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Alan N. Herda

Partner | Chair - Intellectual Property Department

Alan Herda, Chair of Haynes and Boone’s Intellectual Property Department, 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-grant 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.

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  • Represented SurgiSil at the Federal Circuit and successfully argued for a reversal of a design patent claim rejection, which also overturned Patent Office precedent.
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association; Industrial Designs Committee
  • Shortlisted for the annual LMG Life Sciences Awards Americas, Euromoney Institutional Investor, in the Patent Strategy Attorney of the Year - South category, 2022
    Published by Euromoney Institutional Investor, LMG Life Sciences
  • Recognized in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, Globe White Page Ltd, 2020-2022
  • Recognized in D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas," D Magazine Partners, 2018-2019, 2022
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2012
  • "Design Patents – Latest from Federal Circuit on Claim Scope and its Effects," co-speaker, DBA Intellectual Property Section CLE, December 2, 2021.
  • "Federal Circuit Tells Patent Office to Limit Scope of Design Patents, Overturning Patent Office Precedent," co-author, Haynes Boone IP Beacon blog, October 11, 2021.
  • "Logos and the Ordinary Observer Test," co-author, Haynes and Boone blog post, November 22, 2019.
  • "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.


B.S.M.E., University of Texas at Arlington, 1996, summa cum laude, Mechanical Engineering Class Ranking #1

J.D., Texas A&M University School of Law, 2003, summa cum laude, Class Ranking #1



U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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Haynes Boone Receives Solid Rankings in 2022 CAFC Intelligence Report
October 28, 2022

Haynes and Boone, LLP and seven of its lawyers are recognized in Patexia’s 2022 ranking of the nation’s top firms and lawyers appearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), an important venue for patent litigation. Partner Debbie McComas ranked as the 4th most active representing appellees, an increase over 2021, when she ranked as the 8th most active attorney represe [...]