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Alan N. Herda

Alan N. Herda

Partner

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Texas, U.S.A.

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Alan Herda 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-issuance 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.

Education

J.D., Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, 2003, summa cum laude
B.S.M.E., University of Texas at Arlington, 1996, summa cum laude
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Preparing and prosecuting U.S. utility, U.S. design, foreign and PCT patent applications covering a wide variety of technologies, including energy exploration and production equipment, gas processing equipment, medical devices, pipeline-related equipment, computer hardware and software, industrial and consumer lighting products, hydraulic systems and thermal-management systems.

Conducting product review, patentability, freedom of operation, validity and infringement investigations, and preparing related opinion letters.

Preparing and prosecuting U.S. copyright applications covering a wide variety of works, including books, software, catalogs, videos, curriculum, sculptures and lamps.

Preparing and prosecuting U.S. trademark applications, and conducting trademark clearance searches.

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