J.D., Texas Tech University summa cum laude
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University
District of Columbia
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Mr. Conklin is a director in the firm’s mechanical group. He counsels clients at all stages of the patent cycle. He helps clients obtain patent protection, enforce patent rights, and navigate the existing patent landscape. He counsels clients in a variety of technologies including medical devices, consumer products, automotive control systems, health-monitoring systems, physiological sensors, surgical devices, dental products, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), lithography systems, fiber-optic distribution systems, hard disk drives, industrial equipment, and oil and gas equipment.
Helping clients enforce patent rights and navigate the existing patent landscape, Mr. Conklin represents both patent owners and third parties in patent office litigation proceedings, including reexaminations and inter partes reviews. Many of these patent office litigation proceedings are involved in concurrent district court litigation. His patent office litigation experience includes:
Implementing a multi-faceted defense involving multiple inter partes reviews and ex parte reexaminations for a manufacturer accused of infringing patents directed to remote patient monitoring;
Successfully canceling all challenged claims directed to transcatheter heart valves in inter partes reexaminations;
Successfully canceling all claims of a patent directed to an angioplasty guide catheter in an inter partes reexamination involved in concurrent district court litigation; and
Successfully confirming, twice, the patentability of all patent claims directed to a delivery system for transcatheter heart valves in ex parte reexaminations.
Mr. Conklin also prepares product clearance, non-infringement, and patent validity opinions.
At the procurement stage, Mr. Conklin drafts and prosecutes patent applications. He develops client-specific patent strategies that take into account his clients’ commercial products, competitors, and market. He has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the medical device, electronic, and mechanical fields.
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