We are pleased to announce that Otilia Gabor and Mitchell “Mitch” Shapiro have joined the Washington D.C. office as Partners in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice.

Ms. Gabor’s practice focuses on drafting utility patent applications, foreign and domestic patent prosecution, strategic patent counseling, reissue and re-examinations, patent validity and infringement opinions, and patent due diligence.

A multi-lingual attorney, Ms. Gabor has extensive knowledge and experience in patent concepts, practices, and procedures. Her strong interest in science and technology, coupled with her excellent analytical skills, provides a solid foundation on which her high-tech clients can trust their technologically complex patent applications. Having worked as a patent examiner at the USPTO, as well as a patent attorney in private practice, Ms. Gabor brings her vast expertise on both sides of the prosecution process to bear for her clients.

Ms. Gabor has represented companies at all stages of patent prosecution spanning a vast range of technologies including semiconductor devices and manufacturing, mechanical, electrical, and optical systems and devices, image processing, medical and surgical devices, cancer treatment systems, manufacturing systems and processes, product packaging, nanotechnology, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, sensor design and sensor systems, and software applications.

Ms. Gabor received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, her M.S. in Physics from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her B.S. in Physics from Central Connecticut State University.

Mr. Shapiro is a registered Patent Attorney and has 40 years of experience practicing in all aspects of domestic and foreign patent prosecution, as well as patent reissue and reexamination proceedings, strategic patent counseling, patent opinions, and due diligence.

As a third-generation patent attorney, Mr. Shapiro has successfully prosecuted thousands of patent applications. He possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of patent prosecution and an ability to quickly understand a vast range of technologies.

Serving clients worldwide, Mr. Shapiro’s prosecution experience spans numerous fields, including semiconductor devices and manufacturing, automotive components and systems, optical components and systems and image processing, medical and surgical devices, analytical instruments, manufacturing systems, product packaging and shipping containers, heavy construction equipment, railway technologies, nanotechnology, industrial chemistry and foodstuffs, and many others. His prosecution efforts have significantly enhanced the commercial positions of his clients and have resulted in millions of dollars in licensing royalties.

Mr. Shapiro received his J.D. from the University of Maryland and his B.E.S. in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

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