Stephen E. Zweig

Stephen E. Zweig

Experienced patent attorney
  • Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual Property
  • California, USPTO patent bar (Federal Jurisdiction)
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Biography

Experienced patent attorney with a strong technical background, over 250+ issued patents, and many trademarks.

In addition to my legal background, I have a Biophysics STEM background (PhD) and experience with medical devices, software, electronics, and biotech. I have a lot of experience with startups, due diligence, and litigation support.

Professional Associations
American Bar Association  # 02064556
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: 283095
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USPTO patent bar (Federal Jurisdiction)
ID Number: 60144
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Practice Areas
    Patents
    Patent Prosecution
    Trademarks
    Trademark Registration
    Intellectual Property
Legal Answers
Q. I have a display patent from 1993 I'd like to know if there's some way I can update it ?
A: Sadly no. Patents typically have a maximum lifetime of about 20 years from the filing date. Although this can be adjusted a bit for delays at the USPTO, usually, the adjustments are only for a few months or years. A 1993 patent era patent is likely long expired, is probably public domain. Although you can try to think up a new invention in the same area, keep in mind that the USPTO will use the original 1993 patent against your new idea.
Q. Can I file an RCE by a 3-month official due date after an AFCP2.0 is filed but before an AFCP2.0 decision is made?
A: Probably yes, but the USPTO will likely then consider your AFCP 2.0 request to be withdrawn and will instead most likely go with the RCE.
Q. Is there a way to use a patented product for my business without it being illegal?
A: It probably is a good idea to talk to a patent attorney. The claims may not be as comprehensive as you think. Alternatively, the patent prosecution history may show specific gaps in coverage. Other information, such as expiration dates, ownership, and the like, may also be helpful.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
PatentAssociate.com
Blog
PatentAssociate IP Blog
Contact & Map
Patentassociate.com
15466 Los Gatos Blvd., 109-355
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Telephone: (408) 348-1495
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Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 8 AM - 5 AM
Saturday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Notice: Although I prefer to talk during weekday business hours, I am available for rush or emergency discussions during weekends and off-hours as well.