Howard is a patent attorney at Sand & Sebolt and his practice is limited to intellectual property law. Particularly, he focuses on patent, trademark, and copyright law and related litigation, as well as intellectual property licensing.
Howard counsels clients ranging from a Fortune 500 company to individual entrepreneurs, however most of his clients are middle-market companies and research institutions. He helps clients develop strategic intellectual property by drafting well-crafted patent applications. He has drafted patents relating to weapons and missile systems, propulsion systems, spacecraft electrical networks, laser amplification systems, semiconductor fabricators, firearm accessories, towable trailers, and consumer fitness equipment, amongst many others.
He does his best to carefully consult with every client to ensure that their patent application(s) accurately details and covers the invention. This is important because drafting a patent application is extremely complicated. The United States Supreme Court has even stated that a patent application “constitute[s] one of the most difficult legal instruments to draw with accuracy.”
Howard utilizes a practical approach in an attempt to resolve disputes, however he understands the necessity to enforce and defend intellectual property. Howard has been lead defense counsel in multiple federal patent litigation suits which resulted in favorable settlements to his clients. He has also assisted in other federal patent litigation suits including preparing research and arguments related to claims construction hearings. He has also participated in adversarial proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office for Appeals, as well as Inter Partes Review proceedings. He is also well versed with derivation proceedings.
Howard keeps an active international intellectual property practice. He counsels companies from around the world on United States patent and trademark law and has clients from the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. Howard has also traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to study the counseling of technology companies in the emerging Middle East market.
Outside the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, serving on community boards, and watching college football. He is an avid watch collector and is always willing to discuss his horological interests.