March 1, 2017
Fitch Even partner Thomas F. Lebens was a featured speaker at a San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce program on February 23, 2017. During the program, Tom addressed the security and privacy issues surrounding Internet-connected devices increasingly used in businesses and residences, including surveillance equipment, wearables, automobiles, thermostats, lighting, appliances, televisions, DVRs, and more.
Tom is a frequent speaker on cybersecurity issues. He focuses his practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent, trademark, and copyright applications, including appeals, post-grant review, and interferences, in addition to counseling clients on IP and business strategy, licensing, and infringement issues.
IP Alert | Knowledge Within the Art Does Not Save Means-Plus-Function Claim Term Lacking Corresponding StructureFebruary 19, 2021
On February 12, in Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. v. Dropbox, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed that certain of Synchronoss's claims were invalid for indefiniteness, since the claims included a means-plus-function claim term that did not have adequate structural support in the specification. Read more
IP Alert | Customer Loyalty Program Does Not Claim Patent-Eligible Subject MatterFebruary 16, 2021
On February 8, in cxLoyalty, Inc v. Maritz Holdings, Inc., the Federal Circuit invalidated a patent for failure to claim patentable subject matter, reversing findings of the PTAB relating to substitute claims in a CBM review. Read more