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Eric D. Blatt Associate
Overview

Eric D. Blatt’s practice encompasses all aspects of patent law, including patent portfolio development, litigation, post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, opinions, and counseling. Mr. Blatt handles matters across a wide range of technologies, including telecommunications, electronics, computer software, and medical devices, among others.

Prior to joining Rothwell Figg, Mr. Blatt worked for six years as a patent examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, he gained in inside perspective on the patent procurement process. Mr. Blatt has written extensively on how Patent Office human resource policies influence the examination of patent applications, and the strategic risks and opportunities that those policies present to patent applicants.

Mr. Blatt graduated magna cum laude from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. During law school, he was named Best Advocate in the patent-focused Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition and earned honors for his thesis analyzing Patent Office policies and statistical trends in patent examination data. Mr. Blatt holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University.

Publications & Presentations

New EU Patent Guidelines May Affect Companies' AI Strategy, IP Law360 (2018)

Do Heightened Quality Incentives Improve the Quality of Patentability Decisions?: An Analysis of Trend Divergences During the Signatory Authority Review Program, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal, Volume 46, Number 2 (2018)

USPTO Incentive Policies Influence Patentability Decisions, IP Law360 (2018)

Patent Strategy Should Consider USPTO Examiner Incentives, IP Law360 (2018)

Leveraging 35 U.S.C. §112 to Invalidate Means-Plus-Function Claims in an IPR, www.PTABlaw.com (2017)

Review of PTAB’s Partial Institution Practice Further Clouds Scope of Estoppel, www.PTABlaw.com (2017)

Patenting High Tech: Domestic and Global, National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference (2017)