Specializes in patent and trademark prosecution and litigation. Mr. Ball has prepared hundreds of patent applications in technologies ranging from computer hardware/software to consumer products, including Internet technologies, signal processing, power systems, green technology and medical devices. Mr. Ball counsels clients in developing worldwide strategic patent and trademark portfolios. He has extensive experience with licensing issues, IP due-diligence for mergers and acquisitions, defending against notice letters, and non-infringement and invalidity opinions.

Previously, Mr. Ball practiced at a large Boston law firm. He also worked as a software designer/developer for one of the first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers.

Patents

Inventor U.S. Patent No. 9,195,677
Inventor U.S. Patent No. 8,805,922
Inventor U.S. Patent Pub. No. 2016/0041748
Inventor U.S. Patent Pub. No. 2014/0324622
Inventor U.S. Patent Pub. No. 2012/0297325
Inventor U.S. Patent Pub. No. 2011/0282928

Education

J.D. Vermont Law School 2007
IPSI, Franklin Pierce Law Center 2006
B.S. University of Vermont, Computer Science 2000

Honors/Awards

Merit Scholar and Academic Excellence Award, Vermont Law School
Upsilon Pi Upsilon, International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines

Court Admissions

States of Connecticut and New York
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court (Connecticut and others)
U.S. Court of Appeal (Federal Circuit and others)
U.S. Supreme Court

Publications

Making Sure A Noninfringement Opinion Is Effective, Law360, March 14, 2018
Using Ex Parte Patent Appeals To Advance Prosecution, Law360, March 15, 2016
Protecting your Trademark from Counterfeiting, General Counsel News, November 2015
Covered Business Method Review, Intellectual Property Magazine, May 2015
New Testimony Evidence In IPR, CBM — Proceed With Caution, Law360.com, 2015
The Financial Impact Of Issues In M&A, Corporate Counsel, 2014
Implementing Patent Marking Strategies After AIA, Law360.com, 2012
Design Protection For Apparel: Know Your Options, Apparel January 8, 2010
Ongoing IP Due Diligence, Business Law Today, vol. 19, Num. 2 Nov/Dec 2009
Export Control Laws, ExportRules.com, May 19, 2009
Green Tech, The Stimulus Package and IP Protection, Mass High TEch, vol. 27, issue 16, p.14, April, 17, 2009
Outsourcing Your Intellectual Property Work May Be Illegal, IPFrontline.com, December 19, 2008
Intangible Business Assets: Value In Unregistered IP, ABA Science and Technology Quarterly Newsletter, vol. 1, issue 2, Oct 2008
Achieving Patent Protection For Software Inventions, The Computer & Internet Lawyer, vol. 25, No. 8, Aug 2008
Beware Of Export Control Laws, MAss Bar Assoc. YLD Journal, Summer 2008
Challenges With Patenting Software, Vermont Bar Journal, Winter 2007/2008

Presentations

IP Due Diligence Strategy For M&A, client presentation 2014

Blog Posts

Why Examiners Like RCEs (and why you shouldn’t), February 12, 2018
District Court Illustrates How Specification Can Help or Hurt Patent Eligibility, September 11, 2017
PTAB Reverses 101 Rejection for Internet Technology, May 19, 2017
The Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Does Not Mean Broadest Possible Interpretation, February 28, 2017

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