Mark G. Hanley, JD, MBA, BSEE

I believe our clients benefit from the real-world engineering experience that our practitioners bring to the firm. This experience enables us to interface efficiently with inventors and provides a practical and business-minded foundation for all of our work.

I represent numerous large corporate clients involved in a diverse range of electrical, software, and mechanical technologies, and I have extensive experience in all aspects of patent prosecution and counseling including freedom-to-operate analyses, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and reexaminations.

Prior to practicing law, I was a design engineer specializing in switching power supplies; analog circuitry; and a variety of pressure, temperature, and position transducers. I am also an inventor on several patents relating to piezoelectric biomorphs.

James A. Flight, JD, BSEE

As one of the founding members of HFZ, I have over 20 years’ experience in patent litigation, patent prosecution and patent counseling. My experience representing clients includes a diverse range of technologies, including software, telecommunications (PSTN, AIN, Cellular and VoIP technologies), analog and digital circuitry, microprocessor architecture, virtual private networking, internet technologies, audience measurement technologies, cloud computing, virtualization, data warehousing, network security, memory architectures, green technologies, safety products, window coverings, dock safety equipment, surgical equipment, firearms, and child care products.

My focus is on our client’s business objectives. Our ultimate goal is to provide counsel and patent prosecution strategies that advance our client’s agenda. This is best achieved in a long-term relationship that fosters an in-depth understanding of our client’s business and the competitive landscape in which they operate. On the prosecution side, this level of commitment ensures we do not just secure patent claims; we issue claims that are tailored for ready enforcement when the need arises.

I’m actively involved in defensive and offensive patent issues including ex parte and inter partes reexaminations, reissues, Public Use proceedings, European opposition proceedings, and due diligence investigations in support of product releases, enforcement actions and/or company acquisitions. I have represented clients in litigation and licensing involving patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, trade dress infringement, and contract disputes. Leveraging my deep experience in such a wide range of issues and technologies, I’m able to help my clients build and manage valuable patent portfolios and avoid the pitfalls of competitive holdings.

Martindale-Hubbell has identified me as an AV Preeminent Attorney every year since 2013. Read more.

  

Christopher N. George, JD, MSECE, BSCompE

I believe our clients are best served by offering a comprehensive, strategic solution to their intellectual property and business needs. At HFZ, we’ve built a team to provide our clients a wide variety of non-litigation, intellectual property services, which they can leverage to develop and grow their businesses.

I have extensive experience in a wide range of legal arenas including patent drafting and prosecution, patent portfolio development and management, brainstorming and IP capture, patent landscaping, patent reexamination, litigation, licensing, and due diligence and opinion analysis. I also serve as seconded in-house counsel for a Fortune 5 client to advise them on patent strategy matters.

My experience in technology spans a wide variety of consumer products and manufacturing systems as well as imaging systems, image processing, analog and digital audio, casino gaming systems, telecommunications and data networks, distributed computer systems, electronic storage devices, financial trading systems, anti-virus and security software, and signal processing applications.

Prior to practicing law, I worked in the field of computer architecture and am an inventor on a patent related to runtime software optimization.

Joseph T. Jasper, JD, BSBME

We strive to know each client’s business. Leveraging that knowledge, we facilitate clients’ ability to use their intellectual property to expand operations with confidence. With a focus on the medical, electrical and mechanical arts, my practice provides non-infringement and invalidity opinions to clear products or assure clients freedom to operate.

Working with engineers and in-house counsel, I help our clients generate patent portfolios and expand their businesses by developing and executing prosecution strategies including post-grant proceedings. I also coordinate with overseas counsel in opposition proceedings, procure federal trademark registrations, and manage global trademark portfolios, which includes managing and litigating trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings. Additionally, I draft and negotiate licensing agreements, provide counseling related to copyright issues and procure federal copyright registrations.

Sergio D. Filice, JD, BSME

At HFZ, I represent fortune 500 and 100 companies on all aspects of patent application preparation, prosecution and patent portfolio development. Additionally, I provide counseling regarding patentability, product clearance, validity and infringement matters in various technological fields.

My patent practice focuses on mechanical and electro-mechanical arts in a broad range of technologies including: aerospace, child care products, fluid control devices and systems, mobile devices, medical devices, window coverings, industrial door and loading dock equipment, marine equipment, firearms, printing technologies, mailers and binding equipment, and coil processing & roll forming systems.

