards and Jennifer Wisinski. >>



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The IP Beacon, September 2013

A Haynes and Boone Newsletter highlighting current issues in Intellectual Property Law. >>



Alan N. Herda

Partner

Dallas


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Dallas, Texas 75219
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Fort Worth


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Areas of Practice

Education

  • J.D., Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, 2003, summa cum laude, Class Ranking #1
  • B.S.M.E., University of Texas at Arlington, 1996, summa cum laude, Mechanical Engineering Class Ranking #1

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2003
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Alan N. Herda

Alan Herda focuses his practice on intellectual property law, including patent and design law.

Before joining the firm, Alan worked as a mechanical engineer at Motorola, designing and analyzing mechanical, electro-mechanical, structural, and thermal management systems for cellular base transceiver stations. In addition to his law degree, Alan holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

Alan's intellectual property law experience includes:

  • Preparing and prosecuting U.S., P.C.T., and foreign utility patent applications covering a wide variety of technologies including oil and gas exploration and production, pipeline, automotive, airline, computer hardware and software, food processing, and laboratory instrumentation technologies. 
  • Preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign design patent applications.
  • Conducting patentability, freedom-to-operate, validity, and infringement investigations, and preparing related opinion letters.
  • Supporting intellectual property litigation matters, including patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation matters; conducting due diligence and infringement, validity, and claim construction analyses.

Recent Publications and Speeches

  • "Federal Circuit Bolsters Validity of Design Patents," Lexology, September 27, 2013.
  • "The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012," Lexology, June 4, 2013.
  • "Subject Matter Support in Design Continuation Applications: In re Owens Decision Provides New Guidance," Lexology, April 4, 2013.
  • "Design Patent Judicial Decisions: A Year in Review," United States Patent and Trademark Office Design Day 2012, April 10, 2012.
  • "The Supreme Court raises new questions about the patentability of business methods. Bilski v. Kappos," American Bar Association Annual Review of Litigation, Appellate Practice § 3.7.1. April 5, 2011," contributor, with Kendyl Hanks and Mark Trachtenberg, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, April 2011.
  • Co-author, "Model Design Patent Jury Instructions," Intellectual Property Owners Association, August 19, 2010.
  • "In Giving Crocs its Patent Bite Back, Has the Federal Circuit Increased the Value of all Design Patents?" Lexology, May 4, 2010.
  • "Answering the New Test for Invalidating Design Patents," Lexology, January 11, 2010.
  • "Design Patents and Product Configuration," Dallas Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, January 23, 2009.
  • "The Federal Circuit Changes the Test for Design Patent Infringement," Intellectual Property Alert, September 24, 2008.
  • "Willful Patent Infringement and the Right to a Jury Trial."
  • "Co-Branding on the World Wide Web."

Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
    • Industrial Designs Committee (Vice-Chair)

Online Publications

03/20/2014 - Prosecution History Estoppel Applies to Design Patents

09/30/2013 - The IP Beacon, September 2013
A Haynes and Boone Newsletter highlighting current issues in Intellectual Property Law.

06/05/2013 - The IP Beacon, June 2013
A Haynes and Boone Newsletter highlighting current issues in Intellectual Property Law.

04/04/2013 - Subject Matter Support in Design Continuation Applications: In re Owens Decision Provides New Guidance
On March 26, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the U.S. Patent Office’s rejection of the claim of a design patent continuation application, bringing some degree of clarity to the practice of claiming a portion of a previously-claimed design while seeking priority to the filing date of the previously-claimed design.

10/12/2012 - The IP Beacon, October 2012
A Haynes and Boone Newsletter highlighting current issues in Intellectual Property Law.

04/10/2012 - Design Patent Judicial Decisions: A Year in Review
An overview of recent judicial decisions on design patents.

05/07/2010 - The IP Beacon, May 2010
A Haynes and Boone Newsletter highlighting current issues in Intellectual Property Law.

05/04/2010 - In Giving Crocs its Patent Bite Back, Has the Federal Circuit Increased the Value of all Design Patents?

01/19/2010 - The IP Beacon, January 2010
A Haynes and Boone Newsletter highlighting current issues in Intellectual Property Law.

01/11/2010 - Answering the New Test for Invalidating Design Patents

01/23/2009 - Protecting Product Configurations: Design Patent Focus
Presented to the Dallas Bar Association Intellectual Property Section on January 23, 2009.

09/24/2008 - The Federal Circuit Changes The Test For Design Patent Infringement
This news alert discusses changes in design patent law in light of the Egyptian Goddess, Inc. v. Swisa, Inc. case.