Joseph Finan

Joseph Finan ˘

Patent Agent

Joseph helps companies protect their intellectual property by drafting patent applications, identifying patentable subject matter, and representing clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He knows how to apply the law under both pre-AIA and AIA and has experience with foreign filings and PCT applications. He has extensive knowledge of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) and is effective at using it to support positions in response to Office actions. Joseph is also well-versed in claim interpretation and rejections under 112, as well as the causes and avoidance of critical defects in patent applications.

Joseph has prior experience as a Patent Examiner for the USPTO which helps insure his clients receive a fair and proper examination. While at the Patent Office, his examination scope included metal bending, presses, and comminution, as well as their associated electrical and chemical systems. Prior to becoming a Patent Examiner, Joseph worked in industrial and manufacturing environments where he gained knowledge of a diverse range of technology that includes semiconductors, control systems, robotics, wood manufacturing, and nuclear power plants.

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Capabilities

Experience

  • Registered Patent Agent, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2016-2019
  • Nuclear Power Plant Mechanical Operator, U.S. Navy, 1998-1999
  • Founder, Urban Acres, 2006-2018
  • Process/Equipment Engineer III, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, 2011-2016
  • Area Manager/Process Engineer, Huber Engineered Woods, 2009-2011

Recognition & Leadership

  • Ant Award, Patent and Trademark Office Society, 2017-2018
  • President’s Award, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, 2016
  • Texas Regional Representative, Patent and Trademark Office Society, 2016-2019
  • Work-life Committee Member, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2016-2019

Credentials

Education
  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2009
  • Navy Nuclear Power School, 1998
Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
˘ Not admitted to the practice of law.