George L. Howarah is an associate in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group. His practice primarily focuses on worldwide patent prosecution and portfolio management, strategic patent counseling and due diligence, and patent litigation.
George helps clients in developing worldwide patent portfolios aligned with their business strategies, including enforcement, monetization, and protecting core commercial embodiments. He works closely with start-up businesses, established companies, and large public corporations to evaluate patent landscape and identify high-value, patentable subject matter in order to develop a strategic patent prosecution plan. He is active in performing due diligence on client and third-party patents to help evaluate business interests, such as patent validity, non-infringement, design-around, and freedom to operate, and prepares related opinions of counsel.
George also routinely participates in patent litigation. He has been involved in district court litigations and in AIA proceedings before the Patent and Trial Board (PTAB). He has been instrumental in preparing validity and invalidity strategies for a wide variety of clients.
Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, George was an associate at a large general practice law firm and as an examiner for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). At his prior law firm, he developed and managed global patent portfolios for Fortune 50 companies and universities by coordinating the preparation, filing, and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications with inventors, licensees, and in-house counsel. He also guided small- and mid- sized companies in preparing, growing, and maintaining patent portfolios.
While at the USPTO, he acquired a deep and practical understanding of the intricacies in all phases of patent examination practice and procedures by examining over 175 patent applications and defending against petitions to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He examined patent applications covering technologies relating to electronic gaming, augmented and virtual reality, three-dimensional modeling, computer animation, sophisticated electrical circuitry, complex computer architecture, wireless networks and devices, etc. He also regularly evaluated claims for patent subject matter eligibly under 35 U.S.C. § 101, which has allowed him to have a good understanding of how to advance prosecution following the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. Pty., Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l.
George received his J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and his B.S. in electrical engineering from University of Michigan.