Seema Mehta

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Title: Partner
Qualifications: U.S. Patent Attorney and Attorney at Law

Location: Houston

mehta@oshaliang.com

PRACTICE AREAS AND INDUSTRIES SERVED

Seema Mehta’s practice includes foreign and domestic patent prosecution including appeals practice, IP litigation, post-grant proceedings at the USPTO, validity and infringement opinions, IP counseling and management of IP portfolios in the field of electronics, optics, physics, telecommunications, and software.

EXPERIENCE

Mrs. Mehta has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a variety of fields, including: file systems, operating systems, financial management applications, mobile phone applications, trusted execution environment operation, 4G LTE networking for mobile/smart phones, web-based applications, graphical user interfaces, information security, camera and radar systems for automobiles, vehicle alternators, human-device interaction, and lock set devices for vehicles.  Her work at Osha Liang further involves working with smaller clients with specific commercially-viable technology such as medical devices for endoscopy using microscopy, drone technology, and in liquid lens technology for optical systems, such as cameras.  Her foreign practice includes preparation and prosecution of applications in the area of securing and anti-counterfeiting of identification documents, optics and UV light conversion, pump technology for cosmetics, and optical tissue imaging by various methods.

Mrs. Mehta has also prepared, filed, and argued at oral hearings on a dozen Inter Partes Review petitions.  Her litigation work includes defending clients in two patent infringement lawsuits related to the automotive industry in the Eastern District of Michigan.  She has also filed a handful of trademark applications for clients working in the electronic discovery field.

Mrs. Mehta previously worked as a bring-up engineer at IBM in Austin, Texas, and as a digital signal processing engineer at Texas Instruments.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center (2007)
  • B. S., with honors, Electrical Engineering, Specialization in Telecommunications and Networking, University of Texas at Austin (2002)

ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • “Top Lawyer,” H Texas magazine (2016)

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Represented Petitioner Valeo in several Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the PTAB including IPR2014-00220, IPR2014-00222, IPR2014-01203, IPR2014-01204, IPR2014-01208, IPR2015-01410, and IPR2015-01414.  Attended oral hearing at the PTAB in four of these IPRs and successfully argued for Petitioner.  Invalidated large majority of claims involved, where the patents were related to surround view camera system for motor vehicles.
  • Provides patent prosecution and counsel to a leading foreign automotive supplier to help build a robust patent portfolio in a short amount of time by utilizing unique patent procedures, including Track One filings, filing continuation applications, and filings claims in competitor’s technology space.
  • Specializes in after-final patent practice, utilizing after-final consideration program (AFCP), Examiner Interviews, Pre-appeal Briefs and Requests for Review, Appeals, and PPH practice to strategically avoid the cost of re-opening prosecution.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Texas Enterprise Blog
  • Filing a Pre-Appeal Brief and Request for Review Provides Another “Bite at the Apple” (2010)

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • “Correction of Patents,” 67th Southwest Regional ACS Meeting, Austin, Texas (2011)
  • “Introduction to Intellectual Property,” Society of Women Engineers: Houston chapter, Houston, TX (2009)
  • “IP Seminar: U.S. Patent Law,” HEC International Business School, Paris, France (2009)

LANGUAGES

  • Gujrati
  • Hindi
  • Spanish (conversational)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • AIPPI US group member and attendee at AIPPI International ExCo, Hyderabad 2011 — Filled-in as reporter secretary for Q219, Genuine Use of Trademarks
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, member