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Mr. Finkel is leader of the law firm's Los Angeles Intellectual Property group. He handles all aspects of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition, and computer law, with an emphasis on all aspects of computer-related technologies and consumer electronics, including hardware, software, peripherals, computer-implemented business methods, video games, smartphones and wireless communication, networking, car navigation equipment, optical disc players, and television and other display technologies. This includes:
- Representing clients in patent and other IP litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings, most often involving numerous parties and a multitude of patents.
- Counseling clients regarding all IP-related legal aspects, domestic and international, concerning a wide array of technologies.
- Drafting and negotiating license, technology transfer, teaming, joint venture, source code escrow, multimedia, software and web site development, cloud services, and other internet-related agreements.
- Preparing patent infringement opinions, validity opinions, right-to-use opinions, and requests and petitions for re-examination and now the newly adopted post grant and inter partes review.
- The prosecution of patent, trademark, and copyright applications.
Mr. Finkel has lectured in Japan at a conference sponsored by Japan Hi-TEC Business Co. Ltd., attended by over 100 persons, including Japanese patent attorneys, members of in-house patent departments, engineers and businessmen, on copyright and patent protection for computer software in the US. In addition, Mr. Finkel presented a paper entitled "Outline for Conference on Patent Prosecution for Computer Software Programs Under the U.S. Patent Laws."
Among Mr. Finkel's many publications are: "Post-Mortem: Liability for Infringing Material," "Standard Procedure," "Copyright Protection for Computer Software in The Nineties," "Update To: Copyright Protection for Computer Software in the Nineties," "What Remains of the Laches and Estoppel Defenses After Aukerman?," "Intellectual Property Issues Facing Japanese Companies Acquiring American Businesses," "Means-Plus Function Claims in Light of Donaldson and Other Recent Case Developments," and "Gilbert P. Hyatt: The Man Who could Have Been the Microprocessor King."
Mr. Finkel is a frequent lecturer at conferences and trade shows on cutting-edge IP matters. He has spoken at the Executive Conference of the Internet Conference Expo on law and the Web, as well as at the National Conference for Corporate Counsel on opportunities and issues in the Internet. Mr. Finkel is also frequently quoted in leading legal publications, such as the San Francisco Daily Journal, where he was quoted extensively in an article entitled "Perfecting Patent Procedure."
Mr. Finkel was a guest speaker on the "World Business Monitor: Successful Business & Legal Strategies in the International Marketplace"- "Focus on Intellectual Property: Building, Protecting and Profiting from your IP Portfolio" show, broadcast exclusively on the "Forbes Radio" channel on all of worldwide, audio-equipped flights of American Airlines (October 2004), United Airlines (November and December 2004), and Northwest Airlines (December 2004).
- Legal 500 US, Intellectual Property (2010-2011)
- Client Choice Award, Intellectual Property – Patent, International Law Office and Lexology (2013)
- Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star (2013)
- Super Lawyers (2004-2006, 2009-2013)
Intellectual Property Association (IPO) Open Source Committee
Federal Circuit Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Bar Association
Central District of California Court Mediation Panel
U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; United States Patent and Trademark Office
Section 101 – State of the Law Post-Bilski, panel moderator, George Washington University Law School Symposium on Intellectual Property, May 2013