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Ray Quinney & Nebeker has expanded its Intellectual Property practice and is pleased to welcome Paul Taylor, Thomas Hardman and John Carpenter.  They specialize in preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a wide variety of areas.  The addition of these outstanding lawyers enhances our Intellectual Property team and continues RQ&N’s tradition of excellence in all areas of IP Law.

Paul N. Taylor’s (Shareholder) expertise extends to preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications related to a variety of technological areas, including medical devices, hydrocarbon exploration equipment and methods, consumer electronics, automotive safety devices, exercise equipment, software, optics, embedded devices, and clean-room technologies. He has experience in obtaining copyright and trademark registrations and preparing intellectual property-related employment agreements. He has also assisted clients in defending against patent infringement suits and has provided opinions including patentability and patent infringement opinions. Mr. Taylor received his J.D. in 2005 from the University of Utah and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 from the University of Utah.

Thomas M. Hardman’s (Of Counsel) practice emphasizes domestic and international patent procurement primarily in the electrical and computer-related arts. Mr. Hardman has drafted over 350 utility patent applications for a variety of technologies, including wireless communications, computer networking, digital signal processing, video compression, printer drivers, barcode reading, analog and digital circuits, and semiconductor structures. In addition, Mr. Hardman has responded to over 1,000 Office actions, including hundreds of Office actions for foreign patent applications. Mr. Hardman also has extensive experience conducting examiner interviews and appealing to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. A substantial portion of Mr. Hardman’s practice is dedicated to counseling clients regarding patent strategy. Mr. Hardman frequently assists clients to analyze competitors’ patents and design around such patents, and he has considerable experience with the drafting of opinions regarding patent validity, infringement, and unenforceability. Mr. Hardman has also prepared claim charts that map claims of pending applications or issued patents to relevant industry standards. Mr. Hardman received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2001 and his B.S., cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah in 1998.

John O. Carpenter (Of Counsel) assists and advises clients in Intellectual Property matters including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secret. Mr. Carpenter is a Registered Patent Attorney focusing on patent drafting and prosecution, with experience providing guidance on complete intellectual property portfolio strategy and directed prosecution of patent applications. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Carpenter worked in the material analysis industry for five years and has experience in optics (photon, x-ray, and electron), semiconductors, metal alloys, thin films (such as photovoltaics and coatings), ultrahard materials, and ceramics. Mr. Carpenter received his J.D., with honors, in 2003 from the University of Utah and his B.S. in Physics and Geology from Bowdoin College in 2005.