Harris Pitlick is Of Counsel in the firm's chemical practice group. Harris brings close to 50 years of experience to the firm, beginning with 24 years in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he served as a patent examiner and then as an Associate Solicitor. While he was in the Solicitor’s Office, Harris defended and argued more than 100 appeals from PTO decisions before the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (CCPA) and its successor court, the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Harris left the government in 1994 and since that time has been in private practice. He joined the firm in 2015 and focuses his practice on preparation and prosecution of patent applications in various chemical fields, including pharmaceuticals, batteries, semiconductors, water purification, fuels and lubricants, optical devices and gas turbine engines, as well as counseling clients for obtaining optimum results from their endeavors.
U.S. Patent Litigation: 150 Q & A AIPPI Japan, June 2011
Some Thoughts About Unexpected Results Jurisprudence 86 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 169 (2004).
What Does "Evidence Presented To Rebut a Prima Facie Case of Obviousness Must Be Commensurate in Scope With the Claims to Which It Pertains" Mean?, 85 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 257, 369 (2003)
The Mutation On The Description Requirement Gene, 80 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 209 (1998)
Looking Beyond Blazemarks on Trees -- It's Time to Revisit the Description Requirement in the Wake of Warner-Jenkinson, 79 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 625 (1997)
Letter to the Editor, 72 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 63 (1990)
"On Sale" Activities Of An Independent Third Party Inventor, Or--Whose Widget Is It?, 64 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 138 (1982)
A Proposed Compromise To The "Prior Art" Controversy Surrounding In Re Hellsund And In Re Bass, 56 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 699 (1974)