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Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly 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

Admissions

Texas, 2003

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Profile

Alan Herda builds domestic and foreign patent portfolios for clients. Alan prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign utility patent applications covering a wide range of technologies including, for example, all aspects of oil and gas exploration and production including hydraulic fracturing operations, computer hardware and software, business methods, and airline, automotive, food processing, and laboratory instrumentation technologies. Alan conducts patentability, freedom-to-operate, validity, and infringement investigations, and prepares related opinion letters. Alan also supports intellectual property litigation, including patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation cases, by conducting due diligence and infringement, validity, and claim construction analyses. Alan has successfully prosecuted patent reexaminations during concurrent patent infringement litigation.

In addition to utility patents, Alan’s practice includes a focus on design law. Alan has obtained design patents and registrations throughout the world covering a wide variety of consumer products, industrial components, and computer-implemented designs, in the fields of, as examples, audio speakers, exercise equipment, product packaging, oil and gas components including hydraulic fracturing components, office supplies, mining equipment, home medical devices, computer icons, and computer display screens. Alan has helped clients enforce their design rights, avoid design rights held by others, respond to allegations of design patent infringement, and institute post-issuance proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office. Alan considers design patents in concert with other types of intellectual property, including utility patents, copyrights, trade dress, and trademarks. In this regard, Alan works closely with the firm’s Trademark Practice Group to develop comprehensive, yet practical, intellectual property strategies.

Alan’s industry experience includes working as a mechanical engineer at Motorola, designing mechanical parts and assemblies for cellular base transceiver stations, conducting structural/thermal simulations of mechanical designs, and designing/conducting experiments to certify designs and verify simulations. Alan’s industry experience also includes working as a research assistant for an oil and gas services company, during which time he conducted performance testing of separation/filtration systems and pressure vessels, and was a member of a team that developed a test system for determining separation efficiencies of natural gas separators operating under high pressure in the field.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized in D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas," D Magazine Partners, 2018-2019
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2012

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Design Patents,” speaker, Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute, East Palo Alto, CA, December 6, 2018.
  • “Portion Control for Design Patents,” speaker, 2017 IP Aggie Forum, Fort Worth, TX, September 25, 2017.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association; Industrial Designs Committee

Intellectual Property

IP Beacon Year in Review 2018

The Intellectual Property Law 2018 Year In Review

We are pleased to highlight some of our representative intellectual property-related client successes and publications over the past year that might be relevant to your business success in the coming year. We represented clients in 74 inter partes review/PTAB proceedings that were filed in 2018, and our patent prosecution team filed over 2,300 U.S. patent applications and helped issue more than 1,650 U.S. patents just in 2018. We also helped close the IP issues in dozens of financings, M&A transactions, and joint venture/licensing arrangements.

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