I work with inventors and engineers to quickly grasp and analyze our clients’ inventions and provide the highest level of quality and protection for their intellectual property. HFZ’s collegial work environment enables attorneys to provide a team-oriented analysis of all our clients’ IP matters.

Earlier in my career, I was a mechanical engineer at Abbott Laboratories where I designed several disposable medical devices and provided equipment support to improve manufacturing processes and performance. Later, I practiced law at a general practice firm before joining HFZ.

Marianne Buckley , JD, BSBME

Before practicing law, I worked in the research and development department of a healthcare data analytics company. In this role, I saw firsthand how innovation can drive a company’s success. During law school, I interned with the Office of General Counsel at the American Medical Association, where I came to recognize the unique role of in-house counsel in protecting the interests of a business. In my patent prosecution practice, I draw upon these experiences to work with our clients in obtaining intellectual property protection that advances their business goals.

At HFZ, I prepare and prosecute U.S. and foreign patent applications in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts. I have experience pursuing our clients’ patent rights in a variety of technologies, including medical devices, neuromarketing tools, child care products, information systems, and process control devices. I also assist in counseling our clients with regards to patentability, validity, and infringement matters. Additionally, I help clients obtain trademark protection and manage their trademark portfolios.

S. Nazeer Ali, JD, MSME, BSME

I’ve always had a personal interest in innovation and emerging technologies. My industry experience includes working at both Motorola and Brunswick. At Motorola, I worked as a design engineer on cellular phones and base stations. At the Life Fitness division of Brunswick, I designed treadmills and exercise bicycles.

At HFZ, my practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the mechanical, electro-mechanical, manufacturing processes, and computer areas. I also assist in counseling matters. My experience in dealing with multifaceted and complex issues helps me grasp our clients’ innovative technologies quickly.

Robert A. Conley, JD, MSBME, BSBME

Prior to joining HFZ, I spent ten years representing plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation proceedings conducted in Federal courts throughout the United States and in inter partes proceedings before the USPTO. In that capacity, I was responsible for all phases of the litigation process, including preparing and responding to discovery requests, taking and defending depositions, preparing expert reports, preparing and arguing motions of all varieties, preparing and arguing claim construction positions, preparing for trials, examining trial witnesses, and preparing post-trial motions and appellate briefs. Representative matters that I worked on as a litigator involved a diverse range of technologies, including medical devices, power wheelchairs, power tools, injection molding, smoke detectors, cellular communication protocols, MP3 players, flash memory devices, relational database architecture, logistics operations, online ad serving, and social networking platforms, among others.

At HFZ, I leverage my extensive litigation experience to draft and prosecute enforceable patents that will withstand third party challenges and result in victories at trial.   I also utilize the insights gleaned from my years of experience in Federal court and inter partes patent office proceedings to provide legal counsel on infringement, non-infringement, validity, invalidity and product clearance issues. My practice focuses on the mechanical, electro-mechanical, and computer arts. Representative technologies with which I have been involved since joining HFZ include information and measurement systems, cellular technologies, computer software, virtual computer platforms, microprocessors, printers, and child care products.

James C. Redondo, JD, BSEE

At HFZ, I am honored to protect the innovation and technologies of our clients. Prior to joining HFZ, I was a mathematics teacher at Noble Street College Prep, where I taught trigonometry. At Law Bulletin, I programmed automated test software for new developing applications. At Continental Automotive Group I ran a series of EMC tests and programed transmission control units for 4×4 SUVs.

HFZ allows me to use my diverse background and skill set to problem solve during the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

Andrew R. Varrenti, JD, MSEE, BSEE

Before joining the HFZ team, I worked as a senior electrical engineer at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in the Well Services and Coiled Tubing control system group. I designed, developed, and commissioned electrical control systems on next generation land and offshore mixing equipment for high pressure pumping fluid delivery applications. I have extensive experience in electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic control systems and a knowledge base in a wide array of commercial and industrial sensor technologies as well as programmable logic devices.

At HFZ, my practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting domestic, international, and foreign patent applications in the electro-mechanical, electrical, and software arts in a broad range of technologies including: aerospace, analog and digital circuit design, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud and edge computing, fluid control devices and systems, and network security. I leverage my industry experience in comprehensively developing invention disclosures to achieve both short and long-term patent portfolio management strategies and protection.