Biography

Daniel C. Crane is a registered mechanical patent agent in the firm’s Mechanical Patent Prosecution group. His primary focus is the review of the firm’s allowed patent application files in preparation for their issuance to ascertain their completeness and to assure their quality. In reviewing the firm’s allowed electrical and mechanical files, Mr. Crane concentrates on the prosecution history of the file between the firm and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to determine that all communications have been addressed.

Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Mr. Crane served as a Primary Patent Examiner in the diverse manufacturing and deforming arts divisions of the USPTO. During his 36-year career at the USPTO, he examined a range of patents involving applications such as battery manufacturing, engine component manufacturing methods, mechanical assembly processes and apparatus, metal deforming machines and processes, and control systems for both assembly apparatus and metal deforming machinery.

Mr. Crane’s extensive patent examination knowledge and experience facilitates his ability to thoroughly review the firm’s allowed cases to ensure that each patent application is of the highest quality with proper claims, specifications and drawings. His extensive background at the USPTO provides him with an insider’s perspective and an in-depth knowledge of the patent prosecution and examination processes.

During his career at the USPTO he received numerous awards for outstanding service, including the Bronze Medal Award for sustained excellence in the performance of official duties as a Patent Examiner in Metal Deforming Technology, the Distinguished Career Award for exceptional contributions to the achievement of the missions and goals of the USPTO, and the Exceptional Career Award for superior performance in the examination of patent applications in Metal Deforming. He was also recognized by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) for Outstanding Contribution in Intellectual Property Law.

Education

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S.)
    • Mechanical Engineering

Admissions

  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Services

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

Accolades

  • Bronze Medal Award for sustained excellence in the performance of official duties as a USPTO Patent Examiner in Metal Deforming Technology(1988)
  • Distinguished Career Award for exceptional contributions to the achievement of the missions and goals of the USPTO (2000)
  • Recognized by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) for Outstanding Contribution in Intellectual Property Law (2000)
  • USPTO Exceptional Career Award for superior performance in the examination of patent applications in Metal Deforming (2005)

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