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Thedford I. Hitaffer

Thedford I. Hitaffer is a patent attorney who has been registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since 1994.  He is a founding partner at Hitaffer & Hitaffer, PLLC.

Mr. Hitaffer has extensive experience in intellectual property matters, including preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, conducting examiner interviews, preparing briefs and arguments for appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, managing foreign filings and participating in post-grant proceedings, including reexamination and reissue proceedings.

Mr. Hitaffer counsels clients in various intellectual property matters and assists in managing intellectual property portfolios. He also has experience in licensing patents and technology, and provides product clearance, invalidity and non-infringement opinions.  In addition, he aids clients in monitoring competitor patent activities, investigates controversies, and assists in the enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Mr. Hitaffer has represented independent inventors, small to mid-sized businesses and large corporate clients in a wide range of technologies.  His practice focuses on the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts, as well as software patents.  He has comprehensive experience working with automotive technologies, including interior component parts, frames, axles, drive shafts, transmissions, braking and occupant safety systems; building materials, including insulation and roofing systems, composites solutions and asphalt products, as well as processes, machines, and tools for making the same; metal-cutting products, including drills, drill inserts and saws; medical products, including wheelchairs, walking aids, beds, respiratory products and daily living aids; and a host of other technologies.

Mr. Hitaffer is a patent attorney who has been registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (US Reg. No. 38,490) for over 20 years, and is licensed by the State Bar of Michigan (P66815), the Supreme Court of Ohio (0073063) and the Virginia State Bar (41544). He is also admitted to the US District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and the US District Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Mr. Hitaffer is a former member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He has served on various committees. He has been an Intellectual Property Section Member on both the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association. He has also served as the Chairman of the Membership Committee on the Michigan Intellectual Property Association.

Mr. Hitaffer can be reached at the following address, phone numbers and email address.

Thedford I. Hitaffer
Registered Patent Attorney
Hitaffer & Hitaffer, PLLC
805 Glenburnie Road, 18282
Richmond, VA 23226
Direct: (804) 708-0471
Facsimile: (804) 708-0491
Mobile: (804) 519-5932
Email: thedford@hitaffer.com
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