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Lee Rendeiro brings extensive experience in patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. In addition to preparing and filing patent applications, clearance and patentability opinions, he prosecutes patent infringement matters to protect his clients’ creative works. Lee also handles copyright and trademark litigation and advises clients on appropriate courses of action regarding intellectual property matters, including licensing, contract rights, and franchising.

With a degree in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue, Lee spent two decades in various engineering roles encompassing research and development, design, manufacturing, project management, and product launch. His engineering roles spanned diverse technological areas such as power transmission systems, diesel/electric hybrid vehicles, vehicle exteriors, clean air emissions systems, fuel transfer systems, and chemical packaging systems.

Lee’s technical and legal experience provides a well-rounded solution for anyone seeking guidance on their intellectual property portfolio, obtaining proper protection for their intellectual property, monitoring their intellectual property registrations, and/or defending their intellectual property rights.

Lee received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and his J.D. from The Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. He may be reached at lee.rendeiro@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1179.

Patent SearchA patentability search allows a patent practitioner to assess the likelihood of successfully obtaining a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). The USPTO may issue a patent to whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, subject to certain conditions and requirements.

A patentability search allows a patent practitioner to better understand the scope of the state of the art, the level of skill of a person in the art, and the potential for obtaining a peiroatent registration that protects the new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter.

What does it mean to be “novel” and “non-obvious”?

To be patentable, the new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter (“invention”) must be novel and non-obvious. In assessing novelty, a patent practitioner searches and reviews the universe of prior art, such as issued patents, expired patents, patent applications, and other non-patent literature, to determine if the exact invention has already been disclosed. In general, a prior disclosure by a third party is a complete bar to patentability, and a prior disclosure by the inventor is subject to specific timing as set by statute regarding such previous disclosures.

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