David McCombs in Texas Lawbook: Dallas Snags U.S. Patent Satellite Office


David McCombs, a partner in the IP practice at Haynes and Boone, LLP, says that Texas is “a logical choice” for the new satellite office.

“For more than five years, Texas inventors have ranked second behind Californians in the number of patents granted,” says McCombs, who also played an active role in lobbying the USPTO. “In 2010, 7,545 patents were awarded to Texans – from our businesses and corporations to our university professors, start-ups and garage tinkerers.

McCombs points out that Texas has a “wealth of qualified technologists that would make good patent examiners across a wide spectrum of industries that include petroleum and chemical engineering, biotechnology, semiconductors, computer hardware and software.”

In 2010, the state’s top 10 patent grantees were IBM; Texas Instruments Incorporated; Freescale Semiconductor; Hewlett-Packard; Dell; Baker Hughes; Schlumberger Technology; Halliburton; ExxonMobil; and the University of Texas, according to McCombs.

Intellectual property lawyers in Texas say that the new satellite office will provide economic benefits to Dallas and the state, as well as ease the process of examining and issuing patents.

Excerpted from Texas Lawbook, July 2, 2012. To view full article, please click here (subscription required).

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