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Address: 637 Main Street, half-moon-bay, CA, 94019-1923
Law Firm: Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP
Phone: 650-276-3494
Fax: 650-712-0263
Website: http://www.hmbay.com

TitleManaging Partner
First Year of Call
Areas of Practice
DescriptionMr. Beffel is a 1981 graduate of Stanford Law School and a 1978 graduate, with highest honors, of the University of Michigan, College of Engineering (IE + OR).Prior to his patent counseling and prosecution, Mr. Beffel devoted 18 years to trial practice, handling technology disputes involving patents, engineering design, contracts, construction delay and failure, and environmental clean-up, with nine months in-trial time. He also handled insurance coverage and bad faith, wrongful discharge, and racial discrimination cases. This experience with juries, jury instructions, summary judgment and settling cases informs his prosecution and counseling.Practice examples include preparation and prosecution of patent applications in technologies including computer programs, database architectures, computer-implemented business methods, digital circuitry and IC manufacturing. His practice also includes management of patent portfolio, preparation of opinions on infringement and validity of patents, pre-litigation analysis and resolution of licensing issues, due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and counseling on IP strategies. Mr. Beffel holds a peer-review rating at Martindale-Hubbell of AV-Preeminent and an AVVO rating of 10.0.Mr. Beffel regularly speaks at seminars, conferences, and meetings. His recent speaking engagements include webinars and NAPP annual meetings, addressing PTO Examiner Interviewing Techniques and Tips in the Era of Hoteling, WebEx and Videoconferencing. Over the years, he has acquired reputable praise for his techniques and strategies for examiner and inventor interviews.Mr. Beffel also gives an annual lecture to foreign officers attending the National Defense University (ISMO program) on the role of patents in capital formation for startups, during their trip to Silicon and Napa Valleys.Mr. Beffel has prepared and prosecuted patent applications directed to cloud computing, Web Services protocols, mobile to desktop synchronization, and video on-demand; for business, directed to financial planning, inventory management, on-line auctions, banking and infrastructure for business-to-business ecommerce; for targeted advertising, directed to query context and disambiguation, and text and non-text search engines; for network protocols, directed to adapters, access points and switches; for compression, error correction and signal processing; for automated testing of network components and telecommunications; for IC manufacturing, directed to design, processes and instrumentation of manufacturing, and capital equipment for IC production.Mr. Beffel joined his law school classmate Mark Haynes in 1999 to co-found the firm. Tau Beta Pi; Alpha Pi Mu.

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An independent intellectual property counseling and patent prosecution firm serving corporations, start-ups, emerging technology companies and prominent investors in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley, and around the world.Who We AreHaynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP is an independent intellectual property law firm focusing on the procurement of patents both domestically and internationally for corporations, star…

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