Patent Prosecution


Volpe Koenig is highly regarded by clients for the scope and depth of our patent procurement services during all stages of the process. Citing responsiveness as the firm’s top strength, clients view our patent professionals as key partners for both strategy and execution in developing their patent portfolios.

Valid enforceable claims are always our focus. We identify the business objectives for a specific patent filing early and revisit those objectives throughout prosecution. Particularly in technology areas with evolving case law, we consult with our clients to ensure that we draft robust disclosures with structural/architectural alternatives that, wherever possible, anticipate and mitigate changes in the law and technology.

Many of our patent professionals hold advanced degrees and bring real world industry experience in electrical, mechanical, chemical and civil engineering, as well as computer technology and the life sciences. We have former patent examiners in the patent procurement group, including those with a deep understanding of USPTO 35 USC 101 rejections.

Our network of foreign associates extends across the globe, and with our associates we routinely help clients secure patent protection in every commercially relevant country.  We regularly counsel clients on tactics to secure protection for inventions either directly in individual countries, or through an international (PCT) application, which is prepared to maximize downstream protection in countries around the world. In addition, our practitioners have extensive experience mining patent portfolios, conducting periodic portfolio reviews, establishing and implementing prosecution protocols based on a customized ranking system, and preparing claim charts. 

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  • 09.20.2023

    This episode of IP Goes Pop!®, takes you on a journey through the iconic world of the Barbie universe and brand, exploring its deep-rooted connections with pop culture and intellectual property law. Hop in the dream car and journey with Volpe Koenig Shareholders and podcast hosts, Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue to a land of pink corvettes, with a few pitstops at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Kicking off with a discussion of the recent cinematic triumphs of the Barbie movie released this year (2023), your hosts delve into how this classic brand has been brought to life on the big screen captivating audiences around the globe.

  • 06.14.2023

    Join co-hosts Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue on a new episode of "IP Goes Pop!" that will leave you wondering "You can patent that?!". This episode focuses on a variety of curious and/or unusual patents, demonstrating the wide range of ideas that can result in an issued patent. From the surprising to the peculiar, this episode provides an overview of the “usefulness” threshold in United States patent law. Listeners will learn about existing patents that are as bizarre as they are “useful,” and how anyone might have an idea that has “utility” and is therefore worthy of a patent.

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  • 02.09.2022

    American football is a sport that permeates the popular culture scene, but what intellectual property is involved between the end-zones? In this episode of the IP Goes Pop! podcast we explore the movies, toys, patents, and trademarks that have shaped the sport in modern times. From the technology built into the players’ helmets, to the glowing first-down line you see on television, intellectual property has a huge impact on the way we interface with football.

    As we look ahead to the big game, join co-hosts and Volpe Koenig Shareholders, Michael Snyder and Joe Gushue, along with their guest, IP Watchdog President and CEO, Gene Quinn, as they break down the IP that has shaped the sport. In this episode, Michael, Joe, and Gene kick things off by discussing famous football films and their influence on the generations that grew up with them. Then the panel examines the impact of iconic football-related toys, starting with the first “soft” football and ending with modern-day video games.

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  • 10.13.2021

    This week IP Goes Pop! takes to the skies to explore intellectual property in the world of aviation. From the first flight in Kitty Hawk, NC, to the advancements in aircraft that came out of World War I, what patents have taken to the skies since the Wright Brothers first took flight in 1903?

     In this episode Volpe Koenig Shareholders and IP Goes Pop! co-hosts, Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue, are joined by fellow Volpe Koenig attorney (and seasoned pilot) Tom Mattioli. If you’ve ever wondered why we use the word “fuselage” for the body of an aircraft, fasten your seatbelt as Michael, Joe, and Tom take you on the turbulent journey of the intellectual property that got us into the skies.

  • 06.09.2021

    This week on IP Goes Pop! Volpe Koenig attorney and Ph.D., Douglas Bucklin joins co-hosts and shareholders Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue to travel back in time, and somehow also to the future, to explore intellectual property interests in the area of genetic engineering.

    In this episode, Michael, Joe, and Doug discuss, among other pop culture icons, the Jurassic Park movies and how the genetic engineering in those movies relates to science and intellectual property in the real world. They also explore the current status and methodologies of genetic engineering, how intellectual property laws consider DNA, and how close science may be to bringing back the dinosaurs…

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  • 11.05.2020

    This week IP Goes Pop!® makes patents fun (or at least tries)! Volpe Koenig Shareholder and IP Goes Pop!® guest Randy Huis is back to explore the world of toy patents with host Michael Snyder.

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  • 07.22.2020

    This week on IP Goes Pop! Volpe Koenig Shareholder, Randy Huis, joins Michael Snyder to talk about inventions and technology in the cartoon world of “The Simpsons” television show.


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