Software and Telecom

Computer technology encompasses much of human advancement over the last twenty years, from software on desktops, to telecommunications for mobile devices, to interconnectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Colby Nipper continues our experienced attorneys’ and agents’ decades of protecting computer innovations for multinational clients. We have deep technology know-how, with on-the-ground experience through our teams’ prior careers at Hewlett-Packard, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Agilent Technologies, Itron (wireless communications), and Micron Technology. Colby Nipper weds this technical knowledge to years of telecom and software patent application drafting for current and prior clients, including Adobe, Google, HP, Microsoft, and Nest.

Our experience includes:

Wireless Communications

  • 4G and 5G telecommunications
  • Standards-setting patents for telecom protocols
  • Mesh networks
  • VoIP (Voice over IP)
  • Analog and digital beamforming
  • Signal processing and filtering
  • IoT communications
  • Personal area networks
  • Wireless speech and channel coding
  • Space-time coding
  • Smart grids and metering

Software

  • Internet-of-Things software for wearables, home devices, and automobiles
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • User interfaces, including touch and in-air gesture recognition
  • Authentication
  • Encryption, cryptography, and digital rights management
  • Home automation
  • Data Mining and Analytics
  • Battery and wireless charging protocols (e.g., Qi wireless charging standards)
  • Software simulation, design, and testing
  • Image, audio, and video processing
  • Graphics processing and rendering
  • Operating systems and APIs
  • Web browsing and searching

Financial Services

Not long ago, bankers tracked accounts with paper ledgers and customers paid for most items in cash. Today, the financial services industry has exploded, providing every link in the financial chain with connectivity to quickly interpret data, make decisions, and chose how to save and spend. From RFID-enabled credit cards chips to personal finance trackers—the financial services industry continues to rapidly innovate.

Colby Nipper protects financial innovations through our deep technology know-how in data management, analysis, cloud and mesh-network based services, and the interfaces used to digest them. Our team has on-the-ground experience through their prior careers at Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Itron, while our attorneys have years of experience drafting patent applications in the financial services industry for current and prior clients, such as Adobe, Microsoft, and PE Systems (card-payment company).

Our experience includes:

  • Database management
  • Complex data-analysis algorithms including machine learning
  • Mesh-network services
  • Encryption/decryption and cryptography, including secure hash algorithms
  • Cloud services
  • Software simulation, design, and testing
  • Text-recognition systems for data-system transfers, including form-to-form
  • Social media management
  • User interfaces
  • APIs (e.g., OS-to-application, client-to-provider, business-to-business)
  • Authentication, both in-person and remote, (e.g., tokens, private-public key pairs)
  • Payment transfer systems
  • Digital wallets
  • Handheld and wearable payment devices
  • Financial transactions
  • Gaming
  • Handling USPTO subject matter eligibility rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 101

Health Technology

Health technology is one of the truly global technologies, with advances potentially impacting every person in the world. Whether curing disease, helping people live full lives with their health conditions, or increasing people’s quality of life, few technology areas have had (and will continue to have) such a great potential for impacting the world.

Colby Nipper’s attorneys and agents have decades of experience protecting medical innovations for our multinational clients. We have deep technology know-how, with on-the-ground experience through our teams’ prior careers at Hewlett-Packard, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Agilent Technologies, Itron (wireless communications), and Micron Technology. Colby Nipper weds this deep know-how to years of health-technology patent application drafting for current and prior clients, including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Google.

