On April 24, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge by a computer scientist, Stephen Thaler, to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) refusal to issue patents for inventions his artificial intelligence system created. Reuters writes that the Court turned away his appeal of a lower court’s ruling that patents can be issued only to human inventors and that his AI system could not be considered the legal creator of two inventions that he has said it generated. Previously, the USPTO and a federal judge in Virginia rejected his patent applications for the inventions on the… Read more »

Weaver IP L.L.C. is pleased to announce that Joslyn Garcia has joined the firm as a Technical Specialist. Prior to joining Weaver IP L.L.C., Mrs. Garcia was a Manufacturing Electromechanical Engineer at Northrop Grumman and Stellant Systems, serving as a responsible engineer over the production of satellite microelectronic packages for various government programs. Before working in the space industry, Mrs. Garcia gained various technical internship experiences as a MATLAB Instructor at UCLA, Ride Mechanical Engineer at Walt Disney Imagineering, a Highly Immersive Platforms Engineer at HP Inc, a Component Test Engineer at Northrop Grumman, a Body Design Engineer at Toyota… Read more »

Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C., a successful intellectual property law firm, announces a reorganization. As of February 1, 2023, the firm has reorganized into a new law firm known as Weaver IP L.L.C. As part of this change, Thomas Fiala, one of the two founding partners who launched Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. in 2007, has transitioned to another private law firm. “This has been a time of tremendous change with the formation of the new firm,” said Jeff Weaver, the managing director. “I am certainly grateful to Tom for the 16 years of partnership and wish him well in his new… Read more »

Effective April 18, 2023, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is implementing electronic patent issuance. Per the USPTO announcement, the USPTO will issue electronic patent grants (eGrants) through Patent Center, the USPTO’s electronic patent application filing and management system, which includes patent document viewing. As a result, patent grants will no longer be issued on paper, and will no longer be mailed to the correspondence address of record. Instead, the patentee will be able to view and print the complete issued patent from Patent Center immediately upon issue. Furthermore, the USPTO states, that during a transition period, the USPTO… Read more »

Press Release September 2022 – Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. is pleased to announce that Julian Chang has joined the firm as an associate. Mr. Chang is a registered patent attorney with several years of experience gained while working as an Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He examined patent applications related to computer networking, social networking, machine learning, content distribution, and blockchain. Mr. Chang’s industry experience includes software development in research and development for a multinational corporation. Mr. Chang attended Cornell University where he received his B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science, and he received… Read more »

Press Release July 2021 – Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. announces that James Saragosa has joined the firm as a patent agent. Prior to joining Fiala & Weaver, Mr. Saragosa worked as a patent engineer for a Fortune 500 semiconductor company. His work covered a variety of intellectual property matters, including drafting patent applications, supporting domestic and international litigation campaigns, and providing infringement, validity, freedom to operate, and other analyses. Mr. Saragosa brings more than 5 years of experience working closely with engineers and attorneys within the semiconductor industry to his work as a patent agent. Mr. Saragosa attended Arizona State… Read more »

Press Release June 2020 – Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. announces that Lydia A. Scarpelli has joined the firm as a patent agent. Prior to joining Fiala & Weaver, Ms. Scarpelli developed her patent prosecution expertise while working with three intellectual property law firms in Chicago. There she worked on patent prosecution in domestic and international settings. Ms. Scarpelli brings more than 10 years of experience in engineering roles to her work as a patent agent. She previously served as a systems engineer at Lucent Technologies and worked as a cellular radio engineer at Ameritech Cellular. Ms. Scarpelli has experience in… Read more »

Fiala & Weaver has promoted both Syed Ahmed and Nathan Black to the position of Director. The promotions were effective as of January 1, 2020. “Congratulations to these outstanding members of our firm,” said founding partners Tom Fiala and Jeff Weaver. “Both have proven themselves as able patent attorneys, and provide the highest levels of service to our clients. We are proud to have them join us in leading our firm into the future.”

Press Release January 2018 – Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. announces that Chris Hivick has joined the firm as an attorney. Prior to joining Fiala & Weaver, Mr. Hivick was an attorney for a multinational telecommunications and entertainment company and also worked at a law firm in the patent litigation department. Prior to law school, Mr. Hivick worked for an integrated circuit design startup company performing transistor level IC design, layout and verification. Mr. Hivick subsequently worked as a software design engineer in test for a multinational software company in product lines involving relational and hierarchical databases. Mr. Hivick has experience… Read more »

Press Release June 2017 Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C., has been included in the 2017 edition of IAM’s Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, an extensive guide identifying leading private practice patent professionals and firms in varying practice areas and regions around the world. Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. and/or individual members thereof have been named as leaders in patent law by IAM publications for nine years running. The IAM Patent 1000 features 48 country-specific chapters analyzing local patent professional services markets and detailing the firms and individuals identified as leaders in their respective fields. The tables and accompanying detailed editorial… Read more »