October 2013 – The Marbury Law Group, PLLC is excited to announce the opening of a satellite office in the Boston metropolitan area, in Burlington, Massachusetts! This new office will enhance the firm's ability to serve the legal needs of our clients in the Boston area and will be home to two of our associates: Kevin T. Shaughnessy and Matthew L. Fenselau.
August 2013 – We are pleased to announce that Matthew L. Fenselau has recently joined the firm as a new associate. Matt comes to us from Foley & Lardner’s Boston offices. He was an undergraduate at Franklin & Marshall College and did his graduate work in Physics at Yale University. He graduated from Boston College Law School.
On March 16, 2013, U.S. patent law switched from a “first-to-invent” to a “first-inventor-to-file” system under the America Invents Act (AIA). A summary of the changes is available here.
A new USPTO fee schedule goes into effect March 19, 2013. While issue fees will decrease, filing fees and maintenance fees will increase, resulting in a net overall increase in patent application fees. Also, the new fee schedule penalizes patent applications filed with more than 20 claims or more than 3 independent claims. In fact, applicants filing applications containing 40 or more claims or 6 or more independent claims, will pay more than the cost of filing two separate applications under the 20/3 claim limit. It is thus recommended that applicants consider filing two or more separate applications on the same date, in order to stay under this new graded fee structure based on the number of claims filed. The full fee schedule is available here.
October 2013 – U.S. Patent No. 8,567,757 B2 entitled, “Wireless Fluid Shutoff Valve” for client Vectare is a low-cost safety valve for gas lines and similar supply lines that can be remotely activated via a secure wireless link. A miniaturized controller and wireless electronics assembly provides the control mechanism for actuating the valve, as well as reporting data regarding valve status. This gas line shut off valve can provide important safety benefits at an affordable price.
October 2013 – U.S. Patent No. 8,552,044 B2 for client Flowtronix is entitled, "Multiple reservoir implantable drug infusion device and method," and relates to implantable infusion pumps for the dispensing of infusates (e.g. intravenous medication). In particular, it relates to a pump operating at positive pressure to dispense medication from multiple reservoirs in accordance with different specified flow rates. The device is capable of delivering easily and precisely dosed medication from any one or any combination of two or more reservoirs without complex pumping and flow control mechanisms and has the capability of mixing and/or diluting medications.
May 2013 – Congratulations to inventor Arne Ballantine on the issue of his one hundredth U.S. patent! U.S. Patent No. 8,445,150 entitled “Grid Frequency-Responsive Solid Oxide Fuel Cell System” for client Bloom Energy Corporation claims a method of adjusting the operation of a fuel cell system based on determining an instantaneous frequency of the power grid.
May 2013 – U.S. Patent No. 8,445,157 entitled “Fuel Cell Stack Components” for client Bloom Energy Corporation claims a method of operating a fuel cell stack having interconnects with fuel flow channels having a different cross sectional area located different areas of the interconnects.