Our experience includes:

  • Implantable medical devices, such as pacemakers and remote in-body charging devices
  • Home health and consumer medical devices, such as external medical-sensing devices, wearable health-monitoring equipment, physiological condition monitoring systems, smart phones used for medical sensing, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices
  • Surgical devices, including surgical implements and endoscopic surgical tools
  • Computing and Telecommunications Hardware, such as radio-frequency (RF) powered computing, radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems, wireless networking, wireless devices, mesh networks, data collection and management, power management, electromechanical apparatuses, digital and analog circuits, sensors, wireless charging, optics, and spectrography
  • Software and user interfaces, such as medical-monitoring interfaces to encourage and educate users, algorithms to determine the spread of pandemics, software to analyze complex medical sensing to determine disease and disease progression, and augmented reality

Aerospace and Defense

With nearly three decades of combined industry experience in aerospace and defense, including for Boeing, Raytheon, and General Dynamics, Colby Nipper truly understands the complex intellectual property environment in which aerospace and defense companies live.  Colby Nipper knows the technology and knows the nuances of government relationships and industry competition, including prime vs. subprime contractor dynamics.  We are fluent in industry lingo and acronyms.  We can help aerospace and defense companies achieve their intellectual property strategy without compromising their many government and industry relationships and we can do it with a style that is familiar to them.

Colby Nipper blends this technical and industry savvy with decades of top-tier patent drafting and prosecution.  Having represented multiple top-ten U.S. patent-filing companies, we know how to best protect our clients national and international patent assets.

Our industry experience includes work related to:

  • Tracking, Jamming, Target Recognition, Stretch Processing, Multi-path
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Phased Array Antennas
  • Analog and Digital Beamforming
  • Adaptable Array Architectures
  • System Security, Anti-tamper protection, Network security
  • Secure Mobile Environment Portable Electronic Devices (SME-PEDs)
  • Fuel Cells and Alternative Power for Mobile Devices
  • Low Light / Night Vision Compatible Displays
  • MIL-STD-810G Environmental Compliance, MIL-STD-461F EM Compatibility, and UL 1604 Hazloc Compliance
  • Real-time embedded software
  • Simulations and modeling
  • LEAN and Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) processes
  • Unmanned Air Vehicles and ground equipment (e.g., ScanEagle)
  • Flight test and telemetry equipment
  • Guidance system
  • Future network connected defense systems
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) technology
  • Digital video recorders
  • Advanced cockpit / cockpit designs

Electronics and Hardware

From core to edge computing environments, hardware provides the foundation on which modern computing devices are built. To support an ever-increasing number of applications, hardware constantly evolves as a complex system of integrated circuitry and underlying IP that provide the processing power, efficiency, and connectivity necessary for an optimal user experience.

At Colby Nipper, our attorneys’ and agents’ extensive experience in hardware design and implementation uniquely position our team to assist you in protecting your hardware-related IP, from individual semiconductor devices to high density integrations of complex systems for comprehensive on-chip or in-package computing solutions.

Our team’s hardware industry experience includes work with Hewlett-Packard, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Agilent Technologies, Itron (wireless communications), and Micron Technology. Colby Nipper weds this technical knowledge to years of telecom and software patent application drafting for current and prior clients, including Adobe, Google, HP, Microsoft, and Nest.

Areas of hardware experience include:

  • Processors
  • Memory and chipset architecture
  • System on Chip (SoC) / Multichip Module (MCM)
  • Graphics processing units
  • Image sensors and processors
  • Clock systems
  • Power supplies and management integrated circuits (PMICs)
  • Battery charging and maintenance systems
  • Wireless power transfer and charging systems
  • Transformers, variable frequency drives, switchgear, and generators
  • Distributed power systems
  • Embedded controllers
  • Mixed signal and I/O circuitry
  • IoT devices
  • Storage controllers and media
  • Wired connectivity and networking (Ethernet and fiber channel)
  • Design, fabrication, and testing of ICs and printed circuit board assemblies
  • Encryption, security, and authentication
  • Automotive computing, communication, and entertainment systems
  • Human-input and peripheral devices
  • Displays and backlighting
  • Light emitting diode design and fabrication
  • Fibers and embedded sensors
  • Haptics and tactile technologies
  • Low-power electronics
  • Printers and 3D printing technologies
  • Wireless transceiver architectures and components (amplifiers, modulators/demodulators, mixers, DACs, phase shifters, frequency synthesizers)
  • Antenna design and antenna systems
  • Radar systems
  • EM shielding and radio frequency interference mitigation