advises clients on patent strategy related to electrical and computer engineering. Sam regularly drafts patent applications and office action responses relating to several different technologies, such as software, mechanical, and other computing technologies. A former Patent Counsel at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, he practices in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Houston office.
Novel and non-obvious can be easily used to describe the events of 2020, both here in the United States and around the world. Despite all the challenges, there have been positive developments in the way we conduct business—and that certainly was true at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Below we recap some of the most significant developments at the USPTO in 2020 and topics to keep an eye on in 2021.