Our professionals in the Mechanical Patents group have experience with many types of technology, including mechanical devices, medical devices, material science, renewable energy and alternate energy systems. Professionals in our group hold degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics and offer over 30 years of combined experience.

The firm has worked with patent-related matters for measurement gauges using nuclear sources, web and textile inspection systems, internal combustion engines, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices, drug delivery devices, heart stents and related products, weapon systems, nanotechnology, retail security systems, water treatment systems, wind turbine products, turbine engines, metal cutting products, and LED fixtures.

Our professionals can help secure patents that provide the security and flexibility necessary to maximize profits and competitive advantage in the market place.

Our professionals have worked for Fortune 10 companies, universities, startups, and individual inventors in the mechanical space, and we have enforced patent rights against competitors to either stop competitors from producing infringing products or pay our clients royalties in order to compete. Additionally, we have secured foreign patent rights on behalf of our clients in many foreign advanced and emerging countries and developed comprehensive, structured intellectual property portfolios in advance of acquisition and funding.

Our mechanical practice also includes advising clients on complex corporate, joint venture, and licensing matters as they arise, and the firm represents both investors and startup companies.

Justin Nifong has a masters degree in electrical and computer engineering and a degree in mechanical engineering, advising a host of companies on strategic positioning within their industries.

Lyle Gravatt works in the group as well, having a degree in physics and significant experience drafting and prosecuting industrial devices.

Joseph Shin brings an extensive and wide range of technical knowledge, including experience with a host of industrial systems and processes.

Representative Work

U.S. Patent No. 8,967,932
“Fastener and Fastener Assembly Having Improved Vibrational and Tightening Characteristics”
A fastener assembly is provided. The fastener assembly includes a nut having an internally threaded portion and an annulus extending from the nut and configured for receiving the shank of an elongate fastener. A compression collar is configured for deflecting the annulus into at least one of fixed engagement with the shank or to impart a spring bias of the annulus against the compression collar upon tightening of the nut about a working surface.

U.S. Patent No. 8,994,201
“Vertical Axis Wind Turbine”
A turbine assembly is provided. The turbine assembly includes a plurality of sails and a generator assembly configured to convert rotation thereabout to power. A brake assembly may be provided. The brake assembly may include a magnet assembly that rotates with rotation of the plurality of sails, a conducting plate initially spaced-apart from the magnet assembly, and an actuator for translating the conducting plate relative to the magnet assembly during rotation thereof to thereby induce eddy currents that create a magnetic field acting on the conducting plate to impart a retarding force to control the rotational speed thereof. A control module is configured to control the actuator to adjust the spacing between the magnet assembly and the conducting plate in order to maintain the turbine assembly at a predetermined speed.

U.S. Patent No. 8,555,538
“Firearm Magazine Holster”
A holster for a firearm magazine is provided. The holster includes a base configured for being secured to a proximally positioned article and a shield carried by the base and defining a void therein for receiving a magazine. The shield has a first position in which the shield encases the magazine and a second position in which the shield does not encase the magazine thereby allowing for ease of access to the magazine for firearm reloading.

U.S. Patent No. 8,721,880
“Device for Use with Floor Drains”
A device configured for being received within a floor drain is provided. The device includes a basket assembly containing a liquid-soluble treatment material therein. A drain cover defines an opening that receives the basket assembly. A basket assembly lid defines at least one aperture for allowing flow of liquid into the basket assembly, the basket assembly includes a flange for cooperatively engaging a recess defined in the drain cover to thereby engage the lid with the drain cover.