Elaine Cruz is a certified Paralegal who has been working in the legal field for over 20 years. Her emphasis is on litigation support for Federal and State Court matters and Trademark prosecution. Elaine’s litigation experience and vast knowledge of the “ins and outs” of the court system and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) enable her to efficiently support our attorneys from onset to post-trial.
Elaine gained the discipline to fastidiously maintain records and track details for complex cases in Construction and Bankruptcy law, and has a special compassion and ability to interact with clients on a personal level that comes from here background in Family and Elder Law. Elaine enjoys helping people by easing their mind through the litigation of a civil injustice, by helping them seek relief from overwhelming financial burdens, or by helping them save their hard-earned life savings for their children through asset preservation.
Now, Elaine enjoys being part of the future through her work in Intellectual Property. Intellectual Property is about “starting something” — a new idea, a new company, a new brand, a new design, a new piece of art, a new work of literature. Elaine joined the firm in 2007 and quickly became a vital member of the team.
Is That Infringement? – The Black, the White and Different Shades of Grey
Under US patent law, there are two ways of infringing a patent, namely: (i) direct infringement under 271(a) and (ii) indirect infringement. Now here is where it gets tricky. There are two types of indirect infringement: (i) induced infringement under 271(b) and (ii) contributory infringement under 271 (c). Direct infringement under 271(a) a strict-liability provision […]
Posted on July 8, 2014
Alice, Through The Looking Glass – Is Software Patentable Now?
The previous post examined the ratio of the Alice Corporation Pty. LTD v. CLS Bank International Et al. The Court set out a negative list and a positive patentability criteria, for the third category of “abstract ideas”. If Alice was in Wonderland earlier, it’s time for the sequel – through the looking glass. Patent attorneys […]
Posted on June 27, 2014
Are Software Patents Now The Walking Dead? Supreme Court Kicks Alice out of Wonderland in Patentable Subject Matter Decision
In Alice vs CLS Bank, the Supreme Court found that the patent held by Alice is directed towards an abstract idea and is ineligible for patent protection under 35 U.S.C §101. This post examines the rationale and the contours of patents on abstract ideas and posits the meaning of patent eligibility for software inventions. The […]
Posted on June 25, 2014