News & Events

Nov 1, 2017

HoustonHogle LLP is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, it has been named a 2018 U.S. News-Best Lawyers®-“Best Law Firms” (tier 2) for the practice of patent law in the metropolitan Boston area.

We also proudly recognize that, Grant Houston, and, for the third year in a row, Doreen Hogle, have been selected by their peers as U.S. News-Best Lawyers® in their practice area of patent law, an honor awarded to only the top 4% of practicing attorneys in the United States.

Aug 15, 2017

HoustonHogle LLP is proud to announce that partners Grant Houston and Doreen Hogle have been recognized for their patent expertise and have been selected as U.S. News-Best Lawyers®.

Nov 2, 2016

HoustonHogle LLP is pleased to announce that it has been named to the 2017 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers®-"Best Law Firms" (tier 2) for the practice of patent law in the metropolitan Boston area.

We also proudly recognize that, for the second year in a row, Doreen Hogle has been selected by her peers as a U.S. News-Best Lawyer® in the practice area of patent law, an honor awarded to only the top 4% of practicing attorneys in the United States.

Sep 2, 2016

This article was written by Doreen Hogle, partner at HoustonHogle LLP. We are proud to announce that Doreen was selected for inclusion in both the 2016 and 2017 “Best Lawyers in America” in the practice area of patent law.

Recently the USPTO announced two new pilot programs aimed toward streamlining patent prosecution. The “Post-Prosecution Pilot Program”, (the “P3” Program), provides a new option to applicants facing a final rejection, giving the applicant an opportunity to present claim amendments and written and oral arguments directly to a panel of examiners for a quick determination of patentability.  The “Patents 4 Patients” Initiative supports the National Cancer Moonshot mandate to increase patient access to new and promising cancer treatments by fast-tracking the examination of patent applications directed to treating cancers with immunotherapeutic methods.

Mar 14, 2016

Patents with an effective filing date on, or after, March 16, 2013 are subject to Post Grant Review (PGR) within nine months of issuance under the America Invents Act (AIA). But what about patents that issue from the so-called “transitional” applications filed on, or after, March 16, 2013 with a priority claim to an earlier filing date? Transitional applications can be subject to AIA provisions and PGR depending on whether the application contained at least one claim, at any time, with a post-AIA effective filing date on, or after, March 16, 2013. Recently the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted a Petition for Post Grant Review for a patent issued from a continuation application that was filed in 2014 but claimed priority back to 2004. So don’t count on your earlier pre-AIA filing date to save your patent from Post Grant Review.

Feb 1, 2016

In a case that is of significant interest to those interested in trademark disputes, Robert T. Conway, Esq., IP and Licensing Counsel with HoustonHogle, LLP in Lexington, MA, has announced that he and Pabla Bros., Inc. of Boston have achieved an important legal victory over One World Cuisine Group, LLC of Boston before The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

For over a year, Mr. Conway had been working on two trademark opposition cases in the USPTO. In both of these cases, Mr. Conway's client was the opposer of One World's attempt to register the two trademarks and contested the defendant's ownership of those trademarks.

Nov 3, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Houston & Associates is changing its name to HoustonHogle after bringing on partner Doreen Hogle. Doreen’s practice is focused in the areas of the biological and chemical sciences including immunology, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, small molecules, drug discovery and medical devices. Doreen has over 24 years of experience counseling universities, research institutions, and start-up companies in all aspects of complex intellectual property portfolio management. Doreen has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in the U.S. in the practice of patent law (2016 Edition), and has been named as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in 2004, 2005 and 2006; a New England Super Lawyer in 2007 and a Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer in 2008.

Dec 6, 2010

Grant Houston took office as President of the Boston Patent Law Association at the Annual Meeting in Boston, MA on December 6, 2010.