W. Todd Baker
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Tel (703) 413-3000

W. Todd Baker


W. Todd Baker is Chair of the firm’s Patent Interferences practice group and a leader in the Post-Grant Patent practice group. With significant experience in both patent reexamination and interference cases, Mr. Baker is uniquely positioned to advise clients on post grant USPTO proceedings such as inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) review proceedings, providing alternatives to traditional litigation-based patent validity challenges.

Mr. Baker is a recognized leader in the IP community, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).  Indeed, he was selected as one of the top attorneys in the country for adversarial post-grant proceedings:

Patent interference chair W Todd Baker is ... extolled. “He develops an intimate understanding of and appreciation for the client’s business position”, enabling him to provide commercially driven advice.

The other honors received by Mr. Baker including his recognition by the Washington Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader can be found at the Accolades tab, above. 

At Oblon, Mr. Baker leads the post-grant team responsible for mechanical technologies, nanotechnology, e-commerce and medical devices. He has extensive experience handling all aspects of post-issuance proceedings at the USPTO including reissue applications, ex parte reexamination, IPR proceedings, and appeals to the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  As Chair of the firm’s Patent Interferences group, Mr. Baker leads the team, advising clients on issues of priority, patentability, derivation, inventorship, and licensing related to patent interference matters before the PTAB.

While focused on his post-grant practice, Mr. Baker also prepares and prosecutes patent applications in diversified electrical and mechanical technologies as a member of the firm’s Electrical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution groups. Among the technologies with which he has worked are automotive related, wireless innovations, medical devices, dynamic control systems, and clean technologies.

Representative Matters

Successfully argued on behalf of Convolve that provision of 35 USC §135(b)(2) is applicable only to patent applications having effective filing date after publication date of targeted published application. Ding et al. (Seagate) v. Singer et al. (Convolve), Int. No. 105,436 (BPAI Aug. 24, 2007).

Represented Bard Access Systems in patentability dispute over stent technology. McDermott et al. (Bard Peripheral Vascular) v. Murch (TriVascular2), Int. No. 105,657 (BPAI Mar. 20, 2009).

Represented Solvay in patentability/inventorship dispute over use of clean technology which reduces SOx emissions from coal-fired power plants.  Maziuk (American Electrical Power Company)  v. Ritzenthaler (Solvay Chemicals), Int. No. 105,693 (BPAI Mar. 15, 2010).

Representing Motorola in patentability/priority dispute over mobile communication technology. Lazaridis et al. (Research in Motion) v. Eggleston et al. (Motorola), Int. No. 105,700 (BPAI) (ongoing).

Representing Advanced Voice in patentability dispute over speech recognition interface technology. Mitchell (AllVoice Developments) v. Holt (Advanced Voice Recognition Systems), Int. No. 105,746 (BPAI) (ongoing).

Representing Hydro-Gear in patentability/priority dispute regarding hydraulic axle technology.  Acharya (Parker Hanifan) v. Hauser (Hydro-Gear), Int. No. 105,750 (BPAI) (ongoing).

Friday, October 29, 2010

Whether in a social or tactical environment, everyone knows the importance of a good wingman.  Yet, the Board of Appeals and Patent Interferences (“BPAI”) has suffered from the absence of its wingman in several recent appeals to the Federal Circuit.

Friday, October 15, 2010

On October 13th, the Federal Circuit held in Solvay v. Honeywell International that, in order for prior invention to invalidate a patent under 35 U.S.C § 102(g)(2), the prior invention must have been conceived in the United States.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

This past Monday the BPAI pointed out that a Patent Holder may not swear behind a patent that claims the same invention, the proper forum for such a priority contest being a patent interference proceeding.

Friday, April 09, 2010

… or is it?  Rumors of the demise of interferences via patent reform have been greatly exaggerated for years.  Whether S.515 will have a different fate than other recent patent reform bills is uncertain at best.  In any event, we continue our review of S.515 provisions related to post grant matters.  On...

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The legislative history of 35 U.S.C. § 312 suggests that a purpose of the substantial new question of patentability (“SNQ”) prerequisite is to prevent patent owner harassment via seriatim requests for reexamination.[1] Consistent with that purpose, MPEP § 2240.II provides:

Friday, April 02, 2010

All hackers err… golfers know there are both appropriate and inappropriate times to take a mulligan.  When is it OK to take a mulligan via reissue?  The 3-step test to determine whether the recapture rule prohibits a mulligan in reissue has been well-established since In re Clement[1] was decided in 1997.  As set out...