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J. Randall Beckers

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James Randall Beckers is a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm Staas & Halsey LLP. His legal expertise is greatly enhanced by his professional experience as a computer scientist and communications engineer obtained while working for an engineering services and communications subsidiary of an electric utility holding company.  During his legal career, Mr. Beckers has worked extensively in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, patentability, infringement and validity opinions, right-to-use and product clearance opinions, licenses, and intellectual property counseling relating to all phases of advanced electronics, bioelectronics, neural networks, computer hardware, software, computer languages, artificial intelligence, expert systems, business models and methods, e-commerce, and WWW based transaction systems.  His experience in IPO due diligence reviews includes Internet auto and medical products.  Mr. Beckers’ licensing experience relates to cryptographic systems, electromagnetic machines, voice mail systems, waste processing control, and e-commerce.  He is also experienced in copyright and trade secret protection of computer software. 

Mr. Beckers has litigation experience in both bench and jury patent infringement trials in technology related to voice mail systems, electronic measurement systems, and product identification systems.  He has experience appealing U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decisions to both Federal District Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Mr. Beckers also has several years of experience in proceedings before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, including the reported decision of In re Van Geuns, 20 U.S.P.Q.2d 1291 (Fed. Cir. 1991).

Mr. Beckers has published a number of papers including: "Throwing Out Baby Benson With The Bath Water: Proposing a New Test for Determining Statutory Subject Matter," The Computer Lawyer, Vol. 10, No. 1, January 1993 and Jurimetrics Journal of Law, Science and Technology, Winter 1993, Vol. 33, No. 1; "An Analysis of the Final U.S.P.T.O. Examination Guidelines for Computer-Related Inventions," International Legal Strategy, Vol. V-3, March 1996; "Recent Trends in the Patentability of Computer Related Inventions: Is a Method of Doing Business Patentable?," International Legal Strategy, Vol. V-11, November 1996; "Signature Financial Group as an Inventory Distributor: Would the Court View the Claim Differently?," Law Works, Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1997; "Best Mode and Software Related Inventions: Is Source Code Necessary?," Law Works, Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1997; "The Examination of Computer-Related Inventions by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office," International Legal Strategy, Vol. IX-6, June 2000; "2001 An On-Sale Odyssey: Recent Changes To The On-Sale Bar To Patentability," Law Works, Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 9, No. 1, January 2002; and "Invocation of Pfaff and its Progeny to Obtain Invalidation by On-Sale Bar," International Legal Strategy, Vol. 12-3, March 2003. 

Mr. Beckers has conducted client engineer seminars on patent application preparation and prosecution and related legal issues.  He has been a speaker on the topic of creative approaches to protecting computer software and trends in software protection, on intellectual property protection of high technology, and on protecting multi-media systems and software.  He has also been a guest lecturer at law schools, colleges, and universities. 

Mr. Beckers received an electrical engineering degree (B.S.) from Auburn University, a computer and information science degree (M.S.) from the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and a law degree (J.D.) from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He holds memberships in the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Mr. Beckers has also been awarded U.S. Patents 6,671,718, 7,843,088, 8,232,685 and 8,341,048.

Published Works

"Throwing Out Baby Benson With the Bath Water: Proposing a New Test for Determining Statutory Subject Matter," (Co-Author), The Computer Lawyer, Vol. 10, No. 1, January, 1993

"Throwing Out Baby Benson With the Bath Water: Proposing a New Test for Determining Statutory Subject Matter," (Co-Author), Jurimetrics Journal of Law, Science and Technology, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter, 1993

"An Analysis of the Final U.S.P.T.O. Examination Guidelines for Computer-Related Inventions," (Co-Author), International Legal Strategy, Vol. V-3, March, 1996

"Recent Trends in the Patentability of Computer Related Inventions: Is a Method of Doing Business Patentable?" (Co-Author), International Legal Strategy, Vol. V-11, November, 1996

"Signature Financial Group as an Inventory Distributor: Would the Court View the Claim Differently?" (Co-Author), Law Works, Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 4, No. 3, March, 1997

"Best Mode and Software Related Inventions: Is Source Code Necessary?" (Co-Author), Law Works, Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 4, No. 5, May, 1997

"The Examination of Computer-Related Inventions by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office,", International Legal Strategy, Vol. IX-6, June, 2000

"2001 An On-Sale Odyssey: Recent Changes to the On-Sale Bar to Patentability", , Law Works, Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 9, No. 1, January , 2002

"Invocation of Pfaff and its Pregeny to Obtain Invalidation by On-Sale Bar", International Legal Strategy, Vol. 12-3, March, 2003

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Professional Associations and Memberships

The District of Columbia Bar, Section of Computer Law
Member

The District of Columbia Bar, Section of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
Member

Alabama State Bar
Member

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta

 